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Dateline: Events/Week of July 23, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Troops loyal to Liberian President Samuel K. Doe have massacred as many as 600 refugees.

President Bush chooses David Hackett Souter – a judge form New Hampshire – to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Bush urges lawmakers to spare key Pentagon spending programs from the budget ax as the White House and top congressional leaders moved toward completing separate proposals for cutting 450 billion from next year’s federal budget deficit.

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney orders that the number of generals and admirals assigned to his staff be cut in half. The change is in line with the defense Department’s movies to pare the nation’s armed forces in response to world changes and tighter budgets. 

Ian Gow - a senior British lawmaker and Thatcher aide considered Britain’s most strident IRA opponent is killed when a bomb ripped through his car in London. 

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev overruled his chief radical opponent, Boris N. Yeltsin with a decree reaffirming central control over the country’s banks.

House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich said that he will withhold his support from any budget agreement reached by White House and congressional negotiators unless it is “very, very good… extraordinarily good.”

Sri Lanka - Government security forces display a killing site littered with the bodies of up to 200 police officers who they said were massacred by Tamil separatist guerrillas.

 The Senate votes 96-0 to denounce and fine Sen. Dave Durenberger (R-Minn.) for “reprehensible” financial dealings that “brought the senate into dishonor and disrepute.” He was accused of violating Senate rules on outside income and expense reimbursement.

Armenian lawmakers vote to defy President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s decree that armed groups must turn in their weapons and disband.

Gov. Mario Guomo of NY signs legislation banning Dwarf tossing and dwarf bowling in New York bars, calling the activities a “strange diversion.” “Any activity which dehumanizes and humiliates these people is degrading to us all.” “This bill recognizes that and, in effect, declares these bizarre games to be debased."



Media news – July 23, 1990

OPEC raises oil to $21 a barrel.

Barbara Bush is featured in a new public service TV campaign to get kids to read. Look for it!

IBM says it will not advertise on PGA Championship telecasts because the host club, Shoal Creek in Alabama, has no black members.


Sports news – July 23, 1990 

Officials say Yankee owner George Steinbrenner will owes the city $434,000 in stadium rental fees from 1987 and 1988. Meanwhile, Steinbrenner is out as principal owner of the team – a decision made by Commissioner Fay Vincent because of his association with gambler Howard Spira.  


Radio news – July 23, 1990

KMNY (money radio) near Los Angeles – is fined $10,000 by the FCC for failing to disclose to listeners that stockbrokers and investment counselors interviewed on its financial programs had paid for their airtime. The station bills itself as the first all-business radio station.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 23, 1990

Zsa Zsa Gabor leaves jail after three days. She was there after slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.

National Furor - Comedian Roseanne Barr says she’s sorry – but not that sorry – for butchering “The Star Spangled Banner” before a San Diego Padres baseball game. She said she began singing – then panicked. Many believe it was simply a disgrace. It was described as screechy, off key and flippant – like Roseanne. 

Roseanne Barr – again. She says she is suing the National Enquirer for libel, slander and possible copyright infringement, saying the tabloid has harassed her since she rose to fame.


Music news – July 23, 1990

In Chicago - Paul McCartney closes out his 102 concert world tour.

An Indiana judge rules that the album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” by 2 Live Crew violates standards of decency and should not be sold to minors.

The Dallas (Tx.) District Attorney’s office files misdemeanor obscenity charges against two record stores for selling the Miami rap group 2 Live Crew Album, “As Nasty As they Wanna Be.”

David Risher – a record storeowner who refused to stop selling a controversial 2 Live Crew album, pleaded not guilty in San Antonio to a charge of promoting obscene material.

Passing – Bobby Day (60) Best known for the early rock hit “Rockin’ Robin.”

VH-1 presents Anita Baker’s Compositions world tour 1990.

Patti Scialfa – Bruce Springsteen’s girlfriend – gives birth to a boy – Bruce’s first kid!


Top pop music albums – July 23, 1990

Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – M.C. Hammer

Step By Step – New Kids on the Block

Pretty Woman – Soundtrack

Pandemonium - Poison


Television news – July 23, 1990

The “Today” show suffers its lowest ratings in seven years. Joe Garagiola has returned as co-host with Bryant Gumbel and Deborah Norville.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – July 23, 1990

CBS – Major Dad, Sydney, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Face to Face w/Connie Chung

NBC – Sister Kate, Working Girl, Movie, Best of Carson

ABC – Checkered Flag, Movie, Nightline, Into the Night

Fox – 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation

PBS – National Audubon Society

A&E – Adam West at the Improv, Around the World in 80 Days, Agatha Christie: partners in Crime

Into the Night w/Rick Dees – Robert Englund.


Top movies – July 23, 1990

Presumed Innocent


Problem Child


Die Hard 2

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