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


In The News

Back into to Soviet fold - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev orders Lithuania’s citizens to surrender all weapons and then imposed tough visa controls and border checks.

President Bush issues a sharp warning to Russia on the Lithuania situation – and protests the expulsion order against tow American diplomats from Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.

Joseph Hazelwood, the tanker skipper in the Exxon Valdez oil spill accident is acquitted on three charges – and that was for the negligent discharge of oil. He had been accused of being drunk, reckless and most responsible for the oil spill.

President Bush declared a disaster in the state of Alabama and ordered federal recovery aid because of damage caused by severe storms and flooding.

A fast moving fire sweeps through the Happy land social club in the Bronx – killing 87. An employee’s ex-boyfriend is arrested on arson charges.

Lithuania assures President Mikhail S. Gorbachev that the breakaway republic is not forming paramilitary units.

Armed Soviet paratroopers break into a psychiatric hospital in Vilnius to arrest 20 army deserters who had taken shelter after Lithuania declared its independence several weeks ago from the Soviet Union.

The Savings and Loan industry, battered by losses in junk bonds and real estate, lost $6.5 billion in the fourth quarter and $19.2 billion, the worst loss ever for the industry.

President Bush proclaims the government “on a wartime footing to find a cure for AIDS” and urges an end to discrimination against AIDS sufferers in the workplace. “... Tonight like every night, the lights will burn late in Bethesda and Atlanta as a group of American pioneers work to solve this problem. If they do - I should say, when they do - it will be one of the greatest things our nation could do for the world.”

The Sandinista government agrees to give full control of the armed forces to President-elect Violeta Barrios de Chamorro when she takes office April 25. The accord will allow her to cut the army’s ranks.


Bestselling books – March 22, 1990

The Bourne Ultimatum - Robert Ludlum

Bitter Sweet - LaVyrie Spencer

Devices and Desires - P.D. James

The Bad Place - Dean R. Koontz

Oh, The Places You’ll Go@ - Doctor Seuss

The Scions of Shannara - Terry Brooks

Secrets About Men Every Women Should Know - Barbara DeAngelis

Means of Ascent - Robert A. Caro

Megatrends 2000 - John Naisbitt/Patricia Audburdene

Wealth Without Risk - Charles J. Givens

Barbarians At The Gate - Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Liar’s Poker - Michael M. Lewis


Business news – March 22, 1990

AT&T enters the credit card market this week with its “Universal Card.” It’s a combination calling card and credit card that will give customers a host of free services, including buyer, rental car insurance and warranty extensions on products purchased with the card. The company says customers who get the card this year and continue to use it at least once a year will not be charged annual fees.


Sports news – March 22, 1990

Television sports - CBS fires Brent Musburger. He’ll do his last NCAA championship broadcast this week.


Medical/Health news – March 22, 1990

The FDA approves the first genetically engineered product for human consumption. 

The FDA approves a new drug for so-called “Bubble Boy Disease” and it’s called PEG-ADA and manufactured by Enson Inc.


Technology news – March 22, 1990

Passing – An Wang – who founded Wang Laboratories in 1951. He was 70.

“TV Marti” begins transmissions from Florida to Cuba this week. Cuban officials blocked the transmission after 38 minutes and accused the U.S. of engaging in aggressive activity. TV - channel 13 could clearly be seen in the Havana area until the jamming began. The station is designed to be a TV  version of Radio Marti, which has provided news and entertainment to Cuba since 1985. The channel 13 signal is beamed from a balloon, dangling 10,000 feet above Cudjoe Key off the South Florida Coast.


Entertainment news – March 22, 1990

Australia - Richard Pryor is in stable condition in a Brisbane hospital after suffering a minor heart attack. 

Kathie Lee Gifford gives birth to Cody Newton Gifford and both are doing fine.

Sony is set to release the first digital recording of “star Wars” tracks this fall. It was produced at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Northern California.

Passing – Ray Goulding – Half the famed “Bob and Ray’ comedy team.

Comedian Sam Kinison says he has quit drinking because his is getting too old to keep ignoring his health. “Yea, I’ve cleaned up my act a little bit. Turning 36, partying too much and grabbing my heart made me think it’s time to be good. I wanted to hold out at least until the turn of the century.”

Scoop for Connie Chung - she’ll be interviewing Joseph Hazelwood, the man who captained the oil tanker Exxon Valdez - the tanker involved in one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. The segment will be broadcast this week on “Saturday Night With Connie Chung.” Hazelwood has granted no media interviews until now. 

Lucasfilm Inc files a $300 million trademark infringement suit against Luke Sky walker of the group 2 Live Crew. The suit says the lead singer has tarnished the image of the “Star Wars” character that bears a similar name.

NBC debuts a new comedy starring Robert Mitchum this Saturday - “A Family For Joe.” He portrays a homeless man who poses as grandfather to four orphans to keep them together. Carol Burnette gets a shot at a series. Her “Carol & Company” will air the same night.

The Rev Jessie Jackson is set to debut his own TV talk show “Voices of America with Jesse Jackson” in September. The politics-oriented show has at least one station signed - WBAL-TV in Baltimore. 

Passing - actor Rene Enriquez - best known as Lt Ray Calletano on “Hill Street Blues.” He was 58.

