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


In The News

Timothy J. McVeigh is found guilty of all 11 murder and conspiracy counts in the Oklahoma City bombing. 168 died in the bombing. 
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright completed a two-day visit to the Balkans. She attended the reopening of a key bridge and met with Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic. 
Betty Shabazz – widow of Malcolm X is fighting for her life after being burned over most of her body in a fire allegedly set by her grandson, described by a family lawyer as “a sad little boy’ with a troubled past.  
The opposition Socialists and their leftist allies swept back into control of France’s parliament and government. 
Speech to West Point  graduates - President Clinton pressed forward with a campaign to persuade his own country that an expanded NATO is “in our national interests.”
It looks like President Clinton will ask the Federal Election Commission to abolish the “soft money” loophole that has figured in the controversy over questionable fund-raising during the 1996 campaign. 
Responding to soaring levels of bigotry-motivated violence, President Clinton orders the Justice Department to review all U.S. laws on hate crimes.
Chelsea Clinton receives her high school diploma from the Sidewell Friends School and attending - mom and dad (Bill and Hillary.). 

Business news- June 1, 1997

Sears, Roebuck & Co will pay about $100 million to 200,000 consumers who were illegally force to pay the company money after having declared bankruptcy. The FTC says this will be the first of several sanctions the retailer could face for forcing consumers to pay money they did not owe - a problem that dates back at least to 1985.   

Technology news – June 1, 1997

Microsoft agrees to invest $1 billion in Comcast Corp - one of the nation’s largest cable television companies. For its investment, Microsoft will receive newly issued Comcast stock and will have an 11.5% stake in the company. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he believes the telecommunications industry has been too slow to build high-performance networks and has underestimated consumers’ appetite for the services such networks will carry.  

Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 1, 1997

Tony Awards – “Titanic” gets best musical. “Chicago” got six awards including best musical revival. “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” is named best play.  Bebe Neuwirth received best actress in a musical. Christopher Plummer – best actor in a play. 
Passing - George Fenneman (77) - best known as the straight-man/announcer for Groucho Marx on “You Bet Your Life.”
Passing - Dennis James - television game show host (79).

Sports news - June 1, 1997 

NBA Finals – game 1 – Chicago beats Utah 84-82. 

Television news – June 1, 1997

HBO airs back-to-back episodes of the Larry Sanders show – a Larrython. 
Has Colon Cancer - Jay Monahan, MSNBC legal analyst and the husband of “Today” show co-host Katy Couric, is scheduled to undergo surgery for colon cancer this week at a New York hospital. MSNBC says that the prognosis for Monahan (41) is “excellent” and he is expected to return to work in a few weeks. Couric is on leave from the “Today” show until June 16. (Monahan eventually passed away).
Court-TV is launching “Legal Cafe,” - a live 6-8am weekday series that will answer viewers legal question beginning July 14.  
It’s announced that Paula Poundstone will join “The Rosie “ Donnell Show” this fall as a roving correspondent, presenting lifstyle pieces from around the country on a recurring basis.  
MTV movie award winners - include Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and Claire Danes. Best movie - “Scream.”

Monday night television listings/TV guide – June 1, 1997 

CBS – Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cybill, Murphy Brown, Chicago Hope, David Letterman
NBC – Movie, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – You Gotta See This!, The 1997 World Music Awards, Nightline, Politically Incorrect
WB – 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
PBS – The American Experience, Charlie Rose
VH1 – Hard Rock Live, Midnight Special, 8-Track Flash, The Monkees
Hard Rock Live – Jewel. 
 David Letterman – Vince Vaughn, Jewel, Elle MacPherson.
Jay Leno – Rene Russo, Larry Wolff, Bob Carlisle  

Monday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of June 8, 1997 

CBS - Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cybill, Murphy Brown, Chicago Hope, Late Night With David Letterman
NBC - Movie - “Justice For Annie,” Dateline NBC, The Tonight Show
ABC - Walt Disney World’s 25th Anniversary Party, Movie- “The Temp,” Nightline, Politically Incorrect With Bill Mahr
Fox - Mad TV, The Ruby Wax Show, Married... WIth Children, Married With Children
 UPN - In the House, Malcolm & Eddie, Sparks, Goode Behavior
PBS - Eyewitness, Wild World, The American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History (Part 1 & II). 
E! - Night Stand, Howard Stern, Melrose Place, Talk Soup, Night Stand, Howard Stern, E! News Daily 

Music news – June 1, 1997

Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg is sued by former manager Sharitha Knight who says she was not paid her 20% during the time when Dogg earned $8 million.  
 Singer Jeff Buckley – son of Tim Buckley is presumed dead after disappearing while swimming in the Mississippi River. 
Rocker Alanis Morissette is added to this weekend’s Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York, joining the Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Qwest, Prono for Pyros, Patti Smith and Michael Stipe and Mike Mills.   
Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg is set for Lollapolooza ‘97 and will release an eight-song EP in conjunction with the tour, which kicks off June 25. 
Gospel album is hot on the charts - a new release called “God’s Property” from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation - bursts onto the nation’s pop chart at #3 this week. The album’s first single - “Stomp,” is a funky urban fusion of rap and church chants and is getting played heavily by urban radio stations. 
Vibe magazine, the nation’s leading hip-hop journal, buys Spin magazine - Rolling Stone magazine’s chief rival in the rock field. Purchase price is $42 million. Together, Vibe and Spin, will be just 200,000 shy of Rolling Stone’s 1.2 million circulation number. 

Top movies – June 1, 1997 

Con Air - Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack
Lost World: Jurassic Park
Addicted to Love - Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick
Gone Fishin’ - Joe Pesci, Danny Glover
Trial and Error - Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels
The Fifth Element - Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman
Breakdown - Kurt Russell, J.D. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlin
Liar Liar - Jim Carey, Jennifer Tilly, Buddy - Rene Russo, Robby Coltraine
Austin Powers - Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley
‘Til There Was You - Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker
Night Falls On Manhattan - Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin
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