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Dateline: Events/Week of January 1, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Skater Nancy Kerrigan (24), one of the favorites to win a gold medal in next month’s Winter Olympics in Norway, is attacked after a practice in Detroit. Eyewitnesses said a man charged the skater from behind while she was headed toward the dressing room and struck her two or three times around the right knee with an unidentified blunt object. He later broke a Plexiglas door and escaped. An orthopedic surgeon says the skater suffered a bruised and cut knee and may be in too much pain to skate at the opening phase of the women’s singles competition. Kerrigan told ABC-TV “it’s not the most important thing, skating, If I can’t I’ll have to deal with it. I’m OK. It could have been a lot worse. I won’t lose faith in people. That’s just one bad guy. I’m sure there are others because it’s happened in other sports.”

Federal health officials unveil new public service announcements that for the first time explicitly promote condom use to reduce the risk of AIDS transmission. The ads, aimed at 18 to 25-year-olds, are much firmer than previous government-sponsored ads.

Passing - Virginia Kelley (70) - mother of President Clinton of breast cancer. She was married to Richard Kelley, a former food broker. President Clinton attended along with the first lady and daughter Chelsea. The Clintons received friends and pored over old family albums. He flew back to Washington, where he’ll leave for a nine-day European trip.

Visiting Europe for the first time since he took office, President Clinton, pledges renewed American leadership and commitment to unite the continent. He warned that the allies must reach out quickly to help the nations of the former Soviet empire risk seeing those countries precarious democracies overwhelmed by “the grim pretenders to tyranny’s dark throne.”

Fighting continues between army and Indian guerrillas in San Christobal De Las Casas, Mexico. The death count exceeds 100 after three days of fighting.

Passing - Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill Jr. (81) - Former House Speaker In 1987, he retired at the end of his 17th term in Congress, and fifth term as Speaker in 1990


Media Merger News – January 1, 1994

Viacom Inc and Blockbuster Entertainment Corp agree to merge in a bid to buy Paramount - an attempt to squash QVC’s move to buy Paramount. Under the proposed merger, Viacom-Blockbuster say it will sweeten the cash portion of its bid to $105 a share or a total of $6.5 billion, for 50.1% of Paramount’s stock. Viacom owns MTV and Nickelodeon. Viacom/Blockbuster would have a combined value of $8.4 billion. If they get Paramount, the stock market value of combination would be close to $26 billion. 


Technology news – January 1, 1994

AT&T announces it is starting an online service that, for the first time, will give consumers access to electronic databases and other communications networks from any location. Called “PersonaLink,” it will compete with on-line services now dominated by Prodigy, Compuserve and America Online. AT&T says PersonaLink’s key advantage over other on-line systems will be the system’s ability to be accessed by portable communications devices being offered by a growing number of electronics companies. It believes its first customers will be mobile professionals trying to keep in touch with their secretaries through electroinc mail from portable communications devices. Software developed by General Magic (called Telescript), will make it easier for customers to access computer networks. Released this week, the software allows AT&T to create “agents” or special packets of code, that enter a network and can search out and sift through vast amounts of information. An executive could have the system programmed for say an important event or day - like a birthday. He could send his greetings plus a gift.

TV/VCR combinations are selling briskly, according to the electronic Industries Assn. Sales were up 55% for all of 1993


Entertainment/Celebrity/Music news – January 1, 1994

Bruce Springsteen says he wrote the opening song to the new movie “Philadelphia” to help the film’s message of compassion for people with AIDS. “Director Jonathan Demme called me and said ‘I made this picture and I want it to play in the malls.” Springsteen says the song is called “Streets of Philadelphia.”

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen - a baby boy is born to the boss and his wife, Patti Scialfa. It’s his third. 

The Owners of “The Wayne Newton Theater” in Branson have put the theater up for sale. Newton says he hasn’t lost money on the theater “but I didn’t make any.” The asking price for the 3000-seat theater is $15 million. If it doesn’t sell, it will reopen around spring with the singer. 

Former network TV anchor Kathleen Sullivan is endorsing Weight Watchers. She’s lost more than 8lbs in 14 days in the “Superstart” program. 

MCA Inc, which operates Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, announces plans to build a $1.5  billion park in Osaka, Japan. The 140-acre project should be completed by 1999. 

Passing - actor Pat Buttram - “Mr. Haney” on 60’s sitcom “Green Acres.” Pat was also Gene Autry’s sidekick in many of his movie westerns and  “The Gene Autry Show” on television from 1950 to 1956.

Naomi and Wynonna Judd will reunite to perform “Love Can Build a Bridge” for the halftime finale at Super Bowl XXVIII on January 30. The show, called “Rockin’ Country Sunday” features Wynonna along with Travis Tritt, Clint Black and Tanya Tucker.

Singer/actor Sonny Bono (58), the former mayor of Palm Springs announces his candidacy for Congress this week. Bono ran for the California Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 1992, but lost.

Actor Mickey Rourke is arrested outside his Miami Beach nightclub after he reportedly yelled at some 75 people causing a stir outside his club. He posted a $500 bond and was soon released.

