Dateline: Events/Week of January 22, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
State of the Union address –
President Clinton and urged families and communities to overcome their differences and build a nation in which the less fortunate are not forgotten as the federal government shrinks.
First Lady Hillary has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating the Whitewater controversy. It’s the first time the wife of a president has been compelled to testify in a criminal proceeding.
The Muslim-led Bosnian government and its Croatian allies released hundreds of Bosnian Serb prisoners in several locations across Bosnia.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said that Congress should increase the government’s borrowing limit by March 1 to avert a possible default.
Rejected as a nominee for Surgeon General – Dr. Henry Foster Jr. gets a new role – Senior advisor to the president on teen pregnancy.
A Navy F-14 fighter jet heavy with fuel for a trip to San Diego crashed in a huge fireball in a neighborhood, demolishing three houses and killing five people.
First Interstate Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co. agree to merge in an $11.6-billion deal.
Ford Motor Co unveils the first all-natural gas powered passenger car. It should be priced about $27,000 plus rebates.
Technology news – January 22, 1996
AT&T Corp. said it would invest $137.5 million in Hughes electronics Corp’s DirecTV.
AT&T Corp. will close its 338 phone stores, eliminating 2,500 store jobs.
Microsoft Corp. announces that it will form a strategic alliance with MCI. The plan calls for Microsoft to help market MCI services in exchange for an MCI commitment to use Microsoft’s Internet software.
MCI Communications wins rights to offer new nationwide satellite television service.
Sports news – January 22, 1996
Super Bowl XXX – Dallas beat Pittsburgh 27-17 at Tempe, Arizona.
Magic Johnson plays his first game – on his return to the Los Angeles Lakers as they beat the Golden State warriors 128-118. Johnson scored 19 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds, playing 27 minutes.
Jockey Corey Nakatani is suspended for five days for horse whipping during a race. He’s also fined $500.
Entertainment news – January 22, 1996
Whitney Houston’s production company, Houston Productions – signs a two-year development and production deal with Disney’s Touchstone Pictures.
MCA Inc. completes a $200 million deal with Interscope Records – a label known for its gangsta rap.
Actor Kevin Spacey appeals to the public after he had 10 rolls of movie footage stolen form the baggage claim area at Los Angeles International – and the appeal paid off!!
Marry – Wynonna Judd to yacht salesman Arch Kelly III.
Passing – Jerry Siegel – co-creator of Superman. He was 81.
Music news – January 22, 1996
On ABC-TV - The American Music Awards – Host Sinbad and Jeff Foxworthy with performances by Brandy, Garth Books, Mariah Carey, LLK Cool J. Reba McEntire, Smashing Pumpkins, Shania Twain, Luther Vandross, Neil Diamond and Lionel Richie.
Garth Books refused to accept the favorite artist of the year at the 23rd annual American Music Awards. “I cannot agree with this.” Boyz II Men were also nominated and they were “blown away” by his refusal of the award. He told the press later – “But I’ve been around talking to retailers… and everyone one of them credits Hootie *& The Blowfish for keeping them alive in 1995 and I couldn’t agree more. So I thought that’s who shoulda won.” The Eagles too the night – with three awards – pop/rock band, adult contemporary artist and favorite pop/rock album for “Hell Freezes Over” beating the Blowfish in each category.
Bruce Springsteen conducts his first solo acoustic concert – in Youngstown, Ohio. He and the E Street Band broke away after the Amnesty International World Tour of 1988 to explore other musical directions.
Television news – January 22, 1996
BET airs the first question-and-answer session with O.J. Simpson since his acquittal on murder charges. Simpson said – “I could not kill anyone” in the interview. Ed Gordon conducted the one-hour session.
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch announces plans for a new 24-hours newschannel. It joins new cable news channels from NBC and ABC. CNN makes $240 million annual profit with 167 million subscribers.
ABC rejected “3rd Rock From Sun” – NBC has it and it’s the first stand-alone hit of the 1995-1996 season.
Super Bowl XXX was watched by 461% of U.S. households – the highest rating since 1986 and the Bears – Patriots game.
CBS will finally air – risking a lawsuit – an interview with a former tobacco industry executive.
The Family Channel will air “The Three Stooges” on weeknights.
Dave in Prime Time – as CBS will air “the Late Show w/David Letterman Video Special II” on February 19.
Top movies – January 22, 1996
From Dusk Till Dawn
Mr. Holland’s Opus
An eye for an eye
Grumpier Old Men
Don’t Be a Menace
Sense and Sensibility.