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


In The News

The presidents of five Soviet Central Asian republics agree that they will join the Commonwealth of Independent states proclaimed by the leaders of the old Soviet Union’s big-three Slavic republics.

The foreign minister of the Russian Federation urges Secretary of State James A. Baker to extend U.S. diplomatic recognition to Russia and its partners in the new Commonwealth of Independent States to “stop the further disintegration in this part of the world.”

The United Nations General Assembly votes to revoke its 16-year-old resolution branding Zionism as “a form of racism and racial discrimination” 

Soviet Union To End  

Bulletin – Soviet Union to End December 31 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, yielding in his battle to preserve the crumbling Soviet Union – declares that he will accept the new Commonwealth of Independent States as its constitutional successor. Gorbachev is now working on an orderly transition.

General Motors Corp says it will eliminate 74,000 jobs and shut down 21 factories.

Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin issues decrees abolishing the Soviet Foreign and Interior ministries and taking over the Kremlin and most central government agencies on Russian territory.

The Federal Reserve Board slashes its discount rate by a full percentage point – to 3.5% - the lowest since 1964.

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo announces he would not run for the presidency. He said he could not enter the presidential contest while New York State’s massive budget deficit remains unresolved.

Charles H. Keating Jr. and four associates plead innocent to a broad federal indictment charging them with racketeering and fraud in connection with the 1989 collapse of a California savings and loan – Lincoln Savings & Loan.

 After 11 years, John Williams, conductor of the Boston Pops says he’s leaving, He says he wants to devote more time to serious compositions. Williams will leave in 1993.

Robert John Bardo receives life in prison without parole, for the 1989 murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. 

Nike Inc. is withdrawing about $5 million in shoes and clothing from the marketplace after a federal judge from they deliberately infringed on a smaller company’s trademark. A preliminary injunction was issued against Nike’s advertising or selling its Side 1 line of women’s aerobic footwear and apparel, ruling the line’s name and logo were too similar to those of Sideout Sport.


Entertertainment news – December 15, 1991

Brian Henson, president of Jim Henson Productions announces that Jim Henson Home Video has been formed and will market several hundred hours of TV shows from the Henson library.

Gets Married – Richard Gere (42) to his longtime girlfriend, supermodel Cindy Crawford (25). The first for both.


Television news – December 15, 1991

Stone Phillips is leaving 20/20 to join rival NBC to anchor a new prime-time news magazine with Jane Pauley.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1991

60 Minutes – 22.7

Cheers – 19.1

Roseanne – 18.9

Murphy Brown – 17.8

Unsolved Mysteries – 17.5

Home Improvement – 17.2

Christmas on Division Street – 16.7

Designing Women – 16.7

Coach – 16.7

Major dad – 16.5

Murder, She Wrote – 15.2

Full House – 16.2

Movie-The Story Lady – 15.9

Face to Face with Connie Chung – 15.7

The Cosby Show – 15.5

Northern Exposure – 15.5

Rescue 911 – 15.5

Evening Shade – 15.4

Wings – 15.3

A Different World – 15.2


Radio news – December 15, 1991

WPOW (Power 96) Miami announces the resignation of programmer/morning man Bill Tanner and co-host G. Michael McKay following their respective run-ins with the law. Tanner faces four drug possession counts; McKay was accused of sexual battery and indecent assault involving a 14-year-old boy. 


Music news – December 15, 1991

MTV’s year-end rock report features R.E.M. Music reporter Kurt Loder said that 1991 was “a pretty bad year for the music industry (but) in some ways, a fairly healthy year for music itself.” He cited the year’s bad concert tour receipts as an example. One of the big controversies of the music year was Ice Cube – free speech vs. hate speech.

Heard more and more – Michael Jackson is now “the king of pop."

Reba McEntire dismisses five of her band members, including four who replaced musicians killed in a March plane crash near San Diego. Sources say Reba usually changes musicians at the end of the year.

Since announcing he had prostate cancer last month – Frank Zappa (51) is still composing music – mostly classical.  


Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists for 1991 –

Mariah Carey

Garth Books

C&C Music factory

Michael Bolton

Wilson Phillips

Whitney Houston

Vanilla Ice

Paula Abdul

Amy Grant


Black Crowes





Color Me Badd

L.L. Cool J

 Boyz II Men

Bette Midler

Another Bad Creation

Jesus Jones




Rod Stewart


Billboard’s New Pop Music Artists for 1991 –

C&C Music Factory

Color Me Badd

Boyz II Men

Another Bad Creation

Jesus Jones




Cathy Dennis



Top pop music albums  – December 15, 1991

Dangerous – Michael Jackson

Ropin’ the Wind – Garth Brooks

Time, Love and Tenderness – Michael Bolton

Too Legit To Quit – Hammer

Achtung Baby – U2

Metallica – Metallica

Use Your Illusion II – Guns ‘N Roses

Unforgettable – Natalie Cole

Nevermind – Nirvana

No Fences – Garth Brooks

Waking Up the Neighbours – Bryan Adams

C.M.B. – Color Me Badd

Diamonds and Pearls – Prince

We Can’t Dance – Genesis

CooleyHighHarmony – Boyz II Men

Heart in Motion – Amy Grant

Spellbound – Paula Abdul

Use Your Illusion I – Guns ‘N Roses

Decade of Decadence – Motley Crue

Music From For The Boys – Bette Midler

Music For The People – Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Blue Light, Red Light – Harry Connick Jr.

For My Broken Heart – Reba McEntire

Death Certificate – Ice Cube

Keep It Comin’ – Keith Sweat


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 15, 1991

All 4 Love – Color Me Badd

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday – Boyz II Men

Black Or White – Michael Jackson

Can’t Let Go – Mariah Carey

Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – P.M. Dawn

Finally – Ce Ce Peniston

2 Legit 1 Quit – Hammer

Wildside – Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

When A Man Loves A Woman – Michael Bolton

That’s What Love Is For – Amy Grant

Keep Coming Back – Richard Marx

Cream – Prince and the N.P.G.

No Son of Mine – Genesis

O. P.P. – Naughty By Nature

Let’s Talk About Sex – Salt-N-Pepa

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Don’t Cry – Guns ‘N Roses

Addams Groove – Hammer

Live For Loving You – Gloria Estefan

Can’t Stop this Thing We Started – Bryan Adams


Top hit music singles in Britain – December 15, 1991

When you Tell Me That – Diana Ross

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – George Michael/Elton John

Justified and Ancient – the KLF/Tammy Wynette

Driven By You – Brian May

Ride Like The Wind – East Side Bat

Stars – Simply Red

If You Go Away – New Kids On The Block

Rocket Man – Kate Bush

Too Blind To See It – Kym Sims


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1991

For My Broken Heart – Reba McEntire

My Next Broken Heart – Brooks & Dunn

You Can Depend on Me – Restless Heart

The Chill of An Early Fall – George Straight

Leave Him Out Of This – Steve Warniner

You Don’t Count The Cost – Billy dean

Look At Us – Vince Gill

Sticks and Stones – Tracy Lawrence

Cadillac Style – Sammy Kershaw

Shameless – Garth Brooks

Some Guys Have All The Love – Little Texas

(Without You) What Do I Do With Me – Tanya Tucker


Top movies – December 15, 1991


The Last Boy Scout

Star Trek VI

The Addams Family

Beauty and the Beast

My Girl

Cape Fear

For The Boys

American Tall 2

Curly Sue

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