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Dateline: Week Of August 15, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Earthquake in Turkey hits a death toll of 4,000 plus.

Even though Serbs are fleeing Kosovo City in droves, there’s a noticeable part of the city that’s all Serb. The overall dominance of Albanians is apparent in the rest of the city.  

Texas Gov. George W. Bush wins a fierce contest in the Iowa Republican straw poll. Steve Forbes finished second and Bob Dole – third.

Columbine High - Students return to classes for the first time since a shooting massacre four months ago, but two swastikas were found drawn in a girl’s restroom.

Planet Hollywood, the movie-themed restaurant chain, files for bankruptcy reorganization, but says it has lined-up some $30 million in new cash.


Technology News – August 15, 1999

 Sony says it’s slashing the price of its PlayStation console from$129 to $99 and is also reducing the price of its games from $20 to $40. It’s doing so just prior to Sega’s release of its powerful “Dreamcast” game console on September 9.

Apple sues Emachines over the design of their eOne computer, which looks a lot like the popular iMac. Emachines offers sub-$1000 computers. The iMac, introduced last August, has received wide recognition for its egg-shaped design and has been credited with returning to profitability a company once believed to be dead. The outside – both look similar, but in the inside, the iMac is much more powerful.

CBS says it will buy a 38% stake in jobs.com.

E-Trade says it is joining with electronic trading network Instinet to offer after-hours trading beginning in September.


Sports News- August 15, 1999

Top tennis players…

Men - 

Pete Sampras

 Andre Agassi

Patrick Rafter

Yevgeny Kafeinkov

Tim Henman


Top Women teenis players...

Steffi Graf

Serena Williams

Martina Hingis

Lindsay Davenport

Venus Williams


Tiger Woods wins his second major tournament – the PGA Championship in Medinah, Ill. Woods held off 19-year-old Sergio Garcia by one stroke.


Television news – August 15, 1999

ABC’s new show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” has a new twist in getting contestants. You must call a toll 900 number, if you want in. Price is $1.50 a call. ABC expects 5.5 million to make the call and that’ll give it $8 million. Not bad. 

Speaking of “Millionaire” contestant David Honea, got the $64,000 answer right, but the show called it wrong. The show made up for its goof and gave Dave another shot. He never made it to $64,000, but won $32,000 on the new show.

 Passing – character actor Ross Elliott (82), best known to Lucy fans as the director in “Vitameatavegamin.” With that, he earned a recurring role as Ricky Ricardo’s agent in the series.

A&E will air six episodes of “Law & Order” all featuring “The Sopranos” cast members. Look for it Labor Day.

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – August 15, 1999

CBS – Martial Law, 60 Minutes II, JAG, Late Show

NBC – Just Shoot Me, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Will & Grace, Will & Grace, Dateline

NBC, Tonight Show

ABC – Spin City, Who Wants To Me A Millionaire, Dharma & Greg, Sports Night, NYPD Blue

Fox – Guinness World Records, Fox Files

WB – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Felicity

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

PBS – The Wisdom of Menopause, Your Diet, Your Health

Nick – Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Cousin Skeeter, I Love Lucy, I Love Lucy….


On Malcolm and Eddie – Both end-up on a talk show about devil warshippers.

On Will & Grace – Will wants to merge two bathrooms into one.

On the Late Show – Lara Flynn Boyle, David Brenner

On the Tonight Show – Sharon Stone, Mary J. Blige


Music News – August 15, 1999

 Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker is going to make a solo album… Adam Duritz of Counting Crows will guest on two songs with the band Joe 90 and their new album “Dream This.”

Nine Inch Nails, Jazy-Z, Kid Rock & Lauryn Hill confirm they will part of the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards to air September 9.

 The Backstreet Boys sell some 765,000 concert tickets in a day! They’ll do some 53 shows in this tour. Total tour gross - $30 million.

Def Jam Records is another hot hip-hop label with artists such as DMX and Jay-Z. LL Cool J., another Def Jam artist - is coming out with his first album in four years (November).   

Ricky Martin signs a deal with Pepsi-Cola North America. He’ll do radio, TV and print ads aimed at the Latino market.

Mary J. Blige is making the media rounds for her new album “Mary.” Guest appearances include DMX and Nas with songwriting assists from Babyface and Diane Warren (among others).


Top music albums – August 15, 1999

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

Supernatural – Santana

 Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin

Significant Other – Limp Bizkit

Baby, One More Time – Britney Spears

Enema of the State – Blink-182

Writings On the Wall – Destiny’s Child

Astro Lunge – Smash Mouth

Now That’s What I Call Music – Vol. 2 – Various Artists

Violator Album – Various Artists


Top Pop Music – August 15, 1999

Genie In A Bottle – Christina Aguilera

Summer Girls – LFO

Ballamos – Enrique Iglesias

Smooth – Santana

I’ll Be Your Everything – Youngstown

Bills Bills Bills – Destiny’s Child

Smile – Vitamin

It’s All About You – Tracie Spencer

Tell Me It’s Real – K-Ci and JoJo

Jamboree – Naughty by Nature


Top Movies – August 15, 1999

The Sixth Sense


Blair Witch Project

Runaway Bride

Thomas Crown Affair

Deep Blue Sea

Inspector Gadget

Mystery Men

Brokedown Palace

The Iron Giant

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