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


In The News

Serbian rebels seal off the last land route of the Sarajevo and fired on U.N. peacekeepers that appealed to an end to their siege.

President-elect Clinton chooses Donna Shalala in charge of the department of Health and Human Services. Carol Browner will head the environmental Protection Agency. Robert B. Reich is named as secretary of labor and Laura D’Andrea Tyson will head the Council of Economic Advisers.

President-elect Clinton names his childhood friend – Thomas McLarty as White House chief of staff and names Democratic Party Chairman Ronald Brown as secretary of commerce.

Holy war – over 200 are dead and hundreds injured in religious riots across India.

A judge declared Manuel A. Noriega to be a prisoner of war and said the ousted Panamanian leader can be sent to a civilian prison only if he receives full protection under the Geneva Convention. 

Soviet President Boris N. Yeltsin declared political war on his conservative parliament and now appeals to the Russian people to launch a nation-wide referendum in support of his radical economic reforms. 

U.S. troops move into Somalia’s central region – taking over a deserted airstrip. U.S. Marines reopened the Mogadishu airport to its first relief flight in several weeks.


AIDS story - Passing – Ricky Ray (15) – the eldest of three hemophiliac brothers barred from school because they were infected with HIV by contaminated blood. He died after a month-long, media documented struggle.

Princess Anne – Queen Elizabeth II’s only divorced daughter – remarries. He’s Cmdr. Timothy Laurence – a British navy officer.


Sports news – December 8, 1992

The New York Yankees sign free agent Jimmy Key to a four-year $17 million deal.

Walt Disney Co. wins approval to establish an NHL team in Anaheim, CA, home of Disneyland.

Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks sets an NBA free-throw record – 23 and scored 42 points in a game against the Chicago Bulls, where Michael Jordan scored 32 points. The Hawks won – 123-114. 

Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott apologized for insensitive racial remarks she has made.

Carl Barger, president of the Florida Marlins, collapses and dies while attending a meeting of major league baseball owners in Kentucky.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 8, 1992

Rump Shaker – Wrecks’N-efect

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Back to the Hotel – N2Deep

In the still of the Night – Boyz II Men

If I Ever Fall In Love – Shai

Rhythm is a Dancer – Dancer

Ditty – Paperboy

Homies – A Lighter Shade of Brown

Flex – Mad Cobra


Top/Hot music albums  – December 8, 1992

Breathless – Kenny G.

The Predator – ice Cube

Timeless – Michael Bolton

Unplugged – Eric Clapton

Home for Christmas - Amy Grant

A Very Special Christmas 2

Love Deluxe – Sade

Christmas Album – Neil Diamond

Aladdin – soundtrack


Music news – December 1, 1992

Billboard Awards – George Harrison received an honorary Century Award. Genesis opened the show with “I Can’t Dance.” Also performing – Travis Tritt, Kris Kross, Boyz II Men, and Richard Marx. Also seen – Christie Brinkley, Shanon Doherty, Jodeci and Cypress Hill. 

The Supreme Court lets stand a ruling that “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” by 2 Live Crew was not obscene. Earlier, a Florida sheriff who took the group to court, but did not prove it was obscene.  


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – December 8, 1992

Television cameras will not be allowed at a court hearing in the child custody battle between filmmaker Woody Allen and his former lover, actress Mia Farrow. Allen (57) adopted tow of Farrow’s 11 children – Dylan (7) and Moses (14). They have one biological son, satchel 94). Allen is seeking custody of the three. The legal fight began after Farrow learned in January that Allen, her lover for the previous 12 years, was romantically involved with her adopted daughter, Soon Yi Previn (who is 21).

Griffin O’Neal receives five years’ probation for firing a shot at his estranged girlfriend’s car. He’s Ryan O’Neil’s son.

Dana Carvey – who has been imitating President for four years on “Saturday Night Live” – takes his act – to the White House East Room.


Television news – December 8, 1992

Johnny Carson receives the Medal of Freedom from President Bush.

Tim Russert is getting noticed as the “Meet the Press” moderator – as much tougher than his predecessor.  

Keenen Ivory Wayans is leaving Fox’s “In Living Color.”

MTV news reporter Tabitha Soren joins NBC’s “Today” as a correspondent.

NBC says “Cheers” will not return for a 12th season. It is now the most expensive show to produce - $65 million for 26 episodes.

CBS makes a formal proposal for David Letterman to host a late-night talk on the network. The pact calls for $14 million per year and the show would compete with NBC’s “Tonight.” It could happen. Letterman wasn’t happy he didn’t get the show after Johnny left.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 8, 1992

Roseanne – 23.3

Jackie Thomas Show – 21.0

60 Minutes – 20.6

Home Improvement – 19.8

Coach – 19.0

Movie-The man Upstairs – 18.8

Movie-National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 18.8

Full House – 17.0

Murphy Brown – 17.0

Movie-To Grandmother’s House We Go – 16.9

Murder, She Wrote – 16.7

Unsolved Mysteries – 16.7

The Simposns – 16.6

Northern exposure – 16.4

Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper – 16.2

Cheer – 15.9

48 Hours – 15.6

Love & war – 14.9

Evening shade – 14.8

Hearts Afire – 14.6

(Seinfeld is #36 at an 11.7)


Top movies – December 8, 1992

Home Alone 2

The Bodyguard


Distinguished Gentleman

Malcolm X

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Passenger 57

A River Runs Through It

Under Siege

The Last of the Mohicans

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