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


In The News

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole announces that he will quit his Senate seat to devote full time and energy to his presidential campaign as “a private citizen, a Kansan, an American, just a man.”

Chief of Naval Operations Jeremy Michael Boorda shoots himself in the chest and dies. Boorda, the Navy’s top admiral was about to be questioned by a newsmagazine about a combat decoration he had worn - a decoration to which he was not entitled, Pentagon officials say.

Large pieces of ValuJet Flight 592 are wrenched out of the Everglades as federal investigators continue to search for clues that could reveal the cause of the crash in which 110 people died. 

ValuJet Airlines, still reeling from the fatal crash of one of its jetliners a week ago, slices its daily flights by half to adequately check the safety of its fleet.

In a landmark victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court rules that gays and lesbians may not be singled out for official discrimination simply because of “animus” toward their sexual orientation.  


Technology news – May 15, 1996

Hot at the Electronic Entertainment exposition in Las Vegas this week - Multi-Players, which allow a user to play interactive games on the Internet. MPath Interactive and rival Total Entertainment Network say they are launching national services this week that will allow gamers to play a wide range of personal computer games over the Internet. Sega announces plans to offer a modem attachment to allow online gaming.  ...Also, Apple introduces a “Net Box” at the show. The boxes or network computers, make the Internet accessible to a broad range of consumers who can’t afford a traditional PC or don’t want to learn how to use one. In a separate action -  IBM, Sun and Oracle Corp agree on a Net Box standard. Net boxes use a TV set instead of a computer monitor. Critics including Microsoft, say such machines will never take  off because consumers are accustomed to full-blown PC’s. Low-end PC’s go for around $1000. The Net Boxes will retail for around $500.  

More Computer News - CompuServe says it is shifting most of its content to the Internet. Although it will cost millions of dollars to convert its content into hypertext markup language - the universal code governing the graphic-rich portion of the Internet, the transition will save the company money in the long run by making it easier and cheaper to produce those offerings. Microsoft Network and Prodigy and others have already begun the shift to the Web. Only America Online remains with 100% proprietary software. AOL has 5.5 million customers, CompuServe has 4.7 million.  


Sports news – May 15, 1996

Killed - Scott Brayton, one of the most popular drivers at Indianapolis is killed while practicing for the Indianapolis 500. Brayton’s right rear tire deflated, sending the Lola-Menard into a slow spin as it entered the second turn.


Bestselling Books – May 15, 1996

The Tenth Insight: Holding the vision - James Redfield

Slowness - Milan Kundera

Moonlight Becomes You - Mary Higgins Clark

How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Terry McMilan

Malice - Danielle Steel

The Debt To Pleasure - John Lanchester

Primary Colors - Anonymous

Bad As I Wanna Be - Dennis Rodman with Tim Keown

In Comtempt - Christopher Darden With Jess Walter

The Zone - Barry Sears/Bill Lawrence

Smokin’ Joe - Joe Frazier with Phil Berger

Mother - photographs by Judy Olausen


Television news – May 15, 1996

Passing - Actor John Beradino - a child actor in the “Our Gang” series and best-known for his portrayal of Dr Steve Hardy on TV’s “General Hospital” for 33 years. He was 79. Of cancer.  

Marry - Actress Melanie Griffith (38) to actor Antonio Banderas (35).

C-Span debuts “All About Books” on Saturday. It’s a five-hour weekend programming block devoted to books, authors and the publishing industry.

Ben Stiller and Jeanine Garofalo are named co-hosts of the 1996 MTV Movie Awards airing June 13.

It’s announced that part-timer Bob Goen will take over the weekday anchor desk for “Entertainment Tonight on May 31. Leaving is longtime co-host John Tesh.

On the season finale of “Seinfeld” this week, it looks like George will remain a bachelor. Susan expires from licking a toxic adhesive on their wedding invitation envelopes. NBC says they received some calls to the dark humor.

After 264 episodes and 12 seasons - CBS cancels “Murder She Wrote” starring Angela Lansbury. “My gratitude and appreciation to all of you, our great family of viewers - who along with me have solved 264 murder mysteries over 12 great years. With Love, Jessica Fletcher.”

UPN says it will offer 2 hours of Sunday morning animated series beginning this fall. Look for “The Mouse & The Monster,” “Jumanji,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “B.A.D.”

More UPN - the network is dropping “Nowhere Man,” “Swift Justice,” “Minor Adjustments and “Paranormal Borderline.”

Here is the UPN fall schedule:

Monday - “In The House,” “Malcolm & Eddie,” “Goode Behavior,” Sparks, Sparks and Sparks.”

Tuesday - “Moesha,” Homeboys in Outer Space,” “The Burning Zone.”

Wednesday - “The Sentinel,” Star Trek: Voyager.”

A total of six shows on the schedule are Afro-American comedies. The network believes this segment of the population is underserved. 


