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Dateline: Events/Week Of April 24, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The first U.S. study of the controversial French abortion drug  “RU-486” has found the drug highly effective and safe for terminating early pregnancies. The FDA tentatively approves sale of RU-486, commonly known as mefipristone in this country. 

IRS under scrutiny - In a senate hearing, charges that the IRS is beset by management corruption and misconduct is heard. The agency’s managers have engaged in documented cases of sexual harassment, theft of government property and illegal harassment of taxpayers, but were not held accountable, according to investigations by the Treasury Department’s inspector general and testimony from a senior official of the IRS office of general counsel.

Deputies in Russia’s lower house of parliament, voting to save their own jobs, cave in to President Boris Yelstin and confirm Sergei V. Kiriyenko, his nominee for prime minister.

The FDA spells out what dietary supplement manufacturers can and cannot say about their products - disallowing such health claims as “cures cancer.” Manufacturers can claim truthful statements; i.e., “promotes regularity.”

After months of debate, The Clinton Administration decides to formally oppose California’s Proposition 227, which would ban bilingual education. The President favors limiting participation in bilingual programs to three years.

A Live Broadcast - Two Los Angeles television stations, with reasonably tight shots - broadcast a man shooting himself to death on a freeway overpass - an event also broadcast on MSNBC.


Best-selling books – April 24, 1998

Memories of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Damascus Gate - Robert Stone

You Belong To Me - Mary Higgins Clark

A Patchwork Planet - Anne Tyler

Pandora - Anne Rice

Blood Work - Michael Connelly

Aphrodite - Isabel Allende

High Concept - Charles Fleming

Tough Jews - Rich Cohen

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls - Peter Biskind

Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

Inner Revolution - Robert Thuman


Television News – April 24, 1998

TV Programming Trend

Biography-type shows seem to be everywhere these days. There’s A&E’s Biography plus these:

American Masters - PBS

Profiles - Bravo

Intimate Portrait - Lifetime

Celebrity Profiles - E!

Behind The Music - VH1

Life and Times - TNN (The Nashville Network)

Rockumentary Remix - MTV

True Hollywood Story - E!

TLC Legends - The Learning Channel  


“Access Hollywood” asks viewers which show they want in the spot being vacated by “Seinfeld” on Thursday nights ... top choice was “Friends” then “Mad About You” followed by “Frasier.”

Tom Snyder tells CBS that he plans to quit his late-night talk show before his contract expires in September 1999. Snyder has hosted the show since January 1995.

Co-Anchor Matt Laurer will broadcast from five undisclosed locations around the world on next week’s “Today” show. Co-host Katie Couric won’t know until each morning’s show, where her co-anchor is going to locate. 

Heard on the David Letterman Show - “I’m thinking if Paula Jones gets to attend the White House correspondents dinner, shouldn’t President Clinton be allowed to attend her  waitress-training breakfast at Denny’s?”

Heard on Conan O’Brien - “Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton testified before Kenneth Starr for the sixth time. And reportedly this time, she broke down and admitted having a sexual relationship with President Clinton.”

”Comedy Central” is doing well with its original programming. “South Park” has been stealing all the headlines lately. The adult animated series which centers around a group of third graders, is a runaway hit. Also on the channel “The Daily Show” – a comedic look at reality-based news and “Viva Variety” – based somewhat on European variety shows. “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist,” is another animated series aimed at adults.

ABC informs Ellen DeGeneres that “Ellen” will not be picked up next season and that the finale on May 13 will be the show’s last episode on network television. The show made TV history last year by airing the first sitcom with a gay or lesbian lead character. Also being cancelled – “The Gayle King Show.”

“NYPD Blue” star Jimmy Smits is leaving the series next season and plans to sign an exclusive development deal with ABC.

The Producers and owners of the “Jerry Springer Show” say they will eliminate all physical violence from the show. The program has been embroiled in controversy over the brawls among its panelists. “We are getting out of the fighting business. This show will not be a boxing match.” 


