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


In The News

Despite warnings of military reprisals, the parliament of Bosnia’s rebel Serbs refuse to approve an international peace accord, deciding instead to put it to a vote of the Bosnian Serb people... President Clinton calls the Bosnian Serb assembly’s rejection of a peace plan a “grave disappointment” and demands that the international community agrees to “act quickly and decisively” against the Serbs.

 U.N. military observers enter the besieged Muslim enclave of Zepa in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina to discover widespread destruction and fewer than 250 people left in a town of almost 40,000 residents and refugees.

President Clinton agrees to slash funds for transportation, public health, environmental and poverty programs in the face of congressional demands for further spending cuts.

The Rev Jesse Jackson and 24 others are arrested in Washington after noisy protesters block the lobby of the National Labor Relations Board for an hour. Jackson was with a group of about 200 protesters who were seeking a board more sympathetic to labor, along with legislation to accord more security to union workers.

Armand D’Amato (47) - brother of Sen Alfonse M. D’Amato (R-NY) is convicted of accepting $32,500 from a defense contractor in exchange for agreeing to lobby his brother for contract awards. He said he would appeal - “I didn’t do anything wrong, so I’m absolutely upset about it.”

Donna Koran Goes Public

Styles - Donna Koran is about to go public with her clothes company. Koran started her successful business in 1984 after years as a co-designer for Anne Klein Cos. Last year, Koran had sales of $270 million up from $119 million in 1989. The stock offering will allow the company to expand


Bestselling books – May 8, 1993

The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller

The Client - John Grisham

A Season in Purgatory - Dominick Dunne

“J” is for Judgment - Due Grafton

A Season in Purgatory - Dominick Dunne

Gai-Jin - James Clavell

I’ll Be Seeing You - Mary Higgins

Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola

Healing and the Mind - Bill Moyers

Beating The Street - Peter Lynch

Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military - Randy Shilts

Care of the Soul -: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life - Thomas Moore

Amy Fisher: My Story - Amy Fisher

A Woman’s Worth - Marianne Williamson  


Technology news – May 8, 1993

Computer news - Microsoft is selling its latest version of its industry standard MS-DOS software, but there are reports with problems with the program. The company says its “DOS-6” has sold more then 3 million copies - a record for any software program in so short a time and double the original forecast. DOS-6 improves on early versions and includes new features such as data compression. Trade paper Infoworld reports this week that extensive testing has shown that DOS 6 has significant bugs, especially in the data compression feature. Microsoft contends that the testing was flawed and denies there are any significant problems with the software. PC Week, another computer publication, says it has not uncovered the types of problems reported by its rival. But says PC Week - the disk compression should not be used unless files are backed up first and the latest version of Norton Utilities is on hand to address any problems. Because of the Infoworld report, some major buyers are holding off purchase of the program.     

More Computer News - a new version of Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows is out this week after stumbling, critics say this version is much better and should give Microsoft’s Excel and Borland International’s Quattro Pro a run for it. A slew of problems have hurt it over the last few years. The company bungled an important 1-2-3 upgrade, failed to complete a merger with Novell, Inc and experienced a series of high-level executive departures. Most important, Lotus failed to develop a version of 1-2-3 for Microsoft’s Windows personal-computer operating environment. Instead, the company bet on IBM’s O2/2 as the likely successor to the DOS software and was caught off-guard by the success of Windows. The first Windows version of 1-2-3 arrived in 1991, but fizzed. Other than the new version of 1-2-3, another bright spot for Lotus is something called “Notes” - widely recognized as the pioneering product in “groupware.” Notes enables people to work together on documents and maintains access to a common set of files. A key feature to Notes is technology called “replication.” Notes files in different PC’s are automatically updated - great for customer tracking and similar tasks. 

DirectTV ready to go - the fledgling satellite company announces it has secured programming from 10 TV networks. The planed 150-channel system, which will broadcast directly to subscriber’s homes from two Hughes satellites, will aim at the 38% of viewers currently not receiving cable television. The cable TV channels DirectTV will include - CNN, Headline News, the Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, the Nashville Network, Country Music Television and the Family Channel. Direct-TV is owned by General Motors Hughes Electronics subsidiary. The company is spending $600 million to build and launch two powerful satellites to serve subscribers in all 50 states. DirectTV had made deals with Paramount and Columbia and expects to have all the other major studios for the broadcast of movies  - about a month after they come out on home video release. Cable television companies aren’t standing still. Operators have begun to upgrade systems to 500 channels. So far, subscribers to satellite television may have to foot-out $700 for equipment (dish-antenna and receiver) plus an additional $25 a month for the service. Lets see what happens.


Television news - May 8, 1993

CBS is talking to Garry Shandling about hosting a 12:30am show to follow David Lettermen. He’s already turned-down NBC.

Speaking of Letterman, on his NBC show this week - his NBC successor, Conan O’Brien. Said Letterman - “Just a world of advice, I think the network would kind of like to see you in a tie.” 


Music news – May 8, 1993

Rap group N.W.A. will reform without one of original members - Easy-E. Three of them - Ice Cube, Dr Dre and M.C. Ren have agreed to work on a new album. Sources say the reunion album will be titled “N.W.E.” - Niggaz Without Eazy, instead of the original Niggaaz With  Attitude. Their 1989 album “Straight Outta Compton” is the one that popularized the gangsta rap movement.

Trends - record companies today are worried about shops that sell used CD’s which could divert funds away from new product. This week, Sony Music’s distribution arm joins Time Warner’s WEA and Thorn-EMI’s CEMA in refusing to pay for new product ads for stores that cell used CD’s. Others are bound to follow. Last December - Wherehouse Entertainment with its 306 outlets, became the first major retail chain to enter the used CD business. Used CD’s make up less than 1% of all compact discs sold in the country, but could carve out as much as 20% of the marketplace by 1998 says studies conducted by record companies. (Of course, this would be thwarted by the Internet, MP3 and music-sharing websites).       

