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


In The News

President Jorge Serrano is forced from office as President of Guatemala under intense pressure from military commanders and civilian business leaders - a week after he suspended democratic. The reinstated Congress will name a civilian ruler.

President Clinton withdraws the nomination of C. Lani Guinier to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department, concluding she stands for principles he does not support. 

In Somalia - 49 are killed and more than 150 are injured in clashes between peacekeepers and a Somali warlord’s gunmen. It’s the worst fighting since the United Nations assumed control of Somalia from U.S. troops.

Although forced into bankruptcy last month - distribution of packaged diet food to 857 franchises of Nutri-System is guaranteed says Michael Heisley, who is running the company. Nutri-System has laid off 1,800 employees and closed 283 company-owned stores.

A freighter carrying hundred of illegal Chinese immigrants - runs aground off a New York City beach. Seven are killed as waves of immigrants leaped from the ship and struggled to get to shore in the chilly waters.

The “Gridlock Sam” column in the New York Daily News tells readers that regulations allowing parking on only one side of the street were suspended on Thursday of this week - but they were not and readers wound-up getting with $25-$50 parking tickets. The paper received about 100 calls from readers. The City Department of Transportation told motorists to send tickets, along with a copy of the column, to the Parking Violations bureau. 

Rabbinical authorities in Israel revoke a certificate declaring that Pepsi conforms to Jewish dietary laws and is kosher. They complain that Pepsi is promoting a culture that would corrupt the nation’s youth through rock music concerts and advertisements featuring scantily clad woman. Pepsi’s current theme is “the choice of a new generation.” Loss of the “Kashrut” certificate will cost Pepsi about 20% of sales in the Haredi community. A product like a soda is deemed “acceptable” by kosher laws, but may be deemed unacceptable if its preparation or marketing violate other Jewish laws, such as those governing observance of the Sabbath or requiring modesty in dress.  


Technology news – June 1, 1993

This week -The White House begins receiving electronic mail through something called the Internet - a nonprofit system that connects universities, businesses and other organizations by computer. President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore notified the public about the service with an electronic posting: “As we work to reinvent government and streamline our processes, the e-mail project can help to put us on the leading edge of progress.” The White House will now accept your electronic mail or e-mail letter, send you back a receipt and file the letter by subject or category.  

British Telcom says it will buy 20% of MCI and that the coupling will build a global telecommunications network that will accelerate the delivery of new services and create a formidable worldwide competitor to giant AT&T.

Disney enters into the interactive market - announcing that it is helping to develop an “Aladdin” video game with Virgin Games and manufacturing giant Sega. Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg said at an electronics show: “A lot of people have wondered if Disney was ever going to leap into this field. Now the technology has presented us with an opportunity to actually bring things to it. In the past, video games have not generally offered a sense of story or emotion - that’s we were come in.”  


Best-selling books – June 1, 1993

The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller

Like Water For Chocolate - Laura Esquivel

The Client - John Grisham

Pleading Guilty - Scott Turow

A Woman’s Worth - Marianne Willaimsori, Woman Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola

The Way Things Ought To Be - Rush Limbaugh

Healing and the Mind - Bill Moyers


Radio news – June 1, 1993

Former Power-106FM (Los Angeles) morning man Jay Thomas - fired by the station last month - sues the station for $1 million for breach of contract. Thomas had been with the station since 1986 and currently stars in the CBS comedy “Love and War.”


Music news – June 1, 1993

Marries - Singer Mariah Carey (23) to Sony Music President Tommy Mottola (43) in Manhattan.

In Cleveland - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum finally breaks ground after many delays. The grand opening is expected in 1995. Funding comes from $62 million in bonds plus $22 million from private investors.

