Dateline: Week Of September 22, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Clinton Administration announces that the government will sell 20 million barrels of oil from the strategic Petroleum Reserve over the next month to assure an ample supply and decent prices for home heating oil.
The United States and its European allies call on Milosevic to concede defeat in Yugoslavia’s presidential election.
Israeli security forces battle thousands of enraged Palestinians at Temple Mount in the walled Old City in Jerusalem. At least four are dead.
Green Party candidate Ralph Nader draws more than 8,000 paying supporters at a Seattle rally. Said Nader – “This is a great turnout. This crowd is bigger than my whole hometown in Connecticut. We are attracting more people than Bush and Gore. They have to pay people to come out and seem them.” It’s Nader’s third “super” rally and more are planned in October for Boston and Chicago.
Al Gore, appearing in front of University of Michigan students for an MTV program - tells the MTV audience, “Just lump it in your arms and take it all out like this.” He was asked about things such as Napster (“terrific,” but even with such innovative downloading software, the rights of artists must be protected).
Medical News – September 22, 2000
The FDA gives final approval to the abortion pill RU-486, thus allowing more doctors to provide abortion “service.”
Sports News – September 22, 2000
Summer Olympic Games in Sydney – Laura Wilkinson gets a gold medal in women’s platform diving.
Technology News – September 22, 2000
As a part of its Bluetooth product line – Motorola introduces the Timeport 270 phone – the first Bluetooth-capable mobile phone. Bluetooth is a new short-distance wireless technology that eliminates the need for cables between electronic devices such as mobile phones, PC’s, headsets, printers and hand-held computers. The new phones would allow consumers to access the Internet on their portable computers as much as 30 feet way from their mobile phones without having to find a physical data connection.
Billionaire Paul Allen – the Microsoft co-founder – steps down from the board of the company. Allen and Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975. Allen left Microsoft in 1983 and has been involved in his own investments.
Apple Computer’s stock loses 50% of its value after the computer maker warned of a sharp shortfall in fiscal fourth quarter earnings.
Microsoft says it will begin selling a highspeed online service at RadioShack stores. Look for MSN HighSpeed service for about $39.95 a month for a phone-line connection and $59.95 for a satellite link.
Top selling software update – September 22, 2000
The Sims Expansion Pack
Microsoft Age of Empires II Conquerors Expansion
Microsoft Expedia Streets/TripPlanner
Norton Antivirus 2000 6.0
MP RollerCoaster Tycoon
Madden NFL 2001
Microsoft Age of Empires II
Entertainment – September 22, 2000
WWF wrestler “The Rock” signs a $5.5 million deal with Universal to star in “The Scorpion King.”
A federal bankruptcy judge in Los Angeles awards Playboy pinup and Guess Jeans model Anna Nicole Smith nearly $450 million – finding she was deprived of the state her late husband her late husband intended to leave her. Her real name is Vickie Lynn Marshall.
Music news – September 22, 2000
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins says she will no longer be touring with TLC due to health concerns.
Television news – September 22, 2000
New look for the Dr Laura Schlessinger TV show, this after clashing with Paramount over the direction of the show - which is now slipping in the ratings.
NBC’s coverage of the Olympics take positions 1-7 in last week’s ratings. The high was a 25.91 share on Sunday and #7 was a 21.05 share on Monday night.
Kathie Lee Gifford signs with E! Entertainment to star in the networks’ fourth-original movie, “Spinning Out of Control.”
Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – week of September 22, 2000
CBS – Big Brother, Everybody Loves Raymond, Survivor, 48 Hours, Late Show
NBC – Summer Olympics from Sydney, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Whole Line is It Anyway, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Hopkins 24/7, Nightline, Politically Incorrect
Fox – The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, That 70’s Show
UPN – WWF Smackdown
Nick (late afternoon) – CatDog, Rugrats, Double Dare, U-Pick, Pinky & The Brain, The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold, Rugrats
VH-1 – Before They Were Rockstars
MTV – Real World/Road Rules Theatre, Cribs, Diary, House of Style Presents: Mission Makeover, Say What? Karaoke
Late Show with David Letterman – Ray Romano, LL Cool J.
Top Movies – September 22, 2000
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Bring It On
What Lies Beneath
Woman On Top.