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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


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