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Dateline: Events/Week of October 1, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In the News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat talk together for several hours at the opening of a Mideast summit in Washington.

Unemployment rises a little – to 5.2%.

Survey - President Clinton is in a commanding position to win reelection in enough states to win a decisive electoral college. 

 Debate – President Clinton and Republican challenger Robert Dole go at it in Hartford, Ct. Clinton said the country is better off than it was four years ago. Dole says the ountry has rising drug problems and the economy isn’t the best.

Although Ross Perot was not in the debate, he appeared on “Larry King Live” later for comments. 

Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr speaks at an event co-sponsored by Pat Roberson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.

In Yongalla Oregon – a man who kidnapped a 7-year-old girl and took her through 100 miles of terror – was killed by a police sharpshooter. The ordeal lasted 3 ½ hours. The girl – Kristina Jacobson is OK.

Atlanta-based ValuJet Inc resumes air service – its first flight since its post May crash grounding.

A computer error has resulted in the social security computer system which, it is discovered, has shortchanged about $700,000 people since 1972!

Former Los Angeles Police Det. Mark Fuhrman enters a plea of no contest to a felony perjury charge. He admitted he lied last year when he testified that he had not used a racial slur in a decade during the O.J. Simpson mess.

Toys R. Us Inc., the nation’s leading toy retailer, takes a major step in expanding its fledgling Babies R Us division with a $376-million deal to acquire Baby Superstore Inc – the largest chain of infant product stores.

Passing – Seymour Cray (71) – engineer and entrepreneur who for more than three decades – built the world’s fastest computers.


Technology news – October 1, 1996

NASA scientists discover that a key transmission standard that is the foundation of communications over the Internet and corporate computer networks does not work well in space. This could slow or stop plans to offer Internet access to remote places – that only satellites can reach. But one company say it can overcome the problems involved in using the crucial Internet protocol known as TCP.


Sports news – October 1, 1996

Las Vegas invitational – Tiger Woods defeats Davis Love III.

MikeTyson is ordered by a federal jury to pay his former trainer, Kevin Rooney more than $4.4 million, who claimed Tyson had broken a lifetime contract by firing him in 1988.


Music news – October 1, 1996

Trying to boost sagging sales of his “Older” album – George Michael will perform live to tape an MTV Unplugged.” It’s the first live performance by the former music superstar in three years.

Capitol Records is extremely pleased with sales of the video “The Beatles Anthology Home Video.” In three weeks – the eight-tape 10-hour documentary has sold 50,000 copies.

Van Halen in a tizzy – Eddie and Alex Van Halen want Gary Cherone of Extreme as their new lead singer but David Lee Roth believes he is replacing fired singer Sammy Hagar. Roth wrote an open letter saying his “reunion” with the band was a publicity stunt. And, that reunion will not take place.

Tupac Shukar’s record sales are soaring – driven by his murder last month on the Vegas strip.  

Debuting on radio and MTV this week – “You Must Love Me” by Madonna, from Evita and written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The Stone Temple Pilots will get back into the concert mode in November. Member Scott Weiland has been battling drug addiction and had been in rehab.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 1, 1996

ER – 24.2

Seinfeld – 22.0

Suddenly Susan – 20.0

Friends – 18.4

Monday Night football – 18.1

Home Improvement – 16.5

The Single Guy – 16.3

Cosby – 14.9

Spin City  14.8

Frasier – 14.2

Movie-the Bachelor’s Baby  - 14.1

3rd Rock from the Sun – 13.7

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 13.6

Murphy Brown – 13.6

Movie-She Cried No – 13.4

Touched By An Angel – 13.4

Pearl – 13.2

Caroline in the City - 12.9

Grace Under Fire – 12.8

Cybill – 12.7


Television news – October 1, 1996

Court TV will air the trial of Jonathan Schmitz – accused of murdering Scott Amedure in March 1995, after both appeared on the Jenny Jones show. Amedure, who was gay, surprised everyone when he said he had a crush on Schmitz, who later, shot Amedure dead.

UPN presents “Star Trek – 30 Years and Beyond” this week – and features most all the actors past and present.

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – October 1, 1996

CBS – Promised Land, Movie, Dave Letterman

NBC – Baseball, Movie, Jay Leno

ABC – Roseanne, Life’s Work, home Improvement, Spin City, Relativity, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Charlie Rose

MTV – Nirvana Concert, MTM Unplugged, Buzzkill, Raw, Singled Out, Ren & Stimpy


On Dave Letterman – Tom Hanks, Gina Gershon.

On Jay Leno – David Hasselhoff, Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron


Top movies – October 1, 1996

First Wives Club

Extreme Measures

Last Man standing

2 Days in the Valley

Fly Away Home

Independence Day

Bullet Proof

First Kid

Maximum Risk

Tin Cup

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