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


In The News

The House of Representatives approves the North American Free Trade Agreement by a large margin. The Senate is expected to act on the measure in days, where it is expected to pass. President Clinton, happy about the come-from-behind victory declared; “Tonight’s vote is a defining moment. At a time when many of our people are hurting, we chose to compete and not to retreat.” 

Flight attendants employed by American Airlines strike, forcing the cancellation of flights forcing travelers to scramble for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The walkout is planned for 11 days.

It’s continued commonwealth for Puerto Rico, as voters reject statehood, much to the dismay of Gov. Pedro Rossello. It was a close contest.


Technology news – November 15, 1993

The Washington Post obtains a TCI cable memo urging its mangers to take advantage of loopholes and increase fees from cable “re-regulation.” The memo, from COO Barry Marshall:  “We have to discipline ... We cannot be dissuaded from the charges simply because customers object. It will take awhile, but they’ll get use to it. The best news of all is we can blame it on re-regulation and the government now. Let’s take advantage of it!” The memo was a call to raise service fees and service calls including cable and VCR hookups.  


Best-selling books -  November 15, 1993

 “Slow Waltz In Cedar Bend” - Robert James Waller, “Lasher” - Anne Rice, “The Bridges Of Madison County”- Robert James Waller, “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” - Stephen King, “Private Parts” - Howard Stern, “Stop The Insanity!” - Susan Powter, “Seinlanguage” - Jerry Seinfeld, “Embrace By The Light” - Betty J. Eadie


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – November 15, 1993

Passing - actor Bill Bixby (59). Bixby was rarely off TV screens after his first series “My Favorite Martian” in 1963. Best known for his role as Dr David Bruce Banner in “The Incredible Hulk.” His other successful series was “The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father” in the late 60’s - early 70’s. He also starred in TV’s “The Magician and “Goodnight Beantown.” He once told TV guide - “I’m perfectly content to be labeled a television performer.”

Actress Barbara Streisand donates her lavish 24-acre Malibu, CA estate to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for a conservation institute. The property, with 5 houses - is appraised at $15 million. 

Passing - character actor Fritz Feld (93). His familiar trademark cork-sounding pop created by bringing the flat of his hand against his mouth. Featured in 425 films, 500 television shows, 1,000 radio programs and 90 commercials.

Marries - Actor Luke Perry (27) “Beverly Hills 90210” to Minnie Sharp (24).

Marries – Michelle Pfeiffer to TV producer David Kelly.


Television news – November 15, 1993

The old Waltons gang returns on a CBS special “A Walton Thanksgiving reunion” this week.

Ed McMahon’s “Star Search” now uses a toll (900) number so viewers can vote. The call costs $1.99 and proceeds go to Muscular Dystrophy.

On the air for three months, “The Late Show” starring David Lettermen on CBS is averaging a 5.2 rating or 4.8 million households. “The Tonight Show” w/ Jay Leno averaged a 4.1 rating, down 7% from the same period last year. The Leno camp says it’s still too early. 

ABC’s “Family Matters” launches a cross-country search for the funniest and best impression of Steve Urkel - the show’s nerd. Children ages 4-12 must submit a VHS tape to Warner Brothers by December 3. The two best will win guest roles on the series.


Saturday night television listings/TV guide – week of November 15, 1993

CBS – Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC – The Mommies, Cafe Americain, Empty Nest, Nurses, Sisters, Saturday Night Live

ABC – George, Where I Live, Matlock, The Commish

Fox – Cops, Cops, Front Page

A&E – Carolina’s Comedy Hour, Movie, Second City’s 149%


On Sisters – Frankie gives a hand to her dad’s former mistress.

On Saturday Night Live – Nicole Kidman and musical guests Stone Temple Pilots.


Music news – November 15, 1993

Pepsi announces that it is dropping Michael Jackson as its spokesperson because he abandoned his world concert tour. Jackson announced that he is ending his “Dangerous” tour to seek treatment for an addiction to painkillers that Jackson contends was worsened by stress caused by allegations the he molested a 13 year-old boy. 

Whitney Houston cancels a concert in Barcelona after getting food poisoning from eating oysters at her hotel.

A song by convicted murderer Charles Manson will be part of the new Guns ‘N Roses albums “The Spaghetti Incident?” It’s an unlisted bonus track titled “Look at Your Game, Girl.” The group and label Geffen Records have kept it hush until now.  

