Dateline: Week Of May 8, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
NATO warplanes pound Belgrade – hitting the Chinese embassy. Oops!
Chinese protesters ticked-off at the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia – protest violently and even trapped the American ambassador inside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
So far, the FDA says three have died and others seriously injured by a substance known as BD (1.4 butanediol) – one of a family of chemicals which have been sold as muscle builders and aphrodisiacs. None are legal.
President Clinton brings the promise of federal financial aid to tornado survivors in Oklahoma – where twisters caused 41 deaths and millions in damage.
Amy Fisher, dubbed “The Long island Lolita” after her affair with an older man exploded into the headlines when she shot his wife in the head – is out of prison after nearly seven years behind bars.
Charleston - The Citadel graduated its first female cadet – ending a male-only tradition at the military school that stretched more than 150 years before ending as a result of a federal court fight.
Political crisis? – President Boris Yeltsin fires Prime Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov – and names top cop Sergei V. Stepashin to head the new government.
Chevie Kehoe – a white supremacist was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing an Arkansas family as part of a scheme to overthrow the federal government and set up a whites only nation.
Business/Starbucks News Update – May 8, 1999
Starbucks Corp. raise the price of coffee drinks – about 10 cents this week.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – May 8, 1999
Actor Liam Neeson says in the June issue of Rebook Magazine that he’s quitting the movie business. Neeson was a sleeper – appearing in more than 20 movies before he hit the big time with 1993’s “Schindler’s List.”
Lisa Kudrow will host the 1999 MTV Movie Awards on June 10.
Kathy Lee Gifford is set to make her Broadway debut in November – for one night in “Puttig It Together” where she’ll fill-in for Carol Burnett.
Passing – Actor Dirk Bogarde. He was 78.
Technology News – May 8, 1999
NBC announces that it plans to merge several of its Internet properties with Xoom.com. – including snap.com. The merged company will be known as NBCi.
AOL announces it is joining Phillips Electronics, DirecTV and two other firms to develop an interactive TV service.
Nintendo Co. and IBM announce a venture to create powerful computer architecture.
Music news – May 8, 1999
An Italian judge rules that Michael Jackson plagiarized Italian songwriter Al Bano’s “I cigni dei Balaka (the swans of Balaka)” in “Will You Be There” – from his “Dangerous” album, despite an earlier ruling in Jackson’s favor.
Don’t miss Jewel’s “Spirit Tour.”
He’s the hottest right now – Ricky Martin.
KIIS-FM Los Angeles –Wango Tano concert – June 12 – what a lineup – Britney Spears, UB40, Will Smith, Ricky Martin and retro Blondie!!!
Television news – May 8, 1999
Cable TV rose 6.9% for most consumers last year and the average monthly bill was $30.53 a new federal government report show.
A jury in Michigan orders the Jenny Jones show to pay $25 million in the actions of Jonathan Schmitz – who murdered Scott Amedure – three days after a taping when Scott said he had a crush on Schmitz.
Passing – Actress Dana Plato dies of an apparently accidental drug overdose. She was34.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Ricky Martin and Monica Lewinsky.
Catch “The Wild Wild Web” – a show about entertainment and pop culture on the Web.
Watch “ZDTV” – a show about computing and the Internet. On cable only.
Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of May 8, 1999
CBS – JAG, Movie, Dave Letterman
NBC – Friends, Frasier, Just Shoot Me, 3rd Rock, Dateline NBC, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Home Improvement, Hughleys, Spin City, Drew Carey Show, NYPD Blue, Nightline
Fox – King of the Hill, Futureama, the PJ’s, King of the Hill,
WB – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity
UPN – Moesha, Clueless, Malcolm & Eddie, Between Brothers
PBS – Nova, Frontline, Charlie Rose
VH1 – Legends, History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Before they were Stars
On Charlie Rose – Kevin Kline
On Dave Letterman – Ben Stiller, Camryn Manheim
On Jay Leno – Rob Lowe
Top Movies – May 8, 1999
Never Been Kissed
10 Things I Hate About You
Shakespeare in Love.