Dateline: Events/Week of December 24, 1991 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Mikhail S. Gorbachev – resigns as President of the Soviet Union. He defended his failed attempts at transforming his country, but has faith in the public and its wisdom.
Leaders of the new Commonwealth of independent states decide to break up the Soviet armed forces and each state will have their own military force.
Muslim fundamentalists sweep into power in Algeria.
Boris Yeltsin solidifies his rule in Russia – takes over state Radio and TV, slashes the powers of his vice president and commanders Mikhail s. Gorbachev’s Kremlin office.
President Bush announces that the U.S. will recognize the independence of all 12 former Soviet republics and will immediately establish diplomatic relations with six of them.
South Africa – The Azanian Youth organization – an anti-apartheid group – urges Paul Simon to postpone a tour of South Africa saying concerts planned ext month would provoke hostility from blacks.
Georgia - Rebel forces snatched eight jailed opposition politicians from prison cells engulfed in flames after a night of fierce shelling of the former Soviet republic’s besieged parliament.
Eight are dead and 28 injured at in incident at City College of New York in Harlem as hundreds of young people attempted to push through a door leading to the gym.
Midnight Mass Christmas - At St. Peter’s Square – Pope John Paul II appealed for an end to violence in Yugoslavia and urged humanity to build on new beginnings by embarking on “the difficult but necessary path of unity and peace."
In Beeville, Texas - President Bush stops at the Texas Grand C&W Club for a beer!
Ted Turner is named Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year.”
Kevin Maxwell, son of the late Robert Maxwell, resigns as publisher of the New York daily News. Word has it that he is overwhelmed by the collapse of his late father’s worldwide media empire.
American officials say they have identified the remains of slain lt. Col William Richard Higgins. Higgins was commander of a 76-member U.N. observer group monitoring the Lebanese-Israeli border when he was kidnapped Feb. 17, 1988.
Sports news – December 24, 1991
Wayne Fontes of the Detroit Lions wins the AP Award as NFL Coach of the year. The Lions won five in a row after losing to Washington and were 8-0 at home.
Entertainment news – December 24, 1991
Passing – Actress Cassandra Harris. She was 39 and died from cancer. She’s the wife of Irish actor Pierce Brosnan.
Music news – December 24, 1991
Top Country artists for 1991
Top rap artists for 1991 –
LL Cool J
Top Pop artists for 1991
C+C Music Factory
Greg Allman makes his movie debut in “Rush” and plays a drug kingpin.
Top money for 1991 music concert tours:
Grateful Dead – 76 shows - $34.7 million
ZZ Top 106 shows – $24.7 million
The Judds – 126 shows – 422.7 million
Rod Stewart – 59 shows - $21.9 million
Paul Simon – 76 show – $21.2 million
Guns N’ Roses – 43 shows - $20.4 million
New Year’s Eve television – December 31, 1991
CBS – Hard Rock Café new Year’s Eve Special – Performances by John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Cutis Stigers, Dire straits, Neville Brothers, Sting, INXS.
ABC - Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Shannen Doherty, Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Williams, Barry Manilow.
New Year’s Eve Live – Penn & Teller host with Runs ‘N Roses, Southside Johnny, Sam Kinison, Bruce Baum, Lois Bromfield.
Syndicated – Merv Griffin’s New Year’s Eve – From Atlantic City.
Fox says it has plans to air a program based on the character of Chester Cheetah, developed for Frito-Lay to advertise Cheetos snacks. This just after CBS announced that the character of Ronald McDonald will host a series of animated specials.
“60 Minutes” this week reports on fighting in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
CBS-TV announces that Boston Red Sox broadcaster Sean McDonough will replace jack Buck as its baseball play-by-play announcer.
Top Television Shows For 1991:
Monday Night Football
Top movies – December 24, 1991
Beauty and the Beast
Father of the Bride
Prince of Tides
The Last Boy Scout
Star Trek VI
The Addams Family