Dateline: Events/Week of April 15, 1993 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Armed cult leader David Koresh, pledges to surrender after writing a religious manuscript – so says his lawyer. Koresh and his heavily armed followers have kept hundreds of law enforcement officers at bay since a February 28 shootout with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents who were trying to serve search and arrest warrants. The FBI says they want the situation resolved almost immediately.
A fire is set by David Koresh at his Branch Davidian compound near Waco. Reports say 86 are dead including Koresh. Nine of the 95 people inside escaped.
Federal jury returns guilty verdicts against to Los Angeles police officers for violating Rodney King’s civil rights during his infamous 1991 arrest and subsequent videotape.
Ross Perot purchases a prime-time slot on NBC to discuss President Clinton’s economic plan and tax increase. Catch it April 25.
First President to invite gay groups for talks – President Clinton invites leaders of gay-rights groups to a meeting at the Oval Office. Leaders are expected to ask Clinton to demonstrate his support for a march they plan in Washington April 5.
On Long Island – Joey Buttafuco declares his innocence on charges that he had sex with underage teen Amy Fisher, who shot his wife in what the teen believed to be a love triangle. Buttafuco was charged with statutory rape and sodomy for allegedly having sex with Fisher in July 1991, a month before her 17th birthday. Fisher, now 18, is serving a 5-to-15 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to shooting Mr. Buttfuoco in the head. Mrs. Buttafuco whose face is partially paralyzed from the shooting says she is standing behind her husband.
A new survey of the sexual behaviors and attitudes of American men in their 20’s and 30’s finds that just 2.3% - less than the 10% expected, have engaged in any homosexual act.
Technology news – April 15, 1993
IBM says it lost $285 million in the first quarter of this year. The company said it suffered from a severe decline in its core mainframe computer business.
Shares of Intel dive after a legal decision enabling AMD to begin shipping 486-class microprocessor chips.
The industry says sales of PC’s with CD-ROM’s have zoomed, largely because the prices have come down and the technology is better. CD-ROM’s add a whole new dimension with graphics, music, pictures and much more. Apple Computer says nearly half the buyers of new Macintoshes are opting for CD-Rom drive on models that offer it.
Sports news – April 15, 1993
Quarterback Joe Montana chooses Kansas City over Phoenix.
Finance – Credit Card interest rates are at an all-time low – at 16.47%. It’s all due to an enormous amount of competition.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 1993
Home Improvement – 21.4
Roseanne – 20.3
Seinfeld – 17.8
60 Minutes – 17.7
Coach – 17.6
Murder, She Wrote – 15.6
Cheers – 15.5
PrimeTime Live – 14.9
20/20 – 14.8
Rescue 911 – 14.7
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – 14.1
Hanging’ With Mr. Cooper – 14.0
48 Hours – 14.0
Matlock – 13.8
Full House – 13.5
Seinfeld (Mon.) – 13.4
Murphy Brown – 13.3
Television news – April 15, 1993
Arleen Sorkin – former co-host of “America’s Funniest People” files a facial discrimination suit against the show’s producer, claiming he dismissed her because she is white.
NBC Prime Time is hurting and is in last place these days. CBS is on top.
Margaret Larson, news anchor for NBC’s “Today” show, is leaving to move with her husband to Seattle.
Passing – Cantinflas, Latin America’s most celebrated and loved comic. He was 81.
Passing – Leslie Charteris – creator of “The Saint.”
Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – Week of April 15, 1993
CBS – Wanna Bet? Walker, Texas Ranger, Dangerous Curves
NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, First Person With Maria Shriver, Law & Order, Tonight Show
ABDC – Wonder Years, Home Free, Home Improvement, Coach, Sirens, Nightline
Fox – Beverly Hills 90201
PBS – Earthkeeping, The Longest Hatred, Charlie Rose
CNBC – Tom Snyder, Real Personal, Steals and Deals, McLaughlin
Lifetime – L.A. Law, Christine Cromwell, Thirtysomething
Nashville – On Stage, Club Dance, Miller & Company, Nashville Now
On Unsolved Mysteries – Includes a 14-year search for a Texas fugitive.
On Home Improvement – Jill has a new checking account and Tim’s a little worried.
On the Tonight Show – William Safire, Neil Young and Katie Couric guest.
Music news – April 15, 1993
Madonna is making the rounds – but she’s promoting someone else – a singer named Nick Scotti. Appearing on Entertainment Tonight – she said “When I first met him, I wanted him, but then when I heard his music, I wanted to work with him and you can’t, you know… mix business with pleasure.”
Appearing at this year’s Lollapalooza summer tour –
Arrested Development, Alice in Chains, Fishbone, Front 242, Primus, and Rage Against The Machine. More could be added. The tour kicks-off June 18 at the Univ. of British Columbia’s football stadium in Vancouver.
VH1 says it will air a new country countdown show in prime time beginning in April. Country is hot now (see below).
Eddie Murphy’s new music video, “Whatzupwitu,” premiers this week on Fox-TV. They’ll broadcast it on Thursday, between “Martin” and “In Living Color.” Michael Jackson is featured.
