Dateline: Events/Week of April 17, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
California invokes the death penalty for the first time in 25 years this week as convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris dies in San Quentin’s gas chamber. Just 52 hours before he was scheduled to die, he won a reprieve as a federal judge found there was a “serious question” whether death in the gas chamber constituted cruel and unusual punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the reprieve and he was put to death.
A twin-engine plane loaded with skydivers in Perris, Calif slams nose-first into a grassy field, killing 16. Survivors were toward the rear of the plane and were cushioned from death by the bodies of their companions. Perris, located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, is a skydiving hub along with nearby Lake Ellsinore and attracts jumpers from around the world. On board was a 4-member skydiving team from Holland.
Underground gas explosions rip Guadalajara, Mexico, killing at least 162. The explosions, which began in the morning and continued into the night, tore through more than 20 blocks, ripping autos and building rooftops.
At the New York International Auto Show - Saturn unveils its first station wagon. Minivans and other people haulers seem to dominate the show.
Business / Economy news – April 17, 1992
Sears announces that it will accept Visa and MasterCard for catalogue orders - the first time.
Prices At The Supermarket – April 17, 1992
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats - 20oz box - $2.69 ... Roast Beef - $5.99lb ... Colgate toothpaste - 7oz tube - $1.79 ... Romaine Lettuce - .69 each.
Best-selling books – April 17, 1992
The Pelican Brief - John Grisham
The Elf Queen of Shannara - Terry Brooks
Star Trek: Probe - Margaret Wander
Vox - Nicholson Baker
Silent Prey - John Sandford
The Road To Omaha - Robert Ludlum
Rising Sun - Michael Chrichton
Revolution From Within - Gloria Steinem
A Return To Love - Marianne Williamson
Awaken The Giant - Anthony Robbins
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women - Susan Faludi
Double Cross - The Explosive, Inside Story of The Mobster Who Controlled America - San and Chuck Giancana
Rogue Warrior - Richard Marcinko
More Wealth Without Risk - Charles Givens
Sports news – April 17, 1992
Brett Hull becomes the second player in NHL history to score 70 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. Scoring for the St Louis Blues, they beat the Minnesota North Stars 5-3. The other player to reach that milestone - Wayne Gretzky.
CBS gives sportscaster Pat Summerall an indefinite period off to take care “a personal medical problem” and will be welcomed back when he is ready to come back says a spokesman. Summerall (60) had been battling alcoholism until it almost killed him after a bleeding ulcer in 1990. He says he hasn’t been drinking since the ordeal.
Technology news – April 17, 1992
Sony says it is set to launch its recordable mini-CD this fall. The 2.5-inch discs will record/play up to 74 minutes of music with instant random access to any cut. Unlike portable CD players, Sony says the MD’s other main asset is that they won’t skip. Prices for the recorders may start around $600-$800 and blank CD’s - $12.00 each.
Music news – April 17, 1992
In Omaha - Obscenity charges are filed against Musicland and Trans World Music Corp - two retailers - for selling albums by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew to minors. Under Nebraska law, it is a first-degree misdemeanor to sell obscene material to minors. Each count carries up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction.
Madonna signs an estimated $60 million multimedia pact with Time-Warner. The 7 to 11 year agreement also includes funding for her company covering music publishing, film, television, books and merchandising.
Trends in music - Industrial Rock, lead by Nine Inch Nails. Lou Reed is considered the grandfather of the genre. Some use to call it death disco or just noise. Many new ears were turned-on to it at the Lollapalooza shows last year and now it’s a hot rock category.
Another new album is set to go Nine Inch Nails. Other Industrial bands with major label deals - Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and the Revolting Cocks.
Tribute to Freddie Mercury - Guns N’ Roses, Robert Plant, Metallica, Def Leppard, Extreme, David Bowie, U2 (via satellite), Elton John, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Roger Daltrey Spinal Tap and the three remaining members of Queen turn out for a Freddy Mercury tribute at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Concert was titled “Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for Aids Awareness.
Entertainment news – April 17, 1992
Passing - comedian Benny Hill (67). Found dead in his apartment, police say he had been under treatment for a heart ailment.
