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Dateline: Events/Week of January 15, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions before a grand jury about the unexplained discovery in the White House residence of records sought for two years by authorities. “I do not know how the billing records came to be found where they were found but I am pleased that they were found, because they confirm what I have been saying ... I, like everyone else, would like to know how these documents showed up after all these years.”

Responding to international pressure - the Muslim-led Bosnian government and its Croation allies, release hundreds of Bosnian Serb prisoners in a one-sided swap. 

Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza strip vote in their first election for a self-ruled government. Early election returns showed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat winning the presidential vote by an expected overwhelming majority. Said one voter: “It is a great feeling to participate in elections, and I hope they will lead us to a Palestinian state.”

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is interviewed by MTV reporter Tabitha Soren - officially beginning the music channel’s 1996 campaign coverage. Said an 18-year-old: “It’s almost perverse to have Hootie and the Blowfish playing in the background while Bob Dole speaks.”


Technology news – January 15, 1996

AT & T says it will invest $137.5 million in Hughes Electronics Corps DirecTV satellite service. The move will help the 1 1/2 year-old company expand its marketing drastically. The service charges anywhere from $20 to $70 per month for its programming packages. In addition - the customer must spend between $500 and $900 for an 18-inch satellite dish and other receiving hardware. 


Bestselling Books – January 15, 1996

“In the Beauty Of The Lilies” - John Updike, “Intensity” - Dean Koontz, “The Horse Whisperer” - Nicholas Evans, “Five Days In Paris” - Danielle Steel, “The Tiger In The Grass” - Harriet Doerr, “The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success” - Deepak Chopra, “The Way Of The Wizard: 26 lessons for living a magical life” - Deepak Chopra, “The Road Ahead” - Bill Gates, “Men Are From Mars: Woman Are From Venus” - John Gray, PhD, “Miss America” - Howard Stern.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – January 15, 1996

Murdered - Rapper Lori Esteen of “SweetNLo” and her boyfriend are bound and shot in the head execution style. So far, police have few leads or clues.

George Burns spends his 100th birthday quietly in his Beverly Hills home. He’s in frail health after catching the flu at Frank Sinatra’s Christmas party. Burns gets around in a wheelchair after a bathtub fall last year.

Whitney Houston and her production company “Houston Productions” sign a two-year nonexclusive deal with Disney’s Touchstone Pictures. Says the singer/actress: “I not only want to produce movies for myself but I want to develop and produce material for both motion picture and television that I like and believe in.”

ABC is bringing back “Coach” on the Tuesday night schedule on February 3.

Marry - Country singer Wynonna Judd to yacht salesman Arch Kelley III in Nashville.

Linda Ellerbee teams up with Microsoft to do a monthly interview show on the Internet. It will be on Microsoft’s “Encarta” section and will be called “Encarta on the Record.” During the broadcast - a video image of Ellerbee and her guest will be displayed - updated every 8 seconds. You’ll need the proper equipment to listen to the audio. The first cybercast is scheduled for February 21. You can reach the site at ww.microsoft.com/encarta. So far, the first guest hasn’t been announced. 

OJ Simpson grants his first television interview - the first since his trial ended 18 months ago. The one-hour interview was broadcast on BET with questions coming from reporter Ed Gordon. On the outset, Simpson told the audience “I did not commit these murders. I could not kill anyone.”

 In Hollywood, actor Harry Dean Stanton (69) is tied up and injured in a weekend home invasion robbery. Two men were later arrested after a lojack tracking device was activated in his car. “I got robbed and thought I was going to die. Aside from that, everything is great... I was lying there, thinking how it’s going to feel when my head explodes.” Stanton appeared in a number of films including “Alien” and “Repo Man.”

Found Dead - Movie producer Don Simpson (52) of apparent natural causes. Produced such movies as “Crimson Tide” and “Top Gun.”


