October 30, 1998: John Carpenter's Vampires was the lead promo. I have no answer for the question posed in the headline, though I will say that in the late 1990s, I still hadn't developed a taste for garlic, which explains the wording.
John Glenn's historic space mission remained in the top block as a text promo.
[Series note: 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 under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]