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


In The News

President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet but fail to reach an agreement on how to start the Middle East peace process. One matter both leaders agreed on - progress on peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will be impossible unless terrorism comes to an end.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune wins two Pulitzer Prizes including a gold medal for public service articles examining threats to the world’s supply of fish. The Seattle Times also picked-up two. It’s the first Pulitzer ever for the New Orleans paper.

The Dow plunges 157 points in two days - the largest drop since the Gulf war. Closing at 6,583.48 - investors got the jitters when the Fed hiked interest rates last week - the first time in two years. 

The Supreme Court rules that cable television operators must carry the signals of all TV broadcasters in their area. The cable industry claimed that its local owners had a free right to pick and choose local stations under the 1st amendment. The ruling spares educational stations and small independent stations from being dumped on cable systems. No doubt, owners and employees of these stations are happy with the ruling.


Technology News – April 1, 1997

The FCC approves a plan awarding new licenses to owners of the nation’s television stations to broadcast digital television. Under the plan, existing stations will get a second television channel to broadcast their signal in digital form. In most major cities, those channels will be located on the UHF spectrum. Example:  WCBS-TV (channel 2) in New York will broadcast its digital counterpart on UHF Channel 56. Some stations in the largest markets should be broadcasting a digital signal by December of next year. 

Disney says next month it’s launching a new pay site for kids - “Disney’s Daily Blast.” The site will target kids 3 to 12 and include games, stories, news quizzes, comic books and more. Disney says it will charge $4.95 a month or $39.95 a year.

Microsoft says it will acquire Web TV Networks for $425 million. Web TV enables consumers to access the Internet via a $350 box, which attaches to a television set. The service costs $19.95 a month. Web TV was founded in 1995 by former Apple Computer engineer Steve Perlman. 


Sports news – April 1, 1997

The Arizona Wildcats defeat Kentucky for the NCAA basketball championship in Indianapolis.

Passing - Jack Kent Cooke (84) - media, sports mogul. Owned the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Lakers.


Best-selling books – April 1, 1997

Bestsellers - “The Partner” - John Grisham, “”3001: The Final Odyssey” - Arthur C. Clarke, “Total Control” - David Baldacci, “Sole Survivor” - Dean Koontz, “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” - Sarah Ban Breathnach, “Personal History” - Katharine Graham, “Monster: Living Off the Big Screen” - John Gregory, “Angela’s Ashes” - Frank McCourt


Entertainment/Celebrity/Media news – April 1, 1997

Passing - poet Allen Ginsberg (70). Described as much a social force as a literary phenomenon. Influenced the music of Bob Dylan, who said he was the greatest influence on the American poetic voice since Whitman.

Beach Boy Carl Wilson is said to be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for brain and lung cancer. Doctors are hopeful he’ll recover in time for the Beach Boys’ summer tour.

Joan Collins signs on to do another Aaron Spelling series “Pacific Palisades” set to debut early April on Fox.

David Carridine (Kung Fu) gets his star on the Hollywood walk of fame this week.

VH1 begins to air Michael Jackson’s new single/video “Blood on the Dance Floor.” They’ll air it four times a day.

Walter Cronkite (80) undergoes quadruple heart bypass surgery. He never suffered a heart attack. Doctors discovered he had clogged arteries during a regular checkup.


Tuesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of April 1, 1997

 CBS - Mysterious Man of the Shrowd, Movie ... NBC -  Mad About You, Something So Right, Frasier, Caroline, Dateline NBC ... ABC - Roseanne, Ellen, Home Improvement, Spin City, The Practice ... PBS - Nova, Frontline, Imaging America, Charlie Rose ... FOX - Movie ... UPN - Moesha, Social Studies, In The House, In The House.

Mad About You - Jamie wants to quit her job.

Roseanne - the family tries to coax heartbroken Roseanne out of her room.

Moesha – stars singer Brandy. 

Spin City - Mike’s former girlfriend wants to bear his child. Michael J. Fox stars


Top Pop Hit Music(top40) – April 1, 1997 

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down- Puff Daddy .

Wannabe- Spice Girls

You Were Meant For Me- Jewel

All By Myself- Celine Dion

In My Bed- Dru Hill

Every Time I Close My Eyes-Babyface 

Un-Break My Heart- Toni Braxton

I'll Be- Foxy Brown Featuring Jay-Z

For You I Will- Monica

I Believe I Can Fly- R. Kelly

Every Day Is A Winding Road- Cheryl Crow

Get It Together- 702

I Want You- Savage Garden

Don't Let Go (Love)- En Vogue

Hard To Say I'm Sorry- Az Yet Featuring Peter Cetera.


Top movies – April 1, 1997

Liar Liar - Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe.

That Old Feeling - Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall

Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack, Minnie Driver Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd

 The Devil’s Own - Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Ruben Blades, Treat Williams

 The Saint - Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija

Jungle 2 Jungle - Tim Allen, Martin Short

Sling Blade - Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam

Double Team - Jean-Claude Van Damme

Selena - Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos

The Sixth Man - Marlon Wayans, Kadeem Hardison

Inventing The Abbotts - Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

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