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


In The News

Secretary of State James A. Baker III arrives in Syria – to tell them they face isolation if they don’t talk to Israel.

President Bush announces that William Webster will be retiring as Director of the CIA.

Iraq tells the U.N. that it has rejected a plan to replace U.S. and other allied troops protecting Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq with U.N police forces.

A South African judge Finds Winnie Mandela guilty on four kidnapping charges and four counts of accessory for assault after the fact.

William Kennedy Smith is charged with rape and battery of a 29-year-old woman. She told police she wondered shy Sen. Edward Kennedy, Smith’s uncle and others and others in the Kennedy family mansion in Palm Beach had not responded to her screams.

Sen. Edward Kennedy  said he never knew then his nephew was being accused or rape.

William Kennedy Smith surrenders to police in Palm Beach, denouncing the allegations of his accuser as “an outrageous lie.” He was released on a $10,000 cash bond, was finger-printed and photographed.

South Africa - Hundreds of Zulus armed with spears and clubs rampaged through a squatter camp – hacking and burning to death at least 25 people.

On Capitol Hill – Gen. H Norman Schwarzkopf got standing ovations as he extolled the American people for their all-out support during the Persian gulf conflict and President Bush for giving the military a free hand to win the war with minimum casualties.

Maine’s cash-strapped state government closes on Friday and more than 10,000 workers stayed home for the first one of (two) one-day shutdowns to save money.

President Bush’s doctors say the cause of his recent heart irregularity is a mildly overactive thyroid gland that is expected to be easily treated.


Technology news – May 8, 1991

Apple introduces its new software operating system – “System 7” – and it’s getting great reviews. It was in the works for three years – and released a year later than promised.


Entertainment news – May 8, 1991

On his own - Jon Peters – co-chair of Columbia Pictures entertainment two years ago in a rich deal, is leaving to develop products in a deal with Sony Corp – Columbia’s parent company. 


Radio news – May 8, 1991

Deborah Norville will be heard on the ABC Radio Network. She replaces sally Jessy Raphael who wants to concentrate on her TV show.  Norville left “Today” in February after she had a baby.


Television news – May 8, 1991

Cancer-ridden Michael Landon appears on the “Tonight “ show and joked about his cancer, but blasted the tabloids about their coverage of him. He said he was going to beat it.

New on NBC – “Sisters” as NBC begins a six-episode run of the series.

Barbara Walters interviews Ivana Trump on “20/20.”


Top movies – May 8, 1991




One Good Cop

The Silence of the Lambs

Out for Justice

The Object of Beauty

Defending Your Life

Rich Girl


One Good Cop

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