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Dateline: Events/Week of January 23, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Azerbaijan - Thousands of Muslims pour into the streets of Baku in a massive funeral procession for those killed when Soviet troops put a and end to a nationalist uprising. 

President Bush gets his way with Congress after intense lobbying on legislation aimed at protecting Chinese students.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan said he does not think the nation is headed into a recession and will not cut interest rates further.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev says no doubt, there will be a united Germany, but warned that it should be a carefully controlled process that does not undermine world peace.

President Bush unveils his $1.2 trillion budget.

The growth of the nation’s economy came to a standstill last year – as the quarterly GNP grew at an annual rate of .5%.

A key step in “Star Wars” technology is undertaken in the first test of a weapon designed to demolish nuclear warheads.

Geneva - A 30-nation conference on Vietnamese boat people broke in disarray after U.S. and Vietnamese delegates balked at a compromise starting date for the forced repatriation of Vietnam of those denied refugee status.

The Polish Communist Party took the first steps toward dissolving itself.

A woman dubbed “Coupon Connie” (Connie Arvidson) because of her passion for clipping coupons and proof-of-purchase seals was convicted on charges that she took part in a $2 million scheme to swap and redeem hundreds of thousands of bogus coupons. She’s from Boca Raton, Fl.

DC Mayor Marion Barry is in Florida now for alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

A Colombian jetliner missed its first approach to Kennedy International through fog, tried again, but crashed. At least 40 are dead.

The FDA banned about one-fifth of the uses of the color additive Red No. 3 because it has shown to cause cancer at high doses in lab rats.


Technology news – January 23, 1990

Sony Corp. debuts a palm-sized electronic book.

Allen Z. Loren, president of Apple Computer’s U.S. Operations – resigns two weeks after the company announced plunging profits.

Phonograph that Uses Laser Instead Of A Needle!

New- The Finial LT-1 laser turntable – reads a vinyl phonograph record – not with a needle – but with a laser. It’s been in development for eight years. It has a list price of $32,000.


Sports news – January 23, 1990  

From New Orleans - Super Bowl XXIV action on CBS-TV – the 49ers and the Broncos. John Madden was in the booth and Terry Bradshaw reported from the field. 

 The San Francisco 49ers Beat the Denver Broncos 55-10. Joe Montana throws five TD passes as the 49ers become the first team in 10 years to win two consecutive titles.

Debuting this week – a new national sports newspaper called National.

Outfielder Daryl Strawberry of the New York Mets is arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening his wife with a pistol. 

Will Clark jumped to the top of baseball’s salary list when he agreed to a $15 million four-year contract with the San Francisco Giants that calls for the first $4-million salary in baseball history.


Radio news – January 23, 1990

QSound Audio

There’s an interesting ad out for “QSound.” Here it is: “On Radio – January 29th. Listeners across the country will think they’re hearing things on their FM radios. And they will be. QSound – the revolutionary new-three-dimensional audio technology makes the “Hilltop Reunion” radio commercial forCoca-Cola classic sound as real as life itself. Found out why QSound has captured the ears of the recording industry all over the world. Coca-Cola – Can’t Beat The Real Thing. 


Music news – January 23, 1990

1988 sales of vinyl albums have declined to $532 million from $1.5 billion in 1983. Thank the compact disc. Compact discs and cassette tapes now account for more than 90% of the record industry’s $6.2 billion in prerecorded music sales. 

David Bowie to begin a five continent world tour starting March 4 in Quebec.

Paula Abdul, upon returning home from the American Music Awards, finds her home burglarized. 

American Music Awards(Some winners) –

Single Record – “Girl You Know It’s True” – Milli Vanilli

Album – “Hangin’ Tough,” New Kids on the Block

Best new artist – Milli Vanilli

Male vocalist – Bobby Brown

Female vocalist – Bobby Brown

Best duo or group – New Kids on the Block

Misc – Randy Travis got best male country vocalist.

Clint Black – New artist country.

Reba McIntire – best female country vocalist.

Soul – Best male vocalist – Luther Vandross

Female vocalist – Anita Baker

Rap – MC Hammer – best artists. 


Entertainment news - January 23, 1990

Passing – Actress Ava Gardner. She was 67.


Television news  - January 23, 1990

Don’t miss David Letterman’s eighth anniversary special on NBC prime time this week.

Jesse Jackson’s syndicated talkshow will debut in September.

New magazine about the ABC soaps such as “General Hospital” is due out. Look for it six times year beginning next month. It’s called “Episodes.”

Rick Dees is set to do a late-night ABC Variety show called “Into the Night.” Dees – is heard on KIIS-FM Los Angeles and has the “Weekly Top 40” heard on more than 300 stations.

Actor William Shatner gets hit with a $6 million palimony suit by Vira Montes. She claims the actor suddenly broke off their relationship after five years. He repeatedly promised to divorce his wife.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 23, 1990

Super Bowl XXIV – 39.0

Super Bolw XXIV Postgame – 25.3

Cosby Show – 25.0

Cheers – 25.0

Roseanne – 24.5

A DifferentWorld – 22.4

The Golden Girls – 21.7

Empty Nest – 20.6

The Wonder Years – 20.4

American Music Awards  20.0 

Unsolved Mysteries – 19.7

Grand – 19.6

Coach – 19.3

Who’s the Boss? – 19.3

Grand Slam – 18.6

Matlock – 18.4

In the Heat of the Night – 18.2

L.A. Law – 17.9

Night Court – 16.7

Hunter – 16.5


Top movies – January 23, 1990

Tango and Cash

Born on the Fourth of July


The War of the Roses

We’re No Angels

Internal Affairs


Roger & Me

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