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Dateline: Events/Week of July 8, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Summit - President Bush welcomes fellow world leaders to Texas. Japan’s Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu was the first to arrive.

Summit in Houston - President Bush wins a pledge from leaders of the major industrial democracies to end a longstanding deadlock on trade negotiations. Also – the U.S. and six allies agree to send an international team of experts to study Russia’s failing economy and find ways to help President Mikhail Gorbachev more toward a free market system.

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev wins reelection as the general secretary of the Soviet Commi8nust party. 

Boris N. Yeltsin – the populist president of Russia – resigns. He said he could not remain a member, obliged to uphold the policies and also serve as the head of the Russian Federation.

A federal jury orders Ford Motor Co. to pay nearly $5.2 million to an inventor for infringing on his patents for intermittent windshield wipers. Ford said it was pleased with the amount it must pay inventor Robert Kearns of Gaithersburg, Md. – who had sought $141 million.

Retail sales up .5% in the first five months of this year.

Navy Cmdr. Robert L. Gibson and Navy Capt. David M. Walker – two veteran shuttle commanders in training – are removed from their crews and grounded for violating flight safety rule. One was involved in a fatal collision at a weekend air show and another had been accused of flying to close to an airliner.


Advertising/Trends/Fascinating Facts – July 8, 1990

The jingle “Rice-a-Roni, The San Francisco Treat” returns to the airwaves this week. Some say it never left. It did, but only three years ago, but was on the air for 30 years – so some didn’t miss it.

Wine consumption in the U.S. drops again – 5% for the second straight year.


Technology/Telecommunications News Update – July 8, 1990

The FCC rules that a 24-hour-a-day ban on “indecent” radio and television broadcast is constitutional and does not violate free speech provisions of the First Amendment.


Sports news – July 8, 1990

West Germany wins the World Cup – defeating Argentina in the soccer finale in Rome.

Martina Navratilova beats Zina Garrison in the Wimbledon finals – and breaks a tie with Helen Wills Moody, who had shared the previous record of eight Wimbledon singles titles.


Technology news – July 8, 1990

Songwriter Sammy Cahn files a class-action lawsuit seeking to black Sony from marketing and selling its digital audiotape recorders in the U.S. He doesn’t like the fact that Sony is saying that DAT recorders make perfect copies of compact discs – thereby – infringing on his and other copyrights.


Music news – July 8, 1990

Prince fashion – Singer Prince will open his own fashion line and a shop in Minneapolis.

New album - The five original members of country-rock band “Poco” reunite. They are Rusty Young, Marx, George Grantham, Randy Meisner, Jim Messina and Richard Furay.

After weeks of protests against her by Roman Catholic organizations – Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour goes bust in Italy. There will be no second show. 

Jon Bon Jovi has a brief scene in the movie “Young Guns II”. He’s a bad guy who gets killed during a prison break. Short scene.


Television news – July 8, 1990

“Wheel of Fortune” will no longer award prizes containing fur products. It’s the last of the game shows to do so. People for ethical Treatment of Animals has been waging a “Wheel of Torture” campaign against the show and its producer – Merv Griffin Enterprises.

LucasFilm is set to produce its first Live action TV series. Look for “Manic Mansion” about a silly family of scientists and inventors.

Passing – Bill Burrud – host of those syndicated animal programs. He was 65.

ESPN says its baseball ratings fell short of expectations – and it lost money. It promised advertisers a 5 rating but instead they get about a 3 rating or about 1.7 million households.

Passing – Bill Cullen – gameshow MC. He was 70.  


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – week of July 8, 1990

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Movie, Movie

ABC – Life Goes On, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Mr. Belvedere, The Bourne Identity

Fox – The Outsiders, America’s Most Wanted, Cops, Married with Children, In Living Color, Booker

MTV – Top 20 video countdown, Buzz, Earth to MTV, Rockumentary

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


Top movies – July 8, 1990

Die Hard 2

Days of Thunder

Dick Tracy

The Jetsons

Total Recall

Another 48 Hours

Ghost Dad


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