Dateline: Events/Week of December 22, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Israeli parliament votes to dissolve itself and hold early elections. It has to do with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of peace with the Palestinians.
President Clinton will surely be tested on the world’s current hotspots – Balkan conflict and the civil wars in Africa among them.
President Clinton pardons 33 on Christmas Eve and does some last minute Christmas shopping.
The United States accuses Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of looking for new confrontations with his aircraft – of luring U.S. and British planes into missile traps.
President Clinton Impeached – Week of December 22, 1998
IMPEACHED - The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton! The House contends that Clinton perjured himself before a federal grand jury and obstructed justice as he sought to conceal is affair with Monica Lewinsky. But Clinton said he was determined to work “until the last hour of the last day of my term.” He invited lawmakers to censure him as punishment.
The Justice Department reports that violent crime in America – fell 7& - continuing a slide begun last year.
NJ - A bus taking 23 people from New York to Atlantic City on a Christmas Eve gambling junket, skids off the Garden State Parkway in Sayreville. 8 are dead.
U.S. warplanes pound three Iraqi military targets as Iraq defies the no-fly zone.
Christmas Eve Rome – Pope John Paul II looks ahead – “My thoughts already turn to Christmas next year, when, God wiling, the church shall inaugurate the great jubilee with the opening of the holy door.”
Isn’t he wonderful? – Osama bin laden – the Saudi exile accused of masterminding the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa in August, is calling on Muslims to kill Americans and Britons for the military strikes their countries carried out against Iraq. “The British and the American people loudly declared their support for their leaders’ decision to attack Iraq,” said Mr. Wonderful in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al Awsat.
Due to cold in the central valley area of California – nearly half the citrus crop has been wiped out.
Sara Lee Corp announces that it is voluntarily recalling hot dogs and other packaged meals – after an outbreak of food poisoning in nine states that so far, has left four dead.
Radio address – President Clinton calls on congress to enact stricter drunken driving laws and said a federal study showed more than a quarter of all U.S. drivers have used drugs, alcohol or both within two hours of getting behind the wheel.
Genocide apologies from Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan – apologize for the deaths of over a million in Cambodia during the 1970’s.
A yacht race off Australia goes bad – and five die in stormy seas. More than half the 115 boats that began the 725-mile race from the mainland to southern Tasmania either were abandoned or forced to seek shelter.
A week after she was born weighing just 10.3 ounces – “Odera” – the smallest of the Houston (Tx.) octuplets, dies.
Face on postal stamp - Malcolm X will be honored by the Postal Service – becoming the 22nd person in the Black Heritage series.
The Nasdaq leaps 2.4% to a record to 2,172,54.
Health/Medical news – December 22, 1998
The FDA approves Modafinil – which keeps people with debilitating sleepiness awake and attentive.
The FDA warns – be beware as you can now get drugs from the Internet without ever seeing a doctor.
Technology news – December 22, 1998
AT&T’s acquisition of TCI Inc wins approval from antitrust types, but TCI will have to get rid of its stake in (wireless) Sprint PCS.
A Michigan judge rules LCGM – a company that uses e-mail (spam) to promote porn sites – did commit fraud by sending e-mail to AOL’s 15 million member, despite AOL’s rules against such nonsense.
Sports news – December 22, 1998
A final offer from NBA Commissioner David Stern – in attempt to salvage the NBA season – didn’t do much. There may not be a basketball season.
Nike Inc. exercises its quarterly option and withholds quarterly endorsement payments to most of the 230 NBA league players under contract. No play – no pay.
Radio news – December 22, 1998
Jim (Poorman) Trenton – one of the original co-hosts of the “Loveline” franchise – says he has rights to the show – even though he is no longer with it. MTV Networks now airs a version of it – and Trenton is suing them. Trenton tried to do it after he was dumped from the show when it ran locally on KROQ (Los Angeles) back in 1994. The MTV version is co-hosted by original Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carrolla. MTV began airing “Loveline” in 1997.
Music news – December 22, 1998
Rock group Hanson goes on line for a chat this week at chat.yahoo.com.
Rapper Trevor Smith (Busta Rhymes) is arrested for possession of a weapon in New York.
Brandy and Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) will co-host the American Music Awards on Jan. 11.
Top music albums – December 22, 1998
‘N Sync – ‘N Sync
Home For Christmas – ‘N Sync
Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys
Romanza – Andrea Bocelli
Double Live – Garth Brooks
Greatest Hits – 2Pac
Americana – the Ofspring
#1’s – Mariah Carey
Top Pop Music Hits(top-40) – December 22, 1998
Goodbye – Spice Girls
Lately – Divine
I’m Your Angel – R. Kelly & Celine Dion
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Pushin’ Weight – Ice Cube
Love Like This – Faith Evans
Love Me – 112
Trippin’ – Total
Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox
The Sci-Fi channel brings back “Dark Shadows” in reruns.
Television news – December 22, 1998
CBS Corp – sells its “CBS Eye on People” cable network to Discovery Communications. Discovery will run the channel as Discovery People and it will debut January 11. CBS has been losing money since its March 1997 launch.
HBO says it will debut something called “The Sopranos” on Sunday, January 10. It stars James Gandolfini as a modern-day mob boss.
Jon Stewart will be taking Craig Kilborn’s place on “The Daily Show” over Comedy Central. It all begins January 11. The show debuted in the summer of 1996.
Passing- Virginia Graham – talk show queen of the 1960’s with “Girl Talk.” She was 86. Graham, who was gutsy and asked questions considered “forward,” once said of the show: that it was successful because it was able to “generate sparks from the friction between women, the way Boy Scouts rub sticks together.”
December 31 New Year’s Eve TV – 1998
Carson Daly and Jennifer Love Hewitt host MTV’s “New Year’s Eve party.”
Fox has the “Billboard New Year’s Eve Live” with appearances by LeAnn Rimes and Hanson.
Jay Leno – Tom Jones and Carrot Top bring in the New Year with Jay.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ‘99” – hosted by Elise Neal and D.L Hughley. The Backstreet Boys, Monica, Barenaked Ladies, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Fastball and Chicago perform.
Stay with ABC after Dick Clark for “After New Year’s Eve With David Sanborn.”
Of course – all New Year’s Eve – “MTV’s “Top 100 Countdown.”
Top Movies – December 22, 1998
You’ve Got Mail
The Prince of Egypt
Mighty Joe Young
A Bug’s Life
Star Trek: Insurrection
Enemy of the State
You’ve Got Mail