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Dateline: Week Of January 15, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Before 100 members of the U.S. Senate, republican House prosecutors open their impeachment case against President Clinton, alleging a pattern of perjury and obstruction of justice that they say could be boistered by live testimony from key witnesses in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The White House strikes back at the impeachment case against President Clinton with a fierce defense that sought to shatter the prosecution’s “often immaterial and always insubstantial” allegations.

In his State of the Union address, President Clinton proposes achieving most of his social goals, including school construction and long-term care of the elderly, through targeted tax breaks rather than the traditional Democratic reliance on spending programs.

Black-hooded attackers wearing Yugoslav army and police uniforms massacred at least 45 ethnic Albanian villagers in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaks harshly against U.N. sanctions saying nothing could compare with their “mischief and damage.”

After recent incidents of fraud and abuse involving users of its site, E-Bay moves to shore up security with measures aimed at improving identity checks, transaction insurance and escrow arrangements.  


Some best-selling books – January 15, 1999

A Man In Full – Tom Wolfe

Dreaming Southern - Linda Bruckheimer

Angels Flight – Michael Connelly

Memoirs of Geisha – Arthur Golden

Bill straight – Jonathan Kellerman

The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

The Professor and the Madman – Simon Winchester

The Century – Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster

The Last Mogul – Dennis McDougal


Business News/Wall Street – January 15, 1999 

The IPO of MarketWatch.com debuts with a stock price of $17.00.


Music news – January 15, 1999


Jerry Hall (42), wife of Mick Jagger files for divorce, following reports that a Brazilian model is expecting his child. Jagger counters by claiming the couple’s nine-year marriage was never made legal. 

Bon Jovi reunites to record a new song, “Reel Life,” for the Ron Howard film Edtv.


Television news – January 15, 1999

 Former CBS anchor Harry Smith will join A&E Network’s “Biography” in March as the cable series’ primary host. Current hosts Peter Graves and Jack Perkins will retain “an ongoing role” with the series.

The Cure is honoring its 20th anniversary with a new album and tour – both due in spring.

ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” gets a terrific ratings boost – thanks to its new hosts Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson. “GMA” increased its viewer ship by 34% over fourth-quarter 1998 numbers.

 In his first week hosting Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” – Jon Stewart averaged 595,000 viewers a night – the highest-rated week in the series’ history.

PBS will launch PBS Kids Channel, a new interactive digital channel in July. It’ll broadcast 24 hours each day fro children from preschool through age 12. 

New Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is speaking out against NBC’s plans to air an unauthorized TV movie about his life. “I am extremely disappointed. It appears they have put ratings above accuracy and honesty,” said Ventura. The movie will air during May sweeps.

Last Wednesday’s premiere of “60 Minutes II” drew more than 17 million viewers, emerging as the night’s most-watched program. One of the stories aired was Dan Rather’s report on krasnoyarsk-26 – a secret city in Siberia where the Russians produce weapons-grade plutonium.

Against the backdrop of the impeachment trial of President Clinton, Turner Classic Movies will air the 1942 movie “Tennessee Johnson,” depicting President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment struggle. The movie stars Van Heflin as Johnson and Lionel Barrymore as Senator Thad Stevens. 


Top Television Shows/Ratings – January 15, 1999

AFC Postgame show – 30.28

60 Minutes – 25.88

Friends – 23.60

ER – 21.08

Frasier – 20.41

Jesse – 20.40

 Touched By An Angel – 18.41

60 Minutes II – 17.21

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.09

Drew Carey Show – 16.80

JAG – 16.68

Law & Order – 16.62

Walker, Texas Ranger – 16,35

NYPD Blue – 16.30

Movie – The Fugitive – 16.24

Providence – 16.03

Dateline (Thursday) – 15.70

The X-Files – 15.65

King of Queens – 15.61

American Music Awards – 15.60



Sunday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of January 15, 1999

CBS – 60 Minutes, Touched By An Angel, Movie: Dean Man Walking

NBC – Dateline NBC, Movie: The Fugitive

ABC – Movie: Selma, Lord Selma, 20/20, The Practice

FOX – The Simpsons, That 70’s Show, The X-Files

WB – 7th Heaven, Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Unhappily Ever After

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theater

HBO – The Sopranos, The Sopranos.

