Dateline: Week Of February 15, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton and key congressional Republicans agree to seek a major change in social Security laws that would allow Americans 65 and older to earn unlimited wages or salary without losing any federal retirement benefits.
The government announces the biggest-ever trade deficit - some $270 billion last year.
The AFL-CIO, in a dramatic shift, urges amnesty for millions of undocumented workers and the repeal of a law that criminalizes hiring them.
A new case of “mad cow” disease is detected in France – the seventh since the beginning of the year.
A key physician at the FDA urges the drug Rezulin be withdrawn, saying “preventable live failure” may occur if the diabetes pill remains on the market. Rezulin, which the FDA made one of the fastest-approved prescription drugs over the last decade, has generated $1.8 billion in sales since March 1997. It’s manufactured by Warner-Lambert Co.
George W. Bush romps to a decisive victory in the South Carolina presidential primary, blunting John McCain and firmly reestablishing his command of the race for the GOP nomination.
As Serbs sang nationalist songs and cheered on their side of the city of Kosovska Mitrovica, NATO troops battled a surging crowd of about 70 thousand ethnic Albanians with tear gas to prevent a potential blood bath.
Technology News – February 15, 2000
Microsoft appeals to Congress to oppose a breakup of the company as talks to settle the government’s landmark antitrust case against the software giant have failed so far to produce the agreement.
Microsoft unveils Windows 2000. The long-awaited program has been three years in the making and cost an estimated $1 billion in development costs. The launch was timed to coincide with a three-day Windows 2000 conference in San Francisco.
Best- selling books – February 15, 2000
Unwanted Company – Barbara Seranella
The Brethren – John Grisham
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
The Lion’s Game – Nelson DeMille
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Rock Says – Joe Layden
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
Who moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis – Donald Spoto
Conversations With Wilder – Cameron Crowe
On Mexican Time – Tony Cohan
Music news – February 15, 2000
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” – Broadway’s longest running play, will close on June 25 after a run of almost 20 years. By closing, it will have mounted some 7,397 performances attended by more than 10 million theatergoers. The total gross take will be over $300 million.
Divorce – Diana Ross and husband Arne Neaess. The couple married in 1986 and separated last April.
Two members of the BackStreet Boys say they’re engaged. Kevin Richardson (28) and Brian Littrell (24) told MTV news during a tour stop in Albany, NY.
MTV making movies? Look for the premiere of “2Gether” this week.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – February 15, 2000
Julia Roberts announces she has signed a multiyear deal with a new company headed by former Disney film head Joe Roth.
Gregory Peck retires from stage – making his final appearance this week with “A Conversation With Mr. Gregory Peck” in Salem, Oregon.
Television news – February 15, 2000
Dave Letterman (52) returns to his late-night talk show after quintuple bypass surgery. He brought his six doctors and two nurses onstage to thank them for saving his life. Also on the show – Regis Philbin, Foo Fighters and Robin Williams.
NBC renews “3rd Rock From The Sun” for a sixth season.
Against Dave Letterman’s return, Jay Leno featured Howard Stern on the Tonight Show.
Thursday night’s episode of “ER” on NBC drew 39.4 million viewers making it the most watched episode of entertainment programming since the Seinfeld finale several years ago.
ABC’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” conquers the new Fox-TV knockoff “Who Wants To Be A Multi-Millionaire in the ratings.
Courtney Thorne-Smith is leaving Fox’s “Ally McBeal” at the end of the season to pursue he own sitcom.
Former “Roseanne” star John Goodman is getting his own Fox series. The so-far-untitled comedy will center on two mismatched single fathers who share a home together with their teenage kids.
Top Television Shows/Ratings – February 15, 2000
ER – 31.34
Do You Want To Be A Millionaire (Tues) – 30.73
Millionaire (Sun) – 30.44
Millionaire (Thur) – 27.97
Friends – 23.82
60 Minutes – 21.91
Frasier – 20.27
The Practice – 19.65
Sally Hemings Pt. 1 – 19.40
Touched By An Angel – 19.29
Law & Order – 18.38
The Simpsons – 18.37
Malcolm In The Middle – 18.05
Mary & Rhoda – 17.75
Frasier (8:30/9:30) – 17.63
Dharma & Greg – 17.49
Jesse – 17.47
Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.15
The X-Files – 15.36
JAG – 15.23
Providence – 15.02
Dateline NBC (Tues) – 15.00
Ally McBeal – 14.70
Judging Amy – 14.58
Will & Grace (8:30/9:30) – 14.49
Wednesday Night Television listings/TV Guide – February 15, 2000
CBS – City of Angels, Movie, Late Show
NBC – Twenty One, West Wing, Law & Order, Tonight Show
ABC – Two Guys and a Girl, Norm, Drew Carey, Spin City, 20/20, Nightline
PBS – Championship Ballroom Dancing, Great Performances, Charlie Rose
WB – Dawson’s Creek, Raswell,
Fox – Beverly Hills 90201, JonBenet Ramsey Story
UPN – 7 Days, Star Trek:Voyager
Dawson’s Creek – Joey gets everyone together in protest to save Principal Green’s job.
