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Dateline: Events/Week Of December 1, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

WTO Summit in Seattle – As thousands protest in Seattle’s streets. The city imposes a curfew as the National Guard is called in.

Meantime, President Clinton exhorts World Trade Organization delegates to move forward and meets with representatives of opposition groups. So far, some 400 protesters are arrested.

Scientists at JPL continue to hope that the mars spacecraft, now lost to radio silence near the Martian south pole, will respond as a number of contingency plans are being worked.   

The State Department reveals that the organization headed by terrorist suspect Osama Bin Laden and groups allied with it are maintaining links with Islamic rebels in Chechnya.

Russian warplanes drop leaflets on Chechnya, declaring the war-torn city is surrounded by troops and warns residents they must flee by Saturday or die.

Approval is given for the location of a Martin Luther King memorial – on the historic grounds of the national Mall. 

In contrast – After five years of legal battles, The Ku Klux Klan is given permission to take part in Missouri’s Adopt-A-Highway program. It’ll have its name posted on roadway signs, but the state is appealing. 


Technology News – December 1, 1999

Due to consumer and government pressure, AT&T announces that it will give competing Internet providers access to hits high-speed cable lines. AT&T has the largest such network of cables.

Y2K – John Koskinen, White House Y2K coordinator tells CNN’s “Late Edition” that he is confident there will be no catastrophic computer breakdowns, but he is concerned about the public’s reaction to smaller problems. “If we got a panic, we could create a shortage of all sorts of things as we go forward – either food, gas or pharmaceuticals.” 


Some Best-selling books – December 1, 1999

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Timeline – Michael Crichton

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

Saving Faith – David Baldacci

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

Million Dollar Mermaid – Esther Williams

The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw

Dutch – Edmund Morris

Isaac’s Storm – Erik Larson

‘Tis – Frank McCourt


Entertainment/Celebrity News – December 1, 1999

 Passing – Actress Madeline Kahn of cancer (57).

Passing – Quiz show superstar Gene Rayburn (81). 

Impressed with his own “Stargate” TV fan website, MGM hires 17-year-old Sean Fitzgibbons to revamp its Stargate SG-1 website. Sean’s from Wellesley, Mass.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 1, 1999

ER – 20.80

Millionaire – 29.71

Millionaire – 27.25

Millionaire – 26.64

One Special Night – 25.87

Frasier – 20.49

Friends – 19.17

Will & Grace – 19.15

The Santa Clause – 18.61

Touched by an Angel – 18.52

60 Minutes – 18.49

Monday Night Football – 18.26

Shania Twain: Come On Over – 18.23

Dharma & Greg – 18.15


Television news – December 1, 1999

 The Today Show’s “Gadget Guru” – Andy Pargh, is arrested near Miami for cocaine trafficking.

Christmas special – “Amy Grant: A Christmas to Remember” on CBS. 

ABC says it is bringing back its November ratings sensation “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” three times a week beginning in January.  

But wait – CBS is so impressed with the “Millionaire” ratings, it announces its own “Winning Lines” a new version of the British game show.  


Music news – December 1, 1999

Another Internet chat as Sheryl Crow chats live at .

Record companies say one of the big shows to get on is “MTV’s Total Request Live.” It’s no secret that if you make the countdown, your sales go up. 

Brandy pulls out of the NBC special “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.” She was recently hospitalized for dehydration.

Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z is arraigned in New York on charges that he stabbed a record executive during an industry party at Manhattan’s Kit Kat club. 


Top Movies – December 1, 1999

Toy Story 2

The World Is Not Enough

End of Days

Sleepy Hollow

The Bone Collector

Pokemon: The First Movie


Being John Malkovich

The Insider

Anywhere But Here

The End of the Affair

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