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Dateline: Events/Week of January 8, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

In Geneva, Secretary Of State James Baker and Iraqi Foreign Minstar Tarik Aziz fail to avert war in the Persian Gulf. The two met for more than six hours in a hotel meeting room, trying to find a diplomatic solution to the gulf crisis.

Congress votes to authorize U.S. troops to attack Iraq. The vote in both houses supports Bush and frees troops to attack Iraq.

War with Iraq begins as hundreds of American, British, Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian warplanes bomb strategic targets in Iraq and parts of occupied Kuwait. The massive offence was led by U.S. F-15 fighter-bombers based in Saudi Arabia. “The liberation of Kuwait has begun” announced President Bush shortly after the attack began.

CNN gets high reviews in its coverage of the Persian Gulf War during its first hours, blitzing CBS, NBC and ABC. Dramatic audio could  be heard  from correspondents John Holliman, Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett from the Al Rashid Hotel in Baghdad.

First lady Barbara Bush slams into a tree while coasting on inner tubes with her grandchildren at Camp David and suffers a minor break in her left leg. Movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger was with the group as well. “No damage to the tree” commented the President.


Technology news – January 8, 1991

At the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Philips introduces the Digital Compact Cassette player (DCC) and proclaims it as rival to the digital audiotape.  Unlike a DAT tape, The DCC is the same size as a regular cassette tape. 

Microsoft unveils a new version of its Excel spreadsheet program for PC’s. The new version takes better advantage of Windows 3.0. Lotus, Excel’s biggest spreadsheet rival, isn’t expected to have a Windows version of its market-leading 1-2-3 spreadsheet until the middle of the year. Microsoft announced the new version in Boston, near Lotus’ headquarters in Cambridge.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – January 8, 1991

John Goodman signs a three-picture deal with Universal pictures. Goodman stars in the just about to be released “King Ralph,” where he stars as a Vegas lounge singer who becomes the king of England.

Delta Burke of Designing Woman sues the show’s producers for breach of contract. The suit claims she s was written out of an episode in revenge. The actress wants $55,000 which she says is her guarantee per show. The actress has been feuding with the producers of the show, Lida Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason. They claim Burke is difficult to work with.


Top TV shows/ratings – January 8, 1991

Cheers (23.4), 60 Minutes (20.6), Murphy Brown (20.0), Designing Woman (19.9), A Different World (19.4), The Golden Girls (19.3), America’s Funniest Home Videos (19.1), Rosanne (18.8), Bob Hope Christmas (18.1), Family Matters (18.1), Full House (18.1), America’s Funnies People (18.0), Doogie Howser, MD (18.0), The Crosby Show (17.8), Unsolved Mysteries  (17.0), LA Law (16.8), Witness (16.6), Matlock (16.5), Shoot To Kill (16.4), In the Heat Of The Night (16.3), Major Dad (16.3), Wings (16.1), Coach (15.8), Hunter(15.6), Rescue 911 (15.5).


Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of January 8, 1991

 TV - (CBS) Top Cops, The Flash, Debut -Good Sports, Knots Landing ... NBC - The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law ... ABC - Father Dowling Mysteries, Gabriels’s Fire, Primtime Live... Fox - The Simpsons, Babes, Beverly Hills 90210.


On Good Sports - debut of the series starring Ryan O’Neil and Farrah Fawcett.

On Beverly Hills 90210 - Brandon is arrested for drunk driving.


Top pop albums – week of January 8, 1991


“Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” - M.C. Hammer, “To The Extreme’ - Vanilla Ice, “Shake Your Money Maker” - The Black Crows, “The Simpsons Sing The Blues” - The Simpsons, “The Immaculate Confession” - Madonna, “Mariah Carey” - Mariah Carey.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 8, 1991

“Love Will Never Do (without you” - Janet Jackson, “The First Time” - Surface, “High Enough” - Damn Yankees, “Sensitivity” - Ralph Tresvant, “Because I Love You” - Stevie B, “Justify My Love” - Madonna, “Gonna Make You Sweat” - C & C Music Factory, “Play That Funky Music” - Vanilla Ice, “After The Rain” - Nelson, “Just Another Dream” - Cathy Dennis, “Miles Away” - Winger

Top Country music singles  - “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go” - Alabama, I’ve Come To Expect It From You” - George Straight, “Unanswered Prayers” - Garth Brooks.


Music news – January 8, 1991

 Kids On The Block, a producer of puppet shows based out of Cumberland, MD sues the pop group “New Kids On The Block” in federal court, accusing the teen idols of using its trademark name and wants the group to come up with a new name to boot. The puppet company produces puppet shows for children about physical and social disabilities. They’ve operated under the name since 1977.


Top movies – January 8, 1991

Lionheart - Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page

Home Alone

Greencard - Gerald Depardieu, Andie McDowell

Kindergarden Cop - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dances With Wolves - Keven Costner

Mermaids - Cher, Bob Hoskins, Wynona Ryder

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