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Dateline: Events/Week of October 8, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Police in Jerusalem open fire on stone-throwing Palestinians at the Temple Mount in that city. 19 are dead and 140 are injured.

President Bush and Congress agree on a stopgap funding measure to end a three-day government shutdown. Congress will approve a $500 million deficit program.

The United Nations condemns Israel for the killing of more than 19 Palestinians in east Jerusalem.

The Soviet Union says it will need as much as $120 billion of foreign aide – three times the original estimate. That should underwrite its economic reforms according to the country’s finance minister, Valentin S. Pavlov.

Refaat Mahgoub – speaker of the Egyptian parliament and three bodyguards were shot to death outside a Cairo hotel.

Mexican author Octavio Paz wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh presents an apology to 9 Japanese World War II Internees and then handed out redress payments, the first payments to about 65,000 Japanese Americans who receive them.

Wholesale prices rose by 1.6% in September – and you can blame rising oil prices. 

The first shipments of Saturn cars hit the streets – out of the sprawling Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.


Business news – Polaroid wins suit against Kodak – October 8, 1990

Polaroid Corp wins $909 million in its instant photography patent-infringement suit against rival Kodak. The judgment is actually much lower than what Polaroid asked for.



Music news – October 8, 1990

Sinead O’Connor and Sting are among those lined-up for Amnesty International’s latest concert – “Get Up, Stand Up.”

Hyundai, in an attempt to reach college age car buyers, hires Iggy Pop for a 20-campus concert tour in the eastern U.S. to promote its new Scoupe sports car. 


Country Music Awards held this week:

Entertainer of the year – George Strait

Male vocalist of the year – Clint Black

Female vocalist of the year – Kathy Mattea

Single of the year – “When I Call Your Name” – Vince Gil

Album of the Year: - “Pickin’ On Nashville” – Kentucky Headhunters

Video of the year – “The Dance” – Garth Brooks


Television news – October 8, 1990

Passing – Legendary CBS newscaster Douglas Edwards at 73. 

Fox-TV is missing ratings marks with advertisers and will have to refund millions of dollars back. The problem is big – so big – the network has stopped selling advertising for the fourth quarter in order to insert “make-goods.”

First Lady Barbara Bush will appear on an “All My Children” – in a public service announcement benefiting the National Bone Marrow Registry. It’ll fit a separate story line.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – October 8, 1990

CBS – Uncle Buck, Major Dad, 24th Annual Country Music Assn Awards, America tonight

NBC – Fresh Prince, Ferris Bueller, Lucky, Tonight Show, Dave Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – MacGyver, Monday Night Football, Nightline, Into the Night

PBS – Nature, Race to save the Planet.

Showtime – Deep Dish TV

USA – WWF Prime Time Wrestling – Nakolai Volkoff vs. Dino Bravo


Country Music Assn. Awards – Reba McEntire and Randy Travis host.

Into the Night – Jackie Collins, John Densmore


Top movies – October 8, 1990  

Henry & June

Marked for Death

Mr. Destiny



Narrow Margin

Funny About Love


Die Hard 2

Pretty Woman

Young Guns II

Problem Child

Another 48 Hrs.



Don’t Tell Her It’s Me

Pacific Heights

Memphis Belle


Postcards from the Edge

Narrow Margin

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