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


In The News

Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid accepts a U.S. peace overture and will hold a cease-fire.

President Clinton orders just over 5,000 troops to Somalia to complete “our mission” and also, sets a March 31 pullout.

The Swedish Academy awards Toni Morrison the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature for accounts of the black experience written ‘with the luster of poetry.”

A Justice department report released this week says Branch Davidian cult members killed some of their own children and set the blazes that consumed their compound near Waco, Texas last April.

A mob of men shouting “Kill Whites” prevents the landing of American military in Haiti.


Business/Economy news – October 8, 1993

F.W. Woolworth says it will close hundreds of unprofitable variety and shoe stores and trim some 13,000 jobs from its payroll.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 8, 1993

Actress Winona Ryder offers a $200,000 reward for the save return of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, saying videotapes of the kidnapped girl stirred memories of her childhood in Petaluma, California.

Marla Maples gives birth to a girl, which she and Donald Trump have named Tiffany – in homage to Tiffany & Co., who cleared the way for his Trump Tower.

Passing- Cyril Cusack – patriarch of the acting dynasty. He was 82.

Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” - Simon & Schuster announces a reprint run of 500,000.


Music news – October 8, 1993

Madonna’s “Girlie Show” – three sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden this week.

Danny Federici – the E Street Band keyboardist – is writing a book about his days with the band. Will there be dirt?

Concert Tours – Billy Joel “River of Dreams” and Depeche Mode – “Devotional” tour.

Beavis and Butthead influences - MTV has approached the band Green Jelly – because their “Three Little Pigs” video was so popular – and maybe there’s something more long form. Also – DJ Pooh is hoping to bring “Hip Hop Toons” – a proposed animated series to TV. 


Top albums – October 8, 1993

Janet – Janet Jackson

In Utero – Nirvana

Music Box – Mariah Carey

Sleepless in Seattle – Soundtrack

In Pieces – Garth Brooks

Easy Come, Easy Go – George Straight

Promises and Lies – UB40


Television news – October 8, 1993

Oprah Winfrey will interview Michael Jordan – who just announced his retirement.

Officials in Ohio blame “Beavis and Butt-Head” for inspiring a 5-year-old boy to play with fire – the caused a blaze which killed is younger sister. MTV taking notice – says it will delete any future references to fire in future B&B airings. 

Burt Reynolds is taking heat for saying not-so-nice things about his divorce with Lonnie Anderson – and he’s making the rounds to say he shouldn’t have said those things.  

Saturday night television listings/TV guide – October 8, 1993

CBS – Baseball

NBC – The Mommies, Café American, Empty Nest, Nurses, Sisters, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Movie, The Commish

Fox – Cops, Front Page

HBO – Tracey Ullman: Takes On N.Y.

CNBC – Pozner/Donahue

Saturday Night Live – Jeff Goldblum hosts with musical guests Aerosmith. 


Top movies - October 8, 1993

Demolition Man

Cool Runnings


The Good Son

The Age of Innocence

The Joy Luck Club

Mr. Jones

A Bronx Tale

The Program

The Love or Money

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