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Dateline: Week Of March 1, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The U.S. jobless rate creeps up to 4.4% - up .1% from a month earlier. 

A special Senate panel warns that possible computer crashes expected January 1, 2000 could spawn disruptions leading to civil unrest in some countries, but no major U.S. breakdowns are expected.

Special U.S. emissary Bob Dole says Ethnic Albanian guerrilla and political leaders have promised to sign an interim accord to stop the fighting and deploy NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo.

The Supreme Court rules that public schools must pay for one-on-one nursing care in class for a severely disabled child.

After serving 18 months (and counting) in prison, Susan McDougal has no plans to talk as a new trial begins this week.

 In an interview with Barbara Walters, Monica Lewinsky, offered the nation her apology “for my part in this past year’s ordeal.” “I wouldn’t dream of asking Chelsea and Mrs. Clinton to forgive me, but I would ask them to know that I am very sorry for what happened and for what they’ve been through.”

Passing – Harry Rossoll, the U.S. Forest Service Illustrator, who created “Smokey the Bear.” He was 89. Many call “Smokey” the greatest public service announcement campaign of all time. Interviewed on CNN in 1993, Rossell recalled he first drew a man called Ranger Jim – but he looked too much like a government official. “And I figured, well, let me see, Walt Disney used animals. You could put words into animals’ mouths and get away with it.”

Passing – Richard Kiley, best-known for his Don Quixote role in Broadway’s “Man of la Mancha.” He was 76. 

Passing – Justice Harry Blackmun, whose opinion legalized abortion with Roe Vs. Wade in 1973.


Radio News – March 1, 1999

Radio news – Fired personality Doug “Greaseman” Tracht appears on CNN’s “Both Sides With Jesse Jackson."


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 1, 1999

ER – 30.26

Friends – 26.02

Frasier – 25.57

Alice in Wonderland – 25.32

Grammy Awards – 24.88

Jesse – 21.82

Touched by an Angel – 21.54

Veronica’s Closet – 19.89

60 Minutes – 19.86

Home Improvement – 19.18

Movie-And The Beat Goes On – 18.03

Ally McBeal – 16.94

X-Files – 16.74

Movie- Too Rich… Doris Duke – 16.67

JAG – 16.37

The Practice – 15.97

Spin City – 15.25

Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.12

The Hughleys – 14.84

Nash Bridges – 14.80

“Shocking Behavior On Tape” – 14.74

NYPD Blue – 14.42

Movie-Behind the Mask – 14.42

20/20 (Mon.) – 14.34

Walker, Texas Ranger – 14.19

Providence – 14.18

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 13.83

Law & Order – 13.55

Becker – 13.31

Just Shoot Me – 13.25


Television news – March 1, 1999

CBS says it is picking-up “JAG” for next season.

Three-year-old  “TV Land” reports a 41% increase in it February ratings over a year ago.

Don’t miss Barbara Walters’ interview with Monica Lewinsky on “20/20.”


Music news – March 1, 1999

Passing – Dusty Springfield (59) – after a five-year battle with breast cancer. One of the great pop artists of the 1960’s British invasion and beyond. 

Rap played on a rock station? Eminem has broken the barrier as KROQ (Los Angeles) is now playing his “My Name Is.” The station says because the song has a novelty approach to hip-hop and MTV heavy play doesn’t hurt.

Bruce Springsteen will kick off his anticipated reunion tour with the E Street Band April 9 in Barcelona

Dick Clark Productions says it is developing a movie about the life of Bobby Darin with his son – Dodd Darin.  


Top movies – March 1, 1999



The Other Sister

Message In A Bottle

My Favorite Martian

October Sky

Shakespeare In Love

She’s All that

Blast From The Past

200 Cigarettes

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