Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
New Years day – President Clinton offered a “prayer for the new millennium” in behalf of the nation during services at Washington National cathedral, giving thanks “for the promise of the new century” and asking divine guidance “in helping us to make the most of it.”
President Boris N. Yeltsin, apologizing for his failure to lead Russia into the future – steps down with power going to Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin – who has taken over as President.
Goodbye Snoopy – as creator Charles Schulz does his last Peanuts strip which ran in newspapers for the last time January 3.
Gen Colin L. Powell cautions Al Gore against “playing the polarizing race card” in the presidential campaigning after Gore’s campaign manager said that the Republican Party would rather “take pictures with black children than feed them.”
The White House orders a delay in a key provision of the free-trade pact with Mexico. The provision is to open U.S. roads to Mexican trucks – and is strongly being opposed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Two moving vans loaded with rolled-up rugs, kitchen chairs, a mattress and assorted boxes arrive at the Clinton’s new $1.7-million Westchester (NY) home. This – just six weeks after she unofficially announced her candidacy for New York’s U.S. Senate seat.
Elizabeth Dole – who ended her bid for the presidency after citing problems competing for cash with George W. Bush, endorses him this week.
New home sales nationwide fell by 7.1% in November.
About 110 vehicles crashed in a massive pileup on a fog-shrouded central German autobahn, killing two and injuring 73.
OSHA drops a directive that employers are responsible for health and safety problems in home offices.
New York State agreed to pay $8 million to inmates caught up in the 1971 Attica riot, settling a $25-year-old lawsuit over the nation’s deadliest prison uprising.
Wall Street closes 1999 with record highs, as technology stocks were the driving force in the U.s. market in 1999.
Papa John’s International Inc must stop using its “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza” slogan in three weeks or pay rival Pizza Hut $486,000. In a suit, Pizza Hut says its rival falsely implied in ads that it uses fresh ingredients and its rivals don’t.
Passing – Retired Adm. Elmo Zumwalt Jr. – famous for his “Z-Gram” directives to modernize the U.S. Navy. He was 79.
Sports News – January 1, 2000
Bowl Games –
Sugar – Florida – 46 Virginia Tech-29
Rose – Wisconsin-17 Oklahoma-25
Cotton – Arkansas-27 Texas-6
Orange – Michigan-35 Alabama-34 In overtime
Holiday – Kansas State-24 Washington-20
Technology News – January 1, 2000
Y2K FREE - Federal officials say that the rollover to year 2000 is “a major managerial accomplishment” well worth the effort and billions of dollars spent on it.
Microsoft just offered a $400 rebate to those buying their Internet access for $21.95 per month – but you had to agree on a three-year deal.
Y2K A Big Fizzle -
A big fizzle - Moving on – as technicians are putting Y2K behind them. At the height of the big scare, technicians, economists and doomsday analysts mobilized and toiled to fix programs with a stream of dire predictions. Critics say of course – that companies overreacted. About $225 billion was spent on the problem.
Excite@home announces it will give away Web service to customers willing to put up with a permanent advertising banner on their web browser.
Microsoft is reshaping its MSN web portal – in trying to catch up with AOL and Yahoo. It has signed alliances with Best Buy and radio Shack to offer discounted online access with other retailers
Music News – January 1, 2000
A VH-1 poll says the Rolling Stones 1965 hit “Satisfaction” is #1 on the 100 greatest rock songs of all time.
“The Life and Times of S. Carter” by Jay-Z debuts at #1 this week!
Look for Jennifer Lopez, ‘N Sync, Britney spears, Enrique Iglesias, Lenny Kravitz, Creed savage garden, Dr. Dre, Brooks & Dunn and the Eurythmics at the 27th annual American Music Awards on January 17.
Don’t miss “Cher Live In Concert at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas” – New Year’s Day on HBO.
George Harrison remains hospitalized for a second night and is in stable condition after an in-home knife attack by Michael Abram.
Entertainment News – January 1, 2000
Ted Turner and Jane Fonda are separating. They’ve been together for eight years.
Ladies Home Journal – most fascinating women of 1999 TV special. Roma Downey hosts with interviews with Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Kudrow, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Mia Hamm, J.K. Rowling. Also – Linda Armstrong, Ernestine Bradley, Laura Bush, Cindy McCain and Tipper Gore.
Television News – January 1, 2000
Don’t miss “The David Cassidy Story” – a TV movie starring Andrew Kavovitt as David. On NBC-TV this week. (Andrew is pictured with David Cassidy).
Rush to video as Warner Home Video will rush a two-hour home video of CNN’s millennium coverage.
ABC says that 175 million watched at least part of its 24-hour millennium coverage. Not bad!
“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” will do an all-football questions edition – just before ABC broadcasts the Super Bowl.
Another millionaire show - Dick Clark has a new game show – “Winning Lines.” Contestants vie for $1 million by answering questions with numerical answers. On CBS.
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” returns and will run for eight straight days before returning to a thrice-a-week showing.
Saturday night television listings – week of January 1, 2000
CBS – Movie, Howard Stern Radio Show
NBC – Movie, Saturday Night Live (repeat)
ABC – Orange Bowl
Fox – Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
MTV – MTV Ultra Sound, Tom Green, Fashionably Loud Miami
VH-1Behind the Music
HBO – Cher Live In Concert at the MGM Grand
Top Movies – January 1, 2000
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Toy Story 2
The Green Mile
Any Given Sunday
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Man on the Moon
Anna and the King.