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Dateline: Events/Week of February 15, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A far-reaching agreement is completed as 70 nations agree to open up their telephone markets. The pact is expected to lower consumer costs and expand access to basic services and the Internet around the world.

Kenneth W. Starr, the controversial Whitewater prosecutor, whose criminal investigations of the President and first lady are winding down, is set to leave his post this summer to become dean of Malibu’s Pepperdine University law School. 

Ending an eight-year legal battle, the Supreme Court turns down Philadelphia’s plea to preserve a city law that set aside one-fourth of its public works spending for businesses owned by blacks or women. Closely watched, the case has drawn attention as a test of whether minority set-aside programs can survive.

 Passing – China “paramount leader” Deng Xiaoping (92).

In a rare emergency measure, President Clinton blocks an American Airlines pilot union’s move to strike and orders a 60-day cooling-off period to avert a walkout.

Vice President Al Gore tours the island prison where South African President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. For 14 years, Mandela did not have a bed and slept on the bare floor.

Ebonics Is In the News – February 15, 1997

Ebonics update – In the face of national controversy, the Oakland school board now seeks to clarify its proposal, removing the term “genetically based” in its Ebonics definition. Back in December, the Oakland School District recognized “black English” or “ebonics” as a “genetically based” language, with roots in West African linguistic forms in a program proposal to receive more state and federal funding. “Ebonics” is derived from the worlds “ebony and phonics.” Proponents believe ebonics is a tool to help students learn standard English. Others tend to view ebonics and street slang as interchangeable issues. 


Business News – February 15, 1997

Reebok says it made a bad mistake with its Incubus shoe – now about a year old. Incubus shares its name with the medieval creature figured in literature and art.

Martha Stewart gets together with K-Mart to introduce and bed and bath line of products. Also – K-Mart will rollout Martha Stewart paint in May.


Technology news – February 15, 1997

CompuServe Corp. – once the biggest Internet service, posts a loss of $14.2 million for quarter.

The FCC is now making available the prefix 311 that people can call in non-emergency situations. It’s all to ease 911 congestion – of which some 268,000 calls are made per day – nationwide. Police departments around the country will have the option to use the 311 code, without having to seek prior approval from state regulators. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 15, 1997

ER – 35.87

Movie-Asteroid Part 1 – 34.45

Seinfeld – 32.00

Friends – 27.25

 Naked Truth – 26.92

Single Guy – 23.59

Touched by an Angel 21.64

Home Improvement – 19.31

60 Minutes – 19.06

Drew Carey – 18.60

NYPD Blue – 18.29

20/20 – 18.04

Walker, Texas Ranger – 17.96

King of the Hill – 17.49

3rd Rock From The Sun – 17.46

Cosby – 17.28

PrimeTime Live – 16.85

The X-Files – 16.64


Television news – February 15, 1997

Is the Spice cable channel benefiting from the popularity of the Spice Girls? The pay-per-view channel (which is now eight years old) is hoping to capitalize on the success of its unwitting namesake with a national stripper competition to name its “official” Spice Girl.


Music news – February 15, 1997

Look out ABBA – The Cardigans, also from Sweden, are getting noticed in the States. So far, they’re best known for their MTV play of “Lovefool.” They’ve actually been around for three years, but 1997 seems to be their breakout.

The Hard Rock Café has formed its own record label – Hard Rock Records – a joint venture with Rhino Records. It will initially focus on compilation albums. Also – “Hard Rock Live,” a new music series, is set to debut on VH1 in March.


Radio news – February 15, 1997

KROQ-FM in Los Angeles leaks a promo play for Pyros song from Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” soundtrack. Trouble is, they played it before the shock jock and that irked him. 

Joan Rivers is now in radio. She’ll be heard on WOR, New York beginning March 3.

WFAN, the sports AM station in New York is the top-billing station in the nation at $45.2 million. Other top billers in order – WGN Chicago, KGO San Francisco, WINS New York, KRTH Los Angeles, WXRK New York, WCBS AM New York and KLOS Los Angeles.   


Top music albums – February 15, 1997

Gridlocked – Soundtrack

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Evita – Soundtrack

Romeo & Juliet – Soundtrack

Secrets – Toni Braxton

Master P Presents… West Coast Bad Boyz II

Blue – Leann Rimes

Pieces of You – Jewel

The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory – Makaveli

The Preacher’s Wife – Soundtrack

Razorblade Suitcase – Bush

Did I Shave My Legs For This? – Deana Carter

Keith Sweat – Keith Sweat

One In A Million – Aaliyah

Recovering The Satellites – Counting Crows

Ultimate Dance Party 1997 – Various Artists

Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morrissette

The Moment - Kenny G

Ill Na Na – Fox Brown

Home Again – New Edition

311 – 311


Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – February 15, 1997  

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Un Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

Nobdoy – Keith Seat Featuring Athena Cage

I Believe In You And Me – Whitney Houston

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

Everytime I Close My Eyes – Babyface

No Diggity – Blackstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)

Cold Rock A Party – MC Lyte

In My Bed – Dru Hill

On & ON – Erykah Badu

I’m Still In Love With You – New Edition

Mouth – Merril Bandbridge

Ooh Aah.. Just A Little Bit – Gina G.

It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – Celine Dion

If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow

When You Love A Woman – Journey

Where Do You Go – No Mercy


Top Modern Rock Tracks – February 15, 1997

Discotheque – U2

Lakini’s Juice – Live

#1 Crush – Garbage

One Headlight – The Wallflowers

A Long December – Counting Crows

Abuse Me – Silverchair

Greedy Fly – Bush

All Mixed Up – 311

Lovefool – The Cardigans


Top Pop Hits in Britain  - February 15, 1997

Where Do You Go – No Mercy

Nancy Boy – Placebo

Passion – Amen UK

Beetlebum – Blur

Your Woman – White Town

Toxygene – The Orb

Little Wonder – David Bowie

Remember Me – The Blue Boy

Ain’t Nobody – LL Cool J

Hedonism – Skin Anansie


Top Country Hit Music – February 15, 1997

It’s A Little Too Late – Mark Chesnutt

Pretty Little Adriana – Vince Gill

A Man This Lonely – Brooks & Dunn

 Amen Kind of Love – Daryle Singletary

Is That A Tear – Tracy Lawrence

Running Out of Reasons To Run – Rick Trevino

Half Way Up – Clint Black

Nobody Knows – Kevin Sharp

I Can’t Do That Anymore – Faith Hill


Top movies – February 15, 1997

Star Wars: Special Edition

Absolute Power

Dante’s Peak

Vegas Vacation

Fools Rush In

That Darn Cat

Jerry Maguire

The English Patient



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