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


In The News

Former FBI director William Webster is appointed to look into the response of the Los Angeles police department into the riots. The department has been heavily criticized.

Truck driver Reginald Denny, whose brutal beating by rioters was the beginning of the LA riots, says he has no idea of what happened. Denny was yanked from his truck by rioters and nearly beaten to death, is well enough to talk. 

Three men are arrested who were responsible for the beating of Reginald Denny. A fourth man surrendered.

The U.S. Army and U.S. Marines withdraw from riot-torn Los Angeles, but National Guard units will remain in place.

Ross Perot files twice the number of petition signatures required to gain a position on the Texas presidential ballot. Texas law requires an independent candidate to file 54,275 qualified names to be considered for the presidential ballot.

Space shuttle astronauts make history by rescuing a stranded communications satellite. They simply reached out and grabbed it. 

The Dow rises to a new high – 3,397.58.

Now at bookstores – Patty Davis – “The Way I See It” an autobiography.


Sports news – May 8, 1992

Mike Tyson was found guilty of threatening a guard and disorderly conduct after a hearing in the Indiana Youth Center at Plainfield.


Health/Medical news – May 8, 1992

Trend – Or is it a scam? MRI body scans. MRI imaging centers. Body scans. Do you really need one?


Technology news  - May 8, 1992

Apple Computer unveils a language tool to help developers – which will let machines use everything from Japanese to Italian. It’s called World Script and will become available when Apple upgrades its Macintosh System 7 operating system this fall.

Target stores has Super Nintendo for $149.00. Dazzling 3-D graphics, spectacular color, digital stereo sound, high-tech controllers. Includes the game  Super Mario World. Also at Target – rival Sega Genesis – For $129.00. 16-bit color graphics, built-in digital sound and stereo music synthesizer.. Comes with control pad and Sonic the Hedgehog came cartridge. 


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – May 8, 1992

Movie director Spike Lee – in Cannes France – called George Bush “a liar” for saying he wants to do something abut the causes of racial violence.

Don’t miss Comic Relief V – May 16 – From Los Angeles and aired live on HBO. Hosted again by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. Musical director – Patrice Rushen. It’ll include – Jimmy Carrey, George Forman, Heavy d. & The Boyz, Jay Leno, Robert Kline, Paul Rodriquez, Garry Shandling, Sinbad and so much more.  


Music news – May 8, 1992

Barbra Streisand lands a $40 million deal with Sony – for music and movies.

Bruce Springsteen makes his first live television appearance – with a stint on “Saturday Night Live” this week. Tom Hanks hosts. He goes on his first tour in four years – and it starts in Europe June 15.

Michael Jackson is interviewed in the latest edition of Ebony Magazine.

Guns N’ Roses and Metallica will begin to tour together beginning July 17 at Washington’s RFK stadium. It’s a 22 concert date.

 He’s the hottest – Rick Rubin and his Def American record label. Everyone wants to know what/who Rubin is signing next!


Top pop music albums – May 8, 1992

Totally Krossed Out – Kris Kross

Adrenalize – Def Leppard

Wish – the Cure

Classic Queen – Queen

Wynonna – Wynonna Judd

No Fences – Garth Brooks

Ropin’ The Wind – Garth Brooks

Wayne’s World – Soundtrack

Nevermind – Nirvana

Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chilli Peppers


Television news – May 8, 1992

The Sci-Fi channel, now backed by USA Networks – is set to launch Sept 24 to about 10 million cable TV households. Turner’s “Cartoon Network” is set to debut October 1.   

Joan Rivers, in an emotional monologue, told her talkshow audience that she had been denied clips of the “Tonight” show with Johnny Carson. She says she knows Johnny doesn’t like her, but she still likes him. “It’s like I’m Stalin… a purge thing.” They’ve been on the outs since 1986, when Rivers left to do her own show. One problem – she never told Johnny personally – and he took that personally.


Top movies – May 8, 1992

Basic Instinct

White Men Can’t Jump


The Player

Wayne’s World

Deep Cover

Split Second


My Cousin Vinny


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