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Dateline: Events/Week of May 22, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Communist radical Boris N. Yeltsin is elected president of Russia. He promised to meet with all sides before picking a government.

New York – The DA says four competing crime families worked together since 1978 to illegally monopolize the installation of windows in New York’s housing projects – and 15 people are indicted this week. They include the reputed bosses of the Genovese and Lucchese crime families.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev assures Lithuania representatives that their homeland could become independent in two or three years with his blessing, if it bows to demands now.

Their human rights record be damned, President Bush says he will keep China’s favored nation trade status without conditions. 

Underestimated - The Bush Administration says it needs $60 billion more for the S&L bailout. 

Back home – President Mikhail S. Gorbachev  goes on national TV to calm those frightened by sharp price increases as the country moves toward a free market. Shoppers have been on a buying spree for three days. 

The death toll grows to 22 in gun battles in the Armenian capital of Yerevan as Russian troops battle militants.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrives in Washington and says he will offer new proposals for dealing with the unification of Germany and expects the U.S. to be flexible on the matter.  Gorbachev warned the West that if a united Germany is allowed to join the NATO military alliance, the Kremlin would refuse to pull out is troops. Earlier, President Bush said, despite Gorbachev’s domestic problems  - he’s still pretty strong.

A huge group of House Democrats has asked President Bush to play a more active role in addressing the worsening savings and loan crisis by requesting additional funds from Congress to investigate and prosecute S&L fraud.

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was embroiled in the worst crisis of his six years in power after his top Quebec minister resigned in a dispute over French-speaking Quebec’s future in Canada.

Drexel Burnham Lambert put its main brokerage unit and 14 other subsidiaries into Chapter 11 BK protection.


Entertainment news – May 22, 1990

Passing – Rocky Graziano – middleweight boxing champ. He was 71.

Frank Sinatra has a new line – sauce! It’s a spaghetti sauce called Artanis (Sinatra spelled backwards). 

Marry  - Actor Robert Wagner and actress Jill St. John. He’s 60 and she’s 49.

Barbie has a rock n roll collection with “Barbie and the Beat.” Mattel has a touring (real people) group that plays – well – rock! . It’s Barbie, Christie and Midge. WOW! Get all three dolls and look for the tour!


Sports news – May 22, 1990

Arie Luyendyk wins the Indy 500!


Music news – May 22, 1990

Provocative content - Madonna behind bars! Just before she did her third concert at Toronto’s Skydome – she was arrested because of alleged obscenity. Authorities warned her after the first show, but after the second – she was arrested. The third show went on with no arrests.

Bye Bye Love - Axl Rose files for divorce from his wife of less than a month. She’s Erin Everly, daughter of one of the Everlly Brothers.

Looks like Billy Joel’s marriage to Christine Brinkley may be in trouble. Joel was spotted with another woman, but he told People Magazine his marriage was solid.

Acoustic is in - It’s new – “MTV Unplugged” seen Sunday nights. MTV is capitalizing on acoustic material from such artists as Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega and Michele Shocked.  MTV says they were influenced after Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora performed an acoustic version of “Living on a Prayer” during the MTV Video Awards show last September.

MTV will broadcast the Knebworth 1990 benefit concert in July. It includes a jam session with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopflier, Elton John, Pink Floyd and appearances by Tears for Fears, George Michael and Genesis. 

Dionne Warwick And The Warwick Foundation Present, “That’s What Friends Are For” – AIDS Benefit Concert – June 30, 1990 Look for Prince, Melba Moore, Michael Douglas, Blair Underwood, Tramaine Hawkins, Bebe and Cece Winans, Bobby Brown, Peter Allen, Emmanuel, Chayanne, Tevin Campbell, Danny Glover, The Beach Boys, Sinbad, Dustin Nguyen, El DeBarge, Kenny Rogers, Quincy Jones, Melissa Manchester, Stevie Wonder Air Supply and Much More


Television news – May 22, 1990

Debuts this week - The reviews on comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s new sitcom on NBC seem to be good. NBC has ordered four episodes and hopefully, ratings will follow. The show airs Thursday nights at 9:30p eastern and western. The first episode deals with Jerry telling a friend – that he’s a bore and that they shouldn’t be seeing each other again.

 “Cheers” star Kelsey Grammer begins his 30-day jail sentence for violating probation by failing to attend an alcohol-abuse program.  

NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff said this season was a disappointment, but he’s optimistic because he has high hopes for a new comedy called “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” starring rapper Wil Smith.

HA! – Viacom’s comedy channel now, launched April 1 -  has 6 million subscribers. Rival the Comedy Channel, which launched last November, hasn’t added subscribers and both channels are struggling.

“A revealing look at 3 of the sexiest people in America” – Robin Williams, Kathleen Turner and Billy Crystal. On another Barbara Walters special this week on ABC-TV.

Thom Hayne - a Christian Broadcasting Network engineer pleads innocent to charges of using CBN equipment to hijack the Playboy Channel and broadcast religious messages over the channel.

Passing – Actor Vic Tayback – best known as Mel in “Alice.” He was 60 and died of a heart attack.

“Candid Camera” is being resurrected as a prime time series.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 22, 1990

Newhart – 18.7

Cheers – 18.3

Murphy Brown – 17.7

Designing Woman – 17.2

Roseanne – 16.1

A Different World – 16.8

Movie-A Killing in a Small Town – 16.8

The Cosby Show 15.7

Unsolved Mysteries – 15.5

Movie-Voices Within Part 2 – 15.5

The Golden Girls – 15.0

Wings – 15.0

Empty Nest – 14.9

Cheers (wed.) – 14.4

60 Minutes – 14.2


More television news – May 22, 1990

This week – the shocking season finale of “Twin Peaks.” On ABC-TV.  Later, some fans complained the episode failed to provide a definitive answer to the question of who killed Laura Palmer.


Top movies – May 22, 1990

Back to the Future III

Bird on a Wire

Pretty Woman

Cadillac Man

Fire Birds

Torn Apart

Miami Blue

The Gods Must Be Crazy

My Left Foot


O & A

Happy Together

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