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Dateline: Events/Week of December 15, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A U.S. convoy of troops and other gear reach Baidoa in the heart of southern Somalia’s famine bringing peace, hope and food. 

Israel says it is deporting some 400 Palestinians to Lebanon because they are supporters of militant Islamic groups responsible for attacks on its forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip

President-elect Bill Clinton asks Americans everywhere to celebrate democracy with him by ringing “bells of hope” on January 17 – the first day of inaugural festivities. Any bell will do – even cowbells.

President Bush and British Prime Minister John Major announce that they will seek U.N. authority to send air patrols over Bosnia-Herzegovina to stop Serbian military aircraft from flying in the area.

Isuzu Motors announces that it will soon stop manufacturing passenger cars – the first Japanese company in more than two decades to leave the passenger car market. The company was famous for its Joe Isuzu ads during the mid-1980’s, but apparently, they didn’t sell cars.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – December 15 1992

New York hearing - Woody Allen, making a surprise appearance in court, wins the right to view a videotape of his adopted 7-year-old daughter, Dylan, during which she allegedly claims that he molested her. Lawyers for Allen contend that Mia Farrow, Allen’s estranged long-time companion, had fired Dylan’s therapist after the psychologist told Farrow she had severe doubts about the entire incident of purported sexual abuse. Ms. Farrow’s lawyers say the therapist was discharged because Allen was paying her fees and part of her plane fare to return from a European vacation to resume treating the child after the allegations were made. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1992

60 Minutes –24.7

Murder, She Wrote – 19.2

Roseanne – 17.1

Movie-A Killer Among Friends – 16.7

Murphy Brown – 16.4

Home Improvement – 16.4

PrimeTime Live – 16.3

Football – 16.0

20/20 – 16.0

Full House – 15.9

48 Hours – 15.6

 Movie-A Message From Home

Cheers – 15.3

Movie-Shadow of a Stranger – 15.1

Rescue 911 – 14.9

Coach  - 14.9

Evening Shade – 14.8

Jackie Thomas – 14.7

Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too – 14.3

Fresh Prince of Bel Air – 14.2

Blossom – 14.1

Love & War – 14.1

Family Matters – 13.8

Unsolved Mysteries – 13.7

Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper – 13.2

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – 13.1

Wings – 13.0


Television news – December 15, 1992

ABC cancels “Delta” with Delta Burke and will add “Matlock” with Andy Griffith.

 Passing – Famed game show producer Mark Goodson – one-half the team of Goodson and Bill Todman. He was 77.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – December 15, 1992

CBS – Frosty The Snowman, Wish That Changed Christmas, In The Heat of the Night, 48 Hours,

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Seinfeld, Mad About You, Law & Order, Tonight Show

ABC – The Wonder Years, Doogie Howser, M.D. Home Improvement, Coach, Civil Wars

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place

PBS – Mark Russell, Dance In America

HBO – Tales From The Crypt, Dream On, Larry Sanders


On Seinfeld – Elaine sends a revealing Christmas card photo and she doesn’t know it.

On Mad About You – It’s the first courtship for Paul and Jamie.

On the Tonight Show – Kevin Pollak, Martin Lawrence.


Top Christmas albums – December 1992

Home For Christmas – Any Grant

Christmas Album – Neil Diamond

A Fresh Aire Christmas – Mannheim Steamroller

A Very Special Christmas 2 – Various Artists

A Very Special Christmas 1 – Various Artists

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

A Romantic Christmas – John Tesh

It’s Christmas Time – Crosby/Sinatra/Cole



Radio news – December 15, 1992

WABC morning man and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa confessed to the New York Post that he staged his own kidnapping and several other heroic stunts more than 10 years ago, to help launch his then-fledgling subway watchdog group.

Mutual Broadcasting’s “Larry King Show” will move from nights to days, 3-6pm (Eastern) beginning February 1. The Jim Bohannon Show which only aired on Saturday nights, moves into weeknights. 

Also in New York – Malrite Communications decides to change the name of its WHTZ-FM “Lovelines” show because of a flap with a similar show on KROQ, Los Angeles. So now, it will be called “Lovephones.” The late-evening show is now being simulcast in Philly on WEGX (Eagle 106). 


Music news – December 15, 1992

As of December 1, MTV began listing directors’ names in the on-screen credits of music videos. The channel says it will be restricting its credits to directors-only for now.

Looks like Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” album is his biggest selling ever – now approaching 7 million.

Barbra Streisand announces that she has signed a movie and recording contract with Sony. Her Barwood Films will develop projects for Sony. The deal is worth about $2 million a year for 10 years.

Don’t miss “MTV The Year In Rock” with Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren. Two trends in 1992 were the popular acceptance of alternative rock and the increasing number of AIDS benefits. Who could forget Ice Cube’s proclamation that he was glad of the LA “uprising.” And much more.


Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists For 1992

Garth Brooks

Mariah Carey

Guns N’ Roses

Boyz II Men

Michael Bolton

Michael Jackson


En Vogue

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Color Me Badd


Kris Kross




Bonnie Raitt

Bryan Adams

Amy Grant


Billy Ray Cyrus

Sir Mix-A-Lot


Vanessa Williams

Def Leppard


Pearl Jam

Prince and the N.P.G.

Eric Clapton

Arrested Development

Richard Marx

Mr. Big

Elton John


Top New Pop Music Artists For 1992 

Kris Kross



Billy Ray Cyrus


Pearl Jam

Arrested Development

Jon Secada

Cece Peniston

P.M Dawn


Top pop hit music in Britain – December 15, 1992

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Slam Jam – The WWF Superstars

Would I Lie To You? – Charles & Eddie

Heal the World – Michael Jackson

Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix) – Heaven 17

Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda) – Rod Stewart

I Will Believe In You – Cliff Richard

Out of Space – The Prodigy

Could It Be Magic – Take That

Deeper and Deeper – Madonna


Top movies  – December 15, 1992

A Few Good Men

Home Alone 2

The Bodyguard


Distinguished Gentleman

Muppet Christmas Carol

Malcolm X

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Passenger 57

Under Siege

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