Trends seen in videos - Bon Jovi is sporting a new haircut. It use to fall to the middle of his back, but now it clears his shoulders. Also, allot of male rockers are wearing crosses; Axl Rose - “Dead Horse,” Bobby Brown in “That’s the Way Live is” and PM Dawn in “Looking Through Patient Eyes.”

It’s announced that Pat Benatar will kick off her first tour in seven years to coincide with a new album - “Gravity’s Rainbow.” Patti Scialfa (Mrs Bruce Springsteen)’s new album “Rumbledoll”  will be released in July. Bruce is not part of the project. 

College radio - “Smells Like Teen Spirit” - Nirvana - was the most played song on American college radio stations this past year according to BMI. 

At the 28th Annual Country Music Awards -

Best single - “Boot Scootin’ Boogie - Brooks & Dunn

Best album - “Brand New Man” - Brooks & Dunn

Entertainer of the Year - Garth Brooks

Song of the Year - “I Believe in You” - Vince Gill

Best new male vocalist - Tracy Lawrence “Alibis”

Best new female vocalist - Michelle Wright - “Take It Like a Man”


Paul McCartney will perform his first live television concert for Fox-TV on June. It will be part of his New World Tour 1993. The broadcast is set to broadcast live from the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C.


Top Movie Video Tape Rentals – May 8, 1993

Under Siege

Passenger 57

The Last of the Mohicans

Consenting Adults

The Player

The Mighty Ducks

A League of Their Own



Reservoir Dogs


Top television shows/ratings – May 8, 1993 

Home Improvement - 21.3

Cheers - 20.8

Coach - 16.9

Movie - Tommyknockers part 1 - 15.9

Murder, She Wrote - 15.7

Murphy Brown - 15.6

Roseanne - 15.5

 60 Minutes - 14.9

Northern Exposure - 14.4

PrimeTime Live - 14.3

Full House - 14.2

Movie - Murder in the Heartland part 2 - 14.2

Movie - Labor of Love - 14.1

Love & War - 14.0

Quantum Leap - 13.7

48 Hours - 13.5

End of Innocence - 13.3

20/20 - 13.3

Movie - Murder in the Heartland part 1 - 13.3

Blossom - 13.0

Evening Shade - 13.0

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 13.0

Beverly Hills 90210 - 12.3

 Unsolved Mysteries - 12.1

Wings - 11.9

L.A. Law - 11.8

Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman - 11.8

Movie - Return of Ironside - 11.6

American Detective - 11.3

Matlock - 11.2

The Simpsons - 11.1

Rescue 911 - 10.9

Step by Step - 10.9

Bob - 10.8

Martin  - 10.8


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 8, 1993

CBS - Evening Shade, Bob, Murphy Brown, Love & War, Northern Exposure

NBC - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Blossom, Move-For the Love of My Child

ABC - FBI Stories, Detective, Movie-The Tommyknockers Part 2

Fox - No schedule

PBS - Figure Skating, Dancing, Charlie Rose

Family Channel - The Waltons, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, Father Dowling Mysteries, The 700 Club

A & E - An evening at the Improv, David L. Wolper Presents, Sherlock Holmes, Lovejoy


On Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Will must perform with 8-year-olds at commencement.

On American Detective - Las Vegas detectives encounter scams involving prostitutes and pimps.

On Love & War - Wally caters the wedding of Nadine’s daughter.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 8, 1993

Knockin’ Da Boots - H Town

That’s The Way ... - Janet Jackson

Touch My Light - Big Mountain

It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube

I’m So Into You - SWV

Down With The King - Run-DMC

Freak Me - Silk

Informer - Snow

Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang - Dr Dre

Show Me Love - Robin S


Top Music Albums – May 8, 1993

The Bodyguard - soundtrack

Porno for Pyros - Porno for Pyros

Unplugged - Eric Clapton

It’s About Time - SWV

Breathless - Kenny G

Get a Grip - Aerosmith

Lost Control - Silk

The Chronic - Dr Dre

Pocket Full of Krytonite - Spin Doctors

12 Inches of Snow - Snow


More Music Albums – May 8, 1993

Who’s the Man? - soundtrack

3 Years 5 Months... Arrested Dev

San Francisco Days - Chris Isaak

Get A Grip - Aerosmith

14 Shots to the Dome - LL Cool J

Monterey Nights - John Tesh

Black Tie White Nose - David Bowie

Try My Love - Jeremy Jordan

The New Nedge Acoustic Alchemy

Who’s The Man - soundtrack


Top movies – May 8, 1993

 Dragon (The Bruce Lee Story) -  Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Nancy Kwan, Robert Wagner

Dave - Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Fran Langella, Devin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley

Indecent Proposal - Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harreslon, Oliver Platt, Seymour Cassel

Sidekicks - Beau Bridges, Chuck Norris

 Benny & Joon - Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore, Oliver Platt, Dan Hedaya

Indian Summer - Alan Arkin, Matt Craven

Sandlot -

Who’s The Man? - Dr Dre, Ed Lover

Cop and a Half - Burt Reynolds, Ray Sharkey

The Adventures of Huck Finn - Elijah Wood, Courtnay B. Vance

The Dark Half - Amy Madigan, Julie Harris

Point of No Return - Bridget Fonda, Anne Bancroft

This Boy’s Life - Robert DeNiro, Ellen Barkin

Three of Hearts 

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