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


In The News

 A federal judge in Washington throws out Paula Corbin Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, citing a lack of substantive proof that Jones was sexually assaulted or harassed in her job. The White House called the ruling “a vindication.”

British police arrest Anna Ferretti in connection with the alleged theft of letters written by Princess Diana to her lover, James Hewitt. The London Mirror newspaper reported that Ferretti, Hewitt’s former fiancée, tried to sell 62 handwritten letters to the tabloid for $250,000, saying she wanted to sell them before Hewitt did.


Business News – April 1, 1998

Citicorp. and Travelers Group Inc say they agree to merge in a record $83 billion deal


Technology News – April 1, 1998

TV broadcasters gather in Las Vegas to launch digital TV – but the industry cautions, it has a way to go before it becomes commonplace. But,  CBS and NBC say they will air most of their prime-time schedule in the so-called 1080 line interlaced format, but didn’t give a date. 


Entertainment/Movie News – April 1, 1998

Star Wars Prequels - George Lucas grants 20th Century Fox distribution rights for the next three Star wars films in theaters and on video beginning in 1999. The first prequel, tentatively called “Episode 1” will be released May of next year.


Television news – April 1, 1998

USA Networks Studios, producer of the Jerry Springer Show, announces that it would be cutting back on the physical altercations that have made the syndicated show a ratings hit. The producers also say the show will carry a strict advisory warning parents not to let their children watch it.

Howard Stern confirms that he is going to do a Saturday night show, against NBC’s SNL. It will air initially on the CBS owned TV stations. Stern was asked how CBS, once the Tiffany network could put him on the air, Stern remarked “I thought about that, but “Tiffany” is also the name of a hooker.”

Ellen DeGeneres will guest on the May 19 season finale of “Mad About You.” She’ll play the Buckman’s new nanny.

Tony Geary hosts ABC’s “The General Hospital 35th Anniversary Show” on Saturday. Geary played the famed Luke Spencer on the soap.

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – April 1, 1998

CBS – The Nanny, Cybill, Michael Hayes, Chicago Hope, Late Show

NBC – Newsradio, Seinfeld, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Working, Law & Order, Tonight Show

ABC – Spin City, Dharma & Greg, Drew Carey, Two Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Parlor, Nightline

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Ally McBeal

WB – Smart Guy, Sister, Sister, The Wayons Bros. Steve Harvey 

PBS – Clark Gable: Tall, dark & Handsome, Yo-Yo Me

Comedy Central – South Park, Daily Show


On the Late Show – Alex Baldwin, Heather Graham

On the Tonight Show – Damon Wayans, Dana Delany, Richie Sanbora


Music news – April 1, 1998

Rob Pilatus, former model whose career with the pop duo Milli Vanilli crashed in disgrace, is found dead in his Hamburg hotel room, apparently from a combination of pills and alcohol.

With over 80 million albums sold so far, it’s easy to say that Garth Brooks is pop history’s top solo artist of all time. 

Fabrice Morvan says the death of his former Milli Vanilli partner Rob Pilatus is causing him tremendous pain and sorrow.

After seven consecutive years, Lollapalooza is taking a year off. One of the reasons is the breakup of reformed Jane’s Addiction, which had been expected to headline.

A real life “Barbie” – same modeled after the famous doll, has a record deal with Sony Music.

Sean “Puffy” Combs (Puff Daddy) becomes a dad when his girlfriend, Kim Poeter delivered a 7 pound 1 ounce baby boy.

 Passing – Tammy Wynette – “First Lady of Country.” She was 55. 

Rapper Kurupt, former member of the Death Row Records artist staple, teams with A&M Records and his own label – ANTRA Records.


Top Movies – April 1, 1998

Lost in Space


Mercury Rising


Primary Colors

Wild Things

The Man in the Iron Mask

As Good as it Gets

Good Will Hunting

The Newton Boys

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