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


In The News

American hostage Frank Reed is released after 3 ½ years of captivity in Lebanon – just eight days after the freeing of another American hostage – Robert Polhill. 

Nervous about free market? At the traditional May Day festivities in Moscow – Thousands jeer President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and the Soviet leadership.

Historic talks begin to reunify Germany.

West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl tells Jews – a united Germany will have a close trustful dialogue with Israel.

Unbridled wins the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Lativa declares its independence – and a blow to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and his plans for a new confederation.

Brain tissue has been nurtured into a colony of living cells that eventually may be used to replace the damaged brain cells of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, stroke or head injury.

The Vatican and Romania have decided to reestablish diplomatic relations after a 40-year break. 

Several thousand people turned out in Lithuania to mourn Stanislovas Zhamaitis, who became a martyr of the republic’s bid for independence by burning himself to death in a Moscow square last week. 


Medical/AIDS news update – May 1, 1990

The FDA formally approves the antiviral AIDS drug AZT to treat children – the first AIDS drug sanctioned as a therapy for pediatric use.


Some bestselling books – May 1, 1990

September – Rosamunder Pilcher

The Bourne Ultimatum – Robert Ludlum

The stand – Stephen King

Skinny Legs and All – Tom Robins

Devices and Desires – P.D. James

Megatrends 2000 – John Naisbitt and Patricia Auburdene

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball – George F. Will

Means of Ascent – Robert A. Caro

Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know – Barbara deAngelis


Marry – Actor Paul Hogan to co-star Linda Kozlowski.


Music news – May 1, 1990

Marry – Guns ‘n Roses lead Axl Rose marries longtime girlfriend Erin Everly in a surprise Las Vegas ceremony. She’s the daughter of Don Everly. Rose said he wrote the song “Sweet Child of Mine” for her. (This marriage will last about one month).

On Tour – Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” World Tour 90.

Police in London arrest a man suspected of sending death threats to George Harrison. The letters began arriving at Harrison’s mansion a year ago.

Passing – Sergio Franchi – Italian-born tenor – pop singer. He was 57.


Television news – May 1, 1990

Arsenio Hall will produce a new TV show – “The Party Machine With Nia Peeples.

Passing – Elton Rule who lead ABC’s to dominance. He was 72.

Looks like “The Simpsons” and “Married With Children” are helping Fox – even though the fourth network has 90% of the country covered with only 129 affiliates. It has the same problem ABC had in the 1950’s and ‘60’s – and – compared to the other networks – a lot of affiliates are UHF only. ABC, CBS and NBC well over 200 affiliates.

Oprah Winfrey says yes, it’s true – she had a child at 14.  “The baby was born prematurely and died shortly after birth.” She said she hoped that matter remained private, according to a Parade Magazine article. The cat was out of the bag, after her half-sister, Patricia Lloyd, mentioned it in an interview. 

Turner Broadcasting System and ACT Media plan to install TV news into 5,000 supermarkets at checkout lines.

General Motors and NBC announce a long-term ad contract for $500 million. 

Margaret Ray – a fan obsessed with David Letterman is sentenced to one year in jail for breaking into Letterman’s house for the sixth time.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 1, 1990

CBS – Sydney, The Raisins, Jake and the Fatman, World’s Funniest, Cleverest, Most Imaginative Commercials,

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Dear John, Quantum Leap, Johnny Carson

ABC – Growing Pains, Head of the Class, Doogie Howser, MD, the Marshall Chronicles, Equal Justice, Nightline

PBS – Smithsonian World,

HBO – One Night Stand

USA – Miami Vice, Murder She Wrote 


On Johnny Carson – Dabney Coleman, Yakov Smirnoff


Top movies – May 1, 1990

Tales From The Darkside

I Love You to Death

Ernest Goes to Jail. The Guardian

Wild Orchid

The Tenants

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