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Dateline: Events/Week of February 15, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Summit in Columbia- President Bush meets with three Latin American presidents and later, proclaims that the four nations have form “the first anti-drug cartel.”

Gov Rafael Hernandez Colon said his government would sell the Puerto Rico Telephone Co. for at least $2 billion to pay for education reforms and development on the Caribbean island. 

Two satellites rocketed into space on what the Air Force said was the most ambitious “Star Wars” experiment yet, testing a plan to destroy hostile missiles by bouncing laser beams of orbiting mirrors.

An Indian Airlines jetliner that had been in use for only three months, crashed just short of an airport runway in southern India – killing 91 of the 146 on board.

President Bush signs into law – the first $542 million of a $1 billion economic recovery package for Panama.

Due to pressure from Arab countries, The Soviet Union pulls back from allowing direct airline flights from Moscow to Tel Aviv, to carry thousands of Jews immigrating to Israel.

 A judge bars the public and press from the Los Angeles courtroom where Ronald Reagan will be testifying this week. Reagan was called as a defense witness by former White House National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter, who is facing five felony counts in connection with the secret sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of some of the profits to the Contras in Nicaragua.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbechev is met with resistance in a bid for greater powers as liberal lawmakers force a delay to make constitutional changes. He’s vying for a Western-style executive presidency. 

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party overcomes a surge by Socialists and wins in a crucial House of Representatives election.

Mayor Marion Barry of Washington DC is indicted on three felony counts of lying to a federal grand jury about his involvement in cocaine transactions and five misdemeanor charges of cocaine possession.

Benzene tainting – Perrier recalls its bottled water from 120 countries where it is sold.

The nation’s trade deficit fell in December to $7.2 billion – making it $108.6 billion for all of 1989 – the best annual showing in five years, so says the Commerce Department.

It’s “Trump vs. Trump” – as Ivana and Donald are going at it in divorce proceedings.


Health/Medical news – February 15, 1990

Doctors injected healthy muscle cells into a muscular dystrophy patient’s foot for the first time in a move hailed as potentially offering a way to treat the crippling fatal disease.

Vaccine now possible - Drugs are now available that can put AIDS patients into remission and recent advances have made clear that a vaccine to protect against AIDS infection is possible, a panel of AIDS experts said this week. 


Some best-selling books – February 15, 1990

The Bad Place – Dean R. Koontz

Device and Desires – P.D. James

Vineland – Thomas Pynchon

A Ruling Passion – Judith Michael

Megatrends 2000 -  John Naisbitt and Patricia Auburdene

Barbarians at the Gate – Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Liar’s Poker – Michael m. Lewis

Wealth Without Risk – Charles J. Givens

Little Girl Lost – Drew Barrymore and Todd Gold.


Sports news – February 15, 1990

Big crash at Daytona as Julius (Slick) Johnson, critically injured in a crash at International Speedway, dies. He suffered a broken skull and chest injuries in a multi-car crash late in the Daytona ARCA 200 stock car race. 23 cars were involved in the pileup.

Winnipeg Jet forward Laurie Boschman was suspended for eight games for a Feb. 8 high-sticking incident involving Tomas Sandstrom of the Kings.

Nadia Comaneci confirmed rumors that she tried to kill herself at age 15 by drinking bleach, according to a March article in Life Magazine. She also said that her recent defection from Romania helped trigger the revolution there.


Music news – February 15 1990

Donnie Osmond hosted the pre-Grammy telecast on CBS. Garry Shandling hosted the main event.

CBS Records - Michael Jackson is honored at a Beverly Hills breakfast – honored by his record company. Jackson’s award said wordwide  sales of his albums have sold over 100 million.

Polygram is disappointed about the much-hyped debut album from the Scottish band “Texas” called “Southside.” All-in-all – record sales are about flat – but there’s more revenue because compact discs, which are replacing vinyl – cost more. 

Lorrie Morgan, wife of the late Keith Whitley – has hit the road as an artist – she says it’s great therapy. They have a 2-year-old and a 9-year-old.


Some winners of the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards – held this week:

Best album – “Nick of Time” – Bonnie Raitt

Best record – “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler

Best song – “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Written by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar

Best new artist – Milli Vanilli

Best male pop vocal – “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” – Michael Bolton

Best female pop vocal – “Nick of Time” – Bonnie Raitt

Best Rap – “Bust a Move” – Young M.C.

Best male rock vocal -  Don Henley – “The End of the Innocence”

Best female rock vocal – “Nick of Time” – Bonnie Raitt


Television news – February 15, 1990

 NBC, Hughes, News Corp and Cablevision are backing a new direct-from-satellite TV service and it should be up by 1993. For now, it’s being called Sky cable and it’s the first established such service of its kind.

Paula Zahn moves to CBS from ABC. She’ll succeed Kathleen Sullivan in co-anchoring  “CBS This Morning.” 

On “Saturday Night Live” – Tom Hanks hosts with musical guests – Aerosmith.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of February 15, 1990

CBS- Movie (Wizard of Oz), Special-Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 50 Years of Magic, Pat Sajak

NBC – Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Midnight Caller, Tonight Show

ABC – Who’s the Boss?, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, Coach, thirtysomething, Nightline

Fox – Grammy Preview with Nina Blackwell

PBS – Nova, Frontline

HBO – Whoopi Goldberg and & Billy Connolly


On Pat Sajak – Shanna Reed, Clive Barker

On the Tonight Show – Jay Leno hosts – Al Jarreau, Paula Poundstone, Beatrice Arthur.


Top movies – February 15, 1990

Driving Miss Daisy

Hard To Kill



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