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
Bell Biv Devoe
Soul II Soul
Luke Featuring 2 Live Crew
New Pop Music Artists For 1990:
Bell Biv Devoe
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
The Godfather Part III
Dances With Wolves
Look Who’s Talking Too
The Russia House
Bonfire of the Vanities
Three Men and a Little Lady