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Dateline: Events/Week Of February 8, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Germany offers the U.S. the use of its bases to strike at Iraq.

William Ginsburg – the attorney for Monica Lewinsky, accuses independent counsel Kenneth Starr of using strong arm tactics to pressure her to “say things that we can’t say” in accusing the President of misconduct.

National Security Advisor Samuel Berger declares that Saddam Hussein’s chemical and biological weapon capabilities constitute a direct security issue to the American people.

Improperly naturalized – the federal government launches a review and could revoke the citizenship of thousands naturalized in the 13 months before the 1996 elections.

The U.S. will send 3,000 more ground troops to Kuwait at the request of U.S. commanders there.

First Lady Hillary predicts that the controversy over her husband’s alleged relationship form Monica Lewinsky will slowly dissipate over time and she’s confident the public will stick with him.

Muslim militants are suspected in a series of bombings in India killing a total of 40.

 A federal grand jury hears closed-door testimony from Marcia Lewis – mother of Monica Lewinsky.

At Vatican City – Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Pope John Paul II chat about the next millennium, war, Iraq and religious discrimination. 

The Senate confirms David Satcher as Surgeon General.

203 perish when a China Airlines jet trying to land in heavy fog crashes short of the runway in Taiwan.

Cuba says it had decided to release more than 200 prisoners including some political detainees after Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Communist nation last month.

The Dow hits a record – 8.295.61.


Technology News – February 8, 1998

Microsoft Corp. is acquiring the rights to use content from Collier’s encyclopedia, for its Encarta CD-ROM.

AOL says it will raise the monthly rate for unlimited access by $2 – to $21.95.

E! Online partners with AOL. Also, Earthlink and Sprint join at the hip for Internet access.

AOL is trimming its entertainment Asylum and WorldPlay game sites – laying off 105 employees.


Sports News – February 8, 1998

Once again, Michael Jordan is named All-Star MVP as the East beats the West 135-114.

A federal magistrate rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can play the PGA and Nike tours with the aid of a golf cart.

CONCACAF Gold Cup – Mexico defeats the United States 1-0.

Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500.

“Buddy” – The golden retriever in Disney’s “Air Bud” – dies. He was about 10 years old.

Nagano Olympic Games Update – Jonny Moseley gets a gold in men’s freestyle skating. Russia’s Illia Kulik wins the men’s figure skating gold medal. Germany’s Katja Seizinger wins her second gold in skiing.


Music news – February 8, 1998

Passing – Falco (40) – best known for “Rock Me Amadeus.” He was killed in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic.

Diana Ross hosts “Motown 40: The Music is Forever” on ABC this Sunday.

Passing – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys of lung cancer. He was 51. His wife is the former Gina Martin – daughter of Dean Martin. He was considered the glue that held the band together during its crazy days. And, Carl is considered (by some) to be the band’s best lead singer.

VH1 pays tribute to Carl Wilson, airing the 1985 biography, “Beach Boys: An American Band.”

The Bee Gees and Celine Dion perform on HBO’s “The Bee Gees: One Night Only” from the MGM Grand.

MTV debuts the video “Frozen” – Madonna’s new single. Her “Ray of Light” album is due March 3.


Television news – January 8, 1998

Cher pays tribute to her late husband Sonny in a CBS special set for May. 

Seen on QVC – Cosmonauts on Mir – 300 miles above – hawking a Fisher Space Pen and three Sokol KV-2 spacesuits.

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of February 8, 1998

CBS – XVIII Winter Olympics from Nagano, Japan

NBC – Mad About You, Caroline, Frasier, Just Shoot Me, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno

ABC – Drew Carey, Soul Man, Home Improvement, Grace Under fire, NYPD Blue, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline, Charlie Rose

VH1 – Pop up video, 1998 Grammy Preview, Behind the Music

UPN – Moesha, Clueless

WB – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek

On Jay Leno – Helena Bonham Carter, Trisha Yearwood


Top Movies – February 8, 1998


The Replacement Killers

Good Will Hunting

Great expectations

As Good as it Gets

Spice World

Desperate Measures

Blues Brothers 2000

Deep Rising

Wag the Dog

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