Dateline: Events/Week of May 15, 1994 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
New Palestinian state? - Secretary of State Warren Christopher says that he will travel to Jericho this week. He’ll meet with the newly established Palestinian self-governing authority. The trip aims to movie-along the peace process.
The French maker of RU-486 (abortion pill) donates its patent rights to a nonprofit group. It’s a move the hopes to speed-up approval of the pill in the U.S.
Combat inflation – The Fed raises interest rates a half-point.
Jackie Kennedy Dies
The family of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis gathers at her bedside as the former First Lady suffers serious complications her fight against cancer. She has been undergoing chemotherapy since January, when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The hospital denied a published report that Onassis had taken a serious turn for the worst, saying her prognosis was excellent.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, the first lady of First Ladies dies of cancer at 64. At her side in her 5th Avenue apartment were daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossbert, son John F. Kennedy and her longtime companion Maurice Templesman.
Sports news – May 15, 1994
Dick Motta – the original coach of the Dallas Mavericks, returns to coach the team – the worst in the NBA.
Shane Stant, who hit skater Nancy Kerrigan above the knee and his uncle Derrick Smith, who drove the getaway car, are sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit assault. Tanya Harding only received three years’ probation for her part in the cast.
Tennis star Jennifer Capriati is arrested on a marijuana possession charge after police showed up at her Coral Gables hotel room.
Some best-selling books – May 15, 1994
“K” is for Killer – Sue Grafton
The Day After Tomorrow – Allan Folsom
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
Remember Me – Mary Higgins Clark
The Alienist – Caleb Carr
Magic Eye Ii – N.E. Thing Enterprises
In The Kitchen With Rosie – Rosie Daley
Book of Virtues – William J. Bennett
Embraced by the Light – Betty J. Eadie
Men Are From Mars: Woman Are From Venus – John Gray Ph. D
Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 15, 1994
The Stand (Mon.) – 21.0
The Stand (Wed.) – 20.1
The Stand (Thur.) – 20.1
Roseanne – 19.4
Coach – 19.2
Movie-Terminator 2 – 18.2
Seinfeld – 17.7
Home Improvement – 17.2
Grace Under Fire – 16.8
NYPD Blue – 16.7
Frasier – 16.5
60 Minutes – 16.4
Before They Were Stars – 14.9
Murder, She Wrote – 14.7
20/20 – 13.7
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air –13.6
Murphy Brown – 13.5
Television news – May 15, 1994
ABC celebrates 40 years that includes highlights from family comedies and other categories.
Stephen King’s four-part “The Stand” grabs top ratings for ABC – and the largest ratings for any ABC miniseries in eight years.
The Triangle Network – the first national cable network featuring gay and lesbian programming will launch June 25.
Passing – Henry Morgan – TV personality of the 1950’s. He was 79.
The two-hour “Melrose Place” finale drew the show’s highest ratings, with the much talked-about kiss between to gay characters.
Deborah Norville has a summer tryout show – a magazine show titled “American Tonight.” It’ll air Wednesday nights.
Tom Arnold appears on “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee” to tell the world he still loves his wife, Roseanne, in spite of her second divorce filing.
NBC and the USA network will use John McEnroe as a commentator during the French open.
Music news – May 15, 1994
Interesting survey says that in-store record play sells more product than MTV influence. 10% of respondents credit in-store video/audio play with influencing their decision to purchase something. 6% credited MTV or VH-1 video shows as influencing their purchasing decisions.
Pearl Jam says it will only wait 9 months to release their next album. Look for it this summer.
Naomi Judd will make her TV series-acting debut on this week’s “Sisters” on NBC.
MTV talent Jon Stewart is being wooed to fill Aresnio Hall’s late night talk show.
MTV VJ Adam Curry walked off the set of the channel’s “Top 20 Countdown.” a few weeks ago.
VH-1 is set to broadcast its first live concert. “VH-1 Honors,’ will highlight the good works and popular music of Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Melissa Etheridge, Al Green, Kenny G and the artist formerly known as Prince. Look for it June 26.
2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is arrested in Miami and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly aiming a gun at a woman in his Miami Lakes home and threatening to kill her.
Radio news – May 15, 1994
USA Today reports that San Francisco attorney Michael Blend is suing Rush Limbaugh for allegedly breaking his promise to pay $1 million to any listener who heard him make an anti-Semitic remark. Blend thinks he did, and says Limbaugh breached his contract.
WestWoodOne launches “The Tom Leykis Show. It’s being fed 6-10p eastern time. Also from WW1 – “The David Brenner Show” is set to debut in June.
