Tuesday, July 24, 2018

20 Years Ago on AOL.com: July 24, 1998 — US Capitol Shooting

[In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary.]

July 24, 1998: Saving Private Ryan opened; it was in the lead image promo.

Then, another conveniently placed bit of breaking news during the business day happened: the 1998 US Capitol shooting, where a gunman shot and killed two US Capitol Police officers (OK, convenient isn't the right word.)


This was the attack that ultimately led to the creation of the US Capitol Visitor Center.

I swapped out the first text promo, which was a generic Local Web Center (basically Digital City) promo, and replaced it with the news item:


In other happenings, this was the first promo block promotion for AOL NetMail. I think at this time it was still powered by an ActiveX plugin; it would become a lot more central to the site.

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