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Dateline: Events/Week of September 1, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

7000 federal troops, 20 mobile field kitchens and dozens of truck convoys loaded with food, water, medicine and building materials set up shop in Southern Florida after the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Dade Country officials hike the estimate of the number of homeless throughout the area to 250,000. So far the death toll is 28. More than 1000 people register to stay at two facilities run by the Marine Corps in Homestead and nearby Florida City. More are on the way.  
Not good news for the Bush Administration as the Census Bureau says that median household income fell 3.5% in 1991 after adjustments for inflation, leaving the average family worse off in 1991 than it was when President Bush took office in 1989. 
Tennessee Senator Al Gore - the Democratic vice presidential nominee attacks the Bush Administration’s failure to articulate a clear vision for America’s space program. The Clinton-Gore Administration “would restore the funding equilibrium” between NASA and the Pentagon’s space program which Gore says has been tilted too heavily toward defense initiatives under Republican leadership. Gore also said that he and Clinton support the building of the controversial Space Station Freedom and “a vigorous Strategic defense Initiative that is focused on near-term threats, including short range ballistic missile attacks against our troops and allies and the threat of a limited or accidental attack against America.” 
Bill Clinton launches his first television ads of the 1992 general election campaign. George Stephanopoulos, the campaign’s communications director says “this ad puts out a positive message about Bill Clinton, about Bill Clinton’s campaign, about his record in Arkansas and about his plans for the United States.” The ads talk about how Clinton added millions of new jobs in the state under is tenure as Governor. Says the ad: “Arkansas now leads the nation in job growth. Incomes are rising a twice the national rate. Seventeen thousand people moved from welfare to work. That’s progress, and that’s what we need now. Change. Real solutions.”   

Best Selling books –September 1, 1992 

Waiting To Exhale - Terry McMillan
Gerald’s Game - Stephen King
The Volcano Lover - Susan Sontag
The Pelican Brief - John Grisham
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn
Rum Punch - Elmore Leonard
The Silent Passage - Gail Sheehy
Truman - David McCullough
The Measure Of Our Success: A Letter To My Children and Yours - Marian Wright Edelman
Marilyn: The Last Take - Peter Henry Brown/Patte Barhan  
The Last Tsar: The Life and death Of Nicholas II - Edward Radzinsky 

Business news – September 1, 1992

Getting into the credit card business - General Electric says that it will offer a charge card with consumer discounts at selected large retail chains and consumer service companies. GE’s move follows the success of the AT&T Universal Card, which began two years ago by offering cards with no annual fee. The “GE Rewards” card will be usable any place that accepts Mastercard. 

Television news – September 1, 1992

Beginning this week - NBC’s Weather line provides daily 24-hour global weather info to callers who dial 900 WILLARD (yes - Williard Scott). Calls will cost 95 cents-a-minute and proceeds go to charity.  
Talkshow “Cristina” with Cristina Saralegui is cancelled after an 11-week run. Columbia Pictures Television says it was because of the ratings, but Cristina says “the deal broke down over business, over compensation.” Miss Saralegui hosts a successful Spanish-language talk show and adds she is negotiating with new financial backers and expects to be back on the air with her English talk show soon. 

At the 44th annual Emmy Awards held this week:

Best comedy - Murphy Brown
Best drama - Northern Exposure
Lead actor - comedy - Craig T. Nelson - Coach
Lead actress - comedy - Candice Bergen  - Murphy Brown
 Supporting actor - comedy - Michael Jeter - Evening Shade
Supporting actress - comedy - Laurie Metcalf - Roseanne
Lead actor - drama - Christopher Lloyd - Avonlea (Disney Channel)
Lead actress - drama - Dana Delany - China Beach
Supporting actor - drama - - Richard Dysart - L.A. Law
Supporting actress - drama - Valerie Mahaffey - Northern Exposure
Best Miniseries - A Woman Named Jackie
Variety, Music or Comedy Program - The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Accepting her Emmy for “Murphy Brown,” show creator Diane English takes a shot at the Republicans, notably Vice President Dan Quayle “I would like to thank our sponsors for hanging in there when it was getting really dangerous. I would also like to thank in particular all the single parents out there who, either by choice or by necessity, are raising their kids alone. Don’t let anybody tell you you’re not a family.” David Beckwith, Quayle’s press secretary said, “It appears we’ve got their attention.”
Responding to comments made on the Emmy telecast, Dan Quayle told a small airport rally in Huntsville, AL - “Last night they said I attacked single mothers. That’s a lie. Last night, they said that I believe single mothers and their children are not families. That’s a lie. Winning an Emmy is not a license to lie.”

