Dateline: Events/Week Of June 15, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The White House charges that Kenneth Starr acted illegally in talking to reporters about his dealings with potential witnesses in his investigation of President Clinton. They’re calling for an independent probe of Starr himself.
After weeks of debate over landmark legislation designed to stop young people from smoking, Republicans in the Senate kill the tobacco bill.
Asia’s mounting economic crisis sends America’s foreign trade deficit soaring to a record level – hitting $14.5 billion.
Senate and House negotiators reach agreement on the major elements of legislation to restructure the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers would get an array of new rights and the agency would be overseen by a panel dominated by citizens.
A Greyhound bus crashes into a tractor-trailer parked on a mountainous rain-slicked roadway in Pennsylvania, killing seven. The bus was bound to Pittsburgh from New York City.
Sports News – June 15, 1998
Sammy Sosa hits to homers for the second consecutive day and sets a major league record with 16 home runs in June.
The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup with a 4-1 victory over Washington.
The Chicago Bulls defeat the Jazz for their sixth NBA title. Michael Jordan scored 45 points.
Technology News – June 15, 1998
Walt Disney Co. agrees to buy a 43% stake in Infoseek Corp.
DVD update – As of mid-April, nearly 4 million DVD’s have been sold, and some say that’s the tip of the iceberg. Nearly 900 titles are in release. In April, NetFlix became the first Internet store to offer DVD rentals. NetFlix offers same-day shipping so customers can get their DVD’s in two to three days anywhere in the U.S. Go to www.netflix.com.
IBM, the world’s largest computer maker, agrees to feature software from AOL on its personal computers. The software will be installed on IBM’s Aptiva and ThinkPad models.
Business News – June 15, 1998
Chainsaw Al fired - Albert Dunlap – the business consultant “fixer” known for his axing of employees – gets the boot himself. Hired to turn Sunbeam around, he fired approximately half the company’s workers but was unable to increase the company’s profits. More than anybody, Dunlap represented the slash-and-burn turnaround style during this decade. Management experts said Dunlap’s ouster demonstrates that firing workers is no longer a cure-all for sick companies, especially in a tight labor market. Dunlap was famous for cutting costs to increase shareholder value and to make a company attractive for sale.
Entertainment news – June 15, 1998
Sell out? Lots of anticipation for Hole’s new CD – “Celebrity Skin.” It’s leader Courtney Love’s first album since she officially became an actress. She’s just moved to Hollywood – something disconcerting to her old “grunge” fans.
Television news – June 15, 1998
Rick Schroeder will be the next detective on ABC’s “NYPD Blue.” He replaces Jimmy Smits.
Charging CNN has ‘damaged the United States of America quite seriously,” retired Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, CNN’s military analyst since the Gulf War, resigns. He’s protesting the network’s airing of allegations that U.S. troops used nerve gas against American defectors in Laos in 1970.
Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of June 15, 1998
CBS – Kids Say the Darndest Things, Candid Camera, Family Matters, Step By Step, Nash Bridges, Late Show, Late Late Show w/Tom Snyder
NBC – Dateline NBC, Movie, Tonight Show
ABC – Sabrina, You Wish, Boy Meets World, Teen Angel, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect
Fox – Beyond Belief, Millennium
PBS – Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week
E! – The Gossip Show, Regis & Kathie Lee Behind The Scenes, Talk Soup Weekend, Howard Stern
On You Wish – Gillian wishes for a human Genie.
On Boy Meets World – Jack finds out his new girlfriend practices witchcraft.
On the Late Show – Anthony Edwards, George Miller, Sean Lennon.
Music news – June 15, 1998
Another rapper in trouble as DMX is accused of rape. DMX (Earl Simmons) is accused of raping a woman he met at a strip club in New York.
Rod Stewart performs on VH1’s “Storytellers” this week. He’ll perform some of his best material and discuss how each came about.
The Spice Girls kick-off their first North American concert tour. Some 30,000 showed at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.
Vonda Shepard – the signer who appears in and performs all music used in the Fox-TV comedy “Ally McBeal” has a TV soundtrack album out – her first big hit. A cut, “Searchin’ My Soul” is on the top-40 playlists.
Radio news – June 15 1998
Have you listened to “Radio Wheel of Fortune?” Beginning last February, the one-minute feature is hosted by Vanna White.
WKTU-FM (New York) had plans to stretch “bras across the Hudson” but the Coast Guard shot it down because they feared it would interfere with river traffic. The station collected some 10,000 bras – including some from celebrities such as Gloria Estafan, Naomi Campbell and Celine Dion.
Passing – Los Angeles radio great Robert W. Morgan – of lung cancer.
Top music albums – June 15, 1998
MP Da Last Don – Master P
City of Angels – Soundtrack
Hope Floats – Soundtrack
Adore – Smashing Pumpkins
Godzilla - Soundtrack
If You See Him – Reba McEntire
Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys
It’s Dark and Hell is Hot – DMX
Shut ‘Em Down – Onyx
The Limited Series – Garth Brooks
Sparkle – Sparkle
Ray of Light – Madonna
Come On Over – Shania Twain
If You See Her – Brooks & Dunn
Before These Crowded Streets – Dave Matthews Band
Songs From Ally McBeal (TV Soundtrack) – Vonda Shepard
Bulworth – Soundtrack
Savage Garden – Savage Garden
Sittin’ On Top of The World – Leann Rimes
Big Willie Style – Will Smith
Top Pop Hit Music – June 15, 1998
The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica
My All – Mariah Carey
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
I Get Lonely – Janet featuring Blackstreet
Adia – Sarah McLachlan
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
They Don’t Know – Jon B.
Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
The Arms Of the One Who Loves You – Xscape
All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
It’s All About Me – May & Sisqo
Body Bumpin’ Yippie-Yi-Yo – Public Announcement
Let’s Ride – Montell Jordan/Master P. & Silkk The Shocker
I Got The Hook Up! – Master P/Songs of Funk
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – June 15, 1998
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Closing Time – Semisonic
Shimmer – Fuel
Ava Adore – Smashing Pumpkins
The Way – Fastball
Push It – Garbage
Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
Don’t Drink The Water – Dave Matthews Band
Heroes – Wallflowers
Wishlist – Pearl Jam
Top pop hit music in Britain – June 15, 1998
C’est la Vie – B*Witched
Feel it – The Tamperer/Maya
Horny ’98 – Mouse T Vs. Hot ‘N’ Juicy
Dance The Night Away – Mavericks
Three Lions ’98 – Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightening Seeds
Stranded – Lutricia McNeal
Fat Les –Vindalgo
The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica
Top Country Hit Music – June 15, 1998
I Just Want To Dance With You – George Straight
If You See Him/If You See Her – Reba/Brooks & Dunn
Commitment – Leann Rimes
One of these Days – Tim McGraw
The Shoes You’re Wearing – Clint Black
It Would Be You – Gary Allan
That’s Why I’m Here – Kenny Chesney
Holes In The Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner
I Do ( Cherish You) – Mark Wills
Top Movie Video rentals – June 15, 1998
As Good As It Gets
Tomorrow Never Dies
Kiss the Girls
Top movies – June 15, 1998
The Truman Show
Six Days, Seven Nights
A Perfect Murder
Can’t Hardly Wait
The Horse Whisperer