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


In The News

Interest rate fears and weaker corporate profits send the Dow down 167 points to 5,349.51 – the lowest level since January.

A TWA jumbo jet heading to Paris from JFK airport explodes in mid-air as it was ascending in flight. All 229 aboard perish. Flight 800, a Boeing 747-100 plunged in flames into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles off Moriches Inlet (Long Island).

Federal authorities mount an intense investigation into flight 800. Theories range from a bomb to an engine blast. President Clinton warns the media about jumping to conclusions. 

Sri Lanka – Tamil rebels lay siege to a key coastal military base in one of the bloodiest battles of the 13-year-old civil war. 

Attorney F. Lee Bailey just spent 44 days in jail in Tallahassee charged with civil contempt for not handing over stock certificates from a drug case. Word has it; publishers are interested in the story.

Comedians writing books – a big trend. Jay Leno received $4.2 million for his book, Paul Reiser notched to $5 million for a sequel to “Couplehood” and Tim Allen is looking for the same for the follow-up to his bestseller. Whoopi Goldberg is about to receive a whopping $6 million for a future book.

Passing – Lou Gottlieb (72), bass player for the popular 50’s- 60’s folk group – The Limeliters.

Mattel Barbie Doll Update – July 15, 1996

Mattel says it will launch a collection of “My Fair Lady” Barbie dolls. It’s all in conjunction of the October 1 video re-release of the 1964 movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Four editions will be available in different dress, in the likeness of Ms. Hepburn. The collector dolls, complete with a Henry Higgins Ken partner, will sell for around $100.


Technology news – July 15, 1996

At the PC Expo trade show in New York – Netscape, Microsoft and others demonstrate technology which lets someone use the Internet for phone usage.


Sports news – July 15 1996

Forget Orlando for now – Shaq O’Neal re-signs with the Lakers for $120 million. You can see Shaq in the movie “Kazaam” at theaters. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15, 1996

Seinfeld – 14.2

Baseball All-Star game – 13.2

3rd Rock From The Sun – 12.6

ER – 11.4

Movie-Mortal Fear – 10.8

Prime time Live – 10.8

60 Minutes – 10.8

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 10.7

Frasier (Thur) – 10.7

20/20 – 10.3

Home Improvement – 10.2

Friends – 9.8

The Nanny – 9.6


Television news – July 15, 1996

MSNBC launches this week and the first major challenger to CNN. Anchor Jodi Applegate introduced Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley and other NBC anchors during the first hour. Radio man Don Imus is signed and will offer a video version of his radio show during the morning.

But wait - Fox announces a new cable channel launch on October 7. It will compete with the new MSNBC and CNN in the 24-hour news arena. There is speculation that Rush Limbaugh will be joining the new “Fox News Channel.”

Rush Limbaugh says he’s fed up with the time slots he’s been given on individual stations and says he’s leaving television.

NBC  begins airing “The Tonight Show Special With Jay Leno” a 5 ½ minute feature weeknights whereby Leno offers jokes and sketches keyed to the Olympics. 

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

CBS – Dave’s World, Can’t Hurry Love, All-Star Countryfest ’96, The Late Show

NBC – Dateline NBC, Sports Illustrated, Tonight Show

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

 WB – The Parent ‘Hood, Sister, Sister, The Wayans Bros, Wayans Bros

PBS – National Geographic’s Heart of Africa, Mark Russell, Festival of Dreams

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five

UPN – The Sentinel, Swift Justice, To Love Again

Nick – Tiny Toon Adventures, Bewitched, Bewitched, Bewitched, Bewitched


Ellen – Ellen takes care of Paige’s boyfriend’s young daughter for a weekend.

Sister, Sister – Tamera’s new college buddies strand her far from her home.

On Wayans Bros #1 – Shawn loses his newsstand to T.C. in a poker game.

On the Late Show – Michael J. Fox, Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

On the Tonight Show – Marc John Jeffries


Music news – July 15, 1996

Smashing Pumpkins’ backup musician Jonathan Melvoin died last week of a heroin overdose.

Michael Jackson is in South Africa to promote his HIStory world tour. He says he loves the country so much that “I’m looking forward for a house to buy here.” He is scheduling yet another meeting with President Nelson Mandela.

Sammy Hagar says he was informed by Eddie Van Halen last month that he was being replaced by original singer David Lee Roth, whom Hagar replaced in 1985. Hagar says he had a series of disagreements with Van Halen. 

14-year-old LeAnn Rimes is making big news. Her album “Blue” is #1 on the country charts. Is there more for her?

Top music albums – July 15, 1996

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette

Secrets – Toni Braxton

It Was Written – Nas

Load – Metallica

Phenomenon – Soundtrack

The Score – Fugees

The Nutty Professor

E. 1999 Eternal, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt


Top Pop Single Music Hits(top-40) – July 15, 1996

Twisted – Keith Sweat

 Makin’ Me High – Toni Braxton

How Do U Want It – 2Pac

Change the World – Eric Clapton

Someday – All-4-One

Macarena – Los Del Rio

Only You – 112

Loungin – LL Cool J

I Can’t Sleep, Baby (If I) – R. Kelly

Why I Love You So - Monica


Top movie video rentals – July 15, 1996

Get Shorty



Leaving Las Vegas


Dean Man walking


Father of the Bride Part Ii

The American President

Broken Arrow


Top movies – July 15, 1996

Independence Day


The Nutty Professor

Courage Under Fire

Harriet The Spy

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


The Rock



Mission: Impossible



The Cable Guy

Lone Star


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