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Dateline: Events/Week Of August 15, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

A federal appeals court rules that the Food and Drug Administration has no authority to regulate nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug-delivery devices.

Northern Ireland - A car bomb explodes amid a crowd of shoppers in the Northern Irish market town of Omagh, killing at least 28 and wounding some 200.

President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky Scandal Update – August 15, 1998.

After seven months of denial, President Clinton tells a nationwide audience that he had a relationship with Monica Lewinsky that was “not appropriate.” “In fact, it was wrong.”

A coalition of extremist Islamic groups linked to dissident Saudi millionaire Osama Bin Laden, issues new threats against the United States. Bin Laden has been involved in the jihad, or holy war in Afghanistan since 1979. Other identified Arab militants include Ayman Zawahirl, Rifal Ahmed Taha, Mustafa Hamza and Mohammed Islanboull.

More than 67 million viewers tuned into President Clinton’s speech in which he admitted involvement with former intern Monica S. Lewinsky.


More News – August 15, 1998

The U.S. launches several surprise missile strike against terrorist bases in Afghanistan and an alleged weapons facility in Sudan, contending they had been instrumental in the august 7 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa and were about to become launching points for other attacks. 

In New Jersey - Melissa Drexler (20) pleads guilty to aggravated manslaughter. She described how she gave birth in a bathroom at her senior prom last year, fished the baby out of the toilet, wrapped him plastic bags and dumped him into the trash. Drexler washed up and returned to the dance floor with her date. “I knew I was pregnant. I concealed the pregnancy from everyone. On the morning of the prom, my water broke.” 


Sports News – August 15, 1998

The NHL approves a five-year $600-million contract with ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 for exclusive broadcast and cable-TV rights beginning with the 1999-2000 hockey season.


Technology News – August 15, 1998

Dell, the largest direct seller of computers reports its quarterly profit rose 62%, dethroning Compaq Computer Corp as the nation’s #1 seller of desktops. 

 On ABC-TV’s “PrimeTime Live” this week, Sam Donaldson gives us a look at Paula Jones new surgery. Jones says she once had an affair with President Clinton. Donaldson touted the photo as a “first exclusive look.”


Television news – August 15, 1998

Interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” Show, comedian Chris Rock, talking about Kenneth Starr’s investigation of President Clinton, called Starr a “scumbag” and said he’d like to “whip Ken Starr’s ass.” Although the broadcast was live in the east and central zones, it was cut when re-broadcast to the West Coast. 

 Saturday Night Live announces three new cast members this season –

Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz. Fallon and Parnell are from the Groundlings and Sanz comes from Chicago’s Second City. SNL member Jim Breuer has left to pursue movies. 

Fox scuttles a new series produced by Shaun Cassidy – “Hollyweird.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 15, 1998 

60 Minutes – 15.95

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 14.38

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 14.16

Just Shot Me – 13.58

Seinfeld – 13.18

ER – 12.91

20/20 – 12.51

Touched By an Angel – 12.38

48 Hours – 12.37

Whose Line Is It? – 12.23

20/20 (Mon.) – 11.75

Movie-Tommy Boy – 11.72

48 Hours (Mon.) – 11.51

Friends – 11.34

Simpsons (8:30pm) – 10.94

Guinness World Records – 10.84


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – week of August 15, 1998

CBS – 60 Minutes, Touched by an Angel, Movie-Friends at Last

NBC – You Be The Judge, Dateline NBC, Movie-Tommy Boy

ABC – Movie-The Ransom of Red Chief, Crisis In The White House, The Practice

Fox – The World’s Funniest, The Simpsons, the Simpsons, The X Files

WB – The Parent Hood, The Parent Hood, Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, Unhappily Ever After, Unhappily Ever After

UPN – Star Trek Voyager,

PBS – Spotlight Awards, Nana Mouskouri Concert for Peace.

E! – TV Guide’s Best Dressed, Traci Lords The E! True Hollywood Story, The Gossip Show


You Be The Judge – Jerry Orbach presents opposing viewpoints on guns in the home, sexual harassment and high-speed police pursuits.

X-Files – A man believes his boss is a real monster. 


Music news – August 15, 1998

Charges that rap star DMX raped and sodomized a New York stripper are dropped after genetic tests.

Bethel NY - A 29th Anniversary concert honoring Woodstock on Yasgur’s Farm kicks-off. Lots of tickets left, in fact, they’re having a two-for-one promotion.

Marilyn Manson is putting a naked picture of himself (waist-up with breasts) on the cover of the upcoming album – “Mechanical Animals.” Manson says there are a lot of mainstream elements in the new album and Manson considers himself a pop artist. He’s trying to move away from the controversy his “Antichrist Superstar” album caused in 1996.

In a statement broadcast on MTV, Rapper Wyclef Jean denies that he pulled a gun on a magazine editor. He stated the charge was a publicity stunt engineered by Blaze, a new hip-hop magazine published by the producers of Vibe and Spin.

Look for “N.W.A. Straight Outa Compton 10th Anniversary Tribute” album in stores November 3. The album features rappers Harmony, Silkk, the Shocker, Mack 10, Coolio and Big Punisher.  


Top music albums – August 15, 1998

Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys

Dr. Dolittle – Soundtrack

Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told – Snoop Dogg

Life in 1472 – Jermaine Dupri

City of Angels – Soundtrack

Armageddon – Soundtrack

‘N Sync – ‘N Sync

For the Masses – Various Artists

Perennial Favorites – Squirrel Nut Zippers

Dirty Boogie – Brian Setzer Orchestra.


Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – August 15, 1998

Make It Hot – Nicole

Daydreamin’ Tatyana

My Way – Usher

So Into You – Tamia

Time After Time – INOJ

The Boy Is Mine – Brandy and Monica

First Night – Monica

Crush – Jennifer Paige

Touch It – Monifah

Nobody Does It Better – Nate Dogg


Top movies – August 15, 1998

Saving Private Ryan

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

The Avengers

There’s Something About Mary

Snake eyes

Halloween: H2O

Ever After

The Parent Trap

The Negotiator


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