- January 17 – The Drudge Report breaks the story about U.S. President Bill Clinton’s alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky, which would lead to the House of Representatives’ impeachment of him.
- January 22 – “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty in the United States, and accepts a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
- March 1 – Titanic becomes the first film to gross US$1 billion. Titanic goes on to win 11 Oscars including Best Picture.
- September 4 – Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.