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
City of Angels
The Wedding Singer
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
The Rage: Carrie 2
The Deep End of the Ocean
The Other Sister