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Dateline: Events/Week of November 8, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Post election exodus - Warren Christopher resigns as Secretary of State as President Clinton accepted the resignation “with great regret.” Also resigning – Transportation Secretary Federico Pena and Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Joseph Waldhotz is sentenced to 37 months in prison for felonies that included a $3-milion check kiting scheme during his wife’s 1994 congressional campaign. She is Rep. Enid Greene (R-Utah).

Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell said he would consider being a part of the president’s second term of an offer came his way. He had bowed out of the first Clinton Cabinet.

Weekly radio address – President Clinton denounces the liquor business and its plan to begin running ads on TV and radio.

Guatemala reaches a peace agreement to end Latin America’s longest civil war.

David Brinkley apologies to the president after his comments at the end of ABC’s election night coverage. He said he President was a “bore” and will subject the American public to more “goddamned nonsense” during the next four years (and he was right!).  It’s Brinkley’s last week as host of his Sunday TV show, and the President was his last guest.

The Mars Global Surveyor blasts off from Cape Canaveral en route to the red planet.

Patrick Knowlton – a witness in the Vincent Foster case, is suing the government for $1.5 million alleging two FBI agents and 26 other people conspired to discourage him from testifying about what he saw on the day the deputy White House counsel died.

Although his Whitewater probe has produced only three convictions, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr said that information is still being withheld – and he won’t give up until he learns the truth. 

A Saudi Arabian jumbo jet departing from New Delhi collided with an incoming Kazakh cargo plane and 350 are dead.

Jesse Jackson calls for a national boycott of Texaco unless they reach agreement before than with black employees who have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit.

President Clinton will commit 5,000 U.S. military troops for relief in Zaire.


Sports news – November 8, 1996

Evander Holyfield stops Mike Tyson – 37 seconds into the 11th round – and knocked him down.


Music news – November 8, 1996

The artist formerly known as “Prince” – previews three of his songs from his upcoming “Emancipation” album and it aired on BET, MTV and VH1. Wow!

Yafeu Fula – a witness to the Tupac Shakur shooting is found death in New Jersey. He was a member of Shakur’s backup group, the Outlaws Immortalz, who toured with Shakur. He was sitting with bodyguards in the car behind Shakur’s when he was shot Sept 7 in Las Vegas. Fula was shot once in the head and found slumped in a hallway of an Orange, NJ housing project.

Top music albums this week in 1996 –

Bow Down- Westside Connection

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

The Day – Babyface

Anthology 3 – The Beatles

Best of Vol. 1 – Van Halen

Ironman – Ghostface Illah

Recovering the Satellites – Counting Crows

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

The Hall of Game – E-40

The Moment – Kenny G.

Everything I Have – Alan Jackson

Place in the World – Mary Chapin Carpenter


Popular music (top-40) – November 8, 1996:

Tell Me – Dru Hill

Never Leave Me Alone – Nate Dogg

Pony – Ginuwine


Television news – November 8, 1996

Chris Rock is getting his own TV gig – “The Chris Rock Show” on HBO. It’s billed as HBO’s first talk show. Rock is known for his appearances on “In Living Color” and “Saturday Night Live.”

E! is reenacting highlights from the O.J. Simpson civil trial. That’s entertainment! Watch the O.J. players nightly.

ABC, CBS and NBC had their worst-ever ratings for an election night. Including CNN – they all had 42% of the audience, compared to 57% in 1992. Newsman David Brinkley made some disparaging remarks about President Clinton, but the President still did Brinkley’s final “This Week With David Brinkley” – taped Friday of this week.

A new season of “The Larry Sanders Show” starts on HBO this week.

David Letterman does his show from Washington D.C. on Friday. Look for Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ted Koppel.  

O.J. Simpson counsel Johnny Cochran will co-host a live nightly talk show on Court TV. Nancy Grace will co-host on “Crossfire.”

Robert Downey Jr., although sentenced to undergo three months of live-in drug rehabilitation, will host this week’s “Saturday Night Live.”


Top movies – November 8, 1996


Romeo & Juliet

Set it Off


High School High

First Wives Club

Larger Than Life

Ghost and the Darkness

Dear God

Michael Collins

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