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Dateline: Events/Week of December 23, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

A partial shutdown of the government enters its third week. The House approves a bill that would return 280 thousand federal workers to their jobs. Congress and the White House still have work to do to balance the budget. In a surprise move, House Speaker Newt Gingrich throws his support behind the plan.

The U.S Army completes a ribbon pontoon bridge and now NATO troops can cross over the flooded Sava River into Bosnia from Croatia - to begin enforcing the Dayton, Ohio peace accord. The temporary bridge spans more than 3 football fields

 

Medical/Health news – December 23, 1995

The FDA approves a new therapy that uses light to destroy cancerous throat tumors so big, that even swallowing is difficult. .  “Photofrin” is the first of a new type of cancer treatment called photodynamic therapy, in which patients get a drug to make their tumors light sensitive. The light then kills cancer cells. One drawback - patients are susceptible to severe sunburns for 30 days. Up until now, lasers would chip-away at the tumor, but throat tumors are known to grow large in size, even lasers became useless.

 

Best- selling books – December 23, 1995

Politically Correct Holiday Stories - James Finn-Garner

The Christmas Box - Richard Paul Evans

Five days In Paris - Danielle Steel

The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans

The Tiger In The Grass - Harriet Doerr

The Lost World - Michael Crichton

In The Cut - Susanna Moore

The Road Ahead - Bill Gates

Charles Kuralt’s America - Charles Kuralt

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra

Miss America - Howard Stern

Lincoln - David Herbert Donald

Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman

 

Technology News – December 23, 1995

The first wiretap on the Internet leads to three arrests on charges of illegally selling and manufacturing electronic devices and cellular telephone cloning.  Secret Service Agent Brian Gimlett tells a news conference that the government followed the alleged mastermind of the operation - Bernhard Bowitz, on the Internet, documenting his worldwide equipment sales.

 Turner Broadcasting System Inc launches its eighth cable network this week - the CNNfn business channel. Says Lou Dobbs, CNN executive vice president and veteran business journalist - “We’re not going to be pretentious, but aim to be entertaining and fun, presenting even the absurdities of business. There is no monolithic market authority that has a sole handle on the truth and we won’t pretend there is. We’ll have psychics and astrologers as well as hard empiricalists. We’re not trying to be hip, we’re trying to be human.” Its rival, CNBC, targets hard-core investors with serious talking heads. CNBC is doing well financially. Advertising revenue has swelled to $110 million this year - up from $40 million in 1993. The channel will make $80 million in profit for its parent - General Electric Company. 

German authorities order CompuServe to shut down access to more than 200 Internet newsgroups deemed indecent and offensive. It’s the first case involving government censorship of a commercial online service. CompuServe reluctantly complies. Some of the newsgroups in question contain child pornography and other sexually explicit materials. The cutoff directly affects all 4 million CompuServe subs in the U.S. and 146 other countries. Some fear the action is a precedent.

 

Dean Martin Dies – Week of December 23, 1995

 

Passing  - singer/actor Dean Martin (Dino Paul Crocetti) (78) dies at his Beverly Hills Home of acute respiratory failure. Known as the “chief-deputy” to the chairman of the board in Sinatra’s “Rat Pack,” Martin started out as a solo singer in records and radio. (He did a 15-minute late-afternoon show on WMCA in New York City in the late 40’s.)  Teaming up with Jerry Lewis, the pair was unstoppable in movies and as a night-club act from 1946-1956. As a solo artist, Martin scored on the charts during this period with huge hits on Capitol Records - hits like “Return To Me,” “That’s Amore,” “Memories Are Made of This” and “Volare.” After the pair split up in 1956, Martin continued his recording and movie career, often appearing in dramas such as “The Young Lions” in 1958, “Some Came Running” in 1959 and “Rio Bravo” in 1959. The late 50’s and early 60’s, saw Martin team with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop for several movies and nightclub appearances (esp in Las Vegas) as “The Rat Pack.” In the middle of the Rock n Roll British invasion - he scored a #1 record with “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and other top-10 records during the mid-60’s. “The Dean Martin” variety show, was one of the top television shows through the 60’s and into the 70’s.

 Some Dean Martin quotes through the years -

“Two of the greatest turnin’ points in my career were, first, meetin’ Jerry Lewis. , second, leaving Jerry Lewis. I became a real actor because of these two things.”

About acting - “And if any actor tells you it’s tough, tell ‘em they’re full of beans ... To become half a success in what you do, you have to enjoy it or else you become a griper. The good Lord gave me a talent and I’ll use it until I run dry.”

“I like people. I love what I am doing and I think people can tell that. You know more men want to see me than girls. You know why? I never sing to the girl. I figure that some guy is paying the bill and here I am singing to his girl, then he’s going to get threatened. I don’t flirt with the girls like Wayne Newton does. I sing over their heads.”

