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Dateline: Events/Week Of October 24, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Biotech company Celera Genomics of Maryland says it has made incredible progress into decoding the human genetic code and wants protection for tens-of-thousands of its finds.

Manhattan - Ku Klux Klan members rally in New York as seven counter demonstrators are arrested.

Osama bin Laden, wanted by the United States for the bombing of two American embassies last year, has asked for permission to leave Afghanistan, the ruling Taliban religious army reports. Bin laden asked the Taliban to provide him security while he is moving out and not disclose his destination. 

Russian warplanes and artillery pummeled towns around Grozny and other parts of Chechnya and Chechen officials claimed at least 39 had been killed.

 Side-by-side for the first time – Al Gore and Bill Bradley go at it at a  New Hampshire town hall meeting. 

Million of Columbians throughout the country march – demanding an end to their country’s conflict and abuses of its citizens.

The Library of Congress has tentatively agreed with the family of Martin Luther King Jr. to acquire the civil rights leader’s personal papers for $20 million.

In a landmark decision – Britain’s highest court ruled that a gay man is entitled to remain in the state-subsidized apartment leased by his dead partner – right restricted by law to spouses of family members.

Mexican officials arrest a veteran boss of a drug cartel that smuggles Cocaine from Columbia to the U.S. He’s Jose Quintero Payan – longtime trafficker.

54 are dead in S. Korea in a beer hall fire. Many were underage drinkers. One of the dead was – a 13-year-old.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell says he has gone too far in his criticism of gays and from not on, will stress compassion over condemnation toward them.  

The Arizona Republic in an editorial criticized Sen. John McCain for a volcanic temper it says he has unleashed on other politicians, reporters and even the public.

Belfast - Garfield Gilmour – a militant Protestant – was convicted of murdering three Roman Catholic brothers in a gasoline-bomb attack on their home last year.

Cleveland – Four white students were arrested and seven others questioned in what was described as a racially motivated plot to carry out a Columbine-style massacre at their predominantly black high school – South High.

Hillary Clinton says she’s in the senate race in NY – but made no “official” announcement.

President Clinton chastises the nation’s pharmaceutical industry for charging prices beyond the means of many elderly patients.


Sports News – October 24, 1999

 A Learjet carrying U.S. Open golf champ Payne Stewart and four others flew uncontrolled for nearly five hears before running out of fuel and plummeting 45,000 feet into a field of weeds in South Dakota. Experts believe the jet experienced a severe loss of cabin pressure after it took off from Orlando, Florida.

It’ll be the Yankees vs. Atlanta in the World Series as the Yankees beat Cleveland in the playoffs.


Technology News – October 24, 1999

Search vehicle Alta-Vista undergoes a facelift in its bid to become a full-fledged consumer media portal. It’s kicking off a $120-million ad campaign for its “AltaVista Live!” it’s lagged behind Yahoo, Lycos and AOL in traffic.

Retailer buy.com files for an IPO.

Wall St. Dow shift - Microsoft and Intel are joining the Dow index as is SBC Communications and Home Depot. They are replacing Chevron, Goodyear, Sears and Union Carbide.


Radio news – October 24, 1999

Howard Stern announces his separation from wife Alison. Stern (45) often complained to his listeners about his lack of sex life at home. Alison use to call in, but hasn’t been heard from in months. They are parting as friends, but no divorce as been announced.


Entertainment news – October 24, 1999

Passing – Singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Action. He was 61.

Now at stores – “Mojo” cologne by Austin Powers (yea – that one). “The one and only sex appeal scent with official shagedelic magic! As dangerous and mysterious as the Powers hero himself. “


Music news – October 24, 1999

Top Music Albums  

Significant Other – Limp Bizkit

Supernatural – Santana

Baby, One More Time – Britney Spears

Marc Anthony – Marc Anthony

Christine Aguilera – Christine Aguilera

Enema of the state – Blink 182

Little Bit of Mambo – Lou Briggs

Human Clay  - Creed

I want It All – Warren G.


Now at bookstores – “It Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad You’re Alive/The Promise of Bruce Springsteen” – by Eric Alterman

On VH1 “Storytellers” – Meatloaf.

Passing  - Frank DeVol – TV music maker – best known for writing the “Brady Bunch” theme. He was 88.   

Don’t miss Ibash 99 – a daylong concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Appearlng – Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Tony Bennett, KISS, The Who, Offspirng. It’s on the Internet at pixelon.com

Mariah Carey will do a “Today” show concert. She was supposed to do one for rival “The Early Show” – but backed out because they couldn’t get the permits on time.


Television news – October 24, 1999

On MSNBC – “Headliners & Legends” with Matt Lauer. Every night. This week a look at Jackie-O, Lucy & Desi, Patty Hearst and Mary Tyler Moore.

On Comedy Central – “The NY Friars Club Roast Of Jerry Stiller.” Hosted by Jason Alexander.

Horrors! On NBC’s Must See Thursday this week - “Friends” – “Tonight, after six years as roommates – they split up!”

NBC pulls the low-rated “Suddenly Susan” from the November sweeps period and puts-in “Friends” reruns.

Don’t miss Queen Latifah’s syndicated talk show!

Nick-at-Nite offers another annual “Nick at Nitemares” marathon for Halloween. Look for episodes of “Bewitched,” “Brandy Bunch” and “Happy Days.”   

On Comedy Central – don’t miss “The Man Show” – with Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla.


Monday night television listings/TV Guide – October 24, 1999

CBS – King of Queens, Ladies Man, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, Family Law, Dave Letterman, Craig Kilborn

NBC – Friends, Veronica’s Closet, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien.

ABC – 20/20, Monday Night Football, Nightline, Politically Incorrect.

Fox – Time of Your Life, Ally McBeal

UPN – Moesha, Parkers, Grown Up, Malcom & Eddie

PBS – Antiques Roadshow, Charlie Rose

MTV – Total Request Live, Head Trip, Downtown Julie Brown, Road Rules, Loveline

On Dave Letterman – Jimmie Walker, Buena Vista Social Club.

On Jay Leno – Gov. Jesse Ventura, Ricky Martin.

On Charlie Rose – Scott Turrow.


Top Movies – October 24, 1999

The Best Man

 Double Jeopardy

Fight Club

Bringing Out the Dead

The story of Us

American Beauty


Three to Tango

Three Kings

The Sixth Sense

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