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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

Patch Adams

Saving Private Ryan

Varsity Blues

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

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