Dateline: Events/Week of September 8, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Breakthrough – Israel releases some 51 Lebanese prisoners and returned nine Hezbollah guerrillas to Lebanon after receiving proof that an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon is dead.
The space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Kennedy Space Center with a crew of five astronauts as it begins a five-day mission inaugurating – what NASA is calling its environmental era.
The U.S. and Soviet Union agree to halt all military aid to factions in Afghanistan as of Jan. 1.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev appeals to the West for aid to cement the building of a “great Eurasian democracy.’ He warned that global stability is at risk if his reforms don’t take hold. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union moves toward independence by trying to forge an EC-style market with some of the newer independent republics.
Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc files suit against imprisoned Michael Milken, charging the former junk bond king with racketeering, breaching responsibility to investors and misappropriating corporate assets.
Fire swept Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry terminal injuring 14 and causing the roof to collapse and service on the ferry was halted briefly.
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was resting comfortably and in good spirits after surgery to implant a pacemaker.
The Fed cuts its discount rate to 5% - an 18-year low.
Now at bookstores – Deepak Chopra- “Unconditional Life/Mastering the Forces that Shape Personal Reality.”
Sports news – September 8, 1991
The NFL says that pay-per-view games could come as early as 1993 – and the NFL is the only major sports league that has not experimented with PPV.
Mike Tyson appears before a judge in Indianapolis and is charged with raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant and three related felonies.
Quarterback Joe Montana may need surgery for a torn elbow tendon and – according to a 49er team doctor - the injury could end his career.
Technology news – September 8, 1991
They’re more popular than ever – fax machines and they are everywhere! Some 3 million of them are used in the U.S. daily. Average cost is about $500.
Passing – Actor Brad Davis (41) dies of AIDS-related complications.
Music news – September 8, 1991
Apple Corps. wins a court ruling in London blocking EMI’s plan to release the Beatles greatest hits on CD. Since their original 1973 release – the Beatles red and blue greatest hits compilations have sold 20 million.
Prince will perform on the Arsenio Hall Show and will perform five songs including, “Let’s Go Crazy,’ and “Purple Rain.”
Warrant – “Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour 91.”
In Nashville – Singer Dottie West is eulogized as an entertainer who touched the world with her songs and now performs for a higher calling. The singer died last week of liver and heart failure as a result of a one-car crash Aug. 30.
Television news – September 8, 1991
Pee Wee Herman – who made a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards is back in demand – or at least, that’s what fans are saying.
Debuting this week on NBC – “The Adventures of Mark and Brian.”
Saturday night television listings/TV guide – week of September 8, 1991
CBS – Movie, rewrite for Murder
NBC – Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Nurses, Miss America Pageant
ABC – College Football
Fox – Cops, Ladykiller: Most Wanted Man In America
TBS – Nightracks/Chartbusters, Movie, Nightracks Music Videos
Top movies – September 8, 1991
Child’s Play 2
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves