Dateline: Week Of March 1, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton apologized for U.S. support of the rightist regimes that ruled Guatemala for three decade.
President Clinton defends his administration’s response to suspected Chinese espionage at a key U.S nuclear weapons design facility. He said his aides moved quickly to prevent further breaches of national security.
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno tells a panel of judges that they have no power to stop her from investigating how independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has carried out his grand jury inquiry into the Monica S. Lewinsky affair.
Ethnic Albanian rebel commanders met to consider the peace plan for Kosovo, but – contrary to Clinton administration declarations – it appeared that the deal would not be signed before later in the week.
The U.S. welcomes three newest members of NATO – Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Three terrorist bombs strike two northern Kosovo towns, killing six and wounding 58 others.
Radio address – President Clinton says he is deeply disturbed by recent allegations of serious police misconduct and continued reports of racial profiling that have shaken some communities’ faith in the police.
RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp says it plans to split its cigarette and food business and sell its foreign tobacco group for $8 billion.
29 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt have been punished for refusing to accept anthrax vaccine shots.
Sports News – March 8, 1999
Passing – The one, the only – Joe DiMaggio – the Yankee clipper. He was 84.
Technology News – March 8, 1999
Intel Corp agrees to end its antitrust battle with the federal government without paying a fine or admitting it has a monopoly in the semiconductor business.
Phone companies are rushing to get out DSL – a faster way to glide the Internet. It will be awhile before most have access to the new technology. It’s seven to 27-times faster than a standard dial-up modem.
Entertainment/Movie News- March 8, 1999
Passing – Movie director Stanley Kubrick (70).
Larry King is a new father as his wife Shawn – gives birth to the couple’s first child. Larry is 64 and she’s 38.
You can get a nice sneak peek of the new “Star Wars” movie – Episode 1: the Phantom Menace” at starwars.com.
Darlene Gillespie – who became one of the original 1950’s “Mouseketeers” of Walt Disney fame – is sentenced to two years in prison for buying large amounts of stock with worthless checks and obstructing a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
Radio news – March 8, 1999
Jeff Foxwothy enters radio with a national country hit countdown show – “The Foxworthy Countdown.’ Foxworthy credits radio for giving him his start and playing his comedy.
Music news – March 8, 1999
Rappers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are honored in San Francisco with the Bill Graham Lifetime Achievement Award.
Top Pop Hit Music – March 8, 1999
I Still Believe- Mariah Carey
Heartbreak Hotel –Whitney Houston
Angel of Mine – Monica
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
All I Have to Give – Backstreet Boys
Somebody Like Me – Silkk the Shocker
Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z
Ghetto Star – Bad Azz
Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1999
20/20 on Wednesday – 48.54 million viewers (Monica Lewinsky)
Touched by an Angel – 23.06
Friends – 22.36
Home Improvement – 21.58
60 Minutes – 21.41
Fraser – 19.92
Just Shoot Me at 9:30 – 19;13
Jesse – 18.68
X-Files – 17.91
Drew Carey Show – 17.57
ER – 16.56
Shania Twain Winter Break – 16.27
Dateline NBC on Wednesday – 16.25
Ally McBeal – 16.01
Movie-Seasons of Love pt 1 – 15.87
Television news – March 8, 1999
On TLC- “Extreme Machines.”
On “Saturday Night Live” - Ray Romano hosts with musical guests the Corrs.
Passing – Stafan Hatos – who with Monty Hall, created and produced “Let’s Make a Deal.” He was 78.
Passing – Peggy Cass – who often appeared on television game shows and also won a Tony Award and got an Academy Award nomination for “Auntie Mame.” She was 74.
Top Movies – March 8, 1999
The Other Sister
My Favorite Martian
Message in a Bottle
Shakespeare in Love
She’s All That.