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Dateline: Events/Week of June 23, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Croatia and Slovenia declare independence from Yugoslavia, delivering a deathblow to the federation and to the 73-year struggle to unite the fractious Balkan nations.

Kuwait lifts martial law, ending four months of military rule and disbanding the controversial military tribunal that has been trying accused wartime collaborators.

Justice Thurgood Marshall, the only black to serve on the Supreme Court announces that he is retiring, citing his advancing age and medical condition. He’ll be 83 next week. His resignation will become effective when his successor is confirmed. 

A strong 6.1 earthquake rocks Southern California, killing at least one with 107 injured. The quake’s epicenter was near Pasadena. 

Tough fiscal crisis - New York City lays off 10,000 workers this week - in the city’s worst fiscal crisis since the mid-70’s. Mayor David Dinkins and the New York City Council remain at an impasse over how to close a record $3.5 billion shortfall in the city’s budget for the new fiscal year.


Technology news – June 23, 1991

Computer news - IBM and Lotus announce an office-software joint venture. Last week, Borland International Inc says it too, forged an alliance with IBM to develop and sell software to work with a new version IBM’s OS-2 operating system.


Best- selling books – June 23, 1991

The Kitchen God’s Wife - Amy Tan

As The Crow Flies - Jeffrey Archer

“H” Is For Homicide - Sue Grafton

The Firm - John Grisham

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Timothy Sahn

Vortex - Larry Bond

The Rustlers of West Fork - Louis L Amour

Silent Coup: The Removal of Richard Nixon - Len Colodny

The Commanders - Bob Woodward

Iron John: A Book About Men - Robert Bly

A Question of Character: A Life of John Kennedy - Thomas C. Reeves  

Chutzpah - Alan M. Dershowitz

Toujours Provence - Peter Mayle

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child - John Bradshaw


Radio news – June 23, 1991

 Howard Stern adds a new affiliate - KLSX-FM (97.1) in Los Angeles. Stern signs the contract this week and the show begins late July. The show will air live from New York at 3am for two hours. At 5am, KLSX plans to rebroadcast the show starting from hour 1. Stern’s outrageous morning show features a regular stable of characters and sidekicks, including “Stuttering John” and Robin Quivers. Says Stern of his new affiliate - “Los Angles is filled with homosexuals, deviants and child molesters. I should do very well.” The station is programmed by Andy Bloom. Format is classic rock.


Sports news – June 23, 1991

Lyle Alzado tells NBC’s Maria Shriver that he had never taken steroids a year ago. This week on her special, he admits that he lied about the usage, replying, “I thought I’d get into trouble. I lied to you because I was afraid.  

The NFL adopts instant videotape instant replay to view goals. The NHL also has instant replay.


Music news – June 23, 1991

Paul McCartney’s first musical work in the classical idiom, premieres this week in London. “Liverpool Oratorio” - a semiautobigraphical account of war baby McCartney’s early days in the city, is performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Carl Davis conducts. 


Top video movie rentals -

Kindergarten Cop

Postcards From The Edge


Predator 2

The Grifters



Television news – June 23, 1991

Daytime Emmy awards - some winners -

Drama - “As The World Turns”

Talk/Service Show - “Oprah Winfrey Show”

Game/Audience participation - Jeopardy

Lead actor - drama - Finola Hughes as Anna Lavery - “General Hospital”

Game show host - Bob Barker - “The Price is Right”

Talk/Service Show host - Oprah Winfrey  


After renewing wedding vows with husband Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr will change her professional name to her new legal name, Roseanne Arnold. She appears on “Arsenio Hall” this week.

Daytime TV news - actor Jack Wagner is set to return to the airwaves - this time in NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” He left his popular role as police detective-rock singer Frisco Jones on ABC’s “General Hospital.” On his new soap, Wagner plays the Lockridge family’s prodigal son, Warren, a journalist-photographer returning home after years abroad. “My contract was up at ABC and NBC contacted me with a nice offer and incentives that ABC had not. “I’d been on ‘General Hospital’ 5 1/2 years and it was getting rather stagnant. Frisco was pretty staid the last few years - he was married, had the responsibility of a child and a job with the police force. Warren is more independent. He’s not the predictable hero, but an Ernest Hemingway type - flamboyant, ambitious, adventuresome. If he looked danger in the face, he’d spit at it.” Both shows air at the same time.

