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


In The News

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatens to make Tel Aviv his first target if war breaks out in the Persian Gulf. Israel promises swift and terrible retribution for any Iraqi attack.

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch gets hit in the head with a rock while touring Jerusalem’s walled old city. “I know the stone wasn’t meant for me because everyone likes me.” Kotch bled slightly but stemmed the bleeding with a handkerchief.

Lt. General Calvin Waller, deputy commander of all U.S. forces in the gulf says that U.S. troops will not be ready to mount an offensive by the Jan 15 U.N. deadline for Iraq to leave Kuwait. Late arriving armored unites would not be combat ready for some time, perhaps not until a month past the January 15 deadline. 

Battling to hold the Soviet Union together, President Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a national referendum to decide whether the nation’s constituent republics will join to form a new federal state or break away. Gorbachev warned that the Soviet Union’s very existence is no imperiled.

In Houston, a man who appeared on “60 Minutes” to expose odometer tampering by used car dealers has his mobile home firebombed. The owner, Charles Vance, was away at the time.

Paul Newman’s food company says it’s sending 500 thousand bottles of its lemonade to the U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia for Christmas - about 2 for each person.

Twenty-eight French masterpieces seized by the Nazis during World War II are found in a cupboard at a Berlin museum. The paintings included works by Monet, Renoir and Gauguin.

A Nissan 300-ZX loaded - $25,991


Entertainment news – December 15, 1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the movie - is on sale for just $13.99.

Playboy now offers a new wakeup service - a one minute recorded wake-up call from a Playboy Centerfold for $4. Messages include: “Good morning, sleepy head. Did you have a good rest?” “Come on, up and at ‘em. You’ll knock ‘em dead today I’m sure.”


Sports news – December 15, 1990

An auto crash takes the life of Chicago Bears rookie defensive tackle Fred Washington.


 Bestsellers include - “Jurassic Park” - Michael Crichton, “The Witching Hour” - Anne Rice, “A Life On The Road” - Charles Kuralt, “Bo Knows Bo” - Vincent Jackson & Dick Schaap.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1990

 Cheers (22.6), 60 Minutes (20.6), Monday Night Football (18.2), A different World (18.2), Empty Nest (18.1), The Cosby Show (17.7), In The Heat Of The Night (17.7), Roseanne (17.5), The Golden Girls (17.2), Unsolved Mysteries (16.9), Murder, She Wrote (16.50, Designing Woman (16.4), LA Law (15.9), Coach (15.8), Frank Sinatra Birthday Special ((15.6), America’s Funniest Home Videos (15.4), Matlock (15.3), Murphy Brown (15.0), Law & Order (14.4).


Wednesday Night television listings/TV guide – December 15, 1990

 (CBS) Frosty The Snowman, Charlie Brown Christmas, Jake And The Fatman, WIOU...(NBC) Unsolved Mysteries, Dear John, Christmas In Washington...(ABC) Wonder Years, Growing Pains, Doogie Howser, Married People, The Koppel Report.


Television news – December 15, 1990

CBS announces that “Good Sports” starring Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal will replace “Doctor Doctor” on Thursdays beginning in January.

CBS signs an exclusive deal with the husband and wife team of Linda and Harry Thomason, producers of their two most successful shows - Designing Woman and Evening Shade. The deal calls for CBS to buy five series during the next 8 seasons with minimum orders of 13 episodes for each show.

Carl Ober, who appeared on “Geraldo,” is suing the host and a producer for $28 million, claiming that they revealed his identity after promising not to do so. Ober appeared on a segment entitled “Telephone Terror” with woman who were victimized by telephone harassment. The lawsuit said Rivera called him Carl, and on at least two other occasions called him Carl Ober - disclosed his occupation and place of residence. The lawsuit also said that on at least four times, Ober’s picture was shown with the words “made obscene phone calls” and Rivera called him a “sick person” who “verbally raped” woman.   

Kathleen Meka (19), a bank robbery suspect in Palm Bay, Florida says that Geraldo made her do it after she and her boyfriend watched a segment of Geraldo Rivera’s TV show featuring thieves and were inspired to rob a bank. They got away with stealing $2215, but Meka surrendered two days later. Her boyfriend is still at large. 


Two cable comedy channels merge:

 HBO’s Comedy Channel and MTV’s “HA!” Each is a 24-hour operation and each has faced difficulties getting onto cable systems due to a shortage of available channels. The Comedy Channel is currently available in 8.5 million homes and HA! is currently available in 6.5 million homes.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 15, 1990

Pop charts - “Because I Love You” - Stevie B, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” - Whitney Houston, “From A Distance” - Bette Midler, “Something To Believe In” - Poison, “Tom’s Diner” - DNA/Suzanne Vega, “The Way You Do The Things You Do” - UB40, “Freedom” - George Michael, “So Close” - Hall & Oates, “Stranded” - Heart. 


Top Music Albums – December 15, 1990

 “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’ - MC Hammer, “To The Extreme” - Vanilla Ice, “The Immaculate Collection” - Madonna, “Mariah Carey” - Mariah Carey” - I’m Your Baby Tonight” - Whitney Houston, “No More Games” - New Kids On The Block.


Top Country Music Hit Singles – December 15, 1990

Country- “I’ve Come To Expect It From You” - George Straight, “Unanswered Prayers” - Garth Brooks


Top movies – December 15, 1990

 “Home Alone” - McCauley Culkin, Joe Pesci

“Look Who’s Talking Too” - John Travolta, Kirstie Alley

“Edward Scissorhands” - Johnny Depp

“Dances With Wolves” - Keven Costner, Mary McDonnell

“Misery” - James Caan, Kathy Bates

“The Sheltering Sky” - Debra Winger John Maklovich 


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