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


In The News

Manuel Noriega – former Panamanian strongman is sentenced to 40 years in prison for his conviction on eight counts of racketeering, conspiracy and cocaine smuggling.  He is unlikely to win parole in what is likely to be a life sentence (he’s 58).

Before the convention – Democrats say Bill Clinton has named Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr. as his running mate. 

Bill Clinton arrives in New York with good news. He picked up the long-anticipated – but long delayed endorsement of the Rev. Jesse Jackson with whom he had bickered with most of the campaign.  

A federal jury found Pan Am World Airways guilty of willful negligence in permitting a bomb to be smuggled aboard the jumbo jetliner that blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. The airline is now defunct.

Democratic convention in NY – Democrats call on a national renewal and contend that 12 years of Republican rule have left the nation economically weak and socially divided.

Ross Perot says he will lay low during the Democratic Convention in NY. He is planning no public appearances so that he could finalize several policy papers and deal with organizational problems. Earlier in the week, the undeclared presidential candidate – under pressure to clarify his anti-gay statements, declared that if he were elected, he would not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation anywhere in the government. 

Jesse Jackson in a speech to World Jewish Congress meeting termed Zionism a liberation movement and called on Jews and blacks to recreate their old coalition.


Technology news – July 8, 1992

IBM announces an alliance with Siemens of Germany and Toshiba Corp of Japan to develop memory chips that hold 256 megabits of information 64 times more data than that of the highest capacity chips now on the market.


Music news – July 8, 1992

Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose is arrested after arriving at JFK from Paris. He’s wanted by St. Louis authorities to face misdemeanor charges after a concert there a year ago. 

Neil Young writes in Guitar Player magazine – that he hates a CD reissue of an album he did back in 1969… “’Everyone Knows This is Nowhere” is now available on CD, but it’s not as good as the original, which came out in 1969… I would like to hear guitars again, with the warmth, the highs, the lows, the air, the electricity, the vibrancy of something that’s real.. It’s an insult to the brain and heart and feelings to have to listen to this and think it’s music.” 


Some top pop music albums – July 8, 1992

MTV Unplugged – Mariah Carey

Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus

Totally Krossed Out – Kris Kross

Ten – Pearl Jam

Ropin’ the Wind – Garth Brooks

No Fences – Garth Brooks


Hollywood/Entertainment news – July 8, 1992

Kim Bassinger gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Television news – July 8, 1992

ABC broadcasts an AIDS awareness special – “In a New Light.”

The talkshow featuring Phil Donahue and Russia’s Vladimir Pozner leaves syndication and will move to CNBC this fall.

Fox debuts “Melrose Place” this week. 

Van Gordon Sauter – former president of CBS News, will take over the news division of the Fox network.  

Johnny Carson signs a contract with NBC in which he would star in and/or develop a variety of original programs.

Passing – Eric Sevareid – former commentator for CBS. He was 79.

Oprah Winfrey will host “Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse” to be broadcast by CBS, NBC and PBS. Look for it Sept. 4.


Top movies – July 8, 1992

A League of Their Own

Universal Soldier


Batman returns

Sister Act

Cool World

Prelude to a Kiss

Unlawful Entry


Patriot Games

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