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Dateline: Events/Week Of May 22, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The Supreme Court rules that police can not be sued in federal court for deaths and injuries resulting from high-speed chases.

Congress approves a $216 billion highway and mass transit bill – the largest public works program in U.S. history.

Ending 30 years of conflict - In Northern Ireland – election officials announce that voters had embraced the historic power-sharing peace agreement between the province’s Protestants and Catholics. 

President Boris N. Yeltsin signs a decree slashing the Russian government’s budget by $6.5 billion.

Arms race - Pakistan explodes five nuclear devices.

President Clinton honored fallen warriors “missing from our lives but eternally present in our memories” and welcomed home the remains of two Korean War soldiers.

A critical computer aboard Mir shut down, just three days before space shuttle discovery’s scheduled liftoff on a ferry flight to the Russian space station. The computer failure disabled Mir’s motion-control system and it’s now orbiting earth with its solar panels improperly aimed.

Billionaire Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton (48) is convicted on all four counts in a drunken driving case and could be sent to jail.

Radio address- President Clinton says that “appropriate religious activity has flourished in our schools” under his administration and it would be wrong to propose a school prayer measure.

Bill Kramer – who owns Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Washington – says he would fight independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s subpoena for records of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s book purchases.

Passing – Barry Goldwater – trailblazing Arizona senator who made a memorable presidential run in 1964. He was 89.

The Indonesian government pledges to release prominent critics of once-mighty President Suharto from jail. 

Indy 500 Winner – Week of May 22, 1998  - Eddie Cheever wins the Indianapolis 500.


Health News- May 22, 1998

Viagra – the impotence pill – is hot and it seems to be everywhere.


Technology news – May 22, 1998

Microsoft Corp. agreed to give Gateway Inc – the fourth-largest maker of personal computers, more freedom to customize the screen people see on their PC’s.  It’ll let users choose a web browser among others. 


Radio news – May 22, 1998

 Howard Stern says he and his wife Alison had received death threats from Michael Lance Carvin – who was once convicted of threatening Ronald Reagan with a toy gun.


Entertainment news – May 22, 1998

Passing – Actor John Derek (71)


Music news – May 22, 1998

New category for the Grammys – Best traditional R&B vocal performance, best classical crossover album and best Tejano music performance.

Don’t miss the 1998 World Music Awards – this week on ABC-TV. Hosted by Gloria Estefan, Daisy Fuentes and Jason Priestley. From Monte Carlo – performers include – LeAnn Rimes, Hanson, Savage garden, All saints, Aqua, No Doubt, Mariah Carey and Sean “Puffy” Combs.


Television news – May 22, 1998

Superstation TBS features all five Rocky movies – all day long.

On MSNBC – “The News With Brian Williams.” 

Comic Relief 8 will include Paula Poundstone, Conan O’Brien, Ray Romano, Kathy Griffin, Chris Rock, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Miller and others. Look for it on June 14.

This week on HBO – the final Larry Sanders show. Appearing – Tim Allen, warren Beatty, Clint Black, Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Greg Kinnear, Bruno Kirby, Sean Penn, Tom Petty, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart.

On “Saturday Night Live” – John Goodman hosts with Dan Aykroyd and Paula Cole.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 22, 1998

Frasier at 9:30 – 21.30

Frasier – 17.73

Home Improvement – 17.45

Murphy Brown – 17.45

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 17.26

Seinfeld (encore showing of the finale)– 16.94

Movie-Peter Benchley’s Creature – 16.19

NYPD Blue – 15.24

ER – 14.87

Law & Order – 14.80

CBS: The First 50 Years -  14.35

Ally McBeal – 14.35

Veronica’s Closet – 14.32

3rd Rock From The Sun (9:30) – 14.18

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 14.11


Top movies – May 22, 1998


Deep Impact

The Horse Whisperer


The Quest for Camelot

Fear/Loathing in Las Vegas


City of Angels

He Got Game

Sliding Doors

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