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Dateline: Events/Week of August 15, 1993 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Powerful rhetoric - In Denver, Pope John Paul II assails the American church and the sexual behavior by some of its priests.

President Clinton directly intervenes with King Fahd and helps place a $6 billion airline order from the Saudis to McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. Airbus was in the bidding, but it looks like the President’s intervention saved the deal for the U.S.

Wayne County Michigan brings charges against retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian for violating a state law banning assisted suicide.

Mattel Toy Co. announces a $1 billion merger with Fisher-Price.


Technology news – August 15, 1993

Kodak, which just ousted its chairman for not cutting costs quick enough, will lay off some 10,000 by 1996. Analysts say the company is grappling with a technological revolution in its core photography business.

AT&T announces it will buy McCaw cellular for $12.6 billion.


Sports news – August 15, 1993

Martina Navratilova defeats No. 3 ranked Sanchez Vicario – passing some $19 million in career prize money.


Entertainment news – August 15, 1993

Barney mania shows no signs of slowing. Starting next week, look for yet another 30-minute video – “Barney’s Home Sweet Homes” – the third release in the new Barney & Friends collection which debuted in April with “Barney’s Best Manners.” It’s the 13th Barney video overall!

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of ABC’s “Full House,” whose “Brother for Sale” was one of the year’s top-selling kid’s albums, debut their first longform video with “Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Our First Video.” It should be in stores soon.  

Kim Basinger marries her longtime beau Alec Baldwin on a public beach in the Hamptons. A few years ago, the couple starred together in “The Marrying Man.”

MTV’s Daisy Fuentes splits her career between English and Spanish media. She’ll now be part of an all-new “MTV Latino” which debuts in the States and Latin America in October.

 Passing – Actor Stewart Granger (80).

Passing – Herbert Philbrick (78) – who chronicled his years of spying on the Communist Party for the FBI in his best-selling autobiography “I Led Three Lives” and which, became a popular 1953-1956 TV series. The name of his book was inspired by his separate, parallel lives as a family man working in advertising, a spy and a Communist. 


Television news – August 15, 1993

More Heidi Fleiss as E! airs a one-hour special on Hollywood’s favorite madam: “Madam Hollywood: The Heidi Fleiss Story.”


Music news – August 15, 1993

 Passing – Phil Seymour (41) after an 8-year battle with lymphoma. His biggest hit was 1981’s “Precious To Me.”

Out now back in court – Dr. Dre (Andre Young), just cleared on racketeering charges, is back in an LA court. Former Fox TV rap talks host Denise Barnes claims the good doctor assaulted her in January 1991. 


Radio news – August 15, 1993

Interesting trend – Teens are listening to country music more and more. Country has climbed from a 2.3% share of teens in the summer of 1989 to an 8.7% share this year. 

The FCC slaps a $73,750 notice of apparent liability on KFBI Las Vegas for nine broadcasts of the syndicated Howard Stern show which aired between Nov. 10, 1992 and Jan. 13, 1993. 


Top music albums  – August 15, 1993

Cypress Hill – Black Sunday

Sleepless in Seattle – Soundtrack

Zooropa – U2

Janet – Janet Jackson

The Bodyguard – Soundtrack

Unplugged… And Seated – Rod Stewart

Get A Grip – Aerosmith

Promises and Lies – UB40

Blind Melon – Blind Melon

Da Bomb – Kris Kross

Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum

Back to Broadway – Barbra Streisand

It’s About Time – SWV

Bigger, Better, Faster, More! – 4 Non Blondes

The Chronic – Dr. Dre

Breathless – Kenny G.

A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love) – Alan Jackson

Onyx – Bacdafucup

Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins

Pocket Full Of Kryptonite – Spin Doctors

Are You Gonna Go My Way? – Lenny Kravitz

Poetic Justice – Soundtrack

Last Action Hero – Soundtrack

Ten Summoner’s Tales – Sting

Sons of Soul – Tony! Toni! Tone!

No Time To Kill – Clint Black

Ten – Pearl Jam

Pablo Honey – Radiohead


Top Rap Music Singles – August 15, 1993  

Ruffneck – MC Lyte

Insane in the Brain – Cypress Hill

Back Seat Of My Jeep/Pink Cookies…. – L.L. Cool J.

Alright – Kris Kross

Check Yo Self – Ice Cube Featuring Das EFX

Grand Groove At Large – Intelligent Hoodlum

I Get Around – 2Pac

Gotta Get Mine – MC Breed

Let Me Roll – Scarface

All She Wanted/Hed Rush – Knucklehedz


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 15, 1993

Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40

Slam – Onyx

I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles – The Proclaimers

Whoomp! (There It Is) – Tag Team

Lately – Jodeci

If I Had No Loot – Tony! Toni! Tone!

Runaway Train – Soul Asylum

Dreamlover – Mariah Carey

If – Janet Jackson

Weak – SWV

I Don’t Wanna Fight – Tina Turner

Right Here (Human Nature)/Downtown – SWV

Whoot, There It Is – 95 South

Show Me Love – Robin S.

Baby I’m Yours – Shai

I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me) – Expose

One Last Cry – Brian McKnight

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

Dazzey Kuks – Duice

Will You Be There – Michael Jackson

That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson

Knockin’ Da Boots – H-Town

Alright - Kriss Kross Featuring Supercat


Top Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1993

Cryin’ – Aerosmith

29 Palms – Robert Plant

Get A Haircut – George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Peace Pipe – Cry of Love

Plush – Stone Temple Pilots

Zooropa – U2

Got No Shame – Brother Cane

Big Gun – AC/DC

Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

Real World – Queensryche

Sister Havana – Urge Overkill


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1993

Human Behaviour – Bjork

Soul To Squeeze – Red Hot Chili Peppers

My Sister – The Juliana Hatfield Three

No rain – Blind Melon

Numb – U2

The Ugly Truth – Matthew Sweet

Break it Down Again – Tears For Fears

Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins

Sister Havana – Urge Overkill

Outbreak of Love – Midnight Oil

World – New Order

Crazy Mary – Pearl Jam


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – August 15, 1993

Living On My Own – Freddie Mercury

The Key The Secret – Urban Cookie

Pray – Take That

What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes

The River of Dreams – Billy Joel

It Keeps Rainin’ – Bitty McLean

Tease Me – Chaka Demus

Nuff Vibes – Apache Indian

Looking Up – Michelle Gayle

Dreams – Gabrielle


Top Country Music Singles – August 15, 1993

Why Didn’t I Think Of That – Doug Stone

Every Little Thing – Carlene Carter

Can’t Break It To My Heart – Tracy Lawrence

What Might Have Been – Little Texas

Reno – Doug Supernaw

It Sure Is Monday – Mark Chesnutt

Thank God For You – Sawyer Brown

Mama Knows The Highway – Hal Ketchum

Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson

We Got the Love – Restless Heart

In the Heart of a Woman – Billy Ray Cyrus

A Thousand Miles From Nowhere – Dwight Yoakam


Top movies  – August 15, 1993

The Fugitive

Jason Goes To Hell

Rising Sun

The Secret Garden

In The Line of Fire

Heart and Souls

Jurassic Park

Free Willy

The Firm

Robin Hood: Men In Tights 

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