Dateline: Events/Week of May 15, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Thousands of marchers gather near the White House to demand billions of federal dollars to avert a repeat of the Los Angeles riots. The call from mayors of many of the nation’s biggest cities, was for the Bush Administration to cut its spending on defense and foreign aid and begin reinvesting in the cities. New York City Mayor David Dinkins told the crowd: “The flames that rose in Los Angeles have died, but dust from the city’s ashes remains on each of us. We all know that there, but for the grace of God, goes our city.
Governor Pete Wilson of California orders the immediate withdrawal of the remaining California National Guard stationed in riot-plagued Los Angeles. The governor said he issued the order after he was assured by local law enforcing agencies that “there are adequate resources to protect the public.”
The Endeavour shuttle crew makes history as they rescue a stranded communications satellite by reaching out and grabbing it with their hands. “Real easy, guys, real easy, cautioned Endeavour commander Daniel Brandestein as he flew the shuttle within arm’s length of the 17-foot-tall Intelsat 6 satellite.
Vice President Dan Quayle blames the Los Angeles riots on a breakdown of American family values and accuses the series “Murphy Brown” of contributing to moral decay by making a heroine of a character who bore a baby out of wedlock in a recent episode. “Marriage is probably the best anti-poverty program there is.”
Business/Economy news – May 15, 1992
Gas prices soar across the country at $1.12 a gallon - the most since December.
Olympia & York developments Ltd - the world’s largest real estate company files for protection under Canadian bankruptcy laws. The filing is one of the largest bankruptcy actions in history and could ripple through world financial and real estate markets.
MCA Inc becomes the first entertainment company to extend health insurance coverage to “committed, same-sex partners of its employees.”
Sports news – May 15, 1992
Passing - NFL defensive-end turned actor Lyle Alzado (43) of brain cancer. He married fashion model Kathy Davis in March of 1991, but was told a month later he had inoperable brain cancer.
Technology news – May 15, 1992
Sega Genesis Video Entertainment System - brilliant 16-bit full color graphics ... built-in digital sound & stereo music synthesizer ... includes Sonic Hedgehog game cartridge - $128.00.
Bestselling books - May 15, 1992 - “I” is for Innocent” - Sue Grafton, “Jewels” - Danielle Steele, “The Pelican Brief’ - John Frisham, “All Around The Town” - Mary Higgins Clark, “Jazz” - Toni Marrison, “The Juice Man’s Power Of Juicing” - Jay Kordich, “A Return To Love” - Marianne Williamson, “The Way I Se It” - Patti Davis, “Revolution From Within” - Gloria Steinam, “Born For Love” - Leo Buscaglia.
Television news – May 15, 1992
Passing - actor Robert Reed (59) - best known as father Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” The actor was infected with AIDS and that contributed to his death.
Passing - TV Bandleader Lawrence Welk (89) of pneumonia. “The Lawrence Welk Show” was the longest-running prime-time musical program in television history.
As Johnny Carson prepares to ride off into the sunset next week - Joan Rivers pays tribute to the “Tonight Show” on her syndicated show, but she’s been frozen-out by Carson. Rivers tearfully told a studio audience in New York that she had been denied clips of “The Tonight Show” on the eve of his departure. “I know he doesn’t like me, but I do like you Johnny. Rivers and Carson have been on the outs since she left “The Tonight Show” as permanent guest host - to host her own late-night talk show on FOX. Carson was reported to be upset because Rivers didn’t notify him of the move in advance. Rivers says she tried to reach him, but didn’t succeed.
Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams raise over $5 million in pledges as hosts of “Comic Relief V” - broadcast on Saturday evening on HBO. Broadcast from Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles - a special emergency relief donation of $230 thousand was given to the city to help rebuild after the riots.
Top TV Shows/ Ratings – May 15, 1992
Cheers - (22.4), Roseanne (21.6), Murphy Brown (20.9), Coach (18.8), Northern Exposure (17.5), Home Improvement (17.5), Movie-Cruel Doubt-Part 1 (16.8), Night Court (16.5), Major Dad (16.4), A Different World (16.2), 60 Minutes (16.2), Designing Woman (16.1), LA Law (15.1), Unsolved Mysteries (14.7), Murder She Wrote (14.7), Special-Best of Barbara Walters (14.2), Full House (14.2), Evening Shade (13.4), Movie-With Murder In Mind (13.3), Movie - Intruders Part 1 (13.2), NBA Playoffs (13.0)
Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of May 15, 1992
CBS - Special-Country Music Hall Of Fame, 48 Hours ... NBC - Unsolved Mysteries, Seinfeld, Quantum Leap ... ABC - The Wonder Years, Doogie Howser, MD, The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards ... PBS - Health Quarterly, American Playhouse ... Nick at Nite - Looney Tunes, F Troop, Superman, Get Smart, Dick Van Dyke, Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock.
Country Music Hall of Fame - Performances by Kenny Rogers, Chet Atkins, Barbara Mandrell, Kathy Mattea, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams Jr., Clint Black and Joe Ely at the Grand Ole Opry.
Quantum Leap - Sam leaps into Al’s younger life where the young Navy pilot faces execution for rape and murder.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 15, 1992
Jump - Kriss Kross
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
My Lovin'- En Vogue
Live And Learn - Joe Public
SaveThe Best For Last - Vanessa Williams
Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg - TLC
In The Closet-Michael Jackson
Everything About You-Ugly Kid Joe
Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven - Bryan Adams,
Hazard - Richard Marx
Make It Happen - Mariah Carey
Let's Get Rocked - Def Leppard.
Top Pop Music Albums – May 15, 1992
Adrenalize - Def Leppard
Totally Krossed Out - Kris Kross
Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Wild Life - Slaughter
Wish - The Cure
Wayne’s World - soundtrack
Check Your Head - Beastie Boys
Nevermind - Nirvana
Ropin’ The Wind - Garth Brooks
Classic Queen - Queen
Wynonna - Wynnona Judd
As Ugly As They Want To Be - Ugly Kid Joe
No Fences - Garth Brooks
Greatest Hits - ZZ Top
Ten - Pearl Jam
Fear Of The Dark - Iron Maiden
Other top pop music albums – May 15, 1992
Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen
Off The Deep End - Weird Al Yankovic
Break Like The Wind - Spinal Tap
Next Exit - Grover Washington Jr.
Three Wishes - Spyro Gyra
Life Is Messy - Rodney Crowell
Celine Dion - Celine Dion
The Men - The Men
Walking In London - Concrete Blonde
Rockeye - The Outfield
Double Eclipse - Hardline
Joshua Judges Ruth - Lyle Lovett
Matters Of The Heart - Tracy Chapman
Past The Point Of Rescue - Hal Ketchum
Little Village - Little Village
Back To Front - Lionel Ritchie
Apollo 18 - They Might Be Giants
Diva - Annie Lennox
Right of Passage - The Indigo Girls
The Comfort Zone - Vanessa Williams
Two Rooms - Celebrating The Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin - Various Artists
Family Groove - The Neville Brothers
Top movies – May 15, 1992
Lethal Weapon 3 - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Stuart Wilson
Basic Instinct - Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn
White Men Can’t Jump - Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez
Robert Altman’s - The Player - Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher -
Wayne’s World - Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe
My Cousin Vinny - Joe Pesci
The Babe - John Goodman