Dateline: Events/Week of May 15, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush chooses Robert Gates as deputy national security adviser.
Big trouble in Yugoslavia as leadership collapses after a Serbian-led coup d’etat. There’s no president and there’s the threat of a civil war.
The Iraqi government agrees to place U.N. guards on Iraqi refugee camps to protect Kurds there.
Kuwait - Trials proceed for over 600 suspected of collaborating with the occupational forces. Six have been convicted so far.
Landmark - Soviet lawmakers approve a law giving virtually all citizens the right to travel abroad freely.
The United Nations Security Council sets-up a reparations fund that will divert a percentage of Iraqi oil revenue to compensate Saddam Hussein’s victims for damages suffered in the Persian Gulf War.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says that the U.S. recession is losing its punch and is hopeful the 10-month downturn will end soon.
Johannesburg - Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her role in abducting four young black men who were later brutally beaten at her home.
Queen Elizabeth II makes history by becoming the first British monarch to address a joint session of Congress. She spoke on serious themes of self-government and international co-operation and the Persian Gulf War.
Gulf War hero Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He is now Honorary Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath – the 58th American since World War II to receive honorary knighthood.
Clorox says it is getting out of the laundry detergent (soap) business after three years. This is not to be confused with its perennial “Bleach” and other products such as formula 409 Cleaner and Tilex stain remover.
Health/Medical AIDS news update – May 15, 1991
Medical - A survey of more than 3,000 surgeons shows that none appear to have been infected with the deadly AIDS virus from a patient.
Sports news – May 15, 1991
Bill Parcells steps down as coach of the New York Giants.
Some best-selling books – May 15, 1991
The Firm – John Grisham
As The Crow Flies – Jeffrey Archer
Loves Music, Loves To Dance – Mary Higgins Clark
Heartbeat – Danielle Steel
Nancy Reagan: Unauthorized Biography – Kitty Kelley
The Commanders – Bob Woodward
You’ll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again – Julia Phillips
Moving Pictures: An Autobiography – Ali MacGraw
Iron John: A Book About Men – Robert Bly
Technology news – May 15, 1991
IBM cuts prices on many PC’s – an industry trend that is prompted by the recession and increasing competition.
Apple’s new “System 7” Macintosh operating system is getting good reviews. You need a Mac Plus or better with two-Meg’s of RAM.
Entertainment news – May 15, 1991
Walt Disney Co. is now listed on the Dow Jones average.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 15, 1991
Movie-Cry In Wild: Taking Of Peggy Ann – 17.2
Roseanne – 16.9
Cheers – 16.6
Unsolved Mysteries – 16.2
L.A. Law – 16.1
Murphy Brown – 15.4
Designing Women – 15.4
Movie-In The Line of Duty: Manhunt/Dakotas – 14.7
A Different World – 14.4
Knots Landing – 14.2
Major Dad – 13.9
Family Matters – 13.8
American’s Funniest People – 13.7
Dinosaurs – 13.7
Night Court – 13.6
STAT – 13.6
20/20 – 13.6
Rescue 911 – 13.5
60 Minutes – 13.4
Evening Shade – 13.3
Murder, She Wrote – 13.2
Empty Nest – 13.1
Full House – 12.9
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 12.9
The Simpsons –12.9
Television news – May 15, 1991
Harry Reasoner says goodbye to “60 Minutes.” Reasoner, who was part of the show in its 1968 debut with Mike Wallace – left to go to rival ABC, and then returned.
Music news – May 15, 1991
Neither TNN nor CMT will air Garth Brooks’ latest video “Thunder Road.” CMT did air it, but it was pulled due to viewer concerns about violence. The video depicts adultery and domestic violence. VH-1 is still considering it.
Live rock ‘n’ roll – like it use to be on the 1970’s “In Concert” returns to network TV with ABC’s “In Concert ’91.” The one-hour program is scheduled for 14 consecutive Friday nights beginning soon.
Trend - It’s only 16 months old, but “MTV Unplugged” is having a major impact on “non-electric” events and has added a new phrase “Unplugged” to the pop culture lexicon. So far, close to 40 acts have appeared on “Unplugged” and it just ventured into the rap arena with a show fearing L.L Cool J., De La Soul, MC Lyte and A Tribe Called Quest – to air later this month. No doubt MTV Unplugged is making acoustic performances – with an up-close feeling, rather cool.
Motown Record Corp. sues to sever its long-term distribution and promotion agreement with MCA, accusing them of “ineptitude and deliberate misconduct.”
