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Dateline: Events/Week of February 8, 1993 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton names Miami prosecutor Janet Reno as his choice for attorney general.

The Clinton Administration announces that it is launching a full-scale diplomatic effort to end the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

President Clinton announces plans to spend an additional $300 million in federal funds to expand the government’s lagging immunization efforts for children and blamed drug companies for shocking prices for vaccines.

President Clinton announced his promised plan to reduce the size of the White House staff.

Prince Charles, in a U.S test of popularity – gets a warm welcome in Virginia, where he spoke to a crowd estimated at 10,000 in Williamsburg. He and Princess Diana split in December – after the publication of a saucy phone conversation said to be between him and married friend Camilla Parker-Bowles.  

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin declared that organized crime is now “the No. 1 threat to Russia’s strategic interests” and outlined steps to break its corrupt hold on the government.

A masked Ethiopian hijacked a Lufthansa Airbus with 104 on board, threatening the pilot and crew – but it call came to a peaceful end – some 11 hours later at Kennedy International. It was the first transatlantic hijacking in more than 16 years.

President Clinton rejected claims that his Administration’s standards are tougher for women seeking federal posts than for men.

It’s reported that Commerce secretary Ron Brown had failed to pay legally required social Security taxes for a part-time domestic employee. Brown said he had recently learned of the Social Security levies.


Business/Economy news – February 8, 1993

Sears, Roebuck & Co. reports a $3.93-billion loss for 1992 – the largest in the company’s 106-year history. 

Life Magazine will be printed on smaller pages starting with its July issue and will slash advertising prices in May by 35% in a bid to make the monthly publication more appealing to advertisers.  Circulation will be reduced to 1.5 million – from 1.7 million.  

General Motors files a defamation lawsuit against NBC, claming they rigged a car-truck crash in an effort to portray a line of GM pickups as susceptible to fiery explosions in side-impact collisions. (more below under television).


Sports news – February 8, 1993

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls is suspended for a day for throwing a punch at Indiana’s Reggie Miller during an altercation at Indianapolis.

Five-time NASCAR Winston Cup champ Dale Earnhardt – coming off a disappointing and frustrating season – wins both segments of the Busch clash at Daytona International Speedway.


Technology news – February 8, 1993

In an effort to capitalize on its successful Powerbook laptop computer line, Apple Computer introduces the much-awaited color Powerbook and a new line of business computers this week.


Music news – February 8, 1993

ABC estimated that 90 million people watched at least part of the Michael Jackson Interview on Wednesday night. The interview was conducted by Oprah Winfrey – who asked him a variety of questions – including art, music – his skin and surgery.

New music show on VH1 beginning this week – “Centerstage.” First show features a Valentine’s Day concert by Michael Bolton, Neil Young is next week and k.d. Lang the following week. It’s produced in conjunction with PBS station WTTW Chicago.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will re-unite for a one-time concert to benefit homeless children in Los Angeles

Paul McCartney – The New World Tour. Don’t miss it.

Bon Jovi’s “Keep the Faith” tour.

Suddenly – Ice-T/Warner Brothers split has created a collectibles market for those items ready to go to market – before the split. For example, Warner Bros. was ready to push its scheduled “Home Invasion” album with posters and copies of the album’s artwork.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Alec Baldwin hosts with musical guest Paul McCartney.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 8, 1993

Ditty – Paperboy

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Nuthin But a “G” Thang – Dr. Dre

Ordinary World – Duran Duran

Informer – Snow

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Father M.C.

Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty By Nature

Mr. Wendal – Arrested development

Rebirth of Slick – Digable Planets

W Whole New World – Peabo Bryson & Patti LaBelle


Radio news – February 8, 1993

Jim (Poorman) Trenton is suspended for walking off the latenight “Loveline” show heard on KROQ Los Angeles. 


Television news – February 8, 1993

News executives at ABC, CBS and CNN criticized NBC’s journalistic practices and worry about the credibility of TV reporting after the bogus/rigged crash story. NBC said it had erred in staging a test crash of a GM pickup truck as part of a report last Nov. 17 on the safety of the vehicle. NBC said viewers had not been told that incendiary “sparking devices” were placed on the truck to ensure that a fire would erupt if the gas tank exploded. And, NBC has agreed to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by General Motors.

CBS and David Letterman meet to discuss the possibility of his show staying in New York – rather than relocate to LA when he leaves NBC in June. Heard on his latenight NBC show – “You know, I was thinking while driving the other day. I only have five more changes to be named NBC Employee of the Month.”

George Burns does a guest shot on CBS’ “The Golden Palace.”

Co-host Sarah Purcell has ABC’s “The Home Show” all to herself, because the other host – Gary Collins – fell off his roof over the weekend trying to make a home repair. Collins hit the patio, knocked himself out, suffered broken ribs and a fractured leg.


On NBC-TV Friday – TV movie “Fallen Champ: The Untold story of Mike Tyson.”

On ABC Saturday morning – a special show – “President Clinton: Answering Children’s Questions,” Narrated by Peter Jennings 


Top movies – February 8, 1993

Loaded Weapon 1



The Vanishing

A Few Good Men

Scent of a Woman




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