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Dateline: Week Of January 8, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The Dow hits an all-time high of 11,522.56. 

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan calls higher rates the necessary medicine to bring down the temperature of n economy overheated by soaring stock prices.

Al Gore goes on the offensive during his fifth debate with Democratic presidential rival Bill Bradley in Iowa.

The Postal Service says it will seek a one-cent increase in the price of a first-class tamp – bringing the cost to 34 cents by early next year.

Joe Roth resigns as the boss of Disney.

Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on Dave Letterman’s show this week. She’s running for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.


Advertising News – McDonalds And Coke – January 8, 2000

McDonald’s says it’s planning a Teletubbies promotion for its restaurants. Originating in England, the show debuted on PBS in April 1998 and is a top show among the very small frey. 

Coke is dropping its seven-year “Always Coca-Cola” for a new campaign that uses humor, music and animation. One ad is dubbed “message in a Bottle and takes viewers inside a Coke bottle.


Technology News – January 8, 2000

Bill Gates, who has run Microsoft for 25 years, names #2 executive and best friend, President Steve Ballmer as the company’s new chief executive.

American Online and Time Warner announce they will merge in the largest business transaction in history - $163.4 billion.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News

Passing – Sam Jaffe – movie producer/agent. He was 98.

Winners at year 2000 People’s Choice Awards:

The Sixth Sense for favorite movie/favorite dramatic movie

Bruce Willis – favorite dramatic actor.

Adam Sandler favorite comedy actor

ER and Friends top the TV side.

Ricky Martin – favorite male performer.

Shania Twain – favorite female performer. 


Sports News – January 8, 2000

The Minnesota Vikings knock down the Dallas Cowboys – 27-10.


Top TV Shows/Listings – January 8, 2000

ER – 28.69

Millionaire on Sunday – 28.19

Sugar Bowl – 26.98

 Frasier – 24.08

Malcolm in the Middle – 22.35

Friends – 22.26

60 Minutes – 22.09

The Practice – 19.22

Touched by an Angel – 18.87

Stark raving mad – 18.80

Law & Order – 18.28

Jesse – 18.11

The Simpsons – 17.88

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.52

Movie-George of the Jungle – 16.85

Becker – 16.85

Twenty-One – 16.11

X-Files – 15.63


Television news – January 8, 2000

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” drew 33 million viewers on Wednesday – more than the combined audience at CBS, NBC and Fox for that timeslot.

The Sopranos begin their second season this week. Catch it on HBO.

Fox TV says enough with shockumentaries such as “When Good Pets Go Bad” and “When Animals Attack.”

Fox has a hot show – “Malcolm in the Middle” which registered 22 million last week – its debut.

Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – January 8, 2000
CBS – Candid Camera, Martial Law, Walker, Texas Ranger, Howard Stern

NBC – The Pretender, Profiler, World’s Most Amazing Videos, SNL

ABC – Movie

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

E! – True Hollywood Story (ChiPs), Wild on the A-List, Wild on the High Seas

Comedy Central – South Park, The Man Show


Saturday Night Live – Jamie Fox hosts with musical guests Blink 182.  

Music news – A grand jury in Manhattan indicts Sean “Puffy” Combs on two charges of weapon possession stemming from a December argument punctuated by gunfire at a Times Square dance club.

Madonna will debut her new single “American Pie” during the super Bowl pregame show. Phil Collins does halftime honors.

Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Tish are the parents of a baby girl. Noah Lindsay Cyrus.  They have another daughter – Miley.


Top Movies – January 8, 2000

Stuart Little

The Green Mile

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Any Given Sunday

Galaxy Quest

Toy Story 2


Bicentennial Man

 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

Snow Falling on Cedars


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