Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
In Pakistan – President Clinton meets with Pakistani Gen. Pervez Musharraf – but won no concessions in his bid to help ease tensions over Kashmir and nuclear arms.
The Supreme Court rules that federal health authorities have no power to regulate the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, even though it called them America’s “single most significant threat to public health.”
Huto President Pasteur Bizimungu in power since the end of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide resigns after falling out with members of his Tutsi-dominated ruling party.
Al Gore and George W. Bush win in the Illinois primary.
On his own - Vladimir V. Putin defeats 10 other candidates and is elected as President of Russia.
The Pentagon says there is a disturbing level of gay harassment in the U.S. military and launches a new effort to enforce the ‘don’t ask” policy.
Baton-wielding police beat back thousands of protesters at an opposition rally, sending armored personnel carriers into downtown Minsk and detaining 400 people in one of the country’s harshest crackdowns on dissent in recent years.
DaimlerChrysler announces that it is purchasing 34% of Mitsubishi.
Exxon Mobil Corp. reaches an agreement to sell about 430 Mobil stations in Texas. They’ll go to Tetco of San Antonio and 7-11 is buying 10 stations.
The Rev. Al Sharpton enters a New Jersey jail intending to serve a 10-day term on charges stemming from a July protest but was back on the street within two hours.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush unveils a $2.9 billion five-year proposal to improve the recruitment and training of American teachers.
The Supreme Court rules that a police officer may not stop and frisk a pedestrian based only on an anonymous caller’s tip.
Miami - The U.S. says it is extending its latest deadline to let Elian Gonzalez stay. U.S. immigration authorities are committed to reuniting Elian and his father.
This week is the deadline for the 6 million people who took the fen-phen diet drug combination – which has been linked to serious heart problems – to drop out of a $3.75-billion national settlement with the pill’s maker.
Uganda - Police pull 53 more bodies from the house of a leader of a doomsday cult that is suspected of killing hundreds of its members. The latest exhumations bring to about 800 the number of corpses. The house is that of Dominic Kataribabo of the movement for the restoration of the ten Commandments of God.
Passing – Alex Comfort – wrote “Joy of Sex” and more than 50 books. He was 80.
Technology/Business News – March 22, 2000
Pepsi-Cola is teaming up with Yahoo. In the deal – Pepsi will place Yahoo’s logo on 1.5 billion bottles of Pepsi soft drinks as well as on television and radio spots and on in-store displays. Yahoo will provide computerized systems that enable consumers who buy 20-ounce Pepsi and Mountain dew bottles to instantly redeem points printed inside bottle tops.
New – Pokemon Stadium. For Nintendo 64.
Music News – March 22, 2000
The musical “Selena Forever” opens at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio.
Hanson conducts an online listening party for the new album, “First Time Around.” Carson Daly hosts at mtv.com
Top Music Albums – March 22, 2000
Dr. Dre 2001 – Dr. Dre
Unleash the Dragon - Sisqo
Supernatural – Santana
On How Life Is – Macy Gray
BTNHResurrection – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Two Against Nature – Stealy Dan
Writing’s On the Wall – Destiny’s Child
Snoop Dogg Presents the Eastsidaz
Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera
Entertainment News – March 22, 2000
Passing – Jean Howard, former Ziegfeld girl. She was 89.
At the 72nd Annual Academy Awards – some winners:
Best Picture – “American Beauty”
Best director – Sam Mendes – “American Beauty”
Best actor – Kevin Spacey – “American Beauty”
Best actress – Hilary Swank – “Boys Don’t Cry”
Best supporting actor – Michael Caine – “The Cider House Rules
Best supporting actress – Angelina Jolie –“Girl, Interrupted”
For the seventh time - Billy Crystal was the emcee.
Television News – March 22, 2000
On “Saturday Night Live” – Jennifer Aniston and musical guest Sting.
200 gays and lesbians picket the paramount studios to protest Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s new TV talk show. They say she doesn’t like gays.
David Bloom will now co-anchor the weekend editions of “Today” with Soledad O’Brien.
CBS is canceling sitcom “Cosby” after four years.
A judge wipes out actor Charlie Sheen’s misdemeanor battery conviction, citing his turnaround. He’ll be starring in “Spin City” when Michael J. Fox leaves.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – March 22, 2000
Academy Awards – 46.33 million viewers
Countdown to Oscar 2000 – 30.33
Millionaire on Tuesday – 29.80
ER – 27.19
Millionaire on Thursday – 25.67
Millionaire on Friday – 21.82
Friends – 21.46
Frasier – 20.00
Daddio – 19.71
Law and Order – 18.67
Top Movies – March 22, 2000
Romeo Must Die
Here on Earth
The Cider House Rules
The Whole Nine Yards
Mission to Mars
My Dog Skip.