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Dateline: Events/Week Of February 18, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

In Las Vegas - the FBI says that material taken from two men who allegedly claimed they had enough anthrax to “wipe out the city” turned out to be a harmless veterinary vaccine. One of the men, Larry Harris of Lancaster, Ohio remains in federal custody awaiting a bail hearing on probation violation allegations from a 1995 case in which he illegally obtained bubonic plague bacteria by mail. The other man, William Leavitt of Logandale, Nevada, is released from custody on his own recognizance.

After a dramatic three-hour bargaining session - the United Nations and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein agree on a plan to allow U.N weapons inspections at eight disputed sites in a breakthrough that could head-off U.S. air assaults on Baghdad. The Clinton administration is proceeding cautiously. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned against a “phony solution” that might still force U.S. action. “It is possible that Annan will come with something we don’t like, in which case we will pursue our national interest.” Annan is the United Nations Secretary and was involved in the 3-hour negotiations.

President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky Scandal Update – February 18, 1998

President Clinton’s closest aide - White House lawyer Bruce Lindsey, testifies before a federal grand jury for four hours investigating the Monica S. Lewinsky case. The lawyer has played a central role in seeking to contain virtually every episode of controversial personal conduct that has threatened the president. It’s not known whether he’ll seek to assert the attorney-client privilege, or executive privilege to circumscribe questions he will answer under oath.

Others summoned to appear before the grand jury since January 27: Betty Currie (Clinton’s personal secretary), Leon Panetta (Former White House chief of staff), Ashley Raines (Lewinksky friend-White House employee), Evelyn Lieberman (Former deputy chief of staff); Robert Weiner (Works in White House drug policy office), George Stephanopoulos (Former presidential advisor), Caroline Self (Ex-White House intern in Currie’s office); Bayani B. Nelvis (White House steward), Chris Engskov (Personal assistant to the president), Justin Coleman (Former White House intern), John D. Podesta (Deputy White House chief of staff): Marcia Lewis (Monica Lewinsky’s mother), Neysa A. Erbland (Friend of Monica Lewinsky), Lewis C. Fox (Retired Secret Service officer) and Stephen Goodin (Former presidential assistant). 

More News – February 18, 1998

Still sending signals back from the edge of the universe, Voyager 1 becomes the most distant object made by humans - passing the 6.5 billion mile mark - breaking the record of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft. Voyager 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral on September 5, 1977.

Passing - Bob Merrill (74) Composer and lyricist. Worked on a string of musicals including “Funny Girl” and “Carnival.”

Civil rights pioneer Julian Bond is named the new chairman of the NAACP.


Sports News – February 18, 1998

Some U.S. hockey players trashed their rooms at the Olympic Village after being knocked out of the games. Two apartments were damaged by fire extinguishers. The Nagana games were the first to feature NHL players and the team was considered at least, a silver-medal contender going into the Olympics. Instead, they lost 4-1 to the Czech Republic.

 In an upset - Tara Lipinski (US) gets the gold medal for figure skating, beating Michelle Kwan (US) who gets the silver medal. As they competed against each other,  Lipinski gained a reputation as the better technical skater, Kwan the superior artistic skater.

The Winter games at Nagano, Japan close this week. For a while, winter weather threatened to close the event.  The next winter games are scheduled for Salt Lake City in 2002.

Passing - Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray (77). He began in Chicago broadcasting for 11 years with the White Sox and the last 16 with the Cubs. 


New Duracell Battery – Advertising News – February 18, 1998

Gillette Co. says it will be introducing a new kind of “Duracell” battery in May - the Duracell “Ultra.” They’ll be available in AA and AAA sizes. The company says the new batteries will last 50% longer than alkaline cells. 


