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

 

In The News

The Bush Administration plans for an expansion of relief efforts for Kurdish refugees. 

Iran aids famished Kurds inside Iraq by dumping food and supplies by helicopter into their camps.

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney proposes closing 31 U.S. military bases, citing shrinking defense budgets.

40 passengers and crewmembers die after a ferryboat slammed into the stern of an oil tanker in heavy fog in Italy.

Ruptured storage tanks and a broken pipeline are spilling 126,000 gallons of new crude oil a day into the Gulf, ruining the coastal waters of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states.

President Bush meets with Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari in Houston where they discussed a proposed free-trade agreement.

 

Sports news – April 8, 1991

Football legend Johnny Unitas says he and his wife owe $3.2 million in BK proceedings.

Jockey Bill Shoemaker is left partially paralyzed after his car rolled down an embankment in S. California.

 

Technology news – April 8, 1991

IBM reports its first-ever quarterly loss – a $1.73-bilion loss. IBM blames the recession, the Persian Gulf War and a new method of accounting for retiree benefits.

Cray Research – announces new and future products and new performance tests and it could soon be back in the lead in the supercomputer race.

Nintendo Game Boy – Tetris, Dr. Mario, StarTropics and Super Mario. Priced from $32 to $45.

 

Some best-selling books – April 8, 1991

Damage – Josephine Hart

Heartbeat – Danielle Steel

The Eagle has Flown – Jack Higgins

The Druid of Shannara – Terry Brooks

The Firm – John Grisham

You’ll Never Eat Lunch In this Town Again – Julia Phillips

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child – John Bradshaw

Iron John: A Break About Men – Robert Bly

 Riders on the Storm -: My Life With Jim Morrison and the Doors – John Densmore

 

Entertainment news – April 8, 1991

The #1 movie in America – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.”

Brent Plott, who said he lived with Merv Griffin for nine years as his companion, confidant, secretary, driver and personal adviser – is suing the mogul for $200 million – because Griffin promised to support him.

 

Music news – April 8, 1991

Hollywood Records releases an album by an unusual rap group – “The Lifers” – nine rappers that reside at East Jersey State Prison in New Jersey. A video has been released, “Belly of the Beast” but MTV won’t play it because of its depiction of prison life – and prison language is too graphic.

Poison “Flesh & Blood” world tour. Don’t miss it.

Paula Abdul says she’s no Milli Vanilli, saying she wasn’t the sole lead singer on “Forever Your Girl”- her smash album from 1988. The lip-sync allegations come from a “false and deceptive packaging” lawsuit filed by singer Yvette Marine, who sang background vocals on the album. Marine’s lawsuit contends that Virgin records combined a lead ‘guide” vocal track sung by her with Abdul’s vocal track. Not exactly lip-syncing – so the charges by others are unfair. 

 

Television news – April 8, 1991

On “Saturday Night Live” – Catherine O’Hara. Musical guests R.E.M.

Passing – Actress Natalie Schafer – best known as “Lovey” Howell on “Gilligan’s Island.” She was 90.

The FCC votes to grant the television networks limited entry into the rerun market. The rule barred ABC, CBS and NBC from owning most of their prime-time programs, or from selling the reruns of those shows to local TV stations, cable TV networks for foreign broadcasters.

Michael Landon says he has inoperable cancer of the liver and pancreas. “I am going to fight it” said Landon – who is 54. Landon experience severe stomach pains six weeks ago and cut short a skiing vacation in Utah to enter the hospital.

 

Top movies – April 8, 1991

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II

Silence of the Lambs

The Marrying Man

Dances with Wolves

Defending Your Life

Poison

 
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