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


In The News

A deployment of several thousand U.S. troops into Kuwait is delayed because that country has not yet given a thumps up. 

Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center and is headed to the Mir space station, where American astronaut Shannon Lucid has spent a record-breaking six months in orbit. No doubt, she’s ready to leave and this is great news for her.

The O.J. Simpson civil trial opens.

 Found in his Montana cabin – a journal from Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski that ties him directly to the trail of 16 bombings.

The Justice Department says violent crime was down last year – more than 9% compared to 1994.

A House Senate group calls for expanded coverage for mentally ill and 48-hour maternity hospital stays for new mothers. 

The FDA approves the controversial abortion pill RU-486, ruling it is safe and effective.

In San Francisco – Reform Party candidate Ross Perot blasts the two-party political system as a corrupt, self-serving institution that cannot stand the heat of examination by his campaign or independent-minded voters. 

Passing – McGeorge Bundy – national security advisor to Jon F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He was 77.

Passing – Spiro T. Agnew – Vice President under Richard M. Nixon. He was 77.

The CIA shuts down its Internet home page after hackers broke-in and changed the name to Central Stupidity Agency and replaced some of its offerings with the likes of “news from space” and nude girls.

Weekly radio address –

President Clinton declared that the United States has “tightened the strategic straitjacket” around Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, even as senior American officials pressed to rally support behind U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf.


NASCAR news – September 15, 1996

Jeff Gordon wins the MBNA 500 at Dover, Delaware.


Entertainment news – September 15, 1996

Passing – Dancer Juliet Prowse of pancreatic cancer. She was 59.


Music news – September 15, 1996

Don’t miss Gloria Estefan – live in Miami – on HBO.  The Evolution Concert.

Michael Jackson conducts a concert in Moscow


Top music  albums – September 15, 1996

No Code – Pearl Jam

ATLiens – OutKast

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Sublime – Sublime

Falling Into You – Celene Dion

311 – Three-Eleven

Keith Sweat – Keith Sweat

Secrets – Toni Braxton

House Nation – Richard “Humpty” Vision

Load – Metallica

Unplugged – Alice in Chains

Mellon Colie & The Infiniate Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins

Down on the Upside – Soundgarden

Evil Empire – Rage Against the Machine



Radio news – September 15, 1996

“Fox Kids Countdown” – a weekly hit countdown show hosted by Chris Leary. It’s on 180 stations and heard on the program – all kinds of promos for anything Fox-TV.


Television news – September 15, 1996

Michael J. Fox is returning to TV – another sitcom and this one’s called “Spin City.” He’s reunited with “Family Ties” producer Gary David Goldberg. 

NBC Sunday night – Neil Simon’s “London Suite” starring Michael Richards, Julie Hagerty, Jonathan Silverman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kristen Johnston, Kelsey Grammer, Richard Mulligan, Madeline Kahn.

New show on CBS – “Cosby” – also starring Phylicia Rashad. Also “Pearl” starring Rhea Pearlman. On NBC Thursday nights  a new show “Suddenly Susan.” 

CNBC changes – As it adds reruns of “Conan O’Brien” and shifts Charles Grodin to a later hour.

 Atlanta bomb suspect Richard Jewell will be interviewed on “60 Minutes” this week.

Time Warner Inc. has agreed to deliver the MSNBC news channel to millions more cable subscribers – at the expense of the new Fox News Channel, who believed they had an informal agreement that the channel would be quickly carried. The Fox News Channel is set to debut October 7 to about 12 million subscribers, but the channel needs 15 to 20 million to attract national advertisers. MSNBC has about 23 million and CNN – 68 million.


Top movies – September 15, 1996

Maximum Risk

Fly Away Home


Tin Cup

Rich Man’s Wife

First Kid

A Time to Kill

The Spitfire Grill

Independence Day


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