Top syndicated TV shows – April 24, 1998

Wheel of Fortune


Home Improvement

Jerry Springer

Oprah Winfrey



The Simpsons

Entertainment Tonight


Journeys of Hercules

National Geographic on Assignment


Judge Judy


Inside Edition

Montel Williams

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Century 17


Rose O’Donnell


Top Television shows/ratings – April 24, 1998 

Merlin part 1 - 37.09

ER - 32.44

Seinfeld - 30.66

 Touched by an Angel - 22.73

Just Shoot Me - 21.62

Friends - 21.51

Movie - Nicholas’ Gift - 18.58

60 Minutes - 18.15

The Simpsons - 17.35

Country Music Awards - 17.27

Frasier - 16.11

King of the Hill - 15.97

20/20 - 15.60

Home Improvement - 15.29

Dateline NBC (Mon) - 15.15

Dateline NBC - Sun, 8pm) - 15.12

20/20 (Mon) - 15.01

Diagnosis Murder - 14.95

Movie - Apollo 13 - 14.74

Walker, Texas Ranger - 14.66

Law & Order - 14.20

The X-Files - 13.44

Scariest Police Shootouts 2 - 12.91

The Drew Carey Show - 12.90


Monday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of April 24, 1998

CBS - Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond, Closer, Murphy Brown, Brooklyn South

NBC - The World’s Most Dangerous Magic, Movie

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

Fox - Damon, Getting Personal, Ally McBeal

 WB - 7th Heaven, Kelly Kelly, Alright Already

UPN - Love Boat: The Next Wave, America’s Greatest Pets: Amazing But True

PBS - Forces of the Wild: A Nature Miniseries

A&E Biography-Hank Williams, Poirot, Sherlock Holmes  

Family - Rescue 911, Diagnosis Murder, Hawaii Five-O, The 700 Club

MTV - Artist Cut, Say What? Rockumntary, Total Request, Road Rules, Daria, Loveline

FX - The X-Files, NYPD Blue, In Living Color, In Living Color


Music News – April 24, 1998

Hot on the charts - LeAnne Rimes (15). Her fourth album “Sittin’ on Top of the World” is due out in stores any day now. Since arriving on the pop scene in 1996, she’s sold $150 million worth of albums. She has performed more than 200 concerts and grosses about $200 thousand a night. There’s talk about her acting in a movie next year and perhaps a Broadway play thereafter. She co-wrote a semi-autobiographical novel “Holiday in Your Heart” and starred in a version of the book that ran on ABC-TV.

Top Rap Music Tracks – April 24, 1998

Money, Power & Respect – The Lox featuring ‘Lil Kim and DMX

Romeo and Juliet – Sylk-e Fyne Featuring Chill

Second Round K.O. – Canibus

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

Victory – Puff Daddy & the Family Featuring Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes

Get At Me Dog – DMX (Featuring Sheek of the Lox)

Do For Love – 2Pac featuring Eric Williams

Gitty Up – Salt-N-Pepa

Make Em’ Say Uhh! – Master P

What You Want Mase Featuring Total


Top Country Hit Music – April 24, 1998

Bye Bye – Jo Dee Messina

When What? – Clay Walker

You’re still The One – Shania Twain

Perfect Love – Trisha Yearwood

This Kiss – Faith Hill

Dream Walkin’ – Toby Keith

If I Never Stop Loving You – David Kersh

Out of my Bones – Randy Travis

I’m From The Country – Tracy Byrd

Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks


Top Pop Hits in Britain – April 24, 1998

Turn It Up – Busta Rhymes

It’s Like That – Run D.M.C. Vs Jason Nevins

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

Found A Cure – Ultra Nate

Kiss The Rain – Billie Myers

La Primavera – Sash!

Say You Do – Ultra

All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

Let Me Entertain You – Robbie Williams


Top Pop Hits Music – April 24, 1998

Too Close – Next

All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo

You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

Let’s Ride – Montell Jordan Featuring Paster P & Silkk, The Shocker

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

Nice & Slow – Usher

Body Bumpin’ Yippie-Yi-Yo – Public Annoucement

Sex and Candy – Marcie Playground

Frozen – Madonna

Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

Gone Till November – Wyclef Jean

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

I Want You Back – ‘N Sync

No, No, No – Destiny’s Child

It’s All About Me – Mya with Sisqo

Getting’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith 


Top Movies – April 24, 1998

The Big Hit - Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cristina Applegate, Avery Brooks, 

City of Angels - Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage

The Object of My Affection - Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd

Titanic - Leonardo DeCaprio, Kate Winslet 

Paulie - Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, Jay Mohr

Lost in Space - Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Graham 

 Odd Couple II - Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Mercury Rising - Bruce Willis, Alex Baldwin

The Players Club - A. J. Johnson, Ice Cube

Scream 2 - David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy

Species II - Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge

Good Will Hunting - Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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