Dateline: Events/Week of July 17, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Kurdish guerrillas and Saddam Hussein’s troops clash in northern Iraq, leaving hundreds dead or wounded in serious fighting.
Daryl Gates - after 13 years as Los Angeles’ top cop, announces he will retire as police chief. Many have cried out for his resignation since the March 3 beating of Rodney King, which was caught on videotape.
A jury finds drug dealer and would-be Hollywood dealmaker Karen Greenberger and three bodyguards guilty of murder and kidnapping in what became known as the “Cotton Club” Greenberger was accused of hiring the bodyguards, to kill New York impresario Roy Radin because she feared she was being cut out of a producer’s role and profits in the movie “The Cotton Club.” The film, about a Harlem speak-easy was a critical and financial flop.
Milwaukee police arrest Jeffrey L. Dahmer (31) after finding a gruesome collection of mutilated human body parts, severed human heads and a vat of acid in his north side apartment. Dahmer is a paroled sex offender.
A new constitution? - A new Soviet federal treaty, designed to hold together most of the country’s republics is complete and ready for signing. The agreement, known as the Union Treaty, launches a historic transformation of the Soviet Union from a centralized empire to a looser federation of sovereign states bound together on a voluntary basis. Officials say the treaty’s signing should come in the next three months.
Sports news – July 17, 1991
Baseball - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Tony Lazzeri and Bill Veeck are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY.
Entertainment /Celebrity/Hollywood news – July 17, 1991
Born - to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver - second daughter (no name yet) ... “Today” show host Katie Couric and Washington attorney Jay Monahan - their first daughter named Elinor Tully.
Marry - actor Rob Lowe and Sheryl Berkoff.
Danny Bonaduce agrees to a plea agreement that cuts the jail time he will face in a case involving an attack on a transvestite prostitute. He is scheduled to go on trial this week in Phoenix on charges of robbery, flight from police and assault in connection with the March incident. Robbery charges have been dropped, but the former child star could still face a jail sentence of one year and 10 months.
Top Video Rentals -
Reversal of Fortune
Home video - Disney says it is going to release “Fantasia” - its 1940 animated jewel in October. Disney says it will only be available for 50 days and will never again be released on home video.
Music news – July 17, 1991
Record News - Capitol reissues hits by the Beatles in the Cassette single format. The two-song cassettes include” Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You” and “From me To You”/Thank You Girl.” All in all - 22 will be released with a list price of $3.49 each. The cassette-single reissues precede Capitol’s release “The Beatles ‘62-’66/’67-70 on CD in September.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 17, 1991
60 Minutes - 13.5
20/20 - 13.4
Cheers - 12.9
Movie -A Cry For Help - 12.6
Unsolved Mysteries - 12.5
Stephen King’s Golden Years - 12.2
Roseanne - 12.2
Designing Women - 12.0
Empty Nest - 11.6
Family Matters - 11.5
Columbo - 11.4
Full House - 11.4
Hi Honey, I’m Home - 11.3
In The Heat of the Night - 11.2
America’s Funniest People - 11.1
America’s Funniest Home Videos - 11.0
Wings - 10.9
Murphy Brown - 10.9
The Cosby Show - 10.8
Rescue 911 - 10.8
Coach - 10.8
Prime Time Live - 10.8
Golden Girls - 10.7
Perfect Strangers - 10.7
A Different World - 10.6
Radio news – July 17, 1991
David G. Hall is upped to Program Director at talker KFI in Los Angeles. (Hall would later be famous for grooming Dr Laura for national radio. Before she went national, she was heard on KFI. So was Phil Hendrie). Hall was the KFI News Director.
TV not in radio personality’s cards - WLUP Chicago morning man Jonathon Brandmeir, shuts down production of his syndicated television show “Johnny B ... On The Loose.”
Famed station WDGY (1130) in Minneapolis will drop those call letters in August to become sports station KFAN.
Television news – July 17, 1991
ABC says it is buying back the rights to “Into The Night With Rick Dees” and staffers are notified the network will sever its ties to Dees. Last month, Dees said he planned to step down as host of the low-rated series in July, but would be staying on as producer while a succession of celebrities took the helm as host. ABC says it will produce the show beginning next week. The show has suffered from station clearances and time shifting. Dees does a highly-rated morning show on KIIS-FM (102.7) in Los Angeles.
Johnny Carson returns to the “Tonight” show. He had not been on since his son Rick was killed in an auto accident June 21. Carson eulogized his son and showed the audience his photograph.
TBS says it will show Errol Flynn’s 1938 “The Adventures of Robin Hood” movie for 12 consecutive hours so viewers can decide if they prefer it or the new Robin Hood movie from Kevin Costner. A 900-number will be set to take votes.
Fox says it is expanding its program schedule and launch a national news service, so says chairman Barry Diller. This in spite of a major ad-slump in television. The news service will be just that. Fox wants to feed national news stories to affiliates - instead of a regular nightly newscast. Most Fox affiliates still don’t have news departments.
