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


In The News

The Clinton administration unexpectedly announces that its budget for next year will not include buying any more B-2 bombers.

New president - Jean-Bertrand Aristide – a former priest, assumes power in Haiti.

A train crowded with rush hour commuters smashes into another passenger train in Secaucus, NY killing three and injuring 165.

The Irish republican Army claims it planted a London bomb that ripped through the city’s east end and killed two.

Bob Dole wins the Iowa precinct caucuses.

The U.S. Labor department reports that the average 1995 American worker had their pay increased by 2.9% last year.

Hair Loss Drug Rogaine Approved – February 8, 1996

Eight years after approving the first and only known medical treatment for hereditary baldness, the FDA OK’s Rogaine – as an over-the-counter drug


Technology news – February 8, 1996

CompuServe, reversing an earlier decision, reinstates access to all but five of about 200 adult-oriented Internet newsgroups in response to an online pornography investigation in Germany. 

Apple Computer Inc. for the first time, licensed its brand name allowing fast-growing Toy Biz Inc to use Apple for Kids on its own products.


Sports news – February 8, 1996

Dave Winfield, the major league leader in hits and runs batted in among active players, retires at 44 this week. He has spent 23 seasons in the major leagues.

NBA All-Stars – Michael Jordan scores 20 points in 22 minutes as the East beats the West 129-118. Jordan also got game MVP.

Medically suspended – Heavyweight Tommy Morrison has tested positive for HIV and is his fight with Arthur Weathers at the MGM Grand has been canceled. 


Radio news – February 8, 1996

Howard Stern announces he will star in a movie adaptation of his top-selling autobiography – “Private Parts.”


Entertainment /Movie/Celebrity news – February 8, 1996

Passing – Actor Martin Balsam. He was 76.

Actor Christopher Reeve signs with Random House to write a book about his life before the horseback ride which paralyzed him.


Music news – February 8, 1996

LL Cool J says his sitcom role has not compromised his hip-hop identity.  He co-stars in the NBC sitcom “In The House.”


Top music albums this week – February 8, 1996

Str8 Off the Streetz Of Compton – Easy-E

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Daydream – Mariah Carey

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis

Boys for Pele – Tori Amos

Memory of Trees – Enya

Sixteen Stone – Bush

Mellon Collie – Smashing Pumpkins

Cracked Rear View  - Hootie and the Blowfish


Top Pop Music Hits(top-40) – February 8, 1996

Hey Lover – LL Cool J

One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey

Feels So Good (Show Me Your Love) – Lina Santiago

Sittin’Up In My Room – Brandy

Missing – Everyting But the Girl

Be My Lover – La Bouche

Anything – 3T

Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project

Tonite’s Tha Night – Kriss Kross

Ridin’ Low – L.A.D.


Top Hot Country Music Albums – February 8, 1996

Fresh Horses – Garth Brooks

Woman in Me – Shania Twain

Greatest Hits – Alan Jackson

Hits – Garth Brooks

It Matters to Me – Faith Hill

Staring Over – Reba McEntire

I Think About You – Collins Raye

Games Rednecks Play – Jeff Foxworthy

Trouble With The Truth – Patty Loveless


Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 8, 1996

ER – 25.9

Seinfeld – 23.9

Friends – 21.7

Movie-Gulliver’s Travels Pet. 2 – 17.2

The Single Guy – 16.8

Home improvement – 16.2

Frasier – 15.9

60 Minutes – 15.2

Movie-Thorn Birds Pt.1 – 14.6

Law &Order – 14.3

Walker, Texas Ranger – 14.3

NYPD Blue – 14.1

20/20 – 13.6

Touched by an Angel – 13.4

Grace Under fire – 13.2

3rd rock from the Sun – 13.2

America’s finniest Home Videos – 13.0

John Laroquette Show – 13.0

Lois & Clark – 12.9

The Nanny – 12.9

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 12.7

Chicago Hope – 12.6

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 12.5

Coach – 12.3

Cybill – 11.9

Roseanne – 11.8


Television news – February 8, 1996

Clark Kent and Lois Lane get married in this week’s “Lois & Clark.”


Top movies – February 8, 1996

Broken Arrow

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Black Sheep

The Juror

Leaving Las Vegas

Dean Man Walking

Beautiful Girls

Bed of Roses

Sense and Sensibility

White Squall

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