Dateline: Events/Week of April 22, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Clinton administration says U.S. troops in Bosnia will stay beyond the December 20 deadline.
The PLO’s parliament in exile heeds an appeal from Yasser Arafat and votes to annul all chapters of its 32-year-old charter that calls for the destruction of Israel.
“Washington for Jesus Rally” - Thousands of teens and young adults jam the Capitol to declare their faith in Jesus and “revive our nation’s consciousness.” Actress Kim Norris told the crowd that Christianity was not “some stodgy right-wing religion.” “It’s a fun-packed, wild and crazy adventure,” she said.
Government scientists report that the ozone layer is shrinking by the order of 4% per decade. But – careful adherence to an international agreement banning the production of chemicals that eat away at the protective ozone can be expected to begin reducing the danger as early as the start of the next decade.
The Senate approves a health care reform bill which will make it easier for Americans to retain their health coverage even after developing serious illness or leaving a job.
At Port Arthur Australia - A gunman who slaughtered at least 32 at a busy tourist site, is captured after he bolted in flames from an inn he set ablaze with three hostages inside. He used a semiautomatic rifle to mow down tourists in the worst shooting massacre in Australia this century.
General Motors reports a 52% drop in first quarter earnings. Some of it had to do with a 17-day strike at two Ohio plants.
In Wisconsin, a judge rules that Jeffrey Dalhmer’s hatchet, saws and the refrigerator that held the skulls of some of his victims must be turned over to a Milwaukee lawyer who plans to sell the items.
President Clinton orders the sale of up to 12 million barrels of oil from the U.S. emergency petroleum reserve to stem off higher prices at the pump.
Mayor Marion Barry, embroiled in a financial crisis gripping the capital city, checked into a retreat center to head off what his wife said was a danger that he could relapse in his recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
Passing – P.L. Travers who authored “Mary Poppins.” He was 96.
Technology – April 22, 1996
Compaq Computer reported that its profit rose 8% and sales jumped 45% during the first quarter.
Entertainment news – April 22, 1996
Actress Margo Kidder (47) is hospitalized after she was found cowering in the backyard of a home in Glendale (Ca.) in dirty clothes with her hair hacked of. She had been lying in the bushes for several days. She appeared frightened and paranoid.
Off Broadway play “Rent” is now on Broadway at the Nederland Theatre.
Music news – April 22, 1996
Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Welland is ordered by a judge to six months in a drug treatment program.
Singer Bobby Brown is arrested… again after failing two sobriety tests and being charged with drunk driving in Atlanta.
Top music albums – April 22, 1996
The Score – Fugees
Evil empire – Rage Against the Machine
Tiny Music – Gifts From the Vatican Gift Shop – Stone Temple Pilots
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
Sixteen Stone – Bush
New Beginning – Tracy Chapman
What’s the Story Morning Glory? – Oasis
Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt
Mercury Falling – Sting
Daydream – Mariah Carey
All Eyez on Me – 2Pac
Television news – April 22, 1996
Phylicia Rashad – best known as Bill Cosby’s wife during their 8-year NBC primetime sitcom, is reprising that role – again – for a show not yet named – this time on CBS.
ABC renews – the fairly low-rated “Muppets Tonight” for another season.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 22, 1996
Seinfeld - 17.9
Movie-Harvest of Fire – 17.5
Caroline in the City – 16.1
ER – 16.1
Home Improvement – 14.9
Friends – 14.5
Boston Common – 13.9
Prime Time Live – 12.9
Touched by an Angel (Sun.) – 12.5
20/20 – 12.5
60 Minutes – 12.4
Walker, Texas Ranger (Sat.) – 11.8
Drew Carey Show – (Tue.) – 11.7
The Nanny – 11.4
Touched by an Angel – 1.4
Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 11.2
Grace Under Fire – 11.1
Murphy Brown – 11.1
Dateline NBC (Tues.) - 11.0
3rd Rock From The Sun – 10.0
Frasier (Sun.) – 10.7
Frasier – 10.6
NYPD Blue – 10.6
Mad About You – 10.5
Friday night television listings/TV guide – April 22, 1996
CBS – Due South, Diagnosis Murder, Nash Bridges, Dave Letterman
NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Homicide: Life on the Street, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step, Hangin’ W/Mr. Cooper, 20/20, Nightline
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week
Fox – Sliders, The X-Files
CNBC – America After Hours, Charles Grodin, Rivera Live
Sci-Fi – The Odyssey, C/Net Central, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Future Cop
On the X-Files – Milder and Scully, while clearing Skinner of murder charges, unravel a bigger mystery.
On David Letterman – Dana Carvey, Robin Quivers, Afghan Whigs.
On Jay Leno – Newt Gingrich, Jonathan Silverman, Gloria Estefan.
Top movies – April 22, 1996
Truth About Cats and Dogs
James and the Giant Peach
A Thin Line Between Love & Hate
Flirting with Disaster.