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Dateline: Events/Week Of January 1, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Michael Kennedy (39), son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, dies after he hits a tree while skiing in Aspen. Recently, Kennedy split up with his wife after his alleged affair with a baby sitter.

Israel’s Foreign Prime Minister David Levy resigns, sending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyshu’s governing coalition into its deepest crisis.

Congressman Sonny Bono dies from head injuries when he crashed into a tree while skiing at a Lake Tahoe resort. Bono veered off a wide-open area and was navigating through a narrow grove of trees when he smashed face-first into pine. He died immediately. 

President Clinton says he plans to propose the first balanced budget in 30 years. Any enactment of tax cuts he said would only bring back the deficit. 

Slaughter – Attackers swoop-down on four villages in western Algeria on the first day of Ramadan, killing 412 – including babies and children.

The Volkswagen Beetle – a restyled successor to the Bug from two decades ago, is back. Made in Mexico, it has more interior room and has more extras such as air conditioning. It’ll sell for $15,000.

A Chicago medical examiner says comedian Chris Farley died of an accidental overdose of cocaine and morphine. A narrowing of the arteries supplying the heart muscle was a significant contributing factor in his death.

Advertising – Burger King Promotion – January 1, 1998

Burger King announces it is giving away an estimated 9 million small orders of its French fries in a one-day promotion called “Free FryDay.”


Sports News – January 1, 1998

Passing – Helen Wills Moody – eight-time Wimbledon champion. She was 92.   

Bowl Games

Sugar Bowl – Florida St. 31 Ohio 14

Rose Bowl – Michigan 21 Washington State – 16

Citrus Bowl – Florida 21 Penn State 6

Cotton Bowl – UCLA 29 Texas A&M 23


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 1, 1998

Monday Night Football – 21.84

Touched By An Angel – 18.82

60 Minutes – 18.02

Movie-I Love Trouble – 17.64

Seinfeld – 16.34

Fox NVC Postgame – 14.82

 Home For Christmas – 14.67

King of the Hill – 14.56

X-Files – 14.48

Veronica’s Closet – 14.36

ER – 14.34

Home Improvement – 13.96

Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden – 13.80

20/20 – 13.70

The Simpsons – 13.44

Movie _ The River Wild – 13.43

Nateline NBC (Mon.) – 12.71


Television news – January 1, 1998

TV Land airs six hours of the 1970’s series “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” in a tribute to Sonny. A&E airs a new installment of “Biography” focusing on Bono.

The WB Network stresses in a news conference that its upcoming drama “Dawson’s Creek” is inappropriate for children.

Kathie Lee Gifford lashes out on her morning show with Regis Philbin, disputing news reports that the late Michel Kennedy had a sexual affair with his family’s baby sitter that began when she was 14. 


Entertainment/Movie News- January 1, 1998

Marry – Will Smith to actress Jada Pinkett. It’s the second for Smith (29) who has a 5-yearold son and the first for Ms. Pinkett (26). 


Music news – January 1, 1998

 Passing – Singer John Gary (65).

Passing – Ewart G. Abner Jr. – Headed Vee Jay Records during their early “Beatle” phase. 

Enya is releasing her fifth album. She’s the second most popular pop act from Ireland – only U2 tops her sales, which now stand at some 25 million albums. Not bad for an artist who has never toured – until now. She’s hitting talk shows and such to promote her “Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya” CD.  

VH1 presents “The Carpenters: Behind The Music” this week.


Top Movies – January 1, 1998


Tomorrow Never Dies

As Good As It Gets

House Hunt

Scream 2

Jackie Brown


An American Werewolf in Paris


Mr. Magoo

Wag the Dog

The Boxer

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