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


In The News

The Pentagon announces that it plans to call up as many as 33,000 reservists – mostly Air Force pilots and ground crews – for NATO’s Yugoslav campaign. The Pentagon also believes fighting there could last a few more months.

Refugees pour out of Kosovo at a rate that officials said would soon empty the Serbian province of its ethnic Albanians. NATO says the flood was loosed by some of the most vicious tactics yet pursued by the forces of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Estimates say up to 30,000 fled in just a day.

President Clinton asks Congress for more than $6 billion to pay for munitions, equipment, humanitarian aid and other costs of the air assault on Yugoslavia – now nearly a month old and no end in site.

Laughing as they went on a killing rampage, two youths in ski masks and long black coats fire handguns at will and tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado – not far from Denver. Up to 23 may be dead. 


Technology News – April 15, 1999

Microsoft reports a 43% surge in earnings for the quarter ending March 31 lifted by strong sales of its Windows 98 operating system.

Apple Computer announces its sixth profitable quarter. The company credits iMax and other innovations. 


Sports News – April 15, 1999

Wayne Gretzky gets a rousing farewell from fans and after 21 incredible seasons, is leaving the game of hockey. His #99 will forever be retired. He leaves the game with incredible stats – 1,963 assists and 2,857 points.


Entertainment/Celebrity News – April 15, 1999

Thalia DaCosta of Sunrise, Florida wins MTV’s “Wanna Be a VJ Too” contest and declared that she wanted to offer positive vibes as “The Oprah Winfrey of MTV.”

Johnny Carson says don’t believe tabloid reports about his declining health. “I don’t read them. They’ll print anything anyway.”

Yoko Ono sues a former family assistant over long-standing claims that he stole hundreds of John Lennon’s personal items after the musician’s murder in 1980. Fred Seaman worked for the Lennons from 1979 to 1981 and pleaded guilty in 1983 with stealing four journals and was sentenced to five years probation. But Yoko says other things are turning up whenever he appears in the media.

Passing – Entertainer Anthony Newley (67).


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 1999

Frasier – 17.74

60 Minutes – 17.50

Friends – 17.48

Movie-Having Our Say – 17.05

Touched By An Angel – 16.26

Just Shoot Me – 16.18

ER – 15.80

Will & Grace – 15.54

 The X-Files – 15.20

Law & Order – 14.87

Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.33

The Practice – 14.32

Becker – 14.32

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 13.79

Family Guy – 13.78

NYPD Blue – 13.53

Drew Carey – 13.42

JAG – 13.22

Nash Bridges – 13.00


Television news – April 15, 1999

Peter Arnett is leaving CNN after 18 years. Arnett got into hot water last summer over CNN’s Operation Tailwind report, that later was retracted. He won praise for his Gulf War reporting in 1991.

Passing – Bill Wendell, veteran radio and television announcer best known for his association with David Letterman. He was 75.

Passing – Jean Vander Pyl – the voice of Wilma Flintstone. She was 79.

Passing – Ellen Corby (87) who played the grandmother on the hit TV series “The Waltons.”


 Radio news – April 15, 1999

Passing – Rege Cordic (72) – one of the all-time top Pittsburgh radio personalities. Cordic left station KDKA in 1965 to replace Bob Crane at KNX, Los Angeles, but the ratings never help up on the West Coast. Crane was leaving his morning radio show after 9 years to star in “Hogan’s Heroes.” Cordic became an actor and voice-over talent. He commanded huge ratings in Pittsburgh – some surveys as high as 70 - 85% in mornings on KDKA.


Music news – April 15, 1999

Rapper/actress Queen Latifah signs a distribution deal for her new label, Jersey Kidz with K-Tel International.

Wyclef Jean & The Refugee All-Stars, Jamiroqual and Mickey Hart are added to the Woodstock ’99 lineup. The bill also includes Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson. It all takes place July 23-25 in upstate New York. 

Sean “Puffy” Combs is booked in New York City on suspicion of assault and criminal mischief in connection with the beating of a record label executive Steve Stoute of Interscope Records. Police say Combs, the force behind the Bad Boy Entertainment empire, is one of three men who beat Stoute and ransacked a sixth floor office at the Broadway headquarters of Universal Music during a midday confrontation.

Top music albums  – April 15, 1999

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

The Slim Shady LP – Eminem

Fanmail – TLC

Americana – The Offspring

Sogo – Andrea Bocelli

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

The Miseducation of Laureyn Hill

Family Values Tour ’98 – Various Artists

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Believe – Cher

Bwitched – Bwitched

98 Degrees and Rising – 98 Degrees

Whitey Ford Sings The Blues – Everlast

Follow the Leader – Korn

Vol 2… Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z

14:59 – Sugar Ray

100% Ginuwine – Ginuwine

Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood – DMX


Top Pop Hit Music – April 15, 1999

Believe – Cher

No Scrubs – TLC

Heartbreak Hotel Whitney Houston/Faith Evans & Kelly Price

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

What’s It Gonna Be? – Busta Rhymes/Janet

All I Have To Give – Backstreet Boys

Stay the Same – Joey McIntyre

C’est La Vie – B*Witched

Angel of Mine – Monica

I Still Believe – Mariah Carey

Every Morning – Sugar Ray

All I Have To Give – Backstreet Boys

All Night Long – Faith Evans/Puff Daddy

When I Close My Eyes – Shanice

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls

If You (Lovin’ Me) – Silk

Angel – Sarah McLachlan

Please Remember me – Tim McGraw 


Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 15, 1999

CBS – Everybody Loves Raymond, Payne, 60 Minutes II, Chicago Hope, Late Show

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

ABC – Dharma & Greg, it’s Like You Know, Drew Carey, The Norm Show, 20/20, Nightline

 Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five

WB – Dawson’s Creek, Charmed

UPN – 7 Days, Star Trek Voyager

PBS – Michelangelo Restored, Great Composers

E! Patty Duke Celebrity Profile, The Look For Less, Talk Soup

Comedy Central – Comedy Salute To Andy Kaufman, Andy Kaufman I’m From Hollywood, South Park

On Drew Carey – Oswald uses his breast implant money to surprise Drew with a new car.

On Charmed – A demon that feeds upon witches’s fears tries to scare Prue and Phoebe to death.

On Law & Order – A college professor is thrown into the path of a subway train.


Top movies – April 15, 1999


The Matrix

Never Been Kissed

Analyze This

10 Things I Hate About You

The Out-of-Towners


Forces of Nature

Cookie’s Fortune

Shakespeare in Love

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