It looks like Howard Stern’s pay-per-view New Year’s Eve special was the top-grossing pay-per TV event ever. The event - “The Miss Howard Stern New Year’s Eve Pageant” grossed $12 million. Some of the features of the broadcast included a woman eating live maggots and actor Mark Hamill licking chocolate sauce off a woman’s breast.

 In Los Angeles - Listeners to the Rick Dees show - mornings on KIIS-FM (102.7), heard him offer refunds to those who felt ripped-off after viewing Howard Stern’s pay-per-view special “The Miss Howard Stern New Year’s Eve Pageant.” Dees so far, has issued a $40 refund to an estimated 150 listeners who voiced complaints. Dees will take it national on his syndicated “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40” this week.

At the 26th annual NAACP Image Awards - here are some winners:

Whitney Houston - Entertainer of the year

 Denzel Washington  - Lead actor in a motion picture in “Malcolm X.”

Angela Bassett - Lead actress in a motion picture in “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

(Angela Bassett wins again as supporting actress in a motion picture for “Malcolm X.”)

Michael Jackson made a five-minute speech before presenting Debbie Allen with a choreography award. “Everyone is presumed to be innocent and totally innocent until charged with a crime and then convicted by a jury of their peers ...not only am I presumed to be innocent, I am innocent.” Jackson, who was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, received a standing ovation.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 1, 1994

Home Improvement - 21.4

60 Minutes - 20.6

Movie - Jane’s House - 19.5

Murder, She Wrote - 17.9

Orange Bowl - 17.8

Roseanne - 17.7

Grace Under Fire - 17.6

Seinfeld - 16.7

Monday Night Football - 15.7

Coach - 15.4

Viper - 15.3

PrimeTime Live - 14.1

 Unsolved Mysteries - 14.1

Frasier - 13.9 

Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman - 13.4

Rescue 911 - 12.9

Full House - 12.6

Wings - 12.5

Movie - For The Love Of Aaron - 12.4

Dateline NBC - 12.2

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 12.2

Dave’s World - 12.0

Evening Shade - 12.0

Bob - 11.9


Saturday Night Television listings/TV guide – January 1, 1994

CBS - Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Harts of the West, Walker, Texas Ranger

NBC - The Mommies, Getting By, Empty Nest, Nurses, The Golden Globe’s 50th Anniversary Special

ABC - Sports figure Skating

Fox - Cops, Cops, Front Page

WGN - Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon


The Golden Globe’s 50th Anniversary Special - Ann-Margret, Beau Bridges and Burt Reynolds with Carol Channing, Cyd Charisse, Kathryn, Grayson, Donald O’Connor, George Chakins, Shirley Jones


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 1, 1994

All For Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting

All That She Wants - Ace of Base

Here - Mariah Carey

Again - Janet Jackson

Gangsta Lean - D.R.S.

Linger - The Cranberries

Keep Ya Head Up - 2Pac

Indo Smoke - Mista Grimm

Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team

Breathe Again - Toni Braxton

Said I Loved You... But I Lied - Michael Bolton

What’s My Name? - Snoop Doggy Dogg

Can We Talk - Tevin Campbell

Mr Vain - Culture Beat

Never Keeping Secrets - Babyface

I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff

U.N.I.T.Y - Queen Latifah

Miss You In A Heartbeat - Def Leppard


Top Music Albums – January 1, 1994

Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg

Music Box - Mariah Carey

Vs. - Pearl Jam

Janet - Janet Jackson

Lethal Injection - Ice Cube

In Utero - Nirvana

MTV Unplugged - 10,000 Maniacs

Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton

 Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

Bat Out OF Hell II - Meat Loaf

So Far So Good - Bryan Adams

Get A Grip - Aerosmith

Everybody Else Is Doing So ... - Cranberries

Diary of a Mad Band - Jodeci

Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


More Top Music Albums – January 1, 1994

Duets - Frank Sinatra

The One Ting - Michael Bolton

The Colour Of My Line - Celine Dion

Retro Active - Def Leppard

The Sign - Ace of Base

Very Necessary - Salt-N-Pepa

The Beavis & Butt-Head Experience - Beavis & Butt-Head

Human Wheels - John Mellencamp

It Won’t Be The Last - Billy Ray Cyris

Blind Melon - Blind Melon

For The Cool In You - Babyface

Honky Tonk Angels - Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette

Sister Act II - soundtrack

Both Sides - Phil Collins

Straight Up Sewaside - Das Efx

Hummin’, Comin’ At ‘Cha  - Xscape

Winter Light - Linda Ronstadt

Wayne’s World 2 - soundtrack

12-Play - R. Kelly 


Top Movies – January 1, 1994

Mrs Doubtfire - Robin Williams, Sally Field

The Pelican Brief - Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

Tombstone - Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer

Sister Act 2 Back In The Habit - Whoopie Goldberg, Kathy Nallmy

Beethoven’s 2nd - Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt

The Piano - Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel

Geronimo - Jason Patric, Robert Duvall

Schindler’s List - Sir Anthony Hopkins

In The Name of Father -

Wayne’s World 2 - Mike Myers, Dana Carvey

Grumpy Old Men - Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margeret

A Perfect World - Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood

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