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


In The News

Gulf War - Defense Secretary Dick Cheney says that the Persian Gulf war has “gone extremely well to date” and that “the question is when” to begin a ground assault into Kuwait while continuing air attacks.

General Colin L. Powell - chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff visits U.S troops at a Saudi air base. “We’ll get this over with a simple process. We’ll cut it off and kill it.” Of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the General said: “He has seen what our Air Force can do and he’ll see a lot more of it in days and weeks ahead.”

NBC says that the Persian Gulf War has cost the network about $37 million in cancelled advertising and increased news expenses so far. It’s believed that CBS and ABC are bearing the same costs.


Sports news – February 8, 1991

Sugar Ray Leonard (34) retains his WBC title - defeating Terry Norris by unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden.  After the bout, Leonard announced that his 15-year pro career was over. Norris knocked him down twice in the twelve rounds with one judge having Norris winning every round. Leonard began his boxing career after winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. He retires as boxing’s all-time career earner at  $110 million.

Pitcher Roger Clemens becomes the highest-paid player in baseball - agreeing to play again with the Boston Red Sox in a four-year contract - worth $21,521,000


Technology news – February 8, 1991

The IBM PS/1 personal computer “It’s a serious machine specially designed - and priced - for home use. The PS/1 has the power to run popular business programs like WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Windows ... And the PS/1 is expandable, so you can easily add more memory, expansion slots or even a 5 1/4” diskette drive. The PS/1 also comes with a built-in modem and, at no extra charge, three months of PRODIGY service, which  lets you make travel reservations, get business news and up-to-the minute stock and weather reports all from the comfort of your home.”

Passing - Robert Wagner (80) - Mayer of New York City from 1954 to 1965 and later, U.S. ambassador to Spain. 


Bestselling books – February 8, 1991

“The Secret Pilgrim” - John le Carre, “Cold Fire” - Dean R. Koontz, “The Plains of Passage” - Jean Auel, “BattleGround” continuing the Saga of the Corps” - W.E.B. Griffin, “Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child” - John Bradshaw, “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power” - Daniel Yergin, “Iron John: a book about men” Robert Bly, “Financial Self-Defense: How to Win the Fight for Financial Freedom” - Charles J. Givens  


Radio news – February 8, 1991

In radio news - because of a steady plunge in the ratings, “Pirate Radio” (100.3) in Los Angles changes formats. Conceived by programmer Scott Shannon, the format was a mix of hard rock, Top-40 and dance music. “Pirate Radio” debuted March 17, 1989 and almost immediately - shot the station from the bottom of the ratings to #5 (where it peaked). Coming off of incredible success with Z-100 (WHTZ-100.3) in New York - Shannon and owner Westwood One had the best-known debut in music radio history. Steven Butler - the editor of Inside Radio said of the debut “There was so much build-up about it. The industry was on the edge of their chairs when Shannon came on. It was kind of this primal radio that turned a lot of radio people on.” The station peaked at a 5.5 share in the summer of 1989. In the most recent ratings book - Pirate Radio had a 2.7 share. After his last show with the station - Shannon said, “You’re never surprised in this business. Still, I take things like this very seriously. I feel we had a plan and we were going to do it and they pulled the rug out at the last minute.” The new format will be album-oriented rock. Although the “Pirate Radio” moniker will be dropped - the call letters KQLZ will remain.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Music news – February 8, 1991

Mick Fleetwood of “Fleetwood Mac” opens his own supper club in West Hollywood. Be sure to stop by “Fleetwoods” when you’re in town. Bo Diddley performs this week.

Actor Kirk Douglas and Noel Blanc (son of the late Mel Blanc) survive along with another man in a helicopter crash in Santa Paula, California. The crash occurred just after the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter lifted off the airport helipad. The copter flew into the pathway of the airport’s only runway and into the path of a small plane. Both men on the plane were killed.


Television news – February 8, 1991

In case you didn’t know - Lisa Canning - who is Rick Dees’ announcer/sidekick on “Into The Night” on ABC late nights - also does the morning show on rap station KDAY (1580) in Los Angeles.

