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
Star Trek: First Contact
Jingle all the Way
The Mirror Has Two Faces
The English Patient
Set it Off
Romeo & Juliet