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


In The News

The U.S. warns the Soviet Union to keep its hands off of Lithuania or would “put at risk” the entire U.S.-Soviet relationship, warns Secretary of State James A Baker III. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev decided to apply even greater political and economic pressure on Lithuania to force an end to the Baltic republic’s efforts to secede from the Soviet Union.

John Poindexter, former National Security Advisor is convicted on five charges of attempting to cover-up the Iran-Contra scandal before it engulfed the Reagan administration. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250 thousand fine for each of five counts.

Police and firefighters launch a grisly all-night search through the smoking hull of a North Sea ferry, looking for the bodies of victims who died in a possible arson attack on the ship during a voyage from Norway to Denmark. So far, 110 have died with some 36 still missing.

The Hubble Space Telescope - the most advance telescope of its kind is launched into space by hitching a ride on the space shuttle Discovery. The Hubble, free from the atmosphere and the distortions it causes, is expected to produce extraordinarily sharp images. The $2 billion device is named for Edwin P. Hubble, the astronomer who in the 1920’s, discovered that the universe is expanding, is destined to forever change.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev threatens tough action on Lithuania on its month-old independence bid, by threatening to block oil and other products. The president is giving them two days to reverse their challenge to Moscow’s rule. 

East Germany apologizes to Israel and all Jews for the Nazi Holcaust and accepted joint responsibility for the slaughter of 6 million Jews during WWII.

The Vatican announces that Mother Teresa (79) is giving up her life’s work due to ill health. She resigned as superior general of her Missionaries of Charity order. That order runs over 400 homes for the destitute around the world.

Starkist Tuna says that it will not purchase tuna captured in nets along with dolphins nor will it buy fish caught with gill or drift nets. The H.J. Heinz-owned company says it will buy only tuna that has been certified as dolphin-safe by an observer on a tuna boat.

Pepsi-Cola signs a $3 billion deal to double production and sales of soft drinks in the Soviet Union. In return, Pepsi will receive at least 10 Soviet-built ships in a barter agreement. Soviet law prohibits foreign companies from taking profits out of the country in hard currency and so far, the ruble is not a convertible instrument.

A herd of 400 plus wild pigs wander into the shoulder of highway 4, near Disneyworld in Kissimmee. Traffic slowed and snarled, but no one was injured.


AIDS news – April 8, 1990

Passing – Ryan White, the kid from Kokomo, Indiana who captured the hearts of presidents, rock stars and the nation during his five-year battle against AIDS and bigotry. He was 18. 


Entertainment news - April 8, 1990

John Henry Faulk (76), Texas humorist. Had his own radio show until CBS fired him in 1957


Sports news – April 8, 1990

 Harold Ballard - owner of Toronto Bluejays dies at 86. The colorful figure always challenged the league and was one of its colorful owners..


Technology news – April 8, 1990

MCI says it will buy Telecom USA for $1.25 billion. The move will make MCI the nation’s #2 carrier behind AT&T.  


Bestselling books – April 8, 1990

The Bourne Ultimatum - Robert Ludlum

Oh, The Place You’ll Go! - Dr Suess

The Bad Place – Dean R. Koontz

Bitter Sweet – LaVyrie Spencer

Clear and Present Danger – Tom Clancy

Means Of Ascent - Robert Caro

Barbarians At the Gate - Gryan Burrough/John Helyar.

Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know – Barbara DeAngelis

Megatrends 2000 – John Naisbitt and Patricia Auburdene

Kareem – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Music news – April 8, 1990

At the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Farm Aid IV raps-up, breaking $1 million in pledges. Farm Aid cofounders John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young were on hand with a surprise appearance by Elton John.

Passing - Early Rock and Roll artist Thurston Harris - best known for his hits “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “Over and Over.” (58) Of a heart attack in a Pomona, CA rest home.

 “Aspects of Love” a new musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber opens to some scathing reviews. Variety said the music was “a snoozer that will probably snap.”

Jerry Hall – the constant companion of  Mick Jagger, is starring at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue (London’s West End) in a production of “Bus Stop.” Will Ms. Hall (33) be taken seriously as an actress?


Television news – April 8, 1990

The original pilot for “I Love Lucy” is discovered under a bed. The copy was given to a vaudeville performer as a gift by Lucille Ball and was discovered by his wife. It will be used in a CBS special featuring a tribute to the show and cast.

