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


In The News

The White House launches its impeachment defense – the game is on.

President Clinton flatly denied that he lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and brushed aside any resignation talk.

A barrage of rockets shook Kabul, killing at least 17 people and wounding 80 others. It was one of the worst assaults on the Afghan capital in months.  

After successfully joining and outfitting the first two pieces of the international space station. Endeavour’s astronauts set the seven-story complex lose and flew away. 

In London – In a wheelchair – former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet appears in a court of law for the first time to face charges in the killings, torture and kidnappings carried out during his brutal regime.

President Clinton announces that Iran is no longer a significant producer of opium poppies nor a major transit point for U.S. bound illicit drugs.

The Hague - Gen Radislav Krstic – a Bosnian Serb general accused of masterminding the 1995 massacre of thousands of Muslim civilians – pleads not guilty to genocide and crimes against Humanity.

Passing – Florida governor Lawton Chiles dies of a heart attack. He was 68.

The House Judiciary Committee approves a fourth and final article of impeachment, urging that President Clinton be removed from office for abusing his power.

The American Psychiatric Assn. board votes unanimously to reject therapy aimed solely at turning gays into heterosexuals, saying it can cause depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.

Kevin Dimmick who lives near Los Angeles, who sued the Department of Motor Vehicles in 1996 after it refused to approve his application for a motorcycle license plant that read “HIV POS,” wins the court fight. And Dimmick has AIDS.

The Nasdaq halts trading on the stock Coyote Network Systems after an unflattering report. Its value had sunk some 45%.

Abe Hirschfeld (79) – the parking lot tycoon who offered Paula Corbin Jones 41 million to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, is charged with trying to have his former business partner killed.

What’s Hot For Christmas?

Hot for Christmas – Pokeman toys and the $30 Pokeman Game Boy system.


Sports News – December 8, 1998

The NFL, which has been stung by embarrassing gaffes by officials, is finally looking into instant replay, at least for the playoffs.

Passing – Boxing great Archie Moore. He was 84.


Music news – December 8, 1998

LeAnn Rimes and Faith Hill guest on TNN’s “Christmas Time With Eddy Arnold.”

Luciano Pavarotti and Vanessa Williams sing “Adeste Fideles on “Saturday Night Live.”

Bruce Springsteen announces that he and the E Street band will tour next year – their first tour since 1989.


Television news – December 8, 1998

On “Saturday Night Live” – Alex Baldwin, Luciano Pavarotti, Vanessa Williams.

“Whose Line Is It Anyway” – the summer ABC hit – is back this week.

Darlene Gillespie – best known as an original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer back in 1955, 1956 and 1957, is convicted of engaging in an elaborate stock buying fraud and obstructing a Securities and Exchange Commission probe.

Passing  - Soap opera actor Michael Zaslow from “One Life To Live.”


Top Movies – December 8, 1998

A Bug’s Life


Enemy of the State

The Rugrats Movie

The Waterboy

Meet Joe Black

Babe: Pig in the City


I Still Know What You did Last Summer

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