Dateline: Events/Week of March 8, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Chaos in Iraq – as journalists, Kuwaitis and two U.S POW’s are released by Baghdad. Hussein is struggling with desertion and fighting is spreading. Meantime – the first U.S. troops return Stateside.
Massive artillery and rocket attacks are reported in Iraq and Saddam Hussein intensifies assaults to regain control of chunks of his country.
Secretary of State James Baker will meet with Gaza Strip and West Bank leaders during his tour of the Middle East. Earlier – eight Arab countries gave a general endorsement to President Bush’s Middle East peace initiative.
Exxon Corp agreed to pay $900 million in damages and a $100 million criminal fine for the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska two years ago.
Dick Cheney said that the Persian Gulf War demonstrated that the army should abandon its reliance on National Guardsmen and reservists as rapid-deployment combat troops and leave that job solely to active-duty soldiers.
A 30-yearold man died after reporting that he had ingested Sudafed – the 3rd cyanide death-Sudafed link. So far, one of three suspect Sudafed capsules recovered in a nationwide recall contains a highly toxic form of cyanide typically used in the metal plating industry, so says the FBI.
The U.S. trade deficit shrank to a six-year low of $99.3 billion in 1990 and allied contributions for the Persian Gulf War should translate into an even more dramatic improvement this year.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, architect of the allied campaign that drove the Iraqi army from Kuwait, paid his first visit to the liberated emirate. He walked on the beach with the general of Kuwait’s armed forces and stopped to fill two small bottles with sand. “This is sand from the liberated beaches of Kuwait,” said the General.
President Bush predicted that the country will honor American troops for their triumph in the Persian Gulf War “with the biggest Four of July since the Liberty Bell first rang.”
The nation’s unemployment rate jumped sharply in February to 6.5% from 6.2%.
Technology news – March 8, 1991
IBM unveils advanced workstations – more powerful and speedier RISC System/6000 models.
Entertainment news – March 8, 1991
British author David Yallop claims his 1984 book, “In God’s Name,” which alleges that Pope John Paul I was murdered has been plagiarized by producers of “Godfather III.”
Music news – March 8, 1991
Soul Train Music Awards – Winners included Mariah Carey, M.C. Hammer, Jonny Gill, En Vogue, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janet Jackson, The Winans, Najee, Smokey Robinson. Backstage – Joseph Simmons of Run-DMC said that Hammer can’t rap and that “I think in my neighborhood, he’d be booed.. We just hope some of the fans will say, ‘We’ve been cheated,’ and go back and hear some of the real rappers.”
Television news – March 8, 1991
He’s new on “Saturday Night Live” – Chris Rock (23).
The KTLA (Los Angeles) Rodney King beating tape is played on CNN.
MTV can now be seen by Leningrad cable TV viewers as MTV Europe can now be seen in 21 million households in 25 countries.
CBS cancels “America Tonight” – its latenight answer to ABC’s “Nightline.” In its place – a lineup of crime shows such as “Fly by Night,” Sweating Bullets,’ Dark Justice,” “the Exile,’ and “Scene of the Crime.”