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


In The News

President Clinton, who injured his leg walking down steps at golfer Greg Norman’s estate, undergoes surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right knee. It will leave the President with a brace and on crutches for about eight weeks.

Former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake withdraws his name form consideration to become CIA director.

The House passes a ban on a late-term abortion procedure for the third time in a year – giving the President a challenge to again veto a bill that he vetoed last year.

The Liggett Group acknowledges that smoking causes cancer and heart disease, nicotine is addictive and the industry markets its products to underage youths. The admission is unprecedented and the first for any tobacco company.

Passing – Fred Zinnemann (89) – Academy Award-winning director whose films include “From Here To Eternity” and “High Noon.”


Television news – March 15, 1997

“Mad About You” gets a revised theme song – this one sung by Anita Baker. Look for it beginning April 1.

ABC’s “Ellen” adds more guest stars for the lead character’s April 30 coming out episode. So far, Demi Moore, Dwight Yoakam, Bill Bob Thornton, Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern and k.d. Lang are on that list.

Mike Myers hosts “Saturday Night Live” this week with Aerosmith as musical guests.

MSNBC falls for a hoax after broadcasting a false report of an explosion in Israel.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 15, 1997 

Seinfeld – 31.27

Friends – 28.07

Suddenly Susan – 25.62

Naked Truth – 24.24

Touched By An Angel – 23.01

60 Minutes – 20.62

Law & Order – 19.76

 Home Improvement – 19.47

20/20 – 19.18

X-Files – 18.76

Dateline: NBC (Tue)  -18.62

PrimeTime Live – 18.46

Movie-Stolen Woman – 17.53

Fraiser – 17.36

Drew Carey – 17.07

Cosby – 16.51

Dateline: NBC (Fri) – 16.37

Caroline in the City – 15.99

Mad About You – 15.75

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – 15.64

Dateline: NBC (Mon.) – 15.52

3rd Rock From The Sun – 15.06

Spin City – 14.97

Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.69

The Simpsons – 14.60

Peter Jennings Reporting – 14.59

Step by Step – 14.58


 Music news – March 15 1997

Courtney Love says she is selling the home she bought with husband Kurt Cobain, nine months before he committed suicide. She and her daughter are moving to Los Angeles. Cobain shot himself in its greenhouse three years ago.

Cathee Sandstrom, editor at Bop and B Magazines, says right now, “We’re trying to push some new boy bands, like the Backstreet Boys. For a year, they’ve been due to release their U.S album and in anticipation of that, we’ve been promoting them, hoping they’ll be big for us the way New Kids On The Block were.” The Orlando, FL group has been successful overseas and in Canada, but not here.

Radio news – Music - KMEL (106.1) San Francisco is now billing itself as “the station for the hip-hop generation.”


Top pop hit music in Britain – March 15, 1997

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Hush – Kula Shaker

Encore Une Fois – Sash!

Who Do You Think You Are/Mama – Spice Girls

Alone – Bee Gees

Don’t You Love Me – Eternal

You Got The Love – Source Featuring Candi Staton

Show Me Love – Robin S.

Where Do You Go – No Mercy

Remember Me – The Blue Boy


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

Wannabe – Spice Girls

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

Un Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down – Puff Daddy/Mase

I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

In My Bed – Dru Hill

Don’t Let Go – En Vogue

For You I Will – Monica

Nobody – Keith Sweat/Athena Cage

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Madonna

Ooh Aah.. Just A Little – Gina G.

Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Az Yet/Peter Cetera

Cold Rock A Party – MC Lyte

Big Daddy – Heavy D

Barely Breaking – Duncan Sheik

Da Dip – Freak Nasty

Please Don’t Go – No Mercy

Big Daddy – Heavy D

I Want You – Savage Garden

I Believe In You And Me – Whitney Houston



Top Jazz Music Tracks – March 15, 1997

Tony Bennett On Holiday A Tribute to Billie Holiday – Tony Bennett

 Beyond the Missouri Sky – Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny

New Mon Daughter – Cassandra Wilson

Loving You – Shirley Horn

Remembering Bud Powell – Chick Corea & Friends

Quartet – Pat Metheny Group


Top Country Hit Music – March 15, 1997

We Danced Anyway – Deana Carter

Me Too – Toby Keith

She Drew A Broken Heart – Patty Loveless

Unchained Melody – Leann Rimes

How Was I To Know – Reba McEntire

Where Corn Don’t Grow – Travis Tritt

Holdin – Diamond Rio

Running Out Of Reasons TO Run – Rick Trevino

Rumor Has It – Clay Walker

This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing – Trace Adkins

Everything I Love – Alan Jackson


Top music albums – March 15, 1997

Private Parts – Soundtrack

Secret Samadhi – Live

Unchained Melody/The Early Years – Leanne Rimes

Spice – Spice Girls

Bringing Down The Horse – Wallflowers

Blue – Leanne Rimes

Baduizm – Erykah Badu

Pieces of You – Jewel

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Another Level – Blackstreet

Secrets – Toni Braxton

1997 Grammy Nominations – Various artists

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Tru 2 Da Game – Tru

Romeo & Juliet – Soundtrack

The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory – Makaveli

Ultimate Dance Party 1997 – Various artists

One In A Million – Aaliyah

Did I Shave My Legs For This? – Deana Carter


Top movies – March 15, 1997

Return of the Jedi: Special Edition

Jungle 2 Jungle

Private Parts

Donnie Brasco

The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition

Love Jones

Sling Blade

Absolute Power

Star Wars: Special Edition

Booty Call

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