1998 in history

1998 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1998, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1998.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1998 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1998 in Britain too.

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1998

  • The first MP3s were created.

  • DVDs were sold for the first time.

  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire [UK version] aired for the first time - good for audio

  • Titanic was released in Ireland and later won 11 Oscars [NB: released in Britain December 1997]

  • Other films released in this year included Godzilla, There's Something About Mary, Saving Private Ryan and Armageddon.

  • Spin-off chart show CD:UK, with Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley, was shown for the first time.

  • Google.com was founded by students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

  • The creepy-looking children's toy Furby was introduced in this year.

  • Robot Wars took place for the first time.

  • The Ford Focus was launched.

  • Dawson's Creek, Celebrity Deathmatch and That 70s Show were shown for the first time.

  • Opal Fruits officially became Starburst to match the American branding. The change was made by Mars, who also owned Marathon bars.

  • Geri Halliwell quit the Spice Girls during the middle of the European leg of their SpiceWorld tour. At first she said she was just ill, and later said it was due to depression and issues within the group.

  • Eurovision Song Contest was held in Birmingham, at the National Indoor Arena. It was presented by Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson.

1998 in Ireland

  • Westlife were formed in this year.

  • Ireland's first commercial TV channel TV3 was launched.

  • It was the last year that the Punt was traded.

  • Liffey Valley shopping centre opened. It replaced a larger, controversial development called Quarryvale.


While these facts about 1998 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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