Tyne Daly - who costarred in “Cagney & Lacey” on CBS pleads no contest to drunk driving and is fined $916. The judge has ordered her to attend a 90-day alcohol-education program and her driver’s license is restricted for 90 days. “I made a dumb mistake and I’m grateful I didn’t hurt anybody. I will take whatever punishment is dictated by the circumstances.”  

Television anchorwoman Diane Newton King of WUHQ-TV (channel 41) in Battle Creek is shot to death in her driveway as she turned to get her two children out of the car. The newscaster had been receiving threatening calls from a male viewer. Her husband discovered her body. 

CBS confirms that reporter Bob Simon and three crewmembers are indeed being held in Baghdad after disappearing last month. They were reported missing four days after the Gulf War began. Sources say their fate will be decided by Iraqi President Sadam Hussein.


Top TV Shows/Ratings  - February 8, 1991

Cheers (21.5), 60 Minutes (21.1), America’s Funniest Home Videos (19.2), America’s Funniest People (18.8), Roseanne (18.8), Murphy Brown (18.6), Designing Woman (18.5), Barbara Walters Special (18.3), Family Matters (18.30, The Golden Girls (18.0), Full House (17.5), A Different World (17.4), Empty Nest (17.4). Unsolved Mysteries (17.2), Murder, She Wrote (17.2), The Cosby Show (16.8), Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (16.4), Coach (16.4), Matlock (15.8), LA Law (15.7), Wings (15.5), Major Dad (15.5), Perfect Strangers (15.5), The Simpsons (15.2), The Marla Hanson Story (15.1), Rescue 911 (15.0).


Saturday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of February 8, 1991

CBS - Uncle Buck, Lenny, Movie ... NBC - Amen, Fanelli Boys, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Carol & Company, Dear John ... ABC - The Young Riders, Under Cover, Twin Peaks ... FOX - Totally Hidden Video, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose!, Cops, Cops ... CNBC - The McLaughlin Group, Bob Costas, Business View, Dick Cavett, Morton Downey Jr., Steals & Deals.


Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of February 8, 1991

CBS - 48 Hours, Jake and the Fatman, Top Cops ... NBC - Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Seinfeld, Hunter ... ABC - The Wonder Years, Growing Pains, Doogie Howser, MD, Equal Justice ... PBS - Infinate Voyage, Smithsonian World, Road to Brown.

On The Wonder Years - Kevin has to fix the dog’s behavior.

On Seinfeld - George regrets a nasty message he left on a date’s answering machine.


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

Gonna Make You Sweat-C&C Music Factory,

All The Man That I Need - Whitney Houston

One More Try-Timmy T.

The First Time-Surface,

Someday- Mariah Carey

Where Does My Heart Beat Now-Celine Dion

I'll Give All My Love To You-Keith Sweat


Play That Funky Music-Vanilla Ice,

Love Will Never Do-Janet Jackson

Wicked Game-Chris Isaak

I Saw Red- Warrant

Love Makes Things Happen-Pebbles

Sensitivity- Ralph Tresvant

Around The Way Girl - LL Cool J.

After The Rain - Nelson

Love Makes Things Happen - Pebbles

Moneytalks - AC/DC


Top Pop Music Albums – February 8, 1991

To The Extreme - Vanilla Ice

The Soul Cages - Sting

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

I’m Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em - M.C. Hammer

Into The Light -  Gloria Estefan

Heart Shaped World - Chris Isaak


Top Country Hit Singles – February 1, 1991

 “Southern Star” – Alabama

“On Second Thought” - Eddie Rabbit


Top movies – February 8, 1991  

Silence Of The Lambs - Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

Hamlet - Mel Gibson, Glenn Close

Sleeping With The Enemy - Julia Roberts

L.A. Story - Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter

Walt Disneys “White Fang”

The Russia House - Sean Connery, Michelle Phillips

The End Of The Innocence - Dyan Cannon

Queen’s Logic - Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis

Home Alone - Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

Awakenings - Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams

Green Card - Andie Macdowell, Gerard Depardieu

Kindergarten Cop - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dances With Wolves - Kevin Costner

Misery - James Caan

Meet The Applegates - Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing

The Field - Richard Harris, John Hurt

Once Around  Richard Dreyfuss

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