USA – Sunday Night Heat, Pacific Blue, Silk Stalkings, La Femme Nikita, The Net


On Touched By An Angel – A young Politician’s misplaced loyalty could ruin her career.

On That 70’s Show – The Gang plans a ski trip, but Kelso’s not invited.

On The X-Files – Foul play is suspected after Sinner falls ill.

On The Practice – Helen addresses physician-assisted suicide… It’s discovered that Judge Kittleson is enamored with Bobby


Top Video Tape Sales – January 15, 1999


The Wedding Singer

The Mask of Zorro

Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

Small Soldiers

Good Will Hunting

Austin Powers

Gone With The Win


Top Pop Music Hits – January 15, 1999

 Have You Ever? – Brandy

Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

I’m Your Angel – R. Kelly & Celine Dion

Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry

Hands – Jewel

Lullaby – Shawn Mullins

Lately – Divine

Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls

Jumper – Third Eye Blind

Trippin’ Total (Featuring Missy Elliott)

Angel – Sarah McLachlan


Top Modern Rock Tracks – January 15, 1999

Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

Never there – Cake

Pretty Fly For A White Guy – The Offspring

Got You (Where I Want) – The Flys

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls

Every Morning – Sugar Ray

You Get What You Give – New Radicals

Circles – Soul Coughing

Malibu – Hole

Celebrity Skin – Hole

Leech – Eve 6

Sweetest Thing – U2

Special – Garbage


Top hit music in Britain – January 15, 1999

Praise You – Fatboy

Heartbeat/Tragedy – steps

Goodbye – Spice Girls

Believe – Cher

Chocolate salty Balls – Chef

When You’re Gone – Bryan Adams Featuring Melanie

Rescue Me – Ultra

Big Big World – Emilia

Over You – Justin

Good Rhymes – da Click

You Should Be – Blockster


Hot Jazz music albums – January 15, 1999

Gershwin’s World – Herbie Hancock

Jazz For The Quiet Times – Various Artists

Monica Mancini – Monica Mancini

Midnight In The Garden OF Good and Evil – soundtrack

Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon – Various Artists

Jazz For The Open Road – Various Artists

Fabulous Swing Collection – Various Artists

To See You – Harry Connick Jr.

Link Minds – Gary Burton/Chick Corea/Pat Metheny/Roy Haynes/Dave Holland


Top Country Music – January 15, 1999

Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man – Randy Travis

Right On The Money – Martina McBride

Stand Beside Me – Jo Dee Messina

You’re Beginning to Get To Me – Clay Walker

There You Have It – Blackhawk

For A Little While – Tim McGraw

For You I Will – Aaron Tippin

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Mark Chestnutt

You’re Easy On the Eyes – Terri Clark

Unbelievable – Diamond Rio


Top Rap Music Tracks – January 15, 1999

Ghetto Cowboy – MC Thugs

More Freaky tales – Too Short

Watch for the Hook – Cool Breeze

Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

Pushin’ Weight – Ice Cube featuring Mr. Short Khop

 Just Don’t Give a F… - Eminem

Whatcha Wanna Do? – Mia X Featuring Charlie Wilson

The Real One – 2 Live Crew Featuring Ice-T

Invasion of the Flat Booty B….S – Too Short

Lizard-Lizard – No Good N Jiggie Featuring Like


Top music albums – January 15, 1999

The Miseducation lf Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

Greatest Hits – 2PAC

Americana – the Offspring

Vol. 2 – Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z

N Sync – N Sync

Spirit – Jewel

#1’s – Mariah Carey

Double Live – Garth Brooks

Now – Various Artists

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

Come On Over – Shania Twain

R – R. Kelly

Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys

Big Willie Style – Will Smith

ELE Extinction Level Event; The Final World Front – Busta Rhymes  


Top Movies – January 15, 1999

Varsity Blues

Patch Adams

A Civil Action

The Thin Red Line

At First Sight


You’ve Got Mail

The Prince of Egypt

Virus – Jaimie Lee Curtis

Shakespeare In Love

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