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


In The News

Mikhail S. Gorbachev is facing mounting criticism about his economic and ethnic problems and reforms. He’s losing momentum and acknowledged that the country is in an acute crisis, but her argued at a party conference that the only way out is to accelerate the changes, particularly the establishment of a market economy.

President Bush suspends the 18-month-old dialogue with the PLO because they did a no-no in Israel last month – trying to land on an Israeli beach. The attempt was foiled. 

An earthquake in northern Iraq kills 10,000 as entire villages are destroyed. 

Coal miners with ax handles converge on the Romanian capital to hunt down those involved in a deadly anti-government rally a day earlier. The miners were called in by President  Iliescu. 

The death toll reaches 19 after a flash flood soared through parts of Shadyside, Ohio. 18 are still missing.

The International Aids Conference opens in San Francisco as activists were – active and 75 of them were taken into custody.

A man distraught over the repossession of his car walked into a finance office in Jacksonville (Fla.) and began spraying everyone with gunshot. Eight died, five are wounded and the gunman killed himself.

The Labor Department says that consumer prices rose .2% in May.


Music news – June 15, 1990

Boy George ends his four-year exile and takes to the stage at a benefit on the West Coast.

Madonna cancels the Meadowlands portion of her “Blond Ambition” tour because of throat problems. The concert will be resked.


Television news – June 15, 1990

Good Morning America beat “Today” for 24 weeks in-a-row and Co-host Joan Lunden of GMA gets signed to a new 5-yearcontract.

Merlin Olsen is leaving NBC and will go to CBS for football coverage. Meanwhile, NBC hires Pat Riley as an NBA commentator. 

NBC and ABC will not run Burger King ads featuring characters out of “The Simpsons” – a popular cartoon show from rival Fox. No cross-promotion of competing programs is the reason.  

Possible image problem - NBC is having trouble with the image of a new show – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air starring rapper Will Smith. With all the 2 Live Crew controversy, there may be a backlash. It’s not a rap show, but it’s a show starring a rapper. Quincy Jones is the co-executive producer.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of June 1990

CBS – Charlie Brown: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, Normal Life, Jake and the Fatman, Sporting Chance

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Singer & Sons, Dear John, Quantum Leap. Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Bob Costas.

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

Fox – Live! The World’s Greatest Stunts

PBS – The Metropolitan Opera Presents

CNBC- Morton Downey’s Jr’s Showdowg


Top movies – June 15, 1990

Dick Tracy

Another 48 Hours

Gremlins 2

Back to the Future III

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

The New Batch

Total Recall

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