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Dateline: Events/Week of May 1, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Bush is hospitalized for treatment of an abnormal heart rhythm after complaining of shortness of breach and fatigue while jogging at Camp David.

Gen H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the U.S. commander of Operation Desert Storm,  has signed a representation deal with ICM (International Creative Management, one of the country’s leading talent agencies.

President Bush returns to work after responding well to his medication.

Passing – Wilfrid Hyde-White – English actor. He was 87.

Strike the Gold with jockey Chris Antley wins the Kentucky Derby – 1 ¾ lengths over Best Pal.

Rescue teams pour through the ruins after a Soviet earthquake kills 100. It hit parts of the northern Caucasus Mountains.

Thousand of bodies have washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after a cyclone. So far – the death toll is over 37,000.

April sales of cars and trucks drop 17.9% from a year ago.

Space shuttle discovery continues “Stars Wars” tests.

Shell Oil and BP announce the discovery of a major new oil field deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico.

Novelist Jerzy Kosinski (57) – kills himself , apparently despondent over failing health.

In his new book “The Commanders,” Bob Woodward says that Gen. Colin Powell had counseled against military action in the early days of the Persian Gulf crisis – that he favored sanctions against military action. 

The nation’s major banks cut their prime lending rate to 8.5% from 9.0%.


Video/Media – May 1, 1991

Now on Video – “Pretty Woman.” Just $19.5 (VHS). 


Sports news – May 1, 1991

Pitcher Nolan Ryan pitched a record 7th no-hitter of his career as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays 3-0.


Music news – May 1, 1991

The video for “Thunder Road” won’t be shown – it looks like – anywhere on TV. In it – Garth Brooks portrays in unfaithful husband who returns home and beats his wife. 

Linda and Paul McCartney – vegetarians for 20 years, unveil a line of frozen vegetarians dishes.


Entertainment news – May 1, 1991

Christopher Lewis (32) – Son of Jerry Lewis is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property – limited edition graphics.


Television news – May 1, 1991

The syndicated Jesse Jackson and Donald Trump’s “Trump Card” are canceled. Both shows debuted in September. 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Brandon Tartikoff is leaving to head Paramount Pictures.

NBC renews “The Cosby Show” for a seventh season, but at the lower rate of $2 million per episode instead of $2.6 million it paid last year.

ABC debuts “American Detective” – a new reality series. “Any closer, and you’ll need a bullet-proof vest.”

“Dallas” on CBS airs its final show - #356 after 13 seasons. The two-hour finale depicts how the “Dallas” world would have been without J.R. Ewing. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings  - May 1, 1991

Movie-“Switched at Birth” – 20.4

Cheers – 19.3

60 Minutes – 17.1

L.A. Law – 17.0

Murder She Wrote – 17.0

Roseanne – 16.2

Unsolved Mysteries – 15.9

Dinosaurs – 15.9

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 15.8

Country Music Awards – 15.6

Family Matters – 15.6

America’s Funniest People – 15.4

 Different World – 15.3

Movie-Shadow of a Doubt – 15.3

Doogie Howser, M.D. – 15.2

Golden Girls – 15.1

Seinfeld – 14.9

Designing Women – 14.9

20/20 – 14.8

Murphy Brown – 14.7

The Cosby Show – 14.4

Full House – 14.4

Perfect Strangers – 13.6

Empty Nest – 13.5

Growing Pains – 13.4

STAT – 13.3

Movie-Rambo III – 13.2

Knots Landing – 13.1


Top movies – May 1, 1991


One Good Cop

Toy Soldiers

A Kiss Before Dying

Out For Justice

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