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Dateline: Events/Week of October 11, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton orders an additional 350 U.S. combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf. He said Saddam Hussein has lied repeatedly and there is no such evidence of Iraqi troop withdrawal in Kuwait.

The U.S. offers former Haitian military strongman Lt Gen Raoul Cedras – millions of dollars to resign and go into exile.

To Euphoria - Jean-Bertrand Aristide is back in Haiti – after a three-year exile and restores his presidency.

In India – Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto’s government detains and jails hundreds of political foes on the eve of a nationwide strike.

Germany - Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins his 4th term – making him Germany’s longest-reigning leader since World War II. 

U.N wants to lift sanctions in Iraq - U.S. Ambassador Madeline Albright and Russian Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev exchange barbs in a public session at the U.N.  – on this very subject. Russia wants to lift the sanctions – the U.S. – not.

The White House says that Oliver L. North was “giving aid and comfort” to Saddam Hussein by suggesting U.s. forces could not stop an Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. It is despicable, it is unpatriotic and as is often the case with statements from Oliver North, it is also patently untrue,” said V/P Al Gore.

Queen Elizabeth II, leaving behind the latest Royal Family flap, visits the Kremlin on her first visit to Russia. But back in Britain, newspapers were full of speculation about excerpts from the biography of Charles. He recalled, how, as a boy, his mom paid him little attention and his father belittled him to the point of tears. He says his dad pressured him into marrying Princess Diana, whom he says he never loved.  

President Boris N. Yeltsin fires his acting finance minister and demands that parliament dump the head of the Central Bank for failing to prevent this week’s dramatic plunge of the ruble.

The anti-gay rights amendment that set off a nationwide boycott of Colorado is declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, which said it denies homosexuals an equal voice in government.

A new study finds that American working women earn only about ¾’s as much as men and they are frustrated by poor pay and benefits and problems balancing work and family.

 The 1994 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Israeli Prime Minster Shimon Perez and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat for the vision and courage of their efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict after generations of war and bloodshed.


Sports news – October 11, 1994

Olympian gold medallist Al Joyner is awarded $51,000 after a suit asking for damages for a traffic stop in Los Angeles. He originally asked $4.5 million.


Business news – October 11, 1994

PaineWebber Group agrees to buy the troubled Kidder Peabody brokerage from General Electric.


Technology news – October 11, 1994

New products and reduced costs – Apple Computer posts fiscal fourth-quarter net income more than 42 times greater than a year ago – earning $114.7 million.

Microsoft Corp. will pay $1.5 billion for Intuit – the maker of the popular Quicken software – used by 6 million.

Intel Corp asks a judge to block rival AMD from shipping clones of 486 microprocessors.

IBM unveils its new OS/2 warp – designed to appeal to home and small business users. It’s the latest shot at Microsoft. IBM”s 7-year-old OS operating system has been an embarrassment – but then new warp is getting good reviews. Microsoft has delayed the rollout of its own new operating system – Windows 95 – until mid-1995.


Entertainment news – October 11, 1994

In video stores –

“O.J. Simpson: Minimum Maintenance Fitness For Men.”

New Studio - Hollywood dream team – Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen confirm plans to launch a company from the ground-up that will compete with the Hollywood studios.


Music news – October 11, 1994

Two Wisconsin minors are charged with murder in Milwaukee – but the case involved gansta-rap – which inspired them to kill a police officer – or so they say. Curtis Lee Walker (17) – who pulled the trigger – told police that Tupac Shakur’s album “N Gatz We Truss” “geeked him up” to stalk the officer.

Prince’s much bootlegged album – “Black Album” is set for a legit release next month.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page get back together in the MTV special “One-time reunion.”

MTV says it will get into interactive products including on-line services, CD-ROM products and more. 


Top rock music albums  - October 11, 1994

Places… Smashing Pumpkins

Dookie – Green day

Smash – Offspring

Purple – Stone Temple Pilots

Candlebox –Candlebox

Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails

4P – Danzig

Divine Intervention – Slayer

Superunknown – Soundgarden

Natural Born Killers Soundtrack


Other top music albums – October 11, 1994

Monster – R.E.M.

From the Cradle – Eric Clapton

No Need To Argue – Cranberries

Tuesday Night – Sheryl Crow

Rhythm of Love – Anita Baker


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 11, 1994

I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men

Playaz Club – Rappin 4-Tay

Never Lie – Immature

At Your Best – Aallyah

Endless Love – Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey

Sukiyaki – 4 P.M.

I Wanna Be Down - Brandy

Thuggish, Ruggish Bone – Bon Thugs-N-Harmony


Radio news – October 11, 1994

Songwriter Ray Hildebrand sues Rush Limbaugh for playing a parody of his 1963 hit song – “Paul and Paula” – over several months on his show.  Limbaugh used the parody to poke fun at President Clinton and the Paula Jones allegations.


Television news – October 11, 1994

Anchor Bill O’Reilly of “Inside Edition” is leaving the program in May. He’s been with the program since its January 1989 debut. 

The Today Report - NBC will launch a printed version of its “Today” show. It’ll come out bi-weekly and begins Oct. 24.

New – “The Other Side” debuts on NBC this week. The program explores diverse topics such as death, alternative medicine etc. 

Fox will introduce a cartoon, in conjunction with the NFL – to introduce kids to professional football. Look for “Grunt & Punt,” Grunt is a hog, and Punt is a bear.

David Curuso returns to the season premiere of “NYPD Blue” – but he’s leaving to pursue movie opportunities.

Fox orders nine more episodes of “M.A.N.T.I.S.” – a black superhero – even though it’s low-rated.

Showtime will present “Bret Butler Sold Out” next month. She’s hotter than ever now with her own TV series – “Grace Under Fire.”

Robert McNeil confirms he is leaving PBS’ “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour next year and said his decision was influenced by funding difficulties in public television.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – October 11, 1994

CBS – Rescue 911, Movie, Late show with David Letterman

NBC – Wings, Mad About You, Frasier, Frasier, Jay Leno Tonight Show

ABC – Full House, Me and the Boys, Home Improvement, Grace Under Fire, NYPD Blue, Nightline

 Fox – Movie

PBS – Nova, The American Experience, Charlie Rose

MTV – Liquid TV, Prime Time, Dead at 21, The State, Beavis and Buthead


On David Letterman – Boys II Men perform

On Jay Leno – Anita Baker performs.


Top movies – October 11, 1994

Pulp Fiction

The Specialist

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

The River is Wild

Little Giants

Only You

Forrest Gump

Exit to Eden

The Shawshank Redemption

Quiz Show

Ed Wood

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