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Dateline: Events/Week Of October 1, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

President Clinton hails America’s first deficit-free fiscal year in 29 years. “Tonight at midnight, America puts an end to three decades of deficits and launches anew era of balanced budgets and surpluses.”

A divided House Judiciary Committee votes to recommend the beginning of a formal inquiry into whether President Clinton should be impeached.

Tapes reveal that Linda Tripp counseled Monica Lewinsky on her relationship with the President and Ms. Tripp coached her on saving evidence and making job demands on Clinton.

The conservative coalition government headed by Prime Minister John Howard wins reelection by a narrow margin according to incomplete reports on Australian federal elections.

First Lady Hilary is in South America (Chile) – attending an annual conference of first ladies of the America’s.

A legal battle over a severely brain-damaged man’s right to die ends when the Virginia Supreme Court rejected Gov. James Gilmore’s attempts to have the patient’s feeding tube reinserted.


Business/Economy News – October 1, 1998

Major banks drop their rates one-quarter of a percent – following a rate cut by the Fed.

The Dow drops 210 points on fears of an economic slowdown – particularly overseas and fears that the ¼ % wasn’t enough.


Technology News – October 1, 1998

Lycos Inc announces that it will acquire Wired Digital Inc. for $83 million in stock.


Entertainment News - October 1, 1998

Passing – Actor Roddy McDowall. He was 70.

Passing – Gene Autry – media entrepreneur, legendary screen cowboy and sports owner. He was 91.


Music news – October 1, 1998

Magic Johnson is launching a record label – Magic’s 32 records (his old jersey number). MCA Records will distribute. Will it play?


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 1, 1998

ER – 30.63

Friends – 25.36

Frasier – 25.18

Veronica’s Closet

Jesse – 21.62

Touched by an Angel – 19.44

Movie-About Sarah – 17.79

60 Minutes – 17.29

Drew Carey Show – 17.05

Home Improvement – 16.99

20/20 (Fri.) – 16.67

Diagnosis Murder – 15.42


Television news – October 1, 1998

 Margaret Mary Ray – who went to prison for stalking David Letterman – is killed when she kneeled in front of an oncoming train in Colorado. The attempted suicide worked – she was killed instantly.  

On “Saturday Night Live” – Kelsey Grammer, Shaq O’Neal and Sheryl Crow.  

Friday night television listings/TV guide – October 1, 1998

CBS – Kids Say the Darndest Things, Candid Camera, Buddy Fero, Nash Bridges, Dave Letterman

NBC -  Baseball, Jay Leno

ABC – Two of a Kind, Boy Meets World, Sabrina, Brother’s Keeper, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Living in Captivity, Getting personal, Millennium

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

E! – The Gossip Show, Regis & Kathie Lee Behind the Scenes

MTV – Backstreet Boys Favorite Videos


On Dave Letterman – Steve Martin, Cokie Roberts.

On Jay Leno – Cuba Gooding Jr., Christina Ricci, Bonnie Raitt


Top Movies – October 1, 1998


What Dreams May Come

Rush Hour

A Night at the Roxbury


Urban Legend

There’s Something About Mary

One True Thing

Saving Private Ryan

Simon Birch

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