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


In The News

The United States sends a warning to Saddam Hussein, threatening to launch another attack if Baghdad doesn’t not stop rebuilding air defense installations destroyed by U.S. missiles – which were taken out last week.

Kurdish forces, backed by Saddam Hussein’s forces – take control of Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq – taking back the area for the first time since the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Thousands of area Kurds have fled.

The Clinton administration dispatches stealth fighters to Kuwait after Iraqi forces fired a missile at American warplanes. Later, the administration said it would send 5,000 U.S. Army troops to Kuwait.

Susan McDougal, President Clinton’s Whitewater investment partner – is imprisoned for contempt of curt for refusing to answer prosecutor’s questions about whether Clinton had knowledge of criminal wrongdoing in connection with the Whitewater resort development.

Texas - Wanda Webb Holloway, who offered her diamond earrings in a murder—for-hire plot aimed at getting he daughter on the junior high cheerleading squad, is sentenced to 10 years in prison. She plotted to have Verna Heath murdered by a hit man, hoping the death would upset her daughter so much, she wouldn’t make the cheerleading team.

A $10-million class-action lawsuit accuses First Lady Hillary, the FBI and others of harming White House employees of previous administrations by mishandling their background files. 

A national blue-ribbon commission issues a poor report – that one in four teachers in the nation’s public schools is unqualified.

Gillette Co. agrees to buy Duracell International Inc. in a stock deal valued at $7.1 billion.


Sports news – September 8, 1996

Mike Tyson KO’s Bruce Seldon in just two minutes at a bought at the MGM Grand and some 9,000 disgruntled fans rose to their feet and shouted, “Fake!” The fight lasted 109 seconds and Tyson wins the WBA heavyweight title.

Los Angeles Dodger Brett Butler breaks his hand. He had just returned from cancer surgery.


Entertainment news – September 8, 1996

Passing – Actress Joanne Dru. She was 74.  


Music news – September 8, 1996

Tupac Injured – Then Dies

Rapper Tupac Shakur (25) is in critical condition after being gunned down in a car-to-car attack just off the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur was cruising in a five-car convoy with Marion “Suge” Knight – head of Death Row Records when a white Cadillac pulled up next to Knight’s BMW 750 – about 11:15pm and opened fire. Police say Shakur was struck at least four times – twice in the chest. The Cadillac then sped off. Knight, who was driving, was grazed in the head by a bullet fragment. Both were coming from the Mike Tyson fight and were headed to Knight’s “Club 662” night club.

Rapper Tupac Shakur dies six days after he was shot four times in a street ambush. Surgeons had removed his right lung but he remained on a respirator in intensive care until his death.

Did you miss the “Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards on the WB? Winners were TLC and Faith Evans, Evans is the wife of rapper “Notorious B.I.G.” Also, Mary J. Blige got best solo R&B single. Brandy and Vanessa Williams got special awards.

Wal-Mart Stores ban an upcoming album by Sheryl Crow because of lyrics. The album “Sheryl Crow,’ is to be released by A&M Records on September 24.

Passing – Bill Monroe – created “Bluegrass.” He was 84.


Television news – September 8, 1996

Greg Kinnear is leaving “Later with Greg Kinnear” on NBC to concentrate on his movie career.

On NBC – Conan O’Brien’s 3rd Anniversary Special!, following the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


48th Annual Emmy Awards – some winners –

Best drama series – “ER”

Best lead actor – Dennis Franz – “NYPD Blue”

Best lead actress – Kathy Baker – “Picket Fences”

Best comedy series – “Frasier”

Best lead actor – John Lithgow – “3rd Rock From the Sun”


Best lead actress – Helen Hunt – “Mad Abut You”


Top movies – September 8, 1996


The Cup

First Kid

A Time to Kill

Spitfire Grill


Independence day

Island of Dr. Moreau

The Crow: City of Angels

A Very Brady Sequel

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