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Dateline: Events/Week of February 22, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

In Nicaragua, opposition leader Violeta Barrios de Chamorro is elected President in a voter rebuke to10 years of Sandinista rule. Chamorro defeated President Daniel Ortega.

President Bush hails Chamorro’s victory and calls for a “peaceful transition” to democratic rule in Nicaragua.

As part of an eight-hour videotaped deposition, Ronald Reagan says he did not authorize using profits from arms sales to Iran to aid rebels in Nicaragua and doubts it really happened.

A federal grand jury in Anchorage indicts Exxon on five criminal charges in connection with the Alaskan oil spill last year. It was the worst oil spill in U.S history. The company faces fines of $640 million.

Mikhail Gorbachev successfully pushes his proposal for a western-style super presidency through the legislature despite vigorous objections. Critics charged it would place two much power in one man’s hands.


Sports News – February 22, 1990

 Winnipeg Jets defenseman Peter Taglianetti is suspended for five games for deliberately attempting to injure Buffalo Sabres center Christian Ruuttu by “high sticking” him in the face.


Entertainment news – February 22, 1990

The TV show “Entertainment Tonight” has put together a 900 number so you can call to wish Sammy Davis Jr. well. Just call 900 328-2800 and leave your message. It will cost you 95 cents per call. All the proceeds go to the charity of Davis’s choice.  

Go to Jack in the Box and get their new Ham & Turkey Melt sandwich - lean ham, tender turkey plus Swiss ad cheddar cheese all melted together on delicious sourdough bread.

Shock TV host Morton Downey Jr. declares bankruptcy. Downey says he has $100 in his pocket and $320 in the bank. One of his creditors is a limousine company.

Stan Freberg returns to radio with his syndicated “Stan Freberg Here.” - an amusing 90-second commentary.

Passing - Malcolm Forbes (70) of a heart attack. Publisher of the magazine that bears his name. 


Music news – February 22, 1990

Passing - Johnnie Ray (63) - Pop Singer of the 50’s. Ray had a string of hits on Columbia Records. His biggest hits were “Cry” and “Just Walking In The Rain.” Dubbed “the prince of wails” and “The nabob of sob” due to his impassionate singing style.   

Cornelious (Cornell) Gunter, lead vocalist for The Coasters is shot to death while driving through North Las Vegas. Gunter was shot through the windshield at an intersection. He was to appear in Las Vegas this weekend. He joined the Coasters in 1957. The group is best known for their hits “Yakety Yak (don’t talk back)” and Charlie Brown (he’s a clown)” in the 50’s and have been a favorite with live audiences ever since. Police still don’t have a motive or a suspect. 

Dolly Rogers and Kenny Rogers kick-off a 70-day tour, appearing first at the new Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – week of February 22, 1990

This week - America’s Funniest Home Videos beats  60 minutes in the Sunday slot. The program usually airs an hour later and was a rerun of the first show.

 The Cosby Show (23.6), Cheers (23.6), Roseanne (21.5), A Different World (21.0), The Golden Girls (20.7), Empty Nest (20.6), The Wonder Years (19.8), America’s Funniest Home Videos (19.4), The Grammy Awards (18.9), L.A. Law (18.60, Grand (18.3), Who’s The Boss? (17.8), Kennedys Of Massachusetts (17.6), Matlock (17.4), Unsolved Mysteries (17.4), Murder, She Wrote (17.4), In the Heat Of the Night (17.2), 60 Minutes (16.7), Kennedys Of Massachsetts#2 (16.4), Hunter (16.2).


Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of February 22, 1990

CBS - The Bradys, Dallas, Falcon Crest ... NBC - Baywatch, Premiere - Nasty Boys, The Main Event ... ABC - Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Sttrangers, Just The Ten of Us, 20/20

Nasty Boys (Premiere) Stars Dennis Franz who heads a secret-street crime fighting Squad.

20/20 - features an interview with Ted Turner.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 22, 1990

 “Escapade” - Janet Jackson, “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” - Michael Bolton, “Dangerous” - Roxette, “Roam” - The B-52’s, “All Or Nothing” - Milli Vanilli, “Price Of Love” - Bad English, “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” - Chicago”Here We Are” - Gloria Estefan, “No More Lies” - Michel’le, “We Can’t Go Wrong” - The Cover Girls, “Just A Friend” - Biz Markie, “Too Late To Say Goodbye” - Richard Marx


Top music albums – February 22, 1990

“Rhythm Nation 1814” - Janet Jackson, “Girl, You Know It’s True” - Milli Vanilli, “Forever Your Girl” - Paula Abdul, “Comsic Thing” - The B-52’s, “... But Seriously” - Phil Collins


Top Movies – February 22, 1990

Men Don’t Leave - Jessica Lange, Arliss Howard, Joan Cusack

Mad House - John Larroquette, Kirstie Ally

Driving Miss Daisy - Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd

Born On The Fourth Of July - Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond Barry

Where The Heart Is - Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurman, Joanna Cassidy

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