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


In The News

Whitewater conspirator James B. McDougal is given a prison term of three years in exchange for providing independent counsel Kenneth Starr with new details about President Clinton’s alleged involvement in a plot to defraud the government.

Israeli police recommend indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for fraud and breach of trust in an influence-peddling scandal than could threaten the stability of his 10-month government. Later, prosecutors call evidence insufficient to indict the prime minister.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich announces he will accept a personal loan from Bob Dole to pay a $300,000 penalty. The loan is payable within 8 years. Gingrich was fined earlier this year for ethics violations.

Clintons now millionaires – According to their 1996 tax return, they reported $1,065,101, thanks in a big part to Hillary’s book “It Takes A Village.”


Technology News – April 15, 1997

New laptop computers - Hewlett-Packard’s new OmniBook 800 is an ultralight laptop with an odd mouse… Compaq’s Presario 1080 uses an Intel 166-Mhz CPU with MMX.

The ad industry issues guidelines for marketing to children on the internet. Critics have accused online marketers of sugar-coating ad pitches with interactive games and video clips and performing research on kids without parents permission. The new set of rules are of course, voluntary.    

Pop Culture Phrases – Week of April 15, 1997:

Popular phrases – Da Bomb, Dis is Dope, Dude.


Some best-selling books – April 15, 1997

Sole Survivor – Dean Koontz

3001: The Final Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke

Airframe – Michael Crichton

Bogart – A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Simple Abundance – Sarah Ban Breathnach

8 Weeks To Optimum Health – Andrew Weil


Entertainment/Hollywood news – April 15, 1997

Looks like “Titanic” could exceed the costs for the most expensive movie to date, “Waterworld” and could miss its July premiere. Costs could easily exceed $200 million.

Tony Randall (77) becomes a dad after his daughter Julia Laurette is born. Wife Heather (27) and baby are doing fine.    

Pat Boone over TBN says that he had no regrets about donning a heavy-metal outfit – including chest-baring leather and a studded dog collar at an awards show in January. He apologized if in any way, if he shocked viewers. “To whatever extent somebody was wounded, I am very sorry.”

Just released on videotape – The Rat Pack – Frank, Dean and Sammy performing in St. Louis in 1965.   


Television news – April 15, 1997

So far, negotiations for another season of Seinfeld look like they’ll go down to the wire. The supporting cast’s salary remains unmet. Reports say each are seeking $1 million per episode, equaling what star, producer and co-creator Jerry Seinfeld is expected to receive. 

After 11 years, it’s curtains for Al Bundy and his family as Fox is ending “Married With Children.”

Scoop - Oprah Winfrey will interview Tiger Woods (and his father) April 24. Woods just set a record in winning another Masters tournament.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 1997

ER – 34.38

Seinfeld – 32.22

Fired Up – 26.64

Friends – 24.36

Suddenly Susan – 22.84

60 Minutes – 21.97

Touched By an Angel – 20.63

Home Improvement – 18.71

X-Files – 17.98

Dateline NBC (Fri) – 17.75

 PrimeTime Live – 17.44

20/20 – 16.63

Early Edition (Sun) – 16.42

Dateline NBC (Tue) – 16.16

Cybil – 15.46

King of the Hill – 15.12

Walker, Texas Ranger – 15.20

Chicago Hope – 14.86

Movie – Killing Mr Griffin – 14.62

Drew Carey – 14.56

Movie – Mother Knows Best – 14.54

Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.33


Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – April 15, 1997

CBS – JAG, Cold Case, Nash Bridges, Late Show With David Letterman

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Homicide: Life on the Street, Tonight Show

ABC – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Step By Step, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Sliders, Milennium

PBS – Washington Week in Review, Wall St. Week, Liberty & Limits

E! - Talk Soup Weekend, Howard Stern, Melrose Place

Lifetime – Debt, The Dish, Three Blind Dates, The Wire, Pandora, Movie (Her Hidden Truth… 1995)

HBO – Adam Sandler (What The Hell Happened To Me)


On JAG – Mac defends an admitted wife-abuser.

On Sliders – Wind-up in a coastal community with a youthful population.

