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Dateline: Events/Week of October 8, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Yugoslav warplanes fire two rockets into Croatia’s presidential palace – hitting Croatia’s presidential palace dead-on. 

President Bush invites Judge Clarence Thomas to the White House to reassert is “total confidence” in the embattled Supreme Court nominee.  The Senate – in a dramatic turnaround – delayed a confirmation vote on Clarence Thomas – for one week.

Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas trial – Angela Wright – a former employee fired by Thomas – said on trial he asked her for dates and once asked her for the size of her breasts.  Supreme Court nominee Thomas vowed to press on with the confirmation process.

The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy is the big talk on TV and radio. Everyone has something to say about it, it seems.

The KGB – once the shield of Communist rule is ordered dismantled and its spying and information-gathering duties entrusted to new separate agencies.

Marilyn Quayle, wife of Vice President Dan Quayle, said in n ABC-TV interview that she had been the victim of sexual harassment, “with a law school professor.”

Jane Poynter – one of the eight environmentalists sealed inside the gigantic greenhouse biosphere in Arizona, accidentally cut off the tip of her left middle finger and may have to come out of the closed system for surgery.

Oil futures hit $23.16 a barrel.


Medical/AIDS update – October 8, 1991

The FDA has approved DDI – the only second such anti-viral medication for the treatment of AIDS. It’s for those who can not use AZT. 


Sports news – October 8, 1991

The Boston Red Sox, despite a strong second half drive, fired Joe Morgan and named former third baseman Butch Hobson as their new manager.

Passing – Baseball legend Leo “the lip” Durocher. He was 86.


Technology news – October 8, 1991

Eastman Kodak and N.V. Philips now have something called a photo-CD out. It should be on the market by next summer. It’s a system to store images from conventional film on a compact disc. The photos can be viewed on a TV screen or computer terminal using a CD player.


Music news – October 8, 1991

Looks like compact discs are catching up to cassettes with CD’s accounting for 42.5% in sales vs. 48.4% for cassettes last year.


Television news – October 8, 1991

 Former child actor Adam Rich (22) is arrested after doctors at a hospital said he took a hypodermic syringe believed to contain a dose of the painkiller Demerol.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 8, 1991

Roseanne – 21.3%

60 Minutes – 20.6

25th Country Music Assn Awards – 20.5

Cheers – 20.2

Murphy Brown – 19.9

Designing Women – 19.2

Coach – 18.2

Major Dad – 18.1

Tonight Show 29th Anniversary -  17.7

A Different World – 17.4

Full House – 17.4

Murder, She Wrote – 17.3

(Seinfeld – 11.1 and #46)

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