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


In The News

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat meet in an effort to resolve differences over implementation of their peace accord. And to ensure that Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip and West Bank next week.

A lone gunman walked down the aisle of a crowded long Island railroad commuter train – and fired at random at rush-hour passengers – six were slain. He was subdued by passengers and arrested. He is Colin Ferguson.

President Clinton declares that “it’s time to stand up” to the gun lobby and consider all options – including standards for weapons registration and wider police authority.

Boris Yeltsin’s constitution passes in a light voter turnout. Yeltsin backers say they will even work with Communists and vow to accelerate free market moves.

Racist – African American Damian Monroe Williams convicted of throwing a brick that struck white trucker Reginald Denny just before the recent LA riots – gets 10 years in prison.   

 About 1,000 mourners attend the memorial service for slain Polly Klaas in Northern California. The 12-year-old was kidnapped and strangled by Richard Allen Davis – a hardened career criminal.

Japan formally agrees to end a decades-old ban on imported rice.


Entertainment news - Passing – Actor Don Ameche. He was 85.


Music news – December 8, 1993

Guns N’ Roses – despite criticism – will not delete its version of the Charles Manson song ‘Look At Your Game, Girl” from their new album. The royalties will be paid to the son of Wojiciech (Voytek) Frykowski – under a 1971 court order against Manson. It’ll be featured on  “The Spaghetti Incident” album.

Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus) pleads not guilty to murder to an LA murder last summer.

Blanca Francia – a former maid for Michael Jackson, said she quit her job with him after seeing Jackson naked with young boys on a number of occasions. A 13-year-old boy alleges that Jackson sexually molested him.


Television news – December 8, 1993

Interesting HBO documentary – “Shock Video” – looking at the video revolution. How personal video cameras are capturing – everything – to a babysitters abuse to a dying man’s farewell. 

Actress Janet Hubert-Whitten, now fired from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, charges in a suit that star Will Smith became hostile when she got pregnant and later criticized her on talk shows saying she had a bad attitude. 

“The Jane Whitney Show” will debut on Jan. 17 over NBC – the only network to schedule a daytime/topical talk show. The others – such as Oprah and Donahue are syndicated.

Monday night television listings/TV guide – December 8, 1993

CBS – Evening Shade, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Love & war, Northern Exposure, David Letterman

NBC – Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Blossom, Movie, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Monday Night Football, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!

MTV – MTV Unplugged, Jon Stewart, Beavis and Butt-head, Rock Videos that Don’t Suck

Fox – Movie  


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 8, 1993

Home Improvement – 23.8

Movie-To dance With the White Dog – 21.9

60 Minutes – 21.2

Roseanne – 19.4

Movie-Case of Killer Kiss – 19.3

Grace under Fire – 18.8

Seinfeld – 18.8

Murder, She Wrote – 18.3

Home Improvement (8pm) – 18.0

Coach – 17.4

Frasier – 17.4

Blossom – 16.9

Fresh Prince of Bel Air – 16.1

Murphy Brown – 15.4

Movie-Murder of Innocence – 14.5

PrimeTime Live – 14.4

Rescue 911 – 14.3

Wings – 14.2

20/20 – 14.1

Dave’s World – 14.0

Phenom – 13.9

Thee – 14.6

Evening Shade – 13.5

Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman – 13.4


Top movies – December 8, 1993

Wayne’s World 2

Mrs. Doubtfire

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Geronimo/American Legend

A Perfect World

The Three Musketeers

Addams Family Values

Carlito’s Way

The Piano

My Life

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