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


In The News

Yugoslav President Milosevic has agreed to accept international peacekeeping forces in Kosovo.

NATO vows to intensify economic sanctions and move toward an oil blockade against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. NATO also vowed to use all necessary force to defend the embattled countries on Yugoslavia’s borders in the Kosovo war infects the rest of the Balkans.

Police begin removing 15 bodies at Columbine High School in Littleton. All but one are students.

The House votes to limit President Clinton’s ability to send ground troops into Yugoslavia – showing their lack of support on the way he’s handling Balkan action.

Weekly radio address – President Clinton singles out three video games for violence. “Video games like ‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Killer Instinct’ and ‘Doom,’ the very game played obsessively by the two young men who ended so many lives in Littleton make our children more active participants in simulated violence.”

Court martial - Air Force Capt. Joseph Belli – who  disobeyed his commanders’ orders to halt his love affair with an enlisted woman gets dismissed from service and ordered to serve a 15-day prison term. 

Lobbyist gifts - The Supreme Court rules that lavishing gifts on federal officials does not constitute bribery unless it results in an official act.

President Clinton urges a one-year extension of the Oslo peace process – in order to dissuade the Palestinians from declaring statehood this week.


Medica/Health News – April 22, 1999

The FDA approves Xenical – a new diet drug for the seriously obese. It works by blocking the body’s absorption of fat, rather than suppressing the appetite.

The FDA approves the first home test kit for hepatitis C – the leading reason for liver transplants.

Teen pregnancy plummeted 17% in the 1990’s to the lowest level since 1973 and teen abortion rates were down also. 


Technology News – April 22, 1999

America Online and four others are getting into the Internet name registration business – and will compete with Network Solutions – which has enjoyed a government-sanctioned monopoly for registering domain names for the past six years. Domain names currently end in .com, .org or .net. Other companies are expected to join the bandwagon.

More AOL -  AOL best Wall Street’s third quarter earnings as subscribers continue to sign up in record numbers. AOL’s Internet service exceeded 17 million members in April and it added 1.8 million members in the quarter. It now has 12 million registered users on its instant communication and chat service, ICQ and 15 million registered users of its recently acquired Netscape Netcenter.

IBM reports of $1.5 billion for the first quarter – above expectations.

EBay says it will acquire the 134-year-old auction house – Butterfield & Butterfield.

A 13-year-old New Jersey boy goes on an EBay shopping spree – racking-up $2.5 million in debt. Because he’s a minor – it won’t fly – but he did bid and win interesting items such as a $1.2 doctor’s office.

Amazon is buying exchange.com and two other Internet companies that specialize in used books and recordings.


Sports News – April 22, 1999

Fernando Tatis of the St. Louis Cardinals hits two grand slams in one inning - in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Quarterback John Elway says he’s accomplished “everything I wanted to” in pro-football and is looking to retire after 16 seasons.

Top Pop Hit Music – April 22, 1999

I Still Believe – Mariah Carey

No Scrubs – TLC

Believe – Cher

What’s It Gonna Be – Busta Rhymes

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

When I Close My Eyes – Shanice

Somebody Like Me – Silkk the Shocker

C’est La Vie – B Witched

Every Morning – Sugar Ray

Heartbreak Hotel – Whitney Houston 


Top Music Albums – April 22, 1999

I Am – Nas

F anmail – TLC

Segne – Andrea Bocelli

Matrix – Soundtrack

Come On over – Shania Twain

Thug Mentality 1998 – Krayzie Bone

Believe – Cher

… Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Echo – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Music news – April 22, 1999

Passing – Trumpet great Al Hirt. He was 76.

Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette will tour together- beginning in August!

Sean Puff Daddy Combs – arrested two weeks ago on charges that he and two of his bodyguards assaulted Interscope records executive Steve Stoute during business hours in New York – is now facing up to seven years in prison.

Billboard Latin Music Awards – Elvis Crespo of Puerto Rico is the big winner with four awards.

Singer Sinead O’Connor will become the first female priest in a Roman Catholic splinter group called the Latin Tridentine Church.

VH1 debuts the video “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars:” Episode 1 the Phantom Menace” this week. It’s by John Williams.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.

Rocker Marilyn Manson cancels his final U.S. concert tour dates in wake of the massacre at Columbine.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – April 22, 1999

Tom Cruise and wife Nicole Kidman have filed a suit against tabloid Star magazine for a story saying they needed a sex therapist to perform love scenes in their movie “Eyes Wide Shut.”

 Passing – Actor Rory Calhoun. He was 76.


Television news – April 22, 1999

On “Saturday Night Live” – David Spade hosts with musical guests Eagle Eye Cherry.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 22, 1999

Friends – 20.85

Touched by an Angel – 18.19

20/20 – 17.24

Frasier – 17.21

Will & Grace – 17.19

The X-Files – 16.88

60 Minutes – 16.87

Dateline NBC – 16.63

Law & Order – 16.45

The Practice – 15.81


Top Movies – April 22, 1999

The Matrix


Never Been Kissed

Pushing Tin

Analyze This

Lost & Found

10 Things I Hate About You


The Out of Towners

Forces Of Nature

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