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Dateline: Events/Week of July 15, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Documents released at Senate hearings reveal that fund-raiser John Huang wired his Indonesian employer seeking repayment for a contribution to the Democratic Party in 1992 – the first evidence of campaign abuse by Huang.

More setbacks for the Mir space station as the ship ran out of power and began drifting. It happened after one of the crewman accidentally pulled the plug on the navigation system.

The Irish republican Army declares a cease-fire, allowing its political arm to participate in peace talks after decades of violence.

End of the 5 and dime? Woolworths announces it will close its 400-store chain, bringing an end to an era. Some 9,200 will lose their jobs.

The Dow hits 8,000 this week for the first time.

Autopsy – JonBenet Ramsey’s skull was fractured by a blow and she may have been sexually assaulted before being strangled.


Medical/AIDS Update –July 15, 1997

AIDS have fallen 19% over a nine-month period last year compared with the same period in 1995.


Sports news – July 15, 1997

 Barry Sanders agrees to a five-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Reports say the contract is $34 million making Sanders the highest paid football player for the season.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 15, 1997

 Lisa Marie Presley sues the National Enquirer over a June 17 article titled “Lisa Marie Suicide Drama” - contending it contains numerous false statements.

Bill Cosby testifies that he made secret payments over the years to the woman who claims to be his daughter. Prosecutors are charging she tried to extort $40 from him. Cosby said he gave her $100,000.


Television news – July 15, 1997

8 months ago, the folks from Conan O’Brien’s show signed a deal with Mercury Records for an album culled from musical performances on the show. Turns out since, Dave Letterman is doing the same thing. Conan says his album will be different. 

Katey Segal signs a deal with CBS to develop a new series for 1998.

An actor playing Barney the dinosaur suffers smoke inhalation when a cooling fan inside his 60-pound suit shorts out during a taping of the Barney show in Dallas. No fire, but the actor breathed-in smoke in while trying to jettison the costume.


Top TV Shows/Ratings –July 15, 1997

Seinfeld – 17.04

All-Star Game – 16.73

20/20 – 16.25

ER – 15.79

PrimeTime Live – 14.62

Touched By An Angel – 13.83

Suddenly Susan – 13.79

60 Minutes – 13.76

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 13.20

Home Improvement – 13.09

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 12.86

Friends – 12.23

48 Hours – 12.03

Dateline NBC (Fri.) – 11.62

Men Behaving Badly – 11.62

Drew Carey – 10.98

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch – 10.66

X-Files – 10.56

All-Star Pregame – 10.55

Suddenly Susan (Mon.) – 10.51


Music news – July 15, 1997

The Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit rap group whose “The Great Milenko” album was recalled by Disney “Hollywood Records” finds a new home at Island Records. The Disney folks dropped the albums due to inappropriate lyrics. Insane Clown consists of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. 


Top Pop Music Hits(top-40) – July 15, 1997

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

Look Into My Eyes – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

MMMBop – Hanson

Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison

Do You Know (What It Takes – Robyn

Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin

Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls

It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) – Backstreet Boys

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face) – Rome

Smile – Scarface Featuring 2Pac & Johnny P

G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. – Changing Faces

You Were Meant For Me – Jewell

The Freshman – The Verve Pipe

Gotham City – R. Kelly


Top music albums – July 15, 1997

Men In Black – Soundtrack

The Fat of the Land – Prodigy

 Everywhere – Tim McGraw

Middle of Nowhere – Hanson

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

Spice – Spice Girls

Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) – Bob Carlisle

Batman & Robin – Soundtrack

Carrying Your Love With Me – George Straight

Nothing to Lose – Soundtrack

Straight On till Morning – Blues Traveler

Share My World – Mary J. Blige

Pieces of You – Jewel

Pure Moods – Various Artists

OK Computer – Radiohead

Space Jam – Soundtrack

Life After Death – Notorious B.I.G.

Wyclef Jean Featuring Refugee Allstars

Bringing Down The Horse – Wallflowers

Blurring The Edges – Meredith Brooks

EV3 – En Vogue

Unlady Like – Mia X

Yourself Or Someone Like You – Matchbox 20

Sublime – Sublime

Hourglass – James Taylor

Let’s Face It – Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I’m Bout It – Soundtrack


Top pop music hits in Britain – July 15, 1997

D’You Know What I Mean – Oasis

Ecuador – Sash!

I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

Free – Ultra Nate

A Change Will Do You Good – Sheryl Crow

Something’s Going On – Todd Terry

Just A Girl – No Doubt

Rising Son – Massive Attack

I Wanna Be The Only One – Eternal


Top movies – July 15, 1997

Men in Black


Face Off


My Best Friend’s Wedding

Out to Sea

Batman & Robin

Con Air

A Simple Wish

Lost World: Jurassic Park

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