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Dateline: Events/Week of January 8, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Japan trade mission  - President Bush resumes trade talks – this after his ailment. But the trade talks are not quit up to par and he fails to win the commitment he sought for access to Japanese markets. 

Jeffrey L. Dahmer pleaded guilty but insane in the slayings of 15 young men and boys. Six months ago, Dalhmer admitted killing and dismembering 17 young males, having sex with some of the corpses and saving one victim’s heart to eat.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators open talks about the future of the West Bank and Gaza strip.

More uncertainty - Algeria’s government cancels coming national elections. Algerian President Chadli Bendjedid resigned as military vehicles began moving into the streets. Islamic fundamentalists appear certain to sweep national runoff elections. 

A new videotape shows President Bush’s dinner fall in Tokyo – as he reeled, vomited and passed out and toppled from his chair. Related, CNN averted a false report that Bush had died during the event. The caller of the hoax, was tracked down, questioned and hospitalized at a private mental facility in Idaho for observation.

President Bush’s ailment is believed to be a stomach virus.

Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton airs his first campaign TV commercial. It was in New Hampshire . In it, he offers to send voters a copy of a plan he has been touting to revive the national economy.

The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to a five-year high of 7.1%.

Chrysler Corp takes the wraps off a new line of mid-size cars aimed at competing with Japanese autos. The cars, which carried the cod-name LH during development, will be followed in a year by a new Chrysler New Yorker, a larger car based on the same design as the others.

A Georgia election panel rebuffed former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s bid to run in the state’s presidential primary, leaving conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan as President Bush’s only GOP rival in the contest.


Sports news – January 8, 1992

The Yankees trade second baseman Steve Sax to the Chicago White Sox for right hander Melido Perez. 

Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are voted into the baseball Hall of Fame.


Technology news – January 8, 1992

Apple debuts a new program to run videos – “Quicktime” and hopes to establish it as an industry standard for multimedia computing.

Nintendo announces a price cut on its new game system and said it would introduce an advanced compact disc accessory next year.


Television news – January 8, 1992

NBC’s “Today” celebrates 40 years in a prime time special.  Join Bryant, Katie, Willard and former hosts Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley.

On TNT – “Fonda on Fonda” – as Jane Fonda hosts a tribute to her father (Henry), followed by the movie – “the Grapes of Wrath."

On “Saturday Night Live” – Rob Morrow hosts with musical guests Nirvana.

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 8, 1992

CBS – Brooklyn Bridge, Jake and the Fatman, 48 Hours

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Seinfeld (New time!), Night Court, Quantum Leap, Tonight Show

ABC – dinosaurs, the Wonder Years, Doogie Howser, MD, Anything but Love, Civil Wars, Nightline

Fox – No schedule

PBS – Columbus & The Age of Discovery


On the Tonight Show – Katie Couric, Larry Miller.


Top movies – January 8, 1992

Hand that Rocks the Cradle


The Prince of Tides

Father of the Bride


Beauty and the Beast


The Last Boy scout

Grand Canyon


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