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
Days of Thunder – Tom Cruise
Problem Child – John Ritter
Presumed Innocent – Harrison Ford
Taking Care of Business – James Belushi, Charles Grodin
My Blue Heaven – Steve Martin
The Two Jakes – Jack Nicholson
Die Hard 2