His second wife -  onetime Orange Bowl queen Jeanne Beigger - “I married him knowing nothing about him. I divorced him 23 years later and I still know nothing about him.”

Condolences -

Frank Sinatra - “Dean was my brother - not through blood but through choice. Our friendship has traveled down many roads over many years and there will always be a special place in my heart and soul for Dean. He has been like the air I breathe, always there, always close by.”

Jerry Lewis, according to his manager Joe Stabile is “completely shattered and griefstricken.”

Said comedian Alan King: “I’m going to have a drink right now for him.” 

Goodbye Dino - Jerry Lewis, closing his tribute to his longtime partner said - “Rest well and don’t forget to short-sheet my bed when I get there.” Also paying tributes to the superstar at his funeral - Shirley MacLaine and Rosemary Clooney. Other attendees included Barbara Sinatra (Frank couldn’t make it and was said to be too overwrought to attend), Angie Dickinson, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Robert Stack, Tony Danza, Edie Adams and Cyd Charisse. Las Vegas hotels including the Sands, Stardust and Flamingo dimmed their lights on Thursday evening for 10 minutes, in Martin’s memory.   

 

Top TV shows/ratings – December 22, 1995

Monday Night Football - 17/8

ER - 17.1

Seinfeld - 16.8

Frasier - 16.6

Caroline in the City - 14.6

NYPD Blue - 14.5

Friends - 14.4

Coach - 14.2

Home Improvement - 13.6

Grace Under Fire - 13.1

Single Guy - 12.7

Wings - 12.7

The John Larroquette Show - 12.6

NewsRadio - 12.5

Movie - Eye of the Stalker - 12.0

Roseanne - 11.5

Dateline NBC (Tues) - 11.3

PrimeTime Live - 11.0

Hudson Street - 10.8

Family Matters - 10.5
20/20 - 10.5

Ellen - 10.2

The Naked Truth - 10.1

Kathie Lee/Home For Christmas - 10.0

Law & Order - 9.9

 

Saturday Night television listings/TV guide – December 22, 1995

CBS - Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Touched By An Angel, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC - Movie (My Girl), JAG

 ABC - The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Maybe This Time, Movie

Fox - Cops, Cops, America’s Most Wanted

A&E - At the Improve, Biography, Movie(Monty Python & The Holy Grail)

Comedy Central - Stand-Up, Offisides, Comics Kill, Dr Katz, The Critic, Ben Stiller, Exit 57

Sci-Fi Channel - Max Headroom, Twilight Zone, Tales of the Darkside, Movie(Nightflyers)

TNN - Backstage, Grand Ole Opry, Statler Brothers, Ralph Emery on the Record with Mel Tillis, Charlie Daniels’ Talent Roundup

 

On A& E Biography - Dean Martin

 

Top Music Albums – December 22, 1995

Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins

Something To Remember - Madonna

R. Kelly  - R. Kelly

Liquid Swords - Genius/GZA

Waiting to Exhale - Soundtrack

Tigerlily - Natalie Merchant

Dogg Food - The Dogg Pound

Jagged Little Pill - Alanes Morissette

Alice In Chains - Alice in Chains

Oscar & Steve - Mandy Patinkin

Insomniac - Green Day

Fresh Horses - Garth Brooks

Presidents of the USA - Presidents of the USA

Four - Blues Traveler

Fresh Horses - Garth Brooks

Home - Deep Blue Something

Sixteen Stone - Bush

 

More Music Albums - December 23, 1995

The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen

Nirror Ball - Neil Young

To Bring You My Love - PJ Harvey

Post - Bjork

Elastica - Elastica

 

Top Music Albums for the year 1995

Cracked Rear View - Hootie & The Blowfish

CrazySexy - TLC-Cool

Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

The Hits - Garth Brooks

Waiting To Exhale - soundtrack

Anthology 1 - The Beatles

 

Top Movie Videos for 1995

The Lion King

Forrest Gump

Cinderella

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

The Mask

The Santa Clause

Angels In The Outfield

Speed

Casper

The Barney Series

 

Top movies – December 23, 1995

Toy Story

Waiting To Exhale - Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

Jumanji - Robin Williams

Heat - Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro

Father of the Bride Part II - Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

Grumpier Old Men - Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Sudden Death - Jean-Claude Van Damme

Sabrina - Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond

 Cutthroat Island - Geena Davis, Matthew Modine

An American President - Michael Douglas, Annette Bening

Casino - Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone

Tom and Huck - Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro 

Sense & Sensibility - Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant

Dracula Dead and Loving - Leslie Nielson

 
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