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Dateline: Events/Week of February 1, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

Some 250,000 gathered outside the Kremlin, calling for an end to the Soviet Union’s system of one-party rule. It’s one of the biggest demonstrations in Russia.

President Bush called for deep reductions in U.S. and Soviet troop levels in Europe. President Gorbachev said he would study the plan.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev called upon the Communist Party to yield its long monopoly on power and allow the development of a pluralist political system.

Two masked men armed with machine guns and grenades opened fir on an Israeli tour bus, killing nine passengers and wounding 16 others.

President Bush said his primary economic goal over the next 2 ½ years “will be to keep the economy growing as rapidly as possible without rekindling inflation so the nation can grow out of its budget deficit and improve its living standard.” 

Reforms – President Frederik de Klerk lifted the 30-year ban on the African National Congress and other anti-apartheid groups, scaled back the 3 ½ -year -old state of emergency and announced his decision to released jailed black nationalist Nelson R. Mandela.

Surprise - East German Prime Minister Hans Modrew called for a reunified but neutral Germany with Berlin as capital.

Pentagon probe on illegal trading - RCA Corp pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking in classified defense budget documents and agreed to pay $2.5 million in fines.

Cambridge - Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union proved that man can still outwit machine when he beat supercomputer Deep Thought in a hard-fought match that went down to the wire.

President Bush announces the formation of a high-powered science advisory group as he toured two university labs in a day of promoting science and technology that delighted much of the nation’s scientific community.

Moscow - The first McDonalds opens in the Soviet Union. Thousands of Muscovites poured in to sip milk cocktails and Beeg Maks .

 

Entertainment news – February 1, 1990

Someone has stolen love letters from Rosanna Barr to Tom Arnold and that someone may be offering them for publication – to a high bidder. 

Chairman and chief executive of Capital Cities-ABC Inc – Thomas Murphy will step down as CEO June 1 and recommended that Daniel Burke succeed him.

 

Technology news – February 1, 1990

Steven Jobs who heads 4 ½-year-old Next Computers says the company has entered into a licensing agreement covering all patents held by both Next and IBM.

 

Music news – February 1, 1990

ABC debuts “Elvis” – a weekly half-hour drama about the youth of Elvis Presley.

 

Television news – February 1, 1990

On the syndicated “Inside Edition” – Letter turner Vanna White speaks!

Late night talk - Pat Sajak is getting a new look with a new set, new music and a partial new format.  His ratings – not good.

Valarie Harper must be happy. Her new sitcom “City” on CBS beat her old series on NBC – “Hogan’s Family.” But it was a debut and will it hold?

 

Top movies – February 1, 1990

Driving Miss Daisy

Born on the Fourth of July

Stella

Flashback

Tango & Cash

 
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