Motown releases “Black Reign,” – Queen Latifah’s third album and her first with the label. She used to be with Tommy Boy. She doesn’t mince words when it comes to her variety – “The only thing people should expect from Queen Latifah is the unexpected. I am a rapper and an artist. I can’t do strictly hard-core, strictly reggae, rap or R&B… I go with the vibe… whatever the vibe commands, that’s what I follow, that’s how I function.”

Tony Bennett has his first video released. Look for “Stepin’ Out With My Baby” on MTV. Tony’s been in the business over 40 years. MTV says that Bennett has a certain amount of credibility and vibe with the alternative crowd right now. “He’s a legend, and in the spirit of unpredictability and a desire to keep our audience stimulated, we thought it would be great to add this clip,” said a spokesperson.  

Rapper and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur (22) is arrested for forcible sodomy and unlawful imprisonment of a 20 year-old woman at the Parker Meridian Hotel in New York City. It’s the latest in a stringof legal problems for Shakur. The woman alleged that the singer and two others held her down while a fourth male sodomized her in a hotel room.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 15, 1993

Reckless – Alabama

Almost Goodbye – Mark Chesnutt

That Was A River – Collin Raye

She Used To Be Mine – Brooks & Dunn

My Baby Loves Me – Martina McBride

Does He Love You – Reba McEntire with Linda Davis

Mercury Blues – Alan Jackson

On the Road – Lee Roy Parnell

Easy Come, Easy Go – George Straight

American Honky Tonk Association – Garth Brooks

My Second Home – Tracy Lawrence


Top Rock Music Album Tracks – November 15, 1993

Stick It Out – Rush

Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Black on Black II – Heart

Daughter – Pearl Jam

Amazing – Aerosmith

Bad Thing – Cry of Love

I’m The Only One – Melissa Etheridge

Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana

Stone Free – Eric Clapton

Ain’t it Fun – Guns ‘N Roses

No Rain – Blind Melon


Top pop hit singles in Britain – November 15, 1993

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

Don’t Be A Stranger – Dina Carroll

Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

Got To Get It – Culture Beat

Give It Up – The Goodmen

U Got 2 Let the Music – Cappella

Hero – Mariah Carey

Real Love ’93 – Time Frequency

Feels Like Heaven – Urban Cookie

Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb


Top Rap Music Singles – November 15, 1993

Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa

Shifftee – Onyx

Stay Real – Erick Sermon

Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre

Real Muthaphuckkin G’s – Eazy-E

Otta Here – Krs-One

Paint the White House Black – George Clinton

Nutin’ Ta Lose – Dred Scott

I’m Real – Kris Kross

Make Room – Tha Alkaholiks

Young Girl Bluez – Biz Markie


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 15, 1993

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

Just Kickin’ it – Xscape

All That She Wants – Ace of Base

Again – Janet Jackson

Hero – Mariah Carey

Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa

Gangsta Lean – DRS

Hey Mr. D.J. – Zhane

Dreamlover – Mariah Carey

Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

Shoomp! (There It IS) – Tag Team

Breathe Again – Toni Braxton

Anniversary – Tony! Toni! Tone!

Can We Talk – Tevin Campbell

No Rain – Blind Melon

Another Sad Love Song – Toni Braxton

The River Of Dreams – Billy Joel

Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac

What Is Love – Haddaway

Sweat (A La La La La Long) – Inner Circle

Two Steps Behind – Def Leppard


Top music albums – November 15, 1993

Duets – Frank Sinatra

Vs. – Pearl Jam

Music Box – Mariah Carey

Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles – Various Artists

River of Dreams – Billy Joel

Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell – Meatloaf

Get In Where You Fit In – Too Short

It’s On (Dr. Dre 187UM) Killa – Eazy-E

Get It Where You Fit In – Too Short

Janet – Janet Jackson

In Utero – Nirvana

In Pieces – Garth Brooks

Greatest Hits Volume Two – Reba McEntire

MTV Unplugged – 10,000 Maniacs

Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins

Hummin’ Comin’ At ‘Cha – Excape

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? – The Cranberries

I’m Ready – Tevin Campbell

Counterparts – Rush

Easy Come, Easy Go – George Strait

Black Sunday – Cypress Hill

Shaq Diesel – Shaquille O’Neal

Sleepless In Seattle - Soundtrack


Top movies – November 15, 1993

The Three Musketeers

Carlito’s Way

Nightmare Before Christmas

My Life

Cool Runnings

Beverly Hillbillies

Look Who’s talking Now

RoboCop 3


Flesh and Bone

Fatal Instinct


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