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    Updated on Jul 16, 2018. Posted on Jul 14, 2018

    This Is What Summer Looked Like In 1998

    It was the summer that gave us Sex and the City, one of the greatest albums of all-time, and the rise of Amazon.

    1. Madonna was in the middle of her Ray of Light-era.

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    2. Brandy and Monica's iconic duet, "The Boy Is Mine," spent the entire summer at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


    3. Shania Twain's "You're Still The One," Usher's "My Way," and Next's "Too Close" were also BIG hits that summer.


    4. Lauryn Hill released her seminal debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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    5. The biggest teen heartthrobs were Hanson, Backstreet Boys, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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    6. The Spice Girls became a foursome after Geri Halliwell announced that she was leaving the group.

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    7. Sex and the City made its debut on HBO.

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    8. While Family Matters aired its final episode on CBS (it had left its home on ABC's TGIF the previous year).

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    9. MTV premiered its seventh season of The Real World, which was set in Seattle...


    10. ...while Daria wrapped up its second season.


    11. The Bulls won game six of the NBA Finals, beating out the Utah Jazz. It also marked the Bulls' sixth NBA championship.

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    12. Michael Jordan was voted MVP. It would also be the last game he would play with the Bulls.

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    13. France beat out Brazil 3-0 to win the FIFA World Cup.

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    14. Having the internet meant you were using dial-up and, also, you were most likely using AOL...

    At the time only 26% of US households had internet in their homes.

    15. ...since Google was still a few months away from launching.

    16. If you owned a cellphone it most likely was a Nokia (who were the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phones).

    17. Furbies were the biggest toy for kids.

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    18. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston began dating.

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    19. Other big Hollywood couples were Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, and Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

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    20. While Bruce Willis and Demi Moore announced they were splitting after 11 years of marriage.

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    21. Can't Hardly Wait was the teen comedy of the summer.

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    22. Disney released its 36th animated feature, Mulan.


    23. Disney Channel aired its original movie, Brink!

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    24. Amazon announced it would begin selling other things than books and CDs.

    25. Windows 98 was released.

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    26. The revolutionary Apple iMac went on sale.

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    27. The world remembered Princess Diana on the first anniversary of her death.

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    28. In politics, President Bill Clinton was heavily embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.


    29. The biggest movies of the summer were Saving Private Ryan, Armageddon, and There's Something About Mary.

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    30. And finally, the then-biggest movie of all-time, Titanic, was released on VHS.

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