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


In The News

The House approve President Clinton’s $498 billion deficit-reduction package.

The U.S. and its allies announce new steps to prevent fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina from spreading to other parts of the Balkans.  Later, Bosnia’s Muslim president – Alija Izetbegovic denounced the initative as an attempt for force his people onto “reservations” and warned Bosnians that the defense of their country is now in their own hands.

Bikers roll into Capitol again -  Hundreds of veterans on motorcycles crossed Memorial Bridge into Washington in a Memorial parade – some 35,000. Many of the veterans – now engineers, truck drivers and police officers – stressed that they want an accounting for the 2,260 Americans still missing from the Vietnam War. 

President Clinton says he hasn’t gone “Hollywood” and admits mistakes in handling his haircut. He apologized for holding up some airport traffic in Los Angeles for nearly an hour while his hair was being cut aboard Air Force One.

 Up in Baltimore – Hillary Rodham Clinton – at a waterfront diner – heard Ismer Locklear tell how he rushed his daughter to the hospital with tonsillitis and now can’t afford to pay the bill. Said Hillary – “Here’s a man who’s working and he wants to take care of his family and his only access to health care is through the emergency room.”

Ross Perot, talking to David Frost on “60 Minutes” – said President Clinton is middle-management material at best and can’t stop conducting business “the Arkansas way.”

President Clinton confirms he had selected Republican David Gergen as his new counselor and chief spokesman.

The Seagram Co. says it will buy a 5.7% stake in Time Warner.

At bookstores – George P. Shultz “Turmoil and Triumph” – a national bestseller!


Pepsi Advertising Bomb – “Uh-Huh Girls” – Update – May 22, 1993

 It’s a bomb – Diet Pepsi’s “Uh-Huh” girls. They co-star with Ray Charles in the Diet Pepsi ads – and their likenesses adorn Diet Pepsi bottles.   The girls generate free publicity by appearing at – almost anything including talk shows. But Diet Pepsi sales are not growing. Melaini Paul, 25, Gretchen Palmer, 28, and Darlene Dillinger, 26, debuted as backup singers in a Diet Pepsi TV ad that aired during Super Bowl Sunday 1991.


Technolog news - May 22, 1993

Electronic game maker Sega of America says it would “voluntarily” impose a rating system on its games.

Microsoft unveils Windows NT at the Comdex-Windows World trade show in Atlanta. The program is being aimed at companies that are developing networks of PC’s and workstations.


Sports news – May 22, 1993

Dale Earnhardt wins the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second time.

The Phoenix Suns’ Charles Barkley gets the NBA’s most valuable player.

Any new NFL expansion franchise will have to pay an entry fee of $140 million – so says Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. 

Wayne Gretzky’s three goals – makes it possible for the Los Angeles Kings to enter the Stanley Cup playoffs – the first-ever for the team. The Kings beat the Maple Leafs 5-4.


Radio news – May 22, 1993

Former Klansman David Duke has a morning radio show over WASO in Metairie, Louisiana.

Morning personality Mancow of “Wild 107” KSOL-FM in San Francisco is in trouble with the highway patrol – for pulling a stunt. Four vehicles blocked all San Francisco-bound lanes on the Bay Bridge in morning drive – in a stunt poking fun at President Clinton’s now famous $200 haircut a few weeks ago.


Music news – May 22, 1993

The “Unplugged” albums – five so far, have sold 10 million copies – the biggest has been Eric Clapton’s.  MTV kicks off new “Unplugged” this week . First one focuses on Uptown Records acts Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Christopher Williams, Father MC and Heavy D. Three more this week feature – 10,000 Maniacs, Soul Asylum and Midnight Oil.

In a Rolling Stone Magazine interview – Whitney Houston sets the record straight – she says she is not a lesbian and says that her husband, Bobby Brown, “Loves Being Married.”

Neil Young has an “Unplugged” album coming out June 15.

“Russell Simmons’ Phat Jam” - Run-D.M.C. is set to headline a live pay-per-view concert on June 18. With them – Silk, Onyx, Redman and Boss.


Top Hard Rock music albums – May 22, 1993

Core – Stone Temple Pilots

Get a Grip – Aerosmith

Porno for Pyros

Dirt – Alice in Chains

Pork Soda – Primus

Cereal Killer Soundtrack – Green Jelly

Ten – Pearl Jam

Ultimate Experience - Jimi Hendrix

Greatest Hits – Queen 


Television news – May 22, 1993

Whoopi Goldberg’s talkshow is canceled and has stopped production. 

“Tonight” show host Jay Leno says the live show he did from Boston’s Bull and Finch pub the night “Cheers” went off the air was ruined by drunk “Cheers” cast members. The partying began at the Bull and Finch with a farewell party – with cast members and VIP’s watching the final episode. “All those celebrities got there early and started drinking early.” Leno was responding to a Boston Herald article that said – doing the “Tonight” show at the event live – was a mistake.

NBC confirms that it plans to advertise a variety of NBC shows on boxes of various brands of Kellogg cereal and that will include Seinfeld. 

Daytime Emmy awards – Susan Lucci loses for the 14th time!

New on CNBC – Equal Time with Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace. CNBC – Cable’s MONEY and TALK channel.

Saturday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 22, 1993

CBS – Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Willie Nelson The Big Six-0 Birthday Celebration

NBC- Saved by the Bell, Empty Nest, Mad About You, Sisters, Repeat of Saturday Night Live

ABC – TV Funniest Commercials, Movie

Fox – Cops, Code 3

HBO – Boxing – Riddick Bowe vs. Jesse Ferguson. 

Willie Nelson’s Big Six-O – With Lyle Lovett, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Travis Tritt, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Jane Seymour, Garth Brooks, Don Was, Clint Black, Dyan Cannon, Wynonna, Naomi Judd, Neil Young, Edie Brickell and Marty Stuart.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 22, 1993

Cheers (Finale) – 45.5

Last Call/Cheers special – 39.6

Seinfeld – 21.3

Home Improvement (Tuesday) – 20.4

Roseanne – 20.1

Home Improvement – 19.6

Movie-Ambush in Waco – 18.8

Coach – 17.7

Murphy Brown – 17.5

60 Minutes – 16.7

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