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


In The News

The House passes legislation that grants amnesty to Nicaraguan and Cuban immigrants and helps settlers from Guatemala, El Salvador and Eastern Europe avert deportation.

Resolution to Iraq’s confrontation with international weapons inspector’s dims when Saddam Hussein dismisses a U.N. effort to mediate the dispute. 

Iraq ejects the six American members of a U.N. disarmament team scoring the country for illegal weapons.

President Clinton avoiding an embarrassing legislative defeat – withdraws his embattled fast-track trade bill – his bid for expanded trade authority. 

Russian president Boris N. Yeltsin and his Chinese counterpart, Jiang Zemin sign a breakthrough statement ending a dispute over border demarcation that has soured ties since the days of the czars.

A federal court jury in Manhattan finds Ramzi Ahmed Yousef guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Imprisoned Whitewater figure James B. McDougal claims that a recently discovered 1982 cashier’s check payable to Bill Clinton was a loan from McDougal’s S&L and that the two men agreed to conceal the transaction.

Cool – NY’s modest Al Yeganch’s Soup Kitchen International gets top rankings in the prestigious Zagat restaurant guide. It’s better known for being spoofed on Seinfeld as the Soup Nazi.

Charles O. Rosotti is sworn in as the new IRS commissioner – promising to make the agency more taxpayer friendly.

Congress approves a 20month compromise amnesty on green cards. Illegal immigrants who apply for green cards by Jan. 14 would be able to pay a $1,000 fine and obtain their residency papers while remaining in the U.S. rather than be forced to return to their home countries. 


Business/Economy news – November 8, 1997

Eastman Kodak Co says that it will cut 10,000 jobs – about 11% of its workforce and take a $1 billion pretax charge in the fourth quarter. It’s the biggest layoff call from any U.S. firm.

The nation’s unemployment rate drops to a 24-year low of 4.7%.

MCI and WorldCom agree to a $37 billion merger.


Technology news – November 8, 1997

Apple unveils a new lineup of computers and says it plans to sell computers directly to consumers for the first time.


Media news – November 8, 1997

Cowles Media Co – is purchased by McClatchy Newspapers for $1.4 billion in cash and stock.


Entertainment news – November 8, 1997

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett announce their engagement and will marry before the end of the year.

“Star Trek: The Experience,” a them park-type attraction – opens at the Las Vegas Hilton on January 4.


Music news – November 8, 1997

Metallica performs a free Philadelphia concert in front of 30,000 fans.

Janet Jackson fires the Southpaw management partnership of John Dukakis and Qadree El-Amin who also handles Boyz II Men and rehires her former manager, Roger Davis.


Television news – November 8, 1997

On HBO Nov. 15 – “Don King – Only In America.”

MTV executive vice president of programming Andy Schuon – leaves the network.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Jon Lovitz with musical guest Jane’s Addiction.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 8, 1997

ER – 31.95

Seinfeld – 31.64

Touched by an Angel – 26.94

Friends – 25.68

Veronica’s Closet – 25.53

X-Files – 24.84

60 Minutes – 23.04

Monday Night Football – 22.66

Union Square – 20.27

King of the Hill – 20.04

Frasier – 20.01


Top movies – November 8, 1997

Starship Troopers


I Know What You did Last Summer

Devil’s Advocate

Red Corner

Mad City

Boogie Nights

Eve’s Bayou

Kiss the Girls

Fairy Tale: A True Story

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