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


In The News

Congressional leaders line-up solidly behind President bush’s decision to deploy forces in Saudi Arabia and that the threat of Iraqi control of world oil supplies justifies putting U.s. troops at risk. President Bush ordered a massive deployment of American troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia and other Mideast locations.

Christian Brando, - son of Marlon Brando – pleads not guilty to murder and illegal weapons charges and is back in jail after failing to post $10 million in bail.

Iraq sends word that most Americans in Iraq and Kuwait cannot leave and may be held indefinitely – and there about 580 of them in Iraq.

Hussein’s holy war against the U.S. - Arab leaders abandon hope of negotiating a peaceful solution to the Persian Gulf crisis and now call for the dispatch of Arab troops in the area.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak declares there is no hope for the crisis in Kuwait and dispatches several thousand troops to Saudi Arabia to serve alongside a multinational force.

Iraq is prevented from loading oil at its pipeline terminal on the red sea coast of Saudi Arabia. There’s an international warship fleet assembled nearby to intercept Iraqi shipments. Earlier, the U.S. said it planned to intercept ships and half Iraqi sea trade in response to a request from the exiled government of Kuwait.

Rioting spread from the South African city of Port Elizabeth to neighboring Uitenhage and South African police say 42 have been shot dead.

A jury convicts Mayor Marion Barry of only one of 14 drug-related charges – misdemeanor drug possession.


Sports news – August 8, 1990

Top-seeded Steffi Graf wins her 50th career singles title at the San Diego tennis & Racquet Club, defeating fourth-seeded Manuela Maleeva.

Pete Rose enters a minimum- security camp in Illinois. Rose, banned from baseball a year ago for gambling, was convicted on two counts of filing false income tax returns, where he’ll remain for five months.

Quarterback Joe Montana gets one of the richest contracts in NFL history (so far) – agreeing to a four-year deal worth $13 million with the San Francisco 49ers. 


Music news – August 8, 1990

Concert tour – McDonald’s presents New Kids on the Block Magic Summer tour.

MTV won’t play the latest Billy Idol video – “L.A. Woman” because of alleged referenced to bondage.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 8, 1990

Marlon Brando finally speaks out about his son Christian, whose bail in his murder case has been reduced to $2 million. “My son is no mad-dog killer.” “There is another view. There is another Christian. And I hope to have the opportunity to present it in court.”


Television news – August 8, 1990

Back and forth - Writing a four-page commentary – Actress Delta Burke says her “Designing Women” producers are abusive and insulting toward her. Producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and husband Harry Thomason say her allegations were a complete untruth.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – August 8, 1990

CBS – Major Dad, Wish You Were Here, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Face to Face

NBC – Matlock, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, Best of Carson

ABC – NFL Preseason game, Nightline

PBS – Natinal Audubon Society, Adventure, American Masters

Fox – 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation 

Nick at Nite – Dobie Gillis, Bewtiched, Green Acres, Donna Reed Saturday Night, Fernwood 2-nite, Alfred Hitchcock, Patty Duke, My Three Sons

HBO – Bog Saget – in the Dream State


Top movies – August 8, 1990



Air America

Presumed Innocent

Problem Child

Young Guns II

The Two jakes


Die Hard 2

Duck Tales

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