Dateline: Events/Week of November 15, 1996 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton agrees to keep American troops in Bosnia until mid-1998 extending his deadline for wrapping up a peacekeeping operation by 18 months.
Harold Nicholson, a former CIA station chief is arrested and charged with betraying American spies and passing a wide range of top-secret information to Moscow.
The Clinton administration sharply cuts relief plans for central Africa, after news of a surge of Rwandan refugees head home.
OJ Simpson takes the stand during his civil trial.
Susan McDougal, former business partner of President Clinton, is moved from an Arkansas jail to a federal prison in Ft. Worth. She’s been jailed since September 9 for refusing to answer a grand jury’s questions about Clinton’s involvement in the Whitewater real estate project. She was convicted in May of fraud in the first jury trial of the Whitewater investigation and sentenced to two years in prison.
Passing – Alger Hiss, the Harvard-trained lawyer-diplomat show conviction in 1950 for denying under oath that he turned over state department papers to a Soviet agent shattered a promising career and clouded the American political climate for a decade. He was 92.
Mattel Inc announces an agreement to buy Tyco Toys Inc in a $755 stock deal.
Sports news – November 15, 1996
Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz says he will step down after 11 years.
Technology news – November 15, 1996
Game manufacturer Sega releases “Net Link” – a $200 Internet box. It’s supposed to link your TV to the Internet through its “Saturn” game machine. aturn sales of suffered a little against competing game machines from Sony and Nintendo, but its “Virtua Fighter” and “Nights” are considered top-notch. Net Link is a peripheral that plugs into Saturn’s expansion port.
Netscape Communications unveils software that lets publishers and businesses broadcast information to personal computers. The new software is code named Constellation. It lets users get data and documents from any network, either internally at their company or from the World Wide Web.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – November 15, 1996
Bob Hope goes live on the Internet to talk about his more than 60 years with NBC. Don’t miss his special – “Laughing With The Presidents” this Saturday. Hope talks about his friendships with almost every U.S. president From Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. Tony Danza co-hosts.
Elizabeth Taylor’s divorce from Larry Fortensky is completed.
Television news – November 15, 1996
Comedy Central’s “Politically Incorrect With Bill Mahr” moves to ABC-TV January 6.
What MTV is to summer beach houses, it will now be to a winter one. Beginning Dec 2, look for “MTV’s Winter Lodge” from Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Robert Downey Jr. takes to the “Saturday Night Live” stage this week. He made light of his arrests last summer, stemming from his cocaine and heroin problems. Downey is currently living in a treatment facility. This was his first public appearance since his arrest.
Both Toyota Motor Sales and IndyCar ask Fox not to re-air the televised special “When Disaster Strikes” – footage of racing deaths.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 15, 1996
ER – 24.7
Seinfeld – 22.2
Suddenly Susan – 19/1
Friends – 18.8
Single Guy – 16.5
Pandora’s Clock Pt. 2 – 15.6
Home Improvement – 15.1
Frasier – 14.5
Mad About You – 14.5
Touched By An Angel – 14.3
PrimeTime Live – 14.1
60 Minutes – 14.1
Monday Night Football – 13.7
Dallas: JR Returns – 13.4
Caroline in the City – 13.3
Drew Carey Show – 13.3
NYPD Blue – 13.2
Walker, Texas Ranger – 12.8
Spin City – 12.5
3rd Rock From The Sun – 12.4
Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of November 15, 1996
CBS – Crosby, Ink, Murphy Brown, Cybill, Chicago Hope, Late Show
NBC – Jeff Foxworthy, Mr. Rhodes, Movie, Tonight Show
ABC – Monday Night Football, Dangerous Minds
PBS – Eyewitness, World of National Geographic
Fox – Melrose Place, When Animals Attack II
WB – 7th Heaven, Savannah
UPN – In The House, Malcolm & Eddie, Goode Behavior, Sparks
On Jeff Foxworthy – After being disciplined, Matt stows away in Florus’ big rig.
On 7th Heaven – The family deals with a carjacking.
On Chicago Hope – Kronk’s wounded childhood friend turns out to be a wanted criminal.
Music news – November 15, 1996
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder isn’t happy he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Seems they did it without his participation.
The late Tupac will be seen in the movie “Bullet” co-starring Mickey Rourke. It’s an urban gang tale and was shot in 1994. It’ll be released straight-to-video.
More Tupac Shakur - He’ll be showing up in movie theaters. Look for “Gridlock’d,” an urban comedy starring Shakur and Tim Roth. Release should be the first week of February.
Despite the legal problems of its CEO – Marion “Suge” Knight and the September murder of Tupac, Death Row Records is kicking tail on the pop charts. Here’s a rundown of the hottest sales:
Tha Father – Snoop Doggy Dogg – 479,000 copies last week
The Don Killuminati – 7 Day Theory – 250,000 copies last week.
Passing – Bill Doggett – best-known for the 1950’s hit “Honky Tonk.” He was 80.
Top music albums – November 15, 1996
Bow Down – Westside Connection
The Don Killuminati – Makaveli
Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt
The Day – Babyface
The Hall of Game – E-40
Falling Into You – Celine Dion
Family Scriptures – Mo thugs
The Moment – Kenny G
Romeo & Juliet – Soundtrack
Anthology 3 – Beatles
Popular Hit Singles(top-40) – November 15, 1996
No Diggity – Blackstreet
Never Leave Me Alone – Nate Dogg
Pony – Ginuwine
Falling – Montell Jordan
I’m Still In Love – New Edition
Unbreak My Heart – Tony Braxton
Nobody – Keith Sweat
You Must Love Me – Madonna
Last Night – Az Yet
Bow Down – West Side Connection
Top movies – November 15, 1996
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Set It Off
Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
First Wive’s Club
High School High
The Ghost and the Darkness