Dateline: Events/Week of December 15, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Kremlin withdraws its offer for a peace summit with Chechnya – the tiny breakaway republic, saying instead it was preparing to bomb the rebel capital into submission.
One of two pilots aboard a U.S. Army helicopter that went down after straying into North Korean airspace is killed. President Clinton is pressing the Communist government in Pyongyang for the prompt return of the surviving pilot.
A private Lear jet on a National Guard training mission crashes on a Fresno (CA) street and careens into a crowded apartment complex. At least three are dead.
Sports news – December 15, 1994
Major league baseball owners vote to keep the lid on salary caps.
Bruce McNail, former owner of the Los Angeles Kings pleads guilty to four criminal counts stemming from a federal bank fraud investigation. McNail is best known for bringing Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles hockey fans.
Technology news – December 15, 1994
Intel Corp reverses course and offers free replacements for it flawed Pentium computer chip along with a “sincere apology” for its botched handling of the situation. Intel had argued that the flaw was a minor problem affecting only a few scientists, but is now reversing its decision based on consumer expectations.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1994
Home Improvement – 22.1
Grace Under Fire – 21.6
ER – 19.8
Monday Night Football – 19.5
Seinfeld – 18.1
Barbara Walters Special – 17.8
Movie-Christmas Romance – 17.3
Roseanne – 16.6
60 Minutes – 16.2
Ellen – 16.0
Murder, She Wrote – 15.3
Madmen of the People – 15.2
Frasier – 14,8
Murphy Brown – 14.8
20/20 – 14.6
Me and the Boys – 14.0
Full House – 13.7
Friends – 13.6
Turning Point – 13.6
Love & War – 13.5
Mad About You – 13.5
Northern Exposure – 13.1
Wings – 13.1
Dave’s World – 12.3
Television news – December 15, 1994
CNN admits that it wrongfully disobeyed a judge’s order in broadcasting former Panamanian strongman Manuel E. Noriega’s jailhouse phone conversations. Defying a judge’s gag order, CNN aired excerpts from the Noriega tapes 11 times.
Former Cheers cast members Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt make guest voice appearances on “The Simpsons” this week.
Music news – December 15, 1994
“Unplugged” from MTV is becoming a franchise onto itself. Just released – “The Unplugged Collection Vol. 1” drawn from past “Unplugged” programming. The set features tracks by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lenny Kravitz, Soul Asylum, k.d. lang, Paul Simon, rod Stewart, Elton John, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello * the Rude 5, Don Henley, Annie Lennox and R.E.M.
MTV’s “The Year In Rock” emphasizes Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor and Woodstock II.
Aerosmith closes its 20-month “Get a Grip” tour in Boston.
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge extends an arrest warrant, issued last week for Tupac Shakur. He faces weapons charges, but the rapper says he can’t travel from New York to LA. He was shot two weeks in a robbery outside a New York recording studio.
Urge Overkill’s “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon” was used in Pulp Fiction, but not recorded for the film. Producer Quinton Tarantino found it on an EP that the Chicago band released two years ago on a small label. Tarantino found the EP in a London record store and loved the Neil Diamond-written-song so much, he constructed a key Uma Thurman-John Travolta scene around the tune.
Radio news – December 15, 1994
She’s the talk of sports radio – The Fabulous Sports Babe (Nanci Donnellan). She’s the first female to host a nationally syndicated sports talk show on radio. It’s broadcast 5 days a week on the new ESPN Radio Network. The Babe can be heard on 85 stations.
The FCC taps nearly 80 stations to go ahead and apply to move to the expanded AM band of channels (1610-1700).
Mario Cuomo may be getting a talk radio show. He’s being wooed to come into the business as the “liberal” counterpart to Rush Limbaugh.
Top music albums – December 15, 1994
The Holiday Album – Kenny G
Merry Christmas- Mariah Carey
Hell Freezes Over – eagles
Lion King – Soundtrack
MTV Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
Dookie – Green Day
Duets II – Frank Sinatra
My Life – Mary J. Blige
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
Monster – R.E.M.
Big Ones – Aerosmith
CrazySexyCool – TLC
Crossroad – Bon Jovi
No Need To Argue – Cranberries
Best of Sade – Sade
Greatest Hits – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
From The Cradle – Eric Clapton
Murder Was The Case – Soundtrack
Fields of Gold – Best of Sting – 1984-1994 – Sting
The Sign – Ace of Base
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow
The Icon Is Love – Barry White
Purple – Stone Temple Pilots
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 15, 1994
Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
Another Night – Real McCoy
On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
Always – Bon Jovi
Creep – TLC
Secret – Madonna
I Wanna Be Down – Brandy
You want This/70’s Love Groove – Janet Jackson
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
I’m The Only One – Melissa Etheridge
Before I Let You Go – Blackstreet
I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men
Turn The Beat Around – Gloria Estefan
Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz
Sukiyaki – 4pm
Never Lie – Immature
100% Pure Love – Crystal Waters
Practice What You Preach – Barry White
You Gotta Be – Des’Ree
Top pop hit music singles in Britain – December 15, 1994
Stay Another Day – Fast 17
Let Me Be Your Fantasy – Baby D
Crocodile Shoes – Jimmy Nail
We Have All the Time In The World – Louis Armstrong
Baby Come Back – Pato Banton
Another Night – Real McCoy
Love Spreads – Stone Roses
Think Twice – Celine Dion
Love Me For A Reason – Boyzone
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
All I Have To Do Is Dream – Cliff Richards
Top Country hit music singles – December 15, 1994
Pickup Man – Joe Diffie
Take Me As I Am – Faith Hill
Untanglin’ My Mind – Clint Black
When Love Finds You – Vince Gill
Now I Know – Lari White
The Big One – George Strait
If You’ve Got Love – John Michael Montgomery
When the Thought Of You Catches Up With Me – David Ball
We Can’t Love Like This Anymore – Alabama
Not A Moment Too Soon - Tim McGraw
Top pop music artists in 1994 –
Ace of Base
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Stone Temple Pilots
Boyz II Men
Top new pop music artists of 1994 –
Ace of Base
Top movies – December 15, 1994
Dumb and Dumber
The Santa Clause
The Lion King
Star Trek: Generations
A Low Down Dirty Shame
Interview With The Vampire