The following events occurred in 1998.

Paper money

Denomination/series year Prevalence
$1-A (1998)
Series 1995 $1

At least 99%

All $1 bills printed from May through December 1997 (except the New York and San Francisco bills from May 1997) remained in circulation all year.

$2-F (1996)
Series 1995 $2

About 10~20% (the majority was still Series 1976)

$5-F (1995)
Series 1995 $5

At least 99%

All $5 bills printed from February through December 1997 remained in circulation all year.

$10-F (1995)
Series 1993 $10

About 18% as of January 1, 1998; less than 1% as of mid-1998

$10-G (1998)
Series 1995 $10

About 82% as of January 1, 1998 (48% of them from the BEP headquarters at Washington, D.C.); at least 99% as of mid-1998 All $10 bills printed from March through December 1997 remained in circulation all year.

$20-K (1994)
Series 1993 $20

About 36% as of January 1, 1998 (9% of them from the Western Currency Facility); less than 1% as of late 1998

$20-G (1996)
Series 1995 $20

About 64% as of January 1, 1998 (18% of them from the BEP headquarters at Washington, D.C.); about 34% as of December 31, 1998 All $20 bills printed from January (except those from New York) through December 1997 remained in circulation all year.

$50-G (1996)
Series 1993 $50

About 50% as of January 1, 1998; less than 1% as of mid-1998

$50-L (1999)
Series 1996 $50
About 50% as of January 1, 1998; at least 99% as of mid-1998
$100-I (1995)
Series 1993 $100

About 25% as of January 1, 1998; about 3% as of December 31, 1998

$100-K (1997)
Series 1996 $100
About 70% as of January 1, 1998; at least 97% as of December 31, 1998



Movie industry
Walt Disney Pictures (1990)
Walt Disney Pictures
Paramount (1995)
Paramount Pictures
Universal (1997)
Universal Pictures
Columbia Pictures (1993)
Columbia Pictures
20th Century Fox (1994)
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Warner Bros. Pictures (1992)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Tristar Pictures (1993)
TriStar Pictures
Touchstone Pictures (1986)
Touchstone Pictures
Terrestrial television networks
NBC logo
American Broadcasting Company Logo
PBS (1996)
PBS Kids (1996)
PBS for Kids
Fox logo
WB Network
UPN logo
Cable television networks
HBO logo
Showtime logo 1997
The Movie Channel 2000
The Movie Channel
Cinemax logo 1997
Disney Channel 1997
Disney Channel
The Family Channel
The Family Channel
USA Network 1996
USA Network
Nickelodeon Logo
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
TBS Superstation logo 1999
TNT logo 1999
GSN 1997
Game Show Network
Television production companies
Walt Disney Television (1985)
Walt Disney Television
Paramount Television (1995)
Paramount Television
Universal Television (1997)
Universal Television
Columbia Tristar Television (1996)
Columbia TriStar Television
20th Century Fox Television (1995)
20th Century Fox Television
Warner Bros. Television (1994)
Warner Bros. Television
WGBH Boston (1993)
WGBH Boston
DiC (1990)
DiC Entertainment
Britt Allcroft (1989)
The Britt Allcroft Company
KingWorld (1990)
Buena Vista Television (1997)
Buena Vista Television
Nickelodeon Productions (1997)
Nickelodeon Productions
20th Television (1994)
20th Television
Home video industry
Walt Disney Home Video (1991)
Walt Disney Home Video
Paramount Home Video (1995)
Paramount Home Video
MCA Universal Home Video 1991
MCA/Universal Home Video
Columbia Tristar Home Video (1997)
Columbia TriStar Home Video
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (1995-A)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Warner Home Video (1997)
Warner Home Video
CIC Video (1997)
CIC Video
MGM-UA Home Video (1993)
MGM/UA Home Video
Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (1994)
Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
Sony Wonder (1995)
Sony Wonder
Together Again Productions (1997)
Together Again Productions
Random House Home Video
Random House Home Video
Disney Videos (1995)
Disney Videos (international only)
Touchstone Home Video (1987)
Touchstone Home Video
Video Treasures (1995)
Video Treasures
Barney Home Video (1995)
Barney Home Video
Lyrick Studios (1997)
Lyrick Studios


