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Dateline: Events/Week of December 25, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Overcoming objections he is taking on too much power, Mikhail Gorbachev wins broad new authority to help him halt the Soviet Union’s slide into chaos, including direct presidential control over the government and a key new council of regional leaders.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev picks Gennady I. Yanayev as his Vice President. Said the nominee, “I am a Communist to the depths of my heart.”

President Bush, faced with a bipartisan opposition to his plan for an early military strike against Iraq, will meet with key members of Congress to discuss the issue. It all hedges on Iraq’s January 15 U.N. deadline.

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein knocks down speculation that he might pull his troops out of Kuwait before a January 15 U.N. deadline for withdrawal.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, imposes a 5% sales tax on all consumer goods and services. Apparently the Soviet budget for 1991 is in trouble and is struggling.

Russian President Boris Yelstin, cuts his republic’s contribution to the national budget by 85%, threatening the whole country with imminent economic collapse, according to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

President Bush, after weighing the political and military consequences of further delay, decides that the United States should move quickly to launch a massive military attack on Iraqi forces if Iraq fails to withdraw from Kuwait by the U.N. imposed deadline of January 15.

British author Salman Rushdie now says he embraces Islam and disavows parts of his novel “The Satanic Verses.” He says he feels safer now, after hiding under police guard for 22 months since Iran’s leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, angrily accused him of blasphemy against Islam and offered a $1 million to anyone who would kill him.

Vice President Dan Quayle cancels a second round of golf at a Northern California course after being criticized for playing at a country club with an all-white membership. A release says his office was unaware when he played the first round at the Cypress Point Club.

Kimba Wood – the judge who slammed Michael Milken with a 10-year prison sentence is getting a ton of praising fan mail. Milken’s sentence was the longest term given to any of the defendants caught up in Wall Street’s long running inside trading scandal.

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rules that the death sentence issued last year against British author Salman Rushdie remains in force. Khamenei issued a statement several days after Rushdie renounced his novel “The Satanic Verses.” The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued the death edict in February 1989. Many Muslims believe the novel is blasphemous.

Marries – Tom Cruise to Nicole Kidman, his “Days of Thunder” co-star.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 25, 1990

Cheers – 19.0

Monday Night Football – 18.9

60 Minutes – 18.3

Dolly Parton Christmas Special – 17.8

Roseanne – 17.6

A Different World – 17.5

 Movie-A Mom For Christmas – 17.0

The Golden Girls – 16.3

Designing Women – 16.3

Unsolved Mysteries – 16.2

NFL Football (CBS) – 16.2

Empty Nest – 16.0

Coach – 16.0

The Cosby Show – 15.8

Murphy Brown – 15.4

Movie-Always Remember I Love You – 15.3

Family Matters – 14.9

Matlock – 14.7

In The Heat of the Night – 14.6

20/20 – 14.5

Rescue 911 – 14.4

Full House – 14.4

Major dad – 14.1

Grand – 13.9

Murder, She Wrote – 13.9


Television news – December 25, 1990

Don’t miss the annual “Lou Rawls parade of Stars with Marilyn McCoo, Ann Jillian, Ed McMahon and Nancy Wilson.

Buzz – Norville out? - There’s talk that the Today show’s national correspondent, Katie Couric, will take over as co-host when Deborah Norville goes on maternity leave in the spring.


Music news – December 25, 1990

Paul McCartney will return to his hometown of Liverpool in June for the debut of his first classical composition “Liverpool Oratorio.”

With MTV’s banning of Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video, her “ The Immaculate Collection” is soaring up the album charts.


Radio news – December 25, 1990

What a year – two music stations really stood out:

Pirate Radio out of Los Angeles and the Power Pig (WFLZ) Tampa. Most famous station liner – “A Better Mix of Favorites From the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and Today With No Rap.” 

It’s announced that CD Media, the firm created by Rick Dees and Wally Clark, will sell and distribute “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.”

Milli Vanilli fallout and radio - WYHY Nashville threatens a class-action fraud lawsuit against Milli Vanilli … Z-100 had a weeklong “Million Dollar Milli Vanilli Music Guarantee.” The station offered a million dollars to anyone who heard a Milli Vanilli record. Nobody could win – there is no real Milli Vanilli record.


Billboard’s top pop music artists for 1990:

New Kids On The Block

Janet Jackson

Phil Collins

Paul Abdul

Michael Bolton

M.C. Hammer


Bell Biv Devoe

Taylor Dayne

Wilson Phillips

Mill Vanilli


Motley Crue


Billy Joel


Depeche Mode

Sinead O’Connor

Don Henley

Lisa Stansfield

Mariah Carey




Johnny Gill

Soul II Soul

Luke Featuring 2 Live Crew

Gloria Estefan

Richard Marx

Tom Petty


New Pop Music Artists For 1990:

Bell Biv Devoe

Wilson Phillips

Lisa Stansfield

Mariah Carey


Alannah Myles



Young M.C.

Bad English


Top music albums – December 25, 1990

To The Extreme – Vanilla Ice

Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘EM – M.C. hammer

Rhythm of the Saints – Paul Simon

The Immaculate Collection – Madonna

The razors Edge – AC/DC

Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

Some People’s Lives – Bette Midler

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 – George Michael

Recycler – ZZ Top

Vol. 3 – Traveling Wilburys

Flesh and Blood – Poison

Serious Hits… Live! – Phil Collins

Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

No Fences – Garth Brooks

The Future – Guy

Cherry Pie – Warrant

Family style – Vaughan Brothers

X – Inxs

Led Zepplin – Led Zepplin

Ralph Tresvant – Ralph Tresvant

Heartbreak Station – Cinderella

Shake You Money Maker – Black Crowes


Top pop music hit singles – December 25, 1990

Because I Love You – Stevie B

I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston

From A Distance – Bette Midler

The Way You Do The Things You Do – UB40

 Impulsive – Wilson Phillips

Justify My Love – Madonna

Something To Believe In – Poison

Freedom – George Michael

Tom’s Diner – DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega

Groove is In The Heart – Deee-Lite

Miracle – Jon Bon Jovi

Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey

Sensitivity – Ralph Tresvant

Wiggle It – 2 In A Room

Feels Good – Tony! Toni Tone!

Love Will Never Do (Without You) – Janet Jackson

Stranded – Heart

The First Time – Surface

Miles Away – Winger


Top music hit singles in Britain – December 25, 1990

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

Don’t Worry – Kym Appleby

Unbelievable – E.M.F.

Kinky Boots – Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman

It Takes Two – Rod Stewart & Tina Turner

Fantasy – Black Box

Falling – Julee Cruise

Saviour’s Day – Cliff Richard

Justify My Love – Madonna


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 25, 1990

I’ve Come To Expect It From You – George Straight

Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks

Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow – Alan Jackson

Ghost In This House – Shenandoah

Never Knew Lonely – Vince Gill

 Put Yourself In My Shoes – Clint Black

Come Next Monday – K.T. Oslin

Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go – Alabama

Life’s Little Ups And Downs – Ricky Van Shelton

Crazy In Love – Conway Twitty


Top movies – December 25, 1990

Home Alone

Kindergarten Cop

The Godfather Part III

Edward Scissorhands

Dances With Wolves

Look Who’s Talking Too

The Russia House

Bonfire of the Vanities


Three Men and a Little Lady

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