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Dateline: Events/Week of November 1, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Supreme Court allows California’s proposition 209 repeal of affirmative action, clearing the way for full enforcement, in what many call a colorblind standard.

Moving to overhaul the IRS, the House approves legislation to establish a new oversight board to help run the agency and strengthen the hand of taxpayers in disputes.

Richard Butler, head of the U.N. Special Commission, notifies the Security Council that as a three-member U.N. diplomatic mission was beginning talks in Baghdad, Iraqi authorities apparently have moved “significant pieces of dual-capable equipment” which subject to monitoring, out of site of U.N. cameras.

Iraqi again turns-away American U.N. Weapons inspectors.

George Bush is joined by President’s Clinton, Carter and Ford and other dignitaries, at the launching of the Bush Presidential Library and Museum at College Station, Texas.  


Sports news – November 1, 1997

Kenya’s John Kagwe wins the New York City marathon; Kagwe ran 2 hours, 8 minutes 12 seconds for the second-fastest finish in the race’s 28-year history.

Shaq O’Neal is suspended and fined $10,000 for slapping Greg Osterlag of the Utah Jazz.

Yanic Perreault records his first career hat trick as the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Kings 5-1.


Some best-selling books – November 1, 1997

Violin – Anne Rice

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Underworld – Don deLillo

The Angel of Darkness – Caelb Carr

Flood Tide – Clive Cussler

Diana: Her True Story, In Her Own Words – Andrew Morton

The Royals – Kitty Kelley

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Conversations With God, Book One – Neale Donald Walsh

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 1, 1997

Cinderella – 34.30 starring Whitney Houston and Brandy

Seinfeld – 30.24

ER – 29.24

 Women Had Wings – 28.10

X-Files – 27.34

Veronica’s Closet – 25.04

Friends – 24.35

Monday Night Football – 23.53

Touched By An Angel – 22.30

Frasier – 20.72

King of the Hill – 19.64

Union Square – 19.29

Home Improvement – 19.19

Murder, She Wrote: South – 18.61

60 Minutes – 18.60

The Simpsons – 18.03

Just Shot Me – 17.21

Mad About You – 17.02

PrimeTime Live – 16.70

Dateline: NBC (Tue.) – 16.54


Television news – November 1, 1997

 Don’t miss the “MTV Sports and Musical Festival” – a two-day 10-hour special taped in Austin. Combines alternative sports with alternative bands. Look for Smash Mouth, Wu Tang Clan, Offspring, Blink 182, Sugar Ray, Everclear, Ree Big Fish, and the Crystal Method.

A&E presents “Hollywood Aliens and Monsters: A Century Of Science Fiction Cinema” hosted by Mark Hamill.


Music news – November 1, 1997

Garth Brooks’ long-awaited seventh album is due in stores November 25. A cut from the album – “Longneck Bottle” is being sent to country stations this week. 

Billy Preston (51) is sentenced to three years in prison for violating probation on a cocaine-possession conviction.

Opryland USA will close for good in January for a major renovation, which will turn it into an entertainment and shopping mall called Opry Mills. Only a few of the 22 rides and dozen shows now offered at Opryland will remain.

Courtney Love helps kick-ff a series of anti-drug public announcements. Also participating in The Partnership for a Drug-Free America campaign, Fugees lead Lauryn Hill, Chuck D. Everclear, KISS and Scatman John.

Seven-week tour begins this week “Puff Daddy & The Family.” 


Top movies – November 1, 1997

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Red Corner

Devil’s Advocate

Boogie Nights

Kiss the Girls

Seven Years In Tibet

Fairy Tale – A True Story



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