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Dateline: Week Of March 15, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Defiant Serbs shell villages in Kosovo, driving thousands of terrified ethnic Albanians from their homes. This jus after a warning from President Clinton.

First Lady Hilary Clinton and daughter Chelsea’s 12-day trip North Africa gets off to a rocky beginning after an engine in their Air Force Boeing 707 catches fire. After racing down the runway, the jet came to an immediate stop.

The tobacco industry wins a major victory when an Ohio jury cleared the nation’s major cigarette companies of allegations by 14 union health funds that they conspired to suppress information about the hazards of smoking and targeted unsophisticated blue-collar workers with slick marketing campaigns. 

Clinton administration dispatches special envoy Richard Holbrooke to deliver a final warning to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that he faces NATO air strikes unless he accepts a peace settlement in Kosovo.


Sports News – March 15, 1999

The NFL, responding to a series of embarrassing officiating gaffes that stained the 1998 season, vote to bring back instant replay for 1999. The old replay system, used between 1986 and 1991, relied on an official in the press box to review videotape and make the call, plaguing games with lengthy delays. The new system will allow the referee on the field to view a sideline monitor and he’ll decide to uphold or reverse rulings. 

The International Olympic Committee, attempting to regain public confidence amid the most damaging scandal in its history expels six members for allegedly accepting bribes in connection with the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Many received cash and/or benefits from Salt Lake City bidders.

O.J. Simpson is returning to commercials in ads for a new lawyer-referral service based in New York. He appears in commercials that urge consumers needing legal representation to dial a toll-free telephone number.


Technology News – March 15, 1999


Snap.com the venture backed by NBC and CNet unveils the first web portal tailored to computer users with ultra-fast connections (DSL). Snap.com says its new sites tightly integrate video and audio into virtual every web page. For example, Snap.media features a “streaming video” window to present news events.

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures will spend up to $750 million for as much as 54% of Internet Portal site Go2net. Go2Net’s stock rocketed $26.38 to close at $113.38. 

Internet IPO’s are still running high. This week Priceline.com, an Internet travel company that allows consumers to name their price for plane tickets, disclosed plans to sell 10 million shares in an IP that would raise $80 million. With William Shatner as its spokesperson, the service was launched last April.

Other recent Internet IPO’s – Cheap Tickets and IVillage.

Microsoft launches a new version of its web browser – Internet explorer 5.0, which they claim is faster, more robust and simpler to use than an earlier version. Also, the new version disables a much-hyped feature introduced in Version 4 called “Active Desktop,” which, among other things, allows Windows users to browse their computer’s hard disks as if they were Web pages. 


Radio news – March 15, 1999

John & Ken leave their afternoon talk show over KFI-Los Angeles. They are expected to join rival KABC-AM in morning drive.


Television news – March 15, 1999

CNN’s Larry King books Monica Lewinsky’s father and stepmother.

Wednesday Night Television – listings/TV Guide – week of March 15, 1999

CBS – Cosby, Payne, 60 Minutes II, Chicago Hope, Late Show

NBC – Dateline NBC, World’s Most Amazing Videos, Law & Order, Tonight Show

ABC – Dharma & Greg, Two Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Place, Drew Carey, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr

Fox – Beverly Hills, 90210, Party of Five

UPN, 7 days, Star Trek: Voyager

WB – Dawson’s Creek, Charmed

PBS  Frank Patterson: Ireland’s Golden tenor: Ireland in Song.


On Cosby – Hilton urges a professor to tech again.

On Dharma & Greg – Dharma decides to open a store.

On Charmed – The trio must stop an otherworldly killer before he takes his next victim.

On Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Features Wayne as Don King, a wedding night on the Titanic.

On Chicago Hope – Hancock witnesses a bank robbery.

On the Late  Show -  Bill Murray, Eddie Izzard, Gheorghe Muresan.

On the Tonight Show – Claire Danes and comedian Steven Wright.


Thursday Night Television listings/TV Guide – March 15, 1999

CBS – NCAA Basketball, Late Show

NBC – Friends, Jesse, Frasier, Frasier, ER, Tonight Show

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Funniest Home Videos,  Drew Carey, Spin City, ABC at The Academy Awards, Nightline, Politically Incorrect with Bill Marr

Fox – World’s Wildest Police Videos, Fox Files

UPN – Movie- I Married A Monster

WB – The Wayans Bros, Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, For Your Love
PBS – Great Performances


On Friends – Rachel kisses her job interviewer.

