Dateline: Events/Week of January 15, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush holds out little hope that Saddam Hussein will withdraw from Kuwait at deadline.
Deadline passes. White House says President Bush is “ready to make the tough decisions.”
War begins with Iraq as hundreds of American, British, Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian warplanes bomb strategic targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait. President Bush says he had no choice and that raids are to knock out Iraq’s nuclear arms potential and chemical arsenal.
Iraq fires missiles into civilian populations of Tel Aviv and Haifa – injuring around seven persons.
In an effort to help Scud missiles sent at Israel, the U.S military dispatches American soldiers and two Patriot missile batteries to stand guard against any new attacks.
Enemy POW’s - The first Iraqi’s are captured – 12 in all. They are described as young and frightened.
Iraqi War POW’s - First reports - Iraqi television displays seven uniformed men, among them thee Americans who it calls “American Flyers.” Several captives sent messages of reassurance to their families.
Besides Israel, Iraq fires at least 10 Scud missiles at two Saudi Arabian cities – and all are destroyed.
New York mayor David N. Dinkins proposes a record $29.3 billion spending plan with $580 million in new or higher taxes and 16.500 layoffs for balance.
Technology news – January 15, 1991
Las Vegas consumer electronics show – The big buzz – a recordable CD player. CD players can only playback, and some say a mainstream recordable CD device is still years away. The Digital Compact Cassette was getting a lot of attention, because it can record in digital quality and such a gadget is expected next year at a cost of $500. Also, Nintendo demonstrated its SuperFamicom (16-bit) video gaming unit.
AMD says it has taken orders for its clone of Intel’s 386 microprocessor and will begin shipping this quarter.
Some best-selling books – January 15, 1991
The Fourth K – Mario Puzo
Plains of Passage – Jean M. Auel
The Secret Pilgrim – John le Carre
Cold Fire - Dean R. Koontz
The Civil War – Geoffrey C. ward
Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child – John Bradshaw
A Life On The Road – Charles Kuralt
Financial Self-defense - Charles J. Givens.
Television news – January 15, 1991
On cable channel “Lifetime” – It’s revealed just who the dad is, to Molly’s new baby on “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.”
CNN all the way for war coverage. The channel is getting good press and especially CNN’s Bernard Shaw, Peter Arnett and John Hilliman… Cable companies are reporting that more new subscribers are signing up – in part because of the Iraqi war coverage on CNN and other cable channels.
Bernard Shaw thanks King Hussein of Jordan for helping him and several colleagues make their way from Baghdad to safety in Amman, Jordan. Shaw and company had to leave Baghdad because officials there said they wouldn’t let them do their jobs “anymore.” The special phone line over which CNN sent out its initial air attack reports was cut off and now, outgoing reports are subject to censorship.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 15, 1991
Cheers – 23.4
60 Minutes – 20.6
Murphy Brown – 20.0
Designing Women – 19.9
A Different World – 19.4
The Golden Girls – 19.3
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 19.1
Roseanne – 18.8
Bob Hope Special – 18.1
Family Matters – 18.1
Full House – 18.1
America’s Funniest People – 18.0
Doogie Howser, M.D. – 18.0
The Cosby Show – 17.8
Unsolved Mysteries – 17.0
L.A. Law – 15.8
Movie-Witness – 16.6
Matlock – 16.5
Movie-Shot to Kill – 15.4
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
Saturday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 15, 1991
CBS – You Take The Kids, Lenny, Grand Ole Opry 86th Anniversary Celebration
NBC – Amen, Fanelli Boys, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Carol * Company, Dear Jake, Saturday Night Live
ABC – The Young Riders, MacGyver, Twin Peaks
Fox – Totally Hidden Video, Haywire, Cops, Cops
On MacGyver - It’s a drug kingpin vs. teenage anti-drug crusaders and MacGyver helps even the odds.
Grand Ole Opry Anniversary – With Clint Black, Roy Acoff, Johnny Cash & June Carter, Roy Clark, Holly Dunn, The Gatlin Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan, Minnie Pearl, Earl Scrugs, Ricky Van Shelton and Ricky Skaggs.
On Saturday Night Live – Sting is host and musical guest.
