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


In The News

President Clinton says working parents need to spend more time with their children – and there are two government-subsidized programs just for that – states underwriting family leave and that federal employees take up to 12 weeks of accrued sick leave to care for seriously ill family members.

A House Investigative committee reports that since the 1970’s – China has mounted an espionage campaign in the U.S. and has been successful at getting nuclear and advanced weapons secrets.

NATO bombers destroy a bridge between two Serbian river towns – killing nine.

Owen Hart – a World Wrestling Federation wrestler was fatally injured when he fell 50 feet into the ring as he was lowered from the ceiling of a Kansas City (Mo.) arena. He wrestles under the name “Blue Blazer.” Some in the audience thought it was a doll at first.

George W. Bush of Texas gets the backing of Gov. Pataki of NY for President.

Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr says he would not seek to retry Susan McDougal and  Kathleen Willey of hindering his five-year investigation of President Clinton.

An international war crimes tribunal has issued warrants for the arrest of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and four top lieutenants and has ordered their assets frozen.

Radio address – Waterways cleanup - President Clinton orders the government to take new action on the quality of managed beaches, rivers and waterways.

The FDA approves Avandia – a new diabetes pill that is less dangerous to the liver than its chemical cousin, Rezulin.

Chinese espionage scandal has put Atty. Gen Janet Reno in a bad light – and she says she is not thinking of resigning her long-held post.

The state of Montana – the only state without a daytime speed limit now has one – 75mph.


Business News – May 22, 1999

The National Assn. of Securities Dealers votes to extend trading hours on the Nasdaq to accommodate the growing number of evening traders. A second daily session is added – from 5:30p to 9p.

Infinity Broadcasting says it is buying Outdoor systems Inc. – the nation’s largest billboard company for $6.5 billion in stock.


Sports News – May 22, 1999  

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Playoffs.


Music news – May 22, 1999

New teen group – “the Moffatts” – four teen brothers from Canada as the trend seems to be back to youth pop. Capitol Records is about to release their first album.

Ricky Martin appears on Jay Leno’s ”Tonight” show this week. 

Don’t miss Sarah Brightman’s PBS concert special – “One Night in Eden.”


Entertainment News - May 22, 1999

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards – Winners were Chania Twain, Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Backstreet Boys and Kathy Bates


Top Music Albums – May 22, 1999

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

No Limit Top Dogg – Snoop Dogg

Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin

Star Wars: Phantom Menace soundtrack – John Williams

…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Come on Over – Shania Twain

Believe – Cher

Beach House on the Moon – Jimmy Buffet

 Segno – Andrea Brocelli

Fanmail – TLC


Top Pop Hit Music – May 22, 1999

If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

Where My Girls At – 702

Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Who Dat – JT Money

Fortunate – Maxwell


Celebrity News – May 22, 1999

From the gossip files – Ladies – those considered hunks:

James Van Der Beek, Ryan Phillippe, Seth Green, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Joshua Jackson, James Marsen, Paul walker, Chris Klein, Scott Speedman, Heath Ledger, Breckin Meyer, Joshn Martnett.


Television news – May 22, 1999

This week – “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Final Chapter.” A two-hour event.

On CBS TV – “Michael Landon, The Father I Knew” – a TV movie starring John Schneider and Cheryl Ladd.

Jesse Ventura – the former wrestler-turned-governor is getting a lot of attention on television. He was on the Jay Leno show and NBC just broadcast the unauthorized biopic, “the Jesse Ventura Story,” starring Nils Allen Stewart.

Don’t miss “The Pirates of Silicon Valley” – a TNT movie on June 20!

NBC’s “Mad About You” finale drew 20 million. 

Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – week of May 22, 1999

CBS – Early Edition, Martial Law, Walker, Texas Ranger, Howard Stern

NBC – Movie, Saturday Night Live

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Movie

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

MTV – Celebrity Deathmatch, Tom Green, Castaway Countdown

FX – Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular


On Saturday Night Live – Bill Murray hosts with musical guest Lucinda Williams.


Top Movies – May 22, 1999

Star Wars

The Mummy


The Matrix

The Love Letter

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Never Been Kissed

Black Mask



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