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Dateline: Events/Week of March 8, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Lithuanian parliament declared the country independent, then elected a non-communist to lead the new government. 

President Bush reiterated U.S. support for the reform programs that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev warned would fail unless he won the strong new authority.

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, responding to Lithuania’s unprecedented declaration of independence – called it “rather alarming” but added that the Kremlin will study the issue before reacting.

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, in a decisive political victory – wins the broad powers that are necessary to promote further economic reforms.

In Beverly Hills – Jose Menendez and his wife are arrested on suspicion of murdering his parents and the younger son, Kyle is being sought in Israel where he has been playing in an international tennis tournament.

Oliver L. North testified that he kept former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter “aware of what “I was doing at all times.”

Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril – the military ruler of Haiti – quits after massive protests.

Actor Ralph Waite, best known as the dad on “The Waltons,” wants to seek a place in Congress in California.

Mayor Marion Barry returned to the nation’s capital after six weeks of substance abuse treatment, declaring, “I feel good about myself” and saying he has no plans to resign.

Dr. Veronica Prego – who was suing NYC, charging she had contracted AIDS through the carelessness of another physician, accepted a settlement as attorneys were preparing to present their trial summations.

MGM/UA Communications Co. has agreed to be sold for $1.27 billion to Pathe Communications Co – French company. 


Technology news – March 8, 1990

Sony Corp said that it would begin marketing in April a computer that it calls a “palmtop” that can recognize more than 3,500 handwritten characters.

There are now more than 300,000 computers equipped with CD drives and about 2,500 commercial CD-ROM titles. 


Sports news – March 8, 1990

Owner Al Davis says he will return the Raiders to Oakland  in the richest deal ever. Davis called the Los Angeles Coliseum “just not a good place to play football.” Look for the return in 1992.


Music news – March 8, 1990

News About Music sales in 1989:

1989 saw the music/record industry in both sales and units shipped hit a high. Sales were $6.46 billion and the 800.7 million unit mark. Growth in compact disc sales led the way in 1989 – rising from about 150 million sold in 1988 to more than 207 million in 1989. Cassettes lost ground from 450 million in 1988 to 446 million in 1989. 

Madonna is interviewed in the April issue of Vanity Fare where she talks about her relationship with Warren Beatty and her failed marriage with Sean Penn.


Entertainment news – March 8, 1990

Actress Kim Basinger says with her recent purchase of 1,800 acres in the Georgia town of Braselton – she wants to make a movie and recording center. In Georgia?


Television news – March 8, 1990

Jane Pauley has a new gig. No more “Today” show after 13 years – she’s seen in Prime Time beginning this week with “Conversations with Jane Pauley.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1990

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 24.1

Cheers – 23.4

Roseanne – 22.1

Cosby Show – 21.3

A Different World – 20.7

60 Minutes – 19.6

The Wonder Years – 18.7

The Golden Girls – 18.1

In The Heat of the Night – 17.9

Who’s The Boss? – 17.5

Empty Nest – 17.4

Coach – 17.2

Parry Mason – 17.0

Grand – 16.7

Unsolved Mysteries – 16.7


Television news – March 8, 1990

Gene Siskel will be seen on the “CBS News this Morning” reviewing movies.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – March 8, 1990

CBS – The Bradys, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Pat Sajak

NBC – Baywatch, Nasty Boys, Mancuso FBI, Johnny Carson

ABC – Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Just the Ten of Us, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

A&E – Joyce Brothers at the Improv


On The Bradys – Nora, Marcia and Tracy begin a catering business.

On Pat Sajak – Elayne Boosley, Phyllis Diller, Ed Asner

On Johnny Carson – Meredith Viera.


Top movies – March 8, 1990

The Hunt for Red October

Joe Versus the Volcano

House Party

Bad Influence

Driving Miss Daisy

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