Music news – January 15, 1991
Public Enemy has a new member – New York-based social activist Sister Souljah, who had been traveling with them on last year’s lecture tour. She’s known in hip-hop circles as a powerful and convincing public speaker and she’s Public Enemy’s first female member.
Radio news – January 15, 1991
Radio and some television stations broadcast part or all of a version of John Lennon’s anti-war ode “Give Peace a Chance” with new lyrics by his 15-year-old son Sean. MTV then aired the video in its entirety. The video features 37 artists including Lenny Kravitz, Peter Gabriel, L.L. Cool J., Bonny Raitt, Terrence Trent D’Arby, MC Hammer, Tom Petty, Little Richard and others.
WZOU (Boston) Program Director Steve Rivers crosses town to competitor – WXKS-FM.
Top pop music albums – January 15, 1991
Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – MC Hammer
To The Extreme – Vanilla Ice
The Simpsons Sing The Blues – The Simpsons
The Immaculate Collection – Madonna
Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey
Some People’s Lives – Bette Midler
The Razor’s Edge – AC/DC
I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston
Serious Hits… Live! – Phil Collins
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 – George Michael
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson
Flesh and Blood – Poison
Recycler – ZZ Top
Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crowes
The Future – Guy
Damn Yankees – Damn Yankees
Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 15, 1991
Justify My Love – Madonna
Love Will Never Go (Without You) – Janet Jackson
The First Time – Surface
High Enough – Damn Yankees
Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Because I Love you (The Postman Song) – Stevie B
Play That Funky Music – Vanilla Ice
Sensitivity – Ralph Tresvant
From A Distance – Bette Midler
Tom’s Diner – DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega
I’m Not In Love – Will To Power
Impulsive – Wilson Phillips
Miles Away – Winger
I’ll Give All My Love To You – Keith Sweat
All the Man That I Need – Whitney Houston
Disappear – INXS
I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston
For You – The Outfield
I Saw Red – Warrant
Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey
Where Does My Heart Beat Now – Celine Dion
Top Rap Music Singles – January 15, 1991
I’ll Do 4 You – Father M.C.
Around The Way Girl – L.L. Cool J.
The Ghetto – Too Short
Stompin’ In The 90’s – Yo-Yo
Cause I Can Do It Right – Big Daddy Kane
Your Mom’s In My Business – K-Solo
The Piper – Cheba
What’s It All About Run-D.M.C.
Wanna Be Dancin’ (Buck-Whylin’) – Terminator X
Monie in the Middle – Monie Love
Back to Reality – Intelligent Hoodlum
Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 15, 1991
Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go – Alabama
Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks
Rumor Has It – Reba MacEntire
I’ve Come To Expect It From You – George Strait
Daddy’s Come Around – Paul Overstreet
It Won’t Be Me – Tanya Tucker
Come On Back – Carlene Carter
Brother Jukebox – Mark Chesnutt
Never Knew Lonely – Vince Gill
Life’s Little Ups and Downs – Ricky Van Shelton
A Few Good Things Remain – Kathy Mattea
These Lips Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye – Doug Stone
Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose – Dwight Yoakam
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – January 15, 1991
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Kinky Afro – Happy Mondays
Tomorrow Never Knows – Danielle Dax
Piccadilly Palare - Morrissey
Sweetness and Light – Lush
Night and Day – U2
All This Time – Sting
Then – The Charlatans UK
More – Sisters of Mercy
Hands Across The Ocean – The Mission U.K.
Disappear – INXS
Enlighten Me – Echo and the Bunnymen
Top pop hit music singles in Britain – January 15, 1991
Sadeness – Part 1 – Enigma
Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter – Iron Maiden
Crazy – Seal
The Grease Megamix – Olivia Newton John/John Travolta
All Together Now – The Farm
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Pray – MC Hammer
Mary Had A Little Boy – Snap
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – Righteous Brothers
The Total Mix – Black Box
Justify My Love – Madonna
Top Children’s Video – January 15, 1991
The Little Mermaid
Jetsons: The Movie
All Dogs Go To Heaven
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Clause is Coming To Town
Top movies – January 15, 1991
The Godfather Part III
Dances With Wolves
Look Who’s Talking Too
Three Men And A Little Lady
The Russia House
The Bonfire of the vanities
Rescuers Down Under
Almost an Angel