Dateline: Week Of December 22, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President-elect George W. Bush chooses John Ashcroft to be attorney general.
President Clinton grants a pardon to Dan Rostenkowski - who use to chair the House ways and Means Committee before his conviction on fraud charges for miss-using office accounts to buy gifts for friends. 58 others were also pardoned.
President Clinton signs legislation banning shark finning - the process of removing the fin from live sharks at sea and dumping the animals back into the water to die - all off U.S. waters.
President Clinton settled in for his final Christmas in the White House with last minute shopping, church services and a party.
Jenna Bush - 19-year-old daughter of President-elect George W. Bush is hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy after suffering abdominal pains.
President Vladimir V. Putin tells the Russian people that he would continue to fight for a military victory over rebels in Chechnya and said his country’s economy is now reviving.
Michael McDermott - a software tester – shot and killed seven co-workers at Edgewater Technology Inc. in Wakefield, MA. He was apparently enraged because his salary was about to be garnished to satisfy tax claims by the IRS. He was later arrested.
President-elect Bush picks Tommy Thompson for Health and Human Services; Rod Paige - Education secretary; Gale Norton - Interior secretary and Anthony Principi as VA secretary.
George W. Bush nominates former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to head the Pentagon again.
Denver - A federal judge agreed to let Timothy J. McVeigh drop all appeals in the Oklahoma City bombing and get a prompt execution date for the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
President Clinton ends speculation that he might visit North Korea before the end of his term, saying, "there is not enough time to conclude an agreement with Payongyang on curbing its development and export of ballistic missiles."
President and Sen.-elect Hillary sign a contract to purchase a five-bedroom, brick Colonial home near the Embassy row area of Washington for $2.85 million.
The mayors of Philly and New York declare snow emergencies as blizzard-like conditions hit both areas.
Business/Economy – December 22, 2000
Montgomery Ward announces will be closing all 250 stores - ending 128 years of business.
Black & Decker Corp agrees to settle government charges that the company claimed some of its residential lock products were all American made when they actually contained many foreign parts and were assembled abroad.
Sports News – December 22, 2000
Doug Flutie completes 20 of 25 passes for 366 years and three TD’s as the Buffalo Bills snap their longest losing streak since 1985 with a 42-23 victory over Seattle.
Final game played at Mile-High Stadium in Denver - And the Broncos beat the 49ers 38-9.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – December 22, 2000
Passing - Actor Jason Robards. He was 78.
Passing - Victor Borge - the pianist with a comedy flair. He was 91.
Actress Shannon Doherty is arrested for a DUI not far from Hollywood.
Music News – December 22, 2000
Sting will perform on the Super Bowl XXV pregame show along with Styx. Ray Charles is set to sing “America the Beautiful” and the Backstreet Boys will perform the national anthem.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie marry in Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Seen was Sting wearing a kilt.
The youngest rap star Lil Bow Wow who is only 13.
Year 2000 Top Concert Tour Gross $$:
Tina Turner’s farewell tour tops Pollstar magazine’s list of biggest earning concert tours at $80.2 million. ‘N Sync took in $76.4 million and the Dave Matthews Band - good for third place at $68.2 million…. KISS - $62.7 million - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - $48.8 million. Dixie Chicks - $47.3 million. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band - $45.9 million.
Top Pop Hits – December 22, 2000
He Loves U Net - Dream
Liquid Dream - O-Town
Independent Woman Pt. 1 - Destiny’s Child
Case of the Ex - Mya
Dance with Me - Debelah Morgan
So In Love With Two - Mikalla
South Side - Moby
Music - Madonna
Mamacita - Public Announcement
Way You Love Me - Faith Hill
Top Music Albums – December 22, 2000
Black & Blue - Backstreet Boys
Tha Last Meal - Snoop Dogg
Lovers Rock - Sade
Restless - Xzibit
Now That’s What I Call Music 5 - Various artists
Chocolate Starfish - Limp Bizkit
Human Clay - Creed
Oops.. I Did It Again - Britney Spears
Radio News - December 22, 2000
Rush Limbaugh says he will remain popular even after Bill Clinton leaves the White House.”The notion I’m going to have nothing to say because Clinton is gone is ridiculous.”
Television News – December 22, 2000
ABC is trying new things to boost the ratings of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” You noticed a celebrity edition in November? The show is even trying VH1-type pop ups and larger prizes.
MTV will present all new “Celebrity Deathmatch” episodes beginning January 7.
Monday night television listings/TV Guide – week of December 22, 2000
CBS - A Charlie Brown Christmas, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, Family
Law - David Letterman
NBC - Movie, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC - 20/20 Downtown, Monday Night Football, Nightline
Fox - Boston Public, Ally McBeal
PBS - Great Performances, Charlie Rose
MTV - Jim Carrey Uncensored, Jackass
WB - 7 th Heaven, Popular
David Letterman - James Caan.
Tonight Show - Robin Williams, Blue Man Group.
Year 2000 New Years Eve TV –
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve: 2001 - Baha Men, the Bangles, Boyz II Men, Lonestar, 98 Degrees, Third Eye Blind.
Top Movies – December 22, 2000
What Women Want
The Family Man
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Empero’s New Groove
Dude, Where’s My Car?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden