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


In The News

Mikhail S. Gorbachev is elected as the Soviet Union’s first executive president. The win gives him powers to pursue broader reforms.

In an NPR interview, President Bush says he did not know whether the fire at a Libyan factory suspected of producing chemical weapons was caused by sabotage or accident, but that he is not sorry it happened. President Kadafi and other Libyan officials have accused the United States, Israel and West Germany of responsibility for the fire.

Concerned about the area’s troop movements, the Bush Administration warns Moscow against creating an “atmosphere of intimidation and increasing tension” in Lithuania.

Newly elected political leaders in East Germany begin a search for a coalition government and it’s said that one of its first acts will be the demolition of the Berlin Wall.

Northwest Airlines fires three pilots accused of flying while legally intoxicated. Each of the pilots on flight from Fargo, ND on March 8 had blood-alcohol levels exceeding .04%, a violation of federal regulations. 


Sports news – March 15, 1990

Baseball – Players and owners end a 32-day spring lockout and agree to a four-year contract. The baseball season will begin April 9. 


Entertainment/Hollywood/Celebrity/Movie news – March 15, 1990

 Lou Diamond Phillips suffers a broken arm in a riding accident while filming “Young Guns 2.”

MCA Inc says it will buy Geffen Records for MCA stock valued at $545 million. David Geffen (47) is the sole stockholder of the company. He’ll remain as head of the label.

 Suicide – Model-turned-actress Capucine (57) – jumped to death from her eighth floor apartment in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“A Chorus Line” extends its Broadway run another month, after an extensive ticket run announcing its closing March 31. The show has been running almost 15 years at the Shubert Theatre. Producer Joseph Papp, whose nonprofit New York Shakespeare Festival has earned more than $35 million in profits from the play. 

Passing – Tom Harmon (70) dies of a heart attack after playing a round of golf. Harmon is best-known for winning the 1940 Heisman Trophy while attending the University of Michigan. He was also known for his sports broadcasting work through the 1960’s. His oldest daughter, Kristen, was married to Rick Nelson; daughter Kelly was a model and son Mark, is an actor.  Granddaughter Tracy stars in ABC-TV’s “Father Dowling Mysteries.”


Television news – March 15, 1990

“Elvis” the series about the early life of Elvis Presley, is put on hiatus by ABC. The network says it will return later this season. 

Al Michaels, the best sports announcer at ABC, gets reprimanded by his boss – Dennis Swanson. Seems that Michaels’ teen daughter, Jennifer, worked as a messenger for the network at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, but ABC has a policy against nepotism. She was getting paid $50 a week. Michaels is facing a few weeks of suspension. He reportedly makes $1.5 million a year at ABC. Swanson replaced Roone Arledge as head of ABC Sports in January 1986.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 15, 1990

CBS – 48 Hours, Island Son, Knots Landing

NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Grand, L.A. Law, Tonight Show

ABC – Father Dowling Mysteries, The Young Riders, PrimeTime Live, Nightline

PBS – Pledge Week


On the Tonight Show – Johnny welcomes Smokey Robinson and 88-year old twins Lassie Disney and Hassie Seivers.


Radio news – March 15, 1990

Top-40 ratings – Gary Bryan is leaving the morning show at WPLJ. Z-100 New York gets a 4.7 – up .1. In Los Angeles – KIIS-FM moves from a 5.7-5.5. Chicago – WBBM-FM – 4.3-4.5.

Check out the new morning show at WPHR (Power 108) Cleveland with John Landecker and Maria Farina.

Scott Shannon who steers the ship at “Pirate Radio” Los Angeles says, “We’re not as successful as I want to be. Be we are successful. The station celebrates its first anniversary this week with a six-hour live morning show broadcast and party featuring Warrant, L.A. Guns and Dangerous Toys. Shannon says main competitor KIIS-FM “did a really good job after our initial blastoff of solidifying what they had. There was a definite point then their philosophy changed and they made a decision to quit defending against Pirate and worry about their own product." 


Music news – March 15, 1990

(Miami) Janet Jackson kicks-off her “Rhythm Nation” tour – her first ever concert tour.

Gloria Estefan (32) suffers a broken vertebra when a truck ran into her band’s bus on a snow-covered highway in the Pocono Mountains. Ms. Estefan and five other members of the Miami Sound Machine were taken to a hospital in Scranton (PA). They had just met with President Bush at the White House, and were en route to a concert in Syracuse. 

Bicoastal “Rapmania, A Salute to the 15th Anniversary of Hip-Hop” is taped and ready for pay-TV. Rappers include Ton Loc, Ice-T, Def Jef, Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, Africa Bambastas, Heavy D & The Boys, Three Times Dope, Kool Moe Dee, Red Alert, Marley Marl and the Sugarhill Gang.

Red Hot Chilli Pepper members Michael Balcary “Flea” and drummer Chad Smith are arrested in Florida after jumping from the stage during a spring-break concert and assaulted a women in the audience.


Top country hit music singles – March 15, 1990

Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart – Randy Travis

Seein’ My Father In Me – Paul Overstreet

Chains – Patty Loveless

 Five Minutes – Patty Loveless

Sooner or Later – Eddy Raven

Not Counting You – Garth Brooks

Quittin’ Time – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Stranger Things Have Happened – Ronnie Milsap

Fast Movin’ Train – Restless Heart

Here In The Real World – Alan Jackson

On Second Thought – Eddie Rabbit

Little Girl – Reba McEntire


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – March 15, 1990

Escapade – Janet Jackson

Love Will Lead You Back – Taylor Dayne

Roam – B-52’s

Black Velvet – Alannah Myles

I Go To Extremes – Billy Joel

No More Lies – Michel’Le

Price of Love – Bad English

C’mon And Get My Love – D-Mob introducing Cathy Denis

Just A Friend – Biz Markie

Dangerous – Roxette

Too Late To Say Goodbye – Richard Marx

All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield

No Myth – Michael Penn

I’ll Be Your Everything – Tommy Page


Top Rap Music Singles – March 15, 1990

The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground

Welcome to the Terrordome – Public Enemy

Buddy – De La Soul

C’Mon Babe – 2 Live Crew

The Gas Face – 3rd Bass

Say It Loud – Rodney O – Joe Cooley

Ladies First – Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love

Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ – Divine Styler/Scheme Team

Poison Ivy – Young and the Restless


Top Rock Music Tracks – March 15, 1990

The Heart of the Matter – Don Henley

Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil

No Alibis – Eric Clapton

What It Takes – Aerosmith

The Hurting Kind – Robert Plant

Sometimes She Cries – Warrant

99 Worlds – Peter Wolf

The Road to Hell – Chris Rea

Blues Before and After – The Smitheens

The Deeper The Love - Whitesnake


Top pop music albums – March 15, 1990

Forever Your Girl – Paul Abdul

Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

Cosmic Thing – B-52’s

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

… But Seriously – Phil Collins

Alannah Myles – Alannah Myles

Storm Front – Billy Joel

Cry Like A Rainstorm – Billy Joel

Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

Pump – Aerosmith

Dance!… Ya Know It! – Bobby Brown

Back on the Block – Quincy Jones

Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt

Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue

Tender Lover – Babyface

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block

Stone Cold Rhymin’ – Young M.C.

Pump Up The Jam: The Album – Technotronic

Cuts Both Ways – Gloria Estafan

Journeyman – Eric Clapton


Top Jazz Music – March 15, 1990

Music From When Harry Met Sally  - Harry Connick Jr.

Waiting For Spring – David Benoit

Reunion – Gary Burton

Mood Indigo – Frank Morgan


Top Contemporary Jazz Music – March 15, 1990

London Warsaw NewYork – Basia

Rich and Poor – Randy Crawford

Back on the Block – Quincy Jones

Never Too Far – Dianne Reeves

Uptownship - Hugh Masekela


Top movies – March 15, 1990

Driving Miss Daisy

Hunt for Red October


Born on the Fourth


Men Don’t Leave



Steel Magnolias


My Left Foot

War of the Roses

Little Mermaid

Look Who’s Talking

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