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


In The News

A land mind kills a U.S. soldier while stationed at a checkpoint in a northern Bosnian town – the first American to die during the peacekeeping mission in the Balkans.

Unemployment is up to 5.8%.

Congress approves an overhaul of the nation’s communications laws. Now – broadcasters, cable TV and telephone businesses will be allowed to enter each other’s markets.

Tamil rebels are suspected – smashing a truckload of explosives into the Central Bank building in Colombo – killing 60 people.

Secretary of State Warren Christopher wins Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s promise that he will allow war crimes investigators to open an office in Belgrade and to get evidence and interview witnesses to possible atrocities in Bosnia.

The Federal Reserve board pushes down interest rates for the second time in two months to 5.25% from 5.50%.

Reasserting his innocence – O.J. Simpson declares that limousine driver who testified against him, was honest but mistaken about important facts and O.J. insists that police have never properly investigated the murders of his ex-wife and her friend.

A federal judge rules that President Clinton could be subpoenaed to testify at an upcoming criminal trial in Little Rock for Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy tucker and two other defendants on fraud charges stemming from independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s investigation of the Whitewater scandal.

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski names Wlodzimierz Cimoszesicz  a former Communist as prime minister.

A cold wave hits the Midwest with 23 dead in the Chicago area. Some places were 30 degrees below zero and colder.  

Soldiers claw through the shambles of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s devastated financial district, hoping to unearth survivors of a destructive terrorist attack, but finding only more dead.

Negative publicity surrounding Mrs. Clinton and Whitewater is being seen as a drawback to the President, especially in the Midwest. Lets see!

A prosecutor summing up his case against six young murder defendants in Philadelphia slammed the baseball bat that had smashed the bat that had smashed the 16-year-old victim’s skull onto boxes of evidence files.

President Clinton signs a telecom bill with a V-Chip mandate meaning every new TV will have to have one.


Technology – February 1, 1996

AOL – with 4 million subscribers is now the dominant consumer online service.

Visa and MasterCard announce they had reached an agreement on security standards for monetary transactions over the Internet – a win for fledging Netscape and its ever-popular web browser.

Nintendo says it won’t launch its next-generation Nintendo 64 video game machine in North American until Sept. 30.


Sports – February 1, 1996

The Seattle Seahawks announce that they hare leaving Seattle. Lets see!


Entertainment news – February 1, 1996

Passing – Dancer and actor Gene Kelly (83).

Metromedia says it ‘s going to buy Samuel Goldwyn Co. for $115 million. The company is one of the last independent film distributors.

Passing – Guy Madison – who starred in the 1950’s sitcom “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok.” He was 74. 


Music news – February 1, 1996

Phish is back in the studio to work on their next album.

Hootie and the Blowfish are starting their own record label – “Breaking Records.” Gotta love it!

Near Hollywood - Rapper Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) – and star of the TV series “Living Single,” is arrested on charges of carrying a loaded pistol and possession of marijuana.

Perry Farrell – one of the originators of Lollapalooza may be leaving. At issue – discussions for having Metallica perform at the 6th annual event. Farrell always saw Lollapalooza as a forum for new music and as a platform for social issues and technological innovations – and Metallica doesn’t fit either. IOW – it’s turning into something else.


Television news – February 1, 1996

60 Minutes long-delayed interview with former tobacco industry executive Jeffrey Wigand.

Magic Johnson talks about his return to the LA Lakers on a “Tonight” show this week with Jay Leno.

A Lakers-Warriors game featuring the return of Magic Johnson and broadcast by TBS gets better ratings than usual.

Turner Classics Movies solutes the late Gene Kelly beginning this Friday.

Friday night television listings/TV guide – February 1, 1996

CBS – Due South, Miss USA Pageant, Dave Letterman

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Homicide: Life on the Street, Jay Leno

ABC – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Strange Luck, X-Files

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

HBO – Dennis Miller, Dream On


On David Letterman – John Stewart, Sati Achath, Cybil Shepherd

On Jay Leno – Timothy Hutton, Kim Delany all-4-One.


Top movies – February 1, 1996

Black Sheep

The Juror

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Bed of roses

White squall

Dead Man Walking

12 Monkeys

From Dusk Till Dawn


Sense and Sensibility

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