Twin Peaks – The quirky new ABC soap opera, with its mix of horror and humor amid a small town, scores a nice 33% of the audience in its two-hour debut.

CBS late night talkshow “The Pat Sajak Show” is cancelled after 15 months. Sajak is in Europe on a long-planned vacation. During the last ratings sweeps (in February), the Sajak show pulled a 10 share, with Johnny Carson pulling a 19 share for the same time period.

Tommy Lee of Motley Crew is treated and released for a mild concussion after falling on stage in New Haven, CT. Lee was swinging down a rope from off-stage scaffolding when he hit his head. The stunt was suppose to be part of the show’s routine. 

 Emcee Ray Combs of “Family Feud” - is arrested in Cincinnati for a trespassing complaint saying he appeared on stage at a comedy club he co-owns.

Hakuhodo Inc, a large Japanese advertising agency sues Rob Lowe, saying it lost $1.6 million after videotape depicting the actor having sex with a teen-age girl became public last year. As part of his contract, Lowe promised that he would not undertake any action that would damage the business or reputation of Hakuhodo or the car. Lowe was doing commercials for Cultus, a car from Suzuki Motors.


 Weekdays on Nickelodeon TV Listings:

Mr. Wizard’s Work, Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, Pinwheel, Today’s Special, Maya the Bee, Eureeka’s Castle, Elephant Show, Fred Penner’s Place, David the Gnome, Little Koala, Noozles, Pinwheel, Today’s Special, Lassie, Double Dare, Mr. Wizard’s World, Think Fast, Don’t Just Sit There, You Can’t Do That On TV, Make the Grade.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 8, 1990

America’s Funniest Home Videos (22.3), Cheers (21.9), Funniest Home Videos#2 (21.9), The Cosby Show (21.8), Twin Peaks (21.7), NCAA Basketball Championship (20.0), A Different World (19.7), Unsolved Mysteries (18.6), Roseanne (18.4), Carol & Company (17.5), The Golden Girls (17.2), Grand (17.0), LA Law (16.7), 60 Minutes (16.1), Matlock (16.0) DoogieHowser, MD (15.5), The Wonder Years (15.5), Coach (15.4), Follow Your Heart (14.7), Growing Pains (14.6)  


Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – April 8, 1990

V - CBS - 48 Hours, Max Monroe: Loose Canon ... NBC - The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Grand, Cheers, Debut-Down Home ... ABC - Father Dowling Mysteries, Twin Peaks, Primetime Live... FOX - Cops, Hidden Video, The Tracey Ullman Show.

On  Cheers #1 - Carla gets a medium in order to talk to the late Eddie.

On Tracey Ullman - At her garage sale, a buyer wants everything.

On Twin Peaks - Catherine reveals a plot to takeover the Packard sawmill.


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – April 8, 1990

 “Nothing Compares To You” - Sinead O’Connor, “Black Velvet” - Alannah Myles, “Love Will Lead You Back” - Taylor Dayne, “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” - Jane Child, “All Around The World” - Lisa Stansfield, “I Wish It Would Rain Down” - Phil Collins, “Here And Now” - Luther Vandross, “Get Up (Before The Night Is Over)” - Technotronic, “Whole WideWorld” - A’Me Lorain, “Without You” - Motley Crue, “Whip Appeal” - Babyface, “Heart Of Stone”- Cher


Top Country Music Hits – April 8, 1990

Country Charts - “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart” - Randy Travis, “Love On Arrival” - Dan Seals, “Five Minutes” - Lorrie Morgan.      


Top music albums – April 8, 1990

Top Albums - “Nick Of Time” - Bonnie Raitt, “Rythm Nation 1814” - Janet Jackson, “I Do Not Want ... Haven’t Got” - Sinead O’Connor, “Soul Provider’ - Michael Bolton, Forever Your Girl” - Paula Abdul.


Top movies – April 8, 1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas

Ernest Goes To Jail - Jim Varney

Pretty Woman - Richard Gere, Julia Roberts,

I Love You To Death - Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman

The Hunt For Red October - Sean 

Conery, Alec Baldwin

Opportunity Knocks - Dana Carvey.

Cry Baby - Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

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