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Dateline: Events/Week Of November 15, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

A record $206 billion settlement between the nation’s major cigarette makers and state attorney’s is announced, ending a grueling legal war of attrition that began in 1994 when state lawsuits sought recover of tax money spent treating sick smokers.

The Federal Reserve pushes down interest rates for the third consecutive time. 4.75% is the lowest level in four years.

 Impeachment hearings open with independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr defending his four-year investigation of President Clinton. Impeachment seems more unlikely though, as several Republican lawmakers now saying they would vote against impeachment and even more GOP members swaying towards a “nay” vote.

President Clinton rejects a U.N. letter written by Saddam Hussein’s deputy to pledge renewed cooperation with arms inspectors. But the letter is full of conditions, with Clinton deems “unacceptable.”

President Clinton calls off an Iraqi attack, ordering the Pentagon to scrub any bombing strikes after Baghdad drops conditions on weapons inspections. 

Americans in some parts of the country are paying less than $1 a gallon for gasoline – the lowest in nearly five years.

Monica Lewinsky is coming out with a book. She’ll collaborate with Andrew Morton, Princess Diana’s biographer. Working title is “Monica’s Story by Andrew Morton.”

Marries – Carmen Electra to Dennis Rodman.

President Clinton agrees to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit, with no apology or admission of guilt, ending the four-year legal battle that led to the impeachment proceedings against him. “I feel that I have won. I think I have made an impact in the workplace, and I do believe that will prevail over any of the other things in the end,” said Ms. Jones.

 Passing – Black activist Stokely Carmichael (57) – seminal figure in the Black Power movement of the 1960’s.  


Sports News – November 15, 1998

Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers wins the American League’s Most Valuable Player award. Gonzalez batted .318 with 45 homers and 157 RBI’s – the most in the Al since Ted Williams and Vern Stephens each had 159 for the Boston Red Sox in 1949.

Sammy Sosa may have finished second to Mark McGwire in the memorable home-run race this baseball season, but he gets the National League’s Most Valuable Player. Sosa, who hit 66 homers, drove in 158 runs.

Steffi Graf advances to the semifinals at the Chase Championships, defeating Monica Seles. 

Longtime Nashville radio and TV personality Ralph Emory is coming out with another book – his third called “The View From Nashville: On The Record With Country Music’s Greatest Stars.”

Hollywood news – Charlie Sheen receives a judge’s permission to leave rehab. Sheen nearly died five months ago from a drug overdose.

Passing – Actress Esther Rolle (79) – Played the mom in the popular sitcom “Good Times.”


Technology News – November 15, 1998

Over-the-air digital TV transmission is underway in 22 U.S. cities as TV stations begin the process. The transmissions are digital images of station’s analog signals, but will could lead to HDTV.  Cities are New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Indianapolis, Harrisburg, Columbus, Charlotte (NC), Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Portland (OR), Madison (WI), Raleigh (NC), Milwaukee, and Cincinnati. What, no Chicago?


Top Television Shows/Ratings – November 15, 1998

ER – 18.97

Friends – 24.44

Touched by an Angel – 23.50

 Monday Night Football – 22.54

Frasier – 22.00

Jesse – 20.66

X-Files – 18.48

Veronica’s Closet – 18.10

60 Minutes – 17.85

Mama Flora’s Family – 17.611

Movie-Twister – 17.38

When Good Pets Go pad – 17.21

JAG – 17.11

Drew Carey – 16.14

NYPD Blue – 16.10

Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.68

Home Improvement – 15.63

Dharma & Greg – 15.58

20/20 (Wed.) – 14.91

Ally McBeal – 14.85

NFL Monday Blast – 14.67

Just Shoot Me – 14.55


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – November 15, 1998

CBS – 60 Minutes, Touched By An Angel, Movie

NBC – Dateline NBC, Movie-Twister

ABC – Movie-Sleeping Beauty, The Practice

Fox – World’s Funniest Videos, Simpsons, That 70’s Show, X-Files

WB – 7th Heaven, Sister,Sister, Unhappily Ever After, The Army Show

UPN – Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Deep Space Nine

PBS – India, Land of the Tiger, Too Close To Heaven (story of gospel music)

CNBC – Tim Russert, Hardball, Rivera Live

MTV – Presents Alanis Morrissette, Loveline w/Gary Busey


Radio news – November 15, 1998

Z-100 New York will give away an island or $100,000 cash. Listen to Z Morning Zoo hosts Elvis Duran and Elliot this week.  


