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


In The News

Delegates at an international summit in Japan decree that the world’s developed nations over the next 15 years will cut emissions of the six main greenhouse gases.

Sen. Orrin Hatch calls on FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to launch his own investigation of Democratic party fundraising improprieties – in a challenge to Atty. Gen. Janet Reno.

 A federal judge sentences Autumn Jackson – who tried to extort $40 million from Bill Cosby to 26 months in prison.

Negotiators from 70 countries seal a global financial services agreement that would eliminate competitive barriers in the banking and insurance area.

Boris N. Yeltsin is hospitalized with a viral respiratory infection that could keep him out of action for 12 days.

Oklahoma City bombing case-  - The wife of Terry L. Nichols – Marife – becomes a terrific witness for the prosecution – startling his defense team.

Paula Jones reduced the damages sought in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton to $525,000 – from $700,000 and officially dropped defamation claims against Clinton’s co-defendant.

The White House confirms that the remains of M. Larry Lawrence will be removed from Arlington National Cemetery amid rising outcry over evidence that the late ambassador and friend of President Clinton had invented his story of heroic service in WWII.


Technology news – December 8, 1997

A judge orders Microsoft to stop requiring computer makers to install its Internet explorer Web browser on their machines as a condition to offering its Windows 95 operating system. 


Sports news – December 8, 1997

Rookie Keith Van Horn, who has played only five games so far with the New Jersey Nets – scores 31 of his season-high 30 points in a game against the Nuggets. 


Entertainment news – December 8, 1997

Actor Christian Slater is sentenced to six months in jail for a drug-induced brawl with police and issued a statement saying he is ready to take responsibility for his actions.


Music news – December 8, 1997

Christine McVie will not continue the Fleetwood Mac reunion tour – a tour that has been very popular and made $36 million on its own. 


Television news – December 8, 1997

Ted Danson reunites with Kirstie Alley on a “Veronica’s Closet.”

Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 8, 1997

Touched by an Angel – 24.41

Monday night football – 23.84

Seinfeld – 23.59

Movie-Thousand Men – 23.38

60 Minutes – 21.34

X-Files – 20.91

Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer – 20.75

Friends – 19.12

Home Improvement – 18.68

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 18.23

King of the Hill – 18.17

A Charlie Brown Christmas – 18.02

Garfield Christmas – 17.91

The Simpsons – 17.73

20/20 – 17.71

Barbara Walters Special – 17.69

Drew Carey Show – 17.48

Veronica’s Closet – 17.48

20/20 (Thur.) – 17.22

ER – 16.83

Spin City (Tue.) – 15.79

PrimeTime Live – 15.69

Dateline NBC (Fri.) – 15.34

Union Square – 14.61

Walker, Texas Ranger – 14.56

Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too – 14.43


Top movies – December 8, 1997


Alien Resurrection

John Grisham’s the Rainmaker


The Jackal

Midnight in the Garden

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

I Know What You Did Last Summer


Starship Troopers

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