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
Good Will Hunting
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
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.