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


In The News

In Moscow, Armenians armed with gas and torches, besiege the KGB headquarters and try to destroy it as renewed violence in the Soviet Caucasus republic. The takeover was unsuccessful.

Nicaraguan rebel leaders sign a cease-fire with the Sandinista army and agree to disarm and disband their forces by June 10.

Junk bond king Mike Milken pleads does an about-face, and agrees to plead guilty to six felony counts.

The struggling Lithuanian government closes factories to save energy and fuel.


Mad Cow Disease Update – April 15, 1990

Mad Cow disease so far, has killed 10,000 cattle and has restricted the export market for the cattle industry there. The first mad cow disease was diagnosed in 1986 and suspicion is that it is coming from sheep by-products.


Fascinating/Random Facts – April 15, 1990

McRecycle USA program -  McDonald’s Corp pledges to purchase up to $100 million worth of recycled materials a year to use in building and remodel its U.S. restaurants.

Mona Grudt from Hell, Norway is crowned Ms. Universe. Her nickname is “the beauty queen from Hell.”


Television news – April 15, 1990

“The Hogan Family” will move from NBC to CBS next season.

A new syndicated version of “WKRP in Cincinnati” featuring three members of the original cast in 90 new episodes. Look for Frank Bonner, Gordon Jump and Richard Sanders to return.

Debuting this week on NBC – “Wings” about a tiny commuter airline in Nantucket.

“Good Morning America” has beaten rival “Today” for over 3 months in the ratings and it all began after the departure of Jane Pauley.

Get ready; CBS-TV is airing a never-before-seen “I Love Lucy” on April 30. It’s actually the show’s pilot. 


Monday night television listings/TV guide – April 15, 1990

CBS – Major Dad, City, Murphy Brown, Newhart, His & Hers

NBC – My Two Dads, Working Girl, Hunter, Shannon’s Deal, Tonight Show 

ABC – MacGyver, China Beach, Capital News

Fox – 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation

PBS – Nature, For Earth’s Sake,

Lifetime – Spenser for Hire, Moonlighting, Movie



On the  Tonight Show – Jay Leno guest hosts with Dave Thomas, Billy Crystal and Michel’le.


Music news – April 15, 1990

Did you catch Farm Aid IV last week? It featured Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, John Mellencamp, Taj Majal, Carl Perkins, John Hiatt, Arlo Guthrie, K.T. Oslin, Dwight Yoakam, Guns N’ Roses, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, John Denver, Elton John and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. 

New Kids on the Block are hot. The sensations have toured the U.S. over the past year and plan another tour between June and September. Expect a new album in May. Ticket demand has not waned – shows have been racking up sellouts a full two-months in advance.

2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” and N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” appear to violate Tennessee obscenity laws, according a Nashville judge. It’s the first time a judge has ruled that N.W.A is obscene. Several Florida judges have ruled 2 Live Crew product to be obscene.

Billy Idol is going to need more surgery on his broken leg, as it isn’t healing correctly. Idol injured it in a February motorcycle accident.

The break-up of the Bangles sees at least one member recording solo. Susanna Hoffs is in the studio this week and her album should be out before the end of the year.  

Singer Billy Joel wins the first round of his $90 million lawsuit against his former manager and ex brother-in-law Frank Weber. Joel contends that Weber “maliciously defrauded” him since 1979, misappropriating and estimated $2.5 million in authorized interest-free loans from the singer’s money and costing Joel in excess of $10 million through risky investments.


 Radio news – April 15, 1990

Oldies WCBS-FM New York hits #1 overall in the ratings for the first time, scoring with a 5.1 share.

Sidekick Liz “Rugburns” Fulton leaves The Rick Dees Show over KIIS-FM. Ellen Thomas is named to replace her.

WRBQ (Q-105) Tampa lets go Mason Dixon, Bobby Rich and Brian Christopher.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1990

Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart – Randy Travis

Five Minutes – Lorrie Morgan

Stranger Things Have Happened – Ronnie Milsap

Love on Arrival – Dan Seals

Just As Long As I Have You – Don Williams

Walkin’ Talkin’ Cryin’ Barely Beatin’ Broken Heart – Highway 101

Seein’ My Father In Me – Paul Overstreet

Help Me Hold On – Travis Tritt

Walkin’ Away – Clint Black

Quittin’ Time – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Right In The Wrong Direction – Vern Gosdin


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 15, 1990

Metropolis – The Church

Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode

Fools Gold – Stone Roses 

I Don’t Know Why I Love You – House of Love

The Emperor’s New Clothes – Sinead O’Connor

Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays

Pure – The Lightening Seeds

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

Forgotten Years – Midnight Oil

Show Me Your Soul – Red Hot Chilli Peppers


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – April 15, 1990

The Power – Snap

Love Shack – B-52’s

Blue Savannah – Erasure

Strawberry Fields Forever – Candy Flip

 Lily Was Here – David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer

Vogue – Madonna

Kingston Town – UB40

I’ll Be Loving You Forever – New Kids On The Block

Don’t Miss The Party Line – Bizz Nizz

Hang On You Your Love – Jason Donovan


Top Rap Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1990

Humpty Dance – Digital Underground

Expression – Salt-N-Pepa

Funhouse – Kid ‘N Play

Murder Rap – Above The Law

Pawns In the Game – Professor Griff

Jingling Baby – L.L. Cool J.

Pay Ya Dues – Low Profile

The Formula – D.O.C.

Stop, Look, Listen- MC Lyte and DJ K Rock

Buddy – de la Soul


Top pop music albums – April 15, 1990

Nick Of Time - Bonnie Raitt

Soul Provider – Michael Bolton

… But Seriously – Phil Collins

Jane Jackson’s rhythm Nation 1814

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Pump – Aerosmith

Cosmic Thing – B-52’s

Alannah Myles – Alannah Myles

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – M.C. Hammer

Pump Up The Jam – The Album – Technotronic

Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind – Linda Ronstadt

Back On The Block – Quincy Jones

Affection – Lisa Stansfield

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Manic Nirvana – Robert Plant

The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

Blue Sky Mining – Midnight Oil

Violator – Depeche Mode

Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue

Storm Front – Billy Joel

London Warsaw New York – Basia

Journeyman – Eric Clapton

Cuts Both Ways – Gloria Estafan

Live – Kenny G.

Can’t Fight Fate – Taylor Dayne

Stone Cold Rhymin’ – Young M.C.

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block


Top Children’s videos – April 15, 1990

Land Before Time



The Little Mermaid

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Shredder


Charlotte’s Web

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Cowabunga


Top movies  – April 15, 1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Hunt For Red October

Pretty Woman

Driving Miss Daisy

Opportunity Knocks

Joe Versus The Volcano

Nuns on the Run

House Party

My Left Foot

Lord of the Flies

Born of the Fourth of July

Bad Influence

Blue Steel


Hard To Kill

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