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


In The News

It’s announced that President Clinton will call a meeting of Middle East government heads in Egypt to launch a regional assault on terrorism in the wake of four deadly bombings in Israel. The U.S. says the meeting with Israel, Arafat and other Arab leaders should send a powerful message to Islamic extremists.

Sen. Bob Dole grabs 92 delegates in the New York primary. Dole’s main opponent in New York - Steve Forbes, gives signs for the first time that he may now be considering withdrawing from the race. Dole now has 383 delegates; just under 40% of the total he needs to clinch the nomination... A few days later, Dole sweeps 7 states, picking up 362 more delegates. Dole won all 98 delegates at stake in Florida, and similarly swept the delegations of Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma

Secretary of State Warren Christopher, accusing China of “reckless” military provocations against Taiwan that “smack of intimidation and coercion, announces that the U.S. is responding by moving warships closer to the island. Officials say that President Clinton and top administration policymakers will decide in the next few days whether to send U.S. Navy ships into the Taiwan Strait itself as a stronger sign American opposition to the Chinese moves. Beijing has been playing war games in the area, which have included firing three missiles near Taiwanese ports and scheduling live-ammunition maneuvers in the region this and next week.

 Bobby McDaniel, attorney for Susan McDougal says that the breakup of her marriage in the mid 1980’s prompted her to take out a $300 thousand loan. He said she took out the loan because she wanted to invest in a real estate development that would help her “survive economically” without her husband. Some of the money later passed through the accounts of the Whitewater land Development Co, which was owned jointly by the McDouglas and then Gov Clinton and his wife, Hilary. Investigators suspect, but have never proven, that the Clintons benefited from the loan. 

 Passing - comedian/actor George Burns (100). He died of heart failure several hours after a nurse found him shaking and breaking shallowly in his bed. President Clinton issued this statement; “George Burns’ sense of timing and captivating smile touched the hearts and funny bones of more than three generations. He enabled us to see humor in the toughest of times and laugh together as a nation.” Burns had been in ill health ever since he slipped and fell in the shower at his home in July 1994. 


Bestselling books – March 8, 1996

Primary Colors - Anonymous

Absolute Power - David Baldacci

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

The Poet - Michael Connelly

Atticus - Ron Hansen

McNally’s Puzzle - Lawrence Sanders

The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans

You’ll Never Make Love In This Town Again - Robin, Lisa, Linda and Tiffany

Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot and other Observations - Al Franken

Men Are From Mars: Women Are From Venus - John Gray, Ph.D

City Of Angles - Al Martinez

How Could You Do That! - Laura Schlessinger

Enter Whining - Fran Drescher


Fascinating Facts – March 8, 1996

American Isuzu Motors pulls a television commercial for its Rodeo truck do to viewer complaints. In the commercial - a body bag is loaded into the rear of a Rodeo as a neighbor watches and calls police. The man is pulled over and it’s discovered the body bag is full of dirty laundry. The spot was intended to show the amount of cargo space in the Rodeo.


Sports news – March 8, 1996

The Montreal Forum - home of 24 Stanley Cup champions closes after 72 years. The Montreal Canadians move into the Molson Center this week... The Walt Disney Company’s proposal to buy controlling interest in the California Angels collapses when they walk away from negotiations from the city of Anaheim  over the renovation of Anaheim Stadium. Says a spokesman for Disney - “The deal is over; the negotiations have ended.”


Technology news – March 8, 1996

AOL and Microsoft announce an alliance - a total surprise to the online world and a move that could prove a major threat to Netscape. AOL will incorporate Microsoft’s Internet Explorer into the basic AOL software package. In return, Microsoft agrees to build direct access to America Online into a new version of its Windows 95 personal computer operating system. AOL also agreed to offer Netscape’s browser, but customers who want it will have to make an extra effort to retrieve it online... Meanwhile this week - Netscape cuts a deal with CompuServe, giving its customers access to the Netscape browser. The deal will enable Compuserve’s 4.5 million customers to choose among several browsers - Netscape’s Navigator and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Everyone thought Microsoft had the fast track here, but it looks like that has been changed. 


Entertainment news – March 8, 1996

Less than 24 hours after “The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show” makes its debut on ABC-TV, Taco Bell says it is pulling the plug on Carvey’s irreverent brand of humor. Pizza Hut, which was supposed to be another title sponsor, also pulls out. Pepsi says it is still in on three of the shows. All three companies are owned by PespsiCo Inc. Some of the skits that the companies deem inappropriate: Carvey doing an impersonation of President Clinton in a skit about campaign promises. Carvey unbuttoned his shirt and exposed three fake sets of breasts, while pretending to suckle a baby, two dogs and a cat... A top-10 list of new names that Carvey suggested for England’s Princess Diana included the words “slut” and “whore.” The new show won its time slot in the ratings.    

