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


In The News

The Iraqi military orders all Americans and Brits in occupied Kuwait to report to two luxury hotels, and officials fear a hostage crisis of the worst proportions.

The Pentagon requests permission to call up as many as 150,000 members of the National Guard and other reserve unites to meet shortages of support troops that are developing as a result of the massive U.S. military deployment in the Persian Gulf. President Bush is said to be considering the action.

President Bush declares that the 3,000 Americans detained in Iraq and Kuwait “are, in fact, hostages” and that he holds the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein responsible for their safety.

A jury finds Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray, both 16 and Raymond Santana, 15, guilty of rape and assault on the investment banker as she jogged in the park in April, 1989. 

Passing B.F. Skinner (86) – Author and the “dean of modern behavior.”  


Sports news – August 15, 1990

Mark McGwire hits a grand slam in the 10th inning at Oakland. His 400-foot-plus shot makes him the first player to hit 30 or more homers in his first four full seasons.

In order to comply with a restriction imposed by the National Football League, ESPN chops Pete Axhelm’s popular Sunday segment which picks pro football games against the Las Vegas point spreads. The restriction requires that commentators refrain from any mention of the point spreads during football broadcasts or NFL-sanctioned pregame or postgame shows.

Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova in the final of the Virginia Slims in Los Angeles.


Television news – August 15, 1990

Connie Sellecca, who was supposed to begin her new series “Baby Talk,” a new ABC comedy, is out. The show is based on the popular movie, “Look Who’s Talking.” The comedy co-stars George Clooney.

New stunt on David Letterman’s late night NBC show – “Smashing Things With A Train.” Dave and crew were in Connecticut to film a locomotive engine smashing things such as melons, fish tanks filled with guacamole and an ice sculpture.

Kathie Lee Gifford wins TV Guide’s “Most Beautiful Woman On TV” survey.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – August 15, 1990

CBS – 48 Hours, Eddie Capra Mysteries, Northern Exposure,

NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Grand, L.A. Law, Tonight Show

ABC – The Ladies On Sweet Street, The Young Riders, PrimeTime Live, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!, American Masters

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


Music news – August 15, 1990

Geffen Records announces that it will not distribute the debut album by Houston rappers the Geto Boys because of offensive content. The album was to be disturbed by Geffen for Def American Records, the same label that includes controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay.

Passing – Lew DeWitt – original member of the Statler Brothers. He was 52.

Curtis Mayfield (48) is paralyzed from the neck down and remains in serious condition after being hit b a lighting scaffold blown down by a gust of wind during an outdoor Brooklyn, NY concert. Seven others were also injured.

Jo Bogaert, founder of Technotronic says he’s “pumped-up” the Belgium group has a huge dance hit in the U.S. – “Pump Up the Jams.” “It was very difficult for us to export music to other countries. But some of my dance records were popular in U.S. dance clubs and I knew that if I hooked up with the right people, I could make a record that would be a hit in the U.S.” Technotronic is heading out and they’ll open for Madonna on her new tour.

Shades of the 1960’s… Mix of music and a TV series -  “Guys Next Door” – five teen boys who are the stars of a new Saturday morning NBC live-action show, will be backed up by the August 27 release of the group’s debut album. The single “I Was Made For You” is now out. NBC has ordered 18 episodes of the show, which features the guys in a number of comedy vignettes and two musical numbers per show. SBK is their record label. Once Brandon Tartikoff committed to the series, a number of record companies came calling. The show debuts September 1.

All members of Soul II Soul are injured in a bus crash in suburban Chicago and as a result, the group has canceled the rest of their concert tour.   

Passing – Singer Pearl Bailey. She was 72.


Radio news – August 15, 1990

News/talk WCAU-AM (1210) Philadelphia ends operations for good. The station laid-off 35 staffers and will become WOGL-AM, and will simply simulcast WOGL-FM. Gone include former mayor Frank Rizzo, who did a talk show on the station. 

Longtime KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) PD Gerry DeFrancesco, returns to his hometown of Philadelphia and will program WSNI (Sunny 104.5).

Bob Arthur – half the longtime Ken & Bob morning show on KABC Los Angeles will be leaving September 14. Roger Barkley, formerly of “Lohman and Barkley” is set to take his place.


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1990  

Home – Iggy Pop

 Jealous – Gene Loves Jezebel

The Crying Scene – Azteck Camera

I’ll Be Your Chauffeur – David J.

Stop! – Jane’s Addiction

Every Beat of the Heart – The Railway Children

Velouria – Pixies

Put The Message In the Box – World Party

Step On – Happy Mondays

Post Post Modern Man – Devo


Top Rap Music Singles – August 15, 1990  

Banned In The U.S.A. – Luke Featuring 2 Live Crew

Untouchable – Above The Law

Call Me D-Nice – D-Nice

Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em – Eric B. & Rakim

Spelbound – K-Solo

We’re All In The Same Gang – W. Coast All Stars

Treat Them Like They Want To Be… Father MC

Rock Dis Funky Joint – Poor Righteous Teachers

Weak At The Knees – Three Times Dope


Top pop music albums – August 15, 1990

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – MC Hammer

Flesh and Blood – Poison

Step By Step – New Kids on The Block

Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

Pretty Woman – Soundtrack

I’ll Give Al My Love To You – Keith Sweat

I’m Breathless – Madonna

 Compositions – Anita Baker

Violator – Depeche Mode

Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

Soul Provider – Michael Bolton

The Real Thing – Faith No More

I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – Sinead O’Connor

…. But Seriously – Phil Collins

Brigade – Heart

Pump – Aerosmith

Pandemonium – The Time

Shut Up And Dance – Paula Abdul

Born To Sing – En Vogue

Charmed Life – Billy Idol 


Top pop hit singles in Britain – August 15, 1990

Turtle Power – Partners In Kryme

Tom’s Diner – DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega

U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

I’m Free – The Soup Dragons/Junior Reid

Hanky Panky – Madonna

Thieves In the Temple – Prince

Tonight – New Kids On The Block

Sacrifice – Elton John

Naked In The Rain – Blue Pearl


Top Contemporary Jazz Music – August 15, 1990

Fast Forward – Spyro Gyra

Cornucopia – Stanley Jordan

Tokyo Blue – Najee

Live At The Royal Festival Hall – John McLaughlin Trio

Collection – Larry Carlton


Top pop music hit singles – August 15, 1990

Come Back To Me – Janet Jackson

Vision of Love – Mariah Carey

If Wishes Came True – Sweet Sensation

The Power – Snap

Do Me – Bell Biv DeVoe

Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi

Cradle of Love – Billy Idol

Unskinny Bop – Poison

Have You Seen Her – MC Hammer

King of Wishful Thinking – Go West

Release Me – Wilson Phillips

Jerk Out – The Time

Make You Sweat – Keith Sweat

Could This Be Love – Seduction

Epic – Faith No More

She Ain’t Worth It – Glenn Medeiros Featuring Bobby Brown

Tonight – New Kids On the Block

Across The River – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Rub You The Right Way – Johnny Gill


Top movies – August 15, 1990



Air Amerika

Days of Thunder – Tom Cruise

Young Guns

Problem Child – John Ritter

The Exorcist

Presumed Innocent – Harrison Ford

Taking Care of Business – James Belushi, Charles Grodin

My Blue Heaven – Steve Martin

The Two Jakes – Jack Nicholson


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