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



Walt Disney Pictures (1990) Touchstone Pictures (1986) Walt Disney Pictures (1995) Pixar Animation Studios (1995) Paramount (1995) Universal (1997) Columbia Pictures (1993) Tristar Pictures (1993) 20th Century Fox (1994)

In theaters, all major film studios (except Warner Bros.) continued using their 1997 logos on 1998 releases of their respective films.

Walt Disney Home Video (1991) Disney Videos (1995) Touchstone Home Video (1987) Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (1994) Paramount Home Video (1995) MCA Universal Home Video 1991 CIC Video (1997) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (1995-A) Columbia Tristar Home Video (1997) Warner Home Video (1997) MGM-UA Home Video (1993)

Their home video counterparts' logos were also virtually unchanged...

Walt Disney Television (1985) Buena Vista Television (1997) Paramount Television (1995) Universal Television (1997) 20th Century Fox Television (1995) Columbia Tristar Television (1996) Warner Bros. Television (1994) KingWorld (1990) 20th Television (1992) DiC (1990) Nickelodeon Productions (1997) Random House Home Video Sony Wonder (1995) Together Again Productions (1997) Barney Home Video (1995) Britt Allcroft (1989) Anchor Bay Entertainment (1998) 4Kids Productions (1998) Viz Video 1998 so were most television companies' logos.

NBC logo Cbs-logo American Broadcasting Company Logo PBS (1996) WGBH Boston (1993) WNET (1993) PBS Kids (1996) Fox logo TheWB95 UPN logo

Most television logos also remained unchanged.

HBO logo Showtime logo 1997 The Movie Channel 2000 Cinemax logo 1997 TBS Superstation logo 1999 TNT logo 1999 USA Network logo Disney Channel 1997 Nickelodeon Logo Cartoon Network GSN 1997

Some cable networks kept their logos from earlier years, while others' were changed.


Feature-length films from Walt Disney currently on sale:

Returnofjafar Aladdin3 Wdmc petesdragon Wdmc dumbo Wdmc aliceinwonderland Wdmc swordinthestone Wdmc robinhood Homewardbound2 Jamesandthegiantpeach Toystory vhs Hunchbackofnotredame Funandfancyfree Sleepingbeauty 1997 Junglebook 1997

Non-Disney movies available on VHS:

Goonies vhs Homealone vhs Hook vhs Homealone2 vhs Ghostbusters 1996vhs Ghostbusters2 1996vhs Starwars1 sevhs Starwars2 sevhs Starwars3 sevhs

Also available on DVD:

Themask dvd Matilda dvd Homewardbound dvd

Disney's Sing-Along Songs videos:

Dsas heighho(3) Disney zipadeedoodah vhs Dsas youcanfly(3) Dsas barenecessities(3) Dsas underthesea(2) Dsas disneylandfun(2) Dsas ilovetolaugh(2) Dsas beourguest(2) Dsas friendlikeme Dsas circleoflife Verymerrychristmassongs(3) Dsas 12daysofchristmas(2) Dsas campoutatwdw Dsas letsgotothecircus Dsas beachpartyatwdw Dsas colorsofthewind Dsas topsyturvy Dsas pongoandperdita


Home Alone continued airing annually on NBC, while Home Alone 2: Lost in New York aired on the Fox Network.

The Goonies continued to air on TNT and TBS.

The Mask aired again on the Fox Network on April 29.

The Wizard of Oz aired one more time on CBS on May 8.

The Lion King aired again on ABC on May 10.

Currently airing on syndication:

Fullhouse 1987 Wheeloffortune 1997 1997title

Currently airing on PBS:

Shiningtimestation logo Barney season3 Kidsongslogo1997 ArthurLogo

Shining Time Station last aired in the first half of 1998.

Currently airing on Nickelodeon:

LegendsoftheHiddenTemple Allthat

Legends of the Hidden Temple last aired in August.

Dr. Seuss videos currently on sale:

Thecatinthehat vhs Thelorax vhs Greeneggsandham vhs Hooberbloob vhs Grinchgrinchescatinthehat 1996vhs Pontoffelpock vhs Grinchnight vhs

Kidsongs videos currently on sale:

Kidsongs1997 macdonaldsfarm Kidsongs1997 carsboatstrainsplanes Kidsongs1997 daywiththeanimals Kidsongs1997 whatiwanttobe Kidsongs1997 dayatthecircus Kidsongs1997 dayatcamp Kidsongs1997 rollercoaster Kidsongs1997 verysillysongs Kidsongs1997 christmas Kidsongs1997 playalongsongs Kidsongs1995 talktotheanimals Kidsongs1997 countrysingalong Kidsongs1997 bopwiththebiggles Kidsongs1997 putonashow Kidsongs babyanimalsongs Kidsongs icandoit Kidsongs icandance

Barney Classic Collection videos currently on sale:

Waitingforsanta 1993 Magicalmusical Barneylive vhscover Imaginationisland vhscover Barneysongs vhs Campfiresingalong 1996 Barneygoestoschool 1996 Barneyinconcert 1996 Rockwithbarney 1996 Barneystalentshow Barneysfunandgames Barneys1234seasons Barneysonceuponatime Sensesationalday Musicalscrapbook vhs

Thomas & Friends videos currently on sale:

ThomasGetsTricked VHS JamesLearnsaLesson VHS TrustThomas 1995VHS ThomasGetsBumped VHS ThomasPercy&theDragon 1995VHS Daisy VHS JamesGoesBuzzBuzz VHS Percy'sGhostlyTrick VHS ThomasChristmasParty VHS RustytotheRescue VHS Thomas&theSpecialLetter VHS Thomas&HisFriendsHelpOut VHS TheGallantOldEngine VHS ThomasSingAlong&Stories VHS ThomasMeetstheQueen VHS

All episodes from these videos came from Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Peanuts videos currently on sale:

Greatpumpkin 1996 Charliebrownthanksgiving 1996 Charliebrownchristmas 1996 Newyearcharliebrown 1996 Bemyvalentine 1997vhs Easterbeagle 1996 Snoopy vhs1 Snoopy vhs2 Snoopy vhs3 Snoopy vhs4 Snoopy vhs5 Snoopy vhs6 Snoopy vhs7 Snoopy vol8 Snoopy vol9 YoureaGoodManCharlieBrownVHS2 A Charlie Brown Celebration VHS Itsarborbay vhs Isthisgoodbye vhs Itsanadventure vhs Goodsportcharliebrown 1996 Itsamysterycharliebrown Whathavewelearned vhs

Arthur videos currently on sale 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 Snes logo N64 logo Sega Saturn Logo

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

Mario (and Wario) video games currently on sale:

Sml playerschoice Sml2 Sml3 Smw2 Smrpg Sm64 Mk64

Sonic the Hedgehog video games currently on sale:

Soniccd windows Sonicjam SonicR

Donkey Kong video games currently on sale:

Dkc1 Dkc2 Dkc3 Dkr

Kirby video games currently on sale:

Kirbysdreamland Kirby pinball Kirbysdreamcourse Kirbysavalanche Kirbydreamland2 Kirbysblockball Kirbysuperstar Kirbysstarstacker Kirby3

While no Kirby games were released in North America this year, a Super NES version of Kirby's Star Stacker does exist in Japan only.


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

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 19
Total movies released on VHS 19
Total movies released on DVD 3
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