Dateline: Events/Week of November 1, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Energy bill dies – when supporter failed to overcome a filibuster by lawmakers who oppose drilling in Alaska’s Arctic national Wildlife refuge.
Madrid - Israel sits down with its first direct talks with the Arabs. Jordan and the Palestinians agree to begin limited face-to-face talks with Israel.
Dedication of the Reagan Library - For the first time in history- - five U.S. presidents are gathered n one place – in Simi Valley – California. They are President Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon.
President Bush opens his 1992 presidential campaign with a new attempt to display his compassion for the unemployed. Bush is under fire for the state of the economy. He urged the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates and acknowledge that the faltering economy is likely to become the central issue in his reelection campaign.
Zambians vote in their first multiparty democratic election in 23 years. Out is President Kenneth Kaunda the country’s only leader through its 27 years of independence.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh shows a 1948 wanted poster photo of Yitzhak Shamir, now Israel’s prime minister. Shareh says that Shamir took part in the assassination of a U.N. official.
Unemployment edges up to 6.8% from 6.7%.
The Fed reduces discount rate to 4.5%.
Imelda Marcos surrenders her claims to $9 million in cash and jewelry to settle a $5-billion civil fraud case brought against her by the Philippine government – in U.S. federal court.
House Speaker Tomas Foley blasted a term-limitation initiative that could cut short his political career and rejected suggestions that his own reputation is at stake. If Initiative 553 were passed – it would be his last run for office – the last for the 13-term Democratic lawmaker.
China acknowledges that it sold nuclear equipment to Iran but insisted it was for peaceful purposes.
The Senate confirms Robert Gates to head the CIA.
Found dead – Media baron Robert Maxwell (68) in waters off Spain’s Canary Islands where he had been vacationing on his yacht.
At bookstores – Oliver North – “Under Fire – An American Story.”
Technology news – November 1, 1991
Compaq said that it was considering selling its PC’s through the mail for the first time. Also, Compaq announces that it will join the low-cost competition that has been at the root of its problems and offer low-cost PC’s.
Radio news – November 1, 1991
Geraldo Rivera goes on Howard Stern’s show to repute what Bette Midler has been saying. “If she keeps this interview rape talk and saying I drugged her for sex, I’ll sue her.” His new book is “Exposing Myself” – and in it, he says he had sex with Midler and other stars.
Entertainment news – November 1, 1991
Passing – Fred MacMurray. He was 83.
Passing – Broadway producer Joseph Papp. He was 70: from prostate cancer.
Music news – November 1, 1991
Big anticipation as Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” album will be released November 26 with 14 songs – 12 written or co-written by Jackson.
Madonna’s artist-designer brother – Christopher Ciccone tells the Advocate that “the thing that separates me from the rest of the world is the way I think, not the way I have sex… Everything is drawn toward one’s sexuality, but it’s not that important.”
Brother Jermaine Jackson, says he took a swipe at his brother, Michael – in the song “Word to the Badd!” because Michael had frozen him out of his life. “…You repeatedly try to contact your own brother and he doesn’t call you back, you begin to wonder if he hasn’t just completely lost touch with reality.”
David Cassidy is hitting the concert tour scene again with a 35-city tour.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 1, 1991
60 Minutes – 23.3
Roseanne – 23.1
Coach – 19.8
Cheers – 19.3
Unsolved Mysteries – 18.2
Movie-Gambler Returns – 18.0
Home Improvement – 17.9
Murphy Brown – 17.8
Full House – 17.7
Murder, She Wrote – 16.7
Major Dad – 16.3
Designing Women – 16.2
Football-Raiders vs. Kansas City – 16.2
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 15.7
Wings – 15.1
Empty Nest – 15.0
…. Seinfeld – 12.0
Television news – November 1, 1991
ABC signs a deal to have Oprah Winfrey produce and host all of the network’s “Afterschool Specials” for next season – including two talk-show style town meetings.
Barbara Walters Special – Barbara interviews Bette Midler on her less-than-super sex with Geraldo Rivera… Richard Gere on his love for Cindy Crawford and Anjelica Huston.
More overnight television news – as ABC and NBC say they will join CBS and of course, CNN to present overnight news. NBC is “NBC Nightside,” and that’s interesting because NBC killed off overnight news with its 17-month-old “NBC News overnight” in 1983.
ABC and Turner will jointly broadcast the 1994 Goodwill Games from St. Petersburg (Russia.).
On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Kiefer Sutherland with musical guest Skid Row.
Don’t miss Roy Firestone – “Up Close” on ESPN.
Passing – Movie and TV producer Irwin Allen (75).
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Spock is back. Will his return unite two worlds or destroy them. Special two-part episode.
Multimedia is bringing radio talk show guru Rush Limbaugh to television.
Friday night television listings – November 1, 1991
CBS – Rescue 911, Carol Burnet Show, Palace Guard
NBC – Matlock, Flesh ‘N Blood, Real Life with Jane Pauley, reasonable Doubts, Tonight Show
ABC – Family Matters, Step by Step, Perfect strangers, Baby talk, 20/20, Nightine, In Concert
Fox – America’s Most Wanted, The Ultimate Challenge
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week
Showtime – Jeff Foxworthy
In Concert – Don Henley
On the Tonight Show – Dudley Moore, Jim Fowler.
Top movies – November 1, 1992
People Under the Stairs
House Party 2
The Butcher’s Wife
Frankie & Johnny
Other People’s Money