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Dateline: Events/Week Of January 25, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky Update

President Clinton denies having sex with Monica Lewinsky, calling allegations false. He looked into a TV camera and told the world – “I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time. Never. These allegations are false.”

First Lady Hillary appears on the “Today” show and charged that a cabal of political enemies was behind the allegations that President Clinton had carried-on with Ms. Lewinsky.

More News – January 25, 1998

State of the Union address – President Clinton set aside his troubles to say – “This is not a time to rest. It is a time to build.” “Rarely have Americans lived through so much change, in so many ways, in so short a time. Quietly but with gathering force, the ground has shifted beneath our feet.”

White House officials say time is running out for Iraq to comply with U.N. weapons inspections and they may take military action unless Iraqi President Sadam Hussein cooperates fully with the U.N. mission.  

Japan – Finance Minister Hiroshi Mitsuzuka resigns – just after prosecutors arrested two key officials in his ministry for taking bribes from the banks they regulated. A third official already has committed suicide.

Donation probe - A federal grand jury brings charges against Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie, a longtime friend of President Clinton and a major democratic fundraiser. He was indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and election code violations.

India – A mammoth conspiracy trial ends with convictions for all 26 people tried in the 1991 suicide bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. All 26 will be hanged.

Space shuttle Endeavour uncoupled from Mir and disappeared into the void, leaving behind astronaut Andrew Thomas for a 4 ½ month stay that will be the last by an American. Going home is David Wolf – after his four-month stay.


Business/Economy News – January 25, 1998

General Motors reports a record fourth-quarter – net income of $1.7 billion. Meanwhile – Ford does great too  - with a 56% profit increase for 1997.

J.C. Penny will close 75 stores and lay-off 4,900.

Software store Egghead says it’s closing all stores and will concentrate its business on the Internet. 


Health News – January 25, 1998

The FDA approves Oxyglobin – the first artificial blood – but it’s for dogs.


Sports News – January 25, 1998

Super Bowl XXXII – In San Diego - Terrell Davis gets the Super Bowl MVP as Denver defeats Green Bay – 31-24. Super Bowl TV ratings – 133.4 million viewers (NBC).

Kobe Bryant (19) of the Los Angeles Lakers – becomes the youngest NBA player to make the all-star team!


Music news – January 25, 1998

American Music Awards

The Spice Girls won big – three awards – new artist, favorite group and album. Frank Sinatra got a special Award for Merit. Frank’s home – and recouping for his heart attack, but accepting it was daughter Nancy. Babyface got best male artist in the pop-rock and soul/R&B category.

Michael Crawford has sued the Las Vegas MGM Grand, claiming they unfairly fired him. Crawford is known for “Phantom of the Opera.”

More Spice Girls – Last week’s Spice Girls pay-per-view concert drew 130,000 paying households.  


Television news – January 25, 1998

The Oprah Winfrey show begins a number of shows from Amarillo – where Oprah is a defendant in a lawsuit brought on by a cattleman over remarks she made on a 1996 show about American beef and mad-cow disease. Patrick Swayze is the guest.

New show on the WB – “Dawson’s Creek.”

Yasmine Bleeth stars in an NBC-TV movie “The Lake” on Sunday.

Passing – Lawyer Jay Monahan – legal analyst for NBC News and husband of Katie Couric... of colon cancer. He was 42.

Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – January 25, 1998

CBS – The Magnificent Seven, Early Edition, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC – TV Censored Bloopers ’98, The Pretender, Profiler, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Movie, ABC News Saturday Night

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

MTV – Real World, Road Rules, Jenny McCarthy, Singled Out


Top Movies – January 25, 1998


Spice World

Good Will Hunting

As Good As It Gets


Wag the dog

Hard Rain

Half Baked


Tomorrow Never Dies

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