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


In The News

Radio address - President Clinton vows to renew his fight next year for congressional approval of patient’s bill of rights.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin – despite calls for his resignation – says he will not resign.

For the third time in this country’s existence – the House opens formal impeachment proceedings against a president.

The House ethics committee dropped the three remaining ethics charges against Speaker Newt Gingrich despite finding that Gingrich repeatedly violated one rule by using a political consultant to develop the Republican legislative agenda.

Matthew Shepard – a gay University of Wyoming student is found beaten and near death, burned and left tied to a wooden ranch fence like a scarecrow. Four people have been arrested.

President Clinton urges voters to turn the midterm election into a national referendum, hoping they’ll care more about other issues other than Monica Lewinsky. Analysts believe and polls suggest, that Republicans could make broad gains in both houses of Congress in part because outrage over Clinton’s adulterous affair with the young intern.

Facing attack from NATO bombers, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic agrees to withdraw troops from violence-racked Kosovo and allow international verification in a compromise that could end the threat of airstrikes. 

The Federal Reserve Board lowers interest rates for a second time in less than three weeks. It’s now down to 5% from 5.25%

Al Gore unveils a $7.8 billion Everglades restoration proposal, saying they can be protected even while Florida’s growing population gets the water it needs.

Passing – Frankie Yankovic – the Polka King. He was 83.

Tawana Brawley is ordered to pay $185,000 in defamation damages by a judge who accused the young black woman of “perpetuating a lie” with her claim of rape at the hands of a gang of whites. The damages were awarded to Steven Pagones, a white former prosecutor who was falsely accused by Brawley’s advisors of taking part in the alleged rape. The advisors, who were also sued – but for $345,000 were the Rev. Al Sharpton, C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox – who created a furor in 1988 by alleging that the girl, then 15 – was attacked by a group of white men. A grand jury later found that Brawley concocted the tale.


Business/Economy News – October 8, 1998

Leap in mortgage rates – about 1% in one week in some instances – creates turmoil in the financial markets. One bank, charging about 6.3% on Friday – suddenly had a 30-year-fixed jump to 7%.

The dollar falls as the yen soars as the dollar slipped 8.1% in a single day.

The Nasdaq fell 3.2% to 1,462.61.

Cartoon ad Joe Camel a big influence on young smokers - The number of American youths taking up smoking as a daily habit jumped 73% between Joe Camel’s s debut in 1988 and 1996, the federal government says.


Medical/Health/AIDS News Update – October 8, 1998

For the first time in 10 years – AIDS falls off the top-10 killers list – as AIDS deaths dropped off by 47% last year!


Technology News – October 8, 1998

The RIAA is suing Diamond Multimedia Systems – who make a portable Mp3 layer that should be out this month. The RIAA doesn’t like it because it can download and play back pirated songs from the Internet. The RIAA contends that diamond – by introducing a cheap portable unit capable of producing CD-quality music  - is “promoting the illicit use of MP3 files” and attempting to capitalize on their prevalence on the Internet.” This is the first RIAA suit in terms of new technology. (good luck!). 

Apple Computer Corp reported its first profitable fiscal year since 1995 as sales of its new iMac line helped it earn $106 million in its fourth quarter.

Yahoo! Is by far, the most popular search engine with some 26 million people hitting the site each month and a 46.9% reach. Here’s a list of the “other” search engines:

Microsoft MSN – 46.2% reach

Lycos – 37.5

Netscape Netcenter – 32.3

Excite – 26.9

Infoseek – 22.8

Altavista – 16.6

Snap – 12.1

America Online, although not a search engine, has 47.2% online reach


Wal-Mart Stores files suit, alleging Internet bookseller Amazon.com infringed on their secrets. Wal-Mart claims that Amazon.com recruited former Wal-Mart

associates and targeted Wal-Mart vendors to learn more about its information systems which include data on sales, inventory and consumer buying habits.


Entertainment/Celebrity News – October 8, 1998

Passing – Actor Richard Denning (85) who appeared in the TV series “Hawaii-Five-O” and “Mr. and Mrs. North” before that.

Passing – Humanitarian Cleveland Amory (81). 

Riley Weston, recently named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 most creative people in the business and who posed as a 19-year-old teen writer, is exposed as being 32 years. Many associated with her are feeling duped, including the company that hired her – Walt Disney. Several weeks ago, Variety reported the 19-year-old staff writer had been hired for the new WB network teen drama “Felicity” and signed a development agreement. 

Actress Kate Winslet says she’s going to marry director Jim Threapleton.

Oprah Winfrey does an online chat at , and will discuss her new movie “Beloved.”


Radio news – October 8, 1998

Since July, Eric Muller (Mancow) has been heard on Chicago’s Q101.

