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Dateline: Events/Week of January 23, 1993 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton marks the 20th anniversary of Roe vs. wade by dismantling a series of Reagan and Bush abortion restrictions. He halted the ban on fetal tissue research and overturned the gag rule on counseling at clinics and cleared the way for the FDA to allow importation of France’s RU 486 pill.

Very controversial - President Clinton says he will partially lift the ban on homosexuals serving in the military. They may be punished, but not discharged.

For the first time in its history – the city of Los Angeles now has a subway – as passengers get their first ride on the Metro Red Line.

President Clinton announces that his wife Hillary will lead his drive to reform health care.

A man sprayed rifle fire into cars waiting to enter CIA headquarters in Virginia, killing two and injuring three – then escaped in his vehicle.

Atty. Gen designate Zoe Baird withdraws her bid due to eroding support from the public. In a letter to President Clinton, she said  that “the continuing controversy” surrounding her nomination would impede her ability to reinvigorate the Justice Department.”

Passing – Retired Justice Thurgood Marshall – first black justice and a civil rights champion. He was 84.

President Clinton will convene a Cabinet-level review of American policy toward Bosnia-Herzegovina aimed at stepping up efforts to stop the fighting and deliver humanitarian aid there. 

Paroled - Jean Harris is freed from custody after spending 12 years behind bars for killing Scarsdale Diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower.


Technology news – January 23, 1993

IBM in a slump and says John Akders would step down as chief executive as soon as a successor is found.


Business/Economy news – January 23, 1993

The nation’s economy grew 3.8% last year.

Sears says it is cutting 50,000 jobs, closing 113 retail stores and is shuttering its famous catalogue.

The New York Post will not shut down – as a controversial investor agrees to purchase the paper. Steven Hofenberg plans to buy the paper from bankrupt owner Peter Kalikow.


Sports news – January 23, 1993

The Football Hall of Fame has new members and they are – coaches Bill Walsh and Chuck Nile. Also in – the NFL’s all-time rusher – Walter Payton, Larry Little and Dan Fouts.

Tracy Austin (30) has accepted a wild-card entry to ply in her first tennis event in nearly four years – at an event near Palm Springs.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – January 23, 1993

Monica Thompson, - the nanny who cared for the children of actress Mia Farrrow and Woody Allen - is taking his side in the bitter custody dispute. “Mr. Allen was always the better parent, and al the things Miss Farrow is now saying about him are not true. Dylan always loved him dearly and misses him and still loves him dearly.”


Music news – January 23, 1993

Pearl Jam says it will begin to work on a follow-up album after their successful debut “Ten.” They’re in the studio beginning in March.

Elton John will perform on the TV special/pilot for Dame Edna called “Edna Time.” Look for it Feb. 28.

Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr has left the group.

Rapper Ice-T has a book coming out – “The Ice Opinion… Who Gives a (Expletive)?.”

Grammy lineup – these artists are set to appear – Arrested Development, Celine Dion, Vanessa Williams, Peabo Bryson, Natalie Cole, Eric Clapton, Julio Iglesias, k.d. Lang and Bonnie Raitt. The broadcast is Feb. 24.

Warner Bros. Records severs its ties with Ice-T. It’s just plain tired of the rapper’s controversy ignited by his “Cop Killer” album.  

Sade “Love Deluxe” world tour 1993.

20th annual American Music Awards – Michael Jackson won two trophies and his third special award while Michael Bolton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Reba McEntire, Patti LaBelle, Garth Brooks and Bobby Brown scored wins. 

Jackson’s “Dangerous” got favorite pop rock album and his “Remember the Time” received favorite soul-rhythm and blues single. Cyrus – best new country artist and favorite country single with “Achy Breaky Heart.” Bolton got favorite male pop-rock artist. Carey got favorite pop-rock female artist and her “Unplugged” got top adult contemporary album.


Top Hard Rock music albums – January 23, 1993

Ten – Pearl Jam

Dirt – Alice in Chains

Metallica – Metallica

Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum

Greatest Hits –Queen

Nevermind – Nirvana

Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Temple of the Dog – Temple of the Dog

What Hits? – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Keep the Faith – Bon Jovi


Television news – January 23, 1993

Looks like Kelsey Grammer will get his own series, based on his “Cheers” character Frasier Crane. NBC has committed to 13 episodes of the new sitcom.

Looks like “Matlock” on ABC isn’t doing to badly. NBC let that one get away.

Chevy Chase meets with Fox TV affiliates and lets them know – his new late-night talkshow will rely heavily on comedy and will not be as dependent on celebrity guests as other shows.

Jenny Jones talkshow gets renewed for another season.

Saturday night television listings/TV guide – January 23, 1993

CBS – Dr. Quinn Medicine Women, raven, the Hat Squad

NBC – Empty Nest, Nurses, Empty Nest, Nurses, Sisters, (latenight) NAACP Image Awards

ABC – Figure Skating

Fox  - Cops, Key West

MTV – The 1993 MTV Rock N’ Roll Inaugural Ball


Top movies – January 23, 1993



A Few Good Men


Scent of a Woman

Used People

Nowhere to Run

Aspen Extreme

The Bodyguard

Body of Evidence

Forever Young

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