Best-selling books – February 18, 1998

 “Birthday Letters” - Ted Hughes, “The Street Lawyer’ - John Grisham, “Memoirs Of A Geisha” - Arthur Golden, “Cold Mountain” - Charles Frazier, “Angela’s Ashes” - Frank McCourt, “Story” - Robert McKee, “Conversations With God, Book One” - Neale Donald Walsch, “Tuesdays With Morrie” - Mitch Alborn


Music  News – Results of the Grammy Awards – February 1998

Grammy Awards -

Record of the year - “Sunny Came Home” - Shawn Colvin

Album of the year - “Time Out of Mind” - Bob Dylan

Song of the year - “Sunny Came Home” - Shawn Colvin w/producer John Leventhal

Best new artist - Paula Cole


Pop Category

Best Female Vocal - Sarah McLachlan for “Building a Mystery”

Best Male Vocal - Elton John for “Candle In The Wind 1997”

Best Group Vocal - Jamiroquai for “Virtual Insanity”

Best Instrumental - Sarah McLachlan for “Last Dance”

Best Dance Recording - Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder for “Carry On”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal - Tony Bennett for “Tony Bennett on Holiday”


Rock Category

Best Female Rock Vocal - Finoa Apple for “Criminal”

Best Male Rock Vocal - Bob Dylan for “Cold Irons Bound”

Best Duo or Group Rock Performance - the Wallflowers for “One Headlight”

Best Hard Rock Performance - the Smashing Pumpkins for “The End Is The Beginning Is The End”

Best Metal Performance - Tool for “Aenema”


Best Rock Instrumental Performance - the Chemical Brothers for “Block Rockin’ Beats”

Best Rock Song” Jakob Dylan for “One Headlight” (performed by the Wallflowers)

Best Rock Album - John Fogerty for “Blue Moon Swamp”

Best Alternative Music Performance - Radiohead for “Blue Moon Swamp”


R&B Category

 Best Female Vocal - Erykah Badu for “On & On”

Best Male R&B Vocal - R. Kelly for “I Believe I Can Fly”

Best R& B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Blackstreet for “No Diggity”

Best R&B Song - R Kelly for “I Believe I Can Fly”

Best R&B Album - Erykah Badu for “Baduizm”


Country Category 

Best Female Vocal - Trisha Yearwood for “How Do I Live”

Best Male Vocal - Vince Gill for “Pretty Little Adriana

Best Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal - Alison Krauss & Union Station for “Looking In The Eyes Of Love”

Best Collaboration With Vocals - Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks for “In Another’s Eyes”

Best Instrumental - Alison Krauss & Union Station for “Little Liza Jane”

Best Country Song - “Butterfly Kisses” - written by Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas

Best County Album - “Unchained” - Johnny Cash (Rick Rubin, producer)

Best Bluegrass Album - “So Long So Wrong” - Alison Drauss & Union Station


Jazz Category

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance - Randy Brecker for “Into The Sun”

Best Vocal Jazz Performance - Dee Dee Bridgewater for “Dear-Ella”

Best Instrumental Jazz Solo - Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton for “Stardust”


Rap music category

Best Rap Solo - Will Smith for “Men In Black”

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans for “I’ll Be Missing You”


Best Rap Album - Puff Daddy & The Family for “No Way Out”


Entertainment News – February 18, 1998

This Monday - William Shatner chats with fans at www.startrek.com at 8pm eastern.

Passing - Grandpa Jones (84) - best known for his appearances on “Hee Haw” and the Grand Ole Opry - where he last appeared on January 3. Given name was Louis Marshall Jones. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 18, 1998

Winter Olympics-Fri (38.18), Winter Olympics-Wed (31.39), The Wedding (24.43), Winter Olympics-Mon (22.41), Seinfeld (21.25), Winter Olympics-Thurs (20.360, Winter Olympics-Tues, Surviving/Impact (19.67), The X-Files (19.25), Winter Olympics-Sun (18.42), Friends (18.27), Scariest Police Chases 4 (17.79), ER (17.68), King of the Hill (16.81), The Simpsons (16.50), 3rd Rock From The Sun (16.42), A Few Good Men (15.97), NYPD Blue (15.08), Casper (14.89), Veronica’s Closet (14.58), Crimson Tide (14.47), Sister Act 2 (14.04), The Drew Carey Show (12.93), Home Improvement-8pm (12.30).

