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Dateline: Week Of July 1, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

A white driver cruising streets – takes shots at Jews and blacks – killing two and injuring others in Chicago. Later - the man – a 21-year-old man identified as white supremacist Benjamin Smith – shot himself fatally.

In Florida – a jury finds Cigarette makers liable for illnesses in a class action suit.  

Ehud Barak is sworn in as premier of Israel. He vowed to forge a “peace of the brave” with his Arab neighbors.

The Federal Reserve raises its key interest rate a quarter-point.

George W. Bush reports a record $36.3 million in campaign receipts.

In the French Alps – a cable car transporting workers to a high-altitude space observatory becomes unhooked from its wire and plunged about 260 feet to the ground – killing all 20 on board. 

The government reports that hiring continues at a brisk pace  -even though unemployment inched up a little – to 4.3%.  

General Motors is ordered to pay $4.9 billion for a 1979 car crash. A 1979 Chevrolet Malibu exploded after it was rear-ended in Los Angeles and the fiery crash injured two women and four children who were trapped and burned. $4.8 billion of the amount was for punishment – and it’s likely to be appealed.

Rev. Al Sharpton and 74 other people were arrested when they converged on the Atlantic City Expressway to protest racial profiling by state police.

Hillary Rodham Clinton launches her Senate bid in a small town in upstate NY at Pinders Corners – home of Daniel Patrick Moynihan – the man she could succeed.  

President Boris N. Yetsin describes Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and NATO “difficult” and endorsed recent Russian military movies in Kosovo.


Business/Economy News – July 1, 1999

AutoNation is on the movie – and will buy 16 new-car dealerships in four states for $200 million.

Passing – Forrest Mars Sr.  – entrepreneur who built Mars candy who bring you M&M’s and Snickers. He was 95.

Notable Obituaries – July 1, 1999

Passing – James S. Farmer – civil rights leader of the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was 79.

Passing – Mario Puzo – who created “The Godfather.” He was 78.


Technology News – July 1, 1999

Yahoo Inc has second-quarter earnings of 11 cents a share – well above expectations.


Sports News – July 1, 1999

Wimbledon - Andre Agassi wins his second consecutive Grand Slam final.


Entertainment/Movie News – July 1, 1999

Walt Disney Co. settles a bitter breach-of-contract suit with former studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg. Terms were not disclosed – but some believe it was for about $250 million.


Radio news – July 1, 1999

ABC radio will add Internet maven Matt Drudge – for a show about Internet gossip on Sundays.


Music news – July 1, 1999

She appeared on Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” for the past two seasons – now teen Christina Aguilera looks like she’s a pop music star. She’s from Pittsburgh.

Eric Clapton’s Madison Square Garden charity concert this week – and also appearing – Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Bob Dylan and David Sanborn. VH1 is set to air it on July 17.

Chris Rock will host the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards to air in September.

Passing – Reggae artist Dennis Brown (42).

Added to Woodstock ’99 in Rome NY – Moby, Insane Clown Posse and Buckcherry. But – no Foo Fighters.

Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall announce they will “amicably and formally agreed to separate.”

Madonna files suit against her financial advisers because her taxes are screwed up. The suit is for $2.5 million.

Passing – Guy Mitchell – pop singer of the 1950’s.

Marry – Spice girl Victoria (Posh) Adams marries English soccer star David Bechham.

Luther Campbell formerly of 2 Live Crew is charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly struck a man in the face with a bottle in Miami Beach.

UPN will air the Hip Hop Music Awards show on Aug. 20. Look for Nas, Sean “Puffy” Combs,  Master P and DMX to perform.


Top Pop Music Hits – July 1, 1999

No Pigeons – Sporty Thievz

Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

Bills Bills Bills – Destiny’s Child

Fortunato – Maxwell

If You had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

Hardest Thing – 98 Degrees

It’s Not Right but It’s OK – Whitney Houston

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Jamboree – Naughty by Nature

Last Kiss – Pearl Jam


Television news – July 1, 1999

Don’t miss Chris Rock’s HBO special – “Bigger and Blacker.”

Cable network beats broadcast network in the ratings for a quarter as USA beats UPN – with USA averaging 2.7 million viewers vs. UPN at 2.5 million. Pretty amazing and it’s the first time this has happened in pop history. Duration was April-June. 

 MTV has airs new episodes of “The Tom Green Show.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ricky Martin


Top Movies – July 1, 1999

Wild Wild West

Big Daddy


South Park

The General’s Daughter

Star Wars

Austin Powers

Summer of Sam

Notting Hill

An Ideal Husband

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