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


In The News

It’s announced that President Bush will spend Thanksgiving day with U.s. troops in the Persian Gulf.

Meir Kahane, the founder of the militant Jewish Defense League is shot to death after giving a speech in NY. 

President Bush declares that he is “more determined than ever in my life” to thwart Saddam Hussein – but also wants to thwart bloodshed.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein orders the release of four more American hostages in the face of bitter U.S. charges of maltreatment of the captives.

The federal government offers advice on nutrition that varies little from guidelines issued 10 years ago – eat plenty of fruits vegetable and grains and avoid salt, sugar, cholesterol and other fats. 

Passing – Broadway actress Mary Martin. She was 76.

McDonald’s Fascinating Facts – November 1, 1990

McDonald’s Corp. announces that it will phase out the foam containers and replace them with paper packaging – considered less harmful to the environment.


Technology news – November 1, 1990

Sony unveils a wide-screen HDTV it will put on the market beginning next month.  Sony says it is the first on the market with the product a 36-inch TV with a 16:9 aspect radio. So far HJK Japan has begun daily one-hour HDTV broadcasts this year. Japan, the EC and the U.S. are split over HDTV broadcast standards and are expected to adopt divergent systems. Japan’s system is MUSE – and uses satellites.


Music news – November 1, 1990

Rock legend Chuck Berry is suing High Society magazine saying the stole nude pics of him with several women.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 1, 1990

Cheers – 22.4

60 Minutes – 21.4

The Cosby Show  20.2

Movie-Three Men and a Baby – 19.9

Designing Women – 19.1

Roseanne – 19.1

Murder, She Wrote – 18.8

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 18.8

Murphy Brown – 18.7

Unsolved Mysteries – 16.9

In the Heat of the Night – 16.6

L.A. Law – 16.3

Empty Nest – 16.3

Major Dad – 16.3


Television news – November 1, 1990

The cast of “Cheers” arrives in Boston to celebrate the show’s 200th episode. Boston is the hometown of the show’s fictional bar.

Getting laughs – “In Living Color” on Fox-TV.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Television is merging with British Satellite Broadcasting – effectively ending the satellite war in Europe.

 Sports TV – NBC announces that Dick Enberg will be an NBC play-by-play announcer and he’ll also work Notre dame home football games beginning next season.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – November 1, 1990

CBS – Top Cops, The Flash, Doctor, Doctor, Knots Landing, America Tonight

NBC – the Cosby Show, Cheers, Grand, L.A. Law, Johnny Carson

ABC – Father Dowling Mysteries, Gabriel’s Fire, Peter Jennings Reporting: The New Civil war, Into the Night

Fox – The Simpsons, Babes, Beverly Hills 90201,

PBS – Fire in the Rim. Mystery!


On Johnny Carson – Carl Reiner, Gary Morris.

Into the Night w/Rick Dees – Bronson Pinchot, John Denver, Joe Flaherty. 

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