Golden Globe winners this week - movies:

Best movie drama - “Sense and Sensibility”

Best musical or comedy - “Babe”

Actor-drama - Nicolas Cage - “Leaving Las Vegas”

Actress-drama - Sharon Stone - “Casino

Actor-musical or comedy - John Travolta - “Get Shorty

Actress-musical or comedy - Nicole Kidman - “To Die For”

Supporting actor - Brad Pitt - “12 Monkeys”

Supporting Actress - Mira Sorvino - “Mighty Aphrodite”

Director - Mel Gibson - “Braveheart”

Song - “Colors of the Wind”  from  “Pocahontas” (Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz)


Golden Globe winners - television

Best television drama series - “Party of Five”

Best musical or comedy series - “Cybill” 

Actor-drama - Jimmy Smits - “NYPD Blue”

Actress drama - Jane Seymour - “Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman”

Actor musical or comedy - Kelsey Grammer - “Frasier”

Actress musical or comedy - Cybill Shepherd - “Cybill” 


Top TV Shows/TV Ratings – January 15, 1996

 Friends (20.8), Seinfeld (20.1), ER (19.3), Mad About You (17.6), The Single Guy (16.60, Home Improvement (16.2), 60 Minutes (15.6), 3rd Rock From The Sun (15.20, NYPD Blue (15.1), Frasier (14.1), Chicago Hope (13.2), The Nanny (13.2), Touched By An Angel (13.2), Grace Under Fire (13.1), Walker, Texas Ranger (13.1), Law & Order (12.9), Golden Globe Awards (12.9), America’s Funniest Home Videos (12.8), 20/20 (12.7), Roseanne (12.50, Dateline NBC (Wed) (12.4), The John Larroquette Show (12.4), Wings (12.1), Murphy Brown (12.0), Justice For Annie (12.0), Innocent Victims part 1 (11.7), Champs (11.7), PrimeTime Live (11.7), Dateline NBC (Tues) (11.6). Can’t Hurry Love (11.2)


Tuesday Night TV listings/TV guide – week of January 15, 1996

CBS - The Client, Movie ... NBC - Frasier, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Dateline NBC ... ABC - Home Improvement, Hudson Street, Home Improvement, Champs, NYPD Blue ... FOX - Encounters: The Hidden Truth, Cops, Cops ... PBS - Nova, Frontline, Titanic, Charlie Rose

Nick at Nite - The Munsters, I Dream Of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi, Welcome Back Kotter, Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart.


On Frasier - Martin challenges his sons to fix a toilet.

On the Late Show W/David Letterman - Martin Scorsese and singer Brandy

The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno - Jeff Foxworthy, Tracey Ullman, Bonnie Raitt.  


Top Pop Hits(top-40) – January 15, 1996

“One Sweet Day”-Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, “Exhale”-Whitney

 Houston, “Missing”-Everything But The Girl, “Breakfast At Tiffany's”-Deep Blue

“Something, Name”-The Goo Goo Dolls, “You'll See”-Madonna, “Before You Walk Out Of My Life”-Monica, “Fantasy”-Mariah Carey, “Runaway”-Janet Jackson, “Time”-Hootie & The Blowfish, “Beautiful Life”-Ace Of Base, “As I Lay Me Down”-Sophie B. Hawkins, “Back For Good”-Take That, “Nobody Knows”-Tony Rich Project, “Only Wanna Be With You”-Hootie & Blowfish, Hey Lover” - LL Cool J, “Ridin’ Low” - L.A.D, “Anything” - 3T, “Tonight’s The Night” - Kris Kross, “Let’s Play House” - Tha Dogg Pound, “Set U Free” - Planet Soul


Top music albums – January 15, 1996

Top Albums - “Waiting To Exhale” - soundtrack, “Daydream” - Mariah Carey, “Jagged Little Pill” - Alanis Morissette, “Memory Of Trees” - Enya, “Sixteen Stone” - Bush, “Relish” - Joan Osborne, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” –Oasis, “Young, Rich & Dangerous” - Kris Kross, “Something To Remember” - Madonna, “Cracked Rear View” - Hootie & The Blowfish.


Top movies – January 15, 1996

 From Dusk Till Dawn - Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Mr. Holland’s Opus - Richard Drefuss, Glenne Hendly?? , Jay Thomas

12 Monkeys - Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt

An Eye For An Eye - Sally Field

Grumpier Old Men - Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margaret, Sophia Loren

Jumanji - Robins Williams

Heat - Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer

Toy Story

Don’t Be A Menace

Sense and Sensibility - Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winsler

Dead Man Walking - Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon

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