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


In The News

Honolulu - President Bush honors the dead and those who died at Pearl Harbor.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and the leaders of Belarus and Ukraine declare the Soviet Union dead and have established a new commonwealth of independent states with the capital in Minak (Belarus) and not Moscow. 

Five Soviet Asian Republics – Kazakhsian, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbzkistan and Tadzhikistan join the Commonwealth of Independent states.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbechev calls the efforts of three breakaway leaders “illegal and dangerous.”

 Conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan launches his campaign to Challenge President Bush for the 1992 Republican nomination. He called on a new nationalism based on the principle of “America first.” Meanwhile, departing White House Chief of staff John Sununu has been offered pat Buchanan’s spot as co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” on an interim basis if Buchanan runs for President.

The number of teen-agers giving birth in the U.S. reached its highest level in 15 years. 36 out of 1,000 young women between the ages of 15 and 17 gave birth in 1989.

Terry Anderson comes home after more than 6 ½ years in captivity. “I am not a hero. I am just somebody who got caught” said Anderson.

A Florida jury finds William Kennedy smith not guilty of raping a woman at his family’s estate last March.


Medical/AIDS Update News – December 8, 1991

First such death as dental patient Kimberly Bergalis of Florida dies after contracting AIDS from a health care professional.


Sports news – December 8, 1991

The NHL suspends Minnesota North Star defenseman Derian Hatcher for 10 games without pay for a stick swinging incident with the Washington Capitals’ Dino Cicarelli.

The New York Mets acquire two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Sabergaen in a five-player trade with the Kansas City Royals.


Music news – December 8, 1991

John Mellencap “Whenever We Wanted’ tour.

Rod Stewart – “The Vagabond Heart” tour.

John Denver files for divorce and asks for a temporary restraining order to bar his wife of three years, Cassandra from entering his home. He seeks custody of their 2 ½-year-old daughter, Jesse Bele.


Top Music albums – December 8, 1991

Achtung Baby – U2

Time, Love and Tenderness – Michael Bolton

Too Legit to Quit – Hammer

Ropin’ the Wind – Garth Brooks

Dangerous – Michael Jackson


Television news – December 8, 1991

On “Saturday Night Live “ – Steve Martin hosts with musical guest James Taylor.

NBC will broadcast the first nationally devised debate of the 1992 presidential election and Tom Brokaw will moderate. It’ll be held in a studio with no rules. 

Jay Leno says that Branford Marsalis will succeed Doc Severinsen as bandleader on the “Tonight” show when he takes over in May.

He’s best known for ESPN’s boxing coverage – Charley Steiner.

Passing – Robert Q. Lewis – host on early television. He was 71.

Maury Povich interviews is wife, Connie Chung, about her interview with Magic Johnson on “The Maury Povich Show” this week.

90210 - Mattel Toys says it will make dolls out of the characters played by Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Jason Priestley.


Top movies – December 8, 1991

For the Boys

The Addams Family

Star Trek VI

My Girl

Fievel goes West

Cape Fear

Little Man Tate

Cape Fear

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