Dateline: Events/Week Of April 8, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton kicks off a national debate on Social Security in Kansas City (Mo.)
President Clinton blows the opening whistle to welcome thousands of children to the White House lawn – where they rolled Easter eggs.
Vice President Al Gore visits Alabama to look at tornado damage.
30 years of trouble ends? – The leaders Britain, the Irish Republic and local political parties sign a peace and power-sharing agreement – to end the bloodshed in Ireland.
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin orders an economic onslaught against neighboring Latvia. He said it deserved punishment for discriminating against its significant minority of Soviet-era ethnic Russian immigrants. He called for “targeted economic measures.”
Mary Bono gets the House seat held by her late husband, Sonny.
Business/Economy News – April 8, 1998
Ford Motor Co. says it plans to offer side air bags on all of its cars within three years – the first major U.S. auto firm to do so.
Xerox Corp. said it will cut nearly 10% of its work force and take a $ billion second-quarter charge in a restructuring designed to strengthen its position in the business of digital copiers and printers.
Sports News – April 8, 1998
A chunk of Yankee Stadium tumbles down – forcing cancellation of a game with the Angels. No one was hurt – but it was a 500-lb expansion joint.
Mark O’Meara wins the Masters at Augusta – beating Fred Couples and David Duval.
Mike Piazza hits a grand slam as the LA Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2.
Music news – April 8, 1998
George Michael Says He’s Gay
Singer George Michael apologizes to fans and reveals he is gay – in a CNN interview.
Look for a Garth Brooks box set – “The Limited Series” in stores on May 5.
The group – the Kingsmen – win their “Louie Louie” suit – and they will get back royalties of all records sold since 1968. Loser is Gusto Records – the re-issue label.
R&B artist R. Kelly is arrested on disorderly conduct charges in Chicago after he allegedly became verbally abusive with police.
Wow – CBGB - the NY punk place – has its own record label.
Television news – April 8, 1998
On “Saturday Night Live” – Greg Kinnear hosts with musical guests All Saints.
Robert Urich will portray the captain in a re-launching of “The Love Boat.”
The last scenes of “Seinfeld” are taped this week. . The plot is being closely guarded.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 8, 1998
NCAA Basketball – 26.60
Seinfeld – 23.45
Friends – 21.72
Touched by an Angel – 20.72
Veronica’s Closet – 19.74
Top movies – April 8, 1998
City of Angels
Lost in Space
The Player’s Club
Odd Couple II