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


In The News

Coup aftermath in Russia - The Soviet Communist Party, accused of complicity in the conservative coup d’etat a few days ago, comes under strong attack and its 73-year-old power appears to be waning fast. Russian President Boris Yeltsin orders the suspension of all the party’s activities in the Russian Federation, the country’s largest republic, and halts the publication of its newspapers including Pravda - on ground that they had backed the push. Gorbachev announces that he and Yeltsin had agreed on the appointments of a new Soviet defense minister, interior minister and KGB chief, as the foundation of a new government made up of ministers “committed to democracy.”

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, quits his post as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and, using his presidential powers, nationalizes the party’s property and assets and disbands its cells in all state organizations.

The Ukraine - swept up in the backlash from last week’s Kremlin coup attempt, declares its full independence, claiming the right to issue its own currency and control all military units on its territory, including at least one million Soviet troops. 

The BBC reports that Pravda, the daily paper of the Soviet Communist Party for more than 78 years, drops its link with the party from the paper’s masthead. The paper has longed proclaimed to be the “Organ of the Central committee of the Communist Party” and beginning this week, it will declare itself a “general political paper.”

In Milwaukee - prosecutors file cha

rges against Jeffrey L. Dahmer in three more dismemberment slayings, to a total of 15. Dahmer, whose bail is continued at $5 million, is expected to enter pleas at his arraignment on September 10.

Television news - August 23, 1991

At the Emmy Awards this week:

Best comedy - “Cheers”

Best actor in a comedy - Burt Reynolds - “Evening Shade”

Best actress in a comedy - Kirstie Ally - “Cheers”

Best drama series - “L.A. Law”

Best actor - drama - James Earl Jones - “Gabriel’s Fire”

Best actress in a drama - Patricia Wettig - “Thirtysomething”


Music news - August 23, 1991

Tom Petty’s new video - “Into the Great Wide Open” premieres on MTV this week. 

 A circuit court judge in Chicago approves an unprecedented settlement against Milli Vanilli’s record company - Arista Records. Under terms of the agreement - Arista and BMG agree to pay $1 for singles, $2 for albums and cassettes and $3 for compact discs to any disgruntled Milli Vanilli fan that can prove they purchased recordings by November 27, 1990. Also, fans that bought tickets for Milli Vanilli concerts will be able to send in a ticket stub to receive a rebate of 5% of the ticket’s cost, not in excess of $2.50. The suit, filed in Chicago, was filed after Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan disclosed that they did not sing a note on their 10-million selling album “Girl You Know Its True.”


Sports news – August 23, 1991

Quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers is placed on injured reserve  and will miss at least the first four games of the season because of tendon problems in his throwing arm.

Sports-TV - Bill Parcells makes his NBC debut this Sunday on “NFL Live.” Then for at least four weeks, he’ll be out in the field as Marv Albert’s game commentator. Parcells will be busy. He’ll also be part of “Around the NFL” on Madison Square Garden Network and Prime Ticket.

More sports TV - Greg Gumbel, Terry Bradshaw, Lesley Visser and Pat O’Brien return this season to CBS’s “NFL Today.”


Bestselling books – August  23, 1991

The Kitchen God’s Wife - Amy Tan

The Sum Of All Fears - Tom Clancy

Maximum Bob - Elmore Leonard

The Firm - John Grisham

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn

Beast - Peter Benchley

Toujours Provence - Peter Mayle

Chutzpah - Alan M. Dershowitz

Parliament of Whores: A lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U.S. Government - P.J. O’Rourke

When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time To Go Home - Erma Bombeck

Final Exit - Derek Humphry


Entertainment/Hollywood/Movie news – August 23, 1991

Pre-production begins on Steven Spielberg’s next project “Jurassic park.” which is based on the novel by Michael Crichton. The story centers around genetically engineered dinosaurs that go out of control in a futuristic theme park. A summer 1993 release is planned. Spielberg just completed “Hook” which is due out in December. 



More Music news – August 23, 1991

Metallica is hot - hotter than ever this week. Their new album “Metallica” enters the album charts at #1 this week, moving as many as 600,000 units in stores. 

A warrant is issued for the arrest of Joseph Simmons, better known as “Run” in “Run-DMC.” He’s been charged with raping a 22-year-old woman in his hotel room after a concert in Cleveland.


Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – August 23, 1991

CBS - Top Cops, The Trials of Rosie O’Neil, Burt Reynolds Conversations With

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

ABC - Father Dowling Mysteries, American Detective,  PrimeTime Live

Fox - The Simpsons, Roc, Beverly Hills 90210


The Cosby Show - Olivia has a cold.

Burt Reynolds - Burt talks to June Allyson, Jane Powell, Ginger Rogers and Esther Williams 

Late Night With David Lettermen (NBC) - Bob Hoskins, Ricky Jay and The Black Crowes 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 23, 1991

Roseanne - 16.1

60 Minutes - 14.1

Unsolved Mysteries - 13.8

Coach - 13.8

Cheers - 13.5

Sudden Impact - 13,4

Who’s the Boss? - 13.3

Cheers (Mon) - 13.5

 Full House - 13.0

Miss Teen USA Pageant - 12.8

Doogie Howser, M.D. - 12.5

Primetime Emmy Awards - 12.5

Cheers #2 - 12.2

Empty Nest - 12.2

Dear John - 11.8

Law & Order - 11.7

In The Heat of the Night - 11.5

Wings - 11.5

Davis Rules - 11.5

Matlock - 11.3

Major Dad - 11.3

The Cosby Show - 11.1

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 10.9

Murder, She Wrote - 10.7

Wonder Years - 10.7

Rescue911 - 10.6

Family Matters - 10.6

A Different World - 10.5


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

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

Every Heartbeat - Amy Grant

Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave) - Roxette

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over - Lenny Kravitz

Summertime - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Crazy - Terence Trent D’Arby

Wind of Change - Scorpions

Temptation - CorinaI Can’t Wait Another Minute - Hi-Five

Unforgettable - Natalie Cole/Nat King Cole

Love and Understanding - Cher

Hard To Handle - The Black Crowes

Learning To Fly - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The Promise of a New Day - Paul Abdul

P.A.S.S.I.O.N. - Rhythm Syndicate

Motownphilly - Boyz II Men

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm - C & C Music Factory

Time, Love And Tenderness - Michael Bolton

I’ll Be There - The Escape Club

I Can’t Wait Another Minute - Hi-Five


Top Music Albums – August 23, 1991

Metallica - Metallica

C.M.B. - Color Me Badd

Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole

Cooleyhighharmony - Boyz II Men

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen

Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves - soundtrack

No Fences - Garth Brooks

Time, Love & Tenderness - Michael Bolton

Out of Time - R.E.M.

Gonna Make You Sweat - C & C Music Factory

Spellbound - Paul Abdul


More Top Music Albums – August 23, 1991

True Love - Bat Benatar

O.G. Original Gangster - Ice-T

Immaculate Collection - Madonna

Heart Shaped World - Chris Isaak

Pure Hank - Hank Williams Jr.

Symbol Of Salvation - Armored Saint

620 W. Surf - Michael McDermott

Discipline - Desmond Child

Voodoo Highway - Badlands

Electric Landlady - Kirsty MacColl


Other Top Music Albums – August 23, 1991

Slave To The Grind - Skid Row

Mama Said - Lenny Kravitz

Seal - Seal

Jahmekya - Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

Yesyears - Yes

Peaceful Journey - Heavy D. & The Boyz

Brainstorm - Young M.C.

Schubert Dip - EMF

Doubt - Jesus Jones

Hard At Play - Huey Lewis And The News

Wilson Phillips - Wilson Phillips

Crazy World - Scorpions

Move To This - Cathy Dennis

Empire -Queensryche

Widespread Panic - Widespread Panic

Midnight In San Juan - Earl Klugh

Tara Kemp - Tara Kemp

White Trash - White Trash

Another Hand - David Sanborn

Born To Sing - En Vogue

The Comfort Zone - Vanessa Williams

Love Overdue - James Brown

World Outside - The Psychedelic Furs

Biscuits - Living Color

Some Against Steel - 38 Special 

Help Yourself - Julian Lennon

Fireball Zone - Rick Ocasek

Music For The Masses - Depeche Mode

A Shade of Red - Redhead Kingpin & FBI


Top movies – August 23, 1991

Hot Shots - Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Jon Cryer, Kevin Dunn, Lloyd Bridges

Doc Hollywood - Michael J. Fox

The Doctor - - William Hurt, Christine Lahti

Dead Again -

Defenseless - Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard

Boys N The Hood - Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube

Bingo - Cindy Williams

Double Impact - Jean-Claude Van Damme

Pure Luck - Martin Short, Danny Glover

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man - Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson

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