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Dateline: Events/Week of December 15, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

The Pentagon announces that it will inoculate an estimated 2.4 million of its military personnel and reservists against anthrax – the first time the military has conducted such a vaccination program to protect against a germ-warfare agent.

The Clinton administration decides to open the way for full-scale U.S. trade and investment opportunities in Vietnam by lifting the principal obstacle to normalized economic relations between the two countries.

Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung claims victory in South Korea’s presidential election.

Rescuers reach the charred wreckage of a Ukrainian passenger jet on a remote slope near Mt Olympus. One of the 70 on board survived.

President Clinton emphatically denies all of the allegations made against him in Paula Corbin Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit and urges a federal judged to dismiss the case. He said he never sexually harassed Jones or any other woman.

The Clinton’s have a new dog – a chocolate-colored Labrador puppy.

The Treasury Department reports that the federal government has run a surplus over a 12-month period – something not seen since 1970.

Ford says it will invest $420 million in a fuel cell powered auto. 

Passing – Lillian Disney (98) – Widow of Walt Disney.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – December 15, 1997

 Billy Crystal will host the Oscars again – his sixth time. “I guess I’m just a sucker for a free Tuxedo” said the comedian. Look for both in March.

More Elaine – Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus appears in the latest Wood Allen movie “Deconstructing Harry.”

 

Chris Farley Dies

Passing – Chris Farley (33) – 300-pound Saturday Night Live comic known for his physical comedy. He was found dead in his Chicago apartment.

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1997

ER – 31.66

Seinfeld – 20.47

Veronica’s Closet – 24.57

Movie-Ellen Foster – 24.13

Friends – 23.89

X-Files – 20.94

60 Minutes – 20.31

Monday Night Football – 20.26

Union Square – 19.99

Touched By An Angel – 19.89

King of the Hill – 18.27

NYPD Blue – 18.25

Fraiser – 17.82

Drew Carey – 17.58

Dharma & Greg – 16.69

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 16.34

Movie-Holiday In Your Heart – 16.21

Frasier (9:30pm) – 15.75

The Simpsons – 15.51

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 15.32

Diagnosis Murder – 14.87

PrimeTime Live – 14.84

 

Television news – December 15, 1997

Craig Kilborn of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” is suspended for making derogatory comments about the sow’s female staffers in an Esquire Magazine interview. He’ll return in January.

Actress Diane Farr is added to the couch panel of MTV’s “Loveline.” The show begins its third season on January 26.

VH1 presents “Clint Eastwood Talking Music” – a look at the actor’s musical interests.

Don’t miss the HBO comedy hour this week as it presents “Steve Harvey: One Man.”

Basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson is set to debut a TV talkshow – “The Magic Hour” in syndication. Look for it in June.

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – December 15, 1997

CBS – JAG, Michael Hayes, 48 Hours, Late Show

NBC – Mad About You, NewsRadio, Frasier, Just Shoot Me, Dateline NBC, Tonight Show

ABC – Grace Under Fire, Soul Man, Home Improvement, Hiller and Diller, NYPD Blue, Nightline

Fox – Movie

UPN – In the House, Good News, Clueless, Sparks

WB – Movie

PBS – Nova, Frontline, Innovation

 

On Home Improvement – Tim gets the Christmas lights out for the annual Christmas decorating contest.

On Just Shoot Me – For Christmas, the gang donates gift money to the janitor.

On the Late Show – Pam Grier, Tom Everett Scott and singer Bjork

On the Tonight Show – Don Rickles, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Celine Dion

 

 

Radio news – December 15, 1997

Robert W. Morgan, legendary Los Angeles radio personality will announce his retirement on January 9. He has been broadcasting part-time from his home on KRTH, since he announced he had lung cancer.

Jenny McCarthy stops by the WPLJ-FM (New York) morning show with Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. She talked about her new book – “Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy’s Open Book.”

 

Music news – December 15, 1997

Carl Perkins is partially paralyzed after suffering his third and most serious stroke. He’s 65.

Passing – Nicolette Larson (45) – best known for her 1978 hit “Lotta Love.” Larson died of complications from cerebral edema (swelling of the brain caused by abnormal fluid accumulation).

 

Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists For 1997 In Order:

Leann Rimes

Spice Girls

Jewel

Toni Braxton

Celine Dion

Puff daddy

Notorious B.I.G.

Hanson

Dru Hill

The Wallflowers

2Pac

No Doubt

Sheryl Crow

Blackstreet

Sublime

En Vogue

Keith Seat

Erykah Badu

The Verve Pipe

Meredith Brooks

Deana Carter

Savage Garden

Babyface

Backstreet Boys

R. Kelly

 

1997 Top New Pop Music Artists –

Spice Girls

Puff Daddy

Hanson

Dru Hill

Erykah Badu

Meredith Brooks

Savage Garden

Backstreet Boys

Third Eye Blind

Mark Morrison

 

Top music albums – December 15, 1997

Let’s talk About Love – Celine Dion

Sevens – Garth Books

You Light Up My Life – Leann Rimes

Tubthumper – Chumbawamba

Spiceworld – Spice Girls

R U Still Down? (Remember Me) – 2 Pac

Reload – Metallica

Come On Over – Shania Twain

Middle of Nowhere – Hanson

Yourself Or Someone Like You – Matchbox 20

Butterfly – Mariah Carey

Aquarium – Aqua

Spice – Spice Girls

Diana, Princess of Whales Tribute – Various Artists

Live – Erykah Badu

Harlem World – Mase

Men In Black – The Album – Soundtrack

Christmas Live – Mannheim Steamroller

 

Top Pop Hit Music(top-40) – December 15, 1997

How Do I Live – Leann Rimes

Something About the way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind – Elton John

My Love is the SHHH! – Somethin’ For the People Featuring Trina & Tamara

Feel So Good – Mase

My Body – LSG

You Make Me Wanna – Usher

It’s All About The Benjamins – Puff Daddy & The Family

Show Me Love – Robyn

Together Again – Janet (Jackson)

I Will Come To You – Hanson

I Don’t Want To Wait – Paul Cole

A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men

Butta Love – Next

All Cried Out – Allure Featuring 112

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

 

Top pop music hits in Britain – December 15, 1997

Teletubbies Say “Eh-Oh” – Teletubbies

 Together Again – Janet Jackson

Perfect Day – Various artists

Baby Can I Hold You –Boyzone

Never Ever – All Saints

Angels – Robbie Williams

Slam Dunk (Da Funk) – Five

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Wind Beneath My Wings – Steven Houghton

Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow

Barbie Girl - Aqua

 

Top Country Hit Music – December 15, 1997

From Here To Eternity – Michael Peterson

Longneck Bottle – Garth Brooks

A Broken Wing – Martina McBride

 Land of the Living – Pam Tillis

Between The Devil and Me – Alan Jackson

Love Gets Me Every Time – Shania Twain

The Rest of Mine – Trace Adkins

He’s Got You – Brooks & Dunn

I’ So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying – Toby Keith with Sting

Today My World Slipped Away – George Straight

 

Top movies – December 15, 1997

Scream 2

Flubber

For Richer or Poorer

Home Alone 3

Amistad

John Grisham’s Rainmaker

Allen Resurrected

Anastasia

The Jackal

Midnight in the Garden

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