Leykis says, “My goal is to be on FM as much as possible. The Show would work on a classic rock station. Many stations fall off the bar graph after 7pm. If shows like ‘LoveLine’ and ‘LovePhones’ can work at night, why couldn’t this?”
Larry King will no longer to a separate syndicated radio. Instead his CNN “Larry King Live” will be syndicated to radio stations beginning June 6.
Top music albums – May 15, 1994
Not A Moment Too Soon – Tim McGraw
The Sign – Ace of Base
Read My Mind – Reba McEntire
The Division Bell – Pink Floyd
12 Play – R. Kelly
Chant – Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
Longing In their Hearts – Bonnie Raitt
Toni Braxton – Toni Braxton
Above The Rim – Soundtrack
August & Everything After – Counting Crows
The Cross of Changes – Enigma
Music Box – Mariah Carey
Live At The Acropolis – Yanni
God Shuffled His Feet – Crash Test Dummies
The Crow – Soundtrack
All-4-One – All-4-One
Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
Superunknown – Soundgarden
Doggy Style – Snoop Doggy Dogg
SouthernPlayalistCadillacmuzik – Outkast
In Utero – Nirvana
Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – May 15, 1994
I’ll Remember - Madonna
I Swear – All-4-One
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World – Prince
Baby I Love Your Way – Big Mountain
Bump N’ Grind – R. Kelly
I’m Ready – Tevin Campbell
You Mean The World To Me – Toni Braxton
MMM MMM MMM MMM – Crash Test Dummies
Loser – Beck
Without You/Never Forget You – Mariah Carey
The Power Of Love – Celine Dion
Regulate – Warren G. & Nate Dogg
Now And Forever – Richard Marx
Return To Innocence – Enigma
Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen
Don’t Turn Around – Ace of Base
Back & Forth – Aaliyah
Got Me Waiting – Heavy D. & The Boyz
Whatta Man – Salt-N-Pepa Featuring En Vogue
Gin and Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
If You Go – Jon Secada
Love Sneakin’ Up On You – Bonnie Raitt
I’ll Take You There – General Public
Pumps and a Bump – Hammer
So Much In Love – All-4-One
Beautiful In My Eyes – Joshua Kadison
Top hit music singles in Britain – May 15, 1994
Inside – Stiltskin
Come On You Red – Manchester United Football Squad
Sweets For My Sweet – CJ Lewis
The Real Thing – Tony Di Bart
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Prince
Around The World – East 17
MMM MMMM MMM MMM – Crash Test Dummies
Light My Fire – Clubhouse Featuring Carl
Always – Erasure
Just A Step From Heaven – Eternal
I Like To Move It – Reel 2 Real Featuring the Mad Stuntman
I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
Top Country hit music singles – May 15, 1994
Before You Kill Us All - Randy Travis
You Love Amazes Me – John Berry
Rope The Moon – John Michael Montgomery
Wish I Didn’t Know How – Toby Keith
If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too) – Shenandoah
Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw
A Good Run of Bad Luck – Clint Black
Lovebug – George Strait
Addicted to A Dollar – Doug Stone
How Can I Help You Say Goodbye – Patty Loveless
Hot Contemporary Jazz music albums – May 15, 1994
Positivity – Incognito
Hardcastle – Paul Hardcastle
Breathless - Kenny G
Restless – Bob James
Smooth – Gerald Albright
Sax By The Fire – John Tesh Project
The Benoitt/Freeman Project – Benoit/Freeman Project
Between the Sheets – Fourplay
Lucky Man – Dave Koz
Love, Nancy – Nancy Wilson
Top Rap music singles – May 15, 1994
Sweet Potatoe Pie – Domino
Player’s Ball – Outkast
Got Me Waiting – Heavy D. & The Boyz
Regulate – Warren G. & Date Dogg
Dunkie Butt (Please Please Please) – 12 Gauge
Born to Roll - Masta Ace Incorporated
Comin’ On Strong – Sudden Change
C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan
You Know How We Do It – Ice Cube
Something To Ride To – Conscious Daughters
Gin and Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
I Got Cha Opin – Black Mon
Bucktown – Smif-N-Wessun
Worker Man - Patra
Top children’s videos – May 15 1994
Fox and the Hound
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
We’re Back!: A Dinosaur Story
Beauty and the Beat
Mighty Morphin Green Ranger: Part 1
Mighty Morphin Green Ranger’ Part 2
Mighty Morphin: Vol. 1- Day of the Dumpster
The Magic Voyage
Mighty Morphin Green Ranger: Part 3
Top movies – May 15, 1994
Four Weddings and a Funeral
3 Ninjas Kick Back
You So Crazy
D2: The Mighty Ducks
When A Man Loves A Woman
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Major League II