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Dateline: Events/Week Of July 5, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Mikail Markhasev (19), a former honor student turned gang member, is found guilty of murdering Ennis Cosby - 27-year-old doctoral student and son of Bill Cosby.

Dow-Corning reaches a tentative agreement with negotiators for women with silicone breast implants to pay $3.2 billion to settle claims by more than 170,000 women, which claimed the implants, have harmed their health.

A jury awards Francis Ford Coppola a total of $80 million from the director’s charges that Warner Bros torpedoed a version of “Pinocchio” he wanted to make. It’s the largest civil verdict ever against a Hollywood studio so far. Warner Bros called the judgment ludicrous and said they would appeal. 

Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport - site of scary landings for 73 years, closes with a new $20 billion facility opening in the area. 

Passing - Harold Butler (77) - founder of Denny’s restaurant and Winchell’s Donuts. 


Technology News – July 5, 1998

Internet stocks are hot. Yahoo Inc. zooms $26.38 to a record $199.25 for a 15% one-day advance. Some soared more than 50% in a day. Buying pressure is coming not from seasoned Wall Street professional’s adept at playing risky stocks, but from individual investors who appear to be falling over themselves trying to make a quick killing. Internet stocks have rallied feverishly since February - but have been searing in recent weeks.

Buzz in computers - USB (universal serial bus) ports. USB can support a variety of peripherals via a hub that two to seven additional ports can plug into. It also moves data fast. Look for more peripherals to use USB plugs. Windows 98 has extensive USB support, unlike Windows 95. Apple recently announced that its iMAC consumer Macintosh, to be released in August, will also rely on USB instead of Apple’s ADB (Apple Desktop Bus).

“It’s time you switched to DirectTV. Get a Toon Disney watch plus $50 of programming free, when you buy a system and subscribe to Total Choice Platinum. Offer ends July 13. DirectTV.”


Best-selling books – July 5, 1998

Memoirs of Geisha - Arthur Golden

Bridge Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding

Summer Sisters - Judy Blume

Cities of the Plain - Cormac McCarthy

A Widow For One Year - John Irving

About A Boy - Nick Homby

The Last Full Measure - Jeff Shaara

The Klone And I - Danielle Steel

Freedomland - Richard Price

Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

The Nine Steps To Financial Freedom - Suze Orman

A Monk Swimming - Malachy McCourt

Easy Riders, Raging Pulls - Peer Biskind

A Pirate Looks At Fifty - Jimmy Buffet

The Gifts of the Jews - Thomas Cahill

Angela’s Ashes - Frank McCourt


Tina Brown Resigns From The New Yorker

Tina Brown, one of the nation’s most closely watched magazine editors, stuns the publishing world this week and resigns as editor of the New Yorker magazine. She’s off to head a new-media venture with Miramax Films, the independent movie distributor owned by Walt Disney.


Radio News – July 5, 1998

A new radio format - all 80’s music. WLYR (107.9) in Columbus, OH seems to be having success with its all-80’s format, which it went too a few weeks ago and the only station with the format so far. . Many stations are already programming 80’s blocks - usually on weekends. Host Kid Kelly of Z-100 in New York hosts nationally syndicated “Backtrax USA” - an 80’s show now in its 6th year. WLYR uses the “Star 107.9” handle.

More radio - Top-rated Chicago personality Mancow Miller leaves WRCX and heads for crosstown WKQX. He signed a three-year deal with the new station for $3 million


Technology News – July 5, 1998

Disney acquires a 43% stake in search engine Infoseek. The deal includes an agreement in which Infoseek will purchase $165 million worth of advertising and promotional support on the Infoseek portal.


Top Movie Video Rentals – July 5, 1998

The Rainmaker

L.A. Confidential

Tomorrow Never Dies

Starship Troopers

Scream 2

Kiss The Girls

Boogie Nights

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Alien Resurrection


Television News – July 5, 1998

Jon Lovitz is set to join the cast of NBC’s “NewsRadio,” playing a new character to fill the void left by Phil Hartman... CNN correspondent Peter Arnett will keep his job at the news channel, despite being reprimanded for a retracted report that the U.S. military used nerve gas during the Vietnam War.

A & E is putting together a four-hour edition of its Biography series focusing on the Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

Passing - Roy Rogers (86) - “king of the cowboys” From 1943 to 1954, he was at the peak of his popularity, particularly among his young fans, known as Little Buckaroos. In frail health in recent years, his last public appearance was with his wife, Dale Evans in 1997. He died of congestive heart failure in his Apple Valley (Calif) home. 

On Saturday - Turner Classic Movies honors the late Roy Rogers by airing two of his movies - “Rough Riders’ Round-Up” (1939) and “Song of the Saddle” (1936).


Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 5, 1998

60 Minutes - 15.72

Dave - 13.61

Touched By An Angel - 12.52

Dateline NBC (Tues) - 12.17

20/20 - 11.86

Seinfeld - 11.80

PrimeTime Live - 11.70

Just Shot Me - 11.53

ER - 11.34

Dateline NBC (Mon) - 11.33

20/20 - 10.66

Movie - It Was Him or Us - 10.61

48 Hours - 10.58

3rd Rock From The Sun (Tues) - 10.35

Friends - 10.28

Frasier - 10.25

Movie - Powder - 10.20

JAG - 10.07

Law & Order - 9.97

Movie - In the Blink of an eye - 9.92

Suddenly Susan (Thurs) - 9.73

Home Improvement - 9.52

48 Hours (Mon)- 9.41

The Drew Carey Show - 9.32

Cosby - 9.15

Diagnosis Murder - 9.15

Dateline NBC (Sun) - 9.10

The Practice - 9.01


Tuesday Night Television listings/TV Guide – July 5, 1998

CBS - JAG, Movie, Late Night With David Letterman (Mel Gibson guests)

NBC - The Naked Truth, The Tony Danza Show, The Naked Truth, The Tony Danza Show, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Chris Rock guests)

ABC - Soul Man, Something So Right, Home Improvement, Two Guys, a Girl, NYPD Blue, Nightline

Fox - Movie/Darkman II: The Return of Durant

UPN - Moesha, In the House, Malcolm and Eddie, Good News

PBS - Nova, Frontline, P.O.V., Charlie Rose


A & E - Law & Order, Biography/Jamie Lee Curtis, Inside Story, Sherlock Holmes

E! Janis Joplin: True Hollywood Story, Talk Soup, Night Stand, Howard Stern

TNN - Dallas, Dukes of Hazzard, Prime Time Country, Oak Ridge Boys Live From Las Vegas 


Top Pop Hit Music (top-40) – July 5, 1998

Too Close - Next

My Way - Usher

The Boy is Mine - Brandy & Monica

Adia - Sarah McLachlan

Come With Me - Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page

All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo

They Don’t Know - Jon B

I Get Lonely - Janet

Stop - Spice Girls

Say It - Voice of Theory

Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground

Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) - Backstreet Boys

Make It Hot - Nicold Feat Missy Misemeanor Elliott & Mocha

Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

To Love You More - Celine Dion

Nobody does it Better - Nate Dogg

My All - Mariah Carey


Top Country Music Albums – July 5, 1998

Come On Over - Shania Twain

The Limited Series - Garth Brooks

Sittin’ On top of the World - Leann Rimes

Hope Floats - soundtrack

If You See Him - Reba Mcentire

Faith - Faith Hill

Greatest Hits - Clay Walker

Sevens - Garth Brooks

If You See Her - Brooks & Dunn

Totally Committed - Jeff Foxworthy

Everywhere - Tim McGraw

Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks


Top Country Hit Music – July 5, 1998

The Shoes You’re Wearing - Clint Black

I Just Want To Dance With You - George Strait

 That’s Why I’m Here - Kenny Chesney

If You See Him/If You See Her - Reba/Brooks & Dunn

I Do Cherish You - Mark Wills

I Can Still Feel You - Collin Raye

A Man Holdin’ On (To A Woman Lettin’ Go) - Ty Herndon

Commitment - Leann Rimes

There Goes My Baby - Trisha Yearwood

To Make You Fell My Love - Garth Brooks

There’s Your Trouble - Dixie Chicks

From This Moment On - Shania Twain/Bryan White

Texas Size Heartache - Joe Diffie


Top Music Albums – July 5, 1998

PM Da Last Don - Master P

Embrya - Maxwell

Armageddon - soundtrack

City of Angels - soundtrack

Hope Floats - soundtrack

Come On Over - Shania Twain

Backstreet Boys

Godzilla - The Album

Big Willie Style - Will Smith

Before These Crowded Streets - Dave Matthews Band

Bulworth - The Soudtrack

It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot - DMX

Titanic - Soundtrack

Life Won’t Wait - Rancid

El Nino - Def Squad

The Dirty Boogie - Brian Setzer Orchestra

Dr Dolittle - soundtrack

Adore - Smashing Pumpkins


Top Movies – July 5, 1998

Armageddon - Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler,  Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Steve Buscemi

Doctor Dolittle - Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

The X-Files - David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, Blythe Danner

Walt Disney’s Mulan

Six Days, Seven Nights - Harrison Ford, Anne Hecha

The Truman Show - Jim Carrey, Ed Harris

A Perfect Murder - Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow

The House Whisperer - Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas

Hope Floats - Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr.

Out of Site - George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez

Can’t Hardly Wait - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry

Godzilla - Mathew Broderick, Hank Azaria

Deep Impact - Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall

Lethal Weapon 4 - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

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