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


In The News

Mikail “Michael” Marhasev – an 18-year-old Russian immigrant is identified as the man who allegedly shot and killed Ennis Cosby during a bungled robbery attempt two months ago.

President Clinton orders the Pentagon to require standardized tests in classrooms run by the military for its dependents.

President Clinton urges baby boomers who, like him, tried drugs when they were younger to shed their guilt about it and begin talking to their children about the perils of drug use.

In Kentucky – Al Gore promises residents the federal government will help them get back on their feet after the worst flooding in decades.

President Clinton says he wants to require broadcasters to give candidates free TV time – that it would “help free our democracy from the grip of big money.”

A male cadet at the Citadel was dismissed and nine others were given lesser punishments in the hazing and harassment of two female cadets.

 Former ABC-TV correspondent Pierre Salinger renews his claim that TWA Flight 800 was inadvertently shot down by a navy missile.

President Clinton issues a directive – to the heads of all federal agencies and departments – telling them “to use all available hiring authorities… to hire people of the welfare rolls into available jobs in government.”

Peru’s government will offer to let most of the rebels occupying the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima, stay in the country if they release all of their hostages.

A study says using Ibuprofen could lessen Alzheimer’s disease.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) says he will return more than $5,000 in contributions from donors at the center of investigations into democratic party fund-raising.

Queen Elizabeth II formally inaugurates Buckingham Palace’s royal home page in the Internet. Officials promise that the 150-page site will offer quicker access to a wealth of information about Britain’s royals then is now available. Go to royal.gov.uk. 


Sports news – March 8, 1997

USA Boxing is switching from the controversial computerized scoring system to a more traditional points format.

Dennis Rodman signs a deal to be Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner this summer.


Music news – March 8, 1997

B.I.G Murdered

Rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) is gunned down in a Los Angeles parking lot via a drive-by shooting. He had just left a party celebrating his Soul Train Awards. It might have to do with the death of Tupac Shakur, who many considered a rival to Notorious. Wallace – originally from New Jersey – also went by the name of Biggie Smalls.

Snoop Doggy Dogg delays the start of his two-month concert tour in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G. murder.

Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Passing – Laverne Baker –  R&B hitmaker of the1950’s. She was 67.    

Unreleased works of Selena – the last of her work – is released this week on the soundtrack to the movie “Selena.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1997

ER is taking a five week hiatus.

Seinfeld – 29.75

Friends – 25.84

Touched by an Angles – 24.42

Suddenly Susan – 24.18

3rd rock From The Sun – 22.70

60 Minutes -  20.92

Home Improvement – 20.65

Movie-To Dance With Olivia – 20.21


Cosby – 18.01

Drew Carey – 17.57

Cybill – 17.23

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.17

X-Files – 16.89

Spin City – 16.62

Prince Street – 16.24


Top movies- March 8, 1997

Private Parts -  does $14.6 million in business first week.

Jungle 2 Jungle

The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition

Donnie Brasco

Booty Call

Star Wars: Special Edition

Absolute Power

Dante’s Peak

Vegas Vacation

Marvin’s Room

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