Dateline: Events/Week of September 24, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Haiti – Exiled Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide agrees to cal a session of Haiti’s Parliament to vote on amnesty for the leaders of the coup that deposed him three years ago.
More Haiti – Ten Haitians die as gun battles erupt – this after supporters of ousted President Aristide attempted to push their way into police headquarters. Later – thousands storm the three-man police facilities in Cap Haitien – looted the buildings and turn weapons over to American troops.
Philippines - Steaming avalanches of volcanic debris cascaded down the slope of Mt. Pinatubo, swamping more than a dozen villages and killing at least 13 people.
Finland – About 800 are feared drowned when an Estonian passenger ferry with 867 aboard sank off southwest Finland.
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin pledged to cut of future sales of weapons to Iran- but some say promise loopholes could render it meaningless.
The murder trial of O.J. Simpson gets underway. This after 200 jury candidates were dismissed for hardship reasons.
Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano is sentenced to five years in prison, even though he was implicated in 19 murders. Part of it – he was rewarded for testifying against John Gotti.
John Wayne Bobbitt was convicted of a second domestic battery charge in Las Vegas and ordered to serve 30 days in jail by a judge who called him a bully. Kristina Elliott testified that her former fiancé twisted her arm behind he back and threw against an apartment wall May 6. Bobbitt gained national fame last year when his wife, Lorena, cut off his penis last year, saying he had sexually assaulted her.
Media news – September 24, 1994
Disney ends negotiations to buy NBC after only being offered 49%.
Disney gives up plans for an historical theme park on Civil War battlefields of Virginia.
Music news – September 24, 1994
MasterCard and Visa begin issuing Rolling Stones credit cards – and the logo with lips and tongue.
Don’t miss the TV special “Billy Ray Cyrus: A Year on the Road” on ABC Oct. 8.
Get ready – R.E.M’s “Monster” album is released this week.
Mary J. Blige’s first album in two years is coming in November.
New Edition is getting back together for a project – Bobby Brown, Johnny Jill and Ralph Tresvant.
Music industry precedent - Metallica sues Elecktra Entertainment – seeking to end its decade-long association. The group is testing a law which says actors don’t have to be tied to any company for more than seven years – so Metallica wants to try it on the music business – a first.
A father of two Brazilian youths is suing Michael Jackson in Manhattan because they were allegedly hit by a van leased by the singer. The suit is for $20 million.
Top music albums – September 24, 1994
II – Boyz II Men
From the Cradle – Eric Clapton
Rhythm of Love – Anita Baker
3 Tenors in Concert – Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti
Dookie – Green Day
The Lion King – Soundtrack
Forrest Gump – Soundtrack
Segundo Romance – Luis Miguel
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow
Television news – September 24, 1994
Letterman is winning - Late night talk wars – Dave Letterman drew an average 5.1 million viewers and Jay Leno got 4.7 million.
NBC is not going with the series pilot “Frogmen” starring O.J. Simpson.
Monday night television listings/TV guide – September 24, 1994
CBS – The Nanny, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Love & War, Northern Exposure, Dave Letterman
NBC – Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Blossom, Movie, Jay Leno
ABC – Blue Skies, Monday Night Football, Nightline
Fox - Melrose Place, Party of Five
MTV – The Goods: Stones, Prime Time
CNBC – RiveraLive,Tom Synder, Tim Russert
On David Letterman – Dolly Parton, Ellen DeGeneres.
ON Tom Snyder – Actor Jay Thomas.
Top movies – September 24, 1994
Clear and Present Danger
Natural Born Killers