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


In The News

Heath High School - A 14-year-old student – grabbing a gun from his backpack  - opens fire on a group of praying students in Paducah, Kentucky. Three are dead.

Health ministers in Western Europe finally agree to phase in a ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship of sports and cultural events.

Atty. Gen Janet Reno has decided not to ask an outside prosecutor to investigate campaign-fund raising calls made by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, saying she acted on facts, no by pressure.

An Italian court sentences former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to 16 months in prison for false accounting.

Tearful residents lined the streets in Paducah, Ky. in a tribute to the three teenagers gunned down at Heath High School.

Russia - A military cargo jet crashed into a Siberian town minutes after taking off, dozens were killed.

A floating eyeball camera is tested on the space shuttle Columbia. A better version could inspect the outer fringes of the space station and reduce the number of space walks needed. 

Will not allow more foreign content - The Federal Trade Commission ends a two-year controversy with a decision favored by labor and some business groups that it will not tinker with requirements for the “Made in U.S.A.” label.

Princess Diana Beanie Baby Doll Introduced – December 1, 1997

Ty Inc. says it will only distribute 12 Princess Di Beanie Babies per store. They’re purple and look out and some believe they’ll be small riots wanting the toys. Some will let customers enter raffles while others plan to auction them.


Technology news – December 1, 1997

New Federal Communications Commission rules require that cellular phone companies complete emergency 911 calls, even if callers are traveling outside their company’s service area or have let their service elapse. This after many instances where emergency 911 calls were placed on cell phones – outside subscriber areas – and help was not on the way. Now, these new rules treat cell phone 911 calls like any other. The FCC will also require companies to complete emergency calls from phones without a mobile id number – or a phone that has not been activated. And by Oct. 2001 – the FCC will require cell companies to have technology that tells 911 dispatchers an emergency caller’s location to within 125 yards.

Unemployment hits a 24-year-low – 4.6%.


Music news – December 1, 1997

MTV will air the controversial video “Smack My Bitch Up” – from Prodigy – but early in the morning.  The National Organization for Women (NOW ) had protested the video.


Television news – December 1, 1997

On Saturday Night Live – Nathan Lane hosts with musical guest Metallica.

CBS Evening News climbs to second place! Now its ABC news in last place.

MTV airs all 23 episodes of the sixth season of “The Real World” in a marathon this weekend.

Chef Emeril Lagasse – seen on the Food Network will offer tips on food on Good Morning America too!

CBS wins November! - Big ratings news as CBS ends NBC’s three-year run of victories. NBC had won every major sweep conducted in November, February and May since early 1995.

The Disney Channel will premiere “Vault Disney” overnights – featuring Disney programs from the archives.  First shows – “The Disneyland Story” – as broadcast in 1954 plus episodes of the original Mickey Mouse Club.

Friday night television listings/TV guide – December 1, 1997

CBS – Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too, Family Matters, Step by Step, Nash Bridges, Dave Letterman

NBC – Players, Dateline NBC, Homicide! Life on the Street, Jay Leno

ABC – Sabrina, Boy Meets World, Sabrina, Teen Angel, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

Fox – The Visitor, Millennium

MTV – Daria, Beavis and Butthead, Yo!


On Dave Letterman – Cuba Gooding Jr., Billy Crystal, Darlene Love.

On Jay Leno – Neve Campbell, Spice Girls, Ben Afflect. 


Top movies – December 1, 1997


Alien Resurrection


John Grisham’s Rainmaker

The Jackal

Mortal Kombat Annihilation

Midnight in the Garden

The Little Mermaid


Starship Troopers

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