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 www.Oprah.com, 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
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
The Wedding Singer
The Big Lebowski
Good Will Hunting.
Top movies – October 8, 1998
What Dreams May Come
A Night at the Roxbury
Holy Man From Yesterday Urban Legend
Something About Mary
One True Thing
Saving Private Ryan.