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


In The News

Israeli troops cracked down on violent protests that swept the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Six Palestinians are dead. 

The Hubble Space Telescope takes its first pictures of the heavens this week! NASA announced that engineers had completed the early part of an elaborate checkout of the $1.5 billion telescope set to open a shutter on one of its cameras.

The Supreme Court let stand a ruling banning Operation Rescue activists from blocking access to New York clinics and fining woman $70,000 for harassing women seeking abortions.

Historic - East and West German sign a treaty outlining terms for reunification.

The number of cocaine-related deaths in American declined in 1989 for the first time in at least a decade – that according to medical examiners.

Because of defense cuts, the Air Force says it plans to lay off some 11,000 over the next two years.

The Communist Party newspaper Pravda says that Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has fallen out of favor with the people because his reforms have not improved their lives fast enough.

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev rules that the declarations of independence by Estonia and Latvia are illegal.

An original “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” by Van Gogh, sells for a record price of $82.5 million.

Masked men wearing camouflage clothes and ski masks burst in on a high-stakes dice game and opened fire in Ft. Worth – killing four and wounding three.


Business/Economy – Circle K Store In Trouble – May 15, 1990

Circle K convenience stores files for chapter 11 BK protection. They have 4,600 outlets and have been hurt by start-up gasoline stores.


Sports – May 15, 1990

Magic Johnson of the Lakers wins another MVP award – the third time in the last four seasons. The Lakers have been eliminated though, from the playoffs.


Entertainment news – May 15, 1990

Passing – Sammy Davis Jr. after a nine-month battle with throat cancer. He was 64.  One of the great entertainers of all time.

Passing – Actress Jill Ireland has died from breast cancer at the age of 54.

Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando, is arrested for investigation of murder after the boyfriend of his half-sister was shot to death. Police say the younger Brando admitted he shot Dag Drollet once.


Music news – May 15, 1990

Whitney Houston signs a development deal with 20th-Century Fox to produce and star in several projects.

Richard Marx “Repeat Offender” world tour.

The Playboy Channel is stepping in – and will play those videos MTV deems it should censor. Look for “Playboy’s Hot Rocks.” For example, MTV won’t play the new Bee Gees video “Bodyguard” – but you’ll see it here!

White soul singer from England - So far, Lisa Stansfield’s debut album  “Affection” has sold 3.5 million. “All Around the World” is the breakout single.


Top pop music – May 15, 1990

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt “EM – MC Hammer

I don Not Want… - Sinead O’Connor

Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson

Soul Provider – Michael Bolton

Brigade - Heart


Television news – May 15, 1990

Maury Povich who anchors “Current Affair” is leaving that show and will begin his own talkshow. His contract expires June of next year.

CBS cancels “Falcon Crest” after nine seasons.

Johnny Carson signs for another “Tonight” show year.

Season finale of “Saturday Night Live” – Candice Bergen and musical guests The Notting Hillbillies.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 15, 1990

CBS – Rescue 911, Movie, Late night (Wiseguy reruns)

NBC – Matlock, Movie, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – Who’s The Boss?, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, Coach, thirtysomething, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline

MTV – MTV Prime Time, Club MTV

Showtime – Roy Orbison tribute concert

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