Monday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of February 18, 1998

CBS - Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Closer, George & Leo, Brooklyn South

NBC - Movie, Dateline NBC

ABC - Will You Marry Me?, Movie

FOX - Melrose Place, Ally McBeal

UPN - In the House, Malcolm & Eddie, Good News, Sparks .

WB - 7th Heaven, Three

PBS - Antiques Roadshow, The American Experience


“Saturday Night Live” pays tribute to Chris Farley this weekend and will air a collection of his skits. The comedian died in December of an accidental drug overdose.

Katy Couric returns to the “Today” show, a month after her husband, NBC legal analyst Jay Monahan died of colon cancer at the age of 42. The co-host thanked viewers on her return after receiving more than 10,000 condolence cards and letters - “The heartfelt and compassionate letters and cards that so many of you have sent to me were enormously comforting and I’m so grateful.”


Top Pop Hit music (Top-40) – February 18, 1998

 “Together Again’ – Janet Jackson, “Nice And Slow” - Usher “How Do I Live” - Leann Rimes, “Truly Madly Deeply” - Savage Garden, “”Been Around The World” - Puff Daddy & The Family, “A Song For Mama” - Boys II Men, “I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again” - Uncle Sam, “No No No” - Destiny’s Child, “Too Much” - Spice Girls, “You Make Me Wanna” - Usher, “What You Want’ - Mase, “How’s It Going To Be” - Third Eye Blind, “I Don’t Want To Wait” - Paula Cole, “Dangerous” - Busta Rhymes, “Kiss The Rain” - Billie Myers.


Top music albums – February 18, 1998

Soundtrack – Titanic

Spiceworld – Spicegirls

Let’s Talk About Love – Celine Dion

Yield – Pearl Jam

My Way – Usher

Harlem world – Mase

Bill Willie Style – Will Smith

Back Street Boys 

Come On Over Shania Twain

Anytime – Brian McKnight

Tubthumper – Chumbawamba

Savage Garden – Savage Garden

Soundtrack – Soul Food

You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs – Leann Rimes

Butterfly – Mariah Carey

No Way Out -  Puff Daddy & The Family

Reload – Metallica

All I Have In This World Are… My Balls And My Word – Young Bleed

Levert, Sweat, Gill - LSG 


Top modern rock music tracks – February 18, 1998

Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) – Green Day

How’s It Going To Be – Third Eye Blind

Clumsy – Our Lady Peace

Touch Feel and Stand – Days of the New

My Own Prison – Creed

Brick – Ben Folds Five

Everything To Everyone - Everclear


Top rap music tracks – February 18, 1998

 Déjà vu (Uptown Baby) – Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz

Father - LL Cool J

Swing My Way – K.P. & Envyi

Gone Till November – WYCLEF Jean

What You Want Mase featuring Total

Make Em’ Say Uhh! – Master P

If You Think I’m Jiggy – The Lox

Burn - Militia


MTV Hit Video Rotation – February 18, 1998

3AM – Matchbox 20

Been Around The World – Puff Daddy

Getting’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

Pink – Aerosmith

Time Of Your Life – Green Day

Breakdown – Mariah Carey

Sex and Candy – marcy Playground

Going Out Of My Head – Fat Boy Slim

Dangerous – Busta Rhymes


Top Movie Video Sales – February 18, 1998

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Men In Black


Rage Against The Machine

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Air Bud

Playboy’s Girls Next Door


Top pop music hits in Britain – February 18, 1998

Doctor Jones – Squa

You make Me Wanna – Usher

Mulder and Scully – Catatonia

Getting’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

Never Ever – All Saints

Angels – Robbine Williams

Bamboogie – Bamboo

Amnesia – Chumbawamba

All Around The World – Oasis

Renegade Master ’98 - Wildchild



Top Movies – February 18, 1998

Titantic - Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

The Wedding Singer - Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

Sphere - Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson

Good Will Hunting - Matt Damon, Ben Afflect

As Good As It Gets - Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear

The Borrowers - John Goodman, Jim Broadbent

 The Replacement Killers - Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino

Great Expectations - Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow

Blues Brothers 2000 - John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd

L.A. Confidential - Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

The Apostle - Robert Duvall


Spice World - The Spice Girls

Wag The Dog

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