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Dateline: Events/Week of December 1, 1993 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton signs the Brady handgun control legislation, calling it “one step in taking our streets back” and declaring that the nation now must impose additional limits on the use of firearms. 

President Clinton – at a Hollywood fundraiser – appeals to the entertainment industry to examine how movie and television violence are threatening the lives of impoverished young people with weak family and community.

President Clinton meets with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide at the White House and Haitian Prime Minister Robert Malval. The meeting, Clinton’s first with Aristide since allegations by the CIA that the Haitian leader suffered from mental problems.

First Lady Hillary unveils her holiday decorations – a cozy display of crafts, trees and ornaments she called “funky and down to earth.”

Former President George Bush is knighted at Buckingham Palace, joining a group of American presidents, all Republicans – who have been knighted. The others are Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Because he’s an American – he didn’t have to kneel like an English Knight. For the same reason, he is not entitled to call himself “Sir.”

Mellon Bank Corp. announces it will buy Dreyfus Corp. for $1.7 billion. 

Astronauts install a camera that will help the $1.5 billion Hubble space telescope live up to its promise. The new camera’s advanced sensors will allow the Hubble to peer deeper into ultraviolet wavelengths hidden to astronomers on earth and enable scientists to explore the origins of the cosmos.

Pablo Escobar – head of the notorious Medellin cocaine cartel is killed in a shootout with Colombian security forces.

President Boris N. Yeltsin officially replaces the hammer and sickle with the two-headed eagle as the seal of the new Russia.

Crude Oil price drop below $15 a barrel to a five-year low.

Alaska - An eight-foot polar bear crashed through a window into a dormitory at a remote Air Force radar station and mauled a 55-year-old mechanic before one of his workers shot and killed the animal. The mechanic is in critical condition. 


Medical News/AIDS update – December 1, 1993

NBC Nightly News reports that doctors have identified a rare AIDS case n which one child infected another child while in the care of a foster home.


Entertainment news – December 1, 1993

Tom and Roseanne Arnold confirm they will be “marrying.”


Music news – December 1, 1993

Passing – Frank Zappa (52) – from complications of prostate cancer.

Tony Bennett is finding new and young audiences thanks to MTV. His “Steppin’ Out” album is getting played on radio was just put into MTV’s “Buzz Bin.”

Snoop Dogg’s debut album “Doggystyle” sells over 800,000 copies its first week. Snoop was a writer and featured vocalist on Dr. Dre’s hit album ’“The Chronic.”  “What’s My Name” – the first single – is getting heavy MTV airplay.

Rapper Tupac Shakur pleads innocent to charges he shot and wounded two off-duty police officers in Atlanta last month.

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 1, 1993

Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa

I’d Do Anything For Love – Meat Loaf

Gangsta Leen – D.R.S.

All That She Wants – Ace of Base

Here – Mariah Carey

Just Kickin’ It – Escape

Again – Janet Jackson

Indo Smoke – Mista Grimm

All For Love – Bryan Adams

Breather Again – Toni Braxton


Top music albums – December 1, 1993

Doggystyle – Snoop Doggy Dogg

Music Box – Mariah Carey

Duets – Frank Sinatra

Vs. – Pearl Jam

Spaghetti Incident – Guns N’ Roses

Toni Braxton – Toni Braxton

Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins

The One Thing – Michael Bolton

So Far So Good – Bryan Adams

Experience – Beavis and Butt Head


Television news – December 1, 1993

On “Saturday Night Live” – Charlton Heston, Paul Westerberg.

FX – Fox’s new cable channel is set to launch on March 1.  


Top movies – December 1, 1993

Mrs. Doubtfire

A Perfect World

Addams Family values

The Three Musketeers

Carlito’s Way

My Life

The Piano

Nightmare Before Christmas

We’re Back

Man’s Best Friend

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