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Dateline: Events/Week Of March 15, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Iran says it has cracked down on Iraq’s Illegal oil shipments.

Sgt Maj. Gene McKinney, once the Army’s highest-ranking enlisted man, is demoted one pay-grade and reprimanded for obstruction of justice, concluding his sexual-misconduct court martial.

Vice President Al Gore unveils more than 200 proposals to improve the Internal Revenue Service, including a provision for “emergency tax refunds” in one business day for hardship cases and new technology to route taxpayer phone calls more efficiently.

Prominent athletes and sports figures will join President Clinton on ESPN to discuss and promote a national racial dialogue. Session is scheduled for April 14.

Fascinating Facts – March 15, 1998

Kathleen E Willey appears on “60-Minutes” this week saying she had been groped by President Clinton and had corresponded with the chief executive after the alleged 1993 encounter. The interview helped propel the show to the top of this week’s ratings.

Burger King introduces a 99-cent menu “Great Tastes” hopefully to lure customers into making bigger purchases. The value menu includes the Whopper Jr. sandwich, a five-piece Chicken Tenders entrée, a bacon cheese-burger and medium-sized orders of French fires, soft drinks, milk shakes and onion rings.

“Great Tastes” is also a stab at rival McDonalds. 


Technology News – March 15, 1998

How high is high? – Earthlink, Amazon and 6 other Internet stocks have watched their prices reach record highs – all speculation.  Amazon finished the week with a market capitalization approaching $1.9 billion, despite the fact that the bookseller has never had profit and posted sales of $148 million last year. 


Sports News – March 15, 1998

Los Angeles Dodgers Sold

Good-bye O’Malley - Big news this week is the LA Dodgers have been sold for $311 million to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox group. Walter O’Malley has been associated with the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers since he bought a controlling interest in 1950.


Entertainment News – March 15, 1998

 “Rugrats” – the popular Nichelodeon cartoon series, is becoming a comic strip. Look for it in newspapers April 5.

 Actor Christian Slater is released from jail after serving 59 days on battery and drug charges. His good behavior cut down a 3-month sentence.


Television News – March 15, 1998

Cable TV Ratings Record

Basic cable movie sets new record – USA Network’s premiere of a new “Moby Dick” with Patrick Stewart and Gregory Peck draws almost 6 million viewers.

 Voice actors for the Simpsons want raises. All make under $35,000 per episode but want $100,000. Voices include Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer and Yeardley Smith.

Looking up – ABC-TV’s “Drew Carey’ show hits its second highest rating ever “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”, a new comedy which follows Drew Carey,  scored the biggest opening night show since “Spin City.”

Drew Carey is hot – ABC is close to finalizing negotiations with Drew Carey to host and executive produce a summer version of the British series “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” Looks like six episodes will be ordered.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 15, 1998

60 Minutes – 28.75

Seinfeld – 25.88

Tounched by an Angel 22.24

Friends –22.16

Just Shoot Me – 21.27

Veronica’s Closet – 20.67

Drew Carey – 2.48

ER – 19.73

Home Improvement – 19.01

Home Improvement #2 – 18.01

Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place – 17.94

20/20 – 16.65

PrimeTime Live – 16.59

Dharma & Greg – 16.52

20/20 (Mon.) – 16.51


Top syndicated television shows – March 15, 1998

Wheel of Fortune


Home Improvement reruns

Jerry Springer

Oprah Winfrey

Seinfeld reruns

Entertainment Tonight

X-Files reruns

Wheel of Fortune weekend

Imagination III

Journeys of Hercules


Saturday night TV listings/TV guide – week of March 15, 1998

CBS – Dr. Quinn Medicine Women, The Magnifcent Seven, Walker, Texas Ranger

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

ABC – Nothing Sacred, ABC News Saturday Night

Fox – Cops, Cops, America’s Most Wanted

WB – Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

 Nick – Angry Beavers, Rugrats, All That (Is), Broken Record, The Wonder Years, Happy Days

MTV, Mariah’s Spring Break Luah, The Grind, Jerry Springer Spring Break


Censored Bloopers – With Dick Clark and Suzanne Whang.