Chris Kattan makes his debut on Saturday Night Live this week.

Robert Morton - executive producer of “The Late Show With David Lettermen” leaves the show. He had worked with Lettermen for 14 years. He’ll take a newly created position with Worldwide Pants, letterman’s production Company. He’s replaced by head writer Rob Brunett.

Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Amy Grant and Connie Smith are among many paying tribute to Minnie Pearl at her funeral in Brentwood, Tenn. They were among 1,600 who paid tribute to Ms. Pearl who died Monday at age 83.

Passing - actor Vince Edwards (67) - best known as the star of “Ben Casey” in the 60’s. That series, along with “Dr Kildaire” was responsible for the “doctor” craze of the period - which lead to other series including daytime soap opera

“General Hospital.” The show, which debuted October of 1961, quickly became one of the most-watched shows. Edwards’ portrayal of Dr Casey was a first on television - strong-headed and softhearted.


Top Movie Video Rentals – March 8, 1996


Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

Dangerous Minds

The Net

The Usual Suspects


Nine Months

Something to Talk About





Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1996

Seinfeld - 21.7

Friends - 18.7

Caroline in the City - 16.7

ER - 16.7

Home Improvement - 16.6

The Single Guy - 16.2

60 Minutes - 15.2

20/20 - 14.4

Frasier (Monday) - 13.8

Seinfeld (Monday - 13.4

Movie - Frequent Flyer - 13.3

The Nanny - 12.5

Walker, Texas Ranger - 12.5

PrimeTime Live - 12.1

Touched By an Angel - 12.1

Dateline (Tuesday) - 12.0

American Comedy Awards - 11.8

Buddies (Tuesday) - 11.8

America’s Funniest Home Videos - 11.7

Frasier - 11.7

3rd Rock From The Sun - 11.7

Family Matters - 11.4

Lois & Clark/Superman - 11.3

Murphy Brown - 11.1

Wings - 11.1

Mad About You (Monday) - 11.0

Coach - 10.9


Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – March 8, 1996

CBS - NCAA Playoffs

NBC - Friends, The Single Guy, Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, Frasier, Mad About You

ABC - World’s Funniest Videos, Before They Were Stars!, Movie

Fox - The Simpsons, Living Single, Martin, New York Undercover

UPN - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5

PBS - Pavoratti On Miami Beach, John Tesh Live at Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony.

Sci-Fi - Twilight Zone, Monsters, Quantum Leap, Automan, Friday the 13th

USA - Wings, Movie, Highlander, Silk Stalkings


On Friends - Rachel and Ross’s relationship is affected by a telephone message.

On Seinfeld - Elaine Considers intimacy with her new boyfriend.

On the Late Show With David Lettermen - Sandra Bullock, comedian Louie CK.

On  the Tonight Show With Jay Leno - Matt LeBlanc, Neil Diamond, Mark Henry. 


Music news – March 8, 1996

It’s announced that hard-rock band “Metallica” will headline “Lollapalooza 96.” Soundgarden is already confirmed with more bands to be named.  Organizers want to try something different this year - “guest” slots in which surprise artists would join for just one or several dates. The summer fest says it is on track to present different types of rock - not just one or two. 

Canceled - television talk show “George & Alana" starring George Hamilton and ex-wife Alana Stewart by syndicator Rysher Entertainment.

Reprise Records wants to release “Smelly Cat” - the song performed by Phoebe on the hit show “Friends.”


Top Music Albums – March 8, 1996

Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

Relish - Joan Osborne

Daydream - Mariah Carey

Waiting To Exhale - soundtrack

All Eyez On Me - 2Pac

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

Score - Fugees

Cracked Rear View - Hootie and the Blowfish

Seal - Seal

The Presidents of the USA - The Presidents of the USA


Some Top Country Music Albums – March 8, 1996

Woman In Me - Shania Twain

Greatest Hits - Alan Jackson

Fresh Horses - Garth Books

Souvenirs - Vince Gill

It Matters To Me - Faith Hill

Tennessee Moon - Neil Diamond

Music For All Occasions - Mavericks

Not That I’ve Found You - Alison Krauss

Revelations - Wynonna


Top-40 music – March 8, 1996

Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

Jesus to a Child - George Michael

One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey

Sittin’ Up In My Room - Brandy

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

Doin It’ - LL Cool J

Not Gonna’ Cry - Mary J. Blige

All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do) - Joe

Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) - R. Kelly


Top movies – March 8, 1996 

The Birdcage - Nathan Lane, Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

Homeward Bound -

Up Close and Personal - Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer

Down Periscope - Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly

Hellraiser: Bloodline

Broken Arrow - John Travolta, Christian Slater

Rumble in the Bronx - Jackie Chan

Happy Gilmore

Mr. Holland’s Opus - Richard Dreyfuss

Muppet Treasure Island


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