As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* The Columbine Massacre and Video Game Violence -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* LaGrand Case -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* Dr. Death Gets 10 Years. My Mother-in-law Gets Life -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
The Columbine Massacre and Video Game ViolenceContributed by Alex Shrugged
- "What would you do if somebody got a gun and killed all of your kids? Would you get the people who killed us?
- --Isaiah Shoels, speaking to his parents 3 days before he was murdered at Columbine High School. 
LaGrand CaseContributed by Southpaw Ben
On February 24, Karl LaGrand was executed by lethal injection, followed by his brother Walter LeGrand on March 3. They had be arrested for murder after a botched bank robbery left a man dead and a woman severely injured. What makes this case notable, is that these two men were German nationals, despite having lived in the US since ages 4 and 5 respectively. As a result, Germany filed legal action with the International Court of Justice to stay the executions, as the LaGrands had not been informed of their right to consular assistance, as established by the Vienna Convention. The ICJ granted that stay, but was rejected by the US Supreme Court, due to the 11th ammendment not allowing it jurisdiction, as it forbids federal courts from hearing lawsuits of foreign countries against US states. As a result of this case, the ICJ found that its own provisional findings, such as stays of execution or temporary restraining orders (in the national law sense, not the individual meaning), were legally binding, and as such it the US Supreme Court should have enforced the stay of execution, despite it violating US law. 
Dr. Death Gets 10 Years. My Mother-in-law Gets LifeContributed by Alex Shrugged
He is called "Dr. Death." His name is Jack Kevorkian. He is a pathologist. (That is, the guy in the morgue.) He has been promoting euthanasia, the gentle ending of a life. He even advertises in the newspaper as a "death counselor". He drives up in his beat up VW van. With the curtains drawn he sets up a cocktail of drugs on a rack. He calls this apparatus his Thanatron or "death machine". He sets up a harmless saline drip, and then the patient hits the button. The drip switches to sodium pentothal, a strong sedative. That is followed by a drug to stop the heart. (FYI, I am not telling you what it is because I don't want to frighten anyone. It is the same drug I take twice a day in small doses, but in a large dose it would kill me. And not incidentally, it would be difficult for the coroner to detect, so I'm careful not to piss off my wife.) Back to the Doctor, it is against the law at this time to help someone commit suicide, but the authorities have had a tough time bringing Dr. Kevorkian to justice, that is, until he goes on 60 Minutes. He demonstrates his machine on TV using Thomas Youk, 52, who is in the final stages of Lou Gehrig's disease. Oddly, Kevorkian changes his procedure, and administers the final injection himself. That is murder. Kevorkian is 70 years old. He will serve 8 years of a 10 year sentence, but he has already made his point. Euthanasia is now on the political agenda.       
- Isaac Hempstead Wright: Bran Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones. (The books were amazing, but I've never seen the HBO series.--alexshrugged) 
- Chandler Riggs: Carl Grimes, the kid in "The Walking Dead". 
- DeForest Kelley (age 79, stomach cancer): Dr. Leonard McCoy on Star Trek the original series. 
- Madeline Kahn (age 57, ovarian cancer): Lili Von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles. 
- George C. Scott (age 71, a blood vessel burst): Patton. 
- Iron Eyes Cody (age 94, old age): He was the "Crying Indian" in the TV anti-littering campaign. (I met him when I attended an Indian circle dance, lo those many years ago.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Film
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: Although criticized, it is by far the highest grossing film for this year. 
- The Sixth Sense: "I see dead people." (Great movie. Scared the pants off me.--alexshrugged) 
- The Matrix: Follow the white rabbit and then take the red pill to learn the truth. 
- And...: Wild Wild West, The Mummy, and Galaxy Quest, a parody of Star Trek. 
This Year in TV
- Farscape: A science fiction adventure produced by Jim Henson. (Yeah. The Muppet guy.--alexshrugged 
- The Sopranos: Italian-American mobsters on HBO. 
- The West Wing: A Democrat President in the White House who isn't tripping over his pants every 5 minutes. (Did I say that out loud?--alexshrugged) 
- And in Cartoons...: Family Guy, Futurama and SpongeBob SquarePants. 
This Year in Music
- Napster peer-to-peer music sharing begins: Lawsuits also begin. It shutdowns 2 years later. It's brand name will be bought by Best Buy. 
This Year in Video Games
- Everquest: A 3D fantasy, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). 
- Soulcalibur: A 3D fighting game and according to critics, darn near perfect. 
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater: Amazing physics. Deceptively simple game play. 
In Other News
- Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Vladimir Putin as the acting President: . 
- John F. Kennedy, Jr. crashes his plane into the waters near Martha's Vineyard, killing himself, his wife and her sister: New pilot flying VFR at night over water. Guaranteed disaster, but it was just a short hop. 
- The Aggie Bonfire collapses, killing 12: It is a 6 story tower of logs, a substantial construction project. (A sad day. We fly the Maroon and White at my house.--alexshrugged).