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Dateline: Events/Week Of September 8, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Kenneth Starr sends his report to the House and it contains credible information that may constitute ground for impeachment. It says that Clinton abused his powers and obstructed justice and it pushes for the start of an impeachment process.

A White House legal team calls the report a hit-and run smear campaign.

President Clinton offers apologies to the public for his involvement with Monica Lewinsky.

A few thousand show-up to the Million Youth march in Harlem – and it ends violently after Khallid Abdul Muhammad, the event’s organizer, delivered a speech attacking the police. About 20 people including 15 officers are injured in the following melee.

The Clinton administration is bringing the leaders of several rival Iraqi Kurdish factions to Washington to talk peace. The meeting between Jalai Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Massoud Barzani of the Kirdistan Democratic Party will take place within the next several weeks.

Former President Bush, worried that he might be impeached if the Gulf War dragged on, but after rushing the battle to conclusion, he regretted that Saddam Hussein survived in power, he reveals in a new book, “A World Transformed” by Brent Scowcroft.

Passing – George Wallace – onetime segregationist who dominated Alabama politics. He was 79.

Parking their tractors bumper-to-bumper, about 25,000 Kosovo refugees camped out infields – terrified that Serbian police soon would be arresting their men for alleged membership in the rebel army.

A spokesman for the leader of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan denied reports that the alleged mastermind of the bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa has been placed under house arrest. He of course, is Osama bin Laden.

Brazil raises its interest rate to 50% as stocks tumble there and the rest of Latin America.

The Dow leaps 380 points in a day – its largest single-day gain ever (so far).


Sports News – September 8, 1998

Baseball – St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire hits Homer #61 – tying Roger Maris for the all-time record in one season. The blast came in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs and pitcher Mike Morgan – a 430-foot drive.

Also against the Cubs – Mark McGwire hits homer #62 – making history and breaking Roger Maris’ 37-year record.   But wait – right there with McGwire this week – to the wire – is Chicago Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa who also hits homers #61 and #62! My-my what a season!

Mike Piazza of the New York Mets is red hot. He’s batting .540 in his last 15 games.


Technology News – September 8, 1998

TNT is working on “Pirates of the Silicon Valley” – a movie dealing with the high-tech race between Microsoft and Apple.

Globalstar Telecommunications Ltd. says that it lost 12 satellites worth $180 million when a rocket failed during launch, delaying completion of its $2.6 billion satellite-based global communications network.


Top music albums – September 8, 1998

Da Game is to be Sold, Not to be Told – Snoop Dogg

Dirty Boogie – Brian Setzer Orchestra

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys

Back to Titanic – soundtrack

‘N Sync – ‘N Sync

Armageddon – soundtrack

Stunt  - Barenaked Ladies

Follow the Leader – Korn

Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys


Music news – September 8, 1998

Passing – Charlie Feathers – wrote the Elvis Presley song that broke him nationally. The song was “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” and was released on Sun Records when Elvis signed with RCA. RCA then released the same song back in 1955. 

Marilyn Manson does a live web chat this week – at liveconcerts.com or marilynmanson.net. He’ll be performing on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards.

Tommy Lee gets released from jail early – for good behavior. He was there because he kicked his wife Pamela Anderson Lee. He served less than four months of a six month sentence.

MTV Video Music Awards - Madonna wins video of the year for “Ray of Light.” Will Smith gets best male video and best rap video. Back Street Boys - best group video and Aerosmith – best rock video and best video from a film.


Television news – September 8, 1998

Tom Hanks and Gillian Anderson area among the presenters of the 50th Annual Emmy Awards on NBC-TV!

TNT is working on “Pirates of the Silicon Valley” – a movie dealing with the high-tech race between Microsoft and Apple. Can’t wait for this one.

Conan O’Brien celebrates five years on an NBC primetime special this week.

Ben Stiller hosts the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. Performing – Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Master P, Hole and the Dave Matthews Band. 

E! does its “Live Emmy Pre-Show with Joan and Melissa Rivers.

HBO now has four channels – HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Signature and HBO Family. Call your cable company!

The MTV Video Music Awards drew 5.8 million households – the highest rated in the show’s history.

ABC’s “20/20 is now on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights!

On Biography – it’s “Can We Talk?” Each night looks at a different talker – Regis, Kathie Lee, Merv, Imus, Joan and Geraldo. 

Emmy Awards this week – some winners:

Best comedy series – “Frasier.”

Best drama series – “The Practice.”

Best actor – comedy series – Kelsey Grammer – “Frasier.”

Best actress – comedy series – Helen Hunt – “Mad About You.”

Best actor drama series – Andrew Braugher- “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Best actress drama series – Christine Lahti – “Chicago Hope.”

Best supporting actor – comedy series – David Hyde Pierce – “Frasier.”

Best supporting actress – comedy series – Lisa Kudrow – “Friends.”

Best supporting actor – drama series- Gordon Clap – “NYPD Blue.”

Best supporting actress – drama series – Camryn Manheim – “The Practice.”


Top Movies – September 8, 1998

There’s Something About Mary


Saving Private Ryan

Knock Off

Ever after


Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Snake Eyes

Parent Trap

How Stella Got Her Grove Back

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