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


In The News

Orange County (Ca.) – home of Disneyland – declares bankruptcy and appeals for calm in the investment world.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev makes it clear that he wants to replace Boris N. Yeltsin as Russian president – as early as the 1996 elections. 

President Clinton offers to send up to 20,000 U.S. ground troops to help evacuate the U.N. peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina if the allies decide to withdraw in the face of increased harassment.

President Clinton signed legislation authorizing U.S. participation in a tariff-slashing world trade agreement, which passed Congress by lopsided margins in a rare lame-duck session.

 President Clinton fires Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders for telling an AIDS forum that she believes masturbation “perhaps should be taught” to schoolchildren.

Response to U.S. - Yasser Arafat – leader of the Palestinians promises that his self rule government will do al it can to stop terrorism against Israelis.

This year – 18 women – a record number for a third straight year – are named Rhodes Scholars. The award, first created in 1902, opened to women in 1976. 14 men this year made it.

According to the 20th annual survey by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research – nearly half of all high school seniors have tried illicit drugs – an increase of 3.2% over last year.

The Post Office approves the 32-cent stamp and it’ll go into effect in January.

Susan Smith, accused of drowning her two sons by pushing her car into a lake with them inside is indicted on murder charges. 

An American Eagle commuter plane with 20 on board crashes in N.C. – not far from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, killing 15.

Rosey Grier testifies in the O.J. Simpson case. Grier is now an evangelist.

It’s disclosed that madam Alix Gres – one of the great French fashion designers has passed. She was 90. 


Sports news - December 8, 1994

The Texas Rangers sign Kevin Gross, a free agent who was with the LA Dodgers to a two-year $6 million contract.

Oscar de La Hoya stops Johnny Avila in the ninth round with a tko..


Technology news – December 8, 1994

IBM says it was suspending shipments of Pentium-based pc’s because it believes the Pentium bug is bigger than first believed. Some say Intel is blowing it –


Music news – December 8, 1994


Top music albums 

Miracles –the Holiday album – Kenny G.

Merry Christmas – Mariah Carey

Hell Freezes Over – the Eagles

MTV Unplugged In New York – Nirvana

Smash – Offspring

Duets II – Frank Sinatra

The Lion King – soundtrack

II – Boyz II Men

Smash - Offspring


Top pop hit music singles – December 8, 1994

Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz

The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze

Creep – TLC

I Wanna Be down – Brandy

On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men

Before I Let You Go – Backstreet Boys

Another Night – Real McCoy

Short dick Man – Twenty Fingers

Secret – Madonna

I Wanna Be Down – Brandy

Playaz Cub Remix – Reepin’ 4-Tay


Radio news – December 8, 1994

Howard Stern contacted by a man with a cellular phone who wanted to jump off the George Washington Bridge – kept him laughing. Police said Emillio Bonilla walked to the middle of the bridge – climbed over a railing and called Stern.  “I mentioned the fact I had a movie coming out if he would die,” said Stern – ever the self promoter.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 8, 1994  

Home Improvement – 22.3

Grace Under Fire – 21.5

ER – 21.0

Seinfeld – 20.7

 NYPD Blue – 19.0

60 Minutes – 18.2

Monday Night Football – 17.7

Movie-Christmas Vacation – 15.6

Murder, She Wrote – 15.4

Ellen – 15.1

Mad About You – 15.1

Roseanne – 15.1

Madman of the People – 14.9

20/20 – 14.4

Full House – 14.3

Movie-Reunion – 13.7

Movie-While Justice Sleeps – 13.6

Me and the Boys – 13.5

48 Hours – 13.3

Murphy Brown – 13,9

Dave’s World – 12.8


Television news – December 8, 1994

Don’t miss Barbara Walters Presents – the most fascinating people of 1994 – who are they?

Charles Grodin begins on CNBC on Jan. 9. He replaces Tom Snyder.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Alex Baldwin hosts with the Beastie Boys.


Top movies – December 8, 1994


The Santa Clause

Drop Zone

Star Trek: Generations


A Low Down Dirty Shame

Interview with the Vampire

The Lion King

Miracle on 34th Street

Trapped in Paradise

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