Radio news – April 15, 1993
Trend - more stations are flipping to country.
Westwood One sells former Pirate Radio KQLZ-FM to Viacom.
Last of Pirate Radio as KQLZ-FM flips from modern rock to Adult Contemporary KXEZ (EZ100.3).
Howard Stern takes some heat in Cleveland after airing a parody song on the boating accident that killed two Cleveland Indians players. The song: “Shipwrecked Bodies” was sung to the tune of “Gilligan’s Island.”
Sex talk on late night music radio stations – three shows stand out:
KROQ (Los Angles) “LoveLines:” with Jim Trent “Poorman” and Dr. Drew Pinsky.
WBBM-FM (Chicago) and “Private Lives” With Karen hand and Dr. Kelly Johnson.
Z-100 (New York) and LovePhones
Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1993
Nobody Wins – Radney Foster
The Heart Won’t Lie – Reba McEntire & Vince Gill
She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful – Sammy Kershaw
Alibis – Tracy Lawrence
Hard Workin’ Man – Brooks & Dunn
Learning To Live Again – Garth Brooks
Born To Love You – Mark Collie
When My Ship Comes In – Clint Black
Tonight I Climbed The Wall – Alan Jackson
She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore – Billy Ray Cyrus
Hearts Are Gonna Roll – Hal Ketchum
Mending Fences – Restless Hart
Ol’ Country – Mark Chestnutt
My Blue Angel – Aaron Tippin
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 15, 1993
Regret – New Order
I Feel You – Depeche Mode
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Cursed Female – Porno For Pyros
Jump they Say – David Bowie
Los Angeles – Frank Black
Is It Like Today? – World Party
Truganini – Midnight Oil
Being Simple – The Judybats
We Are The Normal – Goo Goo Dolls
Leave It Alone – Living Colour
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 15, 1993
Freak Me – Silk
Informer – Snow
Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang – Dr. Dre
I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston
Love Is – Vanessa Williams/Brian McKnight
Two Princes – Spin Doctors
Cat’s In The Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe
Don’t Walk Away – Jade
Comforter – Shai
I’m So Into You – SWV
Ditty – Paperboys
Looking Through Patient Eyes – P.M. Dawn
I Got A Man – Positive
Ordinary World – Duran Duran
Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty By Nature
Bed Of Roses – Bon Jovi
Mr. Wendal – Arrested Development
Angel – Jon Secada
A Whole New World – Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
That’s What Love Can Do – Boy Krazy
Right Kind of Love – Jermey Jordan
The Crying Game – Boy George
It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
Down With The King – Run D.M.C.
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You – Sting
Forever In Love – Kenny G.
Top music albums – April 15, 1993
Breathless – Kenny G.
Bodyguard – Soundtrack
Pocket Full of Kryptonite – Spin Doctors
Songs of Faith and Devotion – Depeche Mode
14 Shots to the Dome – L.L. Cool J.
The Chronic – Dr. Dre.
Lose Control – Silk
Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
12 Inches of Snow – Snow
Ten Summoner’s Tales – Sting
Coverdale page – Coverdale/Page
Aladdin – Soundtrack
Love Deluxe – Sade
Ten – Pearl Jam
Unplugged – Eric Clapton
Hard Workin’ Man – Brooks & Dunn
3 Years 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of … - Arrested Development
Dangerous – Michael Jackson
Home Invasion – Ice-T
If I Ever Fall In Love – Shai
Are You Gonna Go My Way? – Lenny Kravitz
Jon Secada – Jon Secada
It’s About Time – SWV
This Time – Dwight Yoakam
Till Death Do Us Part – Geto Boys
Top hit music singles in Britain – April 15, 1993
Oh Carolina – Shaggy
Young At Heart – The Bluebells
Mr. Loverman – Shabba Rangks
Informer – Snow
When I’m Good and Ready – Sybh
Show Me Love – Robin S.
Fever – Madonna
No Limit – 2 Unlimited
Don’t Walk Away – Jade
Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use) –Sub Dub
Cats In The Cradle – Ugly Joe Kidd
Hot Contemporary Jazz Music Tracks – April 15, 1993
Soul Embrace – Richard Elliot
Cache – Kirk Whalum
Breathless – Kenny G.
Like a River – Yellowjackets
Wes Bound – Lee Ritenhour
Tribes Vibes & Scribes – Incognito
Snapshot – George Duke
Simple Life – Kevyn Lettau
Deep Soul – Ronnie Laws
Top children’s videos – April 15, 1993
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Beauty and the Best
Barney In Concert
Barney Goes to School
Barney’s Magical Musical Adventure
Ariel’s Undersea Adventures: Vol. 1
The Great Mouse Detective
The Jungle Book
Barney and the Backyard Show
Barney, Campfire Sing-A-Long
Top movies – April 15, 1993
Cop and a Half
Benny & Joon
Adventures of Huck Finn
Ninja Turtles III
Point of No Return