Top Movie Video Rentals – May 15, 1996

Waiting to Exhale

The Aristocats


Pulp Fiction

May Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


Playboy: Hot Latin Ladies

Tom and Huck

The X-Files: Pilot/Deep Throat

While You Were Sleeping


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 15, 1996  

ER - 23.9

Seinfeld - 22.3

Caroline in the City - 19.9

Friends - 19.1

Single Guy - 16.6

Home Improvement - 15.0

 Mad About You - 15.0

Roseanne - 14.7

NYPD Blue - 14.1

Coach - 12.9

Coach - 12.9

Movie - Twisted Desire - 12.9

Law & Order - 12.7

The Firm - 12. 6

PrimeTime Live - 12.5

Frasier - 12.4

Murder, She Wrote - 12.3

60 Minutes - 12.3

Grace Under Fire - 12.2

Nanny - 12.2

Touched by an Angel - 12.2

Walker, Texas Ranger - 11.9

Dateline: NBC (Wed) - 11.8

Dave’s World - 11.5

Murphy Brown - 11.5

Cybill - 11.4

X-Files - 11.2

Chicago Hope - 11.1

Wings - 10.9

Ellen (Tuesdays) - 10.8


Monday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of May 15, 1996

CBS - The Nanny, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Cybill, Chicago Hope

NBC - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Movie

ABC - Movie - “Scent of  A Women”

 Fox - Melrose Place,

UPN - Star Trek Voyager - Nowhere Man

PBS - David Attenborough’s Natural World, Hidden Worlds,

Sci-Fi - Friday the 13th, Twilight Zone, Monsters, Forever Knight, Planet of the Apes

TNN - Club Dance with Shelley Mangnum, Country News, Monday Night Concerts-Mark Chestnutt, Prime Time Country with Bob Eubanks, Deirdre Reilly


Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Will discourages potential buyers for the house. Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford guest star.

Melrose Place (season finale) - Michael and Amanda Meet danger when they try to rescue Peter. Jane buys a boutique. Jane and Sydney make a move against Richard.

Syndicated talk - Jerry Springer show - Transvestites.


Late night talk -

Late Show With David Letterman - Fran Drescher, comedian Brian Green, singer Joan Jett

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno - Conan O’Brien, Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard


Top Pop Music(top-40) – May 15, 1996  

Tres Delinquentes - Delinquent Habits

Get Money - Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Because... Celine Dion

Keep On Keepin’ On - MC Lyte

You’re The One - SWV

Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey

All The Things.... Joe

Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) - R. Kelly


Top music albums – May 15, 1996

Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

The Score - Fugees

Fairweather Johnson - Hootie and the Blowfish

Wild Mood Wings - The Cure

Falling Into You - Celine Dion

To the Faithful Departed - the Cranberries

Evil Empire - Rage Against The Machine

Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera

Crash - Dave Matthews Band

New Beginning - Tracy Chapman


Top Country Albums – May 15, 1996

Woman in Me - Shania Twain

Borderline - Brooks & Dunn

Blue Clear Sky - George Straight

Time Marches On - Tracy Lawrence

Greatest Hits - Alan Jackson

Hits - Garth Brooks

It Matters To Me - Faith Hill

Revelations - Wynonna


More Albums -

Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded

Smells Like Children - Marilyn Manson

All Eyes On Me - 2 Pac

Sunset Park - soundtrack

No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom

Tiny Music - Stone Temple Pilots


Top modern rock tracks – May 15, 1996

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

Salvation – The Cranberries

Machinehead – Bush

Mother Mother – Tracy Bonham

Too Much- Dave Matthews Band

Pretty Noose- Soundgarden

Photograph – the Verve Pipe

Here in Your Bedroom – Goldfinger

Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla

Bing Bang Baby – Stone Temple Pilots


Top Rap Music Tracks – May 15, 1996

Crossroads – Bone Thugs & Harmony

Keep On Keepin’ On – MC Lyte

Doin It – L.L. Cool J.

Renee – Lost Boyz

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

Scarred – Luke

Ain’t No Nigga/Dead Presidents – Jay-Z


Top Country Hit Music – May 15, 1996

My Maria – Brooks & Dunn

Heads Carolina, Tails California – Jo Dee Messina

Blue Clear Sky – George strait

Someone else’s Dream – faith Hill

Long As I Live – John Michael Montgomery

It’s What I Do – Billy dean

I Think About You – Collin Raye

All I Want is A Life – Tim McGraw

Time Marches On – Tracy Lawrence 


Top pop hits in Britain – May 15, 1996

Fastlove – George Michael

Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison

Ooh Aah … Just A Little Bit -  Gina G.

Celilia – Suggs featuring Louchie I.O. and Michie One

Charmless Man – Blur

Move Move Move (The Red Tribe) – 1996 Manchester United Fa Cup Squad

Cut Some Rug/Castle Rock – Blue Tones


Top movies – May 15, 1996

Twister - Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton

Flipper - Paul Hogan, Elijah Wood

The Truth About Cats and Dogs - Ulma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo

The Craft - Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney

Heaven’s Prisoners - Alec Baldwin, Teri Hatcher, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kelly Lynch, Eric Roberts

Primal Fear - Richard Gere

The Quest - Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Birdcage - Robin Williams, Nathan Lane

Executive Decision -

The Great White Hype - Samuel L. Jackson

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate - Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield

Original Gangstas - Fred Willaimson, Jim Brown

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