Dateline: Week Of July 1, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Vice President Al Gore said the choice for president will come down to two sides; “the people” and “the powerful.”
An Iranian court finds 10 Jews guilty of taking part in a spy ring for Israel. They are sentenced to prison terms ranging from four to 13 years.
President Clinton summons Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO President Yasser Arafat to Camp David for talks.
Defiant Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic trying to hold on to power – quickly rewrites the constitution to allow for his re-election.
President Vladimir V. Putin has ordered Russian security officials to improve their performance in Chechnya in the wake of bomb attacks that have killed more than 30 people in the breakaway province.
President-elect Vicente Fox of Mexico says his goal is to attack corruption and crime in the country.
Gov. George W. Bush of Texas joins a small-town Fourth of July parade in Belton. “I love the Fourth of July. I love Texas,” said Bush to the crowd of 2,000.
President Clinton presides over a large gathering of sailing and military vessels in New York’s harbor for the Fourth of July. Thousands of pleasure boats cruised the harbor.
Tens of thousands make their way to Washington to see – the Dalai Lama – who gave an hour-long discourse on Buddhist teaching. His appearance was the apex of a two-week Tibetan exhibit at the Smithsonian Folkife festival. The crowd on the Mall was estimated at 50,000.
After decades of debate and mounting pressure from an NAACP boycott, South Carolina finally removed the Confederate flag from atop its Statehouse in a somber ceremony that paid tribute to its Civil War roots.
Technology News – July 1, 2000
Napster Inc insists that music pulled off the Internet for personal use and not paying for it is legal – as legal as taping a TV show from a VCR. It says that the RIAA suit is a misuse of copyright law.
Tickets.com announces it will sell major league baseball tickets – online!
Technologies to verify a person’s ID in cyberspace get a big boost as President Clinton signed a bill that makes so-called digital signatures as legally binding as pen on paper. Right now – some 12 different technologies for “E-signatures” are battling it out.
Sports News – July 1, 2000
Venus and Serena Williams compete at Wimbledon – Looks like Venus prevails in the semi-finals. The fifth-seeded Venus defeated eighth-seeded Serena and Venus advances to the final against defending champ Lindsay Davenport.
Music News – July 1, 2000
Tina Turner will give up touring at the end of her current world concert series. He final concert will be in November – in San Francisco.
Fans rushing on stage during a Pearl Jam concert in Copenhagen crush many – and at least eight are dead.
Television News – July 1, 2000
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” has two top winners in the span of week! The latest is – Kim Hunt – a math teacher from Tennessee. So far, there have been 6 $million winners out of 250 total contestants in the 11 months “Millionaire” has been on the air.
CBS uses “Survivor” to launch its second reality TV series – “Big Brother.”
Robert Smigel is creating a new series for Comedy Central. He’s known for his dog puppet Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Smigel’s stuff appears regularly on Conan O’Brien’s show.
Fox is bringing back the “X-Men” animated series after the release of the movie next week.
The latest edition of MTV’s “The Real World” debuted to almost 4 million viewers.
Passing – Actor Walter Matthau. He was 79.
Thursday night television listings – week of July 1, 2000
CBS – Big Brother, Everybody Loves Raymond, City of Angels, 48 Hours, David Letterman
NBC – Friends, Will & Grace, ER, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Whose Line is it Anyway?, Who Wants to be A Millionaire, 20/20 Downtown, Nightline
PBS – Mystery! Charlie Rose
WB – Pupulace, Charmed
UPN – WWF Smackdown
MTV – The Real World, Road Rules
Top Movies – July 1, 2000
The Perfect Storm
Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Me, Myself & Irene
Big Momma’s House
Gone In 60 Seconds.