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Dateline: Week Of October 8, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

The Senate, openly defying president Clinton refuses to ratify a global treaty to ban nuclear testing – a defeat for a global accord.

The legislator passes an HMO bill that boosts patient rights.

The flood toll rises in Mexico, where more than 250 are feared dead.

President Clinton meets in Quebec with the province’s champion of Independence – Prime Minister Jean Chretien at a dedication of a new U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

The Center for Disease Control says Syphilis rates declined nationwide again last year and that could mean the elimination of the disease by 2005. That’s an 86% drop between the peak year of 1990 and 1998.

Russian tanks and artillery pounded Chechnya after an air attack that took villagers by surprise and reportedly killed dozens.

Since the first sentence was invalid – a judge rules for the second time – giving Michael Fortier 12 years in prison for not warning authorities about the plot to bomb the Oklahoma City federal building.

Al Gore and rival Bill Bradley greet each other at a joint appearance in Iowa. Gore pressed Bradley to commit to weekly session as Bradley took Gore to the task for the increasingly negative tone of his White House campaign.

The Pakistani army ousts its country’s democratically elected leader and seizes power.

Monks brandished sticks and smashed collapsible metal chairs on the shaved heads of rival monks in a leadership dispute within South Korea’s largest Buddhist order. At least t 10 monks and laypeople were injured.

The U.N. says the number of people on earth could stabilize or even decline as early as 2050  - as the population hits 6 billion.

Guenter Blobel – a German American who discovered who the body puts addresses on individual proteins so that they arrive at the correct location is awarded the 1999 Noble Prize for medicine or physiology.

Columbia University professor Robert Mundell wins the Nobel Memorial Prize to economic Sciences for his study of how domestic economies responds when money flows across international borders.

 

Health/Medical News – October 8, 1999

Pfizer Inc is ordered to pay Trovan Ltd. – a British firm - $143 million for stealing the Trovan name to market its controversial antibiotic.

American Home Products, maker of fenfluramine (Fen-Phen) – agrees to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle thousand of claims from patients who many have suffered heat damage from taking the one-popular weight loss treatment.

 

Business News – October 8, 1999

UPS says it will stop shipping handguns through its ground service, leaving gun makers to pay higher air rates or find other ways to move their merchandise. All hand guns will be shipped Next Day Air Service only.

Planet Hollywood International closes nine of its company owned restaurants.

 

Sports News – October 8, 1999

Playoffs – The Boston Red Sox clobber the Cleveland Indians 23-7 – and evens the series 2-2. Later in the week – Boston wins and it’ll be them and the Yankees in the World Series.

Passing – Basketball great Wilt (the stilt) Chamberlain. He was 63, of a heart attack.  

Passing – Former professional wrestler Robert “Gorilla Monsoon” Marella – one of the most beloved villains of the ring who became a TV announcer for the World Wrestling federation. He was 62.

 

Music news – October 8, 1999

Don’t miss “NetAid” a concert special over TNT this week. Appearing – Mary J. Blige, Bono, David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, The Eurythmics, Wyclef Jean, Jewel, Jimmy Page, Puff “the magic” Daddy, Sting. The special is a collection of NetAid concerts held in New York, London and Geneva. 

Deborah Rowe Jackson files for divorce from Michael Jackson. They were married almost three years when she was a nurse in his doctor’s office.

The Smashing Pumpkins hires a new manager – Sharon Osbourne – Ozzy’s wife.

Don’t miss Judd Nelson in “Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story” on NBC this Sunday.

HBO presents a special – it’s called “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David. 

Bob Dylan makes his sitcom debut – a cameo on “Dharma & Greg.” In it – Dharma tried out as a drummer for his band. Dylan did it as a favor for a writer on the show. He wanted no advanced publicity.

 

Top music albums – October 8, 1999

Blackout – Method Man & Redman

Garth Brooks - In the Life of Chris Gaines – Garth Brooks

Brand New Day – Sting

Human Clay – Creed

Christina Agiler – Christina Aguilera

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Supernatural – Santana

Enema of the State – Blink 182

 

Television news – October 8, 1999

New Show Called “Survivor”

CBS announces it plans to blend the hot game show genre with reality programming with a summer series titled “Survivor.” In the 13-episode series – 16 contestants will be dropped onto a secluded island in the South China Sea and left on their own to find food, water and shelter (don’t worry – the camera people will be filming you). The program allows you to watch competition – yet they have to eliminate each other to win.

Fox has a new gameshow too – “Greed” – with a potential $2 million payoff. Twice that of “Millionaire.”

Friday night television listings/TV Guide – October 8, 1999
CBS – Kids say The Darndest Things, Love & Money, Now and Again, Nash Bridges, Dave Letterman, Craig Kilborn

NBC – Baseball, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – the Hughleys, Box Meets World, Sabrina, Odd Man Out, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

Fox – Shocking Behavior Caught On Tape 2, Harsh Realm

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

E! – Monkees – E! True Hollywood Story.

 

On 20/20 – Gov. Jesse Ventura.

On Dave Letterman – Billy Crystal, Peter Fonda.

On Jay Leno – Kirstie Alley, Oscar de la Hoya.

 

Top Movies – October 8, 1999

Double Jeopardy

Three Kings

American Beauty

The Sixth Sense

Blue Streak

Superstar

Drive me Crazy

Elmo in Grouchland

For Love of the Game

Random Hearts

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