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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A key physician at the FDA urges the drug Rezulin be withdrawn, saying “preventable live failure” may occur if the diabetes pill remains on the market.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

Christina Aguilera

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

Scream 3

The Beach

Snow Day

The Tigger Movie

The Hurricane

The Green Mile

Next Friday

Stuart Little

Galazy Quest

Eye of the Beholder.

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