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


In The News

Former President Richard Nixon said that the United States would at some point face a choice between Russia and Ukraine as a focus for its support in Eastern Europe.

President Clinton lashes out at Republican critics – charging that they are sabotaging the nation’s need for honest debate at a time when it needs a “genuine conflict of ideas.” His remarks clearly show his frustration over Whitewater – and over the way a stream of allegations surrounding the Whitewater controversy and related matters have blocked Clinton’s ability to communicate his Administration’s agenda. 

Susan McDougal – former real estate partner of then Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife, breaks her silence that has made her the mystery woman of Whitewater. In a press conference, she refused to answer questions about the critical transactions that have plunged the White House into controversy. She declared her innocence and accused the republicans of persecuting her and her former husband, James B. McDougal.

Next week – Vice President Al Gore will urge world leaders at a meeting in Argentina to develop a global information superhighway as a way to promote economic development.

Consumer prices rose .3% in February.

Tonya Harding News Update – March 15, 1994:

Tonya Harding enters a plea of guilty to “hindering prosecution” and agrees to resign from U.S. amateur figure skating as a result of the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.


More news – Week of March 15, 1994

Syria, Lebanon and Jordan agree to resume peace talks with Israel after the U.N. Security Council approves a resolution condemning the massacre of Palestinians in a West Bank mosque.

 Luis Donaldo Colosio (44), widely expected to be Mexico’s next president, is assassinated in Tijuana, stunning the nation and casting a cloud in the country’s next elections in August. Suspect Mario Aburto Martinez is arrested near the scene. 

Six major airlines agree to permanently change their pricing practices after a federal lawsuit charging them with illegally raising airfares. The suit - filed in December - 1992 says that the airlines inflated ticket prices up to almost $2 billion between 1988 and 1992.  None of the six admitted guilt: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines and TWA.


Sports news – March 15, 1994

Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings scores his 802nd career goal, passing Gordie Howe to become the NHL’s all-time scorer.

Magic Johnson says he will return to the Lakers - this time to coach. It’ll be his first coaching job.


Radio news – March 15, 1994

Howard Stern announces plans to run for governor of New York - offering a platform that includes passing the death penalty, getting road crews to work only at night and staggering highway tolls to prevent traffic jams. The radio talker hopes to run as a Libertarian candidate. “I’m going to win. I’m going to be the next governor of New York."


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 15, 1994

Actor Dudley Moore (58) is arrested after a woman, identifying herself as his girlfriend, claimed he battered her. He was booked for investigation of domestic abuse and released on $50 thousand bail.

Passing - actor Dack Rambo - best known for his role as Jack Ewing, cousin of J.R on “Dallas”  - from complications of AIDS.

Passing - Walter Lantz (94) - creator of Woody Woodpecker.

Passing - actor Macdonald Carey (81) - best known as Dr. Tom Horton on “Days Of Our Lives”

Academy Awards Held This Week – March 15, 1994

Some Winners:

Best Picture - “Schindler’s list”

Actor - Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia”

Actress - Holly Hunter - “The Piano”

Supporting actor - Tommy Lee Jones - “The Fugitive”

Supporting actress - Anna Paquin - “The Piano”

Director - Steven Spielberg - “Schindler’s List”

Original screenplay - Jane Campion - “The Piano”

Adapted Screenplay - Steven Zaillian - “Schindler’s List”

Original score - John Williams - “Schindler’s List”

Original song - “Streets of Philadelphia” - Philadelphia.


Music news – March 15, 1994

Soul Train Awards – Snoop Doggy Dogg was angry that Dr. Dre’s best-selling album, “The Chronic” (which features his raps) and his own “Doggystyle” collection weren’t nominated for best rap album. “You know and I know that Dr. Dre had the best rap album of 1993.” Why wasn’t he even a nominee? How can they explain that? We feel we were done wrong on these awards.” At the Soul Train Awards – big winners were Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton.

Michael Jackson’s mother – who has maintained her son’s innocence in the face of allegations that he sexually molested a 13-year-old boy – is ordered to testify in Los Angeles.

The Rolling Stones announce they will replace base player Bill Wyman with Darryl Jones, who has recorded and toured with both sting and Miles Davis.


