A look at what was going on in the world the year the class of 2020 were born.

Most members of this year’s incoming class were born in or around 1998, the year Seinfeld ended, the first MP3 player hit the American market, and the Furby began terrifying kids everywhere.

As the members of #NYU2020 prepare to start the next chapter of their lives, we're celebrating with a look way back (18 years!) to where it all began (for them, at least). Here are some other milestones from that great year.

photo: Furby toy on a table

Photo: blamethecrane, via flickr.

In 1998...

...Google was founded.

the first Apple iMac was introduced.

…Billboard Hot 100 no. 1 singles included “The Boy Is Mine” (Brandy and Monica), “Truly Madly Deeply” (Savage Garden), “All My Life” (K-Ci & JoJo), “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Aerosmith), “Getting’ Jiggy wit It” (Will Smith), and, of course, “My Heart Will Go On” (Celine Dion).  

ERFriends, and Frasier were the most popular shows on TV.

...Saving Private RyanArmageddon, and There’s Something About Mary earned the most at the box office.

Titanic won the Oscar for best picture. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon took Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting.

…Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls.

…Dawson’s Creek debuted.

...a postage stamp cost 32 cents.

…Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened.

…Al Gore spoke at NYU’s Commencement.

…UHall opened on 14th Street.

…the Yankees won the World Series.

… Gilette introduced the Mach3 razor (after $750 million of research and development).

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in the U.S.

And the rest is history?