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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

Peter Pan


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


Stone Cold


Silence of the Lambs

Mannequin On the Move

A Kiss Before Dying

One Good Cop

Dances With Wolves

Toy Soldiers

A Rage In Harlem

Out For Justice

Mortal Thoughts

Home Alone

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