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Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Wall Street Collapse -

Wall Street suffers its worst collapse since the 1987 market crash as panic selling wipes out hundreds of billions of dollars. The Dow drops 617 and Nasdaq falls 355 points. The latest plunge added to already substantial losses among the tech stocks, shares that had rocketed to unprecedented levels in January and February. 

More News - April 15, 2000

A federal appeals court rules that Elian Gonzalez must remain in America while it continues to assess his legal right to seek asylum. In Miami’s Little Havana community, a hundred people are keeping vigil outside the home where 6-year-old Elian is living.  

Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the presumptive GOP nominee adds rival Sen. John McCain to his stable of campaign advisors.

The parents of Dylan Kiebold, one of the teen-age gunmen responsible for the shooting rampage at Columbine High, apologizes to victims of last year’s massacre. Kiebold and classmate Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded dozens more at the school last April 20. “There are no words to convey how worry we are for the pain that has been brought upon the community as a result of our son’s actions.”

The discovery of an ancient dinosaur heart – the first ever – reveals that many of these creatures were almost certainly warm-blooded. The heart it’s believed is 66 million years old.


Technology News – April 15, 2000

Microsoft unveils “Pocket PC” saying it’s larger than rival Palm’s top-selling products, including the Palm V personal information manager. 


Radio news – April 15, 2000

Sirius Satellite Radio will launch the first of three broadcast satellites for its audio service – Sirius-1 on June 28, Sirius-2 will follow in September and Sirius-3 in October. The company has line-up Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Maza, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and others to get radios in cars. 

Syndicated morning show personality Tom Joyner announces the formation of BlackAmericaweb, a new online service aimed at serving African-American community. He’s teamed with Tavis Smiley, who does political commentary on Joyner’s daily show, broadcast on 90+ stations.


Entertainment/Celebrity News – April 15, 2000

Madonna learns from a routine prenatal scan that her baby with British director Guy Ritchie will be a boy. 

Heather Mills (32), Paul McCartney’s girlfriend will receive $320,000 compensation for a 1993 accident in which she lost a leg after being run down by a police motorcyclist in London.

Mick Jagger and his company Jagged Films are teaming with Martin Scorsese on a Hollywood movie about a pop star. Titled “The Long Play,” the project is being billed as a no-holds-barred expose of the pop world.


Television news – April 15, 2000

 After announcing a new “Star Trek series for next year, a contingent of “Star Trek” fans rally outside Paramount Pictures, urging the studio to create a new series featuring George Takei as Capt. Sulu. Lets see what happens.

NBC cancels “Battery Park” and will replace it with Frasier reruns.

“Survivor” a new summer reality adventure series will premiere on May 31. CBS has been teasing audiences about the new series and finally announced the premiere date. 

Discovery Channel’s “Walking With Dinosaurs” draws over 10 million viewers, making it the most-watched documentary every on cable television.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 2000

Millionaire (Tues) – 28.07

Millionaire (Thur) – 26.46

ER – 26.02

Friends – 18.81

Dharma & Greg – 18.22

Movie – Ten Commandments – 17.42

Daddio – 15.76

NYPD Blue – 15.56

Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.13

60 Minutes – 15.09

Becker – 14.50

Frasier – 13.93

Touched By an Angel – 13.50

The Drew Carey Show – 13.33

Law & Order – 13.06

20//20 (Wed) – 12.97

Providence – 12.92

Malcolm In The Middle – 12.91

Talk To Me – 12.91

Law & Order: SVU – 12.67

Dateline (Wed) – 12.32

Dateline (Fri) – 12.04

The Simpsons – 11.65

48 Hours – 11.50

60 Minutes II – 11.48

Spin City – 1.45


Top video rentals – April 15, 2000

The Matrix

Playboy’s Wildwebgirls.com

Buena Vista Social Club

The Pokemon Movie

Playboy: Mardi Gras

An Extremely Goofy Movie


Music News – April 15, 2000

House of Blues Digital launches HOBcountry.com. The site offers country music news, CD previews, concert-on-demand archives and a country radio station that will broadcast a continuous five-hour loop.

Former teen pop star Deborah Gibson is filling-in on the WKTU-FM (New York) morning show while co-host Michelle Visage is on maternity leave.


Top music albums – April 15, 2000

No Strings Attached – ‘N Sync

Supernatural – Santana

Romeo Must Die – soundtrack

War & Peace Vol. 2 – Ice Cube

Opposite of H20 – Drag-On

Unleash the Dragon – Sisqo

And Then There Was X – DMX

On How Life Is – Macy Gray

The Writing’s On The Wall – Destiny’s Child

Devil Without A Cause - Kid Rock

Fly – Dixie Chicks

WWF Aggression

Hooray For Boobies – Bloodhound Gang

Human Clay - Creed

Life Story – Black Rob

Latest Greatest – Straitest Hits – George Strait

A Decade of Song – Celine Dion

Btnhresurrection – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Like Water For Chocolate - Common


Top Pop Hit Music – April 15, 2000

Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

Maria Maria – Santana

Breathe – Faith Hill

Amazed – Lonestar

Bye Bye Bye – ‘N Sync

I Try – Macy Gray

There You Go – Pink

Thong Song – Sisqo

Get It On Tonight – Montell Jordon

Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely – Backstreet Boys

Everything You Want – Vertical Horizon

It Feels So Good – Sonique

Smooth – Santana featuring Rob Thomas

That’s The Way It Is – Celine Dion

I Wanna Know – Joe

Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind

You Sang To Me – Marc Anthony

I New I Loved You – Savage Garden


Top modern rock music tracks – April 15, 2000

Stiff Upper Lip – AC/DC

Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Voodoo – Godsmack

No Leaf Clover – Metallica

What If – Creed

Only God Knows Why – Kid Rock

Higher – Creed

Make Be Bad – Korn

Pardon Me – Incubus

Stacked Actors – Foo Fighters

Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins

What Is And What Should Never Be – Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes

Leader Of Men – Nickelback

Home – Staind


Top pop hit music in Britain – April 15, 2000

Fool Again – Westlife

Say My name – Destiny’s Child

Never Be The Same Again – Melanie C

See Ya – Atomic Kitten

Smooth – Santana

Bag It Up – Geri Halliwell

All the Small Things – Blink 182

Don’t Give Up – Chicane featuring Bryan Adams


Top Jazz music tracks – April 15, 2000

When I Look In your Eyes – Diana Krall

Trio 99-00 – Pat Metheny

Bump – John Scofield

Duke Elegant – Dr. John

The Melody At Night With You – Keith Jarrett

Jazz For When You’re Alone – Various Artists


Hot Country Hit Music – April 15, 2000

The Best Day – George Strait

How Do You Like Me Now? – Toby Keith

Lessons Learned – Tracy Lawrence

Love’s the Only House – Martina McBride

Been There – Clint Black


Top Rap Music Tracks – April 15, 2000

Whistle While You Twurk – Ying Yang Twins

Wobble Wobble – 504 Boyz

(Hot Shit) Country Grammar – Nelly

Bounce – Miracle

Hot Boyz – Missy Misdemeanor Elliott

How We Roll – 69 Boyz Featuring D.T. The Incredible Hulk

I Like Dem – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

Left/Right – Drama

Whoa! – Black Rob


Top Movies – April 15, 2000

Rules of Engagement

28 Days

Keeping the Faith

Erin Brockovich

The Road to El Dorado

Return to Me

American Psycho

The Sulls

Final Destination

Ready to Rumble

Where the Money Is 

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