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


In The News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves construction of hundreds of homes in the occupied Jordan Valley and says Israel will retain control of the area in any agreement with the Palestinians.

Charles Keating gets off! A judge rules that jurors conferred improperly before finding him guilty of looting and bilking investors in the savings and loan debacle of the 1980’s.

Second term - President Clinton nominates UI.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright to be the nation’s first female secretary of State. Also, he picks retiring Republican Sen. William Cohen of Maine to be Secretary of Defense.

The federal government sends a directive to about 300 HMO’s stating that doctors in HMO’s can not withhold information on treatment options or medical procedures.  That patients can not be denied information. The so-called gag-clauses are aimed at saving money, but now – doctors have freedom to discuss other treatments.

Random /Fascinating Facts – December 1, 1996

The state of Hawaii becomes the first in the U.S. to legalize same sex marriage.

Electric car - General Motors introduces the EV1 – now in Saturn showrooms.


Technology news – December 1, 1996

The Justice Department asks Netscape Communications Corp for a range of documents related to its antitrust probe of Microsoft Corp, suggesting its investigation is wider than believed.


Sports news – December 1, 1996

Passing – Pete Rozelle – called the father of modern day football. He was 70.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – December 1, 1996

Movie producer Spike Lee will be making TV commercials for agency DDB Needham.

Passing – Tiny Tim – who became a sensation in 1968. He was 66.

Jack Nicholson gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Music news – December 1, 1996

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp partners with Japanese music producer  Tetsuya Komuro to introduce “TK News.”  It’s the first music venture for Murdoch.

Abraham Quintanilla Jr. – the father of slain singer Selena, sues his daughter’s convicted murderer Yolanda Saldivar for wrongful death and gross negligence. Some say there is an attempt to prevent Saldivar from making any money from the story.

Madonna appears on the Oprah Winfrey show this week. They will talk about “Evita.” It’s Madonna’s first interview since having her baby (Lourdes.)

Top/popular hit singles(top-40) – December 1, 1996

No Diggity – Blackstreet

Nobody – Keith Sweat

Never Leave Me Alone – Nate Dogg

Pony – Ginuwine

Don’t Let Go (Love) – En Vogue

Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton

I Finally Found Someone – Barbara Streisand and Bryan Adams

Wheelze of Steel – Outkast

Bow Down – Westside Connection

I’m Still in Love… New Edition


Top/popular music albums – December 1, 1996

Razorblade Suitcase – Bush

The Doggfather – Snoop Doggy Dogg

The Don Killuminati – Makaveli

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Bow Down – Westside Connection

The Moment – Kenny G.

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Emancipation – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince


Television news – December 1, 1996

Barbara Walters presents the 10 most fascinating people of 1996 this week on ABC-TV.

National Geographic Television Inc. announces it will team with NBC to create a cable channel.

Viacom announces it will buy one-half interesting UPN.

Carla Gugino, who plays Michael J. Fox’s live-in girlfriend on “Spin City” is leaving the series.


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – week of December 1, 1996

CBS  - 60 Minutes, Touched by an Angel, Movie

NBC – Dateline NBC, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Movie

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Movie

Fox – Married with Children, The Simpsons, Ned and Stacey, X-Files

E! – Talk Soup Weekend, The Gossip Show, News Weekend

MTV – Dr. Dre Presents, The Real World, Road Rules, Singled Out


X-Files – Mulder and Scully investigate a deadly smuggler’s conspiracy (part 2).

NBC Movie – “Jurassic Park”


Top movies – December 1, 1996

101 Dalmatians

Star Trek: First Contact

Space Jam


Jingle all the Way

The Mirror Has Two Faces

The English Patient

Set it Off

Romeo & Juliet


The Crucible

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