Music News – November 15, 1998

Jesse Washington, editor of hip-hop magazine Blaze is beaten in his New York office. He identified one of the attackers as rap producer Derek “D-Dot” Angellettie, an associate of rap artist Sean “Puffy” Combs.” Washington was treated at the hospital for fractures to his face. Angellettie denies and allegation.Police believe Angellettie was upset that Washington and the magazine were going to publish a photo of the anonymous musician/rapper called “Mad Rapper” whose debut album is soon to be release by Sean Combs record label (Bad Boy). Later, Angellettie is arrested with another man in the beating. Angellettie is part of rap mogul Sean Combs’ group of producers known as “the Hit Men.”

Oasis member Liam Gallagher is arrested for alleged criminal damage to a photographer’s equipment.

Jennifer Love Hewitt and the Beastie Boys guest on this week’s “Saturday Night Live.”


Top music albums – November 15, 1998

Best of 1980-1990 – U2

Up – R.E.M.

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie – Alanis Morissette

R. – R. Kelly

Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys

The Story of the Ghost – Phish

Home for Christmas – ‘N Sync

Romanza – Andrea Bocelli

 ‘N Sync – ‘N Sync

Mutations – Beck

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

These Are Special Times – Celine Dion

Vol. 2 – A Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z

Barenaked Ladies – Stunt

The Globe Sessions – Sheryl Crow

Rush Hour – Soundtrack

Aquemini – Outkast

Dizzy Up the Girl – Goo Goo Dolls

Enter the Dru – Dru Hill

The Nu Nation Project – Kirk Franklin

Hellbilly Deluxe – Rob Zombie



Top Pop Music Hits(top-40) – November 15, 1998

Lately – Divine

Pushin’ Weight – Ice Cube

The First Night - Monica

 Westside – TQ

Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill

Love Me – 112

Love Like This – Faith Evans

I Still Love You – Next

How Deep is Your Love – Dru Hill

Love Like This – Faith Evans

Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here – Deborah Cox

I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

Touch It – Monifah

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

The Power of Goodbye – Madonna

Come and Get With Me – Keith Sweat/Snoop Dogg

Because of You – 98 Degrees

One Week – Barenaked Ladies

Crush – Jennifer Paige


Top Country Hit Music – November 15, 1998

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

Forever Love – Reba

A Little Fast Little Rock – Lee Ann Womack

How Do You fall In Love – Alabama

Honey, I’m Home – Shania Twain

You Move Me – Garth Brooks

It Must Be Love – Ty Herndon

Don’t Laugh At Me – Mark Wills

Let Me Go – Faith Hill

Where You Green Grass Grows – Tim McGraw

You’re Easy On the Eyes – Terri Clark


Top Modern Rock Tracks – November 15, 1998

Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring

Celebrity Skin- Hole

Never There – Cake

Father of Mine – Everclear

Inside Out – Eve 6

Circles – Soul Coughing

Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry

Lullaby – Shawn Mullins

Jumper – Third Eye Blind

What It’s Like – Everlast


Top pop music hits in Britain – November 15, 1998

Believe – Cher

Outside – George Michael

I Just Wanna Be Loved – Culture Club

Would You – Touch & Go

Blue Angels – Pras

Thank U – Alanis Morissette

I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Girlfriend – Billie

Guess I Was A Fool – Another Level

More Than A Woman - 911


Top movie video rentals – November 15, 1998

 Mercury Rising

City of Angels

A Perfect Murder

Wild Things


Lost In Space

Primary Colors

Hope Floats


Top movies – November 15, 1998

The Waterboy

I Still Know What You Did

The Siege

Meet Joe Black


I’ll Be Home For Christmas


The Wizard of Oz (reissue)

Living Out Loud

Practical Magic

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