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
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
There’s Something About Mary
The Parent Trap