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Dateline: Events/Week Of June 8, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Passing – Nigerian leader Gen. Sani Abacha – one of Africa’s most notorious and reclusive dictators.

The New Republic Magazine apologized for publishing more than 20 articles that were all or partly made up by Stephen Glass, saying it could make “no excuses” for the embarrassing fabrications. The scandal broke when an editor at an Internet publication found that he cold not rack down a source in a Glass article on computer hackers.

Texas - Three men with reported ties to white supremacist groups were charged with chaining a black man to a pickup track and dragging him two miles to his grizzly death.

The tobacco industry suffers a historic defeat when a jury orders Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. to pay $1 million to the family of a smoker who died of lung cancer.  It includes the first punitive damages awarded in45 years of anti-smoking litigation.

In Oregon, President Clinton makes a strong case for immigration – saying it is America’s duty to welcome new citizens from abroad and Immigrant’s have the duty to learn our language and culture. 

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright admonishes Mexico to refrain from carrying out its threat to indict  U.S. undercover agents who delved into the area to catch Mexican bankers in the Operation Casablanca money-laundering ring.

Illinois plant - Mitsubishi Motors agrees to pay hundreds of female employees a total of $34 million the largest sexual harassment settlement to date.

Argentina - Jorge Rafael Videla is arrested as part of an investigation into one of the most brutal crimes of this nation’s military regime in the 1970’s and 80’s and the kidnapping of children.

The Japanese government says it has slipped into a recession and the yen is sharply down in world markets.

Denying that he was making a decision based on what was “politically correct.” Defense Secretary William S. Cohen announces that the military will continue to train men and women together despite sexual-harassment problems.


Business/Economy News – June 8, 1998

Bank merger – Wells Fargo and Norwest to merge in a $32 billion stock deal will create the world’s 7th largest band.

The FTC files an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corp, alleging that the chip maker used its monopoly power to cement its dominance over the microprocessor market.


Entertainment News – June 8, 1998

Disney’s “The Lion King” wins the Tony for best Broadway musical plus five other Tony’s.

NBC agrees to buy a 4.99% stake in online content company CNET and a 19% stake in CNET’s Snap service. 


Top Pop Hit Music (top-40) – June 8, 1998

The Boy Is Mine – Brandy and Monica

You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

Too Close – Next

I Get Lonely – Janet Jackson

Everybody – Backstreet Boys

My All – Mariah Carey

The Don’t Know – Jon B.

My way – Usher

The Arms of the One Who Loves You – Xscape


Music news – June 8, 1998

Look for a new cable music channel – Access Entertainment Network – July 6. It promises more videos than MTV, VH1 or BET.

Services for Linda McCartney in London re-unite the living Beatles – Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul. Some 700 family and friends attended at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The congregation sang, “Let It Be.” The McCartney’s three children – Mary, 27, fashion designer Stella, 26, and James, 21 were present along with Linda’s daughter, heather from her first marriage.


Television news – June 8, 1998

Starting this week – The Jerry Springer show will be toned-down. No thrown chairs or fights – kinder and gentler –but lets see. The show has high ratings – and this may to appease certain groups who are complaining.

This week – Saturday Night Live remembers Phil Hartman. 

This week – It’s the debut of late night talkshow, “The Magic Hour” with Magic Johnson. First show – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Whitney Houston. On Fox-TV.

But “Vibe” hosted by Sinbad – is cancelled.

Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams return as hosts of  HBO’s “Comic Relief 8” this week.

NBC will not repeat a “Seinfeld” which showed Kramer stomping out a burning Puerto Rican flag – because it was offensive to Puerto Ricans.

Debuting this week on HBO – Sex and the City” with Sarah Jessica Parker.

ABC – “We Love TV”

Top Movies – June 8, 1998

The Truman Show

A Perfect Murder


Hope Floats

Deep Impact

The Horse Whisperer



I Got the Hook-Up

The Quest for Camelot

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