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


In The News

President Clinton uses a line-item veto for the first time, cutting two tax breaks.

In a strike against UPS – the AFL-CIO gives the Teamsters a blank check and offers to provide $10 million in strike benefits.

Police in Tavares, Florida say that a Florida man’s young children shot him seven times with BB guns when their mother ordered them to fire during an argument.

SunBeam Corp and the American Medical Assn sign a five-year agreement that will allow the company to put the AMA’s name on its home-health-care products.

Autopsy details - JonBenet Ramsey’s body was sprawled on the living room floor, covered with a blanket when the coroner arrived, around her neck was a cord attached to a stick that was believed to have been used as a garrote.

Producer prices fell .1% in July – the seventh monthly decline in a row.

Visa announces that fraud losses on credit cards won’t be billed to customers if the deed is reported promptly. The move eliminates customer liability for unauthorized use of both debit and credit cards, but the loss must be reported within two business days after learning of the problem.

An Amtrak train going over a flood-damaged bridge in Arizona, plunges down a few feet – injuring 154 out of 300.

Coping with increased volume from the UPS strike, the post office began seven-day-a-week package deliveries in some metro areas.

Tom Wolfe has come out with his first work of fiction in a decade. But “Ambush at Fort Bragg” is only out on audio!

Look For Drug Commercials On Television – August 8, 1997

The FDA announces a policy giving pharmaceutical companies more leeway to promote their products on television. Now the companies can directly tout the benefits of their wares, along with the main risks. 


Some best-selling books – August 8, 1997

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Unnatural Exposure – Patricia Cornwell

Plum Island – Nelson DeMille

Chasing Cezanne – Peter Mayle

Into the Air: a Personal Account of the Mt. Everest disaster – John Krakauer

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Conversations with God, Book One – Neale Donald Walsch

The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger


Technology news – August 8, 1997

Phillips and Sony say that – together with Hewlett-Packard Co., they’ll break ranks with eight of the world’s largest electronics companies and develop their own next-generation system for recording and playing data on computers. The venture is limited to recordable DVD technology for personal computers.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – August 8, 1997

Actor Christian Slater is booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery after he had a fight at a party and then was involved in an altercation with police officers that were attempting to question him. He was released on $50,000 bail.

A Superior court judge orders the publishers of Playgirl magazine to recall its August issue because it contains nude photos of Brad Pitt and his former girlfriend.

Passing – Luise King Rey (83) – One of the King sisters. She was 83. 


Music news – August 8, 1997

The Rolling Stones drive over the Brooklyn Bridge (shut down of course) to draw attention to their forthcoming tour – “Bridges of Babylon.”

There’s lots of anticipation for Mariah Carey’s new album – “Butterfly” to be released Sept. 16.

Fleetwood Mac is back. It all begins with MTV’s “the dance” – a 90-minute concert special taped last May. A 40-datetour kicks of Sept. 19 in Boston .


Television news – August 8, 1997

Aug. 7 concert - HBO’s “Garth Live From Central Park” attracted the largest crowd in Central Park history – and was the highest-rated original program on the channel this year – getting a 15.2 rating and 25 share. The crowd was 250,000. Garth Brooks is the hottest.

The WB has renewed “7th Heaven” after its first season – despite is dismal ratings – show #160 out of 168! The show is produced by Aaron Spelling and is about minister, his wife and their five children.

Marry – Frasier star Kelsey Grammer marries film student-turned Playboy model Camille Donataci.

Barbara Walters’ “The View” debuts this week on ABC daytime. It’s being billed as a “multi-generational” information program which Walters is producing and will appear twice weekly.  The show features a team of women – comedian Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 8, 1997

Seinfeld – 18.50 million viewers

Suddenly Susan – 16.35

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 15.87

60 Minutes – 15.26

ER – 14.96

20/20 – 14.68

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 14.65

Touched by an Angel – 14.25

Home Improvement – 14.05

PrimeTime Live – 13,81

Men Behaving Badly – 13.10

Friends – 12.82

Spin City – 12.67

The X-Files – 12.28

Dateline NBC (Fri.) – 11.74

Countryfest ‘97 – 1.60

 Wings – 11.00

Scariest Police Chases – 10.92

Monday Night Football – 10.85


Top movies – August 8, 1997

Conspiracy Theory (opens at $19.3 million)

Air Force One


George of the Jungle

Men in Black

Picture Perfect


Def Jam’s How To Be A Player

Air Bud

Nothing to Lose

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