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Dateline: Week Of August 22, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Hurricane Bret hits the south Texas coast, but sparing Corpus Christi.

A China Airlines jet burst into flames flipped upside down and slid down the runway at Hong Kong’s new airport while trying to land in a tropical storm. Two are dead with hundreds injured.

Atty. Gen. Janet Reno says she acknowledges her credibility gap and promises to find out why the FBI has denied for six years that it used flammable munitions in the last hours of the Branch Davidian siege.

59 American Airlines employees are charged with smuggling “drugs and explosives” onto planes in a sting operation – but they really weren’t. It all started when a pilot complained of tainted coffee that had a faint residue of heroin. Some 15 pounds of hidden heroin were found in the jetliner’s galley – then operation ramp Rats began some two years ago 

Passing – Leo Castelli – influential promoter of American pop art who helped the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

The Fed inches interest rates up ¼ to 5.25%.

Arizona officials confirm they plan to send a 14-year-old girl who says she was raped – out of state for a late-term abortion.

Republican presidential front-runner George W. Bush embraces tougher gun control measure being considered by Congress including raising the legal age for purchase of a handgun from 18 to 21.

Crackdown - Security forces in Amman, Jordan raid offices belonging to the militant Islamic movement Hamas and arrest a dozen members. 

Vice President Al Gore says he wants a more “compassionate” handling of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” rules governing homosexuals in the military.

Amway Corp. launches a foray into e-commerce – an online version testing its multilevel marketing’s ability to survive in the new medium. 


Sports News – August 22, 1999

Basketball star Dennis Rodman spends a few hours in jail after being arrested on public drunkenness in Orange County, Ca.

Tiger Woods wins his fifth tournament of the year – this one – the NEC Invitational at Akron.


Technology News – August 22, 1999

Disney purchases 60% in online educational toy retailer Toysmart.com for $45 million.

Jeffrey Levy – a senior at the University of Oregon pleads guilty to illegally distributing thousands of pirated software programs, movies and pieces of music from his web site.

Sun Microsystems Inc acquires Star Division – which makes popular software among Linux users.

The American Psychological Assn. releases a study saying almost 6% of Internet users suffer from some form of addiction to it.

Compaq Computer Corp abandons efforts to make its advanced Alpha computer chips compatible with 32-bit Windows 2000, the next version of Microsoft Corp’s NT operating system due this year.

A federal appeals panel for now, says Microsoft can ship its own version of Java, but Sun Microsystems is likely to prevail.


Radio news – August 22, 1999

Los Angeles - Disney apologizes for a Mark & Brian stunt after they announced plastic gardening tools called “Black Hoes” would be given out. Station was KLOS.


Music news – August 22, 1999

Britney Spears, Eminem and Moby will perform on MTV’s 1999 Video Music Awards – Sept. 9.

On HBO – “Cher Live In Concert” – at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


Top Pop Music Hits – August 22, 1999

Summer Girls – LFO

Ballamos – Enrique Iglesias

Genie in a Bottle – Christiana Aguilera

Jamboree – Naughty by Nature

Smooth – Santana

Jigga My N- - Jay-Z

Tell Me Its real – K-Ci and JoJo

I’ll Be Your Everything – Youngstown

Unpretty – TLC

It’s All About You – Tracie Spencer


Television news – August 22, 1999

Telemundo is moving its total operations to Florida – the Miami area. Some of the operations now, are on the West Coast.

How many TV programs broadcast from NY streets? Well – Some MTV shows, “Today,” and now “Good Morning America” will begin broadcasting fro an indoor-outdoor Times Square studio on September 13. CBS’ “The Early Show” will do the same.

PAX debuts a reality series “It’s a Miracle” hosted by Richard Thomas.

“America’s best-loved books are now a TV Series – Chicken Soup for the Soul.” Hosted by Michael Tucker. Superstars bring superstores to life – on PAX 2000.

Passing – Mary Jane C. Lewis – A sidekick to Lucille Ball on her comedy shows. She was 83.

TNT will produce an original series – the first time. Look for “The Warden” coming soon.

UPN’s  premiere of “WWF Smackdown!” drew 6.2 million viewers.

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – August 22, 1999

CBS – JAG, 17th Annual Miss Teen USA Pageant, Dave Letterman, Craig Kilborn

NBC – Just Shoot Me, 3rd Rock, Will & Grace, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Spin City, Who Wants to be A Millionaire, Dharma & Greg, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

Fox – Guinness World Records: Prime Time, Fox Files

UPN – Grown Ups, Clueless, Between Brothers

PBS – Nova, P.O.V., Charlie Rose


On Charlie Rose – Bruce Springsteen.

On Dave Letterman – Keri Russell, Aretha Franklin

On Jay Leno – Terry Bradshaw, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris


Top Movies – August 22, 1999

The Sixth Sense

The 13th Warrior

Runaway Bride


Mickey Blue Eyes

The Thomas Crown Affair

In Too Deep

The Blair Witch Project

The Astronaut’s Wife

The Muse

Teaching Mrs. Tingle

Deep Blue Sea

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