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


In The News

Prime Minister Tony Blair shakes hands with the leader of the Irish republican movement – Sinn Fein – a first. Many call the handshake an insult to victims of terrorism.

Hurricane Pauline hits Mexico leaving 124 dead in the region of Acapulco.

In his weekly radio address – President Clinton declares the nation must do more to reduce teen drug use and he urged the entertainment industry to “do its part” by avoiding the depiction of “warped images’ that glorify drugs.

Atty. Gen Janet Reno insists she would not hesitate to question President Clinton directly about his conduct increasing money for the Democratic Party.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that Atty. Gen. Janet Reno “looks like a fool” for rejecting an independent counsel probe of White House coffees for democratic donors.

In a newly issued report by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr – Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster, depressed in the days before his 1993 suicide, cried at dinner with his wife, sought legal advice and told his mother he was unhappy and that work was a grind.

A bus carrying senior citizens on a Thanksgiving Day tip to view the fall foliage plunged into a ravine in central Quebec, killing 43 of 48 onboard.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to American activist Jody Williams and the International Campaign to the group Ben Landmines.


Technology news – October 8, 1997 

Apple slashes prices on some of its most popular computers and shipped a version of its new operating system to software developers. Prices are cut on the PowerBook 3400 laptops and Power Macintosh 8600. Its Rhapsody operating system has been shipped to 10,000 developers worldwide.

Sun Microsystems files a suit accusing Microsoft Corp of trying to undermine the Java computer language.


Music news – October 8, 1997

David Bowie replaced Mick Jagger on the new MTV weekly music series debut “Live From the 10 Spot.” Mick says he is ailing.

Michael Jackson tour in South Africa – he takes a break to be best man at a friend’s wedding in Capetown.

John Denver Dies In Plane Crash

John Denver is killed after his experimental light plane ran out of gas in Monterey, Ca and slammed into the ocean. Denver had practiced three touch-and-go landings before receiving permission from the Monterey Airport to take the plane on a test spin down the coast – but – forgot to look at his fuel.


Top movies – October 8, 1997

Kiss the Girls

Seven Years in Tibet

Soul Food

In & Out

The Peacemaker

Rocket Man

L.A. Confidential

The Edge

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