Dateline: Events/Week of August 15, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
At the Republican convention in Houston – Delegates re-nominate President Bush and Vice President Quayle. In his acceptance speech, President Bush vows to seek an across-the-board tax cut from Congress if he is re-elected. Ronald Reagan attended and made a speech to delegates.
Passing – John J. Sirca – federal judge who played a big part of the Watergate scandal. He was 88.
Sports news – August 15, 1992
Larry Bird (35) of the Boston Celtics announces his retirement. He’s a three-time MVP.
Nick Price wins the PGA Championship in St. Louis.
Technology news – August 15, 1992
IBM, Dell and Compaq unveil new super PC’s which use Intel’s new 486DX2 - 66MHZ microprocessor. It’s 35% faster than the original 50Mhz-486DX2 chip.
The FCC votes to expand the radio station ownership rules from 12 AM and 12 FM stations to 18 AM and 18 FM stations - increasing to 20 on each band in two years.
In other action - the FCC authorizes three companies to begin testing satellite-based cellular phone services - Motorola (for their 77-satellite Iridium system), Constellation Communications (2 satellites) and Ellipsis Corp (4 satellites).
Entertainment news – August 15, 1992
Passing – Tommy Nutter – famous tailor to the stars and the one who gave the Beatles their Mod Look. (49) of AIDS.
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera and a Ku Klux Klansman are arrested after they scuffled during a Klan rally in Wisconsin. Rivera was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.
This Monday - an original movie on TNT - “Crazy In Love” starring Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman and Gena Rowlands.
More than 500 young woman show-up for auditions in Fox’s “In Living Color.” Three slots are available in the Fly Girls dance troupe. Producers say they are looking for “flavor,” not just dance steps.
Elvis Presley is crowned “the most certified recording artist of all time” at ceremonies at Graceland in Memphis. RCA records and the RIAA presented 110 gold and platinum-certified records to the Presley estate.
Television news – August 15, 1992
MTV’s Republican Convention Coverage – Look for Tabitha Soren, Ted Nugent and “Treach” – a guest reporter. He’s from the rap trio Naughty by Nature.
Monday Night TV - CBS - Evening Shade, Major Dad, Murphy Brown, Designing Woman, Northern Exposure ... NBC - Blossom, Blossom, Movie ... ABC - Monday Night Football
Blossom - begins new season with #2 - Blossom the runaway ends up in a hotel with her boyfriend.
Designing Woman - Carlene becomes a girl scout troop leader.
Northern Exposure - Maggie watches her house burn; he parents split up.
Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of August 15, 1992
CBS – Freshman Dorm, Movie
NBC – Quantum Leap, Reasonable Debouts, Tonight Show
ABC – Full House, Step by Step, Roseanne, Arresting Behavier, Convention Coverage, Nightline
PBS – Adventure
A&E – Dana Elcar at the Improv, Biography, Trouble in Tahiti
On the Tonight Show – Tevin Campbell, Larry Miller and Ian McKellen.
Music news – August 15, 1992
Time Magazine does a featured article on the soaring popularity of electronic dance or techno music. ABC World News Tonight just did a feature on techno and raves.
Marries – Sting to his longtime girlfriend Trudie Styler. They’ve been together 10 years and have 3 children.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love become parents of a daughter. He’s with Nirvana and she’s with Hole.
Ice-T “Cop Killer” backlash as at least one record company – MCA – re-evaluates their commitment to the marketing of violent and sexually explicit rap music. At least one rap record has been pulled.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 15, 1992
“End Of The Road” - Boys II Men, “Baby Got Back” - Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby-Baby-Baby” - TLC, “This Used To Be My Playground” - Madonna, “Achy Breaky Heart” - Billy Ray Cyrus, “Just Another Day” - Jon Secada, “Too Funky” - George Michael, “Come & Talk To Me” - Jodeci, “Warm It Up” - Kris Kross, “Friday, I’m In Love” - The Cure, “Life Is A Highway” - Tom Cochrane, “Wishing On A Star” - The Cover Girls
Top Country hit singles – August 15, 1992
“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” - Brooks & Dunn, “The River” - Garth Brooks
Top pop music albums – August 15, 1992
“Some Gave All” - Billy Ray Cyrus, “Ten” - Pearl Jam, “Totally Krossed Out” - Kris Kross, “MTV Unplugged EP” - Mariah Carey, “Mo’ Money” - soundtrack, “Boomerang” - soundtrack, “Countdown To Extinction” - Megadeath, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” - Red Hot Chilli Peppers, “Ropin’ The Wind” - Garth Brooks.
Top movies – August 15, 1992
Single White Female
Death Becomes Her
A League of Their own
Honey, I Blew Up The Kid