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


In The News

About 500 foreign hostages fly out of Iraq and that number included 22 Americans. This just after Iraq freed 1,000 hostages.

W. Nathaniel Howell III is the last of the U.S. Envoys to leave Kuwait. He says the U.S. Embassy still stands and the U.S. flag still flies over it. He said he subsisted on tuna fish for months.  

President Bush concludes a week-long tour of South American and lauded a new spirit for private enterprise.

Instead of slicing open 5-year-old plastic ration pouches, American troops on patrol at the front lines in Saudi Arabia soon will be able to eat meals as fresh as packaged preservative laced food can be. The Pentagon has placed a $260-million order for nearly 190 million entrée side-dish packs for its basic battlefield ration in a move to p preserve and build up dwindling supplies of the food soldiers carry into battle.

Queen Elizabeth II awarded former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher the coveted Order of Merit and made her husband a Baronet.

Unemployment rises to 5.9% - a new three-year high.

Five are seriously hurt and 264 others are taken to Boston hospitals after an Amtrak train from Washington slammed into a local train.

Federal prosecutors charge John Gotti with the 1985 murder of the man he allegedly succeeded as head of America’s most powerful organized crime family – Paul Castellano. 

Passing – Billionaire Armand Hammer. He was 92.

CBS says it will spend $2 billion to buy back 44% of its stock.


Sports news – December 8, 1990

Mike Tyson knocks down Alex Stewart in the first round of a bout in Atlantic City.

Larry Bird scored eight consecutive points in a late 15-0 Boston run as the visiting Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 107-95.


Technology News – December 8, 1990

Ad for Circuit City says that, “Cellular Phones… Not Just For Business Anymore” with cell phones ranging from just $399 to $599 in price.


Music news – December 8, 1990

E.C.Records store owner Charles Freeman of Ft. Lauderdale – becomes the first record store owner in the nation ever to be convicted of selling obscene material. He was fined 1.000 for selling 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” rap album to an adult undercover officer – two days after a judge their ruled the album was obscene.

City officials in Hialeah, Fla want to shutdown a nightclub owned by Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew) for its history of violence.

With Paula Abdul driving – her Jaguar rear-ended a car that went into another car near Hollywood. She’ll be fine.


Television news – December 8, 1990

On “Saturday Night Live” – Tom Hanks hosts with musical guests Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians.

CBS’ “American Tonight” with Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl will end on January 18.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – December 8, 1990  

CBS – Rescue 911, Grammy Legends Show, America Tonight

NBC – Matlock, Heat of the Night, Law & Order, Johnny Carson

ABC – Who’s the Boss, Head of the Class, Roseanne, Coach, thirtysomething, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline

MTV – MTV Prime, Top 10 at 10

Grammy Legends Show –

June Carter Cash, Roseanne Cash, Dizzy Gillespie, James Ingram, Jess Jackson, Richard Marx, Smokey Robinson, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, James Woods, Dion, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Valli, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joe and Quincy Jones.

On Johnny Carson – Jay Leno hosts with Olivia Newton John, Clint Eastwood.


Top movies – December 8, 1990

Home Alone


The Rookie

Dances with Wolves

Three Men

Edward Scissorhands

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