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Dateline: Events/Week Of December 8, 1999 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Syria and Israel agree to resume stalled peace talks next week in Washington.

Turkey accepts an invitation to European Union membership.

Russian forces take control of the Chechen heartland and a town called Urus-Martan, south of the capital of Grozny.

Seven Marines are dead after their helicopter crashed during training exercises off San Diego.

All but written off - With the exhaustive investigation into the failure of the Mars Polar Lander and its two auxiliary Deep Space 2 probes – which have not been heard from since they descended into the Martian atmosphere – NASA is reviewing the entire program.

The United Nations Security Council extends Iraq’s oil-for-food program for six months.

Because of a new California law that extends the statue of limitations on World War II claims out to 2010 – a multinational lawsuit against Japanese firms for compensation for war crimes is filed. Who filed in Los Angeles? – plaintiffs from Asia, South pacific and Europe.

 At Vatican City – Pope John Paul II leads patrons of the arts in a ceremony celebrating the completion of the Sistine Chapel’s restoration – a process that began 20 years ago.

Republican debate in Iowa – George W. Bush and John McCain  tussle over campaign finance reform, farm policy and taxes in Des Moines.

Car retailer AutoNation Inc. closes 23 of its used car superstores and laid off 1,800 workers.

Burger King Pokemon Promotion – December 8, 1999

Burger King Corp. says it is offering sheets of Pokemon trading cards as a way to solve their toy shortage for their Pokemon promotion. 


Technology News – December 8, 1999

Bill Gates of Microsoft wants the Internet – as he unveils a plan to make Windows Media software a backbone for delivering audio and video over the Internet.

AOL, Motorola and Nokia will spend some $225 million for shares of 3Com – an electronic organizer maker.

Yahoo Inc. surges 24% and the Nasdaq is at an all-time high of 3,586.92.

Another Internet IPO heats up as TA Linux Systems – maker of high-end computers that run the competing Linux operating system. IPO price was $30 – but trading saw it go to $299 on the first day. 

Trends – DVD players are selling briskly this holiday season as more and more DVD movie titles are becoming available. The average price for a DVD player is $244 – down from $500 in 1997.


Music news – December 8, 1999

Liverpool - Paul McCartney returns to the Cavern Club in a concert carried over the Internet at msn.co.uk.

Eric Clapton gets another nod into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. First – for his work with the Yardbirds, then Cream and now he’s being inducted because of his solo career.

Billboard Music Awards – Winners included Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Dixie Chicks, Ricky Martin and Creed. Mariah Carey was named artist of the decade.

Mick Jagger is cutting a new version of “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll” for charity in Britain. On it – Annie Lennox, Lionel Richie, B.B. King and others.

Passing – Rick Danko – member of the Canadian rock group – “The Band.” He was 56.

N.W.A. reunion – IceCube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and Snoop Dogg (who replaced Easy E.) on record with a new release called “Chin Check.”

Tommy Lee – formerly with Motley Crue has a new band – “Methods of Mayheim.”


Television news – December 8, 1999

 Cindy Crawford will now be a regular contributor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She’ll talk about child development and Lifestyle.

UPN is considering 15 minute programs because young men and teen male viewers probably have shorter attention spans and are the ones to flip channels faster.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Danny DeVito hosts with musical guests R.E.M.

MSNBC will televise the Republican debate in Iowa as Tom Brokaw throws out questions to George W. Bush, Steve Forbes, Gary Bauer, Alan Keyes, Orrin Hatch and John McCain.

Fox-TV cancels plans to stage a jet crash in the California desert – live on TV. It was to be called “Jumbo Jet Crash” The Ultimate Safety Test” in which a remote-controlled jetliner was to be slammed into a dry lake. Fox didn’t say why it pulled out. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 8, 1999

Tuesdays with Morrie – 22.48

Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer – 19.21

JAG – 18.32

Monday Night Football – 18.21

Friends – 18.09

60 Minutes – 18.04

Frasier – 17.73

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.72

Movie-The Test of Love – 17.63

A Rose (O’Donnell) Christmas – 16.47

Christmas at Rockefeller Center – 16.23

Becker – 15.90

 Garth Brooks Magic Christmas – 15.75

Judging Amy – 15.56

Touched by an Angle – 15.38

Law & Order – 15.24

Jesse – 14.73

Stark Raving Mad – 14.71

Ally McBeal – 14.65

King of Queens – 14.60


Top Movies – December 8, 1999

Toy Story 2

The Green Mile

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

The World Is Not Enough

End of Days

Sleepy Hollow

The Bone Collector


Pokemon: The First Movie

Being John Malkovich

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