Bootleg U2 – a bootleg album containing rough mixes of U2’s new album is circulating among fans. “The New U2: Rehearsals and Full Versions,” a two-disc bootleg set contains some 30 new songs.
Radio news – May 15, 1991
ABC Radio Networks announces two new shows hosted by recently signed Dick Bartley: “Rock and Roll’s Greatest Hits” will air live from New York on Saturday nights. Also “American Gold”,” a four-hour program featuring 60’s and 70’s pop music will debut in early June.
Top Rap Music Singles – May 15, 1991
Mama Said Knock You Out – L.L Cool J.
You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo – Yo-Yo Featuring Ice Cube
Born and raised In Compton – DJ Quick
New Jack Hustler – Ice-T
Daddy’s Little Girl – Nikki D
Whip It Baby – Mario
Rise ‘N’ Shine – Kool Moe Dee/Krs One and Chuck D
I Got To Have It – Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs
Rampage – EPMD Featuring L.L. Cool J.
Top music albums – May 15, 1991
Out of Time – R.E.M.
Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music Factory
Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey
MCMXC A.D. – Enigma
New Jack City – Soundtrack
Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crows
Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
Time, Love and Tenderness – Michael Bolton
Vagabound Heart – Rod Stewart
Heart In Motion – Amy Grant
Coolin’ At the Playground Ya’ Know! – Another Bad Creation
Heart Shaped World – Chris Isaak
Empire – Queensryche
I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston
Joyride – Roxette
Mama Said Knock You Out – L.L. Cool J.
Divinyls – Divinyls
No Fences – Garth Brooks
Five Man Acoustical Jam – Tesla
In The Blood – Londonbeat
The Soul Cages – Sting
Flashpoint – Rolling Stones
The Doors – Soundtrack
After The Rain – Nelson
Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – M.C. Hammer
Extreme II Pornograffitti – Extreme
Deadicated – Various artists
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – May 15 1991
Miss Freelove ’69 – Hoodoo Gurus
See The Lights – Simple Minds
There She Goes – The LA’s
American Music – Violent Femmes
Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
3 Strange Days – School of Fish
Beautiful Love – Julian Cope
Obvious Song – Joe Jackson
Sunless Sunday – Fishbone
Always On The Run – Lenny Kravitz
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 15, 1991
Touch Me (All Night Long) – Cathy Dennis
I Like The way (The Kissing Game) – Hi-Five
Rhythm of my Heart – Rod Stewart
Here We Go – C&C Music Factory Featuring Freedom Williams & Zelma Davis
Baby Baby – Amy Grant
Joyride – Roxette
I Don’t Wanna Cry – Mariah Carey
I Wanna Sex You Up – Color Me Badd
Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
Silent Lucidity – Queensryche
Love Is A Wonderful Thing – Michael Bolton
More Than Ever – Nelson
You Don’t Have To Go Home Tonight – The Triplets
Written All Over Your Face – Rude Boys
Voices That Care – Voices That Care
Save Some Love – Keedy
What Comes Naturally – Sheena Easton
Cry For Help – Rick Astley
Don’t Treat Me Bad – Firehouse
Miracle – Whitney Houston
Strike it Up – Black Box
Unbelievable – EMF
Rush Rush – Paula Abdul
Top pop hit music singles in Britain – May 15, 1991
Last train To Trancentral – The KLF
Shoop Shoop Song – Cher
Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman) – Zucchero/Paul Young
Sailing On the Seven Seas – OMD
Born Free – Vic Reeves/The Roman Numerals
The One and Only – Chesney Hawkes
Touch Me (All Night Long) – Cathy Dennis
Get The Message – Electronic
Sit Down – James
There’s No Other Way – Blur
Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 15, 1991
In A Different Light – Doug Stone
If I Know Me – George Straight
Meet In The Middle – Diamond Rio
Heroes – Paul Overstreet
Are You Lovin’ Me Like I’m Lovin’ You – Ronnie Milsap
Drift Off To Dream – Travis Tritt
Down Home – Alabama
You’re The One – Dwight Yoakam
Time Passes By – Kathy Mattea
Rockin’ Years – Dolly Parton
Blame It On Texas – Mark Chesnutt
Top Children’s videotapes – May 15, 1991
The Little Mermaid
Ducktales The Movie
Rocky & Bullwinkle Vol. 1
Rocky & Bullwinkle Vol. 2
Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pizza…
Top movies – May 15, 1991
What About Bob?
FX2 – the Deadly Art of Illusion
Truth or Dare
Silence of the Lambs
Mannequin On the Move
A Kiss Before Dying
One Good Cop
Dances With Wolves
A Rage In Harlem
Out For Justice