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


In The News

 The United Nations orders nearly all its personnel out of Haiti after it becomes clear that army commander Lt. Gen Raoul Cedras refused to resign as promised and tensions keep growing in the capital of Port Au Prince. 

Show of force - President Clinton orders six U.S. Navy ships to waters off Haiti to enforce the U.N. trade embargo scheduled to take effect. “The purpose of these actions is this: to ensure the safety of Americans in Haiti and to press for the restoration of democracy there through the strongest possible enforcement of the sanctions” said the President.

Somali rebels release Army helicopter pilot Michael Durant with President Clinton saying the release was a sign his policy is working.

A deranged man goes on a shooting spree at a fitness club near San Diego. Four are dead and the killer then committed suicide.

Los Angeles – A jury convicts two men accused of attacking trucker Reginald Denny, whose beating stands out as one of the lasting images of the LA riots last year. One was convicted of four assaults. Many of the charges were reduced.

Black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela and white President Frederk de Klerk, former enemies, are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  

Budget buster - The House halts construction of the world’s larges atom smasher against the wishes of President Clinton.


Television news – October 15, 1993

MTV eliminates the 7pm airing of “Beavis and Butt-head” due to children concerns and complaints from parents.

After less than six weeks, Fox pulls the plug on The Chevy Chase talk show, which bombed critically and in the ratings.

“George” a new series starring ex boxing champ George Foreman begins on ABC November 5.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 15, 1993

CBS – It Had To Be You, Family Album, Movie, Late Show

NBC – Against the Grain, The Secrets of Lake Success, Tonight Show

ABC – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step By Step, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Nightline

 Fox – Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Baseball Relief

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week, Sex, Power and the Workplace

MTV – Top 20 Video Countdown, Alternative Nation, Beavis & Butthead, Yo! MTV Raps


On the Late Show w/David Letterman – Tom Arnold.

On the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno – Reggie Jackson and Donna Summer.


Entertainment news – October 15, 1993

Disney freezes store orders for the videotape “Aladdin.” Speculation is that they’re running low on copies. Some 10 million have been sold since “Aladdin” went on sale September 29.


Music news – October 15, 1993

Over 10 years -  “Friday Night Videos” – network television’s longest running video program will leave the air by November 5. The show competed with MTV in the early 1980’s when both cable and music television were finding their way. The show was created by Dick Ebersol, who was also producing “Saturday Night Live.” He decided to team that show with a late-night music package and the rest is video pop history.

Lined-up for “MTV Unplugged” in November - Nirvana and Duran Duran.

Guns ‘N Roses settle with band’s ex-drummer Steven Adler for $2.3 million. He brought suit against the group claiming he was fraudulently removed from the group and stripped of this partnership interest in the band. 

Rap attack – Eazy-E talks a little revenge against former N.W.A group mate Dr. Dre, who said some not-so-nice things about Eazy recently. You can find what Eazy has to say about the good doctor in a new single “Real (expletive) G’s.”

University study in Southern California - UC Irvine researchers reveal that a classical music sonata can temporarily increase intelligence. In the study, 36 college students were given IQ tests after listening to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, as well as after listening to a relaxation tape and sitting in silence for 10 minutes. All 36 students scored higher after listening to Mozart, some as many as 9 points. 


Radio news – October 15, 1993

Howard Stern causes a near riot in mid-town Manhattan for his appearance at a bookstore to sign his new book “Private Parts.” More than 10,000 were in the crowd at a Barns & Noble.


Top pop hit singles in Britain – October 15, 1993

Relight My Fire – Take That

Boom! Shake The Room – Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Moving On Up – M People

Go West – Pet Shop Boys

Life – Haddaway

She Don’t Let Nobody – Chaka Demus & Pliers

Mr. Vain – Culture Beat

I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf


Top Country Music Hit Singles – October 15, 1993  

What’s It To You – Clay Walker

Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die) – Joe Diffie

Easy Come, Easy Go – George Strait

One More Last Chance – Vince Gill

If I Didn’t Love You – Steve Wariner

Does He Love You – Reba McEntire with Linda Davis

He Ain’t Worth Missing – Toby Keith

Just Like The Weather – Suzy Bogguss

Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up) – Garth Brooks

Trashy Women – Confederate Railroad


Top Jazz – October 15, 1993

Wish – Joshua Redman

Live at Montreux – Miles Davis & Quincy Jones

That’s Right – Benny Green Trio

A Single Woman – Nana Simone

Light out of Darkness – Shirley Horn


Top Contemporary Jazz – October 15, 1993

Between the Sheets – Fourplay

Lucky Man - Dave Koz

When Summer Comes – George Howard

Love Remembers – George Benson

No Absolute Time – Jean Luc Ponty


Top Rap Music Singles – October 15, 1993

We Getz Buzy – Illegal

Flow Joe – Fat Joe

Valley of the Skinz – Trends of Culture

Recipe of a Hoe – Boss

Soul by the Pound – Common Sense

Shifftee – Onyx

Let Me Roll – Scarface

Iz U Wit Me – Da Youngsta’s

What’s Next? – Leaders of the New School

Stay Real – Erick Sermon

Chief Rocka – Lords of the Underground


Top Rock Music Cuts – October 15, 1993

Human Wheels – John Mellencamp

Go – Pearl Jam

Fever – Aerosmith

Hocus Pocus – Gary Hoey

Soul to Squeeze – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Got No Shame – Brother Cane

Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana

Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

Baby Come On Home – Led Zeppelin


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – October 15, 1993

No Rain – Blind Melon

Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana

 Cannonball – The Breeders

Sublime – The Ocean Blue

Low – Cracker

Lemon – U2

Sodajerk – Buffalo Tom

Soul to Squeeze – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Everything in the World – Squeeze

The Gift – Inxs

Linger – The Cranberries


Top fitness videos – October 15, 1993


Abs of Steel 2 With Tamilee Webb

Step Reebok: The Video

Richard Simmons: Sweatin’ To The Oldies

Kathy Smith’s Great Buns and Thighs

Tony Little: Total Body Shape Up

Denise Austin: Kick’ With Country Workout

Richard Simmons: Sweatin’ to The Oldies 2


Top Children’s Video – October 15, 1993

Ren & Stimpy: The Classics

Beauty And the Beast

Disney’s Sing Along Songs: Friend Like Me

Ren & Stimpy: The Stinkiest Stories

Barney’s Home Sweet Homes

Once Upon A Forest

Ren & Stimpy: The Stupidest Stories

101 Dalmatians


Top movies – October 15, 1993

Demolition Man

Beverly Hillbillies


The Good Son

Cool Runnings

The Program

The Age of Innocence

For Love Or Money

A Bronx Tale

The Fugitive

The Joy Luck Club

Striking Distance

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