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


In The News

President Clinton taps retired Adm. Bobby Ray Inman to be his next secretary of defense. Inman served three decades in naval intelligence, as head of the National Security Agency and deputy director of the CIA. He retired 10 years ago

In year-end interviews with news wire services, first lady Hilary Rodham Clinton called accounts from two Arkansas state troopers about President Clinton’s sexual activities before entering the White House “sad and unfortunate” especially coming shortly before Christmas. The accounts of the troopers were published last week.

South Africa - the nation’s last white-controlled Parliament, votes to adopt a new constitution that guarantees equal rights to blacks for the first time, ending the policies of apartheid.

Alina Fernandez Revuelta - daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, flees the Communist-ruled Island and is granted asylum in the U.S. The 30-something model has long been a critic of her father, whom she has called a “tyrant.”

Dominos Pizza Can No Longer Use 30-minute Delivery Guarantee – December 17, 1993

Domino’s Pizza - the nation’s #1 pizza delivery chain - which built its reputation on a 30-minute delivery guarantee - is scrapping that promise. A jury last week awarded nearly $79 million to an St Louis woman who suffered spinal and head injuries in 1989 after a Domino’s delivery driver ran a red light and hit her car broadside. The company is now scrambling to replace all delivery pizza boxes which mention delivery in 30 minutes or less - guaranteed.  


Bestselling books – December 15, 1993

The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller

The Hope - Herman Wouk

Without Rmorse - Tom Clancy

Slow Waltz In Cedar Bend - Robert James Waller

Lasher - Anne Rice

The Robbert Bride - Margaret Atwood

Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

Mr. Murder - Dean Koontz

The Hidden Life Of Dogs - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Private Parts - Howard Stern

See, I Told You So - Rush Limbaugh

Seinlanguage - Jerry Seinfeld

Embraced By The Light - Betty J. Eadie

Wouldn’t take Nothing For My Journey Now - Maya Angelou

Love Can Build A Bridge - Naomi Judd


Sports news – December 15, 1993

CBS-TV, which has been broadcasting NFL games since 1956 - loses that right this week to Fox-TV. Play by play announcer Pat Summerall said that he was “numb and heartbroken.” “Broadcasting NFL games has been such a part of my life. I couldn’t see myself without it.” Sidekick John Madden was said to be “surprised and frustrated.” (Fox wound-up hiring both announcers).   


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – December 15, 1993

Breaking 5 weeks of silence, singer Michael Jackson speaks briefly, denying the allegations that he sexually molested a 13-year-old boy and reveals that he has been forced to undergo the “horrifying nightmare” of having his body inspected and photographed.”

“They served a search warrant on me which allowed them to view and photograph my body, including my penis, my buttocks, my lower torso, thighs and any other area that they wanted. It was the most humiliating ordeal of my life, one that no person should ever have to suffer.”

Marry - Donald Trump and Marla Maples. About 1000 guests turned out for the 15-minute ceremony. Maples gave birth two months ago to Tiffany Trump.

Passing - Michael Clarke (49) - the original drummer for the Byrds. He was scheduled to perform with his band “Michael Clarke’s Byrds” in Florida for New Years Eve. He had recently learned his liver problem was terminal.

Passing - actress Janet Margolin (50) of ovarian cancer. Well-known for her roles in Woody Allen movies.

The Beastie Boys say their new album will be out in May with a guest appearance by Q-Tip.

Passing - actor Moses Gunn from complications of asthma.

Disney’s animated musical comedy “Aladdin” becomes the top-selling video of all time - with sales of 21 million since October. Runner-up is Disney’s  “Beauty and the Beast” at 20 million


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1993

Home Improvement - 22.0

Roseanne - 20.6

Coach - 20.1

60 Minutes - 19.7

Seinfeld  18.4

Monday Night Football - 17.8

Grace Under Fire - 17.5

Frasier - 17.0

Murphy Brown - 15.8

Bob Hope Christmas Memories - 14.7

PrimeTime Live - 14.6

20/20 - 14,4

Northern Exposure - 14.2

Love & War - 14.2

Movie - Scattered Dreams - 14.1

NYPD Blue - 14.1

Dr Quinn Medicine Woman - 14.0

Evening Shade - 13.7

Wings  - 13.5

Dave’s World - 13.3

Full House - 13.3

Movie - Christmas in Washington - 13.2

Movie - Back to the Future Part II - 13.1

Rescue 911

Family Matters - 13.0

Phenom - 12.9

Blossom - 12.3


Radio news – December 15, 1993

More than 60 congressmen sign a letter delivered to Defense Secretary Les Aspin urging him to ad conservative talkshow host Rush Limbaugh’s program to the Armed Forced radio and Television Service. But AFRTS debut director Melvin Russell says Rush’s show drifts too far to the right and AFRTS doesn’t do long form radio shows. He also points out that AFRTS surveys show that military personnel want to hear music and sports, not talk.

Radio shock talker Howard Stern appears on “The Jay Leno Show” and says he hasn’t made up his mind either to do a movie or a late-night TV show. He bet Leno that if he competed with him, he would knock-him off the air within six months... Earlier in the day, Stern made an appearance at a bookstore in Pasadena, CA. 10,000 lined-up to get their copy of “Private Parts” signed. Said Stern - “It’s a great feeling to know that people support the show whether it’s politically correct or not. And it’s really gratifying to sign a book that you work on for so long. Writing this book really was the hardest thing I ever did.”

More Stern as he gears up for his New Year’s Eve pay-per-view event featuring Joey Buttafuoco, Heidi Fleiss and John Babbit.


