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Dateline: Week Of January 24, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Senate Republicans reject a bid to dismiss President Clinton’s impeachment trial and push through a plan to question three witnesses.

A federal judge orders Monica Lewinsky to cooperate with the House managers seeking to remove President Clinton from office.

Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr says the White House and defense lawyers – not the prosecutor’s office – were the prime suspects in a flood of leaks to the news media.

The White House doesn’t like a report that Kenneth W. Starr is considering whether to indict president Clinton before the president leaves office. They charge that Starr in disclosing his plans, is interfering with the ongoing senate impeachment trial. 

At least 200 are dead after an earthquake jolts Columbia.

San Francisco - Laser pointers – originally developed for boardroom presentations, have become popular with teens who point them at friends – are now illegal to do – if you point them at a passing car.

President Clinton said he wants to spend $14 million to help close the gap between men’s and women’s wages and he pressed Congress to toughen enforcement of equal pay laws.

Ford says it will buy the auto operations of Sweden’s Volvo for $6.45 billion. 

Acceding to a plea for mercy form Pop John Paul II, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan grants clemency to a triple murderer due to be executed next month. 

Prosecutors posted a photograph of a white furry bear dressed as Santa Claus on an Internet site in a plea for public help with the Jon-Benet Ramsey slaying probe.


Economy News – January 24, 1999

The U.S. economy expanded by a robust annual rate of 5.6% in the last three months of 1998.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – January 24, 1999

Princess Caroline of Monaco marries her longtime German lover – Prince Ernst of Hanover.

1999 Golden Globes -  some movie winners:

Best picture drama – “Saving Private Ryan”

Best picture comedy – “Shakespeare in Love”

Best director – Steven Spielberg – “Saving Private Ryan”

Best actor drama – Jim Carrey – “The Truman Show”

Best actor comedy – Michael Caine – “Little Voice”

Best actress drama – Cate Blanchett – “Elizabeth

Best actress comedy – Gwyneth Paltrow – “Shakespeare in Love”

Best TV drama – “The Practice”

Best TV comedy – “Ally McBeal”


Technology News – January 24, 1999

Yahoo says it will purchase geocities for $3.9 billion in stock.

Both Amazon.com and EBay beat expectations on Wall St. – as Amazon.com’ sales nearly quadrupled for the quarter and EBay earned seven times more than it did same quarter last year.


Music news- January 24, 1999
Passing – Blues pianist Charles Brown. He was 78.

Michael Jackson is treated at a Miami hospital for a small fracture in his right wrist during a stopover in S. Africa.


Top music albums – January 24, 1999

Americana – the Offspring

#1’s – Mariah Carey

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauren Hill

14:49 – sugar Ray

Greatest Hits – 2Pac

‘N Sync – ‘N Sync

Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood – DMX

Spirit – Jewel

Made Man – Sikk the Shocker


Television news – January 24, 1999

Good Morning America’s ratings are up 25% after the first week of Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer. Looks like a winner.

Two Los Angeles radio personalities- Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla will co-host “The Man Show” on Comedy Central. Both have shows on KROQ-FM.

MTV will present Celebrity Deathmatch deathblow ’99 during the Super Bowl halftime. Look for clay versions of Dolly Parton and Jennifer Lopez and Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

On MTV – “The Sifl & Olly Show.” It’s two hip sock puppets who conduct a show in their basement


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 24, 1999

ER – 30.48

Friends – 24.82

Golden Globe Awards (NBC) – 24.18

Frasier – 23.59

Jesse – 21.11

Veronica’s Closet – 20.14

60 Minutes – 19.20

Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.87

Ally McBeal – 16.72

Movie-Outlaw Justice – 16.36

X-Files – 15.93

Becker – 15.73

Providence – 15.26

Cosby – 15.29


Top Movies – January 24, 1999

Varsity Blues

Patch Adams

A Civil Action

The Thin red Line


At First Sight

You’ve Got Mail

Shakespeare in Love

The Prince of Egypt

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