1998 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

1998 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

Top Ten Baby Names of 1998:
Emily, Hannah, Samantha, Sarah, Ashley, Michael, Jacob, Matthew, Joshua, Chris, Topher

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Silvstedt, Niki Taylor

Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
David Beckham, Johnny Depp, George Clooney

“The Quotes:”
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman”
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”
– President Bill Clinton

“Think different”
-Apple Computer

“Think outside the bun”
– Taco Bell

Time Magazine’s Men of the Year:
Bill Clinton
Kenneth Starr

Miss America:
Kate Shindle (Evanston, IL)

Miss USA:
Shawnae Jebbia (Massachusetts)

The Scandals:
George Michael was arrested in 1998 for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills, CA park.

Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton. The news of this extra-marital affair and the resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment hearing of Bill Clinton in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Quick Celebrity marriages in 1998:
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman (9 days)
Catherine Oxenberg and Robert Evens (12 days)

Pop Vocalist Death:
Frank Sinatra, age 82

Country Legend Vocalist Death:
Tammy Wynette, age 55

Country Movie Legend Vocalist Death:
Roy Rogers, age 86

Pop Star Turned Congressman Death:
Sonny Bono, age 62

Television Star Death:
Phil Hartman, age 49

Nerd News:

MP3s were created for the first time.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin misspelled ‘googol’ when they started their little search engine experiment. A googol is a big number – a 1 followed by 100 zeros. A googolplex is 10 raised to the power of one googol. You should memorize that, because you never can tell when you might be called to name the biggest number you can. If somebody calls it before you, say the same thing ‘plus one.’

JetBlue Airways was founded.

Job seeker website Monster.com was founded.

Jesse Ventura was elected Governer of Minnesota

Smartwater, vapor-distilled water was introduced. The next year, Fruitwater was available too.

The first W Hotel opened in New York on Lexington Ave and 49th Street.

Gillette introduced the Mach3 razor, the first triple-blade shaving tool.

Roy Berger did 3,416 push-ups in Ottawa, Canada on August 30.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1998: $1,300,000

The Habit:
Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

1st appearances & 1998’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Furby, Barbie and Ken as the Munsters Giftset, Betty Spaghetti

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Shakespeare In Love

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Saving Private Ryan
2. Armageddon
3. There’s Something About Mary
4. A Bug’s Life
5. The Waterboy
6. Doctor Dolittle
7. Rush Hour
8. Deep Impact
9. Godzilla
10. Patch Adams

1998 Most Popular TV shows:
1. E.R. (NBC)
2. Friends (NBC)
3. Frasier (NBC)
4. Veronica’s Closet (NBC)
5. Jesse (NBC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
8. Home Improvement (ABC)
9. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
10. NYPD Blue (ABC)’

1998 Billboard Number One Songs:
October 11, 1997 – January 16, 1998:
Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John

January 17 – January 30:
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

January 31 – February 13:
Together Again – Janet Jackson

February 14 – February 27:
Nice & Slow – Usher

February 28 – March 13:
My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion

March 14 – April 3:
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It – Will Smith

April 4 – April 24:
All My Life – K-Ci and JoJo

April 25 – May 29:
Too Close – Next

May 30 – June 5:
My All – Mariah Carey

June 6 – September 4:
The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica

September 5 – October 2:
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

October 3 – November 6:
The First Night – Monica

November 7 – November 13:
One Week – Barenaked Ladies

November 14 – November 27:
Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

November 28- December 4:
Lately – Divine

December 5 – January 15:
I’m Your Angel R. Kelly & Céline Dion

Sports:
World Series Champions: New York Yankees
Superbowl XXXII Champions: Denver Broncos
NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Lee Janzen
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Patrick Rafter/Lindsay Davenport
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Jana Novotna
NCAA Football Champions: Tennessee
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Real Quiet
World Cup (Soccer): France

Sports Highlights:
Mark McGuire hit 70 Home Runs

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