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Dateline: Events/Week of September 15, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A federal judge drops all criminal charges against Oliver North, the central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal ending “five years of fire” according to North.

“Plenty Fed Up” – President Bush says he is, with Iraq’s attempts to evade U.N. – ordered elimination of its weapons of mass destruction. The President says he is prepared to send U.S. military aircraft to the region to escort U.N. inspection teams.

Fighting in Yugoslavia escalates as federal army tank and artillery units move into eastern Croatia to relieve tired garrisons and to instill pressure on the breakaway republic.

Allaying war concerns, President Bush says he is not planning a “son of Desert Storm.”

A new federal study says about 1 million American teen-agers attempted suicide during a recent 12-month period and an estimated 276,000 sustained injuries  serious enough to require medical treatment. 

Federal health officials, advocating a significant expansion of AIDS testing policy, propose that al patients entering hospitals be routinely encouraged to undergo screening for infection. 


Technology news – September 15, 1991

Compaq says it will begin to sell “modular” personal computers whose major components can be snapped out and replaced as technology advances. While you can swap cards in most pc’s, Compaq says it will be first to allow users to swap nearly all the key components.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – September 15, 1991

Pop artists New Kids On the Block’s movie deal is now permanently “on hold.” Columbia was set to do a film earlier this year, but the Kids wanted to tour and put off their movie moment until this fall. Columbia now feels the group’s appeal is slipping.

What’s next for Bruce Willis? He’s taking a year off to reassess his career. He did the voice for the baby in “Look Who’s Talking” and made a bundle. Will he get into movies?


Television news – September 15, 1991

Four shows recently featured highly publicized first teen sexual encounters and the ratings were good for each – “Roseanne,” “Doogie Howser,” Beverly Hills 90210” and “True Colors.”

Helen Hunt (27) stars in “Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story” Thursday on CBS-TV. She made her TV debut in the 1973 TV movie “Pioneer Women” and has since appeared in several movies and TV series. 

Dana Carvey will be back on “Saturday Night Live” with its new season, beginning September 28. 

Lois Reasoner (47), widow of the late CBS newsman Harry Reasoner is hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt. She was found lying in the yard of her Westport, CT home after jumping from a third story window.

Retired Gen H. Norman Schwarzkopf gets his first major TV project as co-host of a CBS News special on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Coming out – Gay actor Michael Kearns reveals he is infected with HIV.

Sunday night television listings/TV guide – week of September 15, 1991

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Adventures of Mark and Brian, Eerie Indiana, Man of the People, Pacific Station, Movie

ABC – Life Goes One, America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Funniest People, Movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theatre

Fox – True Colors, Parker Lewis, In Living Color, Roc, Married With Children, Herman’s Head


Adventures of Mark and Brian – TV series debut for the two Los Angeles radio personalities. First show – our stars enter astronaut training to do a show weightless.

Man of the People – New series starring James Garner as a con man who finishes his ex-wife’s city council term.

Pacific Station – New series starring Robert Guilaume as a detective, whose beat is an eccentric beach community. 

Married With Children – Part 2 as Al and Jefferson scheme to escape their pregnant wives. 


 Music news – September 15, 1991

Guns ‘N Roses score a major coup with the release of two new albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II.” The group hasn’t released an album of all-new material since their 1986 debut “Appetite for Destruction.” Geffen Records is delighted with the preliminary sales of what it considers pent-up demand from fans.

Willie Nelson marries for fourth time. Bride is Annie d’Angelo with whom he has two children.

MTV makes its debut in Hong Kong. First video – “Wild In The Snow” by Chinese rocker Cui Jian. 

“New Kids On The Block” knocks out Bill Cosby out of the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s 40 richest entertainers. “Kids” came in at $115 million with Cosby, a lowly $113 million.

The Judds announce the last performance date on the “Love Can Build A Bridge” farewell tour. Their final concert together will be December 4 at Middle Tennessee State Univ’s Murphy Center in Murfreesboro. It’ll also be a pay-TV event.


Radio news – September 15, 1991

Former top-40 powerhouse KKBQ-FM Houston, switches to “92.9 Easy Country.”

Unistar Radio Networks says it is adding a second country format in January – “Hot Country.”

Overnight talk show - Las Vegas based Art Bell is taking his unique overnight talkshow national with “Coast-to-Coast AM” distributed by Chancellor Broadcasting Network. The show is heard on 20 radio stations in the West.

Larry King takes his Mutual radio show to Disney World on September 30. He’s not the only one. Representatives from 170 stations and networks will head to Orlando to participate in Walt Disney’s World’s 20th anniversary.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 15, 1991

I Adore Mi Amor – Color Me Badd

The Promise of a New Day – Paula Abdul

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm… C&C Music Factory/F. Williams

Motownphilly – Boyz II Men

Too Many Walls – Cathy Dennis

Love Of A Lifetime – Firehouse

The Motown Song – Rod Stewart

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Emotions – Mariah Carey

Now That We Found Love – Heavy D. & The Boyz

Shiny Happy People – R.E.M.

Something To Talk About – Bonnie Raitt

Do Anything – Natural Selections

I Can’t Wait Another Minute – Hi-Five

Crazy – Seal

Hole Hearted  - Extreme

Wind of Change – Scorpions

Romantic – Karyn White


Top pop music albums  – September 15, 1991

Metallica – Metallica

Unforgettable – Natalie Cole

Luck of the Draw – Bonnie Raitt

Roll The Bones – Rush

CooleyHighHarmony – Boyz II Men

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge – Van Halen

Time, Love and Tenderness – Michael Bolton

Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music Factory

C.M.B – Color Me Badd

The Fire Inside – Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band

Out of Time – R.E.M.

No Fences – Garth Brooks

Spellbound – Paula Abdul

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – Soundtrack

Naughty by Nature – Naughty By Nature

WBBD – BootCity! – The Remix Album – Bel Biv Devoe

Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crowes

Heart in Motion – Amy Grant

Homebase – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


Top hit music singles in Britain – September 15, 1991

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

I’m Too Sexy – Tug/BMG

Charly – Prodigy

Sunshine On A Rainy Day – Zoe

Insanity – Oceanic

Let’s Talk About Sex – Salt-N-Pepa

I’ll Be Back – Arnee & The Terminators

Gett Off – Prince & The N.P.G.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 15, 1991

Leap of Faith – Lionel Cartwright

You Love Is A Miracle – Mark Chesnutt

Where Are You Now – Clint Black

Rodeo – Garth Brooks

Down At The Twist And Shout – Mary-Chapin Carpenter

Since I Don’t Have You – Ronnie Milsap

Mirror Mirror – Diamond Rio

 I Thought It Was You – Doug Stone

Down To My Last Teardrop – Tanya Tucker

The Walk – Sawyer Brown

Ball and Chain – Paul Overstreet

Brand New Man – Brooks & Dunn


Top movies  – September 15, 1991

Freddy’s Dead: the Final Nightmare

Late For Dinner

Dead Again

Livin’ Large

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Doc Hollywood

The Commitments

Hot Shots!

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

The Doctor

City Slickers

Boyz N The Hood

Child’s Play 3

Double Impact

Barton Fink

Point Break

Pure Luck

Regarding Henry

101 Dalmations


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