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


In The News

President Clinton says the U.S. welfare rosters are down Clinton by 15% and the statistics are proof that his 1992 campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it” is paying off. In his weekly radio address, the president told his audience “We were determined to move millions from welfare to work, and our strategy has worked.”

O.J. Trial - plaintiff’s case ends after Fred Goldman, father of murder victim Ronald Goldman, testifies. Goldman broke down several times as he reminisced about his son. Asked if he missed his son - Goldman replied “More than you can imagine.”

President Clinton lays out his goals for his second term, saying his first task is a bipartisan balance budget deal - “All of our political leaders say: we will work together. The public wants us to work together. And our progress demands that we work together. The issue is not what is liberal or conservative but what will move us forward together.”


Technology news – December 8, 1996

MCI says it will pull-out of its online music retailing business December 31st. “Marketplace MCI” was launched in April, 1995 along with 800-Music-Now, which came online seven months later, were touted as a way for consumers (especially in rural areas) to get access to wares available in larger cities. Said an MCI spokesperson - “We don’t believe in the ‘Field of Dreams’ marketing school - if you build a Web site, they may indeed not come, so you have to support the site with extensive marketing and advertising tie-ins.” With nearly 40% of U.S. households with personal computers, MCI says getting consumers to switch to buying on their site online was an uphill battle. Industry watchers say that online shopping should increase in the near future. There’s good news to support that view -  Visa and MasterCard have agreed to establish a standard method for secure credit card purchases on the web next year.   


Entertainment/Celebrity/Music/Television news – December 8, 1996

Passing - Pete Rozelle (70). Headed the NFL for 29 years from 1960 to 1989. Brought the Super Bowl and Monday Night Football to the American Culture.

Passing - actor Howard Rollins (48) best known for his role in “The Heat of the Night” television series with Carol O’Connor.

Passing - country and western singer Faron Young (64) of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A suicide note was discovered nearby, detailing Young’s plans to kill himself. He got his start on the legendary KWKH (Shreveport) radio program “Louisiana Hayride.” His biggest hit was “Hello Walls” in 1961, but Young was on the country charts from 1953 through the 80’s.

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ABC announces that Senior White House Advisor George Stephanopoulos (35) has been named a contributing correspondent for ABC news; Stephanopoulos has already announced he is leaving the White House in January.

On Monday’s “Tonight Show,” Baywatch star Pamela Anderson Lee tells Jay Leno that she has moved out of the house she use to share with husband Tommy Lee and that he “is in recovery for alcohol abuse.” “I wish him the best, but I’m more concerned for our son.” Speaking of Pamela - she’ll make her first appearance on a network series, when she guest stars on CBS’s “The Nancy” in January. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis break ground in Las Vegas for a 3000 room Planet Hollywood Casino scheduled to open in early 1999.

A purple pantsuit worn by Tejano singer Selena is added to the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition “America’s Smithsonian.” The pantsuit was worn one month before her murder in 1995. 

Walt Disney Co announces that Michael Ovitz will leave as its president January 31st. He was in that position for a year and steps down with a severance package worth up to $90 million. Sources say he is getting about $50 million in cash to settle his contract, He’ll also take 3 million shares of stock options that are worth $40 million and could be worth more if the stock appreciates. 


Wednesday Television listings/TV guide – December 8, 1996

CBS - The Nanny, Pearl, Kathie Lee: Just in Time for Christmas, Candid Camera’s 50th Anniversary Holiday

NBC - Wings, NewsRadio, NewsRadio, Men Behaving Badly, Law & Order

ABC - Grace Under Fire, Coach, Drew Carey, Ellen, PrimeTime Live

Fox - Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five

PBS - Riverdance: The Show, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra and Dreaming, Charlie Rose

A & E - Law & Order, Biography, Justice, 20th Century

MTV - In Unplugged, George Michael, MTV Unplugged, The Real World, Beavis, Idiot Savants, Singled Out.

TNN - Club Dance, Dallas, Dukes of Hazzard, Prime Time Country, Alabama’s Christmas Greetings


On  Late Night With David Lettermen - Kenneth Branagh, Bonnie Hunt, Counting Crows

On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno - Chris O’Donnell, Kelly Preston, Lyle Lovett


Top Popular Music Singles(top-40) – December 8, 1996

Pony - Ginuwine

Nobody - Keith Sweat

Unbreak My Heart - Toni Braxton

I’m Still In Love... New Edition

No Diggity - Blackstreet

Wheelz of Steel - Outkast

Nothin’ But the Cavl Hit - Tha Dogg Pound and Mack

I Finally Found Someone - Barbara Streisand and Bryan Adams

Never Leave Me Alone - Nate Dogg


Top Popular Music Albums – December 8, 1996

Razorblade Suitcase - Bush

The Doggfather - Snoop Doggy Dogg

Sublime - Sublime

112 - 112

Romeo & Juliet - soundtrack

Bow Down - Westside Connection

Vol 1, Best of Van Halen

Secrets - Toni Braxton

Romeo & Juliet - soundtrack

Dr Dre Presents ... The Aftermath - Various Artists

The Moment - Kenny G

Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins

Falling Into You - Celine Dion

The Preacher’s Wife - soundtrack 


More popular music albums – December 8, 1996

Emancipation - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince

Recovering the Satellites - Counting Crows

Aenima - Tool

Down on the Upside - Soundgarden

Falling Into You - Celine Dion

Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow

Another Level - Blackstreet

The Score - Fugees

Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson

What If It’s You - Reba Mcentire

Let’s Get the Mood Right - Johnny Gill

Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

From The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah - Nirvana

Noe Code - Pearl Jam

New Adventures In Hi-Fi - R.E.M.

Blue - Leann Rimes

The Aeroplane Flies High - The Smashing Pumpkins

The Son Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Tupack Shakur

Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt

II - President’s of the United States of America

House of Music - Tony Toni Tone

Keith Sweat - Keith Sweat

Your Secret Love - Luther Vandross

Set It Off - soundtrack


More top/popular music albums – December 8, 1996

Anthology 3 - The Beatles

Love Songs - Elton John

New Beginning - SWV

To The Faithful Departed - The Cranberries

Stardust - Natalie Cole

Older - George Michael

She’s The One - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

More To Tell - Montell Jordan

Evita Soundtrack - Madonna

Trial By Fire - Journey

You Can’t Stop The Reign - Shaquille O’Neal

Crash - Dave Matthews Band


Top movies – December 8, 1996

101 Dalmatians - Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Daylight - Sylvester Stallone

 Ransom - Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise

Star Trek: First Contact - Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

The English Patient - Willem Dafoe, Ralph Flennes

The Mirror Has Two Faces - Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges

Romeo and Juliet - Leonardo De Caprio, Claire Danes

Everyone Says I Love You -

Jingle All The Way - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad

Set It Off - Queen Lalifah, Jada Pinkett

Space Jam - Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny, Theresa Randle

Mars Attacks - Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Danny DiVito

The Preacher’s Wife - Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston

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