Dateline: Week Of September 8, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
An apartment blast in Moscow – the second bombing in five days – leaves 109 dead.
President Habibie of Indonesia says that the Indonesian army is unable to restore peace in east Timor and asks the United Nations to send an international peacekeeping force to the violence-torn territory.
Hurricane Floyd – Residents of Florida – heads up!
New York – Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani urges people not to be alarmed by the increased aerial and ground spraying – expected to continue – as workers began spraying malathion to combat mosquito-borne encephalitis – which has hilled three so far.
New HMO charges by the Health Care Financing Administration which runs Medicare – as millions of Medicare beneficiaries will be forced to pay much more for their health-care next year – especially prescription drugs.
Wow – Forest Hills - A five-set win gives Andre Agassi his fifth Grand Slam title.
Medical American Home Products Corp will pay $4 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits by consumers who contend that they were injured by fen-phen – a once poplar diet pill combination.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greesnpan warned that “fear” induced” reactions by consumers and business to the 2000 computer glitch present a bigger challenge to the economy than the millennium but itself.
Radio news – September 8, 1999
Danny Bonaduce joins mornings at Star 98.7 in Los Angeles.
Technology News – September 8, 1999
The FCC votes to allow the introduction of cell phones that use global positioning system satellites to automatically flash their locations to 911 operators.
Microsoft Corp says that it will purchase Visie Corp – maker of technical drawing software for $1.3 billion in stock.
S-80 server IBM introduces a line of computers with are aimed at capturing a larger share of the market – particularly with web servers. IBM is competing with the big Starfires servers from Sun Microsystems – which power websites such as EBay, E-Trade and Amazon.com.
Entertainment News - September 8, 1999
Actress Kelly Preston and hubby John Travolta announce they are expecting their second child. They already have one son.
Music news – September 8, 1999
Marcelo Rodriquez – the Beverly Hills police officer who arrested George Michael for allegedly committing a lewd act in a public park restroom, is suing the singer for $10 million, claiming that Michael slandered him in interviews and mocked him in a music video.
Farm Aid ’99 – A sold out concert in Gainsville, Florida with Wilie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band.
Aidan Quinn plays Paul McCartney and Jared Harris will play John Lennon in VH1’s upcoming movie “Two of Us.”
Scott Welland – who is in jail for violations of his drug conviction parole – his band – the stone Temple Pilots will - will release their fourth album on Oct. 26 – just in time for his release.
Tommy Lee says he had to leave Motley Crue – that he couldn’t fake it anymore. The revelation came last spring during Lee’s four months in jail after pleading no contest to charges that he kicked Pamela Anderson –who then filed for a divorce. He left Motley Crue after a greatest hits tour last fall.
Television news – September 8, 1999
General Electric – Parent of NBC buys a 32% stake in money-losing Paxson Communications for $415 million.
Steven Bochco – producer of NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues” – sues 20th Century Fox claiming that the studio cheated hi out of at least $15 million by selling the reruns of “NYPD Blue” to its sister cable network without seeking other bidders.
Sam Donaldson will file Internet reports – at SamDonaldsonABCNEWS.com. It’ll appear three days a week.
51st annual Emmy awards (some winners) –
Best comedy – “Ally McBeal"
Best drama series – “The Practice.”
Best actor comedy – John Lithgow – “3rd Rock From The Sun’
Best actress comedy – Helen Hunt – “Mad About You”
Best actor – drama series – Dennis Franz – “NYPD Blue”
Best actress – drama - Edie Falco – “The Sopranos
Best supporting actor – comedy – David Hyde Pierce – “Frasier”
Best supporting actress – comedy – Kristen Johnston – “3rd Rock From The Sun”
Best supporting actor – drama – Michael Badalucco – “The Practice”
Best supporting actress – drama – Holland Taylor – “The Practice”
Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 8, 1999
Emmy Wards – 17.45 million viewers
NFL Sunday Post Game – 12.84
Everybody Loves Raymond – 12.59
Dateline NBC (tue.) – 12.32
60 Minutes II – 12.09
60 Minutes – 11.79
Frasier – 11.73
Friends – 11.72
ER – 11.68
JAG – 11.05
20/20 (Fri.) – 10.97
Emmy Awards Preshow – 10.86
Just Shoot Me – 10.80
Becker – 10.80
Walker, Texas Ranger – 10.80
Top movie video rentals – September 8, 1999
Shakespeare in Love
Enemy of the State
Top jazz music albums – September 8, 1999
Come By Me – Harry Connick Jr.
When I Look In Your Eyes – Diana Krall
A Hot Night in Paris – Phil Collins Big Band
Jazz for a Rainy Afternoon – Various Artists
Traveling Miles – Cassandra Wilson
Love Songs – Miles Davis
Swing – Soundtrack – Lisa Stansfield
Top Country Hit Music – September 8, 1999
Amazed – Lonestar
You had Me From Hello =- Kenny Chesney
Something Like That – Tim McGraw
Litle Man – Alan Jackson
Single White Female – Chely Wright
The Secret of Life – Faith Hill
Lesson in Leavin’ – Jo Dee Messina
I Love You – Martina McBride
Ready to Run – Dixie Chicks
I’m Still Love You More – Trisha Yearwood
Top Movies – September 8, 1999
The Sixth Sense
Stir of Echoes
The 13th Warrior
The Thomas Crown Affair
Mickey Blue Eyes
The Blair Witch Project.