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
Fly Away Home
Rich Man’s Wife
A Time to Kill
The Spitfire Grill