On the Wayans Brothers – Marlon’s acting seminar turns out to be a cult.

On Jamie Foxx – Jamie’s mother becomes engaged to a younger man.

On Frasier – Frasier loans Roz money for the baby, but finds out she’s indulging herself. 

On Drew Carey – Drew wins the actual Batmobile in a fast-food chain’s contest.

On ER – A promising candidate interviews for the ER  chief job (played by Mare Winningham).  

On the Late Show – Sandra Bullock, James Carville, Hootie & The Blowfish

On Bill Mahr – with Roger Ebert, Niger Innis


Music news – March 15, 1999

Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, George Michael and Tom Jones are among those scheduled to perform at a London concert tribute to Linda McCartney on April 10.

R&B artist Tyrese is now a permanent fixture on “MTV Jamz” as the channel adds more hip-hop programming.


Top music albums – March 15, 1999

Fanmail – TLC

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Laureyn Hill

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Things Fall Apart – The Roots

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Believe – Cher

Americana – The Offspring

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

1999 Grammy Nominees – Various Artists

‘N’ Sync – ‘N Sync

The Slim Shady LP – Eminem

Vol 2… Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z

Flesh Of My Flesh Blood of My Blood – DMX

Whitey Ford Sings The Blues – Everlast

Big Willie Style – Will Smith

Greatest Hits - 2Pac


Top pop hit music – March 15, 1999

Believe – Cher

Angel of Mine – Monica

Angel – Sarah McLachlan

Heartbreak Hotel – Whitney Houston with Faith Evans & Kelly Price

All I Have To Give – Backstreet Boys

I Sill Believe – Mariah Carey

Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox

… Baby One More time – Britney Spears

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls

No Scrubs – TLC

Every Morning – Sugar Ray

Have You Ever? - Brandy

You – Jesse Powell

Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You – ‘N Sync


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – March 15, 1999

Once – Creed

Malibu – Hole

Every Morning – Sugar Ray

What It’s Like – Everlast

Freak of the Weak – marvelous 3

Blue Monday – Orgy

Leech – Eve 6

My Own Worst Enemy – Lit

‘Fly Sway – Lenny Kravits

Why Don’t You Get A Job? – The Offspring

Head – Tin Star

One Hit Wonder – Everclear

Crush – Dave Matthews Band

Praise You – Fatboy Slim

Never There – Cake


Top Country hit music – March 15, 1999

You Were Mine – Dixie Chicks

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Mark Chesnutt

No Place That Far – Sara Evans

Busy man – Billy Ray Cyrus

Unbelievable – Diamond Rio

How Forever Feels – Kenny Chesney

Powerful thing – Trisha Yearwood

Meanwhile – George Strait

I’ll Think Of A Reason later – Lee Ann Womack

I Can’t Get Over You – Brooks & Dunn

Hold On To Me – John Michael Montgomery

Keepin’ Up – Alabama

Ordinary Life – Chad Brock

Stand Beside Me – Jo Dee Messina


Top movie videos  - March 15, 1999


Austin Powers

City of Angels

Playboy’s Girlfriends

The Wedding Singer

Tae-Bo Workout

The Big Chill – 15th Anniversary Edition.

Tekken: The Motion Picture

Lion King II: Simba’s Pride


Top Rap Music Tracks – March 15, 1999

Watch For The Hook – Cool Breeze with Outkast, Goodie Moe & Witchdoctor

It Ain’t My Fault 2 – Silkk

Nann – Trick Daddy with Trina

Woof – Snoop Dogg with Mystikal and Fiend

Ghetto Cowboy – Mo Thugs Family

Respiration – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black

Stand Up – Charli Baltimore

 My Name Is – Eminem

More Freaky tales – Too Short

Who Let The Dogs Out? – Chuck Smooth

Here I Go – Infamous Syndicate

The Real One – 2 Live Crew with Ice-T


Top hit music in Britain – March 15, 1999

… Baby One More Time – Britany Spears

Tender – Blur

It’s Not Right But It’s Okay – Whitney Houston

Strong Enough – Cher

Just Looking – Stereophonics

Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

When The Going Gets Tough – Boyzone

Lullaby – Shawn Mullins

Erase/Rewind – The Cardigans

Protect Your Mind – DJ Sakin & Friends

Maria - Blondie


Top Movies – March 15, 1999

Analyze This

The Rage: Carrie 2

Cruel Intentions

The Corruptor

Baby Geniuses

The Deep End of the Ocean

Wing Commander

The Other Sister


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