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Dateline: Events/Week of August 1, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Israeli Prime Minister Tizhak Shamir announces he has agreed to the Bush Administration’s proposal for an Arab-Israeli peace conference.

The Yugoslavia presidency proclaims “an absolute and unconditional cease-fire” in Croatia.

Iraq admits that its military scientists had experimented with germ warfare, but that experiments stopped last fall for fear of U.S. bombing.

President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sign a historic treaty cutting their nation’s nuclear arsenals – but end their two-day Moscow summit far apart in terms of arms control.

Part of an Amtrak passenger train derailed and slammed into freight cars standing on a side track in Camden, South Carolina. Seven are dead. 

At least seven are dead after a bus containing Girl Scouts and their chaperones overturned in Palm Springs – near the famed Aerial Tramway. The dead included the bus driver. 

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announces that the formal signing of a new federal power sharing agreement will commence Aug. 20 but that republics can adhere later if they want. Leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will accept the new union treaty and hopefully, others will follow.

Greek passenger liner Oceanos sinks in stormy seas off South Africa’s wild coast. All passengers got off – but so did the captain- who took one of the first rescue helicopters to safety – leaving his passengers on board the sinking liner.  

Unemployment drops to 6.8% from 7%.

The Dow ramps up 38.24, closing just short form its all-time high to 3,027.27 due to a drop in interest rates by the Federal Reserve – to 5.5% - down a quarter point.  

The Senate Ethics Committee clears Sen. Alfonse M. D’Amato (R-N.Y.) of allegations that he abused his office but said that he had acted in an “improper and inappropriate” manner in failing to prevent his influence from being exploited by his brother.


Fascinating Facts – August 1, 1991

J.D. Power  - For the first time – an Asian auto maker – Lexus – tops a key industry survey of car buyer satisfaction. Cadillac is #2.


Sports news – August 1, 1991  

Passing – Paul Brown – founder of the Browns and Bengals. He was 82.


Technology news – August 1, 1991

Denon introduces the first compact disc recorder – now you can record CD’s. it’s $19,000 and blank/recordable CD’s will cost $40 each. Sony, announced in May that it expects to introduce a recordable mini-disc – small CD format. But that system can only be played on Sony systems.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 1, 1991

The media is all over the Pee Wee Herman story. Paul Reubens arrest last week in an adult movie theater on charges of indecent exposure has swirled across that nation – lots of jokes.

Doris Day files a $25 million lawsuit against the Globe tabloid, saying it libeled her and invaded her privacy with an article headlined: Doris Day, 67, Lives Like a Bag Lady!


Music news – August 1, 1991

Rick James and his girlfriend are arrested for allegedly imprisoning and torturing a 24-yar-old woman with a hot cocaine pipe over three days. James is being held on $1 million bail.

Don Henley Summer 1991. 

Rod Stewart Vagabond Heart Tour, 1991.


Television news – August 1, 1991

Passing – CBS newsman Harry Reasoner. He was 68.

Jay Leno will have no sidekick when he replaces Johnny Carson.

CBS and cable’s USA Network will share a new series next fall. “Silk Stockings” will be shown Wednesdays on CBS and Sunday night on USA.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of August 1, 1991

CBS – Top Cops, Rose O’Neill, Stephen King’s Golden years

NBC – The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law, Tonight Show

ABC – Gabriel’s Fire, Father Dowling Mysteries, PrimeTime Live, Nightline, Into the Night

PBS – Mystery!

Fox – The Simpsons, True Colors, Beverly Hills 90210


Into the Night w/Rick Dees – John Wesley Harding.

On the Tonight Show – Martin Mull – Jonathan Katz.


Top movies - August 1, 1991

Hot Shots!

Terminator 2

Boyz N the Hood

101 Dalmatians

City Slickers

The Naked Gun

Doc Hollywood

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

The Doctor

Return of the Blue Lagoon

Life Stinks

Point Break

101 Dalmations

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

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