Music news – September 1, 1992

The London Sunday Times reports that a collection of “lost” songs by the Beatles is set to be released for the first time after lying locked up in recording studio vaults for more than 25 years. The paper says that both Apple and EMI are cooperating in the release of the recordings as part of a wider Beatles anthology, despite tangled legal dealings over rights to material. A source close to Apple said “They will be issued with the full cooperation of the Beatles.”

New music albums set to debut in 1992:

The Chase - Garth Brooks - September 22
Erotica - Madonna - October 13
Timeless - Michael Bolton - September 29
Automatic For The People - R.E.M. - October 6

Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 1, 1992 

48 Hours - 17.0
Roseanne - 15.9
Murphy Brown - 15.0
Coach - 14.3
60 Minutes - 13.9
The 44th Annual Emmy Awards - 13.9
Unsolved Mysteries - 13.7
Designing Woman - 13.2
Northern Exposure - 13.1
Blossom - 13.1
Full House - 12.6
 Step by Step - 12.4
Major Dad - 12.3
Rescue: 911 - 12.2
2000 Malibu Road - 12.1
Home Improvement - 12.0
Murder, She Wrote - 12.0
Dateline NBC - 12.0
Miss Teen USA Pageant - 11.8
Movie - Switched At Birth -  11.7
Cheers - 11.5
Fresh Prince of Bel Air - 11.5
20/20 - 11.4
Bodies of evidence - 11.2
Covington Cross - 11.1
Evening Shade - 11.0
PrimeTime Live - 10.9
Wings - 10.9
The Return of Elliot Ness - 10.9
Street Stories - 10.8
The Simpsons - 10.7

Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – September 1, 1992 

CBS - Evening Shade, Major dad, Special-Age Seven in America, (See Below)
NBC - Unsolved Mysteries, I’ll Fly Away, (See Below)
ABC - Family Matters, Step by Step, Covington Cross, 20/20
Fox - America’s Most Wanted, Sightings, Rachel Gunn-R.N.
PBS - Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, Pete Seeger’s Family Concert, (See Below)
I’ll Fly Away - Lilly mediates between the man in her life and Christina’s aid to her boozing ex-beau disturbs Forrest. Sam Waterson and Regina Taylor star. 
For their last primetime program this evening CBS, NBC and PBS simulcast “Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse” as Oprah Winfrey presents six stories of child abuse. 
Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) guests Meshach Taylor, Johnny Gill & Shanice Wilson, David Brenner. 

Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – September 1, 1992  

End of the Road - Boys II Men
Baby-Baby-Baby - TLC
November Rain - Guns N’ Roses
Giving Him Something He Can Feel - En Vogue
Move This - Technotronic 
Humpin’ Around - Bobby Brown
 The One - Elton John
Stay - Shakespeare’s Sister
Come & Talk To Me - Jodeci
Keep On Walkin’ - Ce Ce Peniston
Take This Heart - Richard Marx
Jesus He Knows Me - Genesis
Give You My Heart - Babyface
Even Better Than The Real Thing - U2
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough - Patty Smyth/Don Henley
Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane
You Remind Me - Mary J. Bilge

Top Pop Music Albums – September 1, 1992

Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
Totally Krossed Out - Kriss Kross
Countdown To Extinction - Megadeth
Blood sugar Sex Majik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
MTV Unplugged EP - Mariah Carey
Mo’ Money - soundtrack
Ten - Pearl Jam
Ropin’ The Wind - Garth Brooks
Boomerang - soundtrack
Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog
Metallica - Metallica
The Hard Way - Clint Black 
Bobby - Bobby Brown
Beyond The Season - Garth Brooks

More pop music albums – September 1, 1992

Welcome to Wherever You Are - INXS
Trisha Yearwood - Trisha Yearwood
Dog Eat Dog - Warrant
Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
Close To You - Father MC
Forever My Lady - Jodeci
Return of the Product - MC Serch
Time For Love - Freddie Jackson
Unplugged - Eric Clapton
What’s The 411 - Mary J. Blige
Psalm 69 - Ministry
Brian McKnight - Brian McKnight


Top movies – September 1, 1992
Honeymoon In Vegas - James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pat Morita
Unforgiven - 
Pet Semetary II 
Single White Female - Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh
 Death Becomes Her - Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis
Rapid Fire - Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe
A League Of Their Own - Tom Hanks, Geena Davis
Twin Peaks - 
3 Ninjas - 
Sister Act - Whoopi Goldberg
Diggstown - James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr.
Storyville - James Spader, Jason Robards

Summer of 1992 Top Movies In Gross Sales: 

Batman Returns - $158.1 million
Lethal Weapon 3 - $140.9 million
Sister Act - $126.2 million
A League of Their Own - $97.2 million
Patriot Games - $81 million
Boomerang - $66 million
Far and Away - $57.2 million
Housesitter - $55.4 million
Unforgiven - $55.1 million
Alien 3 - $54.9 million
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