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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

Mariah Carey

Toni Braxton

Janet Jackson

R. Kelly


Celine Dion


Snoop Doggy Dogg


Tevin Campbell

Pearl Jam


Counting Crows

Tim McGraw

Meat Loaf

Stone Temple Pilots

Bryan Adams

Boyz II Men

Smashing Pumpkins




Top new pop music artists of 1994 –

Ace of Base


Counting Crows

Tim McGraw


Warren G.


Collective Soul

Sheryl Crow


Top movies  – December 15, 1994

Dumb and Dumber

The Santa Clause


Drop Zone


The Lion King

Star Trek: Generations


A Low Down Dirty Shame

Interview With The Vampire

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