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


In The News

In San Diego, Bob Dole gets the Republican Party nod for the presidential nomination. He promised sweeping tax cuts to revive America’s economy and old-time leadership o reverse – what he termed the country’s moral slide. Later, he chooses Jack Kemp as his running mate.

Mexico’s attorney general fires over 700 members of the judicial police in an attempt to reform Mexico’s biggest drug-fighting force.

Reform party officials announce that Ross Perot will carry the party’s banner in the fall campaign for the White House. He told a cheering crowd at Valley Forge, PA – “Thank you for creating a Reform party. I am honored and I am humbled that you have chosen me as you candidate to be president.

Mamoru Konno, president of Sanyo’s Video Component Corp USA, is released by kidnappers near Tijuana after his company paid a $2 million ransom.

President Clinton signs a bill raising the minimum wage another 90 cents an hour. 


Technology news – August 15, 1996 – Netscape Update

Netscape introduces Navigator 3.0. It will search out content from the Internet based on users’ specified interests and deliver it to the personal computers. It also includes technology to carry three-dimensional video electronic mail.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – August 15, 1996

 “Lost Paradise” – a Sandra Bullock film made seven years ago – way before her current popularity, will be released early next year. Should be interesting.


Television news – August 15, 1996

Martha Stewart’s weekly show “Martha Stewart Living” is going to be produced daily beginning next TV season.

Westinghouse/CBS will launch a cable channel by early next year. The channel, called “Eye On The People,” will focus on historical and contemporary personalities in and out of the news.

TV comebacks – so far, there has been Michael J. Fox in “Spin City,” Ted Danson in “Ink” and CBS reaches an agreement with Arsenio Hall and is expected to come up with a series for him soon.  Hall has taken a long vacation after ending his late night talkshow. He’s been developing movies  and is ready to go back to TV.

 Barbara Walters tapes the first interview with Margot Kidder since she was found dazed and confused in a Southern California backyard – back in April.

For the second time in a row, Dennis Miller will host the annual MTV Video Music Awards. Watch it September 4.

VH1 gets a talk show – The RuPaul Show – will debut October 12 on Saturday nights.

A & E is looking into the possibility of creating a “Biography” channel – the network’s top rated show.

This week – “VH1 Presents the ‘70’s” – a five part documentary series told in part with music from the decade. 

CBS is promoting “Big Comedy Monday” on September 16 with the debut of Bill Cosby’s new show “Cosby” and Ted Danson’s “Ink” along with Rhea Perlman in “Pearl.”


Saturday night television listings/TV guide – August 15, 1996

CBS – Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, Touched By An Angel, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC – Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge, Movie

ABC – Second Noah, Movie

Fox – Cops, Cops, Sightings

PBS – Great Performances, Buddy Guy Live: The Real Deal

Comedy Central – Politically Incorrect, One Night Stand, Lounge Lizards, Dream On.

A & E – Country Music Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary celebration, Biography This Week, Investigative reports.


Music news – August 15, 1996

Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” has sold some 9.5 copies since its release in June of last year. It’s still selling briskly, at 100,000 per week. She had two dance-oriented albums in her native Canada as a teen. She’s now 22.

Rick James is released from Folsom State Prison where he served three years for assaulting a woman and holding her against her will.

 Melissa Etheridge and he life partner Julie Cypher announced they are expecting a child in January. Etheridge is touring for her new album, “Your Little Secret.”


Ticketmaster says these were tops on their online top-10 – the hottest tickets…


Alanis Morissette

Smashing Pumpkins

Jimmy Buffett

Dave Matthews Band

Gloria Estefan


Phantom of the Opera

Neil Young



Top Pop music singles(top-40) – August 15, 1996

Twisted – Keith Sweat

 Loungin – LL Cool J

Macarena – Los Del Rio

How Do U Want It – 2Pac

Elevators – OutKast

I Love You – Always Forever – Donna Lewis

I Can’t Sleep – R. Kelly

You’re Makin’ Me high – Tony Braxton

Only You – 112

It’s All Coming Back to me Know – Celine Dion


Top music albums – August 15, 1996

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

 Secrets – Toni Braxton

Sublime – Sublime

Unplugged – Alice in Chains

Beats, Rhymes and Life – A Tribe Called Quest

It Was Written – Nas

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Phenomenon – soundtrack

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Songs From The Motion Picture: She’s The One – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Load – Metallica


Top movie video rentals – August 15, 1996

Broken Arrow

12 Monkeys


Mr. Holland’s Opus

Dean man Walking

Rumble in the Bronx

The Juror

Happy Gilmore

Get Short

Leaving Las Vegas


Top movies – August 15, 1996


A Time to Kill

Independence day

Escape From L.A.



Chain Reaction

Courage Under Fire

The Nutty Professor






The Hunchback of Notre dame


Adventures of Pinocchio

The Rock


The Frighteners

Lone Star

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