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


In The News

The House Judiciary Committee drops plans to include campaign financing in its impeachment inquiry.

White House lawyers are given 30-straight hours – a marathon session to show why President Clinton should not be impeached for alleged misconduct in the Monica Lewinsky shenanigans.

Kennedy Center honors as President Clinton celebrates Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, Shirley Temple Black, Andre Previn and John Kander.

Space shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Cape Kennedy – and the mission is to begin the task of assembling the international space station.

Quebec’s pro-independence government is re-elected – getting 43% of the popular vote.

Unemployment falls to 4.4%.

Passing – Albert Gore Sr. – Al Gore’s dad who served in the senate. He was 90.

Exxon Corp and Mobil Corp agree to a record $75.3 billion merger.

Another IPO goes nuts as Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch – initially at $14 goes to $60.00 before dropping back to $40.25.

After mounting no defense, former Agriculture secretary Mike Espy won acquittal on 30 counts of corruption stemming from his acceptance of sporting even tickets, travel and other favors from interest he regulated. 


Technology – December 1, 1998

Eyes in the music business are on Michael Robertson’s mp3.com. mp3 is a new compression that allows users to quickly download songs from the Internet. Lots of pirated copies are being transferred. In less than a year – mp3.com has become a leading music site – some 150,000 users daily. Robertson says about half download a free song per visit.

Echostar agree so buy the satellite assets of News Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc in a stock deal valued at $1.25 billion. 


Music news – December 1, 1998

Naomi and Wynonna Judd say they will re-unite – but you’ll have to wait until New Year’s Eve – 1999. 

On VH1  -  Don’t miss “Storytellers.” The show offers insight into the creative process and the personalities. You could call it – a sort of updated “Behind the Hits.” Recently – Michael Stipe of R.E.M. talked about “Losing My Religion.”

Rapper Coolio is found guilty in Germany on charges of stemming from a 1997 confrontation with a boutique owner – who says Coolio punched her when she tried to shop him from taking $940 in merchandise without paying.


Top Pop Hit Music(top-40)  – December 1, 1998

I’m Your Angel –R. Kelly & Celine Dion

Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox

Lately – Divine

Pushin’ Weight – Ice Cube6

Love Me – 112

Love Like This – Faith Evans

It’s All Because Of You – 98 degrees

Trippin – Total

Doo Wop (That Thing) Lauryn Hill


Top Music Albums – December 1, 1998

Greatest Hits – 2Pac

Double Live – Garth Brooks

These Are Special Times – Celine Dion

Spirit – Jewel

$1’s – Mariah Carey

Rhythm-Al-Ism – DJ Quick

Americans – the Offspring

‘N Sync – ‘N Sync

War & Peace Vol. 1 – Ice Cube 


Television news – December 1, 1998

 A British documentary about Colombian drug-runners broadcast on “60-Minutes” was a fake, a commission has concluded, with paid actors portrayed as drug dealers and the producer’s hotel room disguised as a drug kingpin’s jungle hide-out. Producer Don Hewitt later apologized for airing the sham.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Vince Vaughn with music guest Lauryn Hill.

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos hosts “Fashionably Loud” – looking at Spring and summer 1999 fashions – over VH1.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 1, 1998

60 Minutes – 23.56

NYPD – Blue – 22.10

Touched by an Angel – 21.13

Movie-Jumanji – 20.80

Movie-Cab to Canada – 20.72

Monday Night Football – 20.68

X-Files 17.47

Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.41

JAG – 16.06

Celine Dion – 15.88

Spin City – 15.81

Movie-It Takes Two – 15.40

Ally McBeal – 15.31

Home Improvement – 15.21

20/20 (Wed.) – 14.69

Friends (Tue.) – 14.36

Walker, Texas Ranger – 14.31

Cosby – 14.25

The Hughleys – 14.24

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 14.31


Top Movies – December 1, 1998

A Bug’s Life

The Rugrats Movie

Enemy of the State

The Waterboy

Babe: Pig in the City

Meet Joe Black

I Still Know What You did Last Summer

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