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Dateline: Events/Week of October 1, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

East and West Germany become one. Chancellor Helmut Kohl says that the new Germany will help stabilize Europe and that it will not be a “restless Reich” like Nazi Germany, which plunged Europe into its most disastrous war.

In Beijing, hijackers pick the wrong time to struggle with a crew trying to land a Boeing 727. As the plane was landing, the two hijackers began to wrestle with the flight crew, causing the plane to hit two others on the runway, killing 120 and injuring scores. Passengers in the first 14 rows of one of the hit planes escaped while all others from row 15 back perished.

In Israel, the army announces that it will begin distributing gas masks to the country’s 4.7 million residents following reports of an increased threat of war in the Persian Gulf. The announcement follows repeated threats by Iraqi President Suddam Hussein to attack Israel including an attack in which he said he would burn half the Jewish state with binary chemical weapons.

 In Ft. Lauderdale, record store owner Charles Freeman is convicted on a misdemeanor obscenity charge for selling a record by the rap group 2 Live Crew. Selling the album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” could get him a year in jail and a $1000 fine. As he left the courtroom, Freeman (who owns E.C. records and is black) shouted “It’s unfair... the jury was all white. They don’t know where E C Records is. They don’t know a goddamned thing about the ghetto!”

In Niagara Falls, NY - although 1000 were expected, only 120 show-up for a 2 Live Crew concert. A second show was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. From a spokesman “I don’t know what happened... I don’t know if their hype is kind of dying out.”


Prices At the Toy Store and Supermarket – October 1, 1990:

Playmates “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” - 4 styles - $5.99 each... Wet ‘n Wild Barbie or Ken - $4.99 each...View Master Teenage Mutant Turtles gift set - $6.99.

Prices at the mart - Assorted Dannon Light Yogurt - .59 each... Boneless Beef Rib Steaks - $2.89 each... Sunny Delight - 64oz - $1.29... Reynolds Wrap Foil - 200sq ft roll - $4.59.


Television news – October 1, 1990

Against “Nightline” and “The Tonight Show,” CBS debuts “America Tonight” with Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl.


Entertainment /Movie news – October 1, 1990

Divorces - Mimi Rogers from Tom Cruise. When asked if the divorce has been finalized, she said “As far as I know, we’re divorced, but I’ve been so busy on this new film, that I haven’t had time to check, so I’m not sure. I bet that sounds pretty silly, huh?” Rogers is currently working on “The Rapture.”

Clint Eastwood is back in the recording studio, this time working with Randy Travis on “Smokin’ the Hive.”

Dies - Stefano Casiraghi  - 30 year-old husband of Princess Caroline when his speedboat flips over while defending his title in a world championship race.

Kevin Nealon of “Saturday Night Live” adopts three monkeys abandoned by a Soviet circus that went bankrupt. The monkeys were left behind in the U.S. due to behavioral problems.

Actor Corey Felman (19) pleads not guilty to a heroin possession charge. Feldman is enrolled in a round-the-clock drug program.


Monday Night Television – October 1, 1990

(begins at 8 eastern)...(CBS) Uncle Buck, Major Dad, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, The Trials Of Rosie O’Neill...(NBC) Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Ferris Bueller, Movie...(ABC) Monday Night Football - Bengals at Seahawks.

A & E begins showing reruns of “The Avengers” with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

On Nick at Night - Dobie Gillis, Bewitched, Green Acres, Donna Reed, Saturday Night, Fernwood 2-night, Alfred Hitchcock, Patty Duke, My Three Sons.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 1, 1990

“Release Me” - Wilson Phillips, “Close To You” - Maxi Priest, “I Don’t Have The Heart” - James Ingram, “Do Me” - Bell Biv DeVoe,” “Have You Seen Her” - M.C. Hammer,   “Can’t Live Without Your Love And Affections” - Nelson,  “Praying For Time” - George Michael, “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven” - Phil Collins, “Oh Girl” - Paul Young, “Romeo” - Dino, “Unchained Melody” - Righteous Brothers, “Everybody Everybody” - Black Box  


Top Music Albums – October 1, 1990

 “Wilson Phillips” - Wilson Phillips, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” - M.C. Hammer, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1” - George Michael, “Mariah Carey” - Mariah Carey, “Poison” - Bell Biv DeVoe


Top Country Music Hit Singles – October 1, 1990

 “Friends In Low Places” - Garth Brooks, “Home” - Joe Diffie, “You Lie” - Reba McEntire, “Put Yourself In My Shoes”  - Clink Black, “You Really Had Me Going” - Holly Dunn


Top movies – October 1, 1990

Pacific Heights- Melody Griffith, Mathew Modine,

Goodfellas - Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci,

Ghost - Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Cushon

 Postcards From the Edge - Meryl Streep, Shirley McClain

Texasville - Jeff Bridges, Annie Pots.

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