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


In The News

 U. N forces attack Somali weapon sites...Secretary Of State Warren Christopher announces that the U.S. will send a reinforced infantry company of 300 troops to Macedonia to join a U.N. observer force intended to prevent the Balkan war from spilling over into another former Yugoslav republic.

A settlement is reached that ensures satellite broadcasters, microwave - relay TV systems and others that have sought to compete against cable operators, will now be able to buy programming owned or controlled by those operators. Rivals complained for years that the industry refused to sell, or drove up prices of programming such as VH-1, MTV, CNN and others.

The owners of the Boston Globe agree to sell the paper to the New York Times for $1.1 billion. The sale ends family control of one of the last major independent newspapers in the country.

The U.S. Post office debuts its “Legends of American Music” stamp series. The stamps include the likenesses of Dinah Washington, Ritchie Valens, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding and Buddy Holly.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movies news – June 8, 1993

Mia Farrow (48) wins custody of the three children she and Woody Allen (57) share. In the brief - the judge said Allen had “demonstrated no parenting skills that would qualify him as an adequate custodian for children the filmmaker sought.” 

CBS sets August 30 as the premiere for David Letterman’s move to the network...Burt Reynolds petitions for a divorce from Loni Anderson... Ted Danson’s wife Cassandra Danson files for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences... After much ballyhoo, Phil Donahue cancels a show featuring former “Jeopardy!” employees alleging game tampering and sexual misconduct. No guest could be found to defend “Jeopardy’s” side in the allegations.

Passsing - Dies - Alexis Smith  (72)- Tony Winner and leading lady of cancer. Won for the musical “Follies.” Starred in “Night & Day” (1946) and “The Adventures Of Mark Twain (1944).

Passing -  Richard Webb (77) - known to millions as “Captain Midnight.” Webb, who suffered a long debilitating respiratory illness, shot himself to death - he was 77.

Passing -  Arthur Alexander (53) - artist and songwriter. Best known for “You Better Move On” in 1962 (also recorded by the Rolling Stones) and “Anna” (go with him), also recorded by the Beatles. Alexander died during a rehearsal in Cleveland (heart attack).

Ray Sharkey (40) - TV and film tough guy - starred in “Wiseguy”  of aids.


Sports news – June 8, 1993

The Montreal Canadians take the Stanley Cup, beating the LA Kings 4 to 1 in game 5...Wayne Gretsky announces that he may be retiring...Commissioner David Stern says the NBA has cleared Michael Jordan of any wrongdoing amid allegations that he lost ore than $1 million in gold bets.


Technology news – June 8, 1993

On sale - Dell PC - 486SX/25MHZ with .28 dot pitch color monitor, dual floppy drives, MS-DOS 5.0, 4 meg RAM, 120 meg hard drive - $1422.95.

Prices at the supermarket – June 8, 1993:

At the mart - Tombstone pizza (12 inch) - $2.99...  Vidal Sassoon Shampoo - $2.99...Murine eye drops - $2.99.


Television news – June 8, 1993

Premiering on TV - “Route 66” w/James Wilder and Dan Cortese - Tuesday night (NBC)at 8:00. CNBC Tuesday - Pozner/Donahue and Tom Snyder... On A&E - “Shelly Berman at the Improv.”


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

 “That’s The Way Love Goes” - Janet Jackson, “Show Me Love” - Robin S, “Have I Told You Lately” - Rod Stewart, “Can’t Help Fallin’ In Love” - UB40, “Six Feet Down” - Geto Boys, “Come Undone” - Duran Duran, “Bad Boys” - Inner Circle, “Three Little Pigs” - Green Jelly


Top music albums – June 8, 1993

“Janet” - Janet Jackson, “Unplugged... and Seated” - Rod Stewart, “The Chronic” - Dr Dre, “Breathless” - Kenny G, “The Bodyguard” - Soundtrack, “Love Deluxe” - Sade, “Silver” - Soundtrack. 


Top Country Hit Music Singles – June 8, 1993

On a country road - “Should Have Been A Cowboy” - Toby Keith, “Blame It On Your Heart” - Patty Loveless, “That Summer” - Garth Brooks, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” - Dwight Yoakam, “Tell Me About It” - Tanya Tucker, “Trouble On The Line” - Sawyer Brown, “Love On The Loose, Hurt On The Run” - McBride & The Ride.


Top movies – June 8, 1993

Jurassic Park with Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong,Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight.

What’s Love Got To Do With It with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

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