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Dateline: Week Of February 22, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

In France- Secretary of state Madeleine Albright urged Kosovo’s rebels to shed their remaining reservations about an autonomy plan for the province  - and that would clear the way for NATO air strikes on Serbs.

The U.S.-led Kosovo talks end in France with both sides agreeing on self-rule for the Serbian province - at least in principle. 

Passing – Curtus Carslon who built the giant Carlson Cos. Inc that included Radisson Hotels. He was 84.

Levi Srauss & Co. announce it will shift much of its manufacturing out of North America – shuttering half its 22 plants and almost 6,000 employees.

 A jury in Jasper, Texas finds white supremacist John William King guilty of capital murder for chaining a black man by his ankles and dragging him behind a truck until his head was ripped off.

President Clinton defends the budding U.S. role in Kosovo, saying that Washington has a humanitarian interest and a direct interest in whether there is instability in the Balkans.

The Supreme Curt rules that illegal immigrants have no right to challenge their removal even if they were singled out for their political views.

The NTSB is investigating another possible rudder malfunction on a 737 – considered a prime suspect in at least two major jetliner crashes.

CBS’ chief executive Mel Karmazin, said his company would be interested in buying NBC if the government eased rules that prevent one company from owning two broadcast television networks.

 

Sports News – February 22, 1999

Mike Tyson gets out of solitary confinement – just two days after he was supposed to spend a month there for throwing a television set at guards.

 

Technology News – February 22, 1999

Amazon.com buys a 40% stake in drugstore.com.

 

Radio news – February 22, 1999

Dough Tacht, aka “The Greaseman” over WARW in Washington, DC – is fired. The reason – he played a Lauryn Hill record and said – “no wonder people drag them behind trucks” – in reference to the Texas story above. 

 

Music news – February 22, 1999

So Will Smith is a big star, but what about the guy he started out with – Jazzy Jeff (Jeff Townes)?  Jeff says he’s still mixing/djing and has a new album coming out of his mixes. A few months ago, the pair reunited for shows in London – like the old days. Jeff for a while, appeared with his friend on the TV sitcom “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

Don’t miss Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Tour.

This Wednesday night on CBS – “Shania Twain’s Winter Break” with EltonJohn and the Backstreet Boys. 

1999 Grammy Awards –  Some winners:

Record of the year – “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion

Album of the year – “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

Song of the year - My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion

Best new artists – Lauryn Hill

Best female vocal - My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion

 Best male vocal – “My father’s Eyes” – Eric Clapton

Best pop album – “Ray of Light” – Madonna

Best rap solo – “Getting Jiggy Wit It”  - Will Smith

 

Television news – February 22, 1999

On Sunday – ABC TV movie – “And The Beat Goes ON: The Sonny and Cher Story.” It stars Jay Underwood and Renee Faia.

ABC News that it will air its interview with Monica Lewinsky – two hours worth – in a February sweeps special.

Ted Turner is at it again – another new channel! “Turner South” will roll out this fall and will target only the South – Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina.

This Saturday – “Saturday Night Live Presents the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal” – on primetime – featuring skits and parodies from the series.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Lucy Lawless and Eliott Smith.

Monday night television listings/TV Guide – week of February 22, 1999

CBS – 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Dave Letterman

NBC – Dateline NBC, Lance Burton: Master Magician: Top Secret, Law & Order, Jay Leno

ABC – Dharma & Greg, Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Nightline

PBS – Scientific Frontiers, Paul Robeson: American Masters Special

MTV – Say What?, Video Cliches, Total Request, Dara, FANatic, Blame Game, Loveline

 

41st Annual Grammy Awards – Hosted by Rosie O’Donnell.  Look for Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, Madonna and others.

 

Top Movies – February 22, 1999

Payback

Message in a Bottle

My Favorite Martian

October sky

Blast From the Past

Shakespeare in Love

She’s All That

Office Space

Rushmore

Saving Private Ryan

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