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


In The News 

The Clinton Administration decides not to call for new taxes or regulations on business conducted over the Internet and will allow the private sector to determine how it will operate in cyberspace.

Health care – the Senate votes to require affluent seniors to pay substantially more for the benefits they receive.

 Cambodia – Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot has been captured in the nation’s northern jungles and will be put on trial for crimes against humanity.

In Denver – a gathering of global leaders with President Clinton, Boris Yelstin and leaders of Japan, Canada and the four most populous Western European countries.    

In Belfast – a bomb exploded under a moving car injuring two anti-British militants and a bystander in the latest attack in an upsurge of violence in the province.

An unmanned supply craft rams the Mir space station during a docking  maneuver, stopping power to the craft. The craft could be in jeopardy.

Supreme Court – ruled that Congress violated free-speech rights when it sought to curb indecency on the Internet. Also, the Supreme Court upheld state laws that forbid physicians to help the terminally ill end their lives.

More Supreme Court – upholds new state laws aimed at keeping sexual predators behind bars indefinitely. 

Crackdown - Federal immigration agents are on the move as the number of illegals deported this year is expected to rise.

Earl Pitts, a former FBI agent was sentenced to 27 years in prison for spying for Moscow before and after the fall of the Soviet Union.  

Passing – Jacques-Yves Cousteau – the Oceanographer millions grew-up with on television. He was 87.

Dies – Betty Shabazz – widow of Malcolm X dies after struggling with massive burns from a fire that was set by her 12-year-old grandson.


Princess Diana news update – June 22, 1997

Princess Diana has issued a public apology after being castigated in the British press for taking her two sons – Princes William and Harry to see a film about the Irish Republic Army – “The Devil’s Own” starring Brad Pitt. 


NASCAR News – June 22, 1997

Jeff Gordon wins the California 500 before 95,000 at the track’s inaugural


Technology news – July 22, 1997

Eighteen-year-old Roger Davidson, who reviewed movies on his dreamagic.com/roger/teencritic website, says he’s packing it in after two years. But alas, he was accused of plagiarism, leading to controversy.


Sports news – June 22, 1997

Tyson Bites Ear

Bizarre – Mike Tyson is disqualified after twice, spitting out his mouthpiece – biting Evander Holyfield in the ears during clinches in the third round. – in retribution for a second-round butt by Holyfield. The first bite took a chunk out of Holyfield’s right ear and the second came 23 seconds later – to his other ear. The fight was stopped after the third round.

Rupert Murdoch announces plans to create a sports network to challenge ESPN. The deal stitches together 17 regional cable sports channels under the Fox sports banner.


Music news – June 22, 1997

The seventh annual Lollapalozza tour kicks off in West Palm Beach. Featured – Korn, Tool, Tricky, James, Julian & Damian Marley, Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Rodney King is using part of his $3.8 million judgment money to start a rap label. First artist is Stranded and the name of his label is Straight Alta-Pazz Recording Co.


Television news – June 22, 1997

E! News Daily expands to an hour as new co-host Gina St. John joins Steve Kmetko.

 On HBO – HBO Comedy Special: The Mr. Vegas All-Night Party” with Drew Carey. Also appearing – David Cassidy and Wayne Newton among others


Top movies – June 22, 1997

Batman & Robin

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Con Air

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Speed 2: Cruise Control

Austin Powers

Gone Fishin’

Addicted to Love

The Fifth Element


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