Dateline: Week Of February 15, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright brings Serbian and ethnic Albanian negotiators together for their first face-to-face meeting – but an agreement between the two groups to end the crisis in the strife-torn Kosovo region seem to be a ways off.
Israeli security guards open fire on club-wielding Kurds who had stormed the Israeli Consulate in Berlin, wounding 15 and killing three protesters.
With more than 400 NATO warplanes ready and the Western-imposed deadline for reaching a Kosovo peace deal at hand, President Clinton refused to give a defiant Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic any extra time to talk.
Senator Clinton? – President Clinton fuels speculation that his wife may make a run for the New York Senate, saying he thought his wife would be “terrific” for the job. The first lady has been mentioned as a potential candidate ever since Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) announced late last year that he will not seek re-election in 2000.
After saying Serbian and ethnic Albanian negotiators would get no more time – peace talks on Kosovo are extended three days. The decision was made after the talks ran more than seven hours past a noon deadline. Extension is seen as an embarrassment to the Clinton administration.
After becoming upset, Mike Tyson throws a television set, narrowly missing jail guards at the Montgomery County Detention Center. He was then placed in an isolation cell. Tyson was sentenced last February to a one-year jail sentence for assaulting two men after a minor traffic accident in August.
Passing – John D. Ehrlichman (73) – top domestic policy advisor to President Nixon.
Medical /HIV Update – February 15, 1999
Pamela Wiser – an HIV-infected woman who said she had a series of one-night stands to get “revenge” for contracting the virus from her boyfriend is sentenced to 26 1/2 years in prison after changing her story in court. Wiser (29) of Tennessee, pleaded guilty in December to 22 counts of knowingly exposing partners to HIV.
Sports News – February 15, 1999
The Yankees get give-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Technology news – February 15, 1999
GoTo.com – a Pasadena, CA Internet search engine, says it is suing Walt Disney and Infoseek to bar them from using a logo for their new Go Network of Web sites because it resembles GoTo’s logo.
Ebay says it will ban all sales of guns and ammunition after determining that “the Internet is not an appropriate venue for this type of merchandise.”
Stamps.com announces that it has raised $30 million from a group of investors that includes Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen.
Entertainment News – February 15, 1999
O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy fetches $250,000, but all the money goes towards his court judgment.
Columbia/TriStar rolls out the dark teen comedy “Jawbreaker.” It’s written and directed by 26-year-old Darren Stein.
Passing – Gene Siskel (53) – half the famed movie critic team of Siskel and Ebert.
Passing – Doug Weston (72) – founder of the famous Troubadour nightclub in Hollywood. Weston’s nightspot helped launch the careers of many, including Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Smothers Brothers, Cheech and Chong.
Radio news – February 15, 1999
Howard Stern News
Lots of commercials – a recent study shows that 12 minutes of commercials are the average on radio. Howard Stern’s WXRK-FM in New York broadcasts an average of 17.5 commercial minutes per hour on his morning show.
Television news - February 15, 1999
Gloria Allred believes she’s being blackballed by CNN. She hasn’t been on the channel since late August, when she called for President Clinton to resign, claiming that he lied under oath in the Paula Corbin Jones case. Allred was one of the few feminists to make such a stand. Allred had been a frequent guest on CNN – appearing twice a month – until the incident.
Fox will debut Simpson’s creator Matt Groening’s new animated comedy “Futurama” March 28.
Big TV news this week is George Clooney’s departure from NBC’s “ER.” The ratings were sky high – about 36 million tuned-in to see Clooney’s Dr. Doug Ross decide to leave the hospital for a job in the Pacific Northwest.
Tuesday Night Television – February 15, 1999
CBS – JAG, Movie-God’s New Plan, Late Show With David Letterman
NBC – 3rd Rock From The Sun, NewsRadio, Just Shot Me, Will & Grace, Dateline NBC, Tonight Show
ABC – Home Improvement, The Hughleys, Spin City, Dharma & Greg, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr
PBS – Escape!
WB – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Felicity
Fox – King of the Hill, The PJ’s, Guinness World Records
UPN – Moesha, Clueless, Malcolm & Eddie, Between Brothers
E! – Linda Sobek – The E! Tue Hollywood Story, Harley Mania, Talk Soup, Howard Stern
On 3rd Rock From The Sun – Dick fears Mary is about to lose her job.
On Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Buffy feels remorse over her behavior with Faith.
On NewsRadio – Tiffani-Amber Thiessen appears as Lisa’s new assistant.
On David Letterman – Andy Garcia, Tara Lipinski, Wendy Liebman
On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Dave Foley
On Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr – John Schneider
Music news – February 15, 1999
Master P is the master…
Master P signs with endeavor to represent him in the areas of movies and television among others. The rap star earned some $56 million last year. His movie “Foolish” is set for release next month. He’s set for the MTV novelty series “Juvenile Detention” in which he portrays a boot camp officer and he has another movie in the works – “Hot Boyz.”
Top Pop Hit Music – February 15, 1999
Believe – Cher
Angel of Mine – Monica
Heartbreak Hotel – Whitney Houston
Have You Ever? – Brandy
Slide – Goo Goo Dolls
All I Have To Give – Backstreet Boys
Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox
(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You – ‘N Sync
Faded Pictures – Case Featuring Joe
… Baby One More Time – Britany Spears
I Still Believe – Mariah Carey
Angel - Sarah McLachlan
Taking Everything – Gerald Levert
Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry
You – Jesse Powell
I’m Your Angel – R. Kelly & Celine Dion
Jumper – Third Eye Blind
Hands – Jewel
Lullaby – Shawn Mullins
Every Morning – Sugar Ray
Miami – Will Smith
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Mark Chesnutt
Top Country Hit Music – February 15, 1999
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Mark Chesnutt
Unbelievable – Diamond Rio
Stand Beside Me – Jo Dee Messina
For A Little While – Tim McGraw
Hold On To Me – John Michael Montgomery
No Place That Far – Sara Evans
You Were Mine – Dixie Chicks
Wrong Night – Reba
That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
Top movie video rentals – February 15, 1999
The Truman Show
Out of Sight
Six Days, Seven Nights
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Top movies – February 15, 1999
Message in a Bottle
My Favorite Martian
She’s All That
Blast From The Past
Shakespeare in Love
Saving Private Ryan
God Said, Ha!
Life is Beautiful
The Thin Red Line
A Civil Action
The Prince of Egypt
The Rugrats Movie
Waking Ned Devine.