Premiering On TNT this week - “Conagher” - adopted from the book by Louis L’Amour. The movie stars Katherine Ross and her husband Sam Elliot. Both also wrote the screenplay. Elliot’s also the executive producer.

This week’s TV Guide reports that when Jay Leno takes over “The Tonight Show” in May - viewers will see sweeping changes. Leno is considering “Saturday Night Live” comedian Dana Carvey as a replacement for McMahon. Leno also wants new theme music.


Top TV shows/ratings – June 23, 1991

Cheers - 14.5

Evening Shade - 13.8

 Murphy Brown - 13.5

Primetime Live - 13.4

Wings - 13.3

Rescue 911 - 13.3

Movie - Miracle landing - 13.2

60 Minutes - 13.0

Rescue 91 - 12.6

Coach - 12.6

Empty Nest - 12.4

America’s Funniest Home Videos - 12.4

20/20 - 12.3

48 Hours - 12.2

Murder, She Wrote - 12.2

Northern Exposure - 12.2

Family Matters - 12.0

Golden Girls - 11.5

Trials of Rosie O’Neil - 11.5

America’s Funniest People - 11.5

Unsolved Mysteries - 11.3

Perfect Strangers - 11.3

All in the Family - 11.2

Different World - 11.1

Who’s The Boss - 10.9

Full House - 10.7

Going Places - 10.7

The Cosby Show - 10.5

Jake and the Fatman - 10.5

Doogie Howser, M.D. - 10.4


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – June 23, 1991

Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul

I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd

Power of Love/Love Power - Luther Vandross

Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Place In This World - Michael W. Smith

Piece of My Heart - Tara Kemp’Strike It Up - Black Box

Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) - Crystal Waters

Playground - Another Bad Creation

Lily Was Here - David A. Stewart & Candy Dulfer

Couple Days Off - Huey Lewis & The News

How Can I Ease The Pain - Lisa Fischer

Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn

Never Gonna Let You Down - Surface

A Better Love - Londonbeat

I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) - Steelheart

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams

Unbelievable - EMF


Top Country Hit Single – June 23, 1991

The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks


Top Music Albums – June 23, 1991

Spellbound - Paula Abdul

Out of Time - R.E.M.


Time, Love & Tenderness - Michael Bolton

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

No Fences - Garth Brooks

New Jack City - soundtrack

Shake Your Money Maker - The Black Crowes

Coolin’ At The Playground Ya’ Know! - Another Bad Creation

Gonna Make You Sweat - C & C  Music Factory 

Slave To The Grind - Skid Row

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen

Derelicts of Dialect - 3rd Bass (Def Jam)


Other Top Music Albums – June 23, 1991

Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Rait

Music From The Movie Jungle Fever - Stevie Wonder

Love Hurts - Cher

Extremely Live - Vanilla Ice

EMF - Schubert Dip

Crazy World - Scorpions

Dave Koz - Dave Koz

Kesy of the Kingdom - Moody Blues

Warm Your Heart - Aaron Neville

Go West Young Man - Michael W. Smith


Top movies – June 23,1991

The Naked Gun 2 1/2 - Leslie Nielson, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Robert Goulet

Dying Young - Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott

 The Rocketeer - Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Sorvino, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton

City Slickers - Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Patricia Wettig, Helen Slater,  Jack Palance

Soapdish - Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg

Backdraft - Kurt Russell, Robert DeNiro, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca DeMornay, Donald Sutherland,

Robin Hood (Prince of Thieves) - Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

What About Bob? - Billy Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

Kick Boxer 2 

Jungle Fever - Wesley Snips, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Anthony Quinn

Thelma & Louise - Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel

Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead 

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