Box office totals
1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope $460,998,007
2 The Lion King $312,855,561
3 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $309,306,177
4 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back $290,475,067
5 Home Alone $285,761,243
6 Ghostbusters $238,632,124
7 Toy Story $191,796,233
8 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $173,585,516
9 Pocahontas $141,579,773
10 The Mask $119,938,730
11 Hook $119,654,823
12 Ghostbusters II $112,494,738
13 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $100,138,851
14 The Goonies $61,389,680
15 The Aristocats $35,452,658
16 Matilda $33,459,416
17 My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) $5,958,456
Non-Disney movies on VHS
Starwars1 sevhs
Star Wars
Starwars2 sevhs
The Empire Strikes Back
Starwars3 sevhs
Return of the Jedi
Ghostbusters 1996vhs
Goonies vhs
The Goonies
Ghostbusters2 1996vhs
Ghostbusters II
Homealone vhs
Home Alone
Hook vhs
Homealone2 vhs
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Disney movies on VHS
Wdmc dumbo
Wdmc swordinthestone
The Sword in the Stone
Wdmc aliceinwonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Wdmc robinhood
Robin Hood
Wdmc petesdragon
Pete's Dragon
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
James and the Giant Peach
Toystory vhs
Toy Story
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
101dalmatians 1997
101 Dalmatians
Fun and Fancy Free
Marypoppins 1997
Mary Poppins
Sleepingbeauty 1997
Sleeping Beauty
Junglebook 1997
The Jungle Book
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Also available on DVD
Themask dvd
The Mask
Wizardofoz 1997
The Wizard of Oz
Matilda dvd
Homewardbound dvd
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Disney's Sing-Along Songs
Dsas heighho(3)
Heigh Ho
Disney zipadeedoodah vhs
Dsas youcanfly(3)
You Can Fly
Dsas barenecessities(3)
The Bare Necessities
Dsas underthesea(2)
Under the Sea
Dsas disneylandfun(2)
Disneyland Fun
Dsas ilovetolaugh(2)
Dsas beourguest(2)
Be Our Guest
Dsas friendlikeme
Friend Like Me
Dsas 12daysofchristmas(2)
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Very Merry Christmas Songs
Dsas circleoflife
Circle of Life
Dsas campoutatwdw
Campout at Walt Disney World
Dsas letsgotothecircus
Let's Go to the Circus!
Dsas beachpartyatwdw
Beach Party at Walt Disney World
Dsas colorsofthewind
Colors of the Wind
Dsas topsyturvy
Topsy Turvy
Dsas pongoandperdita
Pongo & Perdita


Program title Network Broadcast date/time(s) No. of seasons
Wheeloffortune 1997
Wheel of Fortune
First-run syndication
(Season 15 on weekdays, Season 14 on weekends)
7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. 15
First-run syndication
(Season 14 on weekdays, Season 13 on weekends)
7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. 14
Fullhouse 1993
Full House
Off-network syndication 8
Shiningtimestation logo
Shining Time Station
Barney season3
Barney & Friends
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
USA Network 1
Sonic Christmas Blast
USA Network N/A
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Nickelodeon 3
The Kidsongs Television Show
All That
Nickelodeon 4
Also available on VHS
Thecatinthehat vhs
The Cat in the Hat
Thelorax vhs
The Lorax
Greeneggsandham vhs
Dr. Seuss on the Loose
Hooberbloob vhs
The Hoober-Bloob Highway
Grinchgrinchescatinthehat 1996vhs
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat
Pontoffelpock vhs
Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano
Grinchnight vhs
Grinch Night
Kidsongs1997 macdonaldsfarm
Kidsongs: A Day at Old MacDonald's Farm
Kidsongs1997 carsboatstrainsplanes
Kidsongs: Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes
Kidsongs1997 daywiththeanimals
Kidsongs: A Day with the Animals
Kidsongs1997 whatiwanttobe
Kidsongs: What I Want to Be!
Kidsongs1997 dayatthecircus
Kidsongs: A Day at the Circus
Kidsongs1997 dayatcamp
Kidsongs: A Day at Camp
Kidsongs1997 rollercoaster
Kidsongs: Ride the Roller Coaster
Kidsongs1997 verysillysongs
Kidsongs: Very Silly Songs
Kidsongs1997 christmas
Kidsongs: We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Kidsongs1997 playalongsongs
Kidsongs: Play Along Songs
Kidsongs1995 talktotheanimals
Kidsongs: If We Could Talk to the Animals
Kidsongs1997 countrysingalong
Kidsongs: Country Sing-Along
Kidsongs1997 bopwiththebiggles
Kidsongs: Boppin' with the Biggles
Kidsongs1997 putonashow
Kidsongs: Let's Put on a Show!
Kidsongs babyanimalsongs
Kidsongs: Baby Animal Songs
Kidsongs icandance
Kidsongs: I Can Dance!
Kidsongs icandoit
Kidsongs: I Can Do It!
Waitingforsanta 1993
Barney & the Backyard Gang: Waiting for Santa
Barney's Magical Musical Adventure
Barneylive vhscover
Barney Live! in New York City
Imaginationisland vhscover
Barney's Imagination Island
Campfiresingalong 1996
Barney & the Backyard Gang: Campfire Sing-Along
Barneygoestoschool 1996
Barney & the Backyard Gang: Barney Goes to School
Barneyinconcert 1996
Barney & the Backyard Gang: Barney in Concert
Rockwithbarney 1996
Barney & the Backyard Gang: Rock with Barney
Barneysongs vhs
Barney Songs
Barney's Talent Show
Barney's Fun & Games
Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons
Barney's Once Upon a Time
Barney's Sense-Sational Day
Musicalscrapbook vhs
Barney's Musical Scrapbook
ThomasGetsTricked VHS
Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories
JamesLearnsaLesson VHS
James Learns a Lesson and Other Stories
TrustThomas 1995VHS
Trust Thomas and Other Stories
ThomasGetsBumped VHS
Thomas Gets Bumped and Other Stories
ThomasPercy&theDragon 1995VHS
Thomas, Percy and the Dragon and Other Stories
Daisy VHS
Daisy and Other Thomas Stories
JamesGoesBuzzBuzz VHS
James Goes Buzz Buzz and Other Thomas Stories
Percy'sGhostlyTrick VHS
Percy's Ghostly Trick and Other Thomas Stories
ThomasChristmasParty VHS
Thomas' Christmas Party and Other Stories
RustytotheRescue VHS
Rusty to the Rescue and Other Thomas Stories
Thomas&theSpecialLetter VHS
Thomas and the Special Letter and Other Stories
Thomas&HisFriendsHelpOut VHS
Thomas and His Friends Help Out
TheGallantOldEngine VHS
The Gallant Old Engine and Other Thomas Stories
ThomasSingAlong&Stories VHS
Thomas: Sing-Along and Stories
ThomasMeetstheQueen VHS
Thomas Meets the Queen and Other Stories

