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Dateline: Events/Week of February 15, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Clinton pledges nearly $400 million in aid to oil-rich Kazakhstan after the former Soviet republic agreed to adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and destroy its nuclear weapons.

Bosnian Serb forces begin a massive withdrawal from mountain artillery nests ringing Sarajevo.

President Clinton warns that U.S. warplanes are set to launch air strikes if all heavy weapons surrounding Sarajevo are not pulled or placed under U.N. control. 

After two bad days of practice, skater Tonya Harding is ready to go. Two names will go into the official draw for this week’s Winter Olympic women’s figure skating competition – Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.

Viacom wins a bid to buy paramount in a $10 billion deal.

Lorne Michaels magic? – Canadian sketch comedy troupe “the Kids in the Hall” are going to be doing a movie with Paramount, with Michaels producing. You can still catch them on CBS and Comedy Central.

Passing – Gloria Stewart (75) widow of actor Jimmy Stewart.


Medical/AIDS Update – February 15, 1994

AIDs drug AZT is found to protect fetuses from AIDS. The findings are considered significant.

Passing – Dies of AIDS - Randy Shilts, author of “And The Band Played On.” He was 42.


Sports news – February; 15, 1994

Norway Winter Olympics – Dan Jansen wins a gold medal in the 1,000-meter speedskating event.


Technology news – February 15, 1994

Wang Laboratories Inc’s $80 million home (three building) office in Burlington, MA is auctioned for a mere $525,000. The sale sheds the last vestige of Wang’s former bloated self. Wang went into bankruptcy in 1992 after it missed out on the personal computer revolution. It is now a software and services firm.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 15, 1994

Winter Olympics – 29.4

Home Improvement – 23.6

60 Minutes – 22.5

 Seinfeld – 22.0

Roseanne – 21.4

Frasier – 21.1.

Winter Olympics – 20.9

Coach – 20.2

Grace Under Fire – 19.2

Wings – 18.0

Eye to Eye – 17.4

Movie-Fried Green Tomatoes – 16.7

NYPD Blue – 16.7

Full House – 16.5

48 Hours – 16.2

American Music Awards – 16.0

Mad About You – 15.4

Rescue 911 – 15.2

20/20 – 15.2

Family Matters – 14.8

Unsolved Mysteries – 14.5


Television news – February 15, 1994

David Letterman says he would like to see Tom Snyder come to CBS and do a late show, following his. Snyder hosted NBC-TV’s “Tomorrow” show from 1993 to 1982, and is now seen on CNBC. Regis Philbin and Bob Costas have been mentioned to do the show, which would start at 12:35am. 

The Roseanne episode that centers on a kiss between two female characters will air March 1.

ABC World News Tonight correspondent Cokie Roberts and producer Rick Kaplan are reprimanded for making it appear as if she were reporting from Capitol Hill on January 26, when in fact, she was in a nearby studio with a back projection.

E! Entertainment signs comedian Paula Poundstone to co-host the channel’s pre and post Academy Awards shows in March.

Passing – Actor Sorrell Booke – best known as Jefferson Davis (Boss) Hogg on the Dukes of Hazzard TV series. He was 64: of cancer.


Music news – February 15, 1994

Rap rocker Ice-T will appear on a special “Playboy’s Hot Rocks” episode next month. It follows a February Playboy article that excerpts material from Ice-T’s new book, “The Ice Opinion.”

Another version of MTV unplugged dubbed “Spoken Word Unplugged” will be making the rounds. Look for poets Reg E. Gaines, Maggie Estep and John S. Hall to visit some 20 college campuses. They’ll be joined at times by Evan Dando of the Lemonheads; Speech from Arrested Development and MTV VJ Kennedy. MTV hasn’t said if the tour will be taped for a telecast.  

 MTV Unplugged has yielded hit albums for artists such as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, 10,000 Maniacs and Mariah Carey. Tony Bennett has been confirmed in the next round of “Unplugged” tapings. Also, the three surviving members of Led Zepplin are wanted by “Unplugged” producers.

2 Live Crew behaving – Leader Luther Campbell said police in Cincinnati had threatened to arrest them all if they performed their usual act. 

Michael Jackson takes to the stand at the Denver Federal Courthouse, testifying that he wrote the melody and lyrics of his song “Dangerous.” Denver songwriter Crystal Cartier claims that Jackson stole the song from her, saying she had sent him a recording of her version before he first recorded it.


