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Dateline: Week Of July 18, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

John F. Kennedy News Update – July 18, 1999

Search crews give up hope that John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law are alive.

The location of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane is identified. Officials believe as Kennedy descended toward Martha’s Vineyard in what appeared to be a normal approach, he sharply turned to the right and the plane dropped, 10 times the normal weight into the ocean. This occurred about 20 miles from the airport. Pilot error is blamed.  

The bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law are recovered and brought to shore, ending a massive five-day search. The bodies were found amid the twisted wreckage of the plane’s fuselage, in 116 feet of water.

In a simple ceremony aboard a Navy destroyer, the ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette were committed to the sea. The site was not far where they died when their private plane hit the ocean.

In New York, family and friends bide a final farewell to John F. Kennedy Jr. He was remembered by uncle Ted as a young man of wit and grace, who, like his father “had every gift but length of years.”

More News – July 18, 1999

House Republicans OK a bill to cut taxes by $792 billion over the next decade.

Passing – advertising giant David Ogilvy (88).


Technology News – July 18, 1999

AOL sends an e-mail to its 450 AOL volunteers and fires them. All were under 18 in the company’s Community Leaders Program. AOL uses volunteers to watch discussion groups, answer questions and alert staff to potential problems.

Mp3.com goes public. The IPO was offered at $28, but exploded to open in public trading to $92 getting as high as $105.00

AOL changes its instant messaging software to block messages from rival services, but Microsoft hits the market at the same time to go around the block.

Apple reviews its long-promised portable computer for the consumer and education market – the iBook.


Sports News – July 18, 1999

Frances’ Van de Velde wins the British open.


Television news – July 18, 1999

Near Hollywood, Roz Kelly (Fonzie’s girlfriend in Happy Days) pleads no contest to charges she fired a gun at a neighbor’s home. She said she did so because she was angry at a car alarm.  

Nickelodeon teams-up with Bill Cosby for a new animated series – “Little Bill” based on Cosby’s popular children’s book series.

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of July 18, 1999

CBS – JAG, 60 Minutes II, 48 Hours, Late Show

NBC – 3rd Rock From The Sun, Mad About You, Just Shoot Me, Will & Grace, Dateline NBC, Tonight Show

ABC – Spin City, It’s Like, You Know, Dharma & Greg, Sports Night, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

PBS – Nova, Life of Birds, P.O.V.

WB - , Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity

Fox – Guinness World Records, Fox Files

UPN – Moesha, Clueless, Malcolm & Eddie, Between Brothers

Nick – Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, I Love Lucy, I Love Lucy, I Love Lucy, I Love Lucy


On 3rd Rock – A woman befriends the Solomons to prove there are aliens.

On Buffy – Angel returns to help fight a demon.

On Mad About You – Paul takes viagra.


Music news – July 18, 1999

Woodstock ’99 begins in Rome N.Y. More than 200,000 streamed into town for the first day in a three-day celebration. James Brown opened the show. Also on the bill – Dave Matthews Band, Bizkit, Korn, Sheryl Crow and Jewel. Promoters are planning for 250,000.

MTV features “All Access Weekend: Woodstock” with behind-the-scenes action and music.

Will Smith and Mike Tyson will co-present at “The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards” sponsored by Source magazine to be broadcast in August by UPN. Look for performances by Sean “Puffy” Combs, DMX, Master P., Ruff Ryders and Nas. 

 The Recording Industry Assn. of America says that 1994’s “CrazySexyCool” by TLC is the best-selling hip hop album of all time, beating out Hammer’s 1990 album “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em.”


Radio news – July 18, 1999

Elliott Segal, co-host of the WHTZ morning show, is heading to WWDC in Washington DC. Looks like Elvis Duran will be going at it alone.

Good news for hit/top-40 stations. Because the music industry has a growing number of teen-based pop and hip-hop artists, stations can skew younger again


Top music albums – July 18, 1999

Significant Other – Limp Bizkit

Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me – Soundtrack

Mirrorball – Sarah McLachlan

Tarzan – Soundtrack

Wild Wild West – Soundtrack

Beneath The Surface – Gza Genius U Tang

It’s Real – K-Ci & Jo-Jo

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Devil Without A Cause – Kid Rock

Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Smash Mouth – Astro Lounge

Fanmail – TLC

Ruff Ryders; Ryde or Die Vol. 1 – Ruf Ryders

On The 6 – Jennifer Lopez

Da Real World – Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Nothing Safe – Alice in Chains

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

Enema of the State – Blink 182

Astro Lounge – Smash Mouth

The Slim Shady – Eminem

Monster Ballads – Various Artists


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – July 18, 1999

All Star – Smash Mouth

Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Last Kiss – Pearl Jam

What’s My Age Again? – Blink 182

Nookie – Limp Bizkit

Battle Flag – Lo Fidelity All Stars Featuring Pigeonhed

American Woman – Lenny Kravitz

The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring


Top Pop Hit Music – July 18, 1999

Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child

Last Kiss – Pearl Jam

If You had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Wild Wild West – Will Smith/Dur Hill/Kool Mo Dee

Where My Girls At? – 702

All Star – Smash Mouth

Genie In A Bottle – Christina Agulera

Fortunate – Maxwell

No Scrubs – TLC

The Hardest Thing – 98 Degrees

Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

No Pigeons – Sporty Thievz/Mr. Woods

That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Happily Ever After – Case

Chante’s Got A Man – Chante Moore

I Will Remember You (live) – Sarah McLachlan


Top pop hit music in Britain – July 18, 1999

9pm (Till I Come) – ATB

Wild Wild West – Will Smith

Bring It All Back - S Club 7 

My Love Is Your Love – Whitney Houston

Viva La Radio – Lolly

Boom, Boom, Boom Boom! – Vegaboys

Sometimes – Britney Spears

That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain

If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez


Top Country Hit Music – July 18, 1999

Amazed – Lonestar

Write This Down – George Straight

God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You – Alabama

Whatever You Say – Martina McBride

A Night To Remember – Joe Diffie

Please Remember Me – Tim McGraw

Tonight the heartache’s On Me – Dixie Chicks

Little Good Byes – Shedaisy

One Honest Heart – Reba

Single White Female – Chely Wright

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Dwight Yoakam


Top movie video rentals – July 18, 1999

Saving Private Ryan


The Siege

Gods and Monsters

Patch Adams

Waking Ned Divine

You’ve Got Mail


Top Movies – July 18, 1999

Eyes Wide Shut

American Pie

Lake Placid

Big Daddy

Wild Wild West

The Wood


Star Wars

The General’s Daughter

Muppets From Space

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