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
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Cowabunga
Top movies – April 15, 1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Hunt For Red October
Driving Miss Daisy
Joe Versus The Volcano
Nuns on the Run
My Left Foot
Lord of the Flies
Born of the Fourth of July
Hard To Kill