Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Pro-Independence leader Chen Shui-Bian wins in Taiwan, as the Nationalists are ousted. Bian quickly called for reconciliation with China.
President Clinton meets with Syrian President Hafez Assad in Switzerland and they discussed how to revive the stalled US – sponsored negotiations.
As many as 470 followers of a doomsday cult burned to death in a church fire in a remote part of southwestern Uganda. The sect leader apparently lured followers into a church and the set it ablaze.
Smith & Wesson, the largest maker of handguns has agreed to dozens of safety and marketing restrictions aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of children and criminals.
Pennsylvania - A fire in an off-campus fraternity house near Bloomsburg University killed three while others jumped to safety in their underwear from a second-story window.
Vice President Al Gore calls for self-restraint by the entertainment industry to reduce “the excessive incidents of violence being showered on the heads of our young people, day after day, night after night.”
A hulking incoherent man muttering threats and shedding his clothes broke through the locked cockpit door of an Alaska Airlines jet, attacked the crew and grabbed for the controls before he was wrestled to the ground by passengers.
PPL Therapeutics of London has cloned 5 pigs. It’s the same outfit that helped clone Dolly the sheep.
Passing – Thomas Wilson Ferebee – the bombardier aboard the Enola Gay B-29 craft when it dropped the first atomic bomb on a city called Hiroshima, killing 70,000 initially. He was 81.
Passing – Commentator Alex Dreier. He was 83.
The Dow shot up nearly 500 points in a single day as bargain hunters enter the market.
Technology News – March 15, 2000
Microsoft Corp. and major money lenders announce a joint venture as Microsoft will fold its current HomeAdvisor.com into a new venture called HomeAdvisor technologies Inc.
Sears is teaming up with AOL to offer the service in its stores.
Amazon.com announces that it has invested $60 million in Kozmo.com – a service that provides one-hour delivery of food, books, videos and other items in six major cities.
Music News – March 15, 2000
Madonna says she is pregnant with her British-beau Guy Ritchie.
Paul McCartney confirms he’s involved with a former swim wear model named Heather Mills. “She’s a very impressive woman. We are an item.”
VH-1, in an answer to its “Divas” specials, is doing a “Men Strike Back” concert featuring Sting, Tom Jones, D’Angelo, Enrique Iglesias, and the Backstreet Boys.
Television News – March 8, 2000
MTV’s Tom Green says he is battling cancer, but that he should be OK.
Chris-Craft agrees to sell its 50% stake in UPN to partner Viacom.
Passing – Durward Kirby – best known for “The Garry Moore Show” and “Candid Camera.” He was 88.
Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 8, 2000
CBS – College basketball, David Letterman
NBC – Providence, Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Boy Meets World, Sabrina, The Hughleys, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect
WB – Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, For Your Love
Fox – World’s Wildest Police Videos, Greed: The Series
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week
MTV – Total Request Live, Dari
VH1 – Movie (That Thing You Do) , The List
HBO – Dennis Miller Live – Tim Robbins
On Jay Leno – Michael Imperioli, Enrique Iglesias.
The List – Most underrated artist. Charles Barkely hosts, with Sammy Hagar, M.C. Hammer, Nile Ridgers, Bobcat Goldthwait
Top Movies – March 15, 2000
Mission to Mars
My Dog Skip
The Cider House Rules
The Tigger Movie
The Whole Nine Yards.