West Wing – Sam and Toby secretly spring the president’s primary Supreme Court choice, who has been jailed for drunk driving
Drew Carey – Kate gets jealous when Drew hires an ex-girlfriend.
Beverly Hills 90210 – Noah and Dylan recover after their kidnapping.
Top Jazz albums – February 15, 2000
When I Look In Your Eyes – Diana Krall
Jazz for a Rainy Afternoon – Various artists
Duke Elegant – Dr. John
The Melody At Night With You – Keith Jarrett
Come By Me – Harry Connick Jr.
Love Songs – Miles Davis
Top Pop Hit Music – February 15, 2000
Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey Featuring Joe & 98 Degrees
I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
What A Girl Wants – Christina Aguilera
Get It On Tonight – Montell Jordan
Smooth - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
All The Small Things – Blink-182
Hot Boyz – Missy Misdemeanor Elliott Featuring Nas, Eve & Q-Tip
Maria Maria – Santana Featuring The Product
Bring It All To Me – Blaque
That’s The Way It Is – Celine Dion
Back At One – Brian McNight
Clue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
Bye Bye Bye – N’Sync
Take A Picture – Filter
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
I Need To Know – Marc Anthony
Amazed – Lonestar
It Feels So Good – Sonique
Breathe – Faith Hill
Then The Morning Comes – Smash Mouth
Top MTV hit music videos – February 15, 2000
Bye Bye Bye – ‘N Sync
What A Girl Wants – Christina Aguilera
Show Me The Meaning – Backstreet Boys
Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre
From the Bottom Of – Britany Spears
Back At One – Brian McKnight
Top Rap Music – February 15, 2000
Hot Boyz – Missy Misdemeanor
G’D Up – Snoop Doog Presents Tha Eastsidaz
Left/Right – Drama
You Can Do It – Ice Cube Featuring Mack 10 & Ms Toi
Best Friend – Puff Daddy Featuring Mario Winans & Hezekiah Walker
4,5,6 – Sole Featuring JT Money & Kandi
Down Bottom/Spit These Bars – Drag-On & Juvenile
Got Your Money – Ol Dirty Bastard Featuring Kelis
I Want It All – Warren G Featuring Mack 10
Bounce – Miralce
That’s What I’m Looking For – Da Brat
Step To This – Master P Featuring D.I.G.
Top Country Hit Music – February 15, 2000
Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
Back At One – Mark Wills
Smile – Lonestar
Breathe – Faith Hill
What Do You Say – Reba
The Best Day – George Straight
Top pop hit music in Britain – February 15, 2000
Rise – Gabrielle
Adelante – Sah!
Sweet Love – Fierce
Born To Make You Happy – Britney Spears
The Great Beyond – R.E.M.
Hammer To The Heart – Tamperer Featuring Maya
Glorious – Andreas Johnson
U Know What’s Up – Donell Jones
Aisha – Death in Vegas
A Little Bit of Luck – DJ Luck & Mc Neat
Girl on TV – LFO
Breathe and Stop – Q-Tip
Top music albums – February 15, 2000
VooDoo – D’Angelo
Supernatural – Santana
Dr. Dre – 2001
All The Way… A Decade of Song – Celine Dion
Europop – Eiffel 65
… And Then There Was X – DMX
Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz –
Now 3 – Various Artists
Devil Without A Cause – Kid Rock
Millennium – Backstreet Boys
Unleash The Dragon – Sisqo
We Are The Streets – The Lox
Fly – Dixie Chicks
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – February 15, 2000
Otherside – Red Hot Chil Peppers
All The Small Things – Blin-182
Take A Picture – Filter
Re-Arranged – Limp Bizkit
Ex-Girlfriend – No Doubt
Letting The Cables Sleep – Bush
Little Black Backpack – Stroke 9
Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind
The Everlasting Gaze – The Smashing Pumpkins
Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
Maybe Someday – Cure
Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
Falling Away From Me – Korn
Everything You Want – Vertical Horizon
Top Movies- February 15, 2000
The Tigger Movie
The Green Mile
Eye of the Beholder..