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Dateline: Week Of January 1, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Iraq sends more than a dozen warplanes into the skies over its Western-imposed southern “no-fly” zone, where they tangled with U.S. jets, which fired upon them.

The Dow rises 233 points, hitting 9,544.

The 106th Congress convenes in what some say is turmoil. First business – impeachment action against President Clinton.

At Hilton Head, President Clinton tells fellow New Year’s Eve celebrators he hoped the nation would “move away from the politics of personal destruction.”


Sports News – January 1, 1999

Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Bowl Games

Rosebowl – Wisconsin 38 UCLA 31

Cottenbowl – Texas 38 Mississippi State 11

Outback – Pen State 26 Kentucky 14

Gatorbowl – Georgia Tech 35 Notre Dame 28

Citrus Bowl – Michigan 45 Arkansas 31

Sugarbowl – Ohio State 24 Teas A&M 14

Fiesta Bowl – Tennessee 23 Florida State 16


Technology News – January 1, 1999

Amazon.com reports its fourth-quarter sales nearly quadrupled to $250 million. The online book and music retailer said it shipped 7.5 million items during the holiday season – more than all in 1997.

Apple unveils its G3 PC’s whose design follows the iMac’s curvy, translucent design, unlike any other “tower” PC on the market.

Joseph Graham “Gray” Davis Jr. is sworn-in as California’s 37th governor. 


Some best-selling books – January 1, 1999

A Man In Full – Tom Wolfe

Charming Billy – Alice McCermott

Memoirs of Geisha – Arthur Golden

Angles Flight – Michael Connely

The Century – Peter Jennings

Lindbergh – A. Scott Berg

The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

The American Century – Harold Evans


Top TV Shows/Rating – January 1, 1999

Monday Night Football – 23.76

60 Minutes – 20.36

Touched By An Angel – 17.44

NFL Monday Showcase – 16.06

Walker, Texas Ranger – 15.17

Barbara Walters – 14.63

Movie-Finale Descent – 14.46

Home Improvement – 14.18

NFL Monday Blast – 1386

Everybody Loves Raymond – 13.65

Movie-I’ll Be Home For Christmas – 13.39

 Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 13.25

I.Q. -  12.79

Candid Camera – 12.73

Becker – 12.52

The Hughleys – 12.46

Candid Camera #2 – 12.20

Just Shoot Me – 12.12

Drew Carey – 12.11

Cosby – 11.88

20/20 (Fri.) – 11.54

Ally McBeal – 11.51

Dharma & Greg – 11.42

Whose Line Is It Anyway? – 11.40

Spin City – 11.33


Television news – January 1, 1999


NBC debuts “Providence” a series that involves around a West Coast plastic surgeon who returns to her hometown of Providence, RI. 

 Debbie Matenopoulos, the youngest on “The View” leaves the program. Barbara Walters says she’ll return to the show “from time to time” and that she’s working on a new situation comedy and a book.

ABC News names 20/20 anchors Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson as hosts of “Good Morning America” effective January 18.

HBO begins a new series “The Sopranos” about the New Jersey mafia. It stars James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco.

Former ESPN anchor Keith Oberman returns to sports television, this time on Fox Sport Net. He had been with MSNBC, but was not doing sports.

Another Andy Rooney as Jimmy Tingle is named commentator for CBS’ 60 Minutes II.


Music news – January 1, 1999

Amy Grant announces her separation from her husband of 16 years, Christian music artist Gary Chapman.

Hip Hop magazines – More and more are competing. “The Source” – a 10-year old periodical, is the tops. Others include the new “Blaze,” magazine,  “XXL,” “Rap Pages,” and “Vibe.” Blaze, an August newcomer, topped the news with the beating of  its editor Jess Washington.


Top Movies – January 1, 1999

Patch Adams


You’ve Got Mail

The Prince of Egypt

A Bug’s Life

Mighty Joe Young

The Faculty

Enemy of the State

Star Trek: Insurrection

Shakespeare in Love

Hilary and Jackie

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