Notebook: Dec. 23, 1996

WINNERS & LOSERS

FAMOUS FIRSTS

[WINNERS]

NELSON MANDELA South Africa's first black President signs its first post-apartheid constitution into law

RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL World premiere based on E.L. Doctorow's sprawling novel pleasantly surprises critics

MONEYGRAM As the Dow nose-dives, wire-transfer service makes solid IPO, selling 14.4 million shares

[& LOSERS]

JANET RENO Gets grilled in Supreme Court debut. Consolation prize: she can stay on as Attorney General

ROSIE O'DONNELL Get with the program! Pal Madonna gives Oprah her first TV interview since giving birth

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORP. Precedent-setting repetitive-stress-injury case ends with keyboard maker ordered to pay up

OLYMPIC HAND-ME-DOWNS

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