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Dateline: Events/Week of March 15, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News 

Erik and Lyle Menendez are found guilty of first-degree murder for the 1989 slayings of their parents.

President Clinton pledges $100 million to help Israel combat terrorism and initiates an unprecedented intelligence-sharing arrangement, involving the CIA and the Pentagon.

In a tense week leading up to Taiwan’s first direct presidential election, Chinese Premier Li Peng warns the United States to keep its warships out of the Taiwan Straight.

The presidents of Serbia and Croatia agree to surrender three suspected war criminals to international prosecutors, and leaders of all three Bosnian factions promised to release remaining prisoners in a new effort to revive the Dayton, Ohio peace accord.

Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas clinches the Republican nomination with primary victories the Midwest, proclaiming – “Tuesday night is about my favorite night of the week. It’s just 230 days until Tuesday night, Nov. 5, and Bill Clinton will be on his way home.”

A  fire at a Manila disco kills 150 and leaves dozens injured. “It was like hell, “ said DJ Marvin Reyes, who watched flames catch the hair and clothes of screaming victims. “I tried to announce there was a fire, but the microphone stopped working. Exits had been blocked. Reports say the fire stated when a cooking fuel tank exploded. 


Technology news – March 15, 1996

MCI, which as been offering Internet service for about a year, says it will become more aggressive in signing Internet customers up. MCI will match AT&T’s offer of five hours of free Internet time a month to people who use its long distance service. MCI also plans to continue offering unlimited Internet service for $19.95 per month – the same as AT&T.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 15, 1996 

Singer Michael Jackson announces a multimillion-dollar show business deal with Saudi Arabia’s richest investor – Prince al-Waleed bin Taial. They say their intention is to focus on “traditional family values” and use global family entertainment to unite generations and ‘bring peace, brotherhood and love to the world.”


Playing in Las Vegas – March 15, 1996

Chicago – Caesars Palace

Smokey Robinson – Desert Inn

John Prine – Hard Rock Hotel


Top movie video rentals – March 15, 1996

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

Dangerous Minds


The Usual Suspects


The Net



To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything…


Top Television Shows/Ratings – March 15, 1996

Seinfeld – 20.1

Friends – 18.0

Home Improvement – 17.3

20/20 – 17.2

Caroline in the City – 16.9

Frasier (Thurs.) – 16.7

The Single Guy – 16.1

 60 Minutes – 15.6

Movie-A Face To Die For – 14.7

Frasier – 14.4

Dana Carvey Show – 14.2

Mad About You (Thurs.) – 14.0

Movie-A Husband, a Wife and a Lover – 13.9

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 13.6

Dateline NBC (Fri.) – 13.4

Grace Under Fire – 13.3

3rd Rock From The Sun – 13.3

The Nanny – 12.8

Chicago Hope – 12.5

John Larroquette Show – 12.4

Coach – 12.0

Prime Time Live – 11.8

Roseanne – 11.8

Wings – 11.8

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 11.6

Murphy Brown – 11.6

Family Matters – 11.3

Almost Perfect – 11.2

Law & Order – 11.2

Cybill – 11.0

Ellen – 11.0


Music news – March 15, 1996

 An LA woman identified as T.D.P. files a negligence lawsuit against the estate of Eric Wright (Easy-E), who died of AIDS last year, claiming the late rapper infected her with HIV.

The Sex Pistols reunion is a go and plans call for a six-week U.S. trek this summer. It’s part of a world tour and comes some 18 years after the group broke up following a U.S. Tour. All four original members will perform. They are John (Johnny Rotten) Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock (who was replaced by the late Sid Vicious). Lydon announced, “We have found a common cause and it’s your money.”

Top music albums – March 15, 1996

All Eyez On Me – 2Pac

 Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Waiting the Exhale – Soundtrack

The Score – Fugees

Daydream – Mariah Carey

The Woman In Me – Shania Twain

Relish – Joan Osbone

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

Sixteen Stone – Bush

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish

Tennessee Moon – Neil Diamond

The Presidents of the Unites States of America

Mellon Colie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins


Top 40 music – March 15, 1996

Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige

Sittin’ Up In My Room – Brandy

One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men

Down Low – R. Kelly/Ronald Isley

Ironic – Alanis Morissette

Be My Love – La Bouche

Follow You Down – Gin Blossoms

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

1979 – Smashing Pumpkin

Wonderwall – Oasis

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Lady – D’Angelo

Time – Hootie & The Blowfish

Anything – 3T

Before You walk Out Of My Life – Monica

The World I Know – Collective Soul

Jesus To A Child – George Michael


Top movies – March 15, 1996

The Birdcage

Executive Decision

Homeward Bound II

Up Close and Personal

Down Periscope

Broken Arrow

Mr. Holland’s Opus


Rumble in the Bronx

Happy Gilmore

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