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

 

In The News

President Clinton paid tribute to the Air Force on its 50th anniversary telling hundreds of the service’s men and women, “You’ve made the world a safer place.”

Atty. Gen. Janet Reno is looking into the possibility that President Clinton solicited campaign contributions by phone from the White House. The President says he cannot recall making calls from the White House to solicit such funds. 

Jiang Zemin establishes himself as China’s undisputed leader.

President Clinton urged Congress to attack teen smoking through comprehensive legislation along the lines of the tobacco peace accord – with stiffer industry payments to raise cigarette prices.

Russia adopts a law that deals a blow to freedom for religions – the law on freedom  of conscience and religious associations.

Chelsea Clinton begins life at Stanford in California.

 Trevor Rees-Jones – The British bodyguard who survived the crash that killed Princess Diana has recovered enough to be questioned by a French judge probing the accident.

The Hope diamond is in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian. It’s a huge stone – 45.52-carets.  The diamond originated in India. It had been owned by the likes of Jean Baptiste Tavernier, King Louis XIV and King George IV among others.

The White House denied that it had Paula Corbin Jones singled out for an IRS audit, calling the idea of such retaliation “certifiably crazy.”

Ted Turner says he will donate $1 billion over the next 10 years to fund United Nations programs around the world.

 

Health/Medical news – September 15, 1997

The FDA is withdrawing Fenfluramine, sold as Pondimin and dexfenfluramine, sold as Redux because both diet drugs are tied to heart problems. 

 

Radio news – September 15, 1997

Westinghouse Electric Corp. agrees to buy the radio stations of American Radio Systems Corp. for $2.6 billion.

 

Technology news – September 15, 1997

Microsoft Corp. said it will delay the release of Windows 98 until the second quarter of 1998. Microsoft said it needs more time to combine two versions of the software into a single product, for computers running Windows 95 and those running older Windows 3.1.

Intel announces an improvement in the design of memory chips that could boost performance and cut costs.. It says it has devised a way to store two bits of information in an electronic space formerly limited to one.   

 

Music news – September 15, 1997

LeAnn Rimes has her third album out – “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs.”

Willie Nelson cancels “Farm Aid ‘97” due to weak ticket demand.

Elton John is featured on VH1 “Storytellers” this week.

Passing – Jimmy Witherspoon – one of the greatest blues performers of all time. He was 74.

 

Television news – September 15, 1997

Bryant Gumbel hosts the 49th annual Emmy Awards. On CBS-TV.

New shows – “George and Leo” starring Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch and“The Gregory Hines Show” on CBS.

ABC’s Sabrina will feature on-screen text – much like VH1’s pop up video into a repeat episode airing this week.

Lisa McRee is the new co-host of “Good Morning America.”

Passing – Comedian Red Skelton. He was 94.

49th Annual Emmy Awards – some winners:

Best comedy series – “Frasier”

Best drama series – “Law and Order”

Best comedy actor – John Lithgow – “3rd Rock…”

Best comedy actress – Helen Hunt – “Mad About You”

Best drama actor – Dennis Franz – “NYPD Blue”

Best drama actress – Gillian Anderson – “X-Files.”

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 15, 1997

Seinfeld – 22.63

3rd Rock From The Sun (Sun.) – 19.09

49th Emmy Awards – 28.77

Miss America Pageant – 18.65

Frasier – 18.40

Prime Time Live – 18.14

Monday night football – 17.71

Friends – 16.94

ER – 16.30

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 16.03

 

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – September 15, 1997

CBS – Movie, David Letterman

NBC – Mad About You, Frasier, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

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

PBS – Nova, Charlie Rose

MTV – Beavis and Butt-Head, Countdown to the 10 Spot, Jenny McCarthy. Alt.film at mtv, Oddville MTV, Loveline

VH1 – Legends, Behind the Music

 

VH1 Behind the Music – Boy George.

Jay Leno – Michael Jordan, Kevin Spacey, Joan Cusack.

 

Top movies – September 15, 1997

The Game

G.I. Jane

Fire Down Below

Money Talks

The Full Monty

Air Force One

Hoodlum

Conspiracy Theory

Excess Baggage

George of the Jungle 

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