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


In The News

Unabomber identified? – Federal agents, searching a Montana cabin of Theodore J. Kaczynski find evidence linking him to at least one mail bombing.  Later, more evidence is uncovered.

Funeral - Commerce Secretary Ron Brown is mourned by President Clinton as a “force of nature” and laid to rest with full honors.

President and Mrs Clinton attend the White House Easter Egg Roll. The crowd included children who are terminally ill and some blind, who searched for eggs that beeped. 

Seven-year old pilot Jessica Dubroff her father and instructor die just after taking off during a rainstorm in Cheyenne. She was trying to break a cross-country record and a day earlier, had taken off for her journey at Half-Moon Bay, California. Many question why anyone would put a seven-year old behind the wheel of a Cessna 177B.

David Hale, the government’s key Whitewater witness admits he had lied to a federal judge several years ago when he agreed to a plea bargain. 

President Clinton vetoes a bill that would outlaw a controversial late-term abortion procedure – the so-called “partial-b0rth abortion” bill, calling it a dangerous intrusion into a decision that could rest with a woman and her doctor.

Rex Chao (19) - A former activist in the College Republicans club at Johns Hopkins University has been charged with first-degree murder after a fellow student running for the club’s chairmanship was fatally shot.

President Clinton names U.S. trade representative Mickey Kantor to replace the late Ronald Brown as secretary of Commerce.

Subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz ,who shot four teenagers he says were mugging him and who came to symbolize a frustrated New York City fighting back against crime said he would do it all over again. Goetz was cleared of assault and attempted murder but served eight months for carrying an illegal weapon. The most seriously injured of his victims, Darrell Cabey, filed a civil lawsuit in state Supreme Court.

The National Archives and attorney’s for the estate of Richard Nixon agreed that virtually all of his secretly recorded White House tapes many be heard by the public starting this fall.

Weekly radio address – President Clinton called on Congress to pass an anti-terrorist bill that has languished for a year despite a promise of quick action after the Oklahoma City bombing.

Ford  will take control of ailing Mazda Motor Corp. which has been battered by Japan’s recession.


Sports news – April 8, 1996

Mike Tyson is accused by a 25-year-old Indiana woman of sexual battery at a nightclub on Chicago’s South Side. 


Medical/Health news – April 8, 1996

The FDA approves a powerful ultrasound device to help doctors determine when lumps in women’s breasts are non cancerous so those women can skip a common surgical cancer test. It’s called High-Definition Imaging or HDL. 


Top 40 music – April 8, 1996

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

1 2 3 4 (Sumpin’ New) – Coolio

You’re The One – SWV

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project

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

Doin’ It – LL Cool J

Woo-Hah! Got You All in Check – Busta Rhymes

Count on me – Whitney Houston and Cece Winans

Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) R. Kelly


Entertainment news – April 8, 1996

Passing – Actor Ben Johnson. He was 75.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, now 9 – have a 14-book deal with Parachute Press based on their best-selling videos, “The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley” and “You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s.”

Former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg sues them for more than $250 million he alleges is owed him for overseeing the building of Disney’s Filmed Entertainment division into the industry’s largest.


Television news – April 8, 1996

Mary Matalin says she’s leaving CNBC’s “Equal Time” to join Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign.

President Clinton appears as himself in an upcoming CBS-TV movie – “A Child’s Wish.”

“Saturday Night Special” debuts this week on Fox – a challenge to Saturday Night Live. The show is produced by Roseanne Barr, who guests the first episode with Bush Melissa Etheridge.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Steve Forbes with Shania Twain and Rage against The Machine.


Top movies – April 8 1996

Primal Fear

Thin Line Between Love & Hate

The Birdcage

Sgt. Bilko

Executive Decision

Oliver and Company


A Family Thing

Up Close and Personal

Flirting With Disaster

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