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 email@example.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 –
Boyz II Men
Ace of Base
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
Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me
Top movies – December 15, 1999
The Green Mile
Toy Story 2
Anna and the King
The World is Not Enough
End of Days
The Bone Collector.