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


In The News

NASA chief Dan Goldin promises to do whatever is necessary to confirm whether the microscopic worm-like structures found on a meteorite from mars are really of signs of life beyond earth. 

The U.S., after three months – will allow Iraq trade oil for food in a U.N-approved plan that lets Iraq sell up to $2 billion worth of oil in the next six months so it can buy food and medicine for its citizens.

Violent crime by juveniles is down for the first time in seven years, according to the FBI.

Republican convention in San Diego – Colin Powell addresses the opening session… Presidential nominee Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his running mate.

Northern Ireland – Thousands of Catholics march toward the 17th century walls that encircle Londonderry’s commercial center, decrying a Protestant plan to parade past a Catholic neighborhood. 

Weekly radio address – President Clinton scolded Republicans for stripping from legislation now before Congress tools designed to help law enforcement “find out, track down and shut down terrorists.”

Gorzny - Federal troops struggled to retake the Chechen capital as their prime minister promised reinforcements to end toe confrontation in Grozny that has embarrassed president Boris N. Yeltsin.

O.J. Simpson civil trial – Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki forbids all attorneys, witnesses and litigants to talk about the case for the duration of the trial.


Technology news – August 8, 1996

AOL suffers a 19-hour outage to its 6 million subscribers. 


Music news – August 8, 1996

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen gets sentenced to produced a public service announcement admitting he is a batterer after pleading to attacking his wife. It’ll air on MTV.

Passing – Mel Taylor – original drummer for the Ventures. He was 63.


Top Pop Hit Singles(top-40) – August 8, 1996

Twisted- Keith Sweat

How Do U Want It – 2pac

Macarona (B. Boys Mix) – Los Del Rio

I  Can’t Sleep Baby (If I) – R. Kelly

Loungin – LL Cool J.

Someday – All-4-One

You’re Makin’ Me High – Toni Braxton

Change the World – Eric Clapton

Only You - 112


Television news – August 8, 1996

Don’t miss Discovery Channel’s ninth annual “Shark Week.”

First hire for the new Fox News Channel is Catherine Crier from ABC.

Bob Schieffer ends 20-years as anchor of CBS’ Sunday night newscast. Last one is August 24.


Monday night television listings/TV Guide – August 8, 1996

CBS – The Nanny, Almost Perfect, Murphy Brown, Cybil, Republican National Convention, Dave Letterman

NBC – Republican National Convention, Movie, Jay Leno

ABC – Republican National Convention

PBS – The American Experience, Charlie Rose

MTV – Beach MTV, Beach House Nights. Road Rules

VH1 – VH1 Crossroads, Soul of VH1, After Hours

UPN – Man o Man, Nowhere Man


On David Letterman – Jerry O’Connell, Richard Simmons

On Jay Leno – Gloria Estefan, Dennis Miller, Steffi Graff.


Top movies – August 8, 1996


A Time to Kill

Escape From LA

Independence day



Chain Reaction

Courage Under Fire

Nutty Professor


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