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


In The News

President Clinton agrees to give videotaped testimony on August 17 for the grand jury investigating his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. He is the first president to receive a grand jury subpoena.

Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Sergei V. Kiriyenko sign pacts to reduce nuclear proliferation.

With scorching temperatures in the mid-section of the country – President Clinton authorizes $100 million to help Americans pay their electric bills and buy air conditions and fans.

Both President Clinton and Al Gore are using the heat wave to make a point about global warming and the dangers it could create Said Clinton – “As you can se from the sweltering heat, the climate of our country and our globe is changing.” (Mr. President – it’s summertime and these things can happen!).

Monica Lewinsky – gets full immunity in return for being Ken Starr’s key witness in his perjury-sex investigation of President Clinton.

Serbia forces drive ethnic Albanian rebels from a key highway between Kosovo’s two larges cities.

President Clinton signs into law a far-reaching reform of the IRS – an agency considered by most that operated outside the control of the nation’s political system. “The bill will give the American people an IRS they deserve,” said Clinton.

Passing – Legendary astronaut Alan Shepard – the first American in space. He was 74.   

Census Bureau - More than 4 million American households are made up of unmarried couples – a dramatic increase since 1970.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan tells Congress that the economy is doing well, despite some adverse data.

Prime Minister designate Keizo Obuchi of Japan promises the U.S. he would do whatever it takes to revitalize his country’s economy.

Thai businesswoman Pauline Kanchanalak, a central figure in the Justice Department’s campaign finance investigation, pleads not guilty to charges that she illegally channeled $679,000 in campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee and various party candidates.

A gun battle breaks-out in the U.S. Capitol – with panic and all. The gunman is Russell Weston Jr. who is said to have a grudge against President Clinton. Two officers are dead and others are wounded including tourists. The gunman was hit – but he will survive. 

The U.S. capitol reopens as investigators begin their task. 

The Dow plunges 195 points in the wake of Asia’s financial mess.


Sports News – July 22, 1998

U.S. 500 - Three spectators are killed and six injured after crash debris that flew into the stands at Michigan Speedway.

Running back Terell Davis signs a nine-year contract with the Denver Broncos.


Technology News  - July 22, 1998

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen announces he will purchase Charter Communications in a deal valued at $4.6 billion.

Microsoft says more than a million PC users had upgraded to Windows 98 as of July 16 – just three weeks after it was released.

Bell Atlantic Corp and GTE announce they will merge in a $55 billion stock deal.

Amazon.com says its second-quarter loss widened even though it had more customers.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – July 15, 1998

Actor Michael Douglas is named as a U.N. messenger of peace.

Actress Jodi Foster gives birth to a boy – Charles Foster. The father has not been named.

Actor Robert Vaughn gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Music news – July 22, 1998

Right after they appear on David Letterman’s show – Smashing Pumpkins will head outside and will give a free concert just outside the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Michael Jackson says he’ll team up with a Japanese company to build three theme parks and create a chain of toy stores in Japan. His Wonder World of Toys stores will open in Guam and Japan in March.


Top Music Albums – July 22, 1998

Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys

 City of Angels – soundtrack

Armageddon – soundtrack

Never Say Never – Brandy

The Boy Is Mine – Monica

Dr. Dolittle – Soundtrack

The Dirty Boogie – Brain Setzer Orchestra


Television news – July 22, 1998

Don’t miss the ABC-TV special, “Sex With Cindy Crawford” where the supermodel looks at America’s sex life. In September.

Passing – “Buffalo” Bob Smith of the pioneering “Howdy Doody” NBC kid’s show of the 1950’s.  He was 80.

The Jerry Springer show – once kindler and gentler – is back at it – as Springer admits that the chair brawling and fighting are creeping back into the show.

NBC network president Neil Braun and is making a bid for PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.

This weekend on TBS – The Goodwill Games continue with volleyball and figure skating.

Turner Classic Movies salutes actor Robert Young who recently passed away.

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of July 22, 1998

CBS – Nanny, Style & Substance, Scarlet, Dave Letterman

NBC – The Pretender, 3rd Rock, Working, Law & Order, Jay Leno

ABC  Dharma & Greg, Two Guys, Drew Carey, Ellen, PrimeTime Live, Nigtline

WB – the Wayans Bros., Jamie Foxx Show, Steve Harvey

Fox – Magic Hour

PBS – Plane Crazy, Charlie Rose


On the Magic Hour with Magic Johnson – James Marsden, Tyson Beckford and Nia Long.

On David Letterman – Tony Danza.

On Jay Leno – Vince Gill, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ed Burns. 

On Charlie Rose – George Will.


Top Movies – July 22, 1998

Saving Private Ryan

The Mask of Zoro

Lethal Weapon 4

Something About Mary


Dr. Dolittle

Disturbing Behavior


Small Soldiers

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