Radio news – February 15, 1994

Clarification from an old story - President Clinton phones Don Imus’ radio show to tell him about his old astro turf-coated El Camino pick-up truck. Clinton said it was just to protect his suitcase from scratches. Clinton has gone on the air with Imus around a half-dozen times since 1992.

Jones Satellite Network launches its 7th format – a sports format called “The Team.”

Former KROQ (Los Angeles) “Love Line” host Jim “Poorman”” Trenton is suing the station for copyright infringement, slander, breach of contract and fraud. Trendon alleges that by continuing “Love Line” after his suspension, the station is infringing on his copyright creation. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 15, 1994

The Sign – Ace of Base

The Power of Love – Celine Dion

Breather Again – Toni Braxton

All For Love – Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting

Whatta Man – Salt-N-Pepa Feat. En Vogue

Understanding – Excape

Without You/Never Forget You – Mariah Carey

Herd – Mariah Carey

So Much In Love – All-4-One

Getto Jam – Domino

Because of Love – Janet Jackson

Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

Because The Night – 10,000 Maniacs

Cantaloop – US3

Cry For You – Jodeci

Linger – the Cranberries

Now and Forever – Richard Marx

Can We Talk – Tevin Campbell

All That She Wants – Ace of Base

Said I Loved You… But I Lied – Michael Bolton

Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through – Meatloaf

Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa

Amazing – Aerosmith

Choose – Color Me Badd

Stay – Eternal


Top modern rock music tracks – February 15, 1994

MMM MMM MMM – Crash Test Dummies

Loser – Beck

God – Tori Amos

All Apologies – Nirvana

No Excuses – Alice In Chains

Mr. Jones – Counting Crows

Laid – James

Big Time Sensuality – Bjork

Locked Out – Crowded House

Watch The Girl Destroy Me – Possum Dixon


Top Jazz music albums – February 15, 1994

My Funny Valentine – Chet Baker

Steppin’ Out – Tony Bennett

25 – Harry Connick Jr.

Wish – Joshua Redman

Swing Kids – Soundtrack

Warm & Tender – Charlie Watts

Best of the Songbooks – Ella Fitzgerald

Live at Montreux – Miles Davis & Quincy Jones


Top Music Albums – February 15, 1994

Doggy Style – Snoop Doggy Dogg

Kickin’ It Up – John Michael Montgomery

Music Box – Mariah Carey

12 Play – R. Kelly

Very Necessary – Salt-N-Pepa

Jar of Flies – Alice in Chains

Greatest Hits – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Toni Braxton – Toni Braxton

Diary of a Mad Band – Jodeci

The One Thing – Michael Bolton

The Sign – Ace of Base

Under The Pink – Tori Amos

August & Everything After – Counting Crows

The Colour of my Love – Celine Dion

So Far So God – Bryan Adams

Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell – Meat Loaf

Janet – Janet Jackson

Philadelphia – Soundtrack

Antenna – ZZ Top

Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins

VS. – Pearl Jam

Get A Grip – Aerosmith

The Songs of the Eagles – Various

MTV Unplugged – 10,000 Maniacs


Top music hit singles in Britain – February 15, 1994

Breather Again – Toni Braxton

Things Can Only Get Better - D Ream

Return to Innocence – Enigma

The Power of Love – Celine Dion

Come Baby Come – K7

A Deeper Love – Aretha Franklin

All For Love – Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting

Come In Out of the Rain – Wendy Moten

 I Like To Move It – Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman

Sweet Lullaby – Deep Forest

Give It Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1994

I Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action – Toby Keith

I Swear – John Michael Montgomery

She’d Give Anything – Boy Howdy

I’d Like TO Have that One Back – George Straight

Hey Cinderella – Suzy Bogguss

You Will – Patty Loveless

I Just Wanted To Know – Mark Chesnutt

Rock My World (Little Country Girl) – Brooks & Dunn

We Just Disagree – Billy Dean

John Deere Green – Joe Diffie

I’ve Got It Made – John Anderson


Top movies  - February 15, 1994

Ace Venture: Pet Detective

The Getaway

Blank Check

My Girl 2

Schindler’s List

Mrs. Doubtfire


My Father, the Hero

Grumpy Old Men

In the Name of the Father

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