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Dateline: Events/Week of April 1, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The United States warns Russia that relations could be at risk over the Lithuania crisis and the Soviet military crackdown there.

Beijing - Police sealed off the main part of Tian An Men Square throughout the day while officially sponsored events were taking place at what was the center of last year’s protests.

Barbara Bush said that she no longer suffers double vision caused by Graves disease. “I think the radiation worked. That’s very good news.”

Lava From Kilauea Volcano incinerated two homes in Kalapana, Hawaii.

The Defense Department reveals more details about the long-secret F-117A Stealth jet fighters – saying 57 have been built and the program will cost $6.6 billion.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev warned Lithuania that its three-week –old unilateral declaration of independence from the Soviet Union could lead to “grave consequences” and proposes talks.

NASA advanced the launch date for the shuttle Discovery and its payload – the $1.5 billion Hubble Space telescope. Liftoff date has been moved up two days – to April 10.

Fortune and Forbes release their Fortune 500 lists. On top of both – General Motors with $126.974 billion in 1989 sales.


Music news – April 1, 1990

Passing – Jazz great Sarah Vaughan. She was 66.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers lead Anthony Kiedis is convicted in a Virginia Court of sexual battery and indecent exposure after a concert at George Mason University.

Don’t miss Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour.

Gloria Estefan leaves New York’s Orthopedic Institute Hospital – a couple weeks after a bus crash broke her spine. She should recover fully.

Professor Griff of the rap group “Public Enemy” has left the group. 


Television news – April 1, 1990

On ABC – The two-hour pilot of “Twin Peaks” – a different prime time series. Check it out.

CBS first longtime sports announcer Brent Musberger! His final event for the network was the NCAA men’s championship game.

How rude. On “Good Morning America” – Joan Lunden was interviewing actor-musician Ruben Blades from the movie set of “Predator II.” Now, along comes director Stephen Hopkins, who yanked the microphone and earpiece away from him and ordered him back to the movie set – on television!

Johnny Depp says he’d rather be in movies, then television. His four-season commitment of “21 Jump Street” is up. Depp has his first movie starring role now – in “Cry Baby” directed by John Waters. 

The Comedy Channel is looking for the wildest, craziest thing you’d do for love – centered around the movie “I Love You to Death.” Send your video in today. 

Meantime – HA! – a rival to the Comedy Channel – makes its debut this week. At its debut, it took over the sister networks of MTV, VH1 and Nick at Night for April Fools Day – and access to 50 million subscribers. The April Fool joke was over though – and HA! can only be seen by 5 million subs. 

What’s on HA!? Even though the channel has $100 million in startup money – look for the fastest and cheapest – old reruns such as “McHale’s Navy,” “Car  54,” “Groucho,” “CPO Sharkey” and others. Original programming will begin in May. Viacom is going all out. It’s agreeing to let cable operators substitute HA! for VH1 12 hours a day of they agree to carry both channels in full a year form now.

Both the Comedy Channel and rival HA! have an incredible uphill battle. The Comedy Channel can only be seen by 6 million subscribers and they’ll both need 25 million to break-even.


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – April 1, 1990

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Movie, Movie

ABC – Life goes On, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Roseanne, Movie

Fox – the Outsiders, America’s Most Wanted, Married With Children, Open House, Booker

PBS – Masterpiece Theater

MTV – To 20 Video Countdown, Video Music

 A&E Caroline’s Comedy Hour

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