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

 

In The News

President Clinton says a bill to wipe out the U.s. tax code and replace it with a radical new system is “misguided, reckless and irresponsible.” And he warned that it could imperil the economy.

The Supreme Court prohibits same-sex harassment. Now, men who are victims of severe n-the-job sexual harassment from other men can seek damages I federal court – so can woman.

An appeals court in NY rules that it is illegal for the Boy Scouts of America to ban homosexuals. 

Led by Scott Ritter - More than three dozen U.N weapons inspectors land in Baghdad to set up the first test of the new inspection procedures. 

House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposes Social Security reforms that he would make American workers millionaires before retirement by paying interest on their pension savings.

 Air Force Lt. Col Eileen Collins – the first woman to pilot a U.S. space shuttle will be the first woman to command a shuttle mission. She’ll command and Columbia mission in December.

The Clinton administration says it will stick by Indonesian President Suharto as he runs for a 7th term amid social and financial upheaval.

President Boris N. Yeltsin fires three Cabinet ministers – making good on a threat to punish the culprits for last year’s lackluster economic performance.

Weekly radio address - President Clinton begins a push to overhaul the nation’s tobacco policies. He urged Congress to pass major tobacco reforms that would raise the per-pack price of cigarettes and pressure tobacco firms not to market to children.

Democrat fund-raiser Johnny Chien Chuen Chung, who gave more than $400,000 to Democratic causes and candidates from 1994 to 1996, agrees to cooperate with federal prosecutors investigating campaign finance abuses.

After months of diplomatic pressure brought on by the U.S., Ukraine announces that it will cancel plans to supply turbines for a nuclear reactor under construction in Iran.

Unemployment drops to 4.6%.

 

Business News – Chainsaw Al Dunlap Update – March 1, 1998

 “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap – who head Sunbeam says the company plans to buy three firms for $2.5 billion.

 

Technology News – March 1, 1998

Bill Gates appears before a Senate panel and rebuffs criticism that Microsoft is a dangerous monopoly. It’s his first appearance before Congress.

About 28,000 new customers sign up for cell phone service every day and the Cellular Industry is calling on Congress to repeal the 3% federal excise tax on phone service and roll back other levies that account for as much as 30% of every phone bill – cellular or regular.

 

Music news – March 1, 1998

Rapper Shawn Thomas, known as C-BO will remain in custody – even though the Board of Prison Terms agreed to drop charges that he violated his parole by releasing a new album containing violent anti-law enforcement lyrics.

New – Madonna’s “Ray of Light” album. She says she has no plans to marry her child’s father – personal trainer Carlos Leon.

 

Television news – March 1, 1998

 On “Saturday Night Live” – Scott Wolf with musical guest Natalie Imbruglia. 

MTV honors the late “Notorious B.I.G.” with the debut of “MTV Ultra Sound: Biggie: A Life Story.”

Jerry Springer becomes for first talk-show to beat Oprah Winfrey with his ratings up some 183% in a year.

Speaking of the Springer show – some are grumbling that the show will be closed-captioned – but it’s being done with tax dollars by the Department of Education. They say the hearing impaired have as much right as anyone else to watch junk on TV.

Passing – Fred Friendly (82) – former CBS news chief.

NBC delays a variety series featuring Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens). Will it happen?

TV Land says when NBC airs the “Seinfeld” finale on May 14 – they will air… nothing. No counter programming – just an image of TV land’s closed office doors and a message saying they will return after the hour-long finale.

Monday night television listings/TV guide – March 1, 1998

CBS – Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Closer, George & Lee, Brooklyn South, Dave Letterman

NBC – Dateline NBC , Movie, Jay Leno

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, 20/20, The Practice, Nightline

Fox – Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, Keenen Ivory Wayans

UPN – In the House, Malcolm & Eddie, God News, Sparks

PBS – Rolling Stones Bridge to Babylon 1998, Charlie Rose

VH1 – Pop-Up Videos, 70’s Documentary-Power to the People, 70’s Documentary – disco Explosion, 70’s Documentary – Takin’ Care of Business

 

On  Keenan Ivory Wayans – Dennis Miler, Andrea Parker, Finley Quaye.

On Dave Letterman – Patrick Stewart, Joan Cusack

 

Top movies – March 1, 1998

Titantic

The Wedding Singer

Good Will Hunting

Dark City

As Good As It Gets

Sphere

Krippendorf’s Tribe

The Borrowers

Senseless

Caught Up 

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