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Dateline: Events/Week of April 23, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Lithuanian government, in the middle of a Kremlin-imposed blockade, says it will close factories on Saturday to save energy.

The Soviet Union reports that its first quarter economics are dismal and there are a lot of pessimisms on the country’s ability to recover.

President Mikhail S. Gorbechev proposes a freeze of Lithuania’s independence as a way of compromise.

Militants in Beirut release Robert Pothill – an American hostage held captive for nearly 3 ½ years.

Tens of thousands of mourners crowd Bogota streets for a funeral march honoring assassinated presidential candidate Carols Pizarro Leongomez – a guerrilla chieftain who became a champion of peace.

Violeta Barrios de Chamarro assumes the presidency of Nicaragua. She’s keeping a Sandinista as her armed forces chief and promises to demilitarize the country.

President Bush says he will not impose sanctions to combat the Soviet Union’s squeeze on Lithuania.


Pepsi Ad:

“The reason they don’t make Coke the way they use to.

On April 23, 1985 – Coca-Cola tried to imitate the great taste of Pesi with New Coke. Five years later, they’re at it again, this time with Coke II. With Pesi as an inspiration, who knows, maybe one day we’ll see a Coke XIII. Pepsi. The Choice of a new Generation.


This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Day in the U.S.

Mayor David Dinkins of NY is alarmed as two more cab drivers are killed – bringing the death toll to seven. “These killings represent more than a brutal attack on the drivers who have fallen victim. They have also become an assault on a vital link in our transportation system” said Dinkins.

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney asks for cuts in the B-2 Stealth comber and the C-17 transport jet – in a bid to save at least $34 billion over the next six years. 

A bomb in a package addressed to the Rev. pat Robertson explodes at his Christian Broadcasting Network’s mailroom in Virginia Beach. A security guard was injured.

The country’s GNP is growing – 2.4% in the first quarter but inflation is growing at an annual rate of 6.5%.


Business/Economy – Mike Milken Pleads Guilty – week of April 23, 1990

Michael Milken pleads guilty to six felony counts. He admitted guilt to range of criminal violations, including three charges that were not in the original 98-count indictment brought against him a year ago.

Junk bond king Mike Milken agreed to a settlement of government charges that bars him for life from any association with securities firms. 


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – April 23, 1990

Michelle Pfeiffer is on the cover of People Magazine’s “Most Sexiest People” edition.

At bookstores – “Sally Unconventional Success” by Sally Jessy Raphael with Pam Proctor. 

Passing – Actress Paulette Goddard.


Music news – April 23, 1990

Don’t miss Fleetwood Mac’s “Behind the Mask” tour. Also on tour – Don Henley and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990, presented by MTV.

New artists Clint Black is the man at the Academy of Country Music awards. He walked off with four awards for his debut album. He got best male vocalist, best album, “Killin’ Time”, best singe, “Better Man,” and new male vocalist.


Top pop music  – April 23, 1990

I Do Not Want… - Sinead O’Connor

Soul Provider – Michael Bolton

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – MC Hammer

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of April 23, 1990  

CBS – Sydney, Normal Life, Movie

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, 25th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Tonight Show

ABC – Growing Pains, Head of the Class, Doogie Howser, M.D., the Martian Chronicles, Equal Justice, Nightline

Fox – Cops, Totally Hidden Video, Open House, Tracy Ullman

MTV – Martha’s Greatest Hits, MTV Prime Time, Club MTV

PBS – Mark Russell, American Playhouse


Top movies – April 23, 1990

Pretty Woman

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Hunt for Red October

Miami Blues

Ernest Goes To Jail

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