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


In The News

A major fire rages through Malibu, CA, destroying more than 200 homes, killing one and injuring 150.

Vice President Al Gore and billionaire Ross Perot agree to a televised debate on Tuesday night on the North American Free Trade Agreement. They’ll appear on Larry King’s CNN Program in a special 90-minute broadcast.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin tells a closed-door meeting of the heads of Russia’s media that he wants to finish his five-year term, which ends in 1996 and has no plans to run for reelection. He now says he does not want to hold early presidential elections in June, but instead wants to groom his successor.

Passing - Federico Fellini (73) - legendary Italian film director. Five-time Academy Award winner. Some of his films - La Dolce Vita (1960), La Strada (1954) and Roma (1972).


Sports news – November 1, 1993

Two fans are critically injured and dozens more are hurt when thousands of jubilant fans pour onto the field after the Badgers (Wisconsin) beat Michigan 13-10.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 1, 1993

Dies - Actor River Phoenix (23) - gained fame in the movie “Stand By Me.” He died after he suffered seizures and collapsed in front of a trendy West Hollywood nightclub called Viper Room on the Sunset Strip. Paramedics responded to a 911 emergency call from is distraught brother Joaquin.

Barbra Streisand is confirmed for two New Year’s concerts at the new MGM Grand resort in Las Vegas. They’ll be her first paid concerts in 27 years.

Warner Brothers lifts the veil this week and announces plans for a 5th television network to compete with CBS, NBC, ABC & Fox. The network is set to premiere in the fall of 1994 with  two nights of programming. The new Warner Brothers network already as all the Tribune stations signed including channel 5 in Los Angeles, Channel 9 in Chicago and Channel 11 in New York City. Jamie Kellner, the former president of Fox Broadcasting Co will be its chief executive. Paramount Communications Inc announced similar plans last week, but Kellner says, “There is only room for one more network.” Planning on calling itself “The WB,” the new network, plans on drawing on the studio’s stable of TV writers and producer’s to create new shows. It may draw on exclusive properties such as Bugs Bunny, which may only be shown on the network.   


Technology news – November 1, 1993

Having trouble with your new PC? Discover your inner Nerd because now available at books stores - “DOS for Dummies” and “PC’s for Dummies” by Dan Gookin.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is estimated to be worth $6.7 billion and he’s engaged.


Best-selling books – November 1, 1993

The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller

Lasher - Anne Rice

 Without Remorse - Tom Clancy

Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel

Dangerous Fortune - Ken Follett

Without Remorse - Tom Clancy

Private Parts - Howard Stern

Wouldn’t take Nothing For My Journey Now - Maya Angelou

Seinlanguage - Jerry Seinfeld

The Hidden Life of Dogs - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Embraced by the Light - Betty J. Eadie

Stop The Insanity - Susan Powter


Television news – November 1, 1993

New York City mayor Rudolph Guiliani tapes scenes for “Seinfeld” to air October 26th. The episode is about a yogurt scandal that influences the outcome of New York’s mayoral election.

E! Entertainment acquires the rights to David Letterman’s old NBC “Late Night” show, but has not announced a start date.

Word has it that NBC is taking the “Today” show to a street-level studio with big plate-glass windows so that passerby can view some of the show as it airs. As of now though, NBC will not confirm the plans.

“The Joan Rivers” syndicated talk show will end its five-year run on December 31st. Meanwhile, Miss Rivers has other plans. She’ll have a new show entitled “Can We Shop” on QVC. She’s sold some $60 million in jewelry and fashions on the shopping network since 1990.

QVC Network Inc, facing mounting regulatory concerns in its battle for Paramount Communications, ends plans to merge with rival Home Shopping Network.