Arthur videos from Sony Wonder:

  • Arthur's Eyes / Francine's Bad Hair Day
  • Arthur's Pet Business / D.W. the Copycat
  • Arthur Writes a Story / Locked in the Library!
  • Arthur's Teacher Trouble / Arthur's Spelling Trubble
  • D.W.'s Imaginary Friend / Arthur's Lost Library Book
  • Arthur's Baby / D.W.'s Baby

Video Games

Gameboy logo
Sml playerschoice
Super Mario Land
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby pinball
Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Star Stacker
Snes logo
Smw playerschoice
Super Mario World
Super Mario Kart
Smas playerschoice
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Avalanche
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Sega Saturn Logo
Sonic Jam
Sonic R
For Windows 95 PCs
Soniccd windows
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
N64 logo
Super Mario 64
Mario Kart 64
Diddy Kong Racing

Sega continued with only the aging Saturn for 1998, while Nintendo still had the Game Boy, Super NES and Nintendo 64.


Albums currently on sale:

Barney album1 Barney album2 Themask mmp Lionking soundtrack Pocahontas soundtrack Toystory ost Hunchbackofnotredame soundtrack Classicdisneyvol1 Classicdisneyvol2 Classicdisneyvol3 Classicdisneyvol4 Wizardofoz soundtrackStarwars4 soundtrack Starwars5 soundtrack Starwars6 soundtrack Kidsongs farmalbum Kidsongs carsalbum Kidsongs christmasalbum Kidsongs icandancealbum


Windows95c cover Winntworkstation cover

Windows 95 and NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3) remained the current operating systems from Microsoft.


Some notable websites in use this year include:

What's new for 1998

Month unknown

Matilda began airing on Showtime and The Movie Channel.

Mlp cdrom

This was the only piece of media for the G2 ponies of the My Little Pony franchise.

Warner Bros. Pictures (1998) Warner Bros. Television (1998)

When Warner Bros. turned 75 years old, its next logo went in use on all 1998 releases from the company.


Down on Barney's Farm was the last video to include one Season 1 episode.

Columbia Tristar Home Video (1993)

The 1993 Columbia TriStar Home Video logo returned for 1998.

PAX logo

The PAX TV logo went into use when the network launched this year.

DreamWorks SKG (1997) DreamWorks Home Entertainment (1998)

DreamWorks SKG was introduced.

New sites first archived on the Wayback Machine this year include:


While no new events really occurred in January, this was the last month for production of new copies of Fun and Fancy Free, Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book on VHS.



Hercules, Disney's next animated feature, was released on VHS on February 3.

ThomasandHisFriendsGetAlong VHS

Thomas and His Friends Get Along included episodes seen on previous videos.

Another three Arthur videos went on sale:

  • Arthur's New Puppy / Buster's Dino Dilemma (February 10, 1998)
  • Arthur's Chicken Pox / Arthur and the True Francine (February 10, 1998)
  • D.W.'s Blankie / The Perfect Brother (February 10, 1998)


Pocahontas premiered on ABC on March 1.

Peterpan 1998

Peter Pan was released on VHS to promote the film's 45th anniversary.


