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


In The News

Final Presidential debate – Bob Dole opens the debate on President Clinton’s ethics and integrity and that the public sees “scandals almost on a daily basis. They see ethical problems in the White House today.” Clinton reminded the audience of republican efforts to cut popular government programs and of the economic progress made during his tenure. 

Russian President Boris Yelstin strips Alexander I Lebed of the job of security chief. Yelstin said his aim was to end infighting over the presidential succession at fever pitch since he announced last month that he will undergo heart bypass surgery soon.

In his weekly radio address, President Clinton says he believes the federal government should ensure that anyone younger than 18 pass a drug test before receiving a driver’s license. “I believe we should use the privilege of a driver’s license to demand responsible behavior by young people when it comes to drugs.”


Sports news – October 15, 1996

First game of the World Series – Atlanta 12 – New York 1.

Tiger Woods, who just turned professional some eight weeks ago, wins his second tournament in three weeks at the Disney Classic in Lake Buena Vista.


Technology – October 15, 1996

 Apple surprises analysts with a $25 million profit during the last quarter. Some believe the company is finally turning the corner, but others believe it’ll be in the red again. Improved manufacturing efficiencies, lower component costs and reduced operating expenses were cited.


Television news – October 15, 1996

The E! Channel will air “The Selena Murder Trial: The E! True Hollywood Story,” a two-hour docudrama based on court transcripts from the trial of Yolanda Saldivar. She’s the fan club president who was convicted in the singer’s shooting death. 

Robert Urich will be hosting “Boatworks” on PBS. The 13-part series explores life on the water. Urich’s recent series “The Lazarus Man” was canceled after he announced he was undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer.

Merv Griffin (71) is being treated for prostate cancer, but doctors expect a full recovery.

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – October 15, 1996

CBS – Promised Land, Movie, Late Show, Late Late Show 

NBC – Baseball, Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – Roseanne, Life’s Work, Home Improvement, Spin City, NYPD Blue, Nightline

Fox – Movie

WB – Movie

UPN – Moesha, Homeboys in Outer Space, Burning zone

PBS – Nova, Frontline, P.O.V.

MTV – Best of the ‘90’s, Prime Time, Buzzkill, Smashed: An MTV News Special Report, Singled Out

Comedy Central – Daily Show with Craig Kilborn, One-Night Stand, Tompkins Square, Lounge Lizards, Dream On, The A-List, Politically Incorrect.


Promised Land – Nathaniel is thrilled to meet his favorite author, but she has a problem – she’s a morphine addict.

On Home Improvement – Al gets Tim to direct him in a how-to video.

On Spin City – Plans to appease the former mayor go awry.

On the Late Show – Helen Hunt, John Travolta, R.E.M.

On theTonight Show – Chris Farley    


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 15, 1996

Seinfeld – 22.1

ER – 21.8

 Suddenly Susan – 18.8

Home Improvement – 18.2

Friends – 18.0

The Single Guy – 17.0

Monday Night Football – 16.9

Spin City – 15.9


PrimeTime Live – 15.0

Touched By An Angel – 13.2

Cosby – 12.4

Cybill – 12.3

Murphy Brown – 12.2

Movie-Everything to Gain – 12.0

Pearl – 12.0

60 Minutes – 12.0

Walker Texas Ranger – 12.0

The X-Files – 11.9

Early Edition – 11.8


Top music albums  – October 15, 1996

Tragic Kingdom – No doubt

The Moment – Kenny G.

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Home Again – New Edition

Antichrist… Marilyn Manson

From the Muddy Banks…. Nirvana

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Another Level – Blackstreet

That Thing You Do – soundtrack


Top Pop Music Hit Singles(top-40) – October 15, 1996

Bow Down – Westside Connection

Do Diggity – Blackstreet

Twisted – Keith Sweat

I Love You Always… - Donna Lewis

Pony – Ginuwine

How Do U Want It – 2Pac

Falling – Montell Jordan

Last Night – Az yet

Macarena – Los del Rio

Only You – 112


Radio news – October 15, 1996

Howard Stern announced on his show that the FCC is after him again with a tentative $10,000 fine levied against a Richmond, VA station for two of his broadcasts deemed to be indecent. 


Music news – October 15, 1996

Chuck D of Public Enemy debuts his first solo album – “No.” The first single – “Autobiography of Mistachuck.”

The artist formerly known as “Prince” ends his bitter contractual battle with Warner Brothers Records. He has signed a deal with EMI to distribute product for his own NPG Records. First project – a 3CD set called “Emancipation.” “Prince” can be seen these days with the world “slave” on his cheek.

 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is hit with a misdemeanor battery charge, after he allegedly hit a TV cameraman, as he and wife Pamela Anderson were leaving a West-Coast club.


Most popular movie video rentals – October 15, 1996

The Birdcage

The Truth About Cats And Dogs

Up Close & Personal

Executive Decision


From Dusk Till Dawn

The Quest

Before and After

Mulholland Falls



Top movies – October 15, 1996

The Ghost and the Darkness

First Wives Club

The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Chamber

That Thing You Do

D3: The Mighty Ducks

The Gilmmer Man

Extreme Measures

Fly Away Home

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