Dateline: Week Of March 8, 2000 In News, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The House votes to hike the minimum wage to $6.15.
President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair declare that the soon-to-be-deciphered human genetic code should be freely available to the public and not end up the private property of a few corporations.
Appearing on ABC-TV’s “This Week,’ President Clinton said the NRA was “ruthlessly brutal’ in helping defeat members of Congress who voted for laws such as the Brady Bill, which requires a waiting period for gun purchases and the ban on assault-type weapons.
George W. and Al Gore win in California, New York and Ohio, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, Washington and Missouri.
Republican John McCain and Democrat Bill Bradley bow out of the presidential race.
President Clinton sends a long-awaited bill that would permanently throw-open China’s huge and rapidly expanding trade relationship with the United States.
A tornado swept through part of a Milwaukee injuring at least 16 people and damaging a commercial area and lifting some homes off their foundations.
Thunderstorms moved through North Texas with winds up to 70mph causing damage estimated in the $millions at Dallas-Ft. Worth International. Three died in traffic accidents.
Russian officials admit that 84 paratroopers died in a six-hour battle in Chechnya – some of them from friendly fire in the worst reported incident of Russian casualties since the war began.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright insists that conditions are improving in Kosovo province and in other parts of the Balkans.
Black leaders must remember the legacy of martin Luther King Jr. and “get into the trenches” to fight racial profiling and attacks on affirmative action, the rev Al Sharpton said at the finale of a voting rights commemoration in Montgomery.
Mehmet Akin Kaylrleui of Sydney is arrested on extortion charges after an investigation showed he threatened to put bombs on planes and in public places during the Sydney Olympics and wanted $60 million from five countries.
About 10,000 demonstrators chanting “shame on Bush” jammed the state Capitol grounds demanding that Gov. Jeb Bush back off his plan to ban racial and gender preferences in university admissions and state contracting.
Media News – March 8, 2000
Times Mirror Co. agrees to be taken over by Tribune Co.
Sports News – March 8, 2000
Dale Earnhardt hold off Bobby Labonte by less than two feet and wins the Cracker barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia.
Technology News – March 8, 2000
Microsoft Corp. plans to spend more money to promote its new entertainment device – the X-Box. Thought the X-Box won’t be available for sale until fall 2001, Microsoft has already been approaching advertising agencies to talk about its planned marketing blitz.
Nintendo has agreed to provide protective gloves to owners of a video game blamed for cuts, blisters and other hand injuries. It’s the “Mario party” game on the Nintendo 64 home game system. It can cause hand injury because players are encouraged to rapidly rotate a joystick with a grooved tip. Consumers report having to use the palms of their hands to rotate the joystick.
The Nasdaq rises to past the 5,000 mark.
Music News – March 8, 2000
Michael Jackson cancels his trip to Poland after negotiations stalled on his new theme park there.
James Taylor, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt are inducted into the Rock “n Roll Hall of Fame.
Don’t miss Shakira’s Anfibio Tour.
Drummer Tommy Lee gets 18 months probation after pleading no contest to assault following a racially tinged altercation at a 1997 North Carolina concert.
Top Pop Hits – March 8, 2000 –
There You Go – Pink
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Maria Maria – Santana
From the Bottom of my Broken Heart – Britney Spears
Radio News – March 8, 2000
ABC Radio pulls its syndicated “Stephanie Miller Show” and it had to do with comments she made on her web site.
Television News – March 8, 2000
Debuting on FX – Howard Stern’s “Son of a Beach.”
Dana Carvey hosts the David Letterman Show this week.
Carson Daly signs a new contract and his Carson Daily Productions will develop shows for both CBS and MTV.
Timothy McVeigh – the Oklahoma City bomber is on “60 Minutes” this week.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Joshua Jackson and ‘N Sync.
TV ratings – “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” takes the top-5 spots – ranging from 31.98 million viewers on Wednesday night to 28.39 million viewers on Thursday.
Top Movies – March 8, 2000
My Dog Skip
Mission to Mars
The Ninth gate
The Cider House Rules
The Next Best Thing