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Dateline: Events/Week of April 1, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

It’s announced that American soldiers will provide limited security for U.N. war crimes investigators as they begin examining mass graves in Bosnia.

A military jet carrying Commerce secretary Ronald Brown and a delegation of U.S. corporate executives on a trade mission to the Balkans crashes into a hillside near the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. All 33 on board are presumed dead.

Theodore Kaczynski, the former UC Berkeley math professor, appears in federal court in Helena, Montana and is charged with possessing a partly made pipe bomb, which was found in his remote cabin.

Agents pick through Unabomber suspect Theodore K. Kaczynski’s cabin, and find a typewriter that could be the one used to write a manuscript by him in his reign of terror.

President and Mrs. Clinton pay homage on the site of last year’s Oklahoma City bombing attack. 

Federal agents discover a new, unexploded bomb as they X-rayed dozens of boxes of material at the Montana cabin of suspected Unabomber Theodore J. Kaczynski.

A stolen pickup truck full of illegal immigrants careens off a mountain road near Temecula, CA, killing 7. Border patrol agency had been trailing the vehicle several miles when truck suddenly bolted down a steep hill.

In Calcutta – Mother Teresa (85) is hospitalized after breaking her left collarbone in a fall at her Missionaries of Charity headquarters.

Passing – Carl Stokes – ex-mayor of Cleveland and anchorman at WNBC-TV in New York.


Technology news – April 1, 1996

Texas baby bell BBC Communications purchases PacTel in a $16 billion deal.


Sports news – April 1, 1996

Umpire John McSherry collapses in the first inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos at Cincinnati’s Riverfront stadium and dies of a heart attack. He was 51..


Television news – April 1, 1996

Roseanne Barr has a new show to compete with “Saturday Night Live” – “Saturday Night Special” on Fox. The initial six shows begin April 13. Each show will feature musical guests and a different celebrity host. Roseanne, seen on the first show, will guest occasionally.

Marries – Clint Eastwood and TV anchorwoman Dina Ruiz


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 1, 1996

Academy Awards – 30.3

ER – 25.0

Seinfeld – 21.2

Friends – 20.0

Caroline in the City – 18.8

Barbara Walters Special – 18.1

 Boston Common – 17.6

60 Minutes – 16.1

NCAA Basketball – 15.1

Home Improvement – 15.0

Frasier – 14.8

Roseanne – 14.5

20/20 – 14.5

Movie - Abducted: A Father’s Love – 13.7

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 13.0

NYPD Blue – 12.9

3rd Rock From The Sun – 12.6

Coach – 12.17.2006 John Larroquette – 12.0

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 11.6

Dana Carvey Show – 11.6


Music news – April 1, 1996


A Los Angeles judge orders Tupac Shakur to serve 120 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine for probation violations.

 M.C. Hammer – who Forbes pegged at making some $33 million after his 1990 album “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” says he owes about $10 million and may seek bankruptcy protection.


Top movies  – April 1, 1996

The Birdcage

Sgt. Bilko

Executive Decision

Oliver & Company


A Family Thing

Up Close and Personal


All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

Homeward Bound II

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