Dateline: Events/Week of December 15, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton spends a few hours in the Gaza Strip – the first American chief executive to visit territory under the control of the Palestinian Authority.
U.S. and British forces launch a fierce serial attack on Iraq, in response to Saddam Hussein’s continued obstruction of U.N. weapons inspectors.
House Republicans say they would open debate on the impeachment of President Clinton, as Democrats warned that the drama would lower the morale of U.s. troops attacking Iraq and could give Saddam Hussein an unnecessary "advantage in this war.”
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein tells Arab television viewers that he will kneel only “before the face of God” and never his enemies.
A boat carrying Cubans capsizes in the Atlantic, killing eight with four missing. The 30-foot boat went down of Elliott Key, about 30 miles from Miami.
The House of Representatives vote to impeach President Clinton, making him only the second president in the nation’s history ordered to stand trial in the Senate. Two articles charged that Clinton had perjured himself before a grand jury and obstructed justice.
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew returns to Earth ending NASA’s first space station-building mission. It was the first of 36 space shuttle flights that NASA estimates will be needed over the next five years to build the 16-nation space station.
Health/Medical News – December 15, 1998
The FDA approves a new AIDS drug (Ziagen), but warns that it sometimes causes a life-threatening reaction.
Sports news – December 15, 1998
The NFL votes against instant replay in the playoffs.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1998
ER – 29.97
Frasier – 23.64
Friends – 23.03
Monday Night Football – 21.74
Veronica’s Closet – 20.92
Touched by an Angel – 20.38
Jesse – 19.14
Grace and Glorie – 18/46
NYPD Blue – 17.77
X-Files – 17.35
Home Improvement – 16.13
Drew Carey – 16.09
Walker, Texas Ranger – 15.95
Movie-Christmas in My Hometown – 15.82
Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.21
Dharma & Greg – 15.11
Becker – 14.41
The Simpsons – 14.24
Television news – December 15, 1998
DirectTV agrees to acquire USSB (United States Satellite Broadcasting Co) in a stock and cash transaction valued at about $1.3 billion.
Passing – Norman Fell – best known as Mr. Roper in “Three’s Company” of cancer. He was 74.
Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff is working with a group of investors to develop Baywatch restaurant cafes and nightclubs.
CNBC yanks money manager James Cramer from the airwaves for comments he made about the stock of Internet Company WavePhore Inc. On a December 2 episode of “Squawk Box,” Cramer said he tried to “short” the company’s stock – a strategy that bets the price will tumble.
Tom Snyder will broadcast his final “Late Late Show” on March 26. Craig Kilborn of “The Daily Show” takes over duties on March 30.
Fox is set to debut a new claymation comedy produced by and featuring Eddie Murphy. Look for it beginning January 12.
After 27 years, Kelly Lang leaves the anchor chair at KNBC-TV Los Angeles.
Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of December 15, 1998
CBS – The Nanny, Maggie Winters, To have & To Hold, Chicago Hope, Late Show w/David Letterman, Late Late Show w/Tom Snyder
NBC – Dateline NBC, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Encore! Encore!, Law & Order, Tonight Show
ABC – Dharma & Greg, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Drew Carey, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect
WB – Dawson’s Creek, Charmed
Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five
UPN – 7 Days, Star Trek: Voyager
PBS – The Kennedy Center Presents, Chants of Sand and Stars
The Nanny – Fran believes Maxwell doesn’t want to celebrate Hanukkah.
Chicago Hope – McNeil’s misjudgment almost leads to a young girl’s death.
Late Show – Susan Sarandon, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Vienna Boys Choir
Tonight Show – Woody Harrelson, Whitney Houston
Radio News – December 15, 1998
Chancellor Media flips adult top-40 WBIX New York to R&B Oldies. The company has a trademark to “Jammin’ Oldies” which it may use here. The slogan was made famous by its KCMG (Mega 100) in Los Angeles.
Music news – December 15, 1998
Donnie Osmond has a new Christmas album – “Christmas at Home.”
New on MTV – “The Cut”- features unsigned acts performing live to a rotating panel of three music industry judges. The grand prize is a professionally made video paid for by MTV, with the video to be shown by the channel.
Look for a new network for classical music videos – “Classical Music Video Network.” Dick Cavett will be the primary host, which has a launch date for Thanksgiving 1999.
Top music albums – December 15, 1998
Double Live – Garth Brooks
‘N Sync – ‘N Sync
These Are Special Times – Celine Dion
Spirit – Jewel
Garage Inc – Metallica
Greatest Hits – 2Pac
Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys
Vol 2.. Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z
#1’s – Mariah Carey
Come On Over – Shania Twain
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie – Alanis Morissette
Never S-A-Y Never – Brandy
Stunt - Barenaked Ladies
Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks
Tical 2000: Judgment Day – Method Man
Rugrats Movie – Soundtrack
Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – December 15, 1998
Lately – Divine
I’m Your Angel – R Kelly
Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox
Because of You – 98 Degrees
Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
Love Like This – Faith Evans
Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry
Lullaby – Shawn Mullins
Trippin’ Total/Missy Elliott
… Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
This Kiss – Faith Hill
Jumper – Third Eye Blind
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
How Deep Is Your Love – Dru Hill/Redman
Slide – Goo Goo Dolls
My Favorite Mistake – Sheryl Crow
Have You Ever? – Brandy
Hands – Jewel
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
Top Pop Hits in Britain – December 15, 1998
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - Jay-Z
Up and Down – Vengaboys
I Love the Way You Love Me – Boyzone
Heartbeat/Tragedy – Steps
When You’re Gone – Bryan Adams/Melanie
I’m Your Angel – Celine Dion/R.Kelly
Until The Time Is Through – Five
No Regrets – Robbie Williams
Top Modern Rock Tracks – December 15, 1998
Never There – Cake
What It’s Like – Everlast
Got You (Where I Want You) – The Flys
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring
Celebrity Skin – Hole
Circles – Soul Coughing
Sweetest Thing – U2
Every Morning – Sugar Ray
Inside Out – Eve 6
Father of Mine – Everclear
Special – Garbage
It’s All Been Done – Barenaked Ladies
Body Movin’ – Beastie Boys
Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry
Bittersweet – Fuel
Top movie video rentals – December 15, 1998
A Perfect Murder
Top movies – December 15, 1998
Star Trek: Insurrection
A Bug’s Life
Enemy of the State
Babe: Pig in the City
Meet Joe Black
A Simple Plan.