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This Is What The World Was Like In 1998

It was the epic year that gave us Auto-Tune, Titanic-mania, Britney, and the comeback of Apple.

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1. Saving Private Ryan, Armageddon, and There's Something About Mary were among the five biggest films of the year.

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Saving Private Ryan was actually the highest-grossing movie released that year.

2. Titanic not only became the first movie to gross over a billion dollars at the box office, it also spent the first 13 weeks of 1998 at No. 1.

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The movie actually spent 15 consecutive weeks at No. 1, but two of them were in 1997.


11. Madonna released Ray of Light and the Beastie Boys released Hello Nasty.


20. The very first trailer for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was released in theaters.

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And many Star Wars fans bought tickets to movies they didn't care about just to catch the trailer.


26. The Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard interrupted Shawn Colvin while she was receiving her Grammy for Song of the Year, to give his infamous "Wu-Tang is for the children" speech:

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Dirty was mad that Wu-Tang had lost out to Puffy for Best Rap Album earlier in the show.

31. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published for the first time in the US, while The Chamber of Secrets was published in the UK.

32. Brink! and Halloweentown both premiered on the Disney Channel.