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Dateline: Events/Week of January 8, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Rep. Newt Gringrich wins another term as Speaker of the House. First thing – he apologized for his messy controversy. Nine Republicans deserted him.

King Hussein of Jordan flies to the Gaza Strip and meets with PLO President Yasser Arafat – then went to talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This in an effort to jump start peace talks.

Arnoldo Aleman is now president of Nicaragua as his party won the first congressional clash with the leftists Sandinistas. 

John Martin a school custodian and his wife, Alice, a teacher’s aid says that the source of a clandestine tape recording of House speaker Newt Gingrich and his aides. They were not motivated by partisan politics when they delivered the tape to rep. Jim McDermot (D-wash.).

A turboprop Embraer 120 commuter plane crashes near Detroit – Killing 29.

House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.)  accuses Republicans of engaging in a cover-up to prevent evidence against the House speaker from coming to light before all members decide his punishment.

O.J. Simpson civil trial – as O.J. takes the stand saying he is no vengeful killer.

Monaco launches a 10-month 700th birthday celebration.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin falls ill with pneumonia and is hospitalized.

In North Carolina – Henry Louis Wallace was convicted of the rapes and serial killings of nine women, including friends and co-workers at a fast-food restaurant. He was convicted of 27 felonies in all including nine counts of first-degree murder. 


Health/Medical News – January 8, 1997

The FDA – the popular allergy drug is found by the FDA to pose a risk of heart trouble. It is not though, regarded as an “imminent hazard.”


Technology news – January 8, 1997

Intel Corp. unveils the MMX Pentium chip which brings higher quality video, 3D graphics and better sound to a PC.


Sports news – January 8, 1997

NCAA rules that for the first time – student-athletes can work part-time during their academic year. Most would probably work in something sports related.  

Bruce McNall – once the owner of the Los Angeles Kings – is sentenced to almost six years in prison on fraud charges.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 8, 1997

People’s Choice Awards –

Some winners – Brooke Shields, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Allen, Mel Gibson, Sandra Bullock, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire. Favorite shows went to ER and Seinfeld.

Disney announces a long-term agreement with Chairman and Chief Executive Michael D. Eisner with a base salary of $750,000 a year (no change). 


Top music albums – January 8, 1997

Secrets – Toni Braxton

Romeo & Juliet – soundtrack

Tragic Kingdom – No doubt

The Preacher’s Wife – soundtrack

Evita – soundtrack

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Sublime – Sublime

Bow Down – Westside Connection

Razorblade Suitcase – Bush

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Tha Dogfather – Snoop Doggy Dogg


Music news – January 8, 1997

Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” around the world tour.

James Brown gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rock Guitarist Randy California (Randy Wolfe) is feared drowned off the Hawaiian island of Molokai. His big group was “Spirit” back in the late 1960’s.


Television news – January 8, 1997

Martha Stewart is leaving NBC’s “Today” show for rival CBS’s Morning show.

Don’t miss “La Femme Nikita” on USA Network. “The Cure for the Common Show.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Kevin Spacey with John Cleese and Michael Palin. Musical guest is Beck. 

Ellen DeGeneres walks off the set of her sitcom. She’s ticked off ABC is parking it for eight weeks to try out a new sitcom. That will star Arsenio Hall. 

Passing – Character actor Jesse White – best known as the Maytag Repairman. He was 68.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – January 8, 1997

CBS – Diagnosis Murder, Meloney, 48 Hours, David Letterman

NBC – Friends, The Simple Guy, Seinfeld, Suddenly Susan, 3rd Rock, Frasier, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – High Incident, Murder One, Junk Science, What You Know That Many Not Be So, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

PBS – Antiques Roadshow, Mystery!, Charlie Rose

Fox – Martin, Living Single, New York Undercover

VH1 – Whitney Houston Video Collection, VH1 to One, Preacher’s Wife, Pop Up Video

MTV – U2 A-Z Video Rock


On David Letteman – Terry Bradshaw, Woody Harrelson, Cassandra Wilson.

On Jay Leno – Dian Keaton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Better Than Ezra


Top movies – January 8, 1997

The Relic



Jerry Maguire


Jackie Chan’s First Strike

The People vs. Larry Flynt


One Fine Day

Beavis and Butt-Head

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