Wario Land II was originally released in monochrome.


Yoshi's Story, previously known as Yoshi's Island 64, hit stores on March 9.

Marypoppins dvd

Still a Masterpiece Collection title, Mary Poppins was released on DVD this month.

Littlemermaid 1998

The Little Mermaid followed Peter Pan in the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection on March 31.


101dalmatians 1998dvd

The live action 101 Dalmatians got a DVD on April 21.

Toon Disney

Toon Disney launched this month on cable television.


Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was one of Toon Disney's acquired shows.

Three more Arthur videos hit stores:

  • Arthur's First Sleepover / Arthur's Lost Dog (April 14, 1998)
  • D.W. Rides Again / Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe (April 14, 1998)
  • Arthur Makes the Team / Meek for a Week (April 14, 1998)


$20-D (2000)

The redesigned Series 1996 $20 bill was unveiled on May 20, 1998, and was released to circulation on September 24. As of December 31, 1998, about 66% of all $20 bills in circulation were Series 1996.



Melody Time was released on VHS for its 50th anniversary on June 2.

Windows98 Internetexplorer4sp2

Introduced in June was Windows 98, the successor to Windows 95. It included Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.


Dsas honortousall

Promoting the release of Mulan in theaters was its own sing-along video, Honor to Us All.

There were also two more Arthur videos:

  • Arthur's Tooth / Sick as a Dog
  • D.W., the Picky Eater / Buster and the Daredevils


Theblackcauldron Pocahontas2 vhs

On August 4, two Disney videos hit stores: The Black Cauldron and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.

Fox Family Channel

Shining Time Station moved to Fox Family Channel on August 17. Only Seasons 2 and 3 (starring George Carlin's Mr. Conductor) aired there.

ThomasComestoBreakfast VHS ABigDayForThomas VHS

These two Thomas & Friends videos, like Thomas and His Friends Get Along, had episodes from previous videos.

The second generation of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was first unveiled on August 22. It included new designs of the main characters, as well as some footage from the next game, Sonic Adventure.

Dsas happyhaunting

Another Disneyland sing-along video, Happy Haunting Party at Disneyland, was released this month.

Kidsongs billysbirthday Kidsongs meetthebiggles Kidsongs bigglesalbum

The last two Kidsongs videos were part of a series called "Adventures in Biggleland". They were Billy's Birthday and Meet the Biggles. A soundtrack album for Meet the Biggles was also released.



The very first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, hit bookstores this month.


10 of the 23 Kidsongs videos aired on PBS as special presentations. The last five of these videos also included a segment from Meet the Biggles.

Wheeloffortune 1997 1998title

The next seasons of these game shows premiered this month. Starting this season, a Jeopardy! Online bumper was added at the end of every episode.

Pokemon Logo

Pokémon premiered on September 7 on various television stations.


Return to Pride Rock was released on CD and cassette to promote The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

Ladyandthetramp 1998

Lady and the Tramp was Disney's next Masterpiece Collection title on September 15.


The last volume of Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic was released on audio CD and cassette, containing 25 more songs from random Disney movies.

Pokemon-red Pokemon-blue

The very first Pokémon video game was released for the Game Boy on September 30.


Reruns of Full House made their cable television debut on TBS.

ABC aired The Hunchback of Notre Dame on October 18.

Beautyandthebeast2 dvd

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas got a DVD release this month.


The Lion King II: Simba's Pride hit stores on October 27.


PBS (1998)

PBS updated its logo late in 1998.

Wizardofoz 1998

The Wizard of Oz was re-issued in theaters on November 6.


PBS Kids' current flagship television series, Arthur, got a third season.

Gameboycolor logo

The Game Boy Color included built-in color graphics for portable games from Nintendo.

Catinthehat 1998vhs Greeneggsandham 1998vhs

After Fox Kids Video ended, some Dr. Seuss specials were re-released with two films per cassette.

The first Star Wars prequel film, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, got a teaser trailer on November 18, 1998. It was attached to most prints of A Bug's Life, The Rugrats Movie, and on some late prints of The Wizard of Oz re-issue.

Abugslife Abugslife soundtrack

A Bug's Life followed Toy Story as Pixar's next animated feature on November 25. A soundtrack album was released alongside the film.

Pokemon vol1

The first volume of Pokémon was released on VHS and DVD. It had 3 episodes.



Sonic Christmas Blast began airing on Toon Disney annually.

All That's fifth season premiered on Nickelodeon with new sketches and two new cast members replacing an old one.

A new set of outtakes for A Bug's Life replaced the original outtakes starting on December 18.


As of December 31, 1998:
Total movies released in theaters (out of 99) 19
Total movies released on VHS (out of 38) 19
Total movies released on DVD (out of 100) 3
Total Disney animated features released on VHS (out of 36) 32
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