Dateline: Week Of December 15, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
106th Congress ends – as a final budget package is approved. The $1.8 trillion package includes increases in education and health care.
California electricity crisis – blackouts could occur this weekend and power rationing is being discussed. Gov. Gray Davis acknowledged that a rate hike is needed to save electrical utilities.
President Clinton and First Lady Hillary salute the winners of this year’s National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal. Some of the 12 winners include Barbra Streisand, poet Maya Angelou, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and jazz master Benner Carter.
Jesse Jackson calls for a week of “moral outrage and indignation’ in response to what is being called the disenfranchisement of thousands of Florida voters during the presidential election’s aftermath. Is there a deep rift towards George W. Bush?
George W. Bush nominates retired general Colin Powell to be his secretary of State.
President Clinton said that he is prepared to ‘stand and fight” if he is indicted after leaving office.
George W. Bush visits Washington D.C for the first time since he was elected President and proposes a new energy policy and his tax-cut with congressional leaders.
Laura Bush meets with First Lady Hillary for tea at the White House.
George W. Bush names Condoleezza Rice for national security adviser.
George W. Bush is named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. “He remade and united the Republican Party and defeated a talented vice president who had the wind at his back after eight years of wallet-popping prosperity” wrote editor Walter Isaacson.
Meanwhile – Joseph Lieberman stops at Connecticut diners to thank voters for reelecting him to the senate while he ran as Al Gore’s running mate.
New York City officials proposed a ban o the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving – the forefront of a nationwide move.
New York Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept $8 million from publisher Simon & Schuster for a memoir dealing with her eight tumultuous years as first lady.
Using just a hook and their gloved hands, space walking astronauts Carols Noriega and Joe Tanner tightened an overly slack solar wing on the international space station with surprising ease.
Notable Obituary – December 15, 2000
Passing – John V. Lindsay – former mayor of New York. He was 79.
Passing – Newspaper empire heir Randolph Apperson Hearst – last surviving son of magnate William Randolph Hearst. He was 85.
Sports News – December 15, 2000
Troy Aikman may have played his last game. He’s recovering from his second concussion of the season and the 10th of his career.
Technology News – December 15, 2000
Sony says it received 40,000 orders for an updated version of its popular Aibo pet robot in less than four weeks after its launch on Nov. 16. The new Aibo, equipped with a camera on its nose, also is considered cheaper than its predecessor, commanding $1,334 a head compared with $2,216 for the original version. Sony has sold 45,000 of the original Aibo robot dogs since its debut in 1999.
Some best- selling books – December 15, 2000
Shopgirl – Steve martin
The Situe Stories – Frances Noble
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
Off Keck Road – Mona Simpson
Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
Nothing Like It In The World – Stephen Ambrose
Maestro – Bob Woodward
Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
Roses are red – James Paterson
Music News – December 15, 2000
The DVD “Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-2000 will be out on January 16.
Britney Spears was the #1 search on Lycos for this year. She just beat the popular Japanese cartoon DragonballZ.
Aerosmith and ‘N Sync will perform in the Super Bowl XXV halftime show – being produced by MTV.
Madonna’s fanclub website says she will be wearing a gown designed by Paul McCartney’s daughter at her Scotland wedding to Guy Ritiche next weekend.
Television News – December 15, 2000
Don’t miss the season finale of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO.
Passing – Werner Klemperer – Col. Klink in “Hogan’s Heroes.’ He was 80.
NBC says it has been approached by TV producer Harry Thomson – about producing a talk show starring Bill Clinton.
Top TV Shows/Listings/TV Guide – December 15, 2000
ER – 29.84
Friends – 23.26
Millionaire on Wednesday – 22.01
Everybody Loves Raymond – 21.25
Will & Grace – 20.77
Millionaire on Tuesday - 19.76
The Practice – 19.39
Just Shoot Me – 19.19
60 Minutes – 19.11
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 19.00
ABC Special Report – 18.78
Millionaire on Thursday – 18.67
Millionaire on Sunday – 18.16
Becker – 18.04
The Weber Show – 17.21
Top Movies – December 15, 2000
What Women Want
Dude, Where’s My Car?
How the Grinch stole Christmas
The Emperor’s New Groove
Proof of Life
Dungeons & Dragons
Rugrats in Paris.