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


In The News

Sparing their lives for the killing of their parents, a jury decides the Menendez Brothers will spend the rest of their lives in jail. They have no hope for parole.

In Beirut - Two Israeli shells meant for Hezbollah guerrillas slam instead into a U.N. compound sheltering civilians, killing more than 75.

In what will be the largest U.S. corporate merger in history (so far) – Nynex Corp. Agrees to combine with East Coast rival Bell Atlantic in a deal valued at $22 billion.

Palestinian police report that they had uncovered plots by Islamic militants to assassinate Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and to carry out more suicide bombings in Israel. The attack was to occur during a scheduled visit to a Gaza City cemetery next Sunday.

Moscow G-7 Summit – The leaders of Russia and the Group of 7 industrial democracies agree to push for a ban on nuclear explosions and to work more closely to thwart the smuggling of bomb-making materials by terrorists. 

Oklahoma marks the first anniversary of the bombing that tore through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 persons.

Passing – Jimmy the Greek Snyder, the oddsmaker whose career came to an end because of controversial comments he made about black athletes. He was 77.

Killed – Stephen Z. Meyers, co-founder of the legendary Jacoby & Meyers law firm. The 53-year-old died after a head-on collision in New Fairfield, Conn.  

New IPO’s – Planet Hollywood International is up almost $9 to close at $25.875. Shares of CompuServe, which ranks behind online leader American Online, closes up $3 to $35.50

 F. Lee Bailey is released from jail on his 44th day behind bars after surrendering $16 million in disputed stock and his 74-foot yacht.


Sports news – April 15, 1996

Hundreds attend the funeral for Rod Carew’s daughter Michele (18), who died of leukemia last Wednesday.


Technology news -  April 15, 1996

Netscape news

 Netscape says its Internet Browser – versions 2.0 and 2.01 will have trouble with daylight savings time. Says a spokesperson – “This affects people that are accessing a page twice within an hour time span. It’s a bug and we’re working as quickly as we can to fix it.” A repaired version should appear in a few weeks. In the meantime, Netscape has posted temporary repair suggestions at .

DVD Rollout – Technical and marketing glitches threaten to delay the planned fourth-quarter rollout of the digital videodisc. The tech specs are still under review by the DVD hardware manufacturers and won’t be finalized until the end of this month or possibly later. DVD’s will be the same size as an audio CD.

Anthony Kiedis and Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be on the interactive talk show “Cyber-Talk” on American Online. Keyword: Warner (for Warner Bros).

Apple Computers say they will cut 2,800 jobs after a $740 million loss.


Some best selling books – April 15,1996

Moonlight Becomes You – Mary Higgins Clark

Primary Colors – Anonymous

Neanderthal – John Darnton

In the Presence of the enemy – Elizabeth George

Dreams Into Action – Milton Katselas

The Search For Justice – Robert L. Shipiro

In Contempt – Christopher Darden with Jess Walter

The Zone – Barry Sears with Bill Lawren


Entertainment news – April 15, 1996

Actress Halle Berry (27) files divorce papers to end her marriage to Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice. Married in 1993, they’ve been separated since March.


TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 1996

Seinfeld – 17.2

ER – 15.9

Friends – 14.7

Caroline In The City – 14.5

Home Improvement – 14.4

Frasier – 13.9

Movie-Her Last Chance – 13.6

60 Minutes – 13.4

Movie-James Mink Story – 13.0

Walker, Texas Ranger – 13.0

3rd Rock From The Sun – 12.2

20/20 – 12.2

John Larroquette Show – 12.1

Law & Order – 11.9

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 11.8

Grace Under Fire – 11.8

Roseanne – 11.2

Ellen (Wed.) – 11.1

Movie-Turning Point:Fugitive Song – 11.1

Prime Time Live – 10.7

Movie-Face of Evil – 10.6

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 10.6

The Nanny – 10.6

Touched by an Angel – 10.6

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – 10.5

X-Files – 10.5

Coach – 9.8

Cybill – 9.8

Dana Carvey Show – 9.8

Murphy Brown – 9.7

Mad About You – 9.6

NewsRadio – 9.6


Top syndicated TV shows – April 15, 1996

Wheel of Fortune


Oprah Winfrey

Entertainment Tonight

National Geographic on Assignment

WCW Wrestling

Inside Edition

Journeys of Hercules

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine



Television news – April 15, 1996

Saturday Night Live beats the premiere of Fox’s Saturday Night Special starring Roseanne. 

