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


In The News

U.S. Appeals court - John Poindexter’s five felony charges in the Iran contra-scandal are overturned – on the same grounds that got Oliver L. North off – that immunized testimony had tainted witnesses.

Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin takes over most of the Soviet Union’s gold and diamond mining and suspends oil exports. He’s trying to ensure fuel for the winter and wants to finance a program of economic reforms. 

California State senator Alan Robbins resigns from office and will plead guilty to federal political corruption charges. He’ll be sentenced to five years in prison. 

Louisiana - Democrat Edwin Edwards defeats former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and wins his governorship back.

Syria - British church envoy Terry Waite who disappeared while working to free two American hostages- is released along with U.S hostage Thomas Sutherland after they were held captive for years.

The Dow drops 120 points – its worst plunge in two years. Next day – it was up 29 points.

President Bush dismisses the suggestion that his call earlier in the week for banks to lower credit card interest rates spooked Wall St. into its big one-day drop.

The House approves a bill to stop businesses from making annoying telemarketing calls and sending “junk fox” ads to phone subscribers who don’t want any of it. Over 300,000 solicitors now call more than 18 million Americans each day, with about 75,000 stockbrokers making some 6 million calls a day.


Sports news – November 15, 1991

Terry Pendleton of the Atlanta Braves was selected the national league’s most valuable player – just head of Barry Bonds of Pittsburgh.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson accepts President Bush’s request that he join the national Commission on AIDS, saying he wants to focus attention “on what all of us must do to fight this disease.”

Spinal injury - Detroit Lions’ Mike Utley has surgery for an injury suffered in a Los Angeles Rams game and he remains paralyzed.

Magic Johnson begins AZT treatment and says he wants to buy an NBA franchise.

Tennis star Martina Navratilova tells the New York Post that if she had contracted AIDS, the public would say, “I had it coming.” This after it was disclosed that Magic Johnson of the Lakers had tested positive for HIV, and the public’s reaction was on his side.

Dale Ernhardt wins his fifth NASCAR Winston Cup title, finishing fifth as Mark Martin wins his first race in more than a year in the Hardee 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Music news – November 15, 1991

The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million contract with Virgin records that begins with their next album, due in 1993.

Robbers steal 30,000 copies of the soon-to-be-released - Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” album – a rather hot commodity. They were stolen from a warehouse near Hollywood.

Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video from the upcoming “Dangerous” album – has debuted on MTV, Fox and BET.

Billboard editorial raps rapper Ice Cube for advocating violence in two songs from the album “Death Certificate.’


Entertainment news – November 15, 1991

Julia Roberts says it was Kiefer Sutherland who first called their wedding – but she wanted out too.


Television news – November 15, 1991

 Marla Maples is now a correspondent for “Inside Edition.” She interviews Michael Jordan for her debut piece.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Linda Hamilton hosts with musical guest Mariah Carey. Also appearing – Martin Scorsese.

New series from the producers of “L.A. Law” – “Civil Wars” – the battle of the ex’s. On ABC TV. Stars Mariel Hemingway and Peter Onorati.


Top movies – November 15, 1991

Meeting Venus

Cheap Shots

29th Street

Little man Tate

Other People’s Money

All I Want For Christmas


The Man in the Mon

The fisher King

The Butcher’s Wife

Frankie 7 Johnny

Cape Fear

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