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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

Shimmer- Fue

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

Deep Impact

The Horse Whisperer

The Quest For Camelot

City of Angels

He Got Game




Les Miserables

The Big Hit.

Black Dog

The Object of my Affection

Sliding Doors


Top movie video rentals – May 15, 1998

The Full Monty

Boogie Nights

L.A. Confidential

I Know What You Did Last Summer


In & Out

The Devil’s Advocate

Kiss the Girls


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