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Dateline: Events/Week of October 15, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Mikhail Gorbachev wins legislative approval for his program to transform the Soviet Union’s crisis-ridden economy from state-ownership to an economy, which entrepreneurship and market forces will reign.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Cold War and bringing historic changes to Europe and promoting international disarmament.

The House approves a plan to raise taxes primarily on the rich – in a deficit-cutting measure. The President likes a Senate version better.

The Bush Administration is studying a rash of confusing signals from occupied Kuwait and Saddam Hussein.

Charles Keating Jr. is released from jail after a federal judge reduced his bail from $5 million to $300,000.

Molten rock from the Kilauea Volcano destroyed another home and threatened others in a beleaguered housing area on the southeast coast of the island of Hawaii.

Actress Melina Mercouri loses the election for mayor of Athens (Greece) to an outspoken city planner.

Dick Cheney gets a look at the Soviet Air Defense Center – long a secret. Cheny called the command post “impressive” but some officers with him were disappointed.

Financial News Network lays off 15 – all on the West Coast and will consolidate operations at its Fairfax, Va. headquarters.


Interesting Sports news – October 15, 1990

The third game of the world championship chess between Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov ends after Karpov’s 53rd move.


Music news – October 15, 1990

Naomi Judd says she is retiring and the reason is chronic hepatitis. She’ll quit the business after the Judd’s “Love Can Build a Bridge" tour.

The obscenity trial of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew begins in Ft. Lauderdale. Members Luther Campbell, Mark Ross and Chris Wongwon face misdemeanor obscenity charges. If convicted, each faces up to a year in prison and fines of up to $1,000.  Meanwhile – 2 Live Crew concerts in Flint Michigan, Detroit and Jackson have been canceled.

Maurice Starr – the manager of the New Kids on the Block, denies he gave part ownership of the group to a convicted loan shark for a $50,000 loan.

Passing – Leonard Bernstein – pianist, composer, conductor and teacher. He was 72.

Passing – Actor Joel McCrea. He was 84.

Sony Corp. which purchased CBS Records in 1988 plans to change the corporate name of its record company to Sony Music entertainment Inc. But, it won’t change the names of the domestic record labels such as Epic and Columbia.


Some best-selling books – October 15, 1990

Memories of Midnight – Sidney Sheldon

The Plains of Passage – Jean M. Auel

Lady Boss – Jackie Collins

The General In His Labyrinth – Gabriel Garcia

Four Past Midnight – Stephen King

Homecoming – John Bradshaw

Get to the Heart: My Story – Barbara Mandrell

By Way of deception – Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy

The Civil War: An Illistrated History – Geoffrey C. ward

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness – William Styron


Television news – October 15, 1990

More changes to NBC’s “Today” show as west coast correspondent Heidi Schulman is fired after 17 years on the air.

Angela Lansbury says she is leaving “Murder, She Wrote” – that it’s just too much.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – October 15, 1990

CBS – World Series, America Tonight

NBC – Movie, Tonight Show, David Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Head of the Class, Roseanne, Coach, thirtysomething, Nightline, Into the Night

PBS – Nova, Frontline

 A&E – Jack Scalia at the Improv, Biography-Woodrow Wilson


Top movies – October 15, 1990

Marked for Death


Memphis Belle



Mr. Destiny

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