Dateline: Events/Week of April 22, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
An American tent city being built to house tens of thousands of Kurdish refugees springs to life in Iraq.
Gen H. Norman Schwarzkopf - Gulf War commander of allied forces, returns home to Tampa to a hero’s welcome. He was a virtual unknown some 8-months ago.
Kurdish leader Jaial Talabani, after a face-to-face meeting with Saddam Hussein, declares they have struck a deal for peace in northern Iraq. The Kurds will abandon their shattered revolt in exchange for promises of political autonomy and democratic reform.
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar announces that U.N. relief teams will take over the Kurdish refugee camps in northern Iraq from American troops “as soon as possible.”
In a ceremony, space shuttle Endeavor makes its debut. It replaces the Challenger, which exploded after liftoff in 1986. The Endeavor joins Discovery, Atlantis and Columbia. The new vessel’s name was suggested by schoolchildren from Senatobia, Mississippi and Tallulah Falls, Georgia, who were present for the rollout.
Former Presidents Carter and Ford join the other two living Presidents - Reagan and Nixon, in endorsing a bill requiring a seven-day waiting period for the purchase of handguns.
Bungee Jumping News – What’s That? Update – April 22, 1991:
A new sort of sport called bungee jumping is being experienced by more and more people. Bungee Jumping is only legal from a tethered hot air balloon. The usual height is 150 feet.
Technology news – April 22, 1991
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) says it will introduce another clone of a popular Intel chip – the 386SX. AMD says its version will cost about the same, but offers higher processing speed and uses less power. Last week Intel announced it would produce a new microprocessor ship – the 486SX.
IBM introduces two personal computers based on Intel’s new 486SX microprocessor – the PS-2 Model 90XP486 and Model 95 XP 486SX. They’re priced from $8,345 to $12,695 depending on the size of the hard memory disk.
Seeing ads for “VCR +” which helps you program and record your favorite TV shows on your VCR.
The average (low-end) price for cell phone is $349.00. On sale this week is the new VCR plus. It can store up to 14 programs at a time - just under $60.00.
Rank Video Systems of Sacramento, California plans to experiment with “pay for play” cassettes. The advantages, claims the company, are more availability for “hot movies.” Also, these cheaper cassette video tapes would only have a playing life of 25 times, fewer than the 45 to 75 plays that video store owners usually get with a standard cassette. Worn rental cassettes (50 to 60 plays) damage VCR heads faster.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 22, 1991
Cheers – 18.8
60 Minutes – 18.6
Roseanne – 18.3
STAT – 17.4
Murphy Brown – 16.3
Funniest Home Videos – 16.5
Designing Women – 15.6
American’s Funniest People – 14.4
A Different World – 15.1
Empty Nest – 15.1
Golden Girls – 14.7
Family Matters – 14.7
Major Dad – 14.6
Unsolved Mysteries – 14.5
Seinfeld – 14.3
Full House – 14.1
Cosby Show – 13.9
20/20 – 13.8
Married with Children – 13.8
Doogie Howser, MD – 13.7
Murder, She Wrote – 13.6
Television news – April 22, 1991
Nancy Reagan, Maureen Reagan and stepson Michael Reagan will guest on Joan Rivers show this Friday.
Passing - William Dozier, 83 film and television executive. Best known for his Greenway Productions, the producer of the TV series “Batman.” About the series, Dozier said he refused to use comedians as guest villains “because they’d try to be funny and spoil the effect.” The usual salary for “Villain Of The Week” was $3,500 to $4,000.
Passing – Ken Curtis (74) who portrayed Festus Haggen in “Gunsmoke."
Repeats of “Late Night With David Lettermen” will air on A&E. Look for them soon.
Jay Leno signs on for a third year as exclusive guest host of the Tonight Show.
Johnny Carson signs with the “Tonight Show” for one more year, but says it probably will be his last.
“ The Today Show” says it will not renew with Dr. Art Ulene. He’s been with the program for 15 years.
Tuesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of April 22, 1991
CBS – Rescue 911, Movie
NBC – Matlock, In The Heat of the Night, Shannon’s Deal, Tonight Show
ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Baby Talk, Roseanne, STAT, Thirty Something, Nightline
PBS – Nova, Frontline
Fox – America’s Most Wanted, DEA:Special Task Force
Nashville Network – Church Street station, Nashville Now, Crook & Chase, Club Dance
On Who’s The Boss? – Tony and Angela help Billy adjust to his new home.
On Frontline – Bill Moyers examines U.S. accountability in the Iran-Contra scandal.
On STAT – Newberry’s life becomes a frenzy after a date. Stars Alison LaPlaca.
On theTonight Show – Jay Leno welcomes James Earl Jones, Bonnie Bedelia, George Straight and John McLaughlin.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 22, 1991
“Baby Baby” - Amy Grant, “I Like The Way” - Hi-Five, “Touch Me (All Night Long)” - Cathy Dennis, “Joyride” - Roxette, “Here We Go” - C + C Music Factory, “I Touch Myself” - Divinyls, “Rhythm Of My Heart” - Rod Stewart, ”Hold You Tight” – Tara Kemp, “I’ve Been Thinking About You” – Londonbeat, “Sadeness Part 1” – Enigma, “Voices that Care” – Voices that Care
Radio news – April 22, 1991
Scott Shannon is now competing with his old station – Z-100 on “Mojo Radio” – WPLJ. Shannon is teamed with Rocky Allen mornings. Actor James Earl Jones is voicing promos for Mojo Radio.
Mason Dixon, formerly of WRBQ (Q105) is the new morning man at rival WMTX (Mix 96) in Tampa.
KSHE-FM, St. Louis is fined $25,000 by the FCC for broadcasting a mock warning of a nuclear attack during the Persian Gulf War.
Curtis & Lisa Sliwa, best known for their work with the Guardian Angels (founders) are the new morning team at talkradio WABC.
Music news – April 22, 1991
In Lexington, Kentucky, Whitney Houston - 27 is charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly punching Ransom Brotherton, 33 and threatening to kill him.
Lionel Ritchie and his wife Linda will divorce after 16 years together. They have one child.
MTV’s “The Buzz Bin” is now breaking artists in all genres, not just alternative rock. It’ll still have an edge that separates them from the mainstream.
Friday Night Videos has a new permanent host – comedian Tom Kenny.
Top pop hit singles in Britain – April 22, 1991
The One and Only – Chesney Hawkes
Sit Down – James
Rescue Me – Madonna
The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys
The Size of the A Cow – The Wonder stuff
Rhythm of the Heart – Rod Stewart
Deep, Deep Trouble – The Simpsons
Love & Kisses – Dannii Minogue
Joyride - Roxette
Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 22, 1991
Down Home – Alabama
Rockin’ Years - Dolly Parton/Ricky Van Shelton
Only Here For A Little While – Billy Dean
Pocket Full of Gold – Vince Gill
Fancy – Reba McIntyre
If I Know Me - George Straight
In A Different Light - Doug Stone
Heroes & Friends - Randy Travis
Drift Off To Dream - Travis Tritt
Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House - Garth Brooks
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 22, 1991
Our Frank – Morrissey
See The Lights – Simple Minds
3 Strange Days – School of Fish
There She Goes – The LA’s
Miss Freelove ’69 – HooDoo Gurus
Always On the Run- Lenny Kravitz
International Bright Young Thing – Jesus Jones
Sunless Saturday – Fishbone
Unreal World – The Godfathers
Counting Backwards – Throwing Muses
Top music albums – April 22, 1991
Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music Factory
Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crowes
Out of Time – R.E.M.
Heart Shaped World – Chris Isaak
The Doors – soundtrack
Empire – Queensryche
The Soul Cages – Sting
Soundtrack – New Jack City
Five Man Acoustical Jam – Tesla
Into the Light – Gloria Estafan
Top movie video rentals – April 22, 1991
Wild At Heart
Top movies – April 22, 1991
Out For Justice
Mutant Ninja Turtles II
Silence of the Lambs
Dances With Wolves
Defending Your Life
The Marrying Man
Sleeping With The Enemy
New Jack City
The Five Heartbeats