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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

Peter Pan

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

Home Alone

Kindergarten Cop

The Godfather Part III

Dances With Wolves

Edward Scissorhands

Look Who’s Talking Too



Three Men And A Little Lady

The Russia House

The Bonfire of the vanities


Rescuers Down Under

The Rookie

Almost an Angel


Predator 2

Rocky V

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