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Dateline: Events/Week of April 1, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The United States and its allies unveil a $24 billion plan to bolster Russia’s struggling economy, stabilize its currency and provide support for the long transition to the market system.

Facing life sentence - John Gotti – the nation’s best-known organized crime boss is convicted of all 13 counts at his murder and racketeering trial.

The first large contingent of U.N. peacekeeping troops arrives in Croatia.

Construction of a giant Yangtze River dam wins approval from China’s rubber-stamp Parliament. The project is said to be the world’s largest electricity producer. As many as a million people would have to be re-located. 

Abortion rally in Washington as close to 500,000 abortion rights demonstrators make a show of force.

Las Vegas - Armed robbers set off smoke bombs, grab a moneybag from an armored car guard and escape with an estimated $1 million in cash and checks from the casino at the Stardust hotel.


Business news – April 1, 1992

Passing – Sam Walton – self-made multi-billionaire who parlayed an Arkansas five-and-dime into the Wal-Mart. He was 74.


Sports news – April 1, 1992

For the first time in its history – players strike the National Hockey League. All 564 players staged the walkout. 


Television news – April 1, 1992

It’s announced that comedian Chevy Chase will host a late-evening talk show. It’ll mark a return to television for Chase. It’ll start in the fall of 1993.

Susan Dey is leaving “L.A. Law” next season to star in a CBS sitcom “Love is Hell.”

The USA Network announces it will launch the Sci-Fi Channel beginning in the fall. It will begin with a presentation of “Star Wars.”

Anti-nuclear crusader Helen Caldicott accuses NBC of canceling her “Today” show appearance because her new book criticizes parent GE. 


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – April 1, 1992

CBS – Top Cops, Street Stories, Knots Landing

NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law, Tonight Show

ABC – Columbo, PrimeTime Live, Nightline

Fox – The Simpsons, Drexell’s Class, Beverly Hills 90210

PBS – Creative Spirit, Mystery!, Mystery!

A&E – Charles Shaughnessy at the Improv, Nature’s Kingdom, World at War, Brute Force


On Cheers – Woody feels he has to moonlight in order to pay for Kelly’s ring.

On Beverly Hills 90210 – Beverly becomes a crime victim.

On the Tonight Show – Michael Crawford, Bob Costas and Craig T. Nelson


Top movies – April 1, 1992

White Men Can’t Jump

Basic Instinct


Straight Talk

Wayne’s World


My Cousin Vinny

The Cutting Edge




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