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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 -


Kindergarten Cop

Edward Scissorhands

Reversal of Fortune

Green Card


The Rookie

Predator 2

The Grifters


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

Mariah Carey


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

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