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – April 15, 1996

 CBS – Dave’s World, My Guys, Walker, Texas Ranger, David Letterman

NBC – JAG, Dateline NBC, Law & Order, Tonight Show with Jay Leno

ABC – Ellen, Drew Carey, Grace Under Fire, The Faculty, Prime Time Live, Nightline

Fox – Gallup:Extreme Magic, Kindred

WB – Sister, Sister, The Parent “Hood, Wayans Bros., Unhappily Ever After

PBS – Frontline

E! – Late Night With David Letterman, Howard Stern, Talk Soup, News Daily, The Gossip Show

Family Channel – The Waltons, Highway to Heaven, Rescue 911, Newswatch Today

MTV – Singled Out, Most Wanted, Prime Time, Real World Specials


On Sister Sister – Terrence and his girlfriend show-up at Lisa’s Hawaiian condo.

On Drew Carey – Drew finally gets his own assistant at work.

On Grace Under Fire – Grace isn’t so happy about help coming from her sister and boyfriend. 

On the Late Show w/David Letterman – Danny DeVito. Bret Butler, John Michael Montgomery

On Jay Leno – Actor Daniel Stern.


Music news – April 15, 1996

Naomi Judd makes her TV sitcom debut when she guest-stars on NBC’s “3rd Rock From The Sun” May 7.

After a nine-year absence from the music biz to deal with a divorce, the death of his father and his best friend – Lionel Ritchie is back with “Louder Than Words” on a new label – Mercury. He’ll also be seen in the movie “The Preacher’s Wife” – playing a friend to Whitney Houston’s character.

MTV will debut “MTV Unplugged” with Hootie & The Blowfish” on Monday.

The remains of Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia are strewn on the waters of the Golden Gate Bridge by the Guitarists’ family of friends. A small portion of Garcia’s ashes reportedly were deposited in India’s Ganges River on April 4 by his widow, Deborah. 

Passing – Bernard Edwards – record producer, composer and bassist who organized the popular disco band Chic. He was 43 and found dead in his Tokyo hotel room.


Radio news – April 15, 1996

Howard Stern is accosted in New York by a man who first sought his autograph and then threatened to kill the shock jock. Stern’s limo driver grabbed Samuel Callca before he could reach Stern. 

WABC radio in New York fires Bob Grant, the popular afternoon talk host. Grant (66) was been criticized by minority groups, particularly after reports of a possible survivor in the plane crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Grant said: “My hunch is that he is the one survivor. Maybe it’s because at heart, I’m a pessimist.” Grant later apologized for the remark. 


Top movie video rentals – April 15, 1996

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls


The Usual Suspects

Dangerous Minds



A Walk In the Clouds

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar


Top pop hit music in Britain – April 15, 1996

Firestarter – Prodigy

The X-Files – Mark Snow

Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison

Children – Robert Miles

Give Me A Little More time – Gabrielle

Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit – Gina G

You’ve Got it Bad – Ocean Colour Scene

X files – DJ Dado

How Deep Is Your Love – Take That

Something Changed - Pulp


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 15, 1996

Big Bang Baby – Stone Temple Pilots

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

In The Meantime – Spacehog

Big Me – Foo Fighters

Zero – Smashing Pumpkins

 Santa Monica (Watch The World die) – Everclear

Ironic – Alanis Morissette

Flood – Jars of Clay

Sweet Lover Hangover – Love & Rockets

Brain Stew/Jaded – Green Day

What Do I Have To Do” – Stabbing Westward


Top Country music albums – April 15, 1996

Hypnotize the Moon – Clay Walker

No News – Lonestar

You Gotta Love that – Neal McCoy

Heart’s Desire – Lee Roy Parnell

You Win My Love – Shania Twain

What Do I Know – Ricochet

To Be Love By You – Wynonna

Too Much Fun – Daryle Singletary


Top 40 music – April 15, 1996

Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

Sittin’ Up In My Room – Brandy

Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) – R. Kelly/Ronald Isley

1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New) – Coolio

Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige

Doin It – LL Cool J

Ironic – Alanis Morissette

Follow You down/Til I Hear It From You – Gin Blossoms

Missing – Everything But The Girl

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

Lady – d’Angelo

Count On Me – Whitney Houston & Cece Winans

Woo-Hah!!! Got You All In Check/Everything Remains Raw – Busta Rhymes

1979 – Smashing Pumpkins

One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men




Top music albums – April 15, 1996

Anthology 2 – The Beatles

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Giftshop – Stone Temple Pilots

The Coming – Busta Rhymes

The Score – Fuges

What’s The Story Morning Glory? – Oasis

All Eyez On Me – 2Pac

Daydream – Mariah Carey

Waiting to Exhale – Soundtrack

Sixteen Stone – Bush

The Woman In Me – Shania Twain

Mercury Falling – Sting


Top movies – April15, 1996

Primal Fear

James and the Giant Peach

The Birdcage


Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Sgt. Bilko

Executive Decision

Flirting with Disaster

Oliver & Company


Up Close and Personal

A Family Thing

Dead Man Walking

All Dogs To Go Heaven


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