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Dateline: Events/Week Of November 22, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

By the end of this year - Despite lowered death rates in the U.S. and Europe – more than 50 million people worldwide will be infected by the AIDS virus and 16.3 million will die.

President Clinton signs a mammoth $390-billion spending plan.

Russia launches a new phase in its war with Chechnya – lots of rockets and bombs.

The Ulster Unionist Party – Northern Ireland’s largest protestant political party – decides to back a compromise deal to set up a power-sharing government with Roman Catholics and the IRA will be challenged to disarm and finally – go away.

Hillary Rodham Clinton announces that she will be a Senate candidate in New York and that she intends to scale back her duties as First Lady to make the run.

A small plane that took off in fog and rain crashed in a Newark (NJ) neighborhood. Three aboard were killed and 22 on the ground were injured.

 Donald Trump is a guest on “Hardball” and said he would run for president only if it were certain he could win. 

President Clinton says he will shop online for some Christmas gifts this year and believes electronic commerce will benefit consumers and the economy if used with care and caution.

Croatia - Bracing or the worst, parliament paved the way for transferring some essential powers from ailing President Franjo Tudjman. Tudjman’s doctors acknowledged that the leader’s condition was grave, and a key aide said he was fighting for his life.

Fascinating Facts – More People Will Get Married On This Day:

Another trend – as Jan 1, 2000 is expected to break records in the number of people marrying that day!


Medical/Health News – November 22, 1999

Visx Inc wins DA approval to market its eye lasers for the popular Lasik vision-correction technique used in the majority of laser eye surgeries.

Trends on TV – more and more ads for drugs. The FDA let drug companies advertise prescription drugs on TV beginning in 1997 and the trend is taking off.


Business/Economy News – November 22, 1999

The U.S. economy surged ahead at a much faster pace than previously thought over the summer as companies struggled to keep pace with the unrelenting increase in consumer spending – as gross domestic product rose at a 5.5% annual rate in the third quarter.

The Nasdaq composite rose 27.31 points for another record – to 3,447.81.

Crude oil prices top $27 a barrel for the first time since the 1991 Persian Gulf War.


Technology News – November 22, 1999

AOL and Intuit say they will offer an online service for paying household bills. The new bill-management service would provide consumers with a simple way to receive, view, track and pay both electronic and paper-based bills online, eliminating the tedium of check-writing and mailing bills.  

Egghead.com and Onsale.com have merged to form the best computer store on the web! – introducing the new egghead.com. “The computer store inside your computer.”

Low-cost pc maker EMachines Inc agrees to acquire Free-PC Inc. in a stock swap.

Dot.com ads seem to be everywhere – on radio, TV and prints


Radio news – November 22, 1999

Matt Drudge is leaving his ABC weekly radio show – a parting of the ways..


Sports News – November 22, 1999

Wayne Gretzky is inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame in Toronto.

Steve Yzerman becomes the 11th player in NHL history to score 600 goals as the Detroit Red Wings beat Edmonton 4-2.


Music news – November 22, 1999

 It’s “Total Request Live” (TRL) on MTV from the sidewalks of New York – out just outside the MTV studios in Times Square. It’s a daily 90-minute show to count down the Top 10 music videos – but the public is the star. Carson Daly hosts. 

George Michael signs with Virgin Music Group which will release the album “Songs From The Last Century” on Dec. 14.


Television news – November 22, 1999

Rose O’Donnell is not renewing her spokeswoman contract with K-Mart as she has done so for the past five years. 

Over 30 million saw nurse Carol Hathaway deliver twin girls on NBC’s “ER.” She’s played by Julianna Margulies.

Rupert Murdoch says that his Fox TV network has become the victim of its own ambition this fall when it staggered the release date of new programs – and the ratings sank.

Richard Pryor will make a rare guest appearance. Look for him on ABC’s “Norm” next week!

Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – week of November 22, 1999

CBS – Shania Twain Come on Over, Movie, Dave Letterman

NBC – Friends, Just Shoot Me, Frasier, Will & Grace, ER, Jay Leno

ABC – Movie, Nightline

WB – Charmed

MTV – The 1999 MTV Movie Awards, Tom Green, True Life

PBS – Mystery! Charlie Rose


On Dave Letterman – George Carlin, Jewel.

On Jay Leno – Rodney Dangerfield, Meredith Brooks


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 22, 1999

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is in the top ten TV Shows – seven times!

ER – 28.77

Millionaire (Mon.) – 26.79

(Sun) – 26.14

(Thur.)  25.91 

Tue.) – 24.92

(Wed.) – 22.89

Friends – 22.14

(Fri.)  21.90

(Sat.) – 20.65


Top Movies – November 22, 1999

Toy Story 2

The World is Not Enough

End of Days

Sleepy Hollow

Pokemon: The First Movie

The Bone Collector


Anywhere But Here

The Insider

Being John Malkovich

The Bachelor

The Messenger

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