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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

Delta –16.3

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

The Rescuers

101 Dalmatians

Barney’s Magical Musical Adventure

Barney Rocks

Ariel’s Undersea Adventures: Vol. 1

The Great Mouse Detective

Barney’s Birthday

The Jungle Book


Barney and the Backyard Show

Barney, Campfire Sing-A-Long


Top movies  – April 15, 1993

Indecent Proposal

The Sandlot

Boiling Point

Cop and a Half

Benny & Joon

Adventures of Huck Finn

Ninja Turtles III

Crying Game


Point of No Return

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