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

 

In The News

Israel and Syria open their highest-level peace talks ever with expressions of hope.

The United Nations approves a plan to return arms inspectors to Iraq. This comes after a year of diplomacy and deadlock.

Y2K looming… companies are staffing for New Year’s Eve in case anything goes amok. Will your computer system survive Y2K? 

Venezuelan flooding death toll rises to 1000, but fatalities are expected to rise much higher.

Vice President Al Gore says rival Bill Bradley consistently sides with drug companies at the expense of consumers.  

Paris – Goran Jelisic, a Bosnian Serb who nicknamed himself “Adolf” and allegedly boasted of killing up score of Muslims each day, is sentenced to 40 years in prison. 

 

Technology News – December 15, 1999

Alta Vista Co. – the fifth most popular search engine files for an initial public stock offering.

Comparison shopping website – mysimon.com

After three years in development, Microsoft releases the code for its long-delayed Windows 2000 operating system. The main market is made up of corporate customers that require high-powered servers. Windows 2000 replaces Windows NT 4.0 and is supposed to service everything from laptops and desktops to high-end clustered servers. 

Wal-Mart says it will enter the Internet service provider business in a pact with AOL. Also, Microsoft just announced they would enter a similar agreement with Best Buy. 

Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com founder is Time Magazine’s person of the year.

 

Entertainment News – December 15, 1999

Sigourney Weaver gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After 50 years of drawing, cartoonist Charles Schulz calls it quits. “Peanuts” daily strip will end January 3 and its final Sunday release will be February 13.

Passing – Rex Allen – last of the singing cowboys and became a narrator for Walt Disney’s animated and nature films.

Passing – Desmond Llewelyn – portrayed “Q” in all those James Bond films. He died of massive multiple internal injuries in an auto crash. He was 85.

 

Radio News – December 15, 1999

R&B has overtaken AC to become the second-most listened-to format. 


Television news – December 15, 1999

Evil Knievel is named a “color commentator” for UPN’s stunt show “I Dare You: The Ultimate Challenge.” Look for it January 18.  

MTV is the subject of an antitrust probe after the purchase of a smaller competing video channel – the Box.

Sam Donaldson has network TV’s only regular scheduled Web show at samdonaldson@abcnews.com. The only problem – the show is a video, and lots of computers stream very slowly – so Sam and guests come out in jerky motions.

Sunday night television listings/TV Guide – week of December 15, 1999

CBS – 60 Minutes, Touched by an Angel, Movie-Miracle on the 17th Green

NBC – Dateline NBC, Movie-It’s A Wonder Life

ABC – Baby ’95, Snoops-Under Hypnosis, The Practice

WB – Safe harbor, Felicity, Jack & Jill

Fox – The World’s Funniest, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Futurama, the X-Files

UPN – Star Trek: Voyager, Battle Dome

PBS – Nature, Persuasion ‘95

MTV – Sex in the ‘90’s, Loveline (Jimmy Kimmel)

 

Miracle on the 17th Green – After losing his job near Christmas, a man decides to become a professional golfer. Stars Robert Urich.

The Practice – Bobby and Eugene face a crisis of conscience when they discover the truth about an infant’s death.

 

Music news  - December 15, 1999

Billboard’s top pop music artists of the 1990’s in order –

Mariah Carey

Janet Jackson

Garth Brooks

Boyz II Men

Celine Dion

Madonna

TLC

Whitney Houston

Michael Bolton

Toni Braxton

R. Kelly

Shania Twain

Backstreet Boys

Monica

Ace of Base

Aerosmith

LeAnn Rimes

Pearl Jam

En Vogue

Brandy

 

Top music albums of the 1990’s (in order)

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette

The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston

Come On Over – Shania Twain

No Fences – Garth Brooks

Titanic – Soundtrack

Falling Into You  - Celine Dion

Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish

Metallica – Metallica –

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – M.C. Hammer

Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys

Let’s talk About Love – Celine Dion

Ropin the Wind - Garth Books

 II – Boys II Men

Ten – Pearl Jam

Breathless – Kenny G.