Television news – March 15, 1994

Nancy Kerrigan and musical guest Aretha Franklin are on Saturday Night Live. The show got its biggest ratings in three years.

Charles Kuralt announces he is leaving CBS after 37 years.

After eight years - MTV’s 1994 Spring Break will be in San Diego and not Daytona.

Ray Combs – who is being replaced on “Family Feud” by his predecessor – Richard Dawson – gets a new game show – “The Love Psychic. 

Nickelodeon announces it will spend $30 million over three years for its weekday preschoolers’ bloc “Nick Jr.”

Norman Lear’s “704 Hauser,” a new comedy about a black family living in the former home of Archie Bunker, will debut April 11 on CBS.

 Robert Pastorelli, who portrays the painter on “Murphy Brown” says he’s leaving the series and will move to a new CBS series “Double Rush.” Both have the same producers. Pastorelli has been with “Murphy Brown” since the 1988 debut.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 15, 1994

CBS - Evening Shade, Dave’s World, Movie

NBC - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Movie

ABC - The 66th Annual Academy Awards ... FOX - Movie

PBS - Healing and the Mind, P.O.V., Charlie Rose

TNN - Club Dance, Stardom, Texas Connectioin, Music City Tonight w/ Ralph Emery.


Academy awards - Whoopi Goldberg hosts.

The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno - Richard Belzer, Country artist Marty Stuart and the Staple Singers.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 15, 1994

CBS – Rescue 911, Movie, Late Show with David Letterman

NBC – The Good Life, The Second Half, John Larroquette Show, John Larroquette Show, Dateline NBC, The Tonight Show

ABC – Full House, Phenom, Roseanne, Coach, NYPD Blue, Nightline

 Fox – The Sinbad Show, The Sinbad Show, Front Page

PBS – Healing and the Mind, Nova, Charlie Rose  

Lifetime – Unsolved Mysteries, Sisters, Movie (Convicted with Lindsay Wagner)


On The Good Life – Bob takes his first-grade class on a field trip to John’s business.

On John Larroquette #1 – John’s son hires a call girl.

On Roseanne – Roseanne and Dan don’t see eye-to-eye over covering his dad’s missing alimony payment.

On David Letterman – Rich Hall guests

On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Jason Priestley


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 15, 1994

The Academy Awards (31.1), Home Improvement (22.4), 60 Minutes (20.8), Roseanne (19.80, Murder, She Wrote (19.2), Barbara Walters (19.1), Seinfeld (19.0), Grace Under Fire (18.4), Coach (18.20, Frasier (16.9), The Corpse Had A Familiar Face (16.4), Home Improvement #2 - (15.5), NYPD Blue (15.0), Thunder Alley (14.6), Wings (14.2), Turning Point (14.1), Rescue 911 (14.0), PrimeTime Live (13.8), Full House (13.8), 20/20 (13.60, Marked For Death (13.30, Step by Step (13.1), Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman (13.10, Family Matters (12.9), Boy Meets World (12.7), Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper (12.4), LA Law (12.4)


Top movie video tape rentals – March 15, 1994

In the Line of Fire

A Man Without A Face

Demolition Man

Striking distance

The Program

Sleepless in Seattle

Hard Target


The Firm

Last Action Hero


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

The Sign- Ace Of Base

The Power Of Love- Celine Dion

Without You/Never Forget You- Mariah Carey

 Whatta Man- Salt-N-Pepa Featuring En Vogue

 Bump N' Grind- R. Kelly

So Much In Love- All-4-One

Now And Forever- Richard Marx

Breathe Again- Toni Braxton

Gin And Juice- Snoop Doggy Dogg

 Because Of Love- Janet Jackson

Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)- US3

All For Love- Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting

Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through- Meat Loaf

Mary Jane's Last Dance- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Streets Of Philadelphia- Bruce Springsteen

Born to Roll - Masta Ace Inc

Something - Conscious Daughters

Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies


Top movies – March 15, 1994

Guarding Tess

Lightning Jack

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

The ref

Schindler’s List

On Deadly Ground


Mrs. Doubtfire


Sugar Hill 

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