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


In The News

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins emergency powers by Soviet lawmakers to remodel the economy - an economy devastated by 70 years of socialism.  A new supply and demand system decision has not taken place though.

In a videotaped speech sent to the United States, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that an attack on Iraq would “repeat the Vietnam experience” but “more violent and cause more casualties.” CNN broadcast the full 76-minute tape. 

Iraq expels dozens of diplomats from U.S, Europe and the Arab countries and says it will never retreat from Kuwait. President Bush says he still hopes for a peaceful settlement but support for U.S. deployment remains strong.

City Federal Savings Bank - New Jersey’s largest Savings and Loan is dismantled. Twenty-seven of its Florida branches are sold to Great Western. The government will manage the other sixty-six branches until a buyer is found. It’s the second most expensive S&L bailout ever, costing the taxpayers $15 billion.

Gasoline prices hit $1.38 a gallon at the pump - an all-time high.

The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas signs Frank Sinatra to an exclusive two-year contract. He’ll begin on New Years Eve.

Spot oil prices hit $40+ a barrel. President Bush announces plans to sell 5 million barrels of oil from the petroleum reserves to curb “intensive and unwarranted speculation in oil futures.” The reserve holds 590 million barrels.

Pat Robertson says a puppet show in Atlanta, apparently subsidized by the National Endowment for the Arts - featured “approximately five minutes of simulated foreplay between two puppets followed by an exhibit of oral sex acts.” Robertson and his Christian Coalition generated some 27,000 letters requesting the NEA be abolished. 

New - Mercury introduces two new cars - The Capri and Tracer. Standard price for the Capri - $13,043 ... The Mercury Tracer is at $9,394. 


Bestselling books – September 23, 1990

“Memories Of Midnight” - Sidney Sheldon, “Four Past Midnight” - Stephen King, “Homecoming” - John Bradshaw, “Darkness Visible: A Memoir Of Madness” - William Styron.


Music news – September 24, 1990

2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell pays producer George Lucas over $300 thousand and agrees not to use the name Luke Skywalker in an out-of-court settlement. Lucasfilm LTD had filed a $300 million federal trademark infringement against the singer in March.

The late Marvin Gaye gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Gaye’s children Nona, Marvin III and Frankie accepted the award. Stevie Wonder also attended the ceremonies.  


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity/Hollywood news – September 23, 1990

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) replaces the “X” rating in films and replaces it with NC-17. The designation means no children under 17 can be admitted. Industry observers say the “X” rating meant the film was or leaned more pornographic in nature - at least that was the public’s perception. 

Jerry Weintraub resigns as chairman and chief executive of Weintraub Entertainment and moves to Warner Brothers. Weintraub Entertainment has sought chapter 11-bankruptcy protection. The company hasn’t had a hit for sometime. Its past hits were “Oh God,” “The Karate Kid,” “Diner,” and “Nashville.”

Comedian Bob Newhart (61) is named as grand marshal for the 102nd Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme will be “Fun and Games.”

ABC says it will begin a pre-dawn (1a-6a) newscast beginning in January. As of yet, it hasn’t been given a name.

Passing - Larry O’Brien (73). Directed John F. Kennedy’s campaign for president and served as commissioner for the National Basketball Association from 1975 to 1984.  

Elizabeth Taylor files a $20 million libel suit against the National Enquirer for an article that was published after she was admitted to a hospital earlier in the year. The star was admitted for a near-fatal pneumonia but headlines read “Liz Docs Furious, She’s Boozing It Up In Hospital.” The suit says the paper was notified of the inaccuracy several days after it hit the stands, but the paper said the story was accurate.


Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – September 24, 1990

CBS - Top Cops, The Flash, Candid Camera Goes To The Doctor, Knots Landing ... NBC - The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, The Tonight Show 28th Anniversary ... ABC - Father Dowling, Gabriel’s Fire, PrimeTime Live ... FOX - The Simpsons, Babes, Glory Days


Tonight Show 28th Anniversary - Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon and Doc Severson.

This Saturday Night - “Cop Rock” from producer Steven Bochco.

CBS says it’s going to turn its recent late night news specials into a regular program hosted by Leslie Stahl and Charles Kuralt. Beginning October 1, the program has yet to be named. It will compete against ABC’s “Nightline.”  

Premiering in syndication this week - “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”


Top pop hit music singles – September 23, 1990

“Release Me” - Wilson Philips, “Close To You” - Maxi Priest, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” - Nelson, “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven” - Phil Collins, “Praying For Time” - George Michael, “Do Me” - Bell Biv DeVoe, “Have You Seen Her” - M.C. Hammer, “Oh Girl” - Paul Young, “Can’t Stop Fallin' Into Love” - Cheap Trick, “Thieves In The Temple” - Prince, “My My My” - Johnny Gill, “This Is The Right Time” - Lisa Stansfield, “Praying For Time” - George Michael, “I Don’t Have The Heart” - James Ingram.


Top music albums – September 23, 1990

 “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” - MC Hammer, Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey, “Wilson Philips” - Wilson Philips, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” - George Michael, “Blaze Of Glory” - Jon Bon Jovi


Top Country Music Hit Singles – September 23, 1990

 “Jukebox In My Mind” - Alabama, “Friends In Low Places” - Garth Brooks 


Top movies – September 23, 1990

Goodfellas - Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Postcards From The Edge - Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine

Ghost - Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

Narrow Margin - Gene Hackman, Anne Archer

Funny About Love - Gene Wilder

Texasville - Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepard


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