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Dateline: Events/Week of August 1, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Invasion - The U.N. Security Council approves a resolution permitting use of force to restore democracy in Haiti.

Serbian President Milosevic announces he was cutting support for his Bosnian rebels for their refusal to relinquish the dream he inspired of a Greater Serbia. 

President Clinton wants to go to the American people in preparation to oust Haiti’s military dictators by forces unless they step down voluntarily.

Whitewater – Special counsel Robert B. Fiske Jr. is replaced with Kenneth W. Starr  by a three-judge panel. Starr later said he promised “fair and objective and even handed” probe and wanted to go to work quickly.

At several children’s hospitals in Budapest – Michael Jackson and his new wife Lisa Marie handed out Barbie dolls and other stuffed animals to kids. He’s in town to shoot a video.

President Clinton is appearing in television advertisements to push health reform.

An Amtrak Lake Shore Limited near Batavia, NY derails – injuring 102 passengers and crews. 

Fifty U.S. women will test an experimental breast implant filled with a natural fat from soybean oil – a new kind of breast implant since the silicon scandal in 1991. 

“Willful infringement of patents” -  A Seattle jury orders Nintendo of America to pay $208.3 million to Alpex Computer Corp – a Connecticut firm that went bankrupt  in 1983.

The New York Post gets a note from someone claiming to be the Zodiac killer – claiming responsibility for five shootings that left at least two dead between August 1992 and June 11 of this year.

New York in Las Vegas. MGM Grand says they will build a $300 million hotel-casino with a New York theme. The 1,500-room hotel and casino, to be called New York, New York, is the fourth major new project announced this year in Las Vegas.

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America launches its redesigned Eclipse sports coupe – with a big advertisement budget – the biggest in the company’s history.


Technology news – August 1, 1994

The FCC unveils a plan to stem the abuses after receiving 2,000 complaints in the first six months of this year involving 800 number charges – mostly for adult-oriented served carried on 800 numbers. Virtually all 800 numbers are toll-free – unless the company, taking advantage of an exception in a 1992 law, somehow got the caller’s permission for the charge. Unlike 900 numbers which are toll numbers – 800 numbers cannot be blocked by the head of a household.


Radio news – August 1, 1994

The Eagles guest on the syndicated “Rockline” show – their first time on the radio in 14 years.

The Rolling Stones radio network? Well almost as Westwood One creates the Voodoo Lounge Radio Network for the distribution of interviews, features and specials.

Howard Stern ends his bid for NY governor, rather than disclose his personal finances.  Of course, Howard knew he wasn’t going to go that far in the first place. The king of all hype does it again!


Music news – August 1, 1994

Billy Idol is released from a hospital after treatment for a possible drug overdose.

Willy Nelson settles with the IRS for $18.7 million after 14 years of negotiations. It was supposed to be over $32 million. Some of his properties were auctioned off – and Willie even made an album – “Who’ll Buy My Memories – The IRS Tapes.’ Gotta love it.

Courtney Love makes a surprise appearance at Lollapalooza in Philly. She went on with the Smashing Pumpkins.

MTV will feature a reunion of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page titled for now – “Unleddid” – but it will feature electrical amp and acoustic music.

Todd Lawrence – the obsessive Madonna fan who jumped the security fence to her Hollywood home, faces two counts of trespassing.

Some don’t believe the King of pop and the daughter of the King of rock ‘n’ roll are married.

PolyGram will be offering the performances of Woodstock ’94 live on pay-per-view at $49.95 for the two-day package. MTV will be reporting from there all day. 


Top Grunge/Hard rock music albums – August 1, 1994

Superunknown – Soundgarden

Candlebox – Candlebox

Get a Grip – Aerosmith

The Crow – Soundtrack

Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins

Dookie – Green Day

Ill Communication – Beastie Boys

Jar of Flies – Alice in Chains

Purple – Stone Temple Pilots


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) -  August 1, 1994

Stay – Lisa Loeb & Nine stories

Fantastic Voyage – Coolio

Funkdafied – Da Brat

I Swear – All-4-One

Bob Gun – Ice Cube

When can I See You – Babyface

This D.J. – Warren G.

Regulate – Warren G. and Nate Dogg

When Can I See You – Babyface

I Miss You – Aaron Hall


Television news – August 1, 1994

Jane Pauley interviews teen Michael Fay – the one caned in Singapore on “Dateline NBC.”

QVC accepts a $1.42 billion takeover bid from Comcast and Liberty Media.

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – August 1, 1994

CBS – Rescue 911, Movie, Dave Letterman

NBC – TV Nation, John Laroquette, Wings, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno

ABC – Full House, Sister, Sister, Roseanne, Ellen, MYPD Blue, Nightline

Fox – South Central, Rod, Tales from the Crypt 

PBS – Nova, Charlie Rose

MTV – Prime Time For the MTV Beach House


On David Letterman – George Foreman, Stevie Nicks.

On Jay Leno – Roger Daltrey, Don Rickles.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 1, 1994

Home Improvement – 16.6

Grace Under Fire – 15.5

Seinfeld – 14.8

Frasier – 14.7

Roseanne – 13.9

60 Minutes – 13.3

Coach – 12.5

Murphy Brown – 12.0

20/20 – 11.5

Wings – 11.4

Murder, She Wrote – 11.2

Dave’s World – 11.0

Northern Exposure – 10.9


Top movies – August 1, 1994

The Mask

Forrest Gump

True Lies

The Client

The Lion King

It Could Happen to You

Angles in the Outfield



Black Beauty

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