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


In The News

Texas Gov. George W. Bush wins a fiercely contested Republican straw poll in Iowa – a result that could re-shape the GOP presidential race.

As terrorized Serbs flee most parts of Kosovo, a de-facto Serb-dominated partition zone is taking shape in the northern part of the province. 

The U.S trade deficit sets another record in June, far exceeding forecasts as Americans snapped up foreign cars, computers, telecommunications equipment, food and other imports. The deficit ran to $24.6 billion, more than the $20.6 billion that economics forecast. 

The earthquake in Turkey could be the worst-ever for a quake. Some 10,204 are confirmed dead.


Technology News – November 15, 1999

Apple Computer, taking aim at a rival to its popular iMac, files suit against upstart Emachines over the design its eOne machine. Emachines has made a name for itself by offering sub-$1,000 computers. The iMac, introduced last August, has received wide recognition for its award-winning egg-shaped design and has been credited with returning to profitability a company once believed dead. But both are all-in-one computers – with the monitor and CPU attached and come in translucent colors.

Sony announces that it will slash the price of its PlayStation console from $129 to $99 and the price of a series of its most popular games from about $39 to $19.99. It’s just in time for the introduction of rival Sega’s powerful next-generation console, the Dreamcast on September 9.  

CBS Corp. says it will buy a 38% stake in the online employment service jobs.com in exchange for $62 million in advertising for five years.

Planet Hollywood International – the movie-themed restaurant chain that has been bleeding money, says it plans to file for bankruptcy reorganization.


Entertainment News – November 15, 1999

Singer Ricky Martin is signed with Pepsi to represent the company in print, radio and TV ads aimed at the Latino market.

Walt Disney Co. agrees to sell its Fairchild Publications unit to Conde Nast.


Television News – November 15, 1999

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - ABC-TV actually made money on the show before a single question was uttered. People who wanted to be on the quiz show, had to call a 900-number that cost $1.50. ABC predicts over 5 million will make the call.

ABC-TV’s tactic of airing “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” for 14 consecutive nights is having a positive effect on the ratings. So far, no new episodes have been ordered, but network discussions have centered on bringing the show back for November sweeps to air the same way. Regis Philbin hosts the new program. 

Jerry Seinfeld will guest-star as the voice of an arrogant supercomputer on an episode of UPN’s animated “Dilbert.” 

VH1 airs “Rick Nelson: Original Teen Idol.” It’s the channel’s second original movie. 

Passing – veteran character actor Ross Elliott, best remembered for his roles in “I Love Lucy,” “The Jack Benny Show” and The Virginian. He was 82. Best remembered as the guy who directed Lucy in the famous “Vita-Meata-Vegamin” commercial and earned a recurring roles as Ricky Ricardo’s agent in the series.  

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – November 15, 1999

CBS – Martial Law, 60 Minutes II, JAG, Late Show

NBC – Just Shoot Me, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Will & Grace, Will & Grace, Dateline NBC, Tonight Show

ABC – Spin City, Millionaire, Dharma & Greg, Sports Night, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

 WB – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Felicity

Fox – Guinness World Records, Fix Files

UPN – Moesha, Clueless, Malcolm & Eddie, Between Brothers

PBS – Wisdom of Menopause, Your Diet, Your Health

A&E – Law & Order, Biography, Investigative Reports

ESPN – World’s Strongest Man Competition


On Buffy – Sara leads a town in a witch-hunt after the murder of two children.

On 3Rd Rock - Mary plans a New Year’s Eve party and Dick is in charge of the Cheese.

On Will & Grace – Grace wants to small bathrooms merged into a master bath.

On the Late Show – Lara Flynn Boyle, David Brenner, Everclear

On the Tonight Show – Sharon Stone, Mary J. Blige


Music news – November 15, 1999

 Now Hip-Hop has its own TV awards show as UPN airs “The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. Hip Hop now accounts for nearly 10% of the $14 billion a year in U.S. record sales.

Rock group KISS, featuring Gene Simmons and the make-up clad bunch, perform on TNT’s World Championship Wrestling at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Backstreet Boys sell a staggering 765,000 concert tickets in a single day, raking an estimated $30 million in grosses.

Chris Barron, lead singer for the Spin Doctors has been diagnosed with a rare condition that involved paralysis of his vocal cords. His record label says he cannot speak above a whisper.

Lauryn Hill, Nine Inch Nails, Jay-Z, Kid Rock and DMX join the list of performers for the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards airing on September 9.


Top movies – November 15, 1999

The Sixth Sense


The Blair Witch Project

Runaway Bride

The Thomas Crown Affair

Deep Blue Sea

Inspector Gadget

Mystery Men

Brokedown Palace

The Iron Giant

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