Passing - stage director John Dexter (64) ... during heart bypass surgery.

After 26 years - this is the last for John Palmer at NBC news. He is set to host a new syndicated series “Only Thursday” for King World.


Grammy Awards – Hosted By Billy Crystal:

At the 62nd annual Academy awards - some Oscar winners:

Best Picture - “Driving Miss Daisy

 Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis - “My Left Foot”

Best Actress - Jessica Tandy - “Driving Miss Daisy”

Supporting Actor - Denzel Washington - “Glory”

Supporting Actress - Brenda Fricker - “My Left Foot”

Best Director - Oliver Stone - “Born on the Fourth Of July”

Screenplay/Original - Tom Schulman - “Dead Poets Society”

Screenplay/Adaptation - Alfred Uhry - “Driving Miss Daisy”

Original Song - “Under the Sea” by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman


Music news – March 22, 1990

Gloria Estefan is flown to a New York Estefan where doctors implant two metal rods near her spinal cord to repair 8 dislocated bones in her back.

Janet Jackson’s new single “Alright” debuts on MTV this week and you can now buy it in stores.

Thomas DeBarge of the Debarge family band is sentenced to 2 1/2 to 20 years in prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. It was his second cocaine-related conviction in four years.

Sam Goody Stores and another chain – MusicLand – ban 2 Live Crew’s “Nasty” album.


Top pop hit music singles – March 22, 1990

Escapade - Janet Jackson

Black Velvet - Alannah Myles

Love Will Lead You Back - Taylor Dayne

I’ll Be Your Everything - Tommy Page

Don’t Wanna Fall In Love - Jane Child

All Around The World - Lisa Stansfield

Price of Love - Bad English

Here and Now - Luther Vandross

I Go To Extremes - Billy Joel

Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) - Technotronic

Keep It Together - Madonna

Just A Friend - Biz Markie

I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins

C’mon and Get My Love - D Mob/Cathy Dennis

No More Lies - Michel’le

Sometimes She Cries - Warrant

All My Life - Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville

Sacrifice - Elton John

Heart of Stone - Cher

Love Me For Life - Stevie B

Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor


Top pop music albums – March 22, 1990

Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul

...But Seriously - Phil Collins

Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson

Pump - Aerosmith

Cry Like A Rainstorm - Howl Like The Wind - Linda Ronstadt

Soul Provider - Michael Bolton

Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt

Cosmic Thing - Alannah Myles

Girl You Know It’s True - Milli Vanilli

Storm Front - Billy Joel


Television news – March 22, 1990

The producers of the “Cosby” show ask NBC for a $100 million signing bonus to renew the hit sitcom.

After ABC’s coverage of the Academy Awards – a Barbara Walters special and interviews with Warren Beatty, Chevy Chase, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Debra Winger hosts with musical guest Eric Clapton.

On ABC’s “Good Morning America” - Joan Lunden conducts in interview with “Predator II” actor/musician Ruben Blades, when his movie director, Stephen Hopkins, abruptly yanked the earplug from his ear and ordered him back on the movie set - live. Later, Hopkins issued an apology saying “Sometimes I get a bit carried away. Unfortunately, I interrupted your interview and I apologize for that. And I kind of humiliated Ruben, too, on national television, which is kind of a dumb thing to do.”

CBS correspondent Charles Osgood and New York City soul DJ Hal Jackson are named to the National Assn of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Professor Griff of the rap group “Public Enemy” leaves the group to concentrate on a solo career.  

At record stores now - the new LP/CD - “Violator” by Depeche Mode, featuring the hit “Personal Jesus.” Depeche Mode is Alan Wilder, Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 22, 1990

CBS – College Basketball, Pat Sajak

NBC – Baywatch, Movie, Johnny Carson

ABC – Full House, Family Matters, Perfect strangers, Just the 10 of Us, 20/20,  Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

HBO – One Night Stand

Showtime – Comedy Club, SuperDave, Garry Shandling


On  Johnny Carson – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Park Overall, Sara Hickman


Thursday Night Television – week of March 22, 1990

CBS - 48 Hours, Island Son, Knots Landing

NBC - The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Grand, L.A. Law

ABC - Father Dowing Mysteries, The Young Riders, PrimeTime Live

Fox - No schedule

PBS - The Louvre, Mystery!, Manacled Mutineer

A&E - Stacy Keach at the Improv, Heroes, Eagle & The Bear

Discovery - Orphans in the Wild, Prime Time Primates, Vietnam: The 10,000 Day War


On The Cosby Show - Sondra and Elvin leave the twins with Denise and Olivia.

On A Different World - Dwayne and Ron make a commercial.

On Cheers - Woody misinterprets Sam’s advice concerning Kelly.

On  Knots Landing - Danny tells Bobby that Gary is his real father.


Top movies – March 22, 1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 A Shock To The System - Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern

Joe Versus The Volcano - Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

The Hunt For Red October - Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin

Pretty Women - Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

Blue Steel - Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Steel

Opportunity Knocks - Dan Carvey (his first film), Todd Graff, Julia Campbell

Side Out - C.Thomas Howell, Peter Horton

 Nuns On The Run - Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Janet Suzman

Bad Influence - Rob Lowe, James Spader

Born On The Fourth Of July - Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond Barry, Jerry Levine, Frank Whatley, Caroline Kava, William DeFore

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