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


In The News

President Bush, declaring he wants to go the extra mile for peace, offered to send Secretary of State James A. Baker III to Baghdad to meet with President Saddam Hussein. He’s invited Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz to Washington the week of Dec. 10. 

Surprise move as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announces he will release all foreign hostages in Iraq and Kuwait, citing “positive changes.”

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney completes talks with Polish military political and economic leaders about raising prospects for future U.S. arms sales to the new Polish government. It’s the first-ever visit to Poland by a U.S. defense secretary.

Colin Powell – chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lashes out at what he called amateurs and others who have criticized the Bush Administration’s Persian Gulf policy.

Germans vote freely as a united nation for the first time since the rise of Adolph Hitler and give Chancellor Helmut Kohl a mandate to lead them. 

The number of reservists who can be ordered to duty is raised to 188,000.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola each announce that they plan to use recycled plastic in their soda bottles.

President Bush agreed to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen in the highest-level contact between the two nations since last year’s Tian An Men square crackdown.

Pontiac, Michigan - Dr. Jack Kevorkian – a doctor who invented a device that a woman used to kill herself was charged with first-degree murder by a prosecutor who said he did not want his county to become a “suicide mecca.”

More Detroit as two northwest Airlines jets collide at Detroit Metro Airport – 8 are dead and 21 are hurt.

The state Supreme Court in W. Virginia upheld a state law that allows a young school dropout to be denied or stripped of a driver’s license.


Sports news – December 1, 1990

Kirk Gibson ends his three-year association with the Dodgers and will go to the KC Royals. As a free agent – he signed a two-year contract for $3.3 million.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 1, 1990

Passing – Actor Bob Cummings. He was 80.

Was Elizabeth Taylor’s “Passion” perfume developed by an ex-boyfriend? There’s now a trial that will decide. The guy is former used car dealer Henry Wynberg.


Music news – December 1, 1990

Passing – Aaron Copland – considered the nation’s finest living composer.

Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie make their last full-time appearance with Fleetwood Mac – leaving Mick Fleetwood and John McVie the lone survivors. Stevie and Christine have written most of the band’s most popular songs over the years.

White Rapper Vanilla Ice – admits that he made up several of the colorful details about his background in his official SBK Records bio – but it is his voice on the album and he’s lip-syncing on stage. Some of the fabrications include claims that Ice who gives his age as 22, went to the same Miami high school as 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell, was a star for national championship Team Honda on the professional motor cross circuit in the mid 80’s and that his mother was a music teacher at the university in Florida.

The National Academy of recording Arts & Sciences’ board of trustees has voted to leave the best new artist Grammy, which was stripped from Milli Vanilli frontmen Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan – unawarded, rather than give it to the act that received the second-highest vote total.

Madonna says her “Justify My Love” video she believes the video has an honest portrayal of sexuality and compared it to violent and sexist videos often seen on TV. MTV will not play the video.  But wait, sensing an opportunity, Warner Bros Records says they will sell the video in stores – the first ever single marketed as a home video.


Top music albums – December 1, 1990

To the Extreme – Vanilla Ice

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em

Mariah Carey

I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston

The Immaculate Collection – Madonna


Television news – December 1, 1990

On Saturday Night Live – Host John Goodman with musical Guests – Faith No More.


Top movies – December 1, 1990

Home Alone


Three Men and a baby

Dances with Wolves

Predator II

Rocky V

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