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