Dateline: Events/Week of June 8, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Victory parade - 200,000 cheer veterans of Operation Desert Storm in Washington D.C.
Most military and civilian personnel are ordered evacuated from Clark Air Base in the Philippines after a volcano dormant for six centuries began exploding.
President Bush has granted the Soviet Union $1.5 billion in agricultural credits to help Mikhail S. Gorbachev and to further help political stability in the area.
The White House announces that President Bush will meet next week in Washington with Boris N. Yeltsin. But it’s a fine line, as the Administration does not want to undermine Mikhail Gorbachev. Yeltsin is the first elected leader to poise a direct challenge to Gorbachev’s continued role at the helm of a troubled Soviet political system.
Bulgaria - A speech by Vice President Dan Quayle turns into an anti-Communist rally with more than 20,000 Bulgarians waving American flags, shouting “U.S.A!” and chanting, “We don’t want communism.”
Another victory parade - Tickertape parade in NY as thousands cheer the return of Gulf War veterans along Broadway.
President Bush praises Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani’s efforts to end his country’s long civil war and urged leftist rebels to "return to the negotiating table and stay there."
Florida - The judge in the William Kennedy Smith rape case declares that “incessant” news coverage is “polluting the potential jury panel” and will issue a gag order.
The nation’s unemployment rate is up at 6.9% - the worst since 1986.
Sports news – June 8, 1991
NBA Playoffs - The Chicago Bulls defeat the Los Angeles Lakers with big ratings – according to NBC.
National League owners approve two expansion cities – Denver and Miami for 1993 membership.
Technology news – June 8, 1991
Microsoft releases MS-DOS 5.0 this week – its newest version of the 10-year-old DOS operating system. You need a PC with Intel 286, 386 and 486 microprocessors to take advantage of its upgrades. A DOS-5.0 upgrade kit will cost $99.95.
(57-SX) IBM announces four new aggressively priced personal computers. The new models are based on Intel’s 386 SX microprocessor. IBM also announces it will become the first PC maker to use Intel’s 486 microprocessor that runs at 50mhz. It also announces a new diskette drive designed for new diskettes that hold up to twice as much date as existing floppy diskettes. The cartridges are only 3 ½ inches wide!
Entertainment news – June 8, 1991
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting a Humvee – the military vehicle. And, it’s not available to the general public, so he’s the first civilian to get a custom-built model. Humvee is short for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and were a fixture in the Persian Gulf conflict.
The wedding of Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland is put on hold.
Radio news – June 8, 1991
(leaked to radio by a rival record company) Geffen records is ticked-off because a promotion rep from rival Mercury Records gave radio stations an advanced copy of the Guns N’ Roses single “Bad Apple.” Why? The rival record company rep did so, so stations could play another single Mercury was pushing. Oh Boy! Geffen wants to know how the promotional man got the tape - which is a rougher mix than what is supposed to be released.
Top music albums – June 8, 1991
Niggaz4life – N.W.A.
Out of Time- R.E.M.
Gonna Make You Sweat – C+C Music Factory
Time, Love and Tenderness – Michael Bolton
Spellbound – Paula Abdoul
Music news – June 8, 1991
Madonna is cast in the movie “A League of Their Own” – starring Debra Winger.
On Pay-Per-View this week – (LIVE) James Brown Living In America with guest appearances by M.C. Hammer, C+C Music Factory, Bel Biv Devoe, En Vogue, Ice T, The Boys and more!
Milli Vanilli- They’re back – Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan poke fun at their lip-synching scandal on a Care-Free Sugarless gum TV commercials.
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall are expecting their third child in January.
Michael Jackson puts up $7000 to help cover the costs for David Ruffin’s funeral.
Soundscan a bust? Billboard magazine has gone to the new automated system to count record and CD sales, but so far CEMA, MCA and WEA are questioning its accuracy. They say SoundScan’s sample of 2,300 record stores doesn’t reflect – accurately – national retail sales. (this system will eventually take hold).
Bruce Springsteen marries singer Patti Scialfa at their Los Angeles home.
A Philadelphia federal judge throws out two-class action suits that sought accountability in the Milli Vanilli lip-synching debacle.
Television news – June 8, 1991
ABC confirms that it would begin rotating guest hosts on “Into the Night” – now with Rick Dees. Dees will relinquish his hosting duties sometime between July 15 and Aug. 1. Partly owned by Rick Dees – it has lost money for ABC – about $10 million since its July 16 debut last year. Only 44% of all ABC stations even carry the show and Dees did all he could to get more on board. It’s reported that ABC has approached David Letterman.
Smart move? -Jean Smart is leaving “Designing Women.” She’s concentrating on movies.
On Lifetime – “Retaining Laughter” – with host Jane Curtain and Martin Mull and four of today’s hottest comediennes for a hilarious celebration of women’s wit and wisdom.
MTV will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a prime time special on ABC.
New job for Russert - Tim Russert, NBC News bureau chief in Washington along with Al Hunt of the Wall St. Journal – debut as political analysts on the “Today” show.
“Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels says he’s sorry to see Jan Hooks leave the show and believes NBC could have done more to keep her. “I’m always reluctant to see ‘Saturday Night’ be a training ground for the movie studios and other networks,” said Michaels. Hooks is joining the cast of “Designing Women” at CBS.
Year 1991: The Top-20 Cable-TV Networks - Subscribers In Millions:
ESPN – 58.2
CNN – 58.0
TBS Superstation – 56.4
USA Network – 55.4
Nickelodeon – 54.6
Discovery – 54.5
MTV – 54.1
C-Span – 53.6
Tuner Network Television – 53,3
Nashville Network – 53.0
Family Channel – 52.8
Lifetime – 52.8
Arts & Entertainment – 50.2
Weather Channel 48.7
Headline News – 45.9
CNBC – 43.0
VH-1 – 41.1
QVC – 36.8
WGN Superstation – 33.7
American Movie Classics – 32.0
Monday night television listings/TV guide – June 8, 1991
CBS – Major Dad, The Family Man, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Northern Exposure.
NBC – Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Blossom, Movie, Tonight Show
ABC – MacGyver, Twin Peaks, Nightline, Into the Night
MTV – MTV Prime, Top 10 at 10.
Fox - Movie
On the Tonight Show – Paula Poundstone.
Into the Night – Paul Williams and comedian Ralph Harris.
Top movies – June 8, 1991
What About Bob?
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
Only the Lonely
Truth or Dare
Drop Dead Fred