Thursday December 31, 1998, NewYear’s Eve

US date format: 12/31/1998, UK date format: 31/12/1998

It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 31, 1998). The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. In that special week of December people in US were listening to I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly. In UK Believe by Cher was in the top 5 hits. Pourquoi pas moi?, directed by Stéphane Giusti, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1998 while Charming Billy by Alice McDermott was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching See How They Run. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Genghis Khan: Aoki Ookami to Shiroki Mejika IV or Dynamite Cop.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 31, 1998?


Holidays

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.

Events

  • US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year
  • The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.
  • Ibrahim Hanna, the last native speaker of Mlahsô, dies in Qamishli, Syria, making the language effectively extinct. Also, the last native speaker of related Bijil Neo-Aramaic dies in Jerusalem.
  • The first leap second since June 30, 1997 occurs. In the eurozone, the currency rates of this day are fixed permanently.

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Pourquoi pas moi?

Pourquoi pas moi?

Directed by: Stéphane Giusti

Starring: Amira Casar, Julie Gayet, Bruno Putzulu, Alexandra London

In Dreams

In Dreams

Directed by: Neil Jordan

Starring: Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Sagona, Aidan Quinn

Last Call

Last Call

Directed by: Christine Lucas

Starring: Peter Coyote, Eric Michael Cole, Lorene Prieto, Elizabeth Rossa

Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Starring: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija, Peter Firth

Bimboland

Bimboland

Directed by: Ariel Zeitoun

Starring: Judith Godrèche, Aure Atika, Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Forte

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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See How They Run

See How They Run

Directed by: Emily Morse

Grafters

Grafters

Directed by: Nicholas J. DeMicco

The Life of Birds

The Life of Birds

Starring: David Attenborough

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Brimstone

Brimstone

Directed by: Martin Koolhoven

Home Farm Twins

Home Farm Twins

Days to next December 31

If December 31, 1998 is your birthday you're 21 years, 8 months, 27 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 4 days.
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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1998?

Books

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Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

Charming Billy

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Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics.

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

Rainbow Six

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In this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, author Tom Clancy takes readers into the shadowy world of anti-terrorism and gets closer to reality than any government would care to admit...

All Through The Night by Mary Higgins Clark

All Through The Night

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Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, celebrates the season with this Christmas classic featuring two of her most beloved characters.

The Endurance by Caroline Alexander

The Endurance

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In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: …

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Where the Heart Is

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Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Genghis Khan: Aoki Ookami to Shiroki Mejika IV

Genghis Khan: Aoki Ookami to Shiroki Mejika IV

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Koei

Dynamite Cop

Dynamite Cop

Platform: Arcade, Dreamcast, PS2

Genre: Beat 'em up

Publisher: Sega

Chameleon Twist 2

Chameleon Twist 2

Platform: Nintendo 64

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Sunsoft

Grand Prix Legends

Grand Prix Legends

Platform: PC (Win)

Genre: Sim racing

Publisher: Sierra Sports

Duke Nukem: Time To Kill

Duke Nukem: Time To Kill

Platform: PlayStation

Genre: Third-person shooter

Publisher: NA GT Interactive Software; EU Take-Two Interactive

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Financial News

Stock Markets and Exchange Rates


Stock Markets

  • ExxonMobil XOM: opens at $74.25
  • Apple AAPL: opens at $40.50
  • Microsoft MSFT: opens at $139.19
  • General Electric GE: opens at $102.06
  • International Business Machines IBM: opens at $186.75

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 31, 1998?

On December 31, 1998 the day of the week was Thursday.

What zodiac sign is December 31, 1998?

On December 31, 1998 the zodiac sign was Capricorn.

Who was the US President on December 31, 1998?

On December 31, 1998 the US President was Bill Clinton (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 31, 1998?

On December 31, 1998 the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour).

Who was the Pope on December 31, 1998?

On December 31, 1998 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

What was the number one song in December 31, 1998?

The number one song in the week of December 31, 1998 was I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly in US and Believe by Cher in UK.

What were the top hits on December 31, 1998?

The top hits on December 31, 1998 were I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly, Nobody's Supposed To Be Here by Deborah Cox, Lately by Divine in US and Believe by Cher, Chocolate Salty Balls (PS I Love You) by Chef, I Love The Way You Love Me by Boyzone in UK.


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