Top TV shows/ratings – November 1, 1993

Home Improvement - 24.4

Roseanne - 22.7

60 Minutes - 22.1

Seinfeld - 20.4

Coach - 18.8

 Grace Under Fire - 18.7

Frasier - 18.2

Monday Night Football - 17.4

PrimeTime Live - 16.5

Murder, She Wrote - 16.2

Murphy Brown - 15.9

NYPD Blue - 15.6

Wings - 15.3

Home Improvement#2 - 15.2

Full House - 15.0

Rescue 911 - 14.7

Love & War - 14.5

Dave’s World - 14.5

The Simpsons - 14.5

20/20 - 14.4

Phenom - 14.2

Northern Exposure - 14.1

Family Matters - 13.7

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 13.5

Movie - Remember Part 2 - 13.5

 Columbo: All In The Game - 13.4

Matlock - 13.3

Evening Shade - 13.3  

Joe’s Life - 13.2

Movie - No Child Of Mine - 13.1


Sunday Night Television listings/ TV guide – week of November 1, 1993

CBS - Murder, She Wrote, Movie

 NBC - SeaQuest DSV, Movie

ABC - Lois & Clark, Movie

Fox - The Simpsons, The Simpsons, The Simpsons, The Simpsons

PBS - Nature, Masterpiece Theater, The American Experience

HBO - Movie - “Ghostbusters, Tales From The Crypt

Disney Channel - Sting at the Hollywood Bowl: A Birthday Celebration


Murder She Wrote - A young computer wizard helps Jessica probe the murder of an interactive video game’s creator.

On The Simpsons - all four shows tonight have Halloween themes.

On the CBS Movie - “No Child Of Mine” (1993) - Patty Duke.

On the NBC Movie - “One Good Cop” (1991) Michael Keaton.

On the ABC - Movie - Columbo: It’s All in the Game” (1993)


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

Just  Kickin’ It - Xscape

All That She Wants - Ace of Base

Hey Mr. D.J. - Zhane

I’d Do Anything For Love - Meatloaf

Anniversary - Tony, Toni, Tone

I Get Around - 2Pac

Dream Lover - Mariah Carey

Indo Smoke - Mista Grimm

Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team

Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams

What Is Love - Haddaway

Two Steps Behind - Def Leppard

No Rain - Blind Melon

Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

Sweat - Inner Circle


Top Music Albums – November 1, 1993

Vs - Pearl Jam

Music Box - Mariah Carey

Counterparts - Rush

Janet - Janet Jackson

It’s On (Dr Dre) 187 Killa - Eazy E

Bat Out of Hell II - Meatloaf

Blind Melon - Blind Melon

Common Thread - various artists

Songs of the Eagles - various artists

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 - Reba Mcentire

Toni Braxton, Toni Braxton

In Utero - Nirvana

Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

Core - Stone Temple Pilots

Ten - Pearl Jam

Chaos A.D. - Speultrua

La Sexorcisto - White Zombie


Other Top Music Albums – November 1, 1993

River of Dreams - Billy Joel

In Pieces - Garth Brooks

MTV Unplugged - 10,000 Maniacs

Mexican Moon - Concrete Blonde

Ring - The Connells

Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can’t We - The Cranberries

Come On Feel - Lemonheads

30th Anniversary Concert - Bob Dylan

Message in a Box (Box Set) - The Police

Beneath The Rhythm and Sound - The Ocean Blue

Believe In Me - Duff McKagan

The Hours Between Night & Day - Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

Hats off to the Insane - Therapy?

Debut - Bjork

In The Labyrinth - Dead Can Dance

Soundtrack - Age of Innocence  


Top Country Hit Music Single – November 1, 1993

Easy Come, Easy Go - George Straight  


Top movies – November 1, 1993

Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Beverly Hillbillies - Diedrich, Bader, Dabney Coleman, Buddy Ebson, Zsa Zsa Bagor, Cloris Leachman, Dolly Parton, Lea Thompson, Lily Tomlin, Jim Varney

Demolition Man - Sylvester Stallone, Wesely Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Cool Runnings - Leon (I), Doug E. Doug, Rawk D. Lewis, John Candy

 Rudy - Sean Astin, Jon Faureau, Ned Beatty

Fatal Instinct - Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, Sean Young

Malice - Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth, George C. Scott, Ann Bancroft, Peter Gallagher

The Joy Luck Club - Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu

Age of Innocence - Danial Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Linda Faye

Judgment Night - Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary, Stephen Doriff.

The Good Son - Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood


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