In a stunning announcement – late night radio host Art Bell tells his “Coast To Coast” listeners that he was leaving the show due to the safety of his family. He alluded that it happened about a year ago, calling it “a threatening, terrible event that occurred to my family, which I could not tell you about” and because of the event, Bell said he was leaving the air.


Music news – October 8, 1998

Madonna will perform at the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden. Also look for Janet Jackson and the Smashing Pumpkins.  

VH1’s “Shania Twain: Behind the Music” was the channel’s second-highest rated program of all time – 4.6 million viewers.

Elton John turns down a position – dropping out last minute as a “messenger of peace” with the U.N.


Saturday night television listings – week of October 8, 1998

CBS – Early Edition, Martial Law, Walker, Texas Ranger, Howard Stern Radio Show

NBC – Baseball, Movie, Best of Saturday Night Live

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Fantasy Island, Cupid

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

MTV – Road Rules, Aeon Flux

VH1 – Rock Jeopardy

Sci-Fi – Mystery Science Theater 3000 


Top TV Shows/Ratings - October 8, 1998 

ER – 29.34

Friends – 26.82

Frasier – 25.66

Monday Night Football – 23.95

Veronica’s Closet – 22.97

Jesse – 21.30

A Marriage of Convenience – 20.80

Touched By An Angel – 18.79

60 Minutes - 16.94

Drew Carey – 16.66

Home Improvement – 16.45

Spin City – 16.12

20/20 – 15.82

20/20 (Wed) – 15.20

Walker, Texas Ranger – 15.20

JAG – 14.93 


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 8, 1998

 CBS – Promised Land, Diagnoses Murder, 48 Hours, Late Show

NBC – Friends, Jesse, Frasier, Veronica’s Closet, ER, Tonight Show

ABC – Vengeance Unlimited, Movie, Nightline

WB – Wayans Brothers, Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, For Your Love

Fox – World Series

UPN – Movie - 30 Years to Life

PBS – Anyplace Wild, Mystery!, The Return of Sarah’s Daughters

A&E – Law & Order, Biography, The Unexplained, A Touch of Frost

Life – Chicago Hope, Movie-Murder or Memory?

MTV – Twisted Toons, Eye Spy Video, Say What?, Total Request, Celebrity Deathmatch


On Friends – Ross wants to move to England.

On Steve Harvey – Lovita takes Steve to court.

On ER – Lucy loses a dead body.

On the Late Show – Jerry Seinfeld and historian Hunter Scott.

On the Tonight Show – Kim Delaney, Joan Embery, Hootie and the Blowfish



Top music albums – October 8, 1998

Aquemini – Outkast

Hard Knock Life Vol. 2 – Jay-Z

The Nu Nation Project – Kirk Franklin

‘N Sync -  ‘N Sync

The Miseducation of Lauren Hill – Lauren Hill

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Mean Green – Major Players Compilation

Stunt – Barenaked Ladies

The Globe Sessions – Sheryl Crow

Rush Hour – Soundtrack

Still In The Game – Keith Sweat

Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys

Backstreet Boys – Back Street Boys

Dirty Boogie – Brian Setzer Orchestra


Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – October 8, 1998

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

The First Night – Monica

Edwin McCain – I’ll Be

Jennifer Paige – Crush

Because of You – 98 Degrees

Time After Time – Inoj

Touch It – Monifah

How Deep Is Your Love – Dru Hill/Redmen

One Week – Barenaked Ladies

My Way – Usher

Never Ever – Saints

Westside – TQ

I Still Love You – Next

Lately – Divine


Top Rap Music Tracks – October 8, 1998

Just The Two of Us – Will Smith

Lookin’ At Me – Mase/Puff Daddy

Invasion of the fat Buoys – Too Short

Still A G Thank – Snoop Dogg

Definition – Mos Def/Kweli Are Black Star

’98 Thug Paradise – Tragedy, Capone, Infinite
Better Days


Top modern rock tracks – October 8, 1998

Celebrity Skin – Hole

Father of Mine – Everclear

One Week – Barenaked Ladies

Flay Away – Lenny Kravitz

Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

Never There – Lake

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls


Top Country Hit Music – October 8, 1998

Don’t Laugh At Me – Mark Wills

Where The Green Grass Grows – Tim McGaw

I’ll Go On Loving You – Alan Jackson

Honey I’m Home – Shania Twain

You’re Gone – Diamond Rio

You Move Me – Garth Brooks

Forever Love – Reba

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

How Do You Fall In Love - Alabama


Top movie video rentals – October 8, 1998

City of Angels

Wild Things

Mercury Rising

The Wedding Singer

Jackie Brown

Primary Colors

The Big Lebowski


Good Will Hunting.


Top movies – October 8, 1998


Rush Hour

What Dreams May Come

A Night at the Roxbury

Holy Man From Yesterday Urban Legend


 Something About Mary

One True Thing

Saving Private Ryan

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