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


In The News

Death toll in the Oakland (CA) fire hits 24 as the disaster destroyed 2700 homes.

Year-long impasse – Finally – President Bush agrees to accept a compromise civil rights bill but some say the proposal eliminates the prospect of racial quotas.  

Russian Federation president Boris N. Yelstin launches a last-ditch bid to force through radical economic reforms that he says will save Russia.

In Madrid – President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev say the sponsoring superpowers will not try to interfere in Arab-Israeli deliberations.

President Bush opens historic Middle East peace talks. He called on Arabs and Israelis to put aside “a history that weights heavily against hope” to permit the people to live normal lives for the first time in generations.

Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrives at the Federal Correctional Institution in Petersburg Virginia – to begin serving a sixth-month sentence for cocaine possession.

The parents of freed U.S. hostage Jesse Turner are back in the United States. Apparently, State Department officials made them persona non-gratis at their son’s hospital room in Germany, saying they violated Turner’s privacy by giving a videotape of their reunion to CBS-TV which broadcast it.


Sports news – October 23, 1991

The Minnesota Twins best the Atlanta Braves 1-0 to win the World Series.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 23, 1991

Skater Dorothy Hamill is at odds with her management – IMG. She says the improperly took $75,000 and negligently destroyed videotapes of the “Nutcracker On Ice.” They say she’s an ingrate who is trying to avoid paying commissions that IMG earned legitimately.

Finally – A Planet Hollywood – opens in…Hollywood! On hand – part-owners Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Paul Reubens is offered a plea bargain by prosecutors in Sarasota what would leave him no record of guilt on indecent exposure charges.

“Terminator 2” passes the $200 million mark in ticket sales


Music news – October 23, 1991

Rhino puts out “The Best of MTV’s 120 Minutes”

Concert promoter Bill Graham dies when a helicopter carrying him and two associates crashed into an electrical utility tower near Vallejo, California. He was returning from Huey Lewis and the News concert he had organized in Concord. The helicopter could still be seen tangled in the 115,000 volt wires. 

In San Francisco - Concert promoter Bill Graham is remembered as “a very special guy.” Attending the hourlong service was many from the music industry including the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

KIIS-FM Los Angeles lets go of afternoon DJ “Magic Matt” Alan.

Now at bookstores – “Madonna Unauthorized” – by Christopher Anderson. Also – LaToya Jackson’s “LaToya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family.” And yet another music book – “Brian Wilson: Wouldn’t It Be Nice My Own Story” with Todd Gold


Top pop music albums – October 23, 1991

Ropin’ The Wind – Garth Brooks

Use Your Illusion II – Guns ‘N Roses

Diamonds & Pearls – Prince

Decade of Decadence  Motley Crue

Metallica – Metallica


Television news – October 23, 1991

Turner Broadcasting System signs an agreement to purchase the library of cartoon maker Hanna Barbera. Price is $320 million.

Passing – Gene Roddenberry – Creator of “Star Trek.” He was 70.

Katey Sagal stars in her first TV movie – “She Says She’s Innocent.”

Christian Slater hosts “Saturday Night Live” this week.


Top movies – October 23, 1991

House Party 2

Terminator 2

Curly Sue

Other People’s Money

The Fisher King

Frankie & Johnny

The Butcher’s Wife

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