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Dateline: Events/Week of August 8, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Carlos the elusive terrorist is arrested after more than 20 years of running.

The Federal Reserve raises short-term interest rates to 7.75% from 7.25%.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman resigns that post, fearing intense criticism from Congress for his role in the Whitewater affair. 

Thousands my be fleeing Cuba - Fearing a surge of refugees fleeing by boat or raft, The Clinton Administration announces that those who come here will be held in detention camps rather than being permitted to settle in Florida or other parts of the U.S. 

Vice President Al Gore undergoes surgery to repair an Achilles tendon he injured playing basketball with former colleagues in the House of Representatives.

Passing – Researcher Linus Pauling – two-time Nobel Prize winner best known for his fight against nuclear weapons. He was 93


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 15, 1994

Home Improvement – 17.4

Grace Under Fire – 16.2

Seinfeld – 16.1

Frasier – 15.8

60 Minutes – 14.9

Roseanne – 14.0

Murder, She Wrote – 13.2

Ellen – 12.5

Wings – 1.8

20/20 – 11.8

Movie-Ghostbusters II – 11.6

Movie-I Can Make You Love Me – 11.4

Murphy Brown – 11.4

Dateline NBC (Thurs.) – 11.1

Movie-The Secret – 10.9

Love & War – 10.8

Mad About You - 10.7

Turning Point – 10.6

Hangin’ Wit Mr. Cooper – 10.3

Northern Exposure – 10.3

Dave’s World – 10.2

PrimeTime Live – 10.2

Step by Step – 10.1

NYPD Blue – 10.0

Full House – 9.9


Music news – August 15, 1994

Becoming more and more popular – Tex-Mex or Tejano and leading the genre is Corpus Christi-based singer Selena. Her album “Amor Prohibido” is well known and for Selena, music is a family affair. Her dad, Abraham Quintanilla manages the group, Los Dinos, which includes sister Suzette and drums and brother Abe on drums. Husband Chris Perez is the group’s guitarist. “It’s the younger generation. They’re proud of their roots. Latinos are more visible. It’s cool to speak Spanish. In Mexico, they love the Tejano sound. Fans even welcome you at the airport,” says Selena. She says she’s been at it for 13 years, when she used to sing for family gatherings. With local hits and awards, finally the band was signed by the EMI Latin label in 1989. Selena also has her own clothing boutique – several in Texas called Selena Etcetera Boutiques. Also, look for her in her first movie appearance, “Don Carlo and the Centerfold” with Johnny Depp.

The three-day Woodstock ’94 festival ends. Producers say more than 350,000 attended at Saugerties, NY. Persistent rain dumped all night on Saturday into Sunday.

Courtney Love pays tribute to her late husband – Kurt Cobain in the Hole video “Doll Parts.” 

VH-1 recently completed “Stones-TV” and for a week, ran a five-hour nightly block of Rolling Stones programming – all to kick-off their “Voodoo Lounge” album.  

HBO presents “Barbra Streisand: The Concert” – a two-hour special Sunday night.

She’s Career Hot - Reba McEntire receives six nominations for the 28th Country Music Assn Awards and she’ll star in “Rebel” – a fall NBC TV special featuring concert footage and a look at her career. 


Radio news – August 15, 1994

Steve Perun is now program director of KIIS-FM, Los Angeles. At crosstown KPWR, new morning stars “The Baka Boys” are making waves with what some call, distasteful billboards – where they are pictured sitting on a toilet, pants down. Since beginning in February, they’ve leaped to the #5 morning show in Los Angeles – at a 4.5 overall share. Previous morning man Jay Thomas left with a 3.8 share, so clearly, these guys are doing much better. A similar billboard-toilet campaign helped boast the ratings of Dr. Dre and Ed Lover ant New York’s Hot 97 (WQHT).

CD-ROM for radio programs? Global Satellite Networks “Rockline” says it may put sound bites from the show’s past 13 years of artist interviews on CD-ROM. Users could ask the artist a question and receive a pre-programmed answer along with a visual.

Also, Westwood One says it will do a Larry King CD-ROM series, with each CD containing 20 questions, photos and biographies of celebrities. 


Top Country Hit Music – August 15, 1994

Love A Little Stronger – Diamond Rio

Be My Baby Tonight – John Michael Montgomery

Half The Man – Clint Black

Dreaming With My Eyes Open – Clay Walker

Whisper My Name – Randy Travis

Hangin’ In – Tanya Tucker

What The Cowgirls Do – Vince Gill

The Man In Love With You – George Strait

National Working Woman’s Holiday – Sammy Kershaw

Summertime Blues – Blues – Alan Jackson

XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl) – Trisha Yearwood


Top hit music singles in Britain – August 15, 1994

I Swear – All-4-One

Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet

Crazy For You – Let Loose

(Meet) The Flintsones – B.C.-52’s

Compliments On Your Kiss – Red Dragon

No More (I Can’t Stand It) – Maxx

Regulate – Warren G & Nate Dogg

What’s Up – DJ Miko

Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble – PJ and Duncan

Searching – China Black


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1994

Einstein On The Beach – Counting Crows

Basket Case – Green Day

Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots

Come Out And Play – Offspring

AM I Wrong – Love Spit Love

Prayer For The Dying – Seal

Undone – The Sweater Song – Weezer

Sometimes Always – The Jesus and Mary Chain

Headache – Frank Black

All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow


Top/ Health/Fitness videos – August 15, 1994

Jane Fonda’s Yoga Exercise Workout

Step Reebok: The Power Workout

Abs of Steel 2000 With Tamilee Webb

Arms & Abs of Steel with Tamilee Webb

Susan Powter: Lean, Strong & Healthy

Karen Voight: Energy Sprint

Abs of Steel 2 With Tamilee Webb

Cindy Crawford/The Next Challenge

Buns of Steel Step 2000 With Tamilee Webb

Kathy Smith’s Aerobox Workout


Top Children’s Videos – August 15, 1994


The Return of Jafar

The Fox and the Hound

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Mighty Morphin Green Ranger: part 1

We’re Back!: A Dinosaur Story

The Jungle King

Beauty and the Beast


Top movies – August 15, 1994

Clear and Present Danger

Forrest Gump

The Mask

The Little Rascals

True Lies

In The Army Now

The Client

The Lion King

It Could Happen To You

Angles in the Outfield

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