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Dateline: Events/Week of January 8, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A major blizzard sweeps into the Eastern seaboard – and at least 49 are dead. An area from Alabama to Ohio out to New York, Boston and Baltimore was affected.

A report based on tower logs says that during a six-month stretch in 195, radar systems at the new Denver International Airport broke down 135 of the 181 days it was operational.  

 Passing – Francois Mitterrand – former leader of France. He was 79.

President Clinton told a White House news conference that he deeply resents an article by New York Times columnist William Safire calling First Lady Hillary “a congenital liar.” The President later said that Republicans so far have failed to prove allegations that First Lady Hillary misrepresented the truth.

Oh boy – They gambled and lost. Manhattan car dealership Potamkin Auto Centers made an offer - to clear out December’s inventory by offering customers free leases on luxury cars if it snowed heavily on January 8. The dealership promised that all cars leased between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 would be free for the life of the lease if more than 4 inches of snow fell between 10a and 10 in Central Park on Jan. 8. It’ll cost the dealer about $1 million. Some 20 inches fell!

Jordan’s King Hussein makes his first public visit to Tel-Aviv.

CBS suspends golf commentator Ben Wright indefinitely for insensitive remarks.

A new report that the Clinton’s are approaching personal bankruptcy is acknowledged by President Clinton.  A new report in Money magazine said the Clinton’s legal bills have surpassed $2 million, while private contributions to his defense fund have amounted to about $865,000.  The latest figures show they owe $1.6 million and are worth about $700,000. 

President Clinton visits Bosnia and praised American forces in Bosnia as “warriors for peace.”


Top 40 music – January 8, 1996

 Hot hits this week –

Hey Lover – LL Cool J.

One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey

Ridin’ Low – L.A.D.

Exhale (Shoop Shoop) – Whitney Houston

Tonite’s the Night – Kris Kross

Anything – 3T

Beware of My Crew  L.B.C. Crew

Just Tah Let You Know – Easy-E

Let’s Play House – Dogg Pound

Set U Free – Planet Soul


Music news - January 8, 1996

Janet Jackson signs an $80-million deal with Virgin Records for four albums! It’s the biggest music deal to date – topping $60 million deals for Michael Jackson and Madonna.

The video “California Love” with Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur debuts in theaters this week – just before the movie “Don’t Be a Menace” starring the Wayans Brothers. 

Don’t miss k.d. Lang’s “All You Can Eat” tour.


Entertainment news - January 8, 1996

David Hasselhoff gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Television news – January 8, 1996

The Weather Channel gets its highest ratings so far – as 1.8 million households caught coverage of the Eastern blizzard.

Comedy Central’s “Politically Incorrect” w/BillMahr will move to ABC in January 1997.

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Host Christopher Walken with musical guest Joan Osborne.

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – January 8, 1996

CBS – The Client, Movie, Dave Letterman, Tom Snyder

NBC – Wings, 3rd Rock, Frasier, John Laroquette, dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O”Brien

ABC – Roseanne, Home Improvement, Champs, NYPD Blue, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline, Charlie Rose

MTV – Ultimate Winter Vacation, Prime Time


Champs (Debut) – From the creator of “Family Ties” – about a middle-aged man who has ties to his high school buddies. Stars Timothy Busfield, Kevin Nealon.  

David Letterman – Richard Harris, Pauly Shore, Pam Tillis.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 8, 1996

ER – 26.7

Seinfeld – 23.0

Friends – 21.0

Caroline in the City – 19.5

Fiesta Bowl – 18.8

Single Guy – 18.3

Movie-A Killer Among Us 0 17.3

NFL Postgame (Sunday) – 16.5

Mad About You – 15.5

60 Minutes- 14.9


Top movies – January 8, 1996

12 Monkeys

Grumpier Old Men


Toy Story

Waiting to Exhale

Father of the Bride Part II



Tom & Huck

The American President

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