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Dateline: Week Of March 22, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

NATO orders the might of the Western alliance – a massive assault on Yugoslavia after talks with President Slobodan Milosevic break down.

Thousands of ethnic Albanians leave Kosovo after an onslaught of Serbian terror. NATO downs two Yougoslav jets over Bosnia before they were a danger to U.S-led peacekeepers on the ground.

President Clinton signs a bill into law to protect current nursing home residents from being evicted or forced to move solely because they rely on Medicare to pay their bills.

The Dow closes above the 10,000 mark – another milestone.

First Lady Hillary and her daughter, Chelsea, arrive in Egypt on the first leg of a three-nation North African tour that has been billed as a bridge-building mission between the United States and the Islamic world.

Repeatedly stating, “I don’t recall, I don’t remember – Susan McDougal testified that she had forgotten what little she knew in the 1980’s about the fraudulent land deals at the heart of the Whitewater investigation. She’s charged with criminal contempt and obstruction of justice and it’s her second day under cross-examination of Kenneth Starr’s prosecutors.

Susan McDougal Finally Speaks – March 22, 1999

She finally talks! - Susan McDougal takes the witness stand in her own defense in the third week of her contempt trial. She told a jury that President Clinton had been truthful about his involvement. McDougal refused to answer the questions before a grand jury and spent 18 months in prison and is being tried on criminal contempt and obstruction of justice charges. She has said that Ken Starr’s office wanted her to lie to the grand jury to smear the Clintons. 

The Clinton administration says that recent airstrikes have not persuaded President Milosevic to accept any peace agreement – and is now considering to push all Yugoslav forces from Kosovo and declaring the province an autonomous zone under NATO protection.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – March 22, 1999

Director Ron Howard puts his hand and feet in wet cement at ceremonies at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

71st Annual Academy Awards - Host Whoopi Goldberg came out dressed as Queen Elizabeth (the African Queen) and did a pretty good job of hosting:

Best  movie – “Shakespeare In Love”

Best director – Steven Spielberg – “Saving Private Ryan”

Best actor – Robert Benigni – “Life is Beautiful”

Best actress – Gwyneth Paltrow – “Shakespeare In Love”

Best supporting actor – James Coburn – “Affliction”

Best supporting actress – Judi Dench – “Shakespeare In Love”


Technology News – March 22, 1999

Comcast and Mediaone agree to merge – making Comcast a top cable TV player.


Music news – March 22, 1999

The RIAA says share of the rock music market has slipped from 32.5% in 1997 to 25.7% last year. That compared to 1989 – when rock had 41.7% of the market.

Michael W. Smith wins six trophies at the annual Dove Awards (for Gospel Music) in Nashville.


Television news – March 22, 1999

Later this week - NBC’s “Suddenly Susan” which stopped production after the death of cast member David Strickland – resumes. Strickland committed suicide earlier in the week.  

On “Saturday Night Live” – Vince Vaughn hosts with musical guest Lauryn Hill.

After four years, it’s goodbye to “The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder on CBS.

Johnny Carson’s quadruple heart-bypass surgery is successful and Johnny is home resting. He’s 73.

Top TV Shows/Listings – March 22, 1999

71st Academy Awards- 45.61 million viewers

Oscar preview – 26.49

Friends – 24.48

Frasier – 20.27

Jesse – 20.03

Fraser 9:30 – 19.31

Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.02

Barbara Walters special – 17.37

NCAA Postgame show on CBS – 17.19

ER – 16.07

Payne – 15.27

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 15.03


Top Movies – March 22, 1999

Forces of Nature

Analyze This


The Mod Squad

Doug’s 1st Movie

Shakespeare in Love

True Cime

Life is Beautiful

Baby Genisus

Cruel Intentions

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