Xena – Xena and Gabrielle battle Caesar and evil spirits.

Jerry Springer Spring Break – Springer is in Negril Jamaica for all the action. 


Radio news – March 15, 1998

After nearly a decade with Westwood One, Casey Kasem jumps to Chancellor’s AM/FM Radio Networks where he will reclaim the “American Top 40” show name. 


Music news – March 15 1998

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Welland will make his first TV appearance with his solo band. Look for him on David Letterman’s show April 3.

Van Halen is underway with third lead singer Gary Cherone. Look for a new album and a world tour. Cherone was the one out front for the Boston band “Extreme.”

Rapper Puff Daddy – just off his hit with Sting, is working with another classic rocker – Jimmy Paige. They’ll collaborate on a track for the Godzilla soundtrack.


Top Pop Hit Music – March 15, 1998

Getting Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

Nice & Slow – Usher

My Heart Will Go – Celine Dion

What You want – Mase/Total

No No No – Destny’s Child

Swing My Way – K.P. & Envyi

How Do I Love – Leann Rimes

Gone Till November – Wyclef Jean

Together Again – Janet

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

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

Are You Jimmy Ray? – Jimmy Ray

Too Close – Next

Too Much – Spice Girls

I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again – Uncle Sam


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – March 15, 1998

Given To Fly – Pearl Jam

Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground

Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) – Green Day

Clumsy – Our Lady Peace

My Hero – Foo Fighters

I Will Buy You A New Life – Everclear

How’s It going to Be – Third Eye Blind

Brikc – Ben Folds Vie

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

The Way – Fastball

Dammit (Growing Up) – Blink 182


Top Rap Music Tracks – March 15, 1998

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

Swing My Way – K.P & Envyi

Get At Me Dog – DMX/Sheek of the Lox

What You Want – mase

Gone Till November Wyclef Jean

Getting’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

Romeo and Juliet – Sylk-E Fyne/Chill

Make Em’ Say Uhhh! – Master P

Father – LL Cool J.

Dangerous – Busta Rhymes

All My Love – Queen Pen/Eric Williams


Top music albums – March 15, 1998

Let’s Talk About Love – Celine Dion

Titanic – Soundtrack

Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys

Charge It 2 da Game – Silkk The Shocker

My Way – Usher

Yourself or Someone Like You – Matchbox 20

Yield – Pearl Jam

Love Lways – K-Ci & JoJo

Wedding Singer – Soundtrack

1998 Grammy Nominees – Various artists

Spiceworld – Spicegirls

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Big Willie Style – Will Smith

Harlem World – Mase

No Way Out – Puff Daddy * The Family

The Book of Secrets – Loreena McKennitt

This Fire – Paula Cole

Anytime – Brian McKnight

Tubthumper – Chumbawamba

Sevens – Garth Books

The Dance – Fleetwood Mac

Levert. Sweat.Gill – LSG


Top pop hit music in Britain – March 15, 1998

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

Brimful of Asha – Cornershop

Frozen – Madonna

Ballad of Tom Jones – Pace

Doctor Jones – Aqua

Truly madly Deeply – Savage Garden

You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

Angels – Robbie Williams

Unforgiven II – Metallica

Show Me Love – Robyn


Top Country Hit Music – March 15, 1998

Round About Way – George Straight

Little Red Rodeo – Collin Raye

She’s Gonna Make It – Garth Books

The Day That She Left Tulsa (In A Chevy) – Wade Hayes

Nothin’ But the Taillights – Clint Black

Just To See You Smile – Tim McGraw

What If I Said – Anita Cochran/Steve Warnier

You’ve Got To Talk To Me – Lee Ann Womack

I Never Stop Loving You – David Kersh


Top movies – March 15, 1998  


The Man in the Iron Mask

U.S. Marshals

Good Will Hunting

The Wedding Singer

The Big Lebowski



As Good As It Gets

Dark City

L.A. Confidential

The Borrowers

The Apostle


Caught Up

The Wings of a Dove

Dangerous Beauty

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