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Dateline: Week Of October 18, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Al Gore now says that President Clinton will campaign for him on behalf of his White House bid, despite earlier reports that said he wasn’t. A spokesman said that Gore “made clear that the president is a friend who has been campaigning for him and will continue to campaign for him but that every election is about the future and that it will be about his ideas and his vision for the 21st century.

Pakistan’s new military leader – Gen. Pervez Musharraf announces a unilateral pullback of forces from the border with India and the formation of a military-civilian government to led the country back to democratic rule.

President Clinton says the he will ask Congress this week to pass a rescue plan to use future budget surplus to bolster the massive retirement program.

 Al Gore launches a TV campaign highlighting his service in Vietnam and his study of religion in college.

Ku Klux Klan members stand silently inside a pen fashioned from police barricades and faced the jeers of thousands of protesters. They were denied the right to wear their masks as 16 members stood behind barricades in New York

Passing – British novelist Penelope Mortimer – author of “The Pumpkin Eater.”

The U.N. Security Council votes to send a 6,000-member force to Sierra Leone to help restore peace after an eight-year civil war there.

Congress reaches an agreement to radically overhaul the nation’s banking laws so that banks, securities firms and insurance companies can move into one another’s lines of business and create a one-stop financial shopping centers.

Vice President Al Gore unveils his vision of “the next generation of welfare reform,” saying that he would require “deadbeat” dads to go to work and pay up or go to jail.

Elizabeth Hanford Dole – the first woman to wage a serious campaign for president, abruptly abandons her bid.


Business news – October 18, 1999

The World Wrestling Federation prices its IPO – selling 10 million shares at $17 each. Martha Stewart Living Ominimedia prices its offering of 7.2 million shares at $18 a share.


Technology News - October 18, 1999

U.S. security experts worn that some foreign contractors may be infecting programs as they fix Y2K bugs – and that threat may linger long after the 2000 bug has come and gone.

American Online- the largest Internet service provider in the world and Gateway, one of the largest seller of home PC’s – announce a wide-ranging alliance that will accelerate the practice of including Internet service contracts in the price of a new PC.

Encyclopedia Britannica – the standard in the industry – finally launches its own website. 


Technology News – October 18, 1999

IBM says it will stop selling its consumer desktop PC’s through retail stores and instead encourage customers to buy the Aptiva models over the Internet. In recent years, IBM has struggled to compete in the retail business against more focused rivals such as Compaq, Gateway and Apple.

Microsoft beats profit estimates for the quarter on strong sales of PC’s – 38 cents a share.

Y2K - IBM shares fall sharply after the company said profit may fall for the next two quarters because fears about the year 2000 computer problem are causing customers to delay new hardware purchases.


Sports News  - October 18, 1999

Game 6 National league championships – Atlanta wins on a walk in the 11th inning – 10-9 to end New York’s hopes for a subway series with the Yankees. It’ll be the New York Yankees vs. Atlanta in Atlanta this Saturday.


Entertainment News – October 18, 1999

A two-hour concert with a purpose brought stars of rock, soul, blues and country music to a giant tent on the White House lawn to support the return of music to cash-starved schools. On hand – artists such as Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, B.B King, Garth Books, Gloria Estefan, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp. The Save the Music concert was sponsored by the VH1 cable music channel.

Interesting as the Christian “The Omega Code” which was financed by Trinity Broadcasting – is in the top 10 this week. . 


Music news – October 18, 1999

Don Henley sues a Mark Elsis and his firm, Loveearth for registering the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, the end of the innocents.com and e-a-g-le-e.com without Henley’s or the band’s prior knowledge or consent.

Ricky Martin launches his much-anticipated 24-city U.S. tour this week.


Television news – October 18, 1999

UPN’s “WWF Smackdown!” pinned down its biggest audience – getting some 7.1 million viewers – getting third place on its Thursday schedule


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 18, 1999

ER – 30.45 million viewers

 Friends – 21.07

Frasier – 18.93

Touched by an Angel – 18.11

Everbody Loves Raymond – 17.72

Stark Raving Mad – 17.03

Law and Order – 16.84

Jesse – 16.75

Judging Amy – 16.46

JAG – 16.33

The Practice – 16.30

CBS Sunday Movie – 16.27

60 Minutes – 16.20

Becker – 15.39

Dharma & Greg – 15.17


Television news – October 18, 1999

After good reviews for “Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm,” – David is in talks with HBO about crating a series in which he would star.


Top music albums this week – October 18, 1999

Human Clay – Creed

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

Supernatural – Santana

In… The Life of Chris Gaines – Garth Brooks

The distance to Here – Live

A Little Bit of Mambo – Lou Bega

Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Devil Without A Cause – Kid Rock

Significant Other – Limp Bizkit

Breakdown – Melissa Etheridge

Fly – Dixie Chicks

Back at One – Brian McKnight

Brand New Day – Sting

Marc Anthony – Marc Anthony

Uncontrolled substance – Inspectah Deck

Enema of the state – Blink 182


Top Pop Music Hits – October 18, 1999

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

Smooth – Santana (feat.) Ron Thomas

Music of the Heart – ‘N Sync & Gloria Estefan

Unpretty – TLC

Satisfy You – Puff daddy Feat. R. Kelly

My Love Is Your Love – Whitney Houston

We Can’t Be Friends – Deborah Cox with R.L.

Scare Tissue – Red Hot Chili Pepers

I Need to Know- Marc Anthony

Someday – Sugar Ray

Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

She’s All I Ever Had  - Ricky Martin

If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time – R. Kelly

Where My Girls At? – 702


Top Mainstream Rock Music Tracks – October 18, 1999

Enemy – Days of the new

Higher – Creed

The Dolphin’s Cry – Live

Down – Stone Temple Pilots

Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers

In 2 Deep – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Keep Away – Godsmack

Cowboy  - Kid Rock


Top Alternative Rock Music Tracks – October 18, 1999

The Chemicals Between Us – Bush

The Dolphin’s Cry – Live

Higher – Creed

Come Original – 311

Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Down – Stone Temple Pilots

Can’t Change Me – Chris Cornell

What’s My Age Again? – Blink 182


Top Country Hit Music - October 18, 1999

Something Like That – Tim McGraw

I’m Already Taken – Steve Wariner

Ready to Run – Dixie Chicks

Lonely and Gone – Montgomery Gentry

I Love You – Martina McBride

Home to You – John Michael Montgomery

She’s in Love – Mark Wills

Amazed – Lonestar

Lesson in Leavin’ – Jo Dee Messina

I’ll go Crazy – Andy Griggs

When I said I Do – Clint Black


Top Rap Music Tracks – October 18, 1999

I want it All – Warren G. Feat. Mack 10

Jigga My N**** - Jay-z

Satisfy You – Puff Daddy Feat. R. Kelly

U –Way (How We do It) – YoungbloodZ

P.E. 2000 – Puff daddy

Pimpin’ Ain’t No Illusion – UGK Feat. Kool Ace and Too Short

Jamboree – Naughty By Nature

Bizarre – U-God

It’s Your thing – Mercedes Feat. Master P.


Top Movies – October 18, 1999

Bringing Out The Dead

The Best Man

Sixth Sense

The Omega Code

 Bats – Lou Diamond Phillips/Dina Meyer

Story of Us


Fight Club

Double Jeopardy

Three Kings

American Beauty

Blue Streak

Random Hearts

The Straight Story

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