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


In The News

President Clinton bans the use of federal funds for human cloning research and calls upon private sector scientists to refrain from such research and experiments.

Back from illness in full form – President Boris N. Yeltsin makes a tough state-of-the nation speech and promises Russians sweeping economic reforms, hones government and a Cabinet shuffle.

Two bank robbers are tracked down and killed by police in Hollywood, Ca after automatic weapons fire.

Using Rome and Vatican City as a model, Yasser Arafat proposes that twin capitals be established in Jerusalem – one for Israel and the other for a Palestinian state.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan defends his recent cautionary comments about the stock market’s record climb, and fretted about possible excessive optimism among investors.

The Dallas Morning news reports that Timothy J. McVeigh told his defense team that he alone drove the Ryder truck in the Oklahoma City bombing and decided on a daytime attack to ensure a “body count.”

Rescue teams fight snow, high winds and wild dogs to bring help to an earthquake devastated area in Iran. So far – 3,000 are believed to have died.

White House officials acknowledge that First Lady Hillary’s chief of staff, Maggie Williams – acting in accordance with administration policy, personally took a political donation from a California businessman back in 1995. 

Al Gore defends his aggressive role in Democratic Party fund raising by declaring that he never did “anything wrong, much less illegal.” He acknowledged that he placed fundraising calls from his White House office in 1995 and 1996, but believes he and the president are exempt from the legal ban on such actions that applies to other federal employees.

Viacom Inc reports  $227-million loss for the fourth quarter – mainly the cost of getting out of the computer game  business.

In Woburn – Massachusetts – Teen girls celebrating their selection for the cheerleading squad – overdose on prescription muscle relaxants at a dance are hospitalized. They had taken Baclofen. 10 are in critical condition.  


Sports news – March 1, 1997

Peyton Manning - the Tennessee quarterback announces he will postpone the riches of the NFL for one last season of college football.

Desmond Howard – the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl MVP – agrees to a four-year, $6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Longtime Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Entertainment news – March 1, 1997

Howard Stern is in Los Angeles for the premiere of “Private Parts.” He’ll do his radio show and reportedly, tickets to the premiere, which Stern will attend along with his radio crew – are going for $1000. He’ll also do the Tonight show on Friday night. He’s been plugging the movie for months on his radio show – to the extent that – some are just sick of the plugs. Howard can plug himself to death – for sure. But, the movie is getting decent reviews.  


Music news – March 1, 1997

Brandy, LL Cool J and Gladys Knight host the 11th annual Soul Train Music Awards this week.

Don’t miss Tina Turner’s “Wild Dreams” tour.

The soundtrack for “Private Parts” starring Howard Stern is #1 this week.


Television news – March 1, 1997

Six month guessing game - The talk of the industry – seems to be the impending “coming out” episode of “Ellen” – in which Ellen tells us she’s a lesbian. The episode tapes this week and will air April 30.

Passing – David Doyle – Bosley on “Charlie’s Angels.” He was 67. 

Saturday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 1, 1997

CBS – Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Early Edition, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC – Dark Skies, The Pretender, Profiler, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Dangerous Minds, Movie

Fox – Figure Skating, Mad TV

MTV – Music Videos, Howard Stern Video Special, Singled Out, The Real World

HBO – Rodney Dangerfield’s 75th Birthday Toast, Comedy Arts


Top Movies – March 1, 1997

The Empire Strikes Back

Donnie Brasco

Star Wars: Special edition

Booty Call

Absolute Power

Dante’s Peak

Vegas Vacation

Fools Rush In

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