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Dateline: Events/Week of January 1, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

U.S. soldiers cross the Sava River into Bosnia with tanks and equipment.

Under pressure from Washington and Belgrade, Bosnian Serbs relent in their first head-on challenge to the Bosnian peace accord and free 16 Muslims seized when they tried to travel through Serb territory.

New Year’s day finds President Clinton golfing at Hilton Head. Despite the recess, he made it clear that budget negotiations are very much on his mind.

Longest government shut down ready to end? – Congress approves legislation to return 280,000 furloughed federal employees to work until January 26. 

President Clinton meets a Republican demand for him to submit a new balanced budge plan based on Congress’ own financial projections.

Hilary Rodham Clinton discloses that a recent White House search turned up long-lost billing records sought by investigators that detail legal work she did for the Little Rock thrift owned by her partner in the Whitewater land venture.

General Motors unveils an electric car. It seats two with top speed to 80mph and goes about 90 miles on a charge.


Medical news – January 1, 1996

A new study says there’s strong evidence suggesting that taking estrogen hormone pills significantly reduces the rate of death from all causes for post-menopausal women and offers even greater protection against strokes and heart attacks. 


Sports news – January 1, 1996

Bowl games

Rose Bowl – USC 41 Northwestern 32

Orange Bowl – Florida State 31 Notre Dame – 26

Citrus Bowl – Tennessee – 20 Ohio State – 14

Cotton Bowl – Colorado 38 Oregon 6

Fiesta Bowl – Nebraska-62 Florida-24


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 1, 1996

ER – 16.8

Seinfeld – 16.3

Monday Night Football – 15.5

Friends – 15.2

Caroline in the City – 13.7

 Grace Under Fire – 13.4

Home Improvement – 12.8

Single Guy – 12.7

NFL Postgame Show – 12.4

20/20 – 12.3

60 Minutes – 11.6

Ellen – 11.5

Coach – 10.9

Naked Truth – 10.9

Drew Carey – 10.8

PrimeTime Live – 10.8

Family Matters – 10.6

Fraiser – 10.6

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 10.5

Roseanne – 10.5

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 10.4

Law & Order – 10.3

Walker, Texas Ranger – 10.2

NYPD Blue – 10.1



Television news – January 1, 1996

Today Show co-anchor Katy Couric gives birth by caesarean section to a 7-pound, 10-ounce baby girl. Name is Caroline Couric Monahan. Her and husband Jay also have a 4-year-old daughter Ellie.

United Airlines says it will begin showing episodes of Seinfeld on domestic flights starting this month. 

Talk shows are cancelled this week – “Gabrielle” and “Charles Perez.” Also gone – Stephanie Miller and Danny! with Danny Bonaduce. 

TV producer Norman Lear and a partner are working out details for a new cable channel. The channel would appeal to aging baby boomers.

 Bryant Gumbel agrees to remain with the “Today” show for another year.

It’s announced an autobiography written by the late Lucille Ball has been found and will be auctioned to publishers next month.

Nickelodeon is the most-watched cable channel for 1995, beating leader CNN. But, USA beat everyone in prime time.


Music news – January 1, 1996

Rapper Steady B., is charged with a Philadelphia policewoman’s murder during an attempted bank robbery. 

DreamWorks Records releases its first single, with service to radio stations of George Michael’s “Jesus In A Child.”

Madonna testifies against the man who’s allegedly stalking her in a Los Angeles courtroom. She testified for 90 minutes. The defendant is Robert Dewey Hoskins. “…I feel incredibly disturbed that the man who repeatedly threatened my life is sitting across the room from me.”

Bruce Springsteen will be featured on an upcoming “60 Minutes.” He’ll be talking to Ed Bradley about his upbringing in New Jersey, into superstardom. Look for it next month.

VH1 presents the Best of American Bandstand – all day, New Years day.

Bobby Brown is sentenced to two years’ probation and is ordered to pay more $1,000 in fines and penalties after pleading no contest to a charge of kicking a hotel security guard. 


Top grossing movies of 1995 in millions:

Batman Forever $184

Apollo 13 - $172

Pocahontas - $141

Toy Story - $115

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls $103

Casper - $100

Die Hard With A Vengeance - $100

Crimson Tide - $91

Waterworld - $88


Top movies – January 1, 1996

Toy Story


Grumpier Old Men

Waiting To Exhale

Father of the Bride Part Ii



Tom and Huck

Sudden Death

The American President

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