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


In The News

The Timothy J. McVeigh trial begins in Denver.

Commandos storm the diplomatic compound in Lima, Peru, liberating 71 hostages held since Dec. 17. There were 72, but one was killed.

A federal judge in North Carolina ruled that the FDA has the right to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products.

 Nobel Prize-winning scientist Daniel Gajdusek was ordered to serve 1 ½ years in jail for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy he brought back from a research trip to Micronesia. Gajdusek won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on so-called slow viruses that lie dormant before attacking the body.

Retired Gen Colin Powell called on his fellow Americans to make an extraordinary personal commitment to serve as mentors to at risk youth. President Clinton also sounded the call for citizens to volunteer at a three-day summit on volunteerism in Philadelphia.

The Supreme Court rules that the hiring of a violence-prone police officer is not enough to justify holding the country liable for the injuries he inflicted. Hiring a rogue cop with a criminal record many have been a mistake, but it does not prove that the country deliberately intended to violate a person’s rights.

John and Alice Martin of Fort White Florida agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges of intercepting a cellular telephone call between House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders in December. Democrats contended that the call breached Gingrich’s agreement with the committee that the speaker would not orchestrate a response to his ethical wrongdoing. Were the Democrats spying?

In Washington, President Clinton meets with the Dalai Lama of Tibet despite Chinese protests.

Army drill sergeant Deimar G. Simpson is found guilty of 18 counts of rape against six women – in a case considered key in the military’s sexual misconduct scandal. Also, three Army officers at Ft. Bliss have been discharged from the military and sent to prison for sexual misconduct.

Russia signed an agreement with its former Communist rival China, to prevent world domination by a single superpower.


Business/Economy News – April 22, 1997

Boeing says it will invest $100 million in a satellite venture backed by Bill Gates and Craig McGaw. Teledesic is a $9 billion satellite network for global Internet access.

2.6% - The Dow rockets 173 points for its largest gain since 1987.  Falling interest rates and strong corporate earnings did the trick.


Entertainment news – April 22, 1997

MGM said it agreed to buy Metromedia for $573 million.

Rodney Dangerfield failed in a Supreme Court bid to wring more money from a supermarket tabloid that labeled him a drunkard and a drug user. The article, from the Star tabloid, comes from 1990 and read “Vegas Casino Accuses Caddyshack Funnyman: Rodney Dangerfiled Swills Vodka by the Tumblerful, Smokes Pot All day and Uses Cocaine.” Dangerfield was awarded $45,000 in presumed damages because there was no evidence it did damage to his career.


Music news – April 22, 1997

Television mogul Alan Gerry has purchased the NY site known as Woodstock and says he’ll build a music theme park and performance venue on the site – once Max Yasgur’s farm.

Michael Jackson will make a rare domestic appearance when he attends the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner in Cleveland.

Look for a summit being called by the national Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to address the violent world of gangsta rap. Also involved – producer Quincy Jones and others. Details soon.

Kitty Kelley so far has written essays in Newsweek and the New York Dailey News – on why Frank Sinatra should not be given the Medal of Honor. She says he has had too many ties to organized crime and cited research from her book “His Way, the Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra.”  A House vote is likely.


Television news – April 22, 1997

Dan Rather signs with King-Features syndicate for a once-a-week newspaper column. First one – June 2.

On a special-all-new one-hour “Ellen” over ABC-TV – Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore, Laura Dern, Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, Dwight Yoakam, Gina Gershon, Billy Bob Thornton.

Nick at Nite lets you take a sneak peak at a new 24-hour network – TV Land!  Check out Sonny & Cher, Laugh-In, Flip Wilson, Dean Martin, Sat. Night Live and Ed Sullivan. A 3-hour romp through 6 of the variety shows that put the show in show business.

Ben Stiller guests on NBC’s “Friends” as Rachel’s date to the opening of Joey’s off-Broadway play.

Jerry Springer has a second job – with WMAQ-TV Chicago as a commentator on topical issues.

Passing- Comedian Pat Paulsen – known for his personal mock campaigns for president of the United States. He was 69.

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of April 22, 1997

CBS – Promised Land, Movie, Dave Letterman

NBC – Mad About You, Something So Right, Frasier, Caroline in the City, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Home Improvement, Soul Man, Home Improvement, Spin City, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

PBS – Nova, Frontline, Charlie Rose

MTV – Unplugged, Earth Day Special


On David Letterman – Katie Couric, Roma Downey

On Jay Leno – Michael J. Fox, Stone Phillips, Penn & Teller


Top movies – April 22, 1997


Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion


Liar Liar

The Saint

Murder at 1600

Grosse Pointe Blank


The Devil’s Own

Chasing Amy

Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag

McHale's Navy

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