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Dateline: Events/Week of February 22, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton meets with new Japanese Prime Minister Rutaro Hashimoto in California. Trade tensions between both countries still simmer. 

President Clinton nominates Alan Greenspan to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

A suicide bomber detonates an explosive on a bus in downtown Jerusalem and 13 are dead with 51 injured.

 Primaries - Publisher  (Republican) Steve Forbes gets wins in Arizona and Delaware as Bob Dole wins North and South Dakota.

President Clinton severs all remaining commercial air links to Cuba as punishment for the Cuban government’s shooting down two unarmed civilian aircraft. Earlier – Secretary of State Warren Christopher accused Castro and the Cuban government of blatantly violating international law and warned that the U.S. is considering a range of retaliatory actions.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin fires more top officials in a pre-election purge. He also threatened to dismiss the Cabinet unless it halted the practice of diverting money from public payrolls and pension finds.

Diana and Charles Divorcing – Week of February 22, 1996

Princess Diana agrees to a divorce from Prince Charles ending a stormy marriage that began in 1981 and collapsed 11 years later after both sought solace in affairs.


Entertainment/Music news – February 22, 1996



The 38th annual Grammy Awards Held This Week:

Album of the Year/Record of the Year

Falling Into You, Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)

Song of the Year

“Change the World,” Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims, songwriters

Best New Artist

LeAnn Rimes

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

“Change the World,” Eric Clapton

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

“Un-break My Heart,” Toni Braxton

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Free As a Bird,” The Beatles

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

“When I Fall in Love,” Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

“The Sinister Minister,” Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Best Pop Album

Falling Into You, Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance

Here's to the Ladies, Tony Bennett

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

“If It Makes You Happy,” Sheryl Crow

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

“Where It's At,” Beck

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“So Much to Say,” Dave Matthews Band

Best Hard Rock Performance

“Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” Smashing Pumpkins

Best Metal Performance

“Tire Me,” Rage Against the Machine

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

“SRV Shuffle,” Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and Art Neville

Best Rock Song

“Give Me One Reason,” Tracy Chapman, songwriter

Best Rock Album

Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Crow (A&M)

Best Alternative Music Performance

Odelay, Beck

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

“You're Makin' Me High,” Toni Braxton

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

“Your Secret Love,” Luther Vandross

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Fugees

Best R&B Song

“Exhale (Shoop, Shoop),” Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, songwriter

Best R&B Album

Words, The Tony Rich Project (LaFace)

Best Rap Solo Performance

“Hey Lover,” LL Cool J

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

“Tha Crossroads,” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Best Rap Album

The Score, Fugees; Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel “Pras” and Wyclef, producers (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

“Blue,” LeAnn Rimes

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

“Worlds Apart,” Vince Gill

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“My Maria,” Brooks and Dunn

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

“High Lonesome Sound,” Vince Gill featuring Alison Krauss and Union Station

Best Country Instrumental Performance

“Jam Man,” Chet Atkins

Best Country Song

“Blue,” Bill Mack, songwriter

Best Country Album

The Road to Ensanada, Lyle Lovett; Billy Williams and Lyle Lovett, producers (Curb/MCA)



Television news – February 22, 1996

 Temperamental Roseanne Arnold dumps three of her show’s writers for helping her ex – Tom on his upcoming movie.

“The Late Shift” – an HBO movie about the battle between Jay Leno and Dave Letterman – drew 2.3 million homes – airing on Saturday night this week.

After four years – “Picket Fences” will end production, although CBS has not officially canceled the series. “Nash Bridges” starring Don Johnson will air in the spot vacated by Picket Fences on Friday night beginning March 29.

On Saturday Night Live this week – Elle Macpherson hosts with musical guest Sting.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – February 22, 1996

CBS – Terrors of the Deep, Rescue 911, 48 Hours, David Letterman

NBC – Friends, The Single Guy, Caroline in the City, ER, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Movie, Nightline

Fox – Oops! The World’s Funniest Outtakes 2, New York Undercover

PBS – Mystery!. Charlie Rose

MTV – Yo! Top 25, Singled Out, Beavis and Butthead


On David Letterman – Lou Reed and Cheri Oteri

On Jay Leno – Rockers Green Day and  football great Troy Aikman join Jay.


Music news – February 22, 1996

Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus) along with his bodyguard of first and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a gang member in Los Angeles.

Big news for rap fans as MCA and Interscope will partner. MCA bought a stake for $200 million with an option to purchase the remainder in three to five years from Interscope founders Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field.


Top movies – February 22, 1996

Rumble in the Bronx

Broken Arrow

Muppet Treasure Island

Happy Gilmore

Mr. Holland’s Opus

City Hall

Before and After

Mary Reilly

Mr. Wrong

Dead Man Walking

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