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Dateline: Events/Week of May 8, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Former Clinton aide Webster Hubbell and the Rose Law Firm have settled a lawsuit filed by a couple who alleged that he mishandled a problem involving a business loan. The settlement avoided a jury trial that was set to begin next week. 

A White House study finds welfare reform programs have dropped rolls 20%.

Multimillionaire murderer John E. du Pont was sentenced to 13 to 30 years in confinement for the shooting death last year of Olympic wrestler David Schultz.

In Mexico City – President Clinton told Mexicans to help him fight common scourges such as drugs and to defend NAFTA.

Airline employees and shippers were among 81 charged in a three-year operation at Kennedy Airport – in stealing designer clothes, guns electronics, cars and airplane parts.

Australian Susie Maroney swam 118 miles from Cuba to Florida – becoming the first person known to have crossed the shark-invested straits.

The Clinton administration indicates it will not allow states to turn over a vast array of social service programs to corporations/private sector – not good for those who saw the new welfare law as an opportunity for massive privatization.


Technology news - May 8, 1997

Borland International – a software maker, accuses Microsoft Corp. of raiding it for top software engineers and marketing managers.

Intel says that software upgrades will fix the bugs in its latest chips – the Pentium Pro and Pentium II processors.


Music news – May 8, 1997

Look for another H.O.R.D.E. music festival this year. Lined up – Neil Young, Beck, Primus, Kula Shakur, Widespread panic, Soul Coughing, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Morphine, Ben Folds Five and others.

Lollpalozza #7 is ready to roll and lined-up – Korn, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Jon Spencer Blues explosion, Tricky, Julian and Damian Marley and others.

Don’t miss the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on VH1.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 8, 1997  

ER – 34.82

Seinfeld – 31.09

Movie-the last Don Pt. 1 – 25.84

Friends – 23.07

Fired Up – 2.29

Suddenly Susan – 21.44

Home Improvement – 20.58

Touched by an Angel – 20.49

20/20 – 19.64

X-Files – 19.01

Walker, Texas Ranger – 18.53

Ellen – 17.95

Spin City – 17.04

Drew Carey Show – 16.77

3rd Rock – 16.36

60 Minutes – 15.94


Television news – May 8, 1997

The WB Network says it will ad a Tuesday night schedule – the network’s fourth night of programming.

William Shatner will host a series of TV specials “TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction.”

On 20/20 this week – Barbara Walters interviews former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark about the 1995 criminal trial. Clark has a new book out – “Without a Doubt.”

Jerry Springer whose hiring as a commentator at WMAQ-TV Chicago led to one of their anchors to resign – resigns himself. It wasn’t a good idea. 

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – John Goodman hosts with musical guest Jewel. 


Radio news – May 8, 1997

“Radio Disney” – a new radio network for children is set to kick-off. No doubt, it’ll eat away at Radio Aahs, already doing a kid’s network.

200 radio stations, along with BET and MTV pay tribute to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. and air “I’ll be Missing You” – a new single/video by Sean “Puffy” Combs, Faith Evans and 112. 


Top movies – May 8, 1997

The Fifth Element

Father’s Day


Austin powers


Liar Liar

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion


The Saint

Murder At 1600

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