On David Letterman – Tom Hanks, Wesley Snipes, Jewel

On Jay Leno – Cindy Crawford, Jon Secada


 Radio news – April 15, 1997


What ever happened to Kevin Metheny, who is depicted as “Pig Vomit” in Howard Stern’s movie? No, he didn’t end up in a strip mall and such, and is still in the radio business. Since 1995, he’s been director of programming and operations for Jacor’s five Jacksonville (FL) radio stations, including top-rated country WQIK. Metheny, who was with WNBC from 1982 to 1985, says of the Stern thing: “I think the world of Howard Stern as a guy and as a performer. We went through what we went through because we had different roles that at times, forced us into contentious positions, but I’m very proud of Howard and what he’s accomplished. I wish I could claim a bigger role in his success, but I think that would be a little dishonest.”  


Music news – April 15, 1997

 Tupac Shakur’s mother (Afeni) files suit, contending that Death Row Records and its owner, Marion “Suge” Knight, ran a criminal enterprise that bilked her son out of millions of dollars. Several weeks ago, the label lodged a $7 million claim against Shakur’s estate demanding reimbursement for funds allegedly advanced to the late rapper for cars, houses, jewelry and other expenditures.

Michael Green of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and producer Quincy Jones, call a “Rap Conference” – a closed- door session to discuss everything from violence to the content of the music. The move comes in the wake of the gangland-style, unsolved shooting deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur last fall in Las Vegas and Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) last month. Figures from artists, executives and others in the hip-hop field will be invited. Time and location are undetermined. 

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

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

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

All By Myself – Celine Dion

For You I Will – Monica

Wannabe – Spice Girls

In My Bed – Dru Hill

Un Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

I Want You – Savage Garden

Everytime I Close My Eyes – Babyface

Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison

Hard To Say I’m Sorry – AZ with Peter Cetera

Get It Together – 702

I Believe I Can Fly Now – R. Kelly

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone – Paula Cole

Everyday is A Winding Road – Sheryl Crow


Top pop hit music in Britain – April 15, 1997

 Richard III – Supergrass

Bellissima – DJ Qucksilver

I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

Encore Une Fois – Sash!

We Have Explosive – Future Sound of London

Don’t Speak – Do Doubt

Who Do You Think You Are – Spice Girls

Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers


Top Country Hit Music – April 15, 1997

When I Close My Eyes – Kenny Chesney

Rumor Has It – Clay Walker

On Night At A Time – George Straight

Sad Lookin Moon – Alabama

On the Verge – Collin Raye

Another You – david Kersh

 Don’t take Her She’s All I Got – Tracy Byrd

Better man, Beter Off – Tracy Lawrence

This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing – Trace Adkins

How Was I To Know – Reba Mcentire

Emotional Girl – Terri Clark


Top Rap Music Tracks – April 15, 1997

I’ll Be – Foxy Brown

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

I Shot The Sheriff – Warren G.

 My Baby Daddy – B-Rock & The Bizz

Jazzy Belle – Outkast

Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool

The Them (It’s party Time) – Tracey Lee

Gangstas Make The World Go Round – Westside Connection


Top music albums – April 15, 1997

Life After Death – Notorious B.I.G

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Spice – Spice Girls

Pieces of You - Jewel

Nine Lives – Aresmith

Selena – sountrack

Bringing Down the Horse – Wallflowers

Unchained Melody/Early Years – LeAnne Rimes

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Baduizm – Erykah Badu

Another Level – Blackstreet

Pop – U2

The Untouchable – Scarface


Top Modern Rock Tracks – April 15, 1997

 Santeria – Sublime

The Freshman – Verve Pipe

Staring At The Sun – U2

Your Woman – White Town

Lakini’s Juice – Live

Precious Declaration – Collective Soul

Gone Away – Offspring

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

The Imperssion that I Get – Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The New Pollution – Beck

Volcano Girls – Veruca Salt


Top movies – April 15, 1997


Liar Liar

Murder at 1600

The Saint

Grosse Pointe Blank

The Devil’s Own

McHale’s Navy

That Old Feeling

Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag

Chasing Amy


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