Dateline: Events/Week of February 1, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
An air traffic controller is blamed for the collision of two planes at Los Angeles International Airport – and as many as 33 may be dead. The USAir jetliner landing at the airport collided on the ground with a commuter plane.
Six U.S. crewmen are dead after their B-52 crashed into to Indian Ocean while returning from a bombing run over Iraq.
President Bush – taking it to the road in Georgia – told a crowd that Saddam Hussein has an “endless appetite for evil” and that when the war ends, “We will have taught a dangerous dictator… that what we say goes.”
Vidar Kleppe – a right-wing Norwegian legislator has nominated President Bush for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for standing up to Saddam Hussein’s “threats against the whole world community.”
President Bush rules out a ground war so far – and says he will rely on his military advisers on such a direction.
U.S. and allied warplanes will not bomb residential streets and will not target civilians. Many Iraqi’s re hiding in schools and mosques.
Secretary of State James Baker III indicates that the U.S. and its allies may help rebuild postwar Iraq but they must have a key peacetime role.
The DNA Advisory Committee – endorses a plan by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis – to insert foreign genes into cancer-stricken immune cells of children with leukemia.
Martin Spegeli – Croatia’s Defense Minister confirms that the republic just imported weapons and now has an arsenal at its disposal. Spegeli has a problem – he’s on the run from a federal arrest warrant.
Sports news – February 1, 1991
New England Patriots owner Victor Kiam apologizes for a joke he told at a banquet about Lisa Olson and the Persian Gulf War. The joke was – “Do you know what Lisa Olson has in common with the Iraqis? They’ve both seen Patriot missiles up close.” Olson was the sportswriter who was sexually harassed in the locker room last season by several Patriot players.
Entertainment news – February 1, 1991
Passing – Danny Thomas – Beloved actor/comedian/entertainer and known for his work with St. Judes in Memphis. He was 79.
Music news – February 1, 1991
Three former “Prince” managers are suing the singer/songwriter claiming he cost them in potential commissions by ignoring their advice and making awful career moves.
Whitney Houston’s “Star Spangled Banner” as performed at the Super Bowl is in demand. Radio stations are playing it – and it’ll be released as a single this week.
On CBS-TV this week – “Cher at the Mirage.” A one-night only performance – Cher’s first CBS special in more than a decade!
“Playgirl of the Western World” is the headline in this edition of “Playboy” magazine and Madonna. The author is not flattering at all to the pop mistress – coining a term for her act: “slut feminism.” The author is Michael Kelly.
Television news – February 1, 1991
Paramount is demanding $120 million to renew Cheers – 4X the current cost! The show is important and NBC has no choice.
Passing – Actress Nancy Kulp – Mr. Drysdale’s foil on “the Beverly Hillbillies.”
Passing- TV producer Harry Ackerman (78).
Passing – Actor John McIntire. He was 83.
Can you believe it? Three female NBC correspondents – Sunday “Today” co-anchor Maria Shriver, “Today” co-anchor Deborah Norville and “Today” national correspondent Katherine Couric are expecting babies.
Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of February 1, 1991
CBS – Top Cops, the Flash, Good Sports, Knots Landing, America Tonight
NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law, Tonight Show
ABC – Father Dowling Mysteries, Fantasies, PrimeTime Live, Nightline, Into The Night
Fox – The Simpsons, Babes, Beverly Hills 90210
PBS – Mystery!
HBO – Tracey Ullman, Adventures of Molly Dodd
Showtime – Jimmie Walker & Friends II
CNN – Gulf War, Gulf Talk, Sports Tonight, Newsnight, Sonya Live
On Johnny Carson – Clint Black, Robert Morse, Rich Shydner.
On Into The Night w/Rick Dees – Les Greenwood, Byron Allen.
Top movies – February 1, 1991
Dances with Wolves