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Dateline: Events/Week of April 15, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Iraq says it still has over 11,000 chemical warheads in its arsenal. They say this – just as the U.S. announces it is pulling some 40,000 GI’s out of the area.

U.S. ground forces enter Northern Iraq to survey possible sites for relief camps for hundreds of thousands of Kurdish refugees.

Kurdish officials say that they and Iraq have begun peace negotiations – in a surprise development.

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney predicts the eventual downfall of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev amid the economic chaos in his country. Cheney also warned that the U.S. would rebuild its military forces if Soviet hard-liners took over the Kremlin.

Gen H. Norman Schwarzkopf bids an emotional farewell to Saudi Arabia and heads home.

President Bush suggests that he would be willing to give Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein safe passage to another country. He said the most important task is “to get Saddam Hussein out of there."

President Bush signs a bill ordering 235,000 railroad strikers back to work immediately.

President Bush meets with the Dalai Lama – the first time an American President has received the exiled Tibetan religious leader.

Gen H. Norman Schwarzkopf returns home to Tampa to a hero’s welcome. 


Sports news – April 15, 1991

Lyle Alzado, recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, had a brain seizure and is in stable condition. Unsteadiness caused by the therapy and oral cortisone have impaired the 42-year-old Alzado, who launched an acting career after retiring from the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986.

From Trump Plaza/Atlantic City – Evander Holyfield defeats George Foreman in a 12-round decision as Holyfield retains his heavyweight title.


Business/Economy news – April 15, 1991

Now at McDonald’s – New McLean Deluxe – 91% fat free!

The Dow closes above 3000 for the first time.


Technology news – April 15, 1991

Microsoft Windows 3.0 is a hot seller.

Apple shares were down 13% after the company reported slightly lower profit for the last quarter.


Entertainment news – April 15, 1991

 Singer Peggy Lee will receive $2.3 million in her lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. over videocassette profits from “Lady and the Tramp.” She claimed they owed her $3.8 million.

Passing – Sir David Lean – Oscar-winning directory best known for his direction of “Lawrence of Arabia.” He was 53.


Radio news - April 15, 1991

At the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas – the buzzword was Digital Audio Broadcasting or DAB. It’s a new technology that’s supposed to be superior to standard FM and AM broadcasting.


Music news – April 15, 1991

Michael Jackson’s ATV Music catalogue will be administered by MCA Music Publishing under a long term agreement. ATV includes 250 John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs. 

Guns N’ Roses will release two albums simultaneously – “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” should be out in June.  It’s never been done before. Are they nuts?


Some top music albums – April 15, 1991

Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

Gonna Make You Sweat – C+C Music Factory

Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

Shake You Money Maker – The Black Crowes

Out of Time – R.E.M.


Television news – April 15, 1991

On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Steven Seagal with musical guest Michael Bolton.

“Into the Night” with Rick Dees is adding a sort of comedy skit called “Deesville” – sort of a way-out place.

 On “Oprah Winfrey’ this week – actress Ali MacGraw talks about her autobiography – “Moving Pictures.’

NBC will debut a new series, “Sisters” on May 11. It stars Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela ward and Julianne Phillips.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of April 15, 1991

CBS – Top Cops, The Antagonists, (Special) Dorf’s Family Stump, Fly by Night (latenight)

NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Seinfeld, L.A. Law, Tonight Show, David Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – (Special)A User’s Guide to Planet Earth, Twin Peaks, PrimeTime Live, Nightline, Into the Night

Fox – The Simpsons, True Colors, Beverly Hills 90210

PBS – Astronomers

Nick at Nite – Mr. Ed, Mork & Mindy, Get Smart, Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock, Saturday Night


On Seinfeld – George seeks revenge on his ex-boss for not rehiring him. (Seinfeld scored a 16.1 in the ratings last week – good for 10th place).

On the Tonight Show – Jay Leno sub hosts for Johnny with Travis Tritt and JoeBeth Williams.

On Into the Night w/Rick Dees – Julia Louis-Drefyus, Corky Nemec, Phyllis Diller, Kathy Mattea.

Bob Costas – part 2 with George Carlin.

David Letterman – Tony Randall. Video batting demonstration with Mike Hall.


Top movies – April 15, 1991  

Out for Justice

Mutant Turtles II

Dances with Wolves

Silence of the Lambs

Defending Your Life 

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