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


In The News

At Killeen, Texas - George Jo Hennard (35) drives his pickup truck into a cafeteria crowded with lunchtime patrons and begins firing helter-skelter into the crowd with a semiautomatic pistol - killing 23 people - the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history. So far, 20 others are injured, some critically. The gunman died - either by his own bullet or by police. 

In Oakland, California - a fire devastates the hills above this city and neighboring Berkley with the death toll numbering 14 and thousands homeless. Many perished running away from the oncoming flames. By a conservative count - 1000 homes are destroyed plus a 433-unit apartment building. The neighborhood was an eclectic mix of classic, turn of the century estates and smaller residences that were built a half-century ago. 

Judge Clarence Thomas becomes the second black to serve on the Supreme Court - winning Senate approval by the narrowest margin of this century. The vote was 52-48 with the Senate rejecting sexual harassment charges lodged by law professor Anita Faye Hill.

Returning home to Oklahoma - Anita Faye Hill tells reporters and supporters that she spoke the truth about sexual harassment charges by Clarence Thomas. She’s a law professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke faces former Governor Edwin Edward for governor in the Louisiana runoff on November 16. Incumbent Republican Governor Buddy Roemer finished third. “I feel wonderful. I feel very blessed by Christ, and I’m looking forward to making some real changes in Louisiana,” said Duke.

Facing criticism for mistakes in its credit reporting business. - TRW says it will offer consumers free credit reports - once a year beginning in 1992.   “We have concluded that by making consumer credit reports more widely available, the credit-reporting industry will improve its ability to maintain accurate records.”


Advertising/Marketing – October 15, 1991

At Toys R Us - New Huggies Baby Steps Diapers - Special fit & protection for every stage of your baby’s growth - 5 steps to dryness! From Kimberly Clark.


Technology news – October 15, 1991

Get a Sony Four Head HiFi VCR for $497 ... A Sony 32” Diagonal Stereo Monitor - just $1497.

IBM reports that profits for the third quarter fell 85% from a year ago with revenue falling 5.5%. It’s now saying it will cut 20,000 jobs, up from 17,000.


Sports news – October 15, 1991

In sports - The Denver Broncos go to first place in the AFC West by beating the Kansas City Chiefs. Broncos quarterback John Elway completed 14 of 27 passes, throwing for 270 yards. ... In the World Series - The Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves again. The series moves to Atlanta with the Braves 0-2 so far... Roy Tarpley of the Dallas Mavericks is permenantly suspended by the NBA for refusing to take a drug test as required by players with two prior violations.


Best-selling books -  October 15, 1991

“Scarlett” - the sequel to Gone With The Wind - Alexandra Ripley, ‘Needful Things” - Stephen King, “The Sum Of All Fears” - Tom Clancy, “ME: stories of my life” - Katharine Hepburn, “Final Exit” - Derek Humphry, “Exposing Myself” - Geraldo Rivera.


Entertainment news – October 15, 1991

Passing - Tennessee Ernie Ford (72) - beloved pop and gospel singer. Hospitalized for a liver ailment September 28.

In Las Vegas a standing room only crowd claps to gospel music at a funeral for comedian Redd Foxx, who died last Friday at (68). Foxx died from a heart attack, suffered on the set of his TV series “The Royal Family.”  His last words were “I’m Coming Elizabeth, I’m Coming.” 

Former household manager Paulette Ava Broughton is ordered to stand trial on charges that she stole more than $11 thousand from actress Delta Burke and actor-husband Gerald McRaney. She’s accused of making payments on her behalf to a bridal store, a furniture store and a weight-loss clinic.


Television news – October 15, 1991

Actress Katey Sagal of “Married With Children” is hospitalized after a miscarriage. Her pregnancy has been woven into the script of the series.

Julie Hagerty leaves the sitcom “Princesses” on CBS. The show also stars Twiggy Lawson and Fran Drescher and is about 3 girls who share a New York apartment. The series will shut down for a week until producers can figure out how to write her character out.

NBC says it will bring Country music back to prime time with “Hot Country Nights.” Produced by Dick Clark, the show premieres next month.


Top TV Shows/Ratings - October 15, 1991

Roseanne (21.4), Murphy Brown (20.1), Cheers (19.5), LA Law (18.9), Designing Woman (18.7), Coach (18.6), Major Dad (18.4), Home Improvement (18.0), Monday Night Football (17.7), Evening Shade (17.40, Full House (187.0), A Different World (16.5), Northern Exposure (16.4), Unsolved Mysteries (16.0), Wings (15.9), A Woman Named Jackie -Part 1 (15.5), The Cosby Show (15.4), I’ll Fly Away (15.4), Doogie Howser, MD (15.4), The Wonder Years (15.2)


Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of October 15, 1991

 CBS - Royal Family, Movie ... NBC - Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Seinfeld, Quantum Leap ... ABC - Dinosaurs, The Wonder Years, Doogie Houser, Sibs, Anything But Love, Good & Evil 


Top pop hit music singles – October 15, 1991

“Emotions” - Mariah Carey, “Cream” - Prince & The N.P.G., “Do Anything” - Natural Selection, “Hole Hearted” - Extreme, “Something To Talk About” - Bonnie Raitt, “O.P.P” - Naughty By Nature, “”Romantic” - Karyn White, “”Hole Hearted” - Extreme, “Everybody Plays The Fool” - Aaron Neville, “Don’t Want To Be A Fool” - Luther Vandross, “The One and Only” - Chesney Hawkes, “Love... Thy Will Be Done” - Martika, “Hey Donna” - Rhythm Syndicate, “Running To You” - Vanessa Williams


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1991

 “Anymore” - Travis Tritt, “Someday” - Alan Jackson, “Keep It Between The Lines” - Ricky Van Shelton  


Top pop albums – October 15, 1991

 Ropin’ The Wind - Garth Brooks, “Decade Of Decadence” - Motley Crue, “Use Your Illusion” - Guns N Roses, “Apocalypse 91” - Pubic Enemy, “Diamonds & Pearls” - Prince.


Top movies – October 15, 1991

 “Other People’s Money” - Danny DeVito

“The Fisher King” - Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges

“Ricochet” - Denzel Washington,  John Lithgow

“Frankie & Johnny” - Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

“Ernest Scared Stupid” - Jim Varney


“Little Man Tate” - Jodie Foster

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