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Dateline: Events/Week of May 22, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

After four weeks - prosecutors rest their case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial as they sought to show that Timothy L. McVeigh is the worst mass murderer in the history of the United States.

The Federal Trade Commission charges that R.J. Reynolds successful “Joe Camel” ad campaign illegally induces children and adolescents to smoke. The commission will ask an administrative law judge for a cease and desist order to prevent the cartoon’s use.

The Supreme Court rules that Bill Clinton is not shielded from answering questions under oath or standing trial on sexual harassment charges just because he is president of the United States. The ruling came after a former Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones, filed a $700 thousand sexual harassment suit against him. The court also discounted Clinton’s claim that the case would take up much of his time.

1st Lt Kelly Flinn - the nation’s first female B-52 pilot, resigns from the Air Force with a general, not an honorable discharge. Just days ago, she had vowed to proceed to court-martial unless the Air Force agreed to give her an honorable discharge. The Air Force brought her up on charges of lying and disobedience, based on a code of sexual morality.

The Postal Service unveils its Bugs Bunny Stamp. Bugs has become the first animated character to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp.     

“Millie” the first dog in the Bush White House dies at the Bush summer home in Maine. She was 12. Barbara Bush writes the 1990 best-selling “Millie’s Book” - which offered a dog’s eye-view of the presidency.


Sports news – May 22, 1997

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scores 34 points in game 3 in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Jordan made 14 out of 25 shots and collected 8 rebounds.  The Bulls are now 3-0 over Pat Riley’s Miami Heat.

NBA announcer Marv Albert (53) is charged with biting a woman in an Arlington, VA hotel room as many as 15 times and forcing her to perform oral sex. “I categorically deny these charges and intend to vigorously defend myself against these allegations. I am confident that I will be completely exonerated when these allegations are addressed in a public courtroom.” 

Tiger Woods signs another endorsement deal - this one for Rolex watches, putting his endorsements over $100 million.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 22, 1997

After 20 years - Joan Lunden says that she will step down as co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” in September. She’ll remain with the network on several prime time projects. “After 20 years of waking up America with a smile and having been given incredible opportunities on “Good Morning America,” I have asked the executives of ABC to give me a chance to do something I’ve never done ... wake up my own children with a smile while they’re still children.” No successor is immediately named. Charles Gibbons has been co-hosting the show since 1987

On “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” this week, actor James Brolin (56) confirms that he is engaged to Barbra Streisand. “We have been married several times according to what I’ve read. It’s time we got engaged.” It’ll be her second marriage and his third.

Bob Dylan (56) cancels a 10-city European tour due to a respiratory infection. Doctors say the singer is suffering from histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that creates a swelling of the sac that surrounds the heart.

Passing - actor Edward Mulhare (74) - best known as the ghost captain in “The Ghost and Mrs Muir” on television ... Also co-starred in the TV series “Knight Rider from ‘82 to ‘86.

Passing - singer/actress Thelma Carpenter (75).


Television News – May 22, 1997

Daytime Emmy Awards

Some daytime Emmy award winners this week:

Drama - “General Hospital” - ABC

Talk Show - “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

 Children’s series - “Reading Rainbow - PBS

Game/audience participation show - “The Price Is Right - CBS

Lead actor in a drama series - Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper) - “Guiding Light” - CBS

Lead actress in a drama series - Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) - “The Young & The Restless” - CBS

Supporting actor in a drama series - Ian Buchanan (James Warwick) - “The Bold & The Beautiful” - CBS

Supporting actress in a drama series - Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Romalotti) - “The Young & The Restless” - CBS

Game show host - Pat Sajak - “Wheel of Fortune”

Talk show host - Rosie O’Donnell - The Rosie O’Donnell Show

Service show host - Martha Stewart - “Martha Stewart Living”


Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of May 22, 1997

The Nanny, The Nanny, Movie ... NBC  -  NewsRadio, Men Behaving Badly, Wings, Law & Order ... ABC - The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Barbara Walters Presents 6 to Watch ... FOX - Beverly Hills, 90210 (2 hours) ... WB - Sister-Sister, The Steve Harvey Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Wayans Brothers ... PBS - The New Explorers, An Evening Of Championship Skating, The Best of Austin City Limits ... BET - Comicview, BET Talk, Benson, Rap City ... MTV - The MTV 500, Jenny McCarthy, Singled Out, Loveline

Barbara Walters Presents 6 to Watch - Drew Barrymore, David Duchovny, Janeane Gamfalo, Chris O’Donnell, LeAnne Rimes, Tiger Woods

On the Late Show W/ David Lettermen - Richard Simmons, Kelly Preston & Toad the Wet Sprocket.

On the Tonight Show w/Jay Lenno - Michael Richards, Marcia Clark, Robert Cray   


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


Return Of The Mack-Mark Morrison

Hypnotize-The Notorious B.I.G.

Say You'll Be There-Spice Girls

You Were Meant For Me-Jewel

I Want You-Savage Garden

For You I Will-Monica

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?-Paula Cole

I Belong To You-Rome

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down-Puff Daddy

G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.-Changing Faces

Hard To Say I'm Sorry-Az Yet (featuring Peter Cetera)


My Baby Daddy-B Rock & The Bizz

The Freshmen-The Verve Pipe


Top music albums – May 15, 1997

Spice - Spice Girls

Life after Death - The Notorious B.I.G.

Bringing Down The Horse - The Wallflowers

Carrying Your Love With Me - George Straight

Pieces Of You - Jewel

Share My World - Mary J. Bilge

Baduizm - Erykah Badu

Falling Into You - Celine Dion

Middle of Nowhere - Hanson

Space Jam - soundtrack

Blue - LeAnn Rimes

Shaming Of The Sun - Indigo Girls


Other music albums – May 22, 1997

One More Time - Real McCoy

A Few Small Repairs - Shawn Colvin

Introducing Save Ferris - Save Ferris

Aqua Boogie - DJ A.J. Mora

Kawapunahete - Keali’I Reichel

Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow

Blue Sky On Mars - Matthew Sweet

Definition Of A Band - Mint Condition

Happy Town - Jill Sobule

Eight Arms To Hold You - Veruca Salt

Wacho Magneto - Ednaswap

Live From Chicago’s House of Blues - Blues Brothers And Friends

Time For Healing - Sounds Of Blackness

Marching To Mars - Sammy Hagar

Concrete Blonde Y Los Illegals - Concrete Blonde & Los Illegals

Flaming Pie - Paul McCartney


Top movies – May 22, 1997

The Lost World Jurassic Park - Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard

 Addicted To Love  - Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston

The Fifth Element - Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker

Austin Powers - Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York

Breakdown - Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan

Father’s Day

Liar Liar - Jim Carey


Night Falls On Manhattan - Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia, Lena Olin

Romy and Michele

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