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Apartheid ends - South Africa’s white-controlled Parliament adopts a sweeping new constitution that guarantees equal rights to blacks for the first time.

The Irish Republican Army declared its traditional Christmas truce, but a leader of the group’s political wing ruled out an end to its 25-year-old war in Northern Ireland under an Anglo-Irish peace initiative.

New alliance - The Vatican and Israel ratify a landmark agreement to establish full diplomatic relations.

 Alina Fernandez Revuelta – daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro – is granted asylum in the United States. She is living in the Atlanta area. She’s a former model now in her 30’s.

Holiday cease fire? – Bosnia breaks the truce as ten are dead and dozens injured.

Bitter cold sweeps the Midwest into upstate NY, where two towns reported temperatures at –37. One was Gouverneur. Hikers setting out for the woods at Lake Placid were warned of windchill factors down to minus 75.

The Vatican and the State Of Israel ratify a landmark agreement to establish full diplomatic relations - ushering in a new era in the often-contentious 2000-year relationship between the Jews and Christians. The 15-article agreement provides for the immediate exchange of diplomatic representatives and the appointment of ambassadors.  

The four-day “Guns For Toys” program in New York is so successful over the holiday season that organizers plan to take it nationwide. The four-day program netted 317 guns - from hunting rifles to machineguns. Lines of gun owners lined-up in front of police stations, to exchange their guns for $100 gift certificates from Toys R Us.

Passing – Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar. He was 86.

Passing – Author William Shirer. He was 89.

Passing – Dave Beck – former president of the Teamsters. He was 99. 

Passing – Norman Vincent Peale. He was 95.


Medical/Health news – December 24, 1993

A 59-year-old Briton has become the oldest woman on record to have twins after giving birth to test-tube babies on Christmas Day. Her name has not been released.


The FDA approves a new drug for Cystic Fibrosis – dornase alfa. 


Radio news – December 24 1993 

DJ Howard Stern does his first pay per view special on New Year’s Eve. Stern made his grand entrance on a rising toilet quipping “Forty bucks to watch me take a dump!”


Entertainment/Movie news – December 24, 1993

The Hollywood Reporter says that 1993 box office sales will set an all-time record – more than $5 billion which will exceed the previous high in the year 1989.

NBC will debut “Later with Greg Kinnear” on Feb. 14.

Tony Danza’s injuries from a skiing accident are more serious than first reported. After several days in intensive care, Danza underwent back surgery. He had 5 broken ribs, internal bleeding and bruises. He’s expected to remain in the hospital for several more days. The accident occurred several days ago.  

Actress Kim Basinger seeks further Bankruptcy protection. She’ll convert a chapter 11 filing earlier this year to a chapter 7. Under chapter 7, her estate will be subject to liquidation by a trustee and distributed to her creditors. Basinger lost a case with Main Line Productions because she reneged on a word of mouth agreement to appear in the film “Boxing Helena.” The jury awarded Main Line 8 million dollars. Under chapter 11, the court would have required her to pay back a substantial amount, if not all of it.

Passing - actor Cesar Romero (86).

Passing - Lyricist Mack David - wrote the words for more than 100 pop and film tunes including “Gone With The Wind” and Walt Disney’s Cinderella.

Quoted in a French magazine, Disney leader Michael Eisner says Euro-Disney in Paris could close if efforts to improve the park’s financial health fall through. The park lost $920 million in its fiscal year ended September 30.   Analysts say it is unlikely that Disney will close the park. The company’s reputation is at stake in the venture.

Fox’s start-up network (FX) acquires Hart to Hart, Mission Impossible, Batman and Dynasty. Each of these series will be part of the new basic cable channel’s lineup at debut coming up June 1


Music news -  December 24, 1993

The Grateful Dead was the highest grossing concert act in 193 - $45.6 million in 81 shows.  Rod Stewart did $30.5 million in 68 performances. Third was Neil Diamond with $29.8 million and 75 shows. The rest of the top 10 – Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Billy Joel. Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Reba McEntire and Kenny G.

A big trend in 1993 – was gangsta rap and artists such as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Ice-T. The other – grunge rock.

New Year’s Eve – Barbra Streisand appears at the MGM Grand!

Pop music star Michael Jackson is hit with a $20 million lawsuit in a fraud and breach of contract claim by the promoter of the canceled “Dangerous” world tour.  The suit alleges the Jackson refused to reimburse Marcel Avram, the owner of Mama Concerts, the money for debts resulting from cancellations on the tour.

From his Neverland Ranch – Michael Jackson denies molesting a 13-year-old boy.  “I am not guilty of these allegations, but if I m guilty of anything, it is of giving al that I have to give to help children all over the world.”

For the Super Bowl on Jan. 30 – Natalie Cole will sing the national anthem. The pre-game show will feature Charlie Daniels, Kriss Kross and the Morehouse College Marching Band. Half-time show – Tanya Tucker, Clint Black and Wynonna.


Top music albums – December 24, 1993

Vs. – Pearl Jam

Music Box – Mariah Carey

Doggystyle – Snoop Doggy Dogg

Janet – Janet Jackson

The One Thing – Michael Bolton

Beavis & Butt-head Experience

The Songs of the Eagles – Various artists

River of Dreams – Billy Joel

Bat Out of Hell II – Meat Loaf

Duets – Frank Sinatra


Top pop hit music singles (top-40) – December 24, 1993

“Hero” - Mariah Carey, “Again” - Janet Jackson, “All For Love” - Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart, “Breathe Again” - Toni Braxton, “What’s My Name” - Snoop Doggy Dogg, “Let It Snow” - Boys II Men, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” - Meat Loaf, “Shoop” - Salt-N-Pepa, “Come Baby Home” - K7


December 31, 1993 New Year’s Eve television –

MTV begins counting down the top-100 videos of 1993 at noon. Then, don’t miss MTV’s “Live and Loud” with Nirvana, the Breeders, Cypress Hill. Anthony Kiedis and Flea will co-host. MTV moves to Time Square for “Janet’s Live New Year Jam,” a concert by Janet Jackson.

Fox – New Year’s Eve: 94 with George Carlin, Sinbad, Penn & Teller, Bobcat Coldthwait and Carrot Top. Richard Jeni reports from Times Square.  

 Howard Stern conducts the “Miss Howard Stern New Year’s Eve Pageant” on pay-per-view. It’ll cost your $39.95. Judges include John Wayne Bobbitt, Tiny Tim, Joe Frazer and that Ku Klux Klansman.

David Letterman conducts his first New Year’s Eve broadcast. On the show – Bon Jovi, Roseanne and Tom Arnold. On CBS-TV.

Dick Clark conducts his 22nd “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC. Mark Curry and Holly Robinson, Brooks & Dunn, Daryl Hall, Kiss, Joey Lawrence, SWV and Barry Manilow.


Top movies – December 24, 1993

The Pelican Brief

Mrs. Doubtfire


Sister Act 2

Beethoven’s 2nd

Grumpy Old Men

Wayne’s World 2

Geronimo: An American Legend

The Plano

Schindler’s List

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