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


In The News

A gunman opens fire in a Baptist church in Ft. Worth, leaving 8 dead.

Hurricane Floyd bares down on the Carolinas as residents are urged to flee.

The federal government says it will file a huge civil lawsuit against the tobacco industry seeking billions of dollars in damages for treating smoking-related illnesses. 

A massive earthquake rocks Taiwan, killing over 600 people with the toll likely to go higher.

Y2K is coming - President Clinton’s Cabinet meets with the administration’s top expert on the Year 2000 technology problem, to discuss how government agencies will respond to possible Y2K-related computer failures. The government has expressed increasing confidence that there will be no nationwide failures of the most important computer systems.


Health/ Medical News – September 15, 1999

Home Products Corp., makers of Fen-Phen, will payout roughly $4 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits by consumers who believe they were injured by the diet pill combination.


Business News/Fascinating Facts – September 15, 1999

Sears says it has stopped selling “The Villain, a gun-toting action figure in a black trench coat. Sears says it’s getting complaints the character resembles the teen gunmen at Columbine High in Colorado. The doll comes with a ski mask, black coat, body armor, shotgun and rifle. It’s in Sears holiday catalogue as well. Maker Century Toys says it is redesigning it and plans to remove the trench coat.

Trend? – Pizza Hut says it will charge a pizza delivery fee to help offset driver’s wages. The company will test-market a 50-cent to $1 charge at several outlets in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

 Phyllis Redstone (74) files for divorce in Boston and seeks some $3 billion from hubby Sumner, chairman and chief executive of Viacom Inc. 


Sports News - September 15, 1999

Felix Trinidad defeats Oscar De La Hoya in a bout in Las Vegas.


Radio News – September 15, 1999

 Passing – Louis “Moondog” Hardin (83) – a familiar sight to New Yorkers during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  He was called “the greatest street person New York ever produced.” A former musician, when Alan Freed moved his rock ‘n’ roll show to WINS, New York, he used one of Hardin’s 78rpm recordings “Moondog Symphony,” as his theme music and called his show “The Moondog Show.” Hardin sued, and Freed changed the name to the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party.”


Entertainment News – September 15, 1999


Trinity Broadcasting wants wider distribution of its backed-movie “The Omega Code.” It’s set to open October 15. 

MTV Books will release “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” – a collection of poems written by the late rapper Tupac Shakur. Look for it in November.


Television news – September 15, 1999

 Raising Eyebrows – The season premiere of “Will & Grace has Megan Mullally’s character, Karen calling her Salvadoran maid a “tamale.”

 England’s Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, joins NBC’s “Today” show as special correspondent.

For the second year in a row, Nickelodeon wins the Saturday morning ratings race – topping ABC, Fox and the WB. For the 1998-99 season, Nick’s Saturday morning kid’s programming averaged 1.5 million. ABC and Fox drew about 1.1 million.

Howard Stern is set to executive produce and provides the lead voice for “Doomsday” – a UPN animated series. “Doomsday” follows a family’s journey in a motor home across a post-apocalyptic America.

This week, CBS says it will promote its season of new shows over AOL. The network had a similar arrangement with AOL last year, which network partly credits with its success. CBS was #1 overall last season. 

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of September 15, 1999

CBS – 33rd Annual CMA Awards

NBC – Dateline NBC, West Wing, Law & Order, Jay Leno Tonight Show

ABC – Two Guys and a Girl, Norm, Drew Carey, Oh Grow Up, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Get Real

WB – Dawson’s Creek, Charmed

UPN – Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Voyager

PBS – Seeking Solutions


CMA Awards – Vince Gill hosts.

Premiere - West Wing – Stars Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Brad Whitford, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff.

Premiere – Oh, Grow Up – A businessman’s life is disrupted when he is forced to learn the importance of friends and family.

On David Letterman -  Ashley Judd, Randy Travis, Stupid Pet Tricks.

On Jay Leno – Harrison Ford, Molly Shannon, Siegfried and Roy.

On Politically Incorrect – Kathy Griffin, Cynthia Cooper, Bob Larson, Nadine Strossen


Music news – September 15, 1999

 Marilyn Manson re-creates the assassination of John F. Kennedy in his new video “Coma White.” Manson is portraying Kennedy in the limo with his real life girlfriend, actress Rose McGowan as “Jackie.” It’s now airing on MTV. Manson says the video is a metaphor for the public’s obsession and worship of violence.

Celine Dion, composer James Horner and lyricist Will Jennings, the same who brought us the theme from “Titanic” are doing it again. Look for “My Heart Will Go On” for the new movie “Bicentennial Man.” Should be out in December. 

Top Pop Hit Music Charts – September 15, 1999

Get Gone – Ideal

She’s All I Ever Had – Ricky Martin

I Want It All – Warren

Bailamos – Enrique Iglesias

Summer Girls – LFO

Unpretty – TLC

Southern Girl – Erykah Badu

Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet

Lost In You – Garth Brooks

Jigga My N – Jay-Z


Top music albums – September 15, 1999

Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera

Supernatural – Santana

Fly – Dixie Chicks

Significant Other - Limp Bizkit

Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin

Enema of the State – Blink 182

Astro Lounge – Smash Mouth

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

Baby, One More Time – Britney Spears

Devil Without A Cause – Kid Rock


Top movies – September 15, 1999

Blue Streak

For Love of the Game

Sixth Sense


Stir of Echoes

Runaway Bride

Thomas Crown Affair


The 13th Warrior

Mickey Blue Eyes

American Beauty

Breakfast of Champions


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