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Dateline: Events/Week of August 22, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton signs legislation overhauling welfare. “Today we are taking a historic chance to make welfare what it was meant to be: a second chance, not a way of life.” For the first time, poor families will be limited to a maximum of five years of federal cash assistance. Recipients will be required to work within two years of the time they sign up for welfare. 

President Clinton gives the FDA authority to enact sweeping rules targeting teen smoking – reversing a policy – a hands-off government policy of the tobacco industry.

Too important to jail? – Stiffer-than-expected sentences go out to four S. Korean tycoons – for bribing former President Roh Tae Woo. They’ll get prison time. Among those sentenced were individuals ho ha served as finance minister and minister of trade and industry. 

 (Chicago) Democratic National Convention – Second night – First Lady Hillary lays out an address defending her party’s social policies and lays out her husband’s goal for his second term.

Republican contender Bob Dole accuses President Clinton of trying to co-opt his GOP campaign themes and he predicted Clinton would endorse capital-gains tax cuts and tougher drug controls at his convention speech.

Federal Military commanders agree to resume withdrawing troops from Chechnya – a sort of truce in the 20-month war that had been threatened by a dispute over missing guns.

Democratic Convention – Bill Clinton is nominated to a second term.

The federal government denied Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan permission to accept a promised $1billion gift from Libya to help African Americans economically and politically.

Jack Kevorkan stepped up his campaign for doctor-assisted suicide helping a woman with multiple sclerosis kill herself and then bringing the body of a man to the same hospital eight hours later.


Technology news – August 22, 1996

Sony is reviving the minidisk – first introduced in 1992 – but failed. It’s a miniature CD – 2 ½ inches – but this time – Sony says it will have better pricing and offer a self-contained MiniDisc Studio sold in a bundle.

Sony Corp says that it will delay introducing its digital videodisc player until the spring, citing a lack of movies to play on the new machine.  Hollywood studios have balked at putting their libraries of movies on DVD for fear of piracy. But there’s still a problem of an industry standard because there’s a rival DVD format from Toshiba Corp – which plans to go ahead with its DVD player introduction this fall in the U.S. and Japan.  

Microsoft Corp says a letter Netscape wrote to the antitrust officials was a publicity stunt. They say they are not violating antitrust laws in a drive to boost their share of the Internet browser department.


Radio news – August 22, 1996 – Bob Grant Sues WABC Radio

Talk show host Bob Grant sues his former radio station – WABC New York which he says, tried to blacklist him after he made controversial remarks about deceased commerce secretary Ron Brown.


Entertainment news /Celebrity/Movie news – August  22, 1996

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is hospitalized with a broken neck after rear-ending his girlfriend’s Cadillac – and hitting a traffic signal near San Diego.

Sylvester Stallone and his girlfriend Jennifer Flavin are parents of a 7-pound girl – named Sophia after Sophia Loren.


Music news – August 22, 1996

It appears that Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher didn’t have laryngitis causing him to miss an MTV unplugged. Instead he decided to go house hunting, according to the British press.

R.E.M. signs a five-album contract with Warner Brothers Records for $80 million.

Aerosmith just fired its longtime manager – Tim Collins and its next album release has been pushed back.

Michael Jackson duets with the trio “3T” on their first album – “Anything.” “3T” features his teenage nephews – TJ, Taryl Jackson and Taj.

U2’s next album will not release its next album until early next year. It was supposed to be released in October. Meantime “No Code” by Pearl Jam is released this week. 

Don’t miss the MTV 1996 Video Music Awards this week – just added Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, LL Cool J and KISS.


Top Pop Hit singles(top-40) – August 22, 1996

Hit Me Off – New Edition

Twisted – Keith Sweat

Loungin’  - LL Cool J

Only You – 112

I Love You Always Forever – Dona Lewis

How Do You Want It – 2pac

Elevators – Outkast

Change the World – Eric Clapton

Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) – Los Del Rio

It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – Celine Dion


Top music albums – August 22, 1996

Beats, Rhymes and Life – A Tribe Called Quest

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Sublime – Sublime

Secrets – Toni Braxton

Unreleased & Revamped – Cypress Hill

Keith Sweat - Keith Sweat

311 – 311

Falling Into You – Celine Dion


Hot Country singles – August 22, 1996

Blue – LeAnn Rimes

The Woman in Me – Shania Twain


Television news – August  22, 1996

Passing – Actor Greg Morris (61) – best-known as “Barney” in the original “Mission: Impossible.” Morris loved to smoke… of lung cancer. 

Barry Diller’s “Silver King Communicatons” wants to buy Hoe Shopping Network in a stock swap for $1.26 billion.

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week  of August 22, 1996

CBS – The Nanny, Dave’s World, Diagnoses Murder, Dave Letterman

NBC – Wings, John Larroquette Show, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno

ABC – Ellen, The Faculty, Grace Under Fire, Drew Carey, Nightline

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five

 WB – Sister Sister, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, Wayans, Jamie Fox

UPN – The Sentinel, Star Trek: Voyager

PBS – Galapagos: A World Apart

MTV – Beach MTV, Beach House Nights, Real World, Singled Out.


Singled out is hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwick. 

Earlier in the evening – networks feature coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

Jay Leno – Damon Wayans, Christy Martin, Mike Lucas.


Top movies – August 22, 1996

The Island of Dr. Moreau

Tin Cup

A Very Brady Sequel

A Time To Kill


Independence day

The Fan



Escape from LA 

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