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

‘N Sync – ‘N Sync

Daydream – Mariah Carey

Spice – Spice Girls

To The Extreme – Vanilla Ice

Lion King – Soundtrack

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus

The Hits – Garth Brooks

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Music Box – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

 

Top music singles of the 1990’s (in order) –

One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) – Los Del Rio

I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men

Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

Candle in the Wind 1997 – Elton John

End of the Road – Boyz II Men

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

The Boys Is Mine – Brandy & Monica

I Swear – All 4 One

I’ll Be Missing You- Puff Daddy/Faith Evans

The Sign – Ace of Base

I Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes

Gangsta’s Paradise – Colio

On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men

Fantasy – Mariah Carey

Too Close – Next

That’s The Way Loves Goes – Janet Jackson

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Waterfalls – TLC

Dream Lover – Mariah Carey

Creep – TLC

Keep Help Falling In Love – UB40

Jump – Kris Kross

Take A Bow – Madonna

Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs N Harmony

The First Night – Monica

Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down – Puff Daddy

 

Music news – December 15, 1999

VH1 says it will debut such longform programs as “Pop-Up Quiz,” “Rock’s Greatest,” “Rock & Roll Record Breakers” and “VH1 Rock Collectors” Look for them soon.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails will hold an Internet chat on MTV’s site. It’s in conjunction with the band’s first concert TV special, airing on the music channel.

CD Now launches a paid/download business. You can now download some 50,000 tracks from such artists as Jerry Garcia, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and many others. Prices range from $1.49 to $3.49 per track. 

Rapper Jay-Z will add two songs to his new album “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter.” Apparently he’s getting an edge on bootleggers, who have flooded the black market with the album. Police say this could be his motive in an alleged December 1 attack on a record executive in a New York nightclub. Jay-Z carries assault and weapons charges from the incident. 

 Passing – Grover Washington Jr. (56) after collapsing at a New York television taping.

Passing – Country great Hank Snow (85).

 

Top music albums – December 15, 1999

All The Way – Decade of Song – Celine Dion

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Millennium – Backstreet Boys

Magic of Christmas – Garth Brooks

Supernatural – Santana

Dr. Dre – 2001 – Dr. Dre

Faith: A Holiday Album – Kenny G.

Willennium  - Will Smith

Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera

Cone On Over – Shania Twain

Issues – Korn

S & M – Metallica

Rainbow – Mariah Carey

A Little Bit of mambo – Lou Bega

Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin

Fly – Dixie Chicks

Breathe – Faith Hill

Unleash the Dragon – SISQO

Pokemon: the First Movie – Soundtrack

Nastradamus – NAS

A Rosie Christmas – Rosie O’Donnell

Affirmation – Savage Garden

 

Top Pop Hit Music – December 15, 1999

Back At One – Brian McKnight

Smooth Santana featuring Rob Thomas

 My Loves is Your Love – Whitney Houston

I Knew I Love You –Savage Garden

I Wanna Love You Forever – Jessica Simpson

U Know What’s Up – Donel Jones

Waiting For Tonight – Jennifer Lopez

Hot Boyz – Missy Misdemeanor Elliott/NAS, Eve & Q-Tip

24/7 – Kevon Edmonds

Steal My Sunshine – Len

Bring It All To Me – Blaque

Girl on TV – Len

Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of….) – Lou Bega

Unpretty – TLC

Then The Morning Comes – Smash Mouth

Where My Girls At? – 702

What A Girl Wants – Christina Aguilera

Satisfy You – Puff Daddy/R. Kelly

Get Gone – Ideal

4,5,6 – Sole/JT Money & Kandi

Someday – Sugar Ray

Meet Virginia – Train

Big Deal – LeAnn Rimes

Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters

 

Top Country Hit Music – December 15, 1999

He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley

When I Said I Do – Clint Black

Home To You – John Michael Montgomery

Breathe – Faith Hill

Pop A Top – Alan Jackson

What Do You Say – Reba

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks

I Love You – Martina McBride

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

Big Deal – Leann Rimes

  

Top hit music in Britain – December 15, 1999

The Millennium Prayer – Cliff Richard

Re-Rewind the Crowd Say B Selecta – Artful Dodger

Back In My Life – Alice Deejay

King of My Castle – Wamdue Project

Communication (Somebody Answer The Phone) – Mario Piu

Everyday I Love You – Boyzone

If I Could Turn Back the hands of Time – R. Kelly

Talking in Your Sleep – Martine McCutcheon

 

Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – December 15, 1999  

Re-Arranged – Limp Bizkit

Higher – Creed

All The Small Things – Blink-182

Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine

Take A Picture – Filter

Falling Away From Me – Korn

The Chemicals Between Us – Bush

The Dolphin’s Cry – Live

Alive – Beastie Boys

Anything – Third Eye Blind

 

Top Movie Video Rentals – December 15, 1999

Arlington Road

Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me

The Matrix

Big Daddy

Notting Hill

 

Top movies – December 15, 1999

Stuart Little

The Green Mile

Toy Story 2

Deuce Bigalow

Bicentennial Man

Anna and the King

The World is Not Enough

End of Days

Sleepy Hollow

The Bone Collector

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