BET - troubled by MTV’s video exclusives by R&B and rap acts, pressures major labels to consider their needs before renegotiating their exclusivity deals with MTV. BET says that labels which give MTV exclusives, risk having all their videos pulled. BET says it plays more black acts than MTV and that’s what the labels would be risking.
ABC cancels “Thirtysomething.”
Debuting on Lifetime cable - “The Hidden Room,” Confessions of Crime,” and Veronica Clare.” “Lifetime Television. You Don’t Want To Watch It Alone.”
Pacific Arts Corp (headed by former Monkee Mike Nesmith) forms a joint venture with The Family Channel to distribute its new home video label. Look for “Zorro” and “Rin Tin Tin” in video stores soon. Pacific Arts Corp currently distributes PBS Home Video.
Sunday Night television listings/TV guide – week of July 17, 1991
CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie
NBC - Treasure at the South Poll, Expose, Movie
ABC - Life Goes On, America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Funniest People, Movie
Fox - Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, In Living Color, Get a Life!, Married With Children, Top of the Heap, The Sunday Comics
PBS, Evening at Pops, Art of the Western World, Masterpiece Theater
60 Minutes - featured/People with inadequate medical insurance.
Murder, She Wrote - A purported Twain manuscript begets greed, deception, arson and murder. Guests David Birney, Roy Dotrice, Diane Baker
Top County Hit Singles – July 17, 1991
Here We Are - Alabama
She’s In Love With The Boy - Trisha Yearwood
I Am A Simple Man - Ricky Van Shelton
Somewhere In My Broken Heart - Billy Dean
Fallin’ Out of Love - Reba McEntire
You Know Me Better Than That - George Straight
Down To My Last Teardrop - Tanya Tucker
Liza Jane - Vince Gill
Small Town Saturday Night - Hal Ketchum
Don’t Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson
Lord Have Marcy On A Country Boy - Don Williams
Top Rap Music Singles – July 17, 1991
The Chubbster - Chubb Rock
Summertime - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Tonight - DJ Quick
Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass
I Shouldn’t Have Done It - Slick Rick
Bitch Betta Have My Money - AMG
6 Minutes of Pleasure - LL Cool J
The House The Dog Built - Jibri Wise One
Slow Down - Brand Nubian
Now That We Found Love - Heavy D. And The Boyz
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) - July 17, 1991
Can’t Forget You - Gloria Estefan
Everything I Do, I Do For You - Bryan Adams
Every Heartbeat - Amy Grant
Unforgettable - Natalie Cole
More Than Words - Extreme
Place In This World - Michael W. Smith
Love and Understanding - Cher
Power of Love/Love Power - Luther Vandross
The Motown Song - Rod Stewart
Lily Was Here - David A. Stewart/Candy Dulfer
The Dream Is Still Alive - Wilson Phillips
Love Is A Wonderful Thing - Michael Bolton
Walking In Memphis - Mark Cohn
Top Rock Tracks – July 17, 1991
Rush - Big Audio Dynamite II
Until She Comes - The Psychedelic Furs
Chocolate Cake - Crowded House
Kiss Them For Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Pearl - Charterhouse
Marble - House of Love
Chorus - Erasure
Submarine Song - The Candy Skins
Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.
Walking Down Madison - Kirsty Maccoll
Timeless Melody - The LA’s
Satisfied - Squeeze
Tighten Up - Electronic
Top music albums – July 17, 1991
Spellbound - Paula Abdul
Unforgettable - Natalie Cole
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - soundtrack
Out of Time - R.E.M.
Efil4zaggin - N.W.A.
No Fences - Garth Brooks
Slave to the Grind - Skid Row
Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt
Time, love and Tenderness - Michael Bolton
Gonna Me You Sweat - C&C Music Factory
Shake Your Money Maker - Black Crowes
More Top Albums – July 17, 1991
Schubert Dip - EMF
Coolin’ At the Playground Ya Know - Another Bad Creation
Homebase - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Power of Love - Luther Vandross
Empire - Queensryche
Labour of Love II - UB40
Firehouse - Firehouse
Derelicts of Dialect - 3rd Bass
Heart in Motion - Amy Grant
Peaceful Journey - Heavy D. & The Boyz
Doubt - Jesus Jones
Don’t Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson
Joyride - Roxette
Attack of the Killer B’s - Anthrax
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J.
Love Hurts - Cher
Ruler’s Back - Slick Rick
Vagabond Heart - Rod Stewart
Top movies – July 17, 1991
Boyz N The Hood (Increase the Peace) - Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Larry Fishburne
Regarding Henry - Harrison Ford, Annette Bening
Naked Gun 2 1/2 (The Smell of Fear) - Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Robert Goulet
Terminator 2 - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Walt Disney’s - Rocketeer
Soap Dish - Sally Field, Kevin Kline
City Slickers - Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - Kevin Costner
Truth or Dare - Madonna
Thelma & Louise - Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis
Bill & Ted’s Bougus Journey - Keanu Reeves