Dateline: Week Of January 8, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton’s impeachment trial opens – as the floor of the senate is turned into a courtroom.
A U.S. warplane fired a missile at an Iraqi antiaircraft radio installation. The incident in the area’s “no fly” zone is the second in two days.
A positive jobs report pushes the Dow up past 9600.
Brazil devalues its currency, driving down markets across the Western Hemisphere and raising potential damage to U.S. markets.
Sports News – January 8, 1999
Goodbye #23 - Michael Jordan makes it official – he is retiring from basketball. Coach Pat Riley of the Miami Heat called Jordan “the greatest influence that sports has ever had.”
Technology News – January 8, 1999
AOL announces it would begin offering a broadband – high-speed service to East coast customers.
Intel exceeds expectations – reporting a profit of $1.07 a share.
E-Trade Group unveils plans to create an online investment bank.
Surge in Internet stocks since last September …
Go2Net is up 81.7%.
Infoseek is up 59.2%
Broadcast.com is up 44.3%
Lycos – is up 42.8%
DoubleClick – 35.8%
Yahoo – 20.6%
Amazon.com – 15.2%
Inktomi – 13.5%
America Online – 12.7%
Entertainment news – January 8, 1999
Whoopi Goldberg will host the 71st Oscar ceremony on March 21.
Music news – January 8, 1999
On TNN – “An Evening With Anne Murray.” Also on TNN – Roller Derby fun with “Roller Jam” on Friday.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter announce their separation after eight years of marriage.
1999 American Music Awards:
Rapper and actor Will Smith gets three trophies on the strength of his album “Big Willie Style.” Also getting awards – Garth Brooks and Celine Dion. Also – Shania Twain.
A New York state judge rules that Rappers Sean “Puffy” Combs and Heavy D are 50% responsible for a stampede at a party that left nine dead.
Top Pop Hits – January 8, 1999
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here – Deborah Cox
Have You Ever – Brandy
I’m Your Angel – R. Kelly & Celine Dion
It’s All Because of You – 98 degrees
Goodbye – Spice Girls
Love Like This – Faith Evans
Ghetto Cowboy – Mo Thugs Family
Trippin’ – Total
Lately – Divine
Television News – January 8, 1999
Don’t miss “The Sopranos” – debuting this week in HBO.
Jon Stewart debuts on the Daily Show – on Comedy Central.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Bill Paxton with musical guest Beck.
Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will be the new anchors on “Good Morning America.” Leaving is Lisa Mcree and Kevin Newman. It all begins Jan. 18.
Fox Family Channel airs “Michael Jordan: An American Hero” – a two hour movie starring Michael Jace.
Tim Allen says this will be the last season of “Home Improvement.” He wants to concentrate on movies.
Friday night television listings/TV Guide – January 8, 1999
CBS – Kids Say The Darndest Things, Candid Camera, the Magnificent Seven, Dave Letterman
NBC – Providence, Dateline NBC, Homicide’ Life on the Street, Jay Leno
ABC – Two of a Kind, Boy Meets World, Sabrina, Brother’s Keeper, 20/20, Nightline
Fox – Brimstone, Millennium
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week, Louis Rukeyser’s 1999 Money Guide
MTV – Eye Spy Video, Say What? FANatic, Real World
On Jay Leno – John Travolta, Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak.
Top Movies- January 8, 1999
A Civil Action
You’ve Got Mail
The Price of Egypt
Mighty Joe Young
A Bug’s Life
Shakespeare in Love
Enemy of the State.