Dateline: Events/Week of November 15, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In California – proposition 187, the ballot initiative targeting illegal immigrants is found unconstitutional by a federal judge.
In Luxor Egypt, gunmen take over the Temple of Hatshepsut, killing at least 60 Japanese, Swiss, German and British tourists before fleeing.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, crisscrosses the Persian Gulf region in a scramble to rally support of the U.S. campaign against Iraq. Stops included Saudi Arabia.
The U.N. orders its weapons inspectors back into Iraq after the government of Iraq, President Saddam Hussein, turned away from a confrontation that had threatened to draw the U.S. into renewed warfare.
President Clinton signs legislation to speed the movement of children from foster care to “permanent and loving homes.” The law aims at doubling the number of adoptions each year to about 54,000. The White House says some 500,000 are waiting to be adopted.
Business news – November 15, 1997
Cadillac says it will offer a sports utility vehicle – the hottest trends in autos. Cadillac resisted entering the SUV market for years, fearing that the truck-based vehicle would lower its image. With Lincoln and Mercedes-Benz now offering luxury SUV models, the decision was imminent.
Disney doing well – as the stock rises 18% due to its theme parks and movies such as “George of the Jungle.”
Trend – Don’t be surprised if begin to see advertising on your ATM. Ads for Nissan and 20th-Century Fox movies are set to play on the screens of specially rigged ATM’s in 7-11 stores around San Diego.
Mattel Introducing A New Barbie Doll
Mattel says a new Barbie – a less lusty one will debut next year. It’s called “Bead Blast Barbie” which Mattel says has a more realistic profile to the curvaceous, best-selling doll.
Princess Diana update – November 15, 1997
More Diana – Premiere Magazine reports that the late Princess Diana was considering starring Kevin Costner in a sequel to “The Bodyguard” – the 1992 hit film. Costner’s producing partner told the magazine that he was involved in the plans for Diana to try her hand at acting, but the film had no specific time frame.
Medical news – November 15, 1997
29-year-old Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets. Six of the seven born are listed in serious condition. Their weights were considered good, ranging from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Ms. McCoughey and her husband Kenny are from Iowa.
Technology news – November 15, 1997
Masked gunmen break into a Scottish manufacturing plant, tying up its employees and stealing some $16 million worth of Microsoft software and authentication certificates. Microsoft says the bandits got away with 200,000 certificates of authenticity, 100,000 CD-ROMS, computers and other equipment in the November 10 heist at Thompson Litho Ltd, a contractor authorized to produce Microsoft software.
Sports news - November 15, 1997
Passing – Jockey Eddie Arcaro (81).
Entertainment – ESPN all the time.
ESPN reveals an earnest expansion plan – brand extension in a number of categories. So far, the sports cable channel has these –
ESPN the Store (launched in September)
ESPN SportsZone Internet site (launched in April 1995)
X Games (Extreme Sports) launched in 1995
ESPN Awards (Show) – From February 1993.
Look for these ESPN brand extensions…
ESPN Grill (Sports themed restaurants) – Next summer.
ESPN Magazine – Coming in March.
ESPN Almanac – Coming next year.
Television news - November 15, 1997
Passing – Character actor George Petrie – best known for his appearances in the “Honeymooners” reruns.
NBC will broadcast a commercial-free “Mad About You” on December 16. The episode, taped with one camera and with one take, deals with Paul and Jamie’s continuing efforts to deal with a crying baby Buchman. In a rarity – the whole shoot plays out in real time.
CNBC talkshow host Geraldo Rivera will anchor a new nightly newscast and an interview show on the Fox News Channel.
ABC orders 13 episodes of the proposed Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper sitcom, reprising their 1970’s TV roles.
“Good Morning America” announces plans to relocate to a new street-level studio in Times Square. Look for it next year.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 15 1997
ER – 34.65
Seinfeld – 32.77
Home Improvement – 27.91
Veronica’s Closet – 26.58
Friends – 26.35
Touched by an Angel – 25.62
X-Files – 21.72
King of the Hill – 21.56
Movie-Bella Mafia Pt 1 – 21.37
Union Square – 20.47
Monday Night Football – 20.20
60 Minutes – 19.99
The Simpsons – 19.80
Special-Kids Say The Darndest Things II – 19.70
Drew Carey Show – 19.49
10/20 – 19.43
Soul Man – 19.01
Frasier – 18.82
Dharma & Greg (Tue.) – 18.74
Home Improvement (8pm) – 17.62
Dateline NBC – 16.99
Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of November 15, 1997
CBS – Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cybill, George & Leo, Brooklyn South, David Letterman
NBC – Suddenly Susan, Fired Up, Caroline in the City, Naked truth, Dateline NBC, Tonight Show
ABC – Monday Night Football, Nightline, Politically Incorrect
WB – 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Fox – Melrose Place, Ally McBeal
UPN – In the House, Malcolm & Eddie Good News, Sparks
PBS – Full Circle w/Michael Palin, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, The Adventurers
CNBC – Charles Grodin, Rivera Live
Cosby – Ray Romano and Peter Boyle guest.
Everybody Loves Raymond – Frank’s not happy about his new aquarium.
On the Late Show W/David Letterman – Richard Simmons, Venus Williams, Wynonna.
On the Tonight Show – David Spade, magician Lance Burton.
Radio news – November 15, 1997
“Delilah” the evening personality heard primarily on adult contemporary stations, hits 100 stations. The show launched in January with 11 stations.
Music news – November 15, 1997
A&E will present “Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone” on Sunday, featuring the Beatle’s orchestral work that had its world premiere October 14 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The latest “MTV Unplugged” features singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Looks like “Spice World” – the girls’ second album, is doing nearly as well as their first. Also, they were booed off the state in Barcelona after refusing to allow photographs during a performance.
Top music albums – November 15, 1997
You Light Up My Life – Leann Rimes
Harlem World – Mase
Butterfly – Mariah Carey
Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 – Dave Matthews Band
Aquarium – Aqua
Tubthumper – Chumbawamba
The Dance – Fleetwood Mac
The Firm – the Album – Mas Escobar, Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature
Soul Food – Soundtrack
The Velvet Rope – Janet
Ghetto – Master P
Yourself Or Someone Like You – Matchbox 20
No Way Out – Puff Daddy & The Family
Pieces of You – Jewel
Collection of Hits – Trisha Yearwood
Fush Yu Mang – Smash Mouth
Slip Stich and Pass – Phish
Spice – Spice Girls
Evolution – Boyz II Men
Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – November 15, 1997
Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John
How Do I Live – Leann Rimes
You Make Me Wanna… Usher
My Loves Is the Shhh! - Somethin’ for The People Featuring Trina & Tamara
All Cried out - Allure Featuring 112
Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me – Jewel
My Body – LSG
The One I Gave My Heart To – Aaliyah
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
Quit Playing Games (with my heart) – Backstreet Boys
Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
4 Seasons of Loneliness – Boyz II Men
Top hit music in Britain – November 15, 1997
Barbie Girl – Aqua
Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
Torn – Natalie
Something About The way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind – Elton John
Sunchyme – Dario
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy – N-Trance featuring Rod Stewart
Stay – Sash
Party People… Friday Night – 911
U Sexy Thing – Clock
Top movies – November 15, 1997
The Little Mermaid
The Man Who Knew Too Little
I Know What You Did