Television news – December 15, 1993

Actress Shannen Doherty will not be returning to the Fox series “Beverly Hills 90201” next season. Insiders speculate that reports of repeated tantrums and notorious antics off the set may be the reason.

Tim Russert - moderator of NBC’s “Meet The Press” gets his own news-talk program. The daily half-hour show begins February 7 on CNBC.    

Monday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of December 15, 1993

CBS - Evening Shade, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Love & War, Northern Exposure

NBC - Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Blossom, Movie

ABC - Day One, Monday Night Football

Fox - TV Guide 40th Anniversary Special

PBS - I’ll Fly Away, Barenboim Conducts Strauss, Charlie Rose

Nick-at-night - Bullwinkle’s Moose-a Rama, The Partridge Family, Get Smart, Dragnet, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, The Lucy Show, Alfred Hitchcock, Superman

HBO - Movie- Other People’s Money (1991), Dream On


TV Guide special - Heather Locklear, Robert Wagner and Lindsay Wagner host. With Dick Clark, Aaron Spelling, Jane Seymour, Bob Costas, Marlo Thomas, Mike Wallace, David Alan Grier, Peter Falk, Victoria Principal.

On Northern Exposure - Marilyn seeks adventure in Seattle and Joe doesn’t think she’s safe.

On the Late Show With David Lettermen - John Witherspoon, Clint Black

On  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Kurt Russell, Neil Diamond

On Late night with Conan O’Brien - Gabrielle Carteris, Don Byron


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

What’s My Name - Snoop Doggy Dogg

Hero - Mariah Carey

All That She Wants - Ace of Base

Gansta Lean - D.R.S.

All For Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting

Again - Janet Jackson

I’d Do Anything For Love - Meatloaf

Breathe Again - Toni Braxton

Shoop - Salt-N-Pepa

Just Kickin’ It - Excape

Come Baby Come - K7

Sec Me (Parts I & II) - R. Kelly

Time and Chance - Color Me Badd

All About Soul - Billy Joel

Let It Snow - Boyz II Men

Said I Loved You But I Lied - Michael Bolton

Can We Talk - Tevin Campbell


Top music albums – December 15, 1993

Lethal Injection - Ice Cube

Music Box - Mariah Carey

Vs - Pearl Jam

Janet - Janet Jackson

Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg

Duets - Frank Sinatra

Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles - various artists

B & B Experience - Beavis & Butt-Head

The One Thing - Michael Bolton.

Spaghetti Incident? - Guns N’ Roses

When My Heart Finds Christmas ... Harry Connick Jr.

Bat Out OF Hell II: Back Into Hell - Meatloaf

River of Dreams - Billy Joel


Other Music Albums – December 1993

For The Cool In You - Babyface

Desire Walks On - Heart

Symphonic Music Of Yes - Yes

Sister Act 2 - soundtrack

Automatic For The People - R.E.M.

Wayne’s World 2 - soundtrack

New Miserable Experience - Gin Blossoms

Elemental - Tears for Fears


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1993

I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw

Soon – Tanya Tucker

Fast As You _ Dwight Yoakam

God Blessed Texas – Little Texas

My Second Home - Tracy Lawrence

Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer – Sammy Kershaw

The Boys & Me – Saywer Brown

I Never Knew Love – Doug Stone

Wild One – Faith Hill


Top Country albums – December 15, 1993

Let There Be Peace - Vince Gill

Songs of the Eagles - various artists

Easy Come Easy Go - George Straight

Tell Me Why - Wynonna Judd

Honky Tonk Angles - Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Young

Greatest Hits, Vol 2 - Reba Mcentire

Lot About Livin’ - Alan Jackson

Song Remembers - Trisha Yearwood

In Places - Garth Brooks


Top hit music singles in Britain – December 17, 1993

Mr. Blobby – Mr. Blobby

I’d Do Anything For Love – Meat Loaf

True Love – Elton John/Kiki Dee

Controversy – Prince

Under My Skng U2/Frank Sinatra

Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

Don’t Look Any Further M People

It’s Alright – East 17

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Bee Gees


Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists In 1993:

Garth Brooks

Kenny G.

Pearl Jam

Eric Clapton

Billy Ray Cyrus

Janet Jackson

Michael Bolton

Dr. Dre

Spin Doctors

Reba Mcentire

Brooks & Dunn

George Strait




Stone Temple Pilots

Alan Jackson


Rod Stewart

Mariah Carey



Cypress Hill

Arrested Development


Bill Joel



Ice Cube

Gloria Estefan


Top New Pop Music Artists For 1993:

Dr. Dre


Stone Temple Pilots




Bline Melon

4 None Blones

Toni Braxton



Top movies – December 15, 1993  

Adams Family Values - Anjelica Houston, Raul Julia

Wayne’s World 2 - Mike Myers, Dana Carvey

A Dangerous Women - Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey

 The Pelican Brief - Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

Mrs Doubtfire - Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein

Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit - Whoopi Goldbert, Kathy Najimy

Geronimo - - An American Legend - Jason Patric, Robert Duvall

Mrs Doubtfire - Robin Williams, Sally Field

My Life - Michael Keaton, Queen Latifah, Nicole Kidman

The Piano - Holly Hunter, Harvey Ketel

The Remains of the Day - Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson

Tim Burtain presents - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Betthoven’s 2nd - Charles Grodin

Carlito’s Way - Al Pacino, Sean Penn

The Three Musketeers - Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland

Man’s Best Friend -  Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen

A Perfect World - Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood

Six Degrees Of Separations - Stockard Channing, Will Smith

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