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


In The News

In an address to the 52nd U.N. general Assembly – President Clinton asked called on the Senate to ratify a treaty to ban nuclear test explosions. He also called on other nations who signed the Comprehensive test ban Treaty go forward with ratification. Clinton had signed it some time ago, but delayed getting it to the Senate.

Abuse - In the hot seat at Senate hearings, the IRS says it will end quotas for audits. Commissioner Michael Dolan said he is ordering a nationwide review of every complaint filed by taxpayers over the past here months. Taxpayers from across the nation told of hostility, incompetence and laziness by the agency  - and many wrecked lives.   

Defying the U.S. – a French led consortium has signed a $2-billion investment deal to develop a natural gas field n the Persian Gulf. The U.S. says it will act if it defies U.S. law.

Attackers invade a neighborhood outside the Algerian capital and kill scores of men, women and children in the latest Algerian slaughter.

Passing – Roy Lichtenstein – who painted comic strips and became a figure in the pop art movement during the 1960’s. He was 73. 

Weekly radio address – President Clinton accused Senate Republicans of systematically blocking his nominations to the federal judiciary and creating “a vacancy crisis in our courts.”

An estimated 30 million copies of the redesigned $50 bill are being withheld from circulation because of a small printing flaw.

Most wanted list - The FBI offers a reward of more than $2 million for the capture of Ramon Arellano Felix, the alleged leader of a violent Tijuana drug cartel.

Travelers Group says it would buy investment-banking powerhouse Salomon Brothers for more than $9 billion in stock.


Technology news – September 22, 1997

Retailer CompUSA launches its own line of PC's.


Music news – September 22, 1997

Bob Dylan has an album of new songs – “Time Out of Mind” -  his 41st album.  

Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind”  - Princess Diana salute is in huge demand – so much so, the CD producers are having a tough time with producing CD-ROM’s. Meanwhile, the singer issued a statement saying he “will not be making any further public comments to the media concerning the deaths of his two friends” and they are – Princess Diana and Versace.

CMA Awards – Nominees and performers include - Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Tim McGraw, Leann Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter, Alabama, Pam Tills, Garth Brooks and Sting.

31st CMA Awards - Garth Brooks was named best entertainer by the County Music Assn. Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine,” was named best country music single and song. George Strait was named best male vocalist and his “carrying Your Live With Me” was named best album.  Trisha Yearwood got best female vocalist.

The Rolling Stones kick off their 1997 world tour at Soldier Field in Chicago. VH-1 broadcast their first two songs.


Television  news – September 22, 1997

“The Jenny McCarthy Show” – a mainstream sitcom gets a commitment from NBC, but it may be a tough sell because the star is not known as mainstream. She’s known as a sex kitten and appeals to mainly young males. She did appear on “Wings” – but not all the time. She’s been in Playboy Magazine three times.

On the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” – Sylvester Stallone hosts with musical guests Jamiroqual. Also appearing - Richard Jewel.

PBS will begin airing Britain’s “Telebubbies” in October. The show is geared for children as early as a year-old!

On the season opener of “Mad About You” – baby Buchman gets named (Mabel).

The season opening of “ER” drew 42.7 million viewers – 22% more than last year. “Seinfeld” drew its largest audience ever with nearly 38 million.

Passing – Newsman John Schubeck. He was 61.

Seagram Co agreed to pay $1.7 billion to Viacom for its half share of USA Networks.

New shows debuting this week – “The Tony Danza Show, The Jenny McCarthy Show,” Built to Last.” Also, “Union Square” and “Veronica’s Closet” on NBC Thursday nights.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – September 22, 1997

CBS – 31st Annual CMA Awards, David Letterman

NBC – Tony Danza Show, Built to Last, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Law & Order, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Spin City, Dharma & Greg, Drew Carey, Ellen, Prime Time Live, Nightline

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five

WB – Sister, Sister, smart Guy, Wayans Bros., Steve Harvey

PBS – Gladys Knight performance at the White House.

MTV – Countdown to the 10 Spot


Top movies – September 22, 1997

The Peacemaker

In & Out

Soul Food

The Edge

The Game

L.A. Confidential


The Fully Monty

A Thousand Acres

G.I. Jane

Air Force One

Fire Down Below

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