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Dateline: Events/Week of February 1, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki dismisses the only black juror on the O.J. Simpson civil trial, because she failed to reveal that her daughter works in the D.A.’s office.

A civil jury finds O.J. Simpson responsible for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and orders him to pay $8.5 million in compensatory damages.  

President Clinton unveils a $1.7 trillion budget for fiscal 1998 that will increase education spending by 20% and offer tax relief to middle-income Americans.


Business/Economy/Wall Street – February 1, 1997

Dean Witter agrees to purchase Morgan Stanley in a $10 billion deal.


Technology News – February 1, 1997

AOL takes out a print ad, which in part, addresses customer connections or slow connections:  “We know you are having problems connecting to AOL when you want to and we are working day and night to get ahead of your demand…”


Some best-selling books – February 1, 1997

Total Control – David Baldacci

Hornets Nest – Patricia D. Cornwell

Trunk Music – Michael Connelly

Love Invents Us – Amy Bloom

Mastering The Zone: The Art of Achieving SuperHealth – Barry Sears and Mary Goodboyd

An Unseemly Man: My Life as Pornographer, Pundit and Social Outcast – Larry Flynt 

Simple Abundance – Sarah Ban Breathnach


Music News – February 1, 1997

It’s Elvis week (Elvis Presley) on VH1.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 1, 1997

ER – 33.64

Seinfeld – 33.50

Friends – 28.03

 Naked Truth – 25.71

Home Improvement – 24.64

Single Guy – 24.40

X-Files – 21.44

Touched By An Angel – 21.25

American Music Awards – 19.72

Spin City – 19.63

20/20 – 19.44

King of the Hill – 18.93

MYPD Blue – 18.56

60 Minutes – 18.54

Drew Carey – 18.47

3rd Rock From The Sun – 18.39

Movie-The Client – 17.90

Dateline: NBC (Tue.) – 17.82

Scariest Police Chases – 17.74

Family of Cops II – 17.62

The Simpsons – 17.49

Walker, Texas Ranger – 17.06


Television news – February 1, 1997

CBS announces a revised Saturday morning kid’s lineup that includes a kid’s version of “Wheel of Fortune,” and other live-action series. Like NBC, CBS is shunning some cartoon programming to favor a government mandate to provide educational children’s programming.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 moves to the Sci Fi channel after seven seasons on Comedy Central.

Martha Stewart takes charge and will buy most of founding partner Time Inc’s stake in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, her TV show and some book-publishing operations.

New talkshow on HBO this week – “The Chris Rock Show.” Rock is a former regular of  “Saturday Night Live.”

On ABC’s 20/20 Friday, Barbara Walters talks to Mia Farrow about her acting career, her marriages and her relationship with Woody Allen.

CBS outbids ABC for their show “Family Matters.”

On Saturday Night Live alumnus - NBC will debut “Just Shoot Me” with Laura San Giacomo, George Segal and David Spade, March 5.

World Heavyweight Championship fight - On HBO – Lennox Lewis Vs. Oliver McCall – Live!


Music news – February 1, 1997

Remember Slash from Guns ‘N Roses? He has a new band “Slash’s Blues Ball.”

TuPac update – Las Vegas police say their investigation has centered on a fight that took place three hours before Shakur was gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip. Three Los Angles men are suspects including Orlando Anderson a gang member who was assaulted by Shakur and others Sept 7 in the lobby of the MGM Grand. 

On the evening of Sept. 7 – Shakur and Marlon “Suge” Knight had gone to the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon heavyweight boxing match at the hotel and on their way out, Shakur and several Death Row (label) employees attacked Anderson, who was hit by as many as six men. 


Top movies – February 1, 1997

Star Wars: Special Edition

Jerry Maguire




Beverly Hills Ninja

In Love and War

The Relic



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