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


In The News

Sniping fire and shrapnel kill four and wound seven in Sarajevo as increasing violence on battlefields around the country spread to the besieged capital.

Elite French police units raid homes and buildings near Paris and uncover a large cache of arms and explosives. 95 people suspected of operating a support network for Islamic guerrillas in Algeria were arrested. 

California – Controversial proposition 187 – a controversial measure that does not back illegal immigration (mostly by Mexicans in California) – wins.  In NY – Republican George Pataki wins.

But hold on – a federal district judge halts portions of prop 187 – blocking immediate enforcement of the initiative’s bans on non-emergency medical, educational and social services for illegal aliens.  But judge Matthew Byrne didn’t stop there – he also ordered a halt to 187’s requirement  that police and government agencies report suspected illegal aliens to immigration authorities.

Now that Republicans have done well in the elections – Newt Gingrich – who will probably become the first Republican House Speaker in 40 years – lays out a Republican agenda described as rigid. 

O.J. trial – Superior Court Judge Lance Ito rules that a television camera may stay in the courtroom – ending a one-month legal dispute.

President Clinton visits the Philippines – several years after America’s bitter military exodus. The emphasis seems to be on business investment. 

Jakarta - President Clinton meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemen – the second time this year – where both men will attend a summit meeting of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Jakarta. 

Tropical storm Gordon hits the Florida Keys.

The Federal Reserve Board hikes interest rates to 4.75% up from 4% and the sixth hike this year.  

Checking in – Nancy Reagan says her husband has been doing just fine – even though he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “We hope coming out like that will help people.” Since the announcement last weekend – the Reagan’s have received well-wishes in cards and letters.


Medical News /AIDS update – November 8, 1994

So far, some 20 Asthma sufferers who took Serevent have died – all since the new drug hit the market in April. One problem – the drug doesn’t treat asthma attacks on the spot – it takes about 30 minutes to take affect. 

Passing – Pedro Zamora – the Cuban refugee who learned he was infected with the AIDS virus at the age of 17. He became an activist and was seen on MTV’s “Real World.” He was 22.


Technology news – November 8, 1994

Comdex computer trade show in Las Vegas - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates unveils an on-line service called Microsoft Network, saying the new service “will make it easy and inexpensive” for users to browse the Internet, send electronic mail and call up news and other information. It will be launched as a part of Microsoft’s new personal computer operating system – Windows 95 – in June.

IBM and Apple and to an extent – Motorola – unveil a new common personal computer standard for the PowerPC micro processor they began developing about three years ago.

Personal Computer Update - PC industry on the movie as hardware sales are projected to rise 26% in 1994 to $9.2 billion and software revenue will increase 16% this year to $2.9 billion. PC’s can now be transformed into virtual CD players, VCR’s, fax machines, telephones and televisions. The PC makers now in the game – Compaq, Apple, IBM, Packard Bell and Acer. 

Bill Gates – is identified as the anonymous buyer of an illustrated manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci that sold at auction for a record $30.8 million.


Music news – November 8, 1994

After six years – R.E.M. is back on tour!

Michael Jackson’s “HIStory” album is delayed once again – and won’t be available until sometime next year.

Wow – Bob Dylan will do an “MTV Unplugged.” It’ll debut on December 15 so don’t miss it!

The Rolling Stones will broadcast a concert live over the Internet on November 30. They’ll be performing at the Dallas Cotton Bowl and the concert will be available over the Net.  


Top music albums – November 8, 1994

Bedtime Stories – Madonna

Murder Was the case – soundtrack

No Need to Argue – Cranberries

II – Boyz II Men

Smash – Offspring

Hold Me Thrill Me – Gloria Estefan

Monster – R.E.M.

From the Cradle – Eric Clapton

Pulp Fiction – soundtrack

Tuesday Night – Sheryl Crow

Rhythm of Love – Anita Baker

Songs – Luther Vandross

Brandy – Brandy

The Diary – Scarface

Stones in road – Mary C. carpenter

One Emotion –Clint Black

The Tractors – the Tractors

Not a Moment – Tim McGraw


Top pop music hit singles – November 8, 1994

Playsz Club – CQ Rappin’ 4-Tay

TheHotstepper – Ini Kamoze

I Wanna Be Down – Brandy

Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz

I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men

Sukiaki – 4 P.M.

Another Night – Real McCoy

Thuggish Ruggish Bone- Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony

At Your Best  - Aailyah


Television news – November 8, 1994

Discovery Network says it will launch for new channels next year. One of them is Animal Planet, another is called Time Traveler. There’s also “Quark! (science) and Living. 

Look for Tom Snyder’s “Late Late Show” following Dave Letterman beginning Jan. 9.

New pay channel called “The Conservative Television Network” targeting the Rush Limbaugh set, should debut around April 1996. In-house news and entertainment programs are being planned. It’ll be half commercial and half pay.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of November 8, 1994  

CBS – The Nanny, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Northern Exposure, Dave Letterman

NBC – Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Blossom, Movie, Jay Leno, Conan O’ Brien

ABC – Coach, Monday Night Football, Nightline

Fox – Melrose Place, Party of Five

PBS – Future Quest, The Windsors; A Royal Family, Charlie Rose

MTV – Prime Time, Jimmy Page/Robert Plant (unedited), Beavis and Butt-head


On David Letterman – Barbara Walters, Barry White.

On Jay Leno – Tim Allen, John McLaughlin, Amy Grant, Vince Gill.

On Conan O’Brien – Lily Tomlin, Chad Allen.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 8, 1994

Movie-Scarlett (CBS) – 21.4

ER – 19.7

Seinfeld – 19.1

Monday Night Football – 18.8

60 Minutes – 18.8

Home Improvement – 18.3

Frasier – 18.0

Roseanne – 18.0

Murder, She Wrote – 17.6

Grace Under Fire – 16.8

World’s Funniest commercials – 15.8

Ellen – 15.5

Mad About You- 15.4

Movie-Lethal Weapon 3 – 14.9

Barbara Walters Special – 14.7

Murphy Brown – 14.7

Friends – 14.2

Home Improvement – 14.0


Top movies – November 8, 1994


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

The war

Pulp Fiction

The Specialist

Love Affair

The River Wild

Little giants

Forrest Gump

The Road to Wellville 

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