Dateline: Events/Week Of May 15, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Riots in Jakarta as young Indonesians rampage through downtown streets with looting and burning everywhere.
The Justice Department and 20 states allege in two antitrust lawsuits that software giant Microsoft Corp had engaged in an unlawful campaign to eliminate its competition. Bill Gates called it “A step backward for America, for consumers and for the personal computer industry.”
Jakarta – After massive protests, riots and pressure - President Suharto resigns after 32 years of rule. It is still unclear just who will complete his term, but the Army pledges loyalty to Habibie.
Gov. George W. Bush urges Texans not to panic despite clouds of smoke billowing from raging fires in Mexico and Central America. Smoke turned the air gray over much of Texas as it arrived from up to 1,000 miles away.
Frank Sinatra Dies – Week of May 22, 1998
Passing – Frank Sinatra (82) – One of the greatest all time singers/performers. A true superstar – Frank Sinatra did it all – music, movies, TV.
More Sinatra – Over 500 attended his funeral in Hollywood. Don Rickles and Steve Lawrence were among the pallbearers. Other guests included Wayne Newton, Milton Berle, Tony Curtis, Diahann Carroll, Robert Stack, Marlo Thomas, Angie Dickinson, Tony Danza, Joey Bishop, Phil Donahue and Ed McMahon.
Technology News – May 22, 1998
Spyglass Technologies just launched SurfWatch Professional Edition - designed to help companies control recreational and personal Internet use.
Kodak and America Online team to deliver photos by Internet. Photographers can drop off film from any type of camera and for an additional $5 to $7 have digital images returned to their AOL e-mail addresses within 48 hours. The service is being called “You’ve Got Pictures” and will available in the fall.
As many as 90% of the more than 44 million pager customers were without one after a communications satellite spun out of control, causing the largest outage of its kind. PageNet, the country’s largest pager provider, said that nearly its entire network was out late into the evening.
Beginning in June, Yahoo users will be able to purchase certain AT&T services by clicking on an AT&T icon at key locations throughout Yahoo’s collection of web sites.
Intuit, maker of the popular Quicken personal finance software says it is buying Lacerie Software Corp. plus a related services company for $400 million.
Viacom is selling part of the Simon & Schuster publishing company to British media group Pearson for $4.6 billion. Viacom will retain the company’s consumer publishing business, including the Simon & Schuster name. Pearson will get the educational, professional and reference publishing side.
Sports News - May 15, 1998
Cardinal slugger Mark McGuire hits three homers in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. That gives him 407 career homers, good enough to tie Duke Snider for the 24th on the all-time list.
Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza is traded to the Florida Marlins
Top Television Shows/Ratings – May 22, 1998
Seinfeld Finale – 76.26
Seinfeld Clips – 58.53
ER Season Finale – 47.78
Touched By An Angel – 20.47
X-Files – 18.76
Dateline NBC (Tues.) – 17.21
60 Minutes – 16.83
The Nanny – 16.73
Movie-Benchley’s Creature – 16.29
King of the Hill – 16.03
Movie-Witness to the Bob – 15.83
Frasier – 15.61
Movie-Busted On The Job – 15.31
NYPD Blue – 14.75
PrimeTime Live – 14.72
Just Shot Me – 14.29
The Simpsons – 14.12
Ally McBeal – 14.07
Walker, Texas Ranger – 13.57
JAG – 13.37
3Rd Rock From The Sun – 13.31
The Practice – 13.28
Law & Order – 13.28
Daytime Emmy Awards Special – 13.08
Television news – May 15, 1998
CBS airs “Sinatra: Living With the Legend,” a 1965 CBS News special this Thursday.
“The Nanny” wedding episode this week draws almost 17 million viewers.
Jerry Springer says he has no plans to live up to a promise made by his producers, under pressure from Chicago-area religious leaders, to ‘eliminate all physical violence” from his talk show. The negative publicity has paid off. In the syndicated ratings – The Jerry Springer Show has shot to #3 – just behind Jeopardy.
Some 79 million watched the Seinfeld finale.
Fox Family Channel is reviving “Mr. Bill” with his own series. The claymation character was a favorite on the old “Saturday Night Live.”
CBS taps Craig Kilborn, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to replace Tom Snyder on “The Late Late Show.” No exact date has been set.
Now that Seinfeld is gone, NBC says it’s going to fill its “Must See Thursday” lineup with Frasier. The show originally began airing on Thursday, than was moved to Tuesdays. Here’s NBC’s new Thursday line-up effective this fall: Friends, All My Life, Frasier, Veronica’s Closet, ER.
Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of May 15, 1998
CBS – Kids Say The Darndest Things, Candid Camera, Nash Bridges, Nash Bridges, Late Show
NBC – Dateline NBC, 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Tonight Show
ABC – Sabrina, Boy Meets World, Sabrina, Boy Meets World, 20/20, Nightline
Fox – X-Files, Millennium
PBS – Washington Week In Review, Wall St. Week, The Blue Line, The Newsroom
E! – Daytime Emmy Pre-Show, Guide to Summer Movies ’98, Talk Soup Weekend, Howard Stern
CNBC – Charles Grodin, Rivera Live, News with Brian Williams, Business Center, Equal Time
BET – Rap City Top 10, 227, Midnight Love, Comicview
Sci-Fi – Kolchak:The Night Stalker, American Gothic, Movie-Children of the Night
On the Late Show – Richard Simmons talks to Dave.
On the Tonight Show - Brooke Shields and the creators of “South Park” Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Music news – May 15, 1998
BET wants to add 4 spin-off channels as part of a digital cable package called BET Sounds. The four are R&B, inspirational/gospel, world music and rap/hip-hop. Launch date has not yet been determined.
MTV plans to revamp its entire programming lineup by year’s end – announcing 5 news shows: “BIOrhythm” – biographies told entirely in music; “Fanatic,” will let fans interview their favorite stars; “Sifl & Olly – sock puppets who parody music videos and “Celebrity Deathmatch” – clay animation series that feature fantasy fights between clay molds of celebrities.
Singer George Michael pleads no contest to a lewd conduct charge. He’s banned from a Beverly Hills park and is ordered to server 81 hours of community service. He was arrested April 7 after a plain clothes officer reportedly saw him masturbate and expose his buttocks in a men’s restroom.
Michael Jackson holds a press conference to announce his plans to organize and headline a series of concerts to benefit his new charity – The World Peace Foundation for Children. First event is scheduled in Seoul, October 11 with Jackson, Pavarotti and Elizabeth Taylor.
Top music albums – May 15, 1998
Before These Crowded Streets – Dave Matthews Band
Titanic – Soundtrack
City of Angels – Soundtrack
Lets Talk About Love – Celine Dion
Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys
Capital Punishment – Big Punisher
Love Always – K-Ci & JoJo
Come On Over – Shania Twain
Savage Garden – Savage Garden
Faith – Faith Hill
Ray of Light - Madonna
Don’t Stop The Carnival – Jimmy Buffet
I Got The Hook-Up! – Soundtrack
Left of the Middle – Natalie Imbruglia
Big Willie Style – Will Smith
Yourself Or Someone Like You – Matchbox 20
Sevens – Garth Brooks
The Shadiest One – WC
The Players Club - Soundtrack
Pilgrim – Eric Clapton
Live the Life – Michael W. Smith
My Way – Usher
Top Pop Hit Music – May 15, 1998
Too Close - Next
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
The Arms of the One Who Loves You – Xscape
My All – Mariah Carey
Body Bumpin’ Yippie Yi-Yo – Public Announcement
It’s All About Me – Mya & Sisqo
Let’s Ride – Montell Jordan Featuring Master P & Silkk The Shocker
Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
I Want You Back - ‘N Sync
Turn It Up/Light It Up – Busta Rhymes
Frozen – Madonna
Romeo and Juliet – Sylk-E Fyne Featuring Chill
No, No, No, - Destiny’s Child
Money, Power & Respect – The Lox Featuring DMX & Lil’ Kimi
Top Country Music Hits – May 15, 1998
This Kiss – Faith Hill
Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
Out of My Bones – Randy Travis
Holes In The Floor Of Heaven – Steve Wariner
I’m From the Country – Tracy Byrd
I Just Want To Dance With You – George Straight
Bye Bye – Jo Dee Messina
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Dream Walkin’ – Toby Keith
If You See Him/If You See Her – Reba/Brooks & Dunn
To Have You Back Again – Patty Loveless
Commitment – Leann Rimes
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – May 15, 1998
I Will Buy You A New Life – Everclear
The Way – Fastball
Push It – Garbage
Don’t Drink The Water – Dave Matthews Band
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Closing Time – Semisonic
Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
Flagpoll Sitta – Harvey Danger
Heroes – Wallflowers
My Own Prison – Creed
My Hero – Foo Fighters
Top pop music hits in Britain – May 15, 1998
Ray of Light – Madonna
Under the Bridge – All Saints
Dance the Night Away – Mavericks
Feel it – The Tamperer featuring Maya
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
Last Thing On My Mind – Steps
It’s Like that – Run D.M.C.
All That I Need – Boyzone
Teardrop – Massive Attack
Top movies – May 15, 1998
The Horse Whisperer
The Quest For Camelot
City of Angels
He Got Game
The Big Hit.
The Object of my Affection
Top movie video rentals – May 15, 1998
The Full Monty
I Know What You Did Last Summer
In & Out
The Devil’s Advocate
Kiss the Girls