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


In The News

A twin-engine commuter jet crashes in the outskirts of San Paulo, Brazil, killing 98.

Bob Dole winds-up a 96-hour cross-country marathon, losing his voice at the end. President Clinton visits five states beginning in New Hampshire, and winding-up in Arkansas.

President Clinton wins re-election, leading Republican challenger Bob Dole 49% to 41%. Republicans still control the Senate and House.

President Clinton begins a new transition with at least 4 to leave administration cabinet posts. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, energy Secretary hazel O’Leary and defense Secretary William Perry say they plan to leave. 


Technology news – November 1, 1996

British Telecommunications announces its agreement to buy MCI Communications in the largest-ever foreign takeover of an American firm (so far) a $24.7 billion transaction. 


Sports news – November 1, 1996

Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman has two passes intercepted, including one in the last minute – as Philly wins 31-21.

George Foreman defeats Crawford Grimsley in Tokyo in a unanimous decision in their 12-round heavyweight fight.


Television news – November 1, 1996

Election coverage gaffe - David Brinkley who is retiring – didn’t know he was on the air. He was surrounded by his colleagues to be bid farewell on the air and followed by suggesting the country could look forward to more speeches “full of wit, poetry, music, love and affection,” plus more “god dam nonsense” and called President Clinton “a bore.” 

Friday night television listings/TV guide – November 1, 1996

CBS – Dave’s World, Everybody Loves Raymond, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Nash Bridges, Late Show

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Homicide: Life on the Street, Tonight Show

ABC – Family matters, Boy Meets World, Sabrina, Clueless, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Sliders, Millennium

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week, Religious Right in America

E! – O.J. Simpson Civil Trial, Howard Stern

Sci-Fi – Twilight Zone, SF Vortex, Sightings, Kolchak: The Night Stalker

VH1 – Pop-Up Video, Sex Appeal, Movie-The Wall


On David Letterman – Dana Carvey, Steven Wright, Stupid Pet Tricks.

On the Tonight Show W/Jay Leno – Jon Lovitz, Neil Diamond, Eric Idle.


Music news – November 1, 1996

Prince now wants to be called “The Artist” and will be doing so with his new three-CD album “Emancipation.” This week, “The Artist” is featured in a half-hour radio, TV and Internet Broadcast that will be aired in part by MTV.

Tupac Shakur’s posthumous albums “Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” gets off to brisk sales in its first week of release. Shakur recorded under the pseudonym Makaveli shortly before he died September 13 by unknown assailants in Las Vegas. 

Michael Jackson announces that his “longtime close friend of 15 years,” Debbie Rowe, is pregnant will have his child in early 1997.

Jennifer Lopez says “yes” when popped the marriage question by Ojani Noa.


Top movies – November 1, 1996  

Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet


High School High

Larger Than Life

The Ghost and the Darkness

Stephen King’s Thinner

The First Wives Club

Dear God

The Associate

Long Kiss Goodnight

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