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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


Lethal Weapon


Rush Hour

The Negotiator

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


Patch Adams

God Said, Ha!

Life is Beautiful

The Thin Red Line

A Civil Action

The Prince of Egypt

The Rugrats Movie


Waking Ned Devine

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