Passing - Country music star Conway Twitty (59) of complications from surgery after a blood vessel ruptured in his stomach. The singer collapsed on his tour bus during a rest stop in southwest Missouri on the way home to Hendersonville, Tenn. from a performance in Branson. Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, Conway won CMA awards in ‘72, ‘73, ‘74 and ‘75. Twitty had a total of 94 hits on the country charts with over 40 #1 hits and most others in the top-40 rankings. The singer got his first break as a rockabilly artist in the 50’s, writing songs for Sun Records’ stable of singers that included Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.  Twitty began singing too -  and his “Only Make Believe” hit #1 in 1958. Twitty crossed over to the country charts, with his first charted recorded in1966. Some of his top country hits include “Hello Darlin’,” “Tight-Fittin’ Jeans” and  “Linda On My Mind.”


Television news  June 1, 1993

Judy Woodruff begins co-anchoring duties at CNN this week. She had been a Washington correspondent for PBS’s “MacNeil/Lehrer news hour.

Retailer R.H. Macy & Co announces plans to create its own 24-hour cable shopping channel. Macy’s has forged a partnership with Don Hewitt - longtime producer of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” former CBS executive Tom Leahy and Chuck Dolan, head of the Long Island-based Cablevision Systems Corp. The channel - to be called “TV Macy’s” - will offer the full range of merchandise available in their department stores.

Katie Couric anchors the first in-depth interview with first lady Hilary Rodham Clinton next week in an hour-long special on NBC. “Hillary: America’s First Lady,” will explore how Clinton is redefining the role of First Lady, developing America’s new health-care plan and juggling her responsibilities.

Connie Chung begans co-anchoring the CBS evening news with Dan Rather.

Don’t miss “Mystery Science Theater” on Comedy Central.

Saturday Night Television listings/TV guide – June 1, 1993

CBS - Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Movie ...

NBC - Almost Home, Nurses, Empty Nest, Mad About You, Black Tie Affair, The Powers That Be ...

ABC - The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Commish ...

FOX - Cops, Cops, Code 3, Code 3 ...

CNBC - Tom Snyder, Real Personal, McLaughlin, Pozner/Donahue, Talk Live

On Dr Quinn - Mike confronts a mining baron who contaminated the town’s water supply with mercury.

On Mad About You - Regis Philbin asks Paul’s dad to be on his show.

On Saturday Night Live - Host Catherine O’Hara with 10,000 Maniacs.


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

That’s the Way - Janet Jackson

Knockin’ Da Boots - H Town

Dre Day - Dr Dre

Weak - SWV

Can’t Help Falling In Love - UB40

Nuthin’ But a “G” Thing’ - Dr Dre

Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

Show Me Love - Robin S

Six Feet Down - Geto Boys

Freak Me - Silk


Top Music Albums – June 1, 1993

Janet - Janet Jackson

The Bodyguard - soundtrack

Breathless - Kenny G

Get a Grip - Aerosmith

The Chronic - Dr Dre

Unplugged ... and Seated - Rod Stewart

Pocket Full of Kryptonite - Spin Doctors

It’s About Time - SWV

Kamakiriad - Donald Fagen

Love Deluxe - Sade

Ten Summoner’s Tales - Sting

Sound of White Noise - Anthrax


Other Top Albums – June 1, 1993

Jurassic Park - soundtrack

Keep The Faith - Bon Jovi

Wide River - Steve Miller Band

Tell Me Why - Wynonna

Cliffhanger - soundtrack

Menace II Society – soundtrack


Top movies – June 1, 1993

Cliffhanger - Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Leon Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite

Made In America - Whoopi Goldberg, Tend Danson, Will Smith, Nia Long

Dave - Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn

Super Mario Brothers - Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper

Hot Shots! Part Deux - Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino, Brenda Bakke, Richard Crenna

Silver - Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau

Menace II Society - Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinckett

Indecent Proposal - Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson

Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story - Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly

Posse - Stephen Baldwin, Blair Underwood, Big Daddy Kane, Charles Lane, Billy Zane, Tone Loc, Mario Van Peebles

Guilty As Sin - Rebecca DeMorray, Jack Warden

Life With Mikey - Michael J. Fox

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