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


In The News

The House passes a bill that cracks down on illegal immigrates – including tighter curbs on social services, increased penalties for smugglers and better border enforcement. States would have the option of denying free public schooling to those here illegally.

Taiwanese president Lee Teng-Hui wins in the first fully democratic presidential election held by a Chinese society. The new government says it is willing to resume talks with China, but the next step toward peace is up to Beijing.

In Germany – First Lady Hillary visits families of troops sent to Bosnia – on the beginning of her peacekeeping mission.

David Hale, the prosecution’s chief witness in the Whitewater trial of three former associates of president Clinton, gets 28 months in prison and fined $10,000 under a plea agreement made two years ago.

The Supreme Court declares that states are separate and sovereign governments and generally, cannot be sued for failing to comply with federal laws.

The FDA approves a nicotine nasal spray that is stronger than nicotine gum and more powerful than nicotine patches. It will be sold under a doctor’s prescription.

Historic – The House gives approval to legislation giving the president power to veto individual spending items without killing an entire bill.

President Clinton orders eviction for anyone committing a violent or drug-related crime in public housing, declaring a “one strike and you’re out” rule is needed to make such housing safe.

Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas wins primaries in Arizona, California and Washington.

Yigal Amir - Israeli court convicted Yitzhak Rabin’s confessed assassin of murder, saying the former law student meticulously planned the killing and then calmly pulled the trigger.

165 gay and lesbian couples exchange vows in a mass ceremony presided over by Mayor Willie Brown. Brown said pronounced 30 of the couples to be “lawfully recognized domestic partners.” San Francisco now has a domestic partnership ordinance – and this is a first .

 U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid – a biochemist – says she is happy to do her share of housekeeping but brushed aside suggestions by her Russian hosts women are born to clean. She’ll be with the Mir space station for about 5 months. 

Spanish backlash – The Supreme Court said it would consider reviving an Arizona voter initiative that makes English the only language for “all government functions and actions.”

Passing- Edmund S. Muskie – Onetime Senator and Secretary of State. He was 81.

Melville Corp. said it agreed to sell its Kay-Bee Toys chain to Consolidated Stores Corp. for $315 million.

Passing – David Packard – who co-founded Hewlett-Packard Co. He was 83.

Technology news - Apple says it will post a record $700-million loss for the second fiscal quarter.

The U.S. trade gap widened to a $10.26 billion in January with an increase in demand for autos and oil.

The IRS for now, scraps plans for an electronic filing system after discovering serious flaws that may jeopardize the security of confidential taxpayer information. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 22, 1996

68th Annual Academy Awards – some winners:

Best picture – “Braveheart”

Best actor – Nicolas Cage – “Leaving Las Vegas”

Best actress – Susan Sarandon – “Dean Man Walking”

Best director – Mel Gibson – “Braveheart”

Best supporting actor – Kevin Spacey – “The Usual Suspects”

Best supporting actress – Mira Sorvino – “Mighty Aphrodite”


Radio news – March 22, 1996

 In front of 3,000 - Don Imus gets into trouble as he told off-color jokes about the Clintons while they attended the annual dinner of Radio and Television Correspondents in Washington. Imus joked about Clinton’s alleged extramarital affairs, the first lady’s financial dealings and the homosexuality of House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s half sister. The President was photographed grimacing at one of the lines. White House spokesman Mike McCurry asked C-SPAN to refrain from re-airing the dinner on its network, but it did so anyway.  Imus said later, “I actually cut them some slack. This thing was so watered down, I was embarrassed.” He said on his radio show – “It doesn’t get any better than this” about the uproar he caused. 


Music news – March 22, 1996

Singer Sheryl Crow accompanies First Lady Hillary on her official trip to Bosnia this week, as well as other European stops. She’ll perform acoustically for U.S. peacekeeping troops at remote sites in Bosnia.


Top 40 music – March 22, 1996

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project

Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) – R. Kelly

All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do) – Joe

1 2 3 4 (Sumpin’ New) – Coolio

Doin’ It – LL Cool J

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

Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige

 Real Love – Beatles


Phil Collins announces he is leaving the group Genesis to concentrate on music for movies, jazz projects and his solo career.

Thomas (Tommy) Mottola sings a five-year multimillion-dollar contract with Sony Inc to continue running the Japanese entertainment conglomerate’s music division – the company’s most profitable division. Mottola – a former artists manger – joined Sony Music in 1988. 


Television news – March 22, 1996

David Letterman’s “Late Show” has a new executive producer Rob Burnette -  and he wants more viewers. Dave will have a new set and more real-people remotes. 

On “Saturday Night Live” – Phil Hartman hosts with musical guests the Gin Blossoms.


At the movies – March 22, 1996

The Birdcage

Executive Decision


Homeward Bound II

Up Close & Personal


Girl 6

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Down Periscope

Broken Arrow

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