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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

Believe Cher

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


Deep Impact


Small Soldiers

Hope Floats

A Perfect Murder


Top movies – December 15, 1998

Star Trek: Insurrection

A Bug’s Life

Jack Frost

Enemy of the State

Rugrats Movie

The Waterboy


Babe: Pig in the City

Meet Joe Black


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