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
Message in a Bottle
My Favorite Martian
Blast From the Past
Shakespeare in Love
She’s All That
Saving Private Ryan.