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


In The News

Britain formally invites the political arm of the outlawed IRA to participate in peace talks for the first time.

Big Florida settlement as the big tobacco companies agree to pay $11.3 billion over 25 years to cover the state’s massive suit against the industry.

Philip Johnson – a disgruntled armored car driver believed to have taken $22 million in the biggest heist in U.S history, is arrested when he crossed the border into Texas, using the name of a former roommate. No money was recovered and authorities do not know where it might be. Johnson, considered an amateur, eluded the Feds for years – going in and out of the country under fake ID’s.

Michael Brown, son of the late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of making $4,000 in illegal contributions to Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s 1994 reelection campaign.

A federal judge rejected President Clinton’s request to dismiss the sexual harassment claim against him and ruled the civil court-case would go to trial next May.

Paris - Pope John Paul II offered tough challenges and affectionate encouragement to more than 1 million faithful attending Mass at a racetrack, one of the largest crowds he has seen in years. 

 Former Agriculture secretary Mike Espy is indicted on charges he accepted more than $35,000 in gifts and favors from companies that did business with his department. He’s also accused of lying to investigators in an effort to cover-up his misdeeds. 

Two cosmonauts make risky repairs to the Mir space station. They repaired power dabbles cut of in a June accident but they still cannot find the puncture which has let air out of their research module.

Government troops claim to have captured nearly half a strategic town held by Tamil rebels in the fourth day of heavy fighting that has claimed more than 340 lives in northern Sri Lanka.

President Clinton moves to head off a rail strike against Amtrak by creating a special three-member emergency board to investigate the labor dispute and draft a proposal for settlement.

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, sensitive to the negative publicity he and his family has received – announces he has decided not to run for governor next year. But he’s got problems. His ex-wife, Sheila, published a book accusing him of trying to bully her into granting him an annulment of their marriage. His brother Michael, then was investigated for allegedly having sex with his family’s teenage baby sitter.

President Clinton presses for testing based on national standards and sought to blunt GOP opposition by proposing that a bipartisan panel of experts draft the exams.  

Princess Diana and friend Dodi Fayed are killed after their car crashed in a Paris tunnel while being chased by photographers. The driver is also killed. The auto simply went out of control at a high speed.


Health/Medical news – August 22, 1997

The FDA approves a new nasal spray for treating migraines – Imitrex. Also this week – the FDA wants to ban products containing phenolphthalein, a component in most varieties of ex-Lax and other laxative products because it poses a higher cancer risk than those who don’t use it.


Sports news – August 22, 1997

John Walter Gillette Jr. – a financial advisor to professional athletes is charged with 38 felony counts of grand theft and forgery for allegedly stealing more than $9 million from 24 athletes and others over a 3 ½-year period. Victims include football players from the Redskins, Cowboys and Chargers.


Entertainment news – August 22, 1997

People Magazine – says that actor Christian Slater is embarrassed about his recent run-in with authorities in Hollywood and has entered re-hab.  The magazine got this from his 14-year-old brother – Ryan.


Radio news – August 22, 1997

Since federal rules on radio ownership were eased last year, more than 2,100 stations have changed hands in deals valued at more than $15 billion. This week – Dallas-based investment firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc agree to buy SFX Broadcasting for $2.1 billion – making them the industry leader. 


 Television news – August 22, 1997

 MTV says it plans to develop a prime-time series for Carman Electra, who replaced Jenny McCarthy on its “Singled Out.”


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of August 22, 1997

CBS – JAG, Movie, David Letterman

NBC – Mad About You, NewsRadio, Frasier, Just Shoot Me, Dateline, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Roseanne, Home Improvement, Spin City, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

PBS – Nova, Creation of the Universe, Charlie Rose

Fox - Keenan Ivory Wayans

WB – 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

MTV – Music from Motel California, Rockumentary, MTV Unplugged

VH1 – Bon Jovi video collection, Partridge Family


On David Letterman – Paul Reisner, Tia Carrere, Echo and the Bunnymen.

On Jay Leno  - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Allen.


Top movies – August 22, 1997

G.I. Jane

Money Talks

Air Force One


Conspiracy Theory

Cop Land

Event Horizon

Leave It To Beaver

George of the Jungle

Men in Black 

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