The following events occurred in 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.
Series 1995 $2
About 10~20% (the majority was still Series 1976)
Series 1995 $5
At least 99%
All $5 bills printed from February through December 1997 remained in circulation all year.
Series 1993 $10
About 18% as of January 1, 1998; less than 1% as of mid-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.
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
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.
Series 1993 $50
About 50% as of January 1, 1998; less than 1% as of mid-1998
Series 1996 $50
|About 50% as of January 1, 1998; at least 99% as of mid-1998|
Series 1993 $100
About 25% as of January 1, 1998; about 3% as of December 31, 1998
Series 1996 $100
|About 70% as of January 1, 1998; at least 97% as of December 31, 1998|
In theaters, all major film studios (except Warner Bros.) continued using their 1997 logos on 1998 releases of their respective films.
Their home video counterparts' logos were also virtually unchanged...
...as so were most television companies' logos.
Most television logos also remained unchanged.
Some cable networks kept their logos from earlier years, while others' were changed.
Feature-length films from Walt Disney currently on sale:
Non-Disney movies available on VHS:
Also available on DVD:
Disney's Sing-Along Songs videos:
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:
Currently airing on PBS:
Shining Time Station last aired in the first half of 1998.
Currently airing on Nickelodeon:
Legends of the Hidden Temple last aired in August.
Dr. Seuss videos currently on sale:
Kidsongs videos currently on sale:
Barney Classic Collection videos currently on sale:
Thomas & Friends videos currently on sale:
Peanuts videos currently on sale:
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
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:
Sonic the Hedgehog video games currently on sale:
Donkey Kong video games currently on sale:
Kirby video games currently on sale:
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:
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.
This was the only piece of media for the G2 ponies of the My Little Pony franchise.
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.
The 1993 Columbia TriStar Home Video logo returned for 1998.
The PAX TV logo went into use when the network launched this year.
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.
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.
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.
Still a Masterpiece Collection title, Mary Poppins was released on DVD this month.
The Little Mermaid followed Peter Pan in the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection on March 31.
The live action 101 Dalmatians got a DVD on April 21.
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)
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.
Introduced in June was Windows 98, the successor to Windows 95. It included Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 1.
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
On August 4, two Disney videos hit stores: The Black Cauldron and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
Shining Time Station moved to Fox Family Channel on August 17. Only Seasons 2 and 3 (starring George Carlin's Mr. Conductor) aired there.
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.
Another Disneyland sing-along video, Happy Haunting Party at Disneyland, was released this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 updated its logo late in 1998.
The Wizard of Oz was re-issued in theaters on November 6.
PBS Kids' current flagship television series, Arthur, got a third season.
The Game Boy Color included built-in color graphics for portable games from Nintendo.
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.
A Bug's Life followed Toy Story as Pixar's next animated feature on November 25. A soundtrack album was released alongside the film.
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|
|Total movies released on VHS|
|Total movies released on DVD|