Passing Frankie Howard - British star of “Carry On” film comedies. (71)
Passing - Actor Neville Brand (71) played tough guys in such movies as “Stalag 17,” and “Birdman of Alcatraz” ... of emphysema
Top Movie Video Rentals – April 17, 1992
The Fisher King
Boyz N the Hood
Other People’s Money
Television news – April 17, 1992
Women’s Day Magazine has set up a phone line for Murphy Brown’s baby. Do you have a suggestion? It will cost $1.50 and proceeds to the March of Dimes. Call 900-89-MURPHY.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 17, 1992
Roseanne - 20.2
Home Improvement - 18.1
60 Minutes - 15.4
Murphy Brown - 15.3
Unsolved Mysteries - 15.0
Room for Two - 15.0
Full House - 14.6
Designing Women - 14.2
20/20 - 14.0
Northern Exposure - 13.9
Seinfeld - 13.7
PrimeTime Live - 13.6
LA Law - 13.4
Married ... With Children - 13.4
Movie-The Secret - 13.3
Cheers - 13.2
Fresh Prince of Bel Air - 13.2
Dateline NBC - 12.7
Murder, She Wrote - 12.7
Rescue 911 - 12.4
America’s Funniest Home Videos - 12.4
Blossom - 21.1
In Living Color - 12.0
Evening Shade - 11.8
Wings - 11.7
Brooklyn Bridge - 11.3
Dear John - 11.2
Empty Nest - 11.2
Homefront - 11.1
Tuesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of April 17, 1992
CBS - Rescue 911, Movie
NBC - In the Heat of the Night, Law & Order, Dateline NBC
ABC - Full House, Home Improvement, Roseanne, Coach, Civil Wars
Fox - No schedule
PBS - Nova, Frontline, Listening to America
Family - The Waltons, Rin Tin Tin K9 Cop, Father Dowling Mysteries, The 700 Club
On Full House - Bachelor of the Month Danny is too busy for Michelle
On Law & Order - Stone’s fervor to defeat an old adversary jeopardizes his case.
MTV debuts “Hangin’ With MTV” this Monday. The three-hour show is hosted by VJ John Norris.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 17, 1992
Jump - Kris Kross
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
Masterpiece - Altantic Starr
Make It Happen - Mariah Carey
Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg - TLC
Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) - Mint Condition
I Can’t Dance - Genesis
Beauty and the Beast - Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
Hazard - Richard Marx
Remember The Time - Michael Jackson
Everything Changes - Kathy Troccoli
Everything About You - Ugly Joe Kid
Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen
We Got A Love Thang - Ce Ce Peniston
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Top Pop Music Albums – April 17, 1992
Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen
Totally Drossed Out - Kris Kross
Lucky Town - Bruce Springsteen
Wynonna - Wyonna Judd
Wayne’s World soundtrack
Adrenalize - Def Leppard
Nevermind - Nirvana
Funky Divas - En Vogue
As Ugly As They Want to Be - Ugly Kid Joe
Ropin the Wind - Garth Brooks
Top Country Music Albums – April 17, 1992
Aces - Suzy Gogguss
Pocket Full of Gold - Vince Gill
Billy Dean - Billy Dean
What Do I Do With Me - Tanya Tucker
The More I Learn - Ronna Reeves
Something in Red - Lorrie Morgan
I Am Ready - Steve Wariner
It’s All About Change - Travis Tritt
Trisha Yearwood - Trisha Yearwood
For My Broken Heart - Reba McEntire
Maverick - Hank Williams Jr.
Top movies – April 17, 1992
Basic Instinct - Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone
City of Joy - Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins
Beethoven - Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt
Sleepwalkers - Brian Krause, Madchen Amick
The Babe - John Goodman, Kelly McGillis
White Men Can’t Jump - Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson
The Cutting Edge - D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, Terry Quinn
Straight Talk - Dolly Parton, James Woods
Wayne’s World - Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe
Brain Donors - John Turturro, Bob Nelson
Ladybugs - Rodney Dangerfield, Jonathan Brandis, Ilene Graff
My Cousin Vinny - Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Fred Gwynne
Thunderheart - Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene
Deep Cover - Larry Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Clarence Williams III, Charles Martin Sheen
Sleepwalkers (the first Stephen King story written expressly for the scream) - Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, Alice Krige
Brenda Starr - Brooke Shields, Diana Scarwid, Timothy Dalton