Dateline: Week Of July 11, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Three years after ValuJet Flight 592 plunged into the Everglades, killing all 110 people on board - SabreTech Inc, an airline maintenance company is charged with murder and manslaughter for loading flammable oxygen canisters into the plane’s cargo.
British beef producers prepare to resume exports on August 1, now that European regulators have ended a three-year ban imposed after an outbreak of “mad cow” disease.
John F. Kennedy News Update –July 11, 1999
Rescuers scour the ocean off Martha’s Vineyard into the night in the fading hope that they might find John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister after the single engine plane he was piloting disappeared and plunge into the Atlantic en route to Aquinnah, Mass. They were to attend the wedding of Rory Kennedy - youngest daughter of Ethel and the late Robert F. Kennedy, as she prepared to marry fellow filmmaker Mark Bailey.
Sports News – July 11, 1999
Tthe Seattle Mariners move into their new ballpark - Safeco Field. The Mariners’ new home will provide striking views of Elliott Bay, Mt Rainier, The Olympic Mountains and the city skyline from various locations on clear days. For the first time, baseball will be played on natural, not AstroTurf, like the old Kingdome. - A roof can be moved into place of the temperature or wind chill dips below 50 degrees.
Passing - Helen Forest - big band singer who recorded more than 500 songs (82).
Radio news – July 11, 1999
Hip-Hop station KPWR (Power-106) in Los Angeles puts on its “All-Star Powerhouse” concert with Dr Dre, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg.
Top 5 movie video rentals – July 11, 1999
Enemy of the State
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line
Technology News – July 11, 1999
Microsoft Corp this week becomes the first company to top $500 billion in market value - equal to the ninth-largest economy in the world as its shares close at a record high Microsoft’s shares have risen almost 500 fold since it went public in 1986, fueled by the explosive growth of personal computers and the fervor of co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s richest man.
Walt Disney Co. says it will acquire the 58% of Infoseek Corp it does not already own and issue new stock to track its online businesses. The media giant will create a new company created around its Go.com portal site and make its financial performance as a stand-alone enterprise clearer for investors.
Time Warner Inc. and Sony Corp announce plans to buy online music and video seller CDNow Inc. and combine it with their Columbia House record club venture.
PC Trends - There are a number of companies giving away PC’s in order to sign customers up for online service. InterSquid has been shipping “free” Intel and Windows-based computers bundled with internet service for which the company charges a $30 monthly fee ... PC Free of New Hampshire said in February that it would ship millions of Compaq computers to those who paid $40 a month for internet access... Direct Web of Philadelphia charges between $20 and $50 a month for Internet access for its free PC’s. Another Company - Free-PC of Pasadena, Calif - signs customers who are willing to use computers shows screens carry a mandatory advertising strip. So far, they’ve shipped 10,000 free PC’s. At the retail level - EMachines is making noise. You can get a $400 rebate for their $399 machines.
Trends - more and more cell phones and (overheard) one-way conversations in public places. Some places are now asking you to turn off the phone like restaurants, theaters colleges and churches.
Amazon.com - the world’s largest Internet retailer begins selling toys, games and consumer electronics this week. The on-line retailer already sells books, music and video.
More internet news - A division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus calls for Barnesandnoble.com to stop using “If we don’t have your book nobody does” on its website. The group says that if you were to interpret the slogan literally, it would discourage searches from other sources. Barns and Noble agreed to comply last week, but they still haven’t removed the line for the website. .
Music News – July 11, 1999
Sting will record a new version of the 1968 Oscar-wining song “The Windmills of Your Mind” for MGM’s remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” The movie, starring Pierce Brosman and Rene Russo opens August 6.
Elton John has a pacemaker inserted at a London Hospital to correct what he called a “minor imbalance in my heart.”
Whitney Houston sings the national anthem at the inaugural WNBA All-Star game at Madison’s Square Garden.
Television News – July 11, 1999
Talk show host Montel Williams is set to make his feature film directorial debut in “Little Pieces.” It’s about three friends trying to find the little pieces they have lost along the way
CBS says its weekday morning show “CBS This Morning,” will be renamed “The Early Show.” It’s new format and host Bryant Gumbel debut November 1.
TV Commercials - Phil Morris, who plays the fast-talking attorney Jackie Chiles on “Seinfeld” can be seen as the same character in Honda TV ads. The character is being pitched for a regular television series.
Top TV Shows/Ratings –July 11, 1999
60 Minutes - 13.16
Frasier - 12.11
Dateline NBC (Tues) - 12.55
Will and Grace (Thurs) - 11.43
Movie - Streets of Laredo Pt 1 - 11.43
Movie - She Woke up Pregnant - 11.37
A Perfect World - 11.20
Friends - 10.82
20/20 - 10.56
Touched by an Angel - 10.27
Everybody Loves Raymond - 10.25
Jesse - 10.03
20/20 (Mon) - 10.02
ER - 9.97
Law & Order - 9.60
Walker, Texas Ranger - 9.60
48 Hours - 9.60
Home Improvement - 9.30
20/20 (Sun) - 9.21
Dateline NBC (Fri) - 9.14
The Practice - 9.12
JAG - 9.10
Will & Grace - 9.10
King of Queens - 9.09
Dateline NBC - 8.94
Whose Line Is It Anyway? - 8.86
Monday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of July 11, 1999
CBS - The King of Queens, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, 48 Hours
NBC - Movie, Dateline NBC
ABC - 20/20, Movie
Fox - That 70’s Show, That 70’s Show, Ally McBeal
UPN - The Sentinel, 7 Days
WB - 7th Heaven, Movie Stars, For Your Love
PBS - Savage Seas, People’s Century, Charlie Rose
PAX - Touched By An Angel, Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Diagnosis Murder, Father Dowling Mysteries
A&E - Law & Order, Biography, Investigative Reports, Poirot
Nick At Nite - Hey Arnold!, CatDog, Brady Bunch, Brady Bunch, Brady Bunch, Brady Bunch
TNN (The Nashville Network) - The Life and Times of Billy Ray Cyrus, Prime Time Country with Gary Chapman, Front Row Center (Buck Owens), Dallas
Top Movies – July 11, 1999
American Pie - Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Chris Clein, Natasha Lyonee, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid.
Wild Wild West - Will Smith, Kevin Kline
Big Daddy - Adam Sandler
The General’s Daughter - John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe
Arlington Road - Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins
South Park -
Austin Powers - Mike Myers, Heather Graham
Star Wars: Episode 1 - Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor
Summer of Sam - John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino
The Blair Witch Project - Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard
Eyes Wide Shut - Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack
I’m Losing You - Frank Langella, Andrew McCarthy, Rosanna Arquettee
Lake Placid - Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt.