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


In The News

President Bush declares the U.S. is prepared to talk to Iraq but the U.S. refuses to negotiate under Iraqi preconditions.

Iraq begins surrounding and sealing off foreign embassies in Kuwait – breaking an earlier promise of safe passage.

Iraq cuts off power and water to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Meanwhile, President Saddam Hussein goes on TV – mixing threats with propaganda – saying an attack will result in “columns of dead bodies.”

Iraq orders its ship tankers not to challenge the U.S.-led blockade of its shipping – in an effort to avoid confrontation.

About 49,000 military reservists will be called to active duty by Oct. 1 and most are heading to Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.

President Saddam Hussein announces that all foreign women and children being held in Iraq are free to leave. So far – about 52 have left.

President Bush, saying other nations must bear their fair share, dispatches his top Cabinet officers on a global tour to seek a money commitment from foreign leaders to defray the mounting Iraqi aggression.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Russian leader Boris N. Yeltsin hold a summit to try to find an approach to the nation’s economic problems.


Sports news – August  23, 1990

Darryl Strawberry hits a grand slam in the eighth inning – leading the Mets to a 12-2 victory over the Giants.

Lyle Alzado’s comeback ends again. He met with raiders owner Al Davis and it was decided that his injuries would hamper any comeback.


Technology news – August 23, 1990

IBM’s PS/1 personal computer goes on sale nationwide this week. Priced at $1,999 you get a VGA color monitor, 30-Meg hard disk drive and a 2,400-baud modem. Uses the Intel 80286 microprocessor with a clock speed of 10mhz. 


Top jazz music albums – August 23, 1990

We Are In Love – Harry Connick Jr.

Standard Time Vol. 3 – Wynton Marsalis

Question and Answer – Pat Metheny

Lefty’s Roach Souffle – Harry Connick Jr.


Music news – August 23, 1990

Blues and rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a Wisconsin helicopter crash. He had appeared in concert at the Alpine Valley Music theatre outside Milwaukee. Also appearing in that concert – Eric Clapton and three of his associations were also killed in the crash.

Don’t miss Billy Idol’s Charmed Life Tour.

After the National Anthem event - More Sinead O’Connor nuttiness as she donned a wig and duped protesters and a TV reporter in Saratoga Springs – and told them to boycott her performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. A TV reporter for Albany channel 13 – interviewed her, but thought she was a protester. More and more radio stations seem to be banning her music.

Bruce Springsteen gives $10,000 to singer Mary Wells who has throat cancer and is broke. 

Curtis Mayfield is transferred to a Georgia spinal center – about two weeks after a freak accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Heavy metal band Judas Priest is absolved of planting subliminal messages – so says a judge in Reno, Nevada.

Michael Jackson names Sandy Gallin of Galln-Morey Associates as his new personal manager. He hasn’t had one for two years – after he dismissed Frank Dileo after his last tour. 

Passing – David Rose (80) – Legendary composer and conductor.


Television news – August 23, 1990

Angela Lansbury takes some time off “Murder She Wrote” because she apparently scratched her cornea with he contact lens.

Johnny Depp – who stars on Fox’s “21 Jump Street” – signs a multi-picture deal with 20th century Fox to star in and produce films.

Connie Selleca sues Columbia Pictures Television – saying she was forced out of the new ABC series “Baby Talk." 


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – August 23, 1990

CBS – Meet The Raisins: Story of the California Raisins, His & Hers, Jake and the Fatman, Top Cops,

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Working It Out, Night Court, Hunter, Johnny Carson

ABC – The Wonder Years, Growing Pains, Doogie Howser, M.D., Anything But Love, Equal Justice, Nightline, Into the Night

PBS – Great Performances

CNBC – Morton Downey Jr., Dick Cavett, McLaughlin


On Johnny Carson – Richard Lewis.

On Into the Night W/Rick Dees – Peggy Lipton.

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