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Dateline: Events/Week of December 23, 1997 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News 

Terry L. Nichols is convicted of manslaughter in the Oklahoma City bombing. He could get the death penalty.

President Clinton urges Bosnians to choose peace as they struggled to rebuild their war-ravaged society. He also praised U.S. troops stationed in the area for helping to restore civility in the Balkans.

President Clinton does some last minute Christmas shopping.

South Korea’s financial crisis gets a positive boost as banks push back due dates on coming loans.

Bird flu virus - Hong Kong health officials slaughter the territory’s entire population of farm-raised chickens and other poultry. 

The final booster of the Russian Proto-K rocket fails – dumping a $100 million satellite into a useless orbit.

Gunmen fire on churchgoers in a remote Mexican village – killing 45 – including 14 children.

New – Colgate “Total” – the only toothpaste the FDA has approved as a fighter of gum disease.

A United Airlines jumbo jet with 393 people aboard hits massive turbulence over the Pacific Ocean – killing one and injuring dozens. The plane was heading to Honolulu, but landed in Japan safely.

Retail - Holiday sales were up a modest 2% to 3% - below expectations.

Passing – Top Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. He was 77.

 

Sports news – December 23, 1997

Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hits 500 career wins – faster than any coach in NBA history.

 

Technology – December 23, 1997

Shares of Microsoft sink to a 7-month low – falling $4.38 to $118.94 – a response some say, to its legal activity.

 

Music news – December 23, 1997

Elton John is named “Sir” by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

VH1 viewers vote Mariah Carey as the channel’s 1997 Artist of the year. Also in the running – Jewel, Fleetwood Mac and the Wallflowers.

On Pay-Per-View – the BeeGees One Night Only – from the MGM Grand. New Year’s Eve.

 

Television news – December 23, 1997

Jerry Seinfeld says that his show will cease production at the end of this TV season. He says that it’s not money – it’s about keeping the show fresh.

Passing – Actor Denver Pyle. He was 77.

Wins suit - Former Melrose Place actress Hunter Tylo is awarded $5 million in damages. Producers were wrong in firing her because she was pregnant.

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeners – unveil their new baby on the David Letterman show.

 

December 31, 1997 New Year’s Eve on television 

CBS – Football, Year in Review, Golden Moments On Ice, Dave Letterman

NBC – Asteroids: Deadly Impact, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Working, Law & Order, Jay Leno

ABC - Spin City, Dharma & Greg, Drew Carey, Ellen, PrimeTime Live, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve ‘98

PBS – Cincinnati Pops Holiday New Year’s Eve

MTV – Top 100 videos of 1997, New Year’s Eve Live From Time Square

 

On Dick Clark – Daisy Fuentes and John Fuglesang in Las Vegas. Also the Spice Girls, Usher, KC and the Sunshine band, Squirrel Nut Zippers.

On David  Lettermen – Harry Hill, George Clinton

On Jay Leno – John Leguizamo, Carrot Top, Tap Dogs, Little Richard

 

Top movies – December 23, 1997

Titanic

Tomorrow Never Dies

As Good As it Gets

Mouse Hunt

Jackie Brown

Scream 2

American Werewolf in Paris

Flubber

The Postman

Mr. Magoo

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