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


In The News

President Clinton announces that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and King Hussein of Jordan will confer in their first official talks. Clinton says he expects a peace treaty from the event, which is scheduled for July 25. 

Planet Jupiter is hit by a giant comet in an explosion that’s described as having the power of all the nuclear weapons on earth. The observed fireball lit brighter than the planet.

An explosion destroys a seven-story downtown building housing two Jewish groups in Buenos Aires. 26 are dead.

President Clinton tells governors assembled in Boston that he might be satisfied if a bill passes that moves in the direction for health care for all, but the comment surprises many. Later, President Clinton said he did not dilute his pledge for health coverage for all Americans.

Lawyers for O.J. Simpson announce a $500,000 reward for information leading to the “real killer or killers” and at the same time, files motion accusing police of ignoring evidence that points to other possible suspects.

Brazil defeats Italy for the World Cup. It’s the first World Cup played in the United States.

Chris Palmer – son of Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, is convicted of selling $275 worth of cocaine to an undercover officer.

O.J. Simpson enters a plea of not-guilty to the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was under suicide watch after the D.A indicted him.

The Clinton Administration and North Korea will resume direct talks. At issue – U.S. sanctions and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Health care reform - Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) accused First Lay Hillary of taking “ a cheap shot” at Congress to win support for the Administration’s bill.

Michael Fay, the U.S. teenager who was caned in Singapore for vandalism, said prison officials told him he shouted “I’m dying!” when the first stroke was delivered but he could not remember making the cry.

Gay Games IV come to a close at Yankee Stadium – as more than 11,000 athletes entered competition in 31 sports at 30 locations in the New York area.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greespan declares that the outlook for the economy “is as bright as it has been in decades."

Slap in the face as the West Coast version of “Sunset Blvd” closes before it opens by Lloyd Webber’s producers. They say that Fay Dunaway’s singing was below par. They say she’s not capable of taking over its starring role. 

The dollar falls below the key level of 100 Japanese yen, triggering a global selloff.


Technology  news – July 15, 1994

Passing – Gary Kildall – the guy who created the first popular operating system for personal computers – and lost out to Microsoft’s new MS-DOS standard. He was 52.

Kildall wrote his personal computer operating system in 1973 and soon after, he and his wife formed “Digital Research.” In 1980, Kildall was approached by IBM to develop the operating system for its personal computers. He thought he had it, but IBM was also talking to Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. IBM began offering PC’s with two operating systems – Kildall’s or MS-DOS from Microsoft, but it priced Microsoft’s version at just $40 extra and Kildall’s at $240. Many believe Bill Gates “borrowed” from Gary Kildall’s software and infringed on his copyright, but he never sued. Digital Research eventfully was sold to Novell in 1991 in a stock-swap deal valued at $80 million.   

GTE Corp says it has formed GTE Interactive Media to develop entertainment software of the $7 billion video game market.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 15, 1994

Roseanne Arnold renews her spousal abuse claims against hubby Tom. She said she withdrew her original abuse claim because she was afraid of him.


Technology/TV news – July 15, 1994

MTV is teaming up with AOL and their 800,000 subscribers in a summer promotion – the first time MTV is venturing into cyberspace. AOL users will be able to access information specific to MTV as well as highlights and updates regarding the Lollapalooza summer tour. MTV is testing ways to link AOL users with the network’s on-air programs using “MTV Beach House” as the cornerstone. “Online jockeys” will communicate with America Online users on a regular basis. Some will be based at the network’s “Beach House” studio while others will go on the road with the Lollapalooza tour. Another one will moderate an ongoing MTV chat session.

A company called Laser Video Network says it has some 200 video-on-demand kