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Dateline: Events/Week of June 12, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

 In Denver – a federal court jury decides the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh – who exploded a truck bomb that killed 168 in Oklahoma City. Before the jury decided, McVeigh’s mother pleaded for her son’s life and showed videotape showing scenes of family life. They weren’t moved.

The House approves that would amend the Constitution to outlaw burning the U.S. flag.

President Clinton opens a yearlong initiative on race relations by appointing a board to advise him on the divisive issue. The panel includes three whites, two blacks a Latino and a Korean American. Black historian John Hope Franklin will chair.

CNN news correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Visa to quit running an ad featuring him after learning that his boss felt it violated the channel’s policy barring its journalists from most commercial advertisements.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) labeled a proposed congressional apology for slavery as “emotional symbolism” that will not help alleviate the nation’s racial problems. “We can go back and have all sorts of apologies. But will one more child read because of it?”

President Clinton will fill the long-vacant post of administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration with Jane Garvey, the first woman to head the embattled agency.

IRA assassins shoot two police officers walking their beat in Northern Ireland, upsetting efforts to bring republican militants’ political wing into stalled talks.  

In a reversal, the Senate Finance Committee kills a $16 billion bipartisan proposal to expand Medicaid as a way to cover half the nation’s 10 million uninsured children.

In a landmark settlement, lawyers representing 40 states announce that cigarette makers had agreed to pay $368 billion over 25 years and submit to unprecedented new rules that aim to scale back tobacco’s hold over lives. 

A gunman opens fire in a botched robbery at the popular Barstow (CA) McDonalds. A nine-year-old child died. The gunmen was mortally wounded by an off-duty policeman.

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Technology news – June 12, 1997

Microsoft Corp. announces that it is joining rival Netscape in a plan that would give users more control over personal information collected on the Internet.

 

Sports news – June 12, 1997

NBA Finals – Michael Jordan scores 39 points as the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz – 90-86.

In San Antonio – Oscar de la Hoya hurls a KO against David Kamau.

 

Music news – June 12, 1997

Snoop Doggy Dogg (25) marries Shantee Taylor. She’s the mother of his two sons. 

Passing – Lawrence Payton – one of the original “Four Tops” from Motown. He was 59.

Ozzfest ‘97 update – fans tear down fences and light small fires in Columbus, when they learned Ozzy Osbourne wasn’t performing (illness) at his multi-band namesake concert. Ozzfest is touring some 21 cities with bands artists such as Marilyn Manson.

Music trend over the past few years – Sports-themed anthology music CD’s. The first successful one was “Jock Rock,” then “Jock Jams.” Behind the trend – Tommy Boy Records and ESPN. “Jock Jams Vol. 2” became the first non-soundtrack multi-artist compilation to crack Billboard’s top 10 earlier this year. Tommy Boys says a third edition will be out later this year. One of the biggest to come out of all this and it seems to be played everywhere – Gary Glitter’s 1972 hit “Rock and Roll Part 2.”

M2 – MTV’s sister service is being tested on local cable systems in three areas in New Mexico and Connecticut

Radio news – KIIS-FM (102.7) Los Angeles will present benefit concert “KIIS Concert 5” featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Erykah Badu, Salt-N-Pepa, Nu Flavor and others.

 

Top music albums – June 12, 1997

Wu Tang Forever – Wu Tang Clan

Spice – Spice Girls

Everywhere – Tim McGraw

Middle of Nowhere – Hanson

Life After Death – Notorious B.I.G.

Flaming Pie – Paul McCartney

God’s Property – God’s Property From Kirk Franklin’s NU Nation

 Carrying Your Love With Me – George Straight

Bringing Down The Horse – Wallflowers

Space Jam – Soundtrack

Share My World – Mary J. Blige

Falling Into You – Celine Dion

Pure Moods – Various Artists

Still Stars – Bee Gees

Baduizm – Erykah Badu

I’m Bout it – Soundtrack

Pieces of You – Jewel

Hourglass – James Taylor

Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt

Blurring the Edges – Meredith Brooks

The Colour and the Shape – Foo Fighters

Sublime – Sublime

 

Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – June 12, 1997

I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112

Look Into My Eyes – Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony

Return of the Mack- Mark Morrison

MMMBop – Hanson

The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe

G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. – Changing Faces

It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

I Belong To You – Rome

Hypnotize – Notorious B.I.G.

Bitch – Meredith Brooks

Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

Where Have The Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole

For You I Will – Monica

Cupid – 112

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

Hard To Say I’m Sorry – AZ Yet/Peter Cetera

 

Top pop hit music in Britain – June 12, 1997

MMMbop – Hanson

I Wanna Be The Only One – Eternal

Free – Ultra nate

Time So Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Cocelli

Brazen Weep – Skunk Anansie

Midnight in Chelsea – Jon Bon Jovi

Paranoid Android – Radiohead

Closer than Close – Rosie Gaines

 

Top Country Hit Music – June 12, 1997

It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw

Who’s Cheatin’ Who – Alan Jackson

A Little More Love – Vince Gill

The Light In Your Eyes – Leann Rimes

I’d Rather Ride Around With You – Reba McEntire

Little Things – Tanya Tucker

Count On Me – Deana Carter

She’s Sure taking It Well – Kevin Sharp

Places I’ve Never Seen – Mark Wills
 

 

Television news – June 12, 1997

Mike Myers hosts the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. Bush, En Vogue and Jewel will perform Also appearing – Neve Campbell, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Salma Hayek and Michael Richards.

Nickelodeon is turning cartoon “Rugrats” into a touring show.

Looks like the ABC-TV teen comedy “Clueless” is moving to UPN.

Television executives, angry that Vice President Al Gore has entered the negotiations on the other side, abruptly break off talks with parents’ groups over revising the industry’s voluntary system of rating TV programs.

ESPN begins its third annual “X Games” this weekend. Look for 37 hours of bicycle stunt riding, sky-surfing, in-line skating, sport climbing and others.

USA’s “Sunday Night Heat” lineup as of this week – “Pacific Blue,” “Silk Stalkings,”  “La Femme Nikita” and “The Big Easy.”

Home Improvement’s Tim Allen is placed on a year’s probation and fined $500 for driving while impaired.

This week begins a second season of VH1’s “RuPaul Show.”

Passing – Actor Richard Jaeckel – best-known for his supporting roles.

Saturday night television listings/TV guide – June 12, 1997 

CBS – Early Edition, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC – The Pretender, Movie, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Family Matters, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Dangerous Minds, Spy Game

Fox – Cops, Cops, America’s Most Wanted

PBS – The Grate War and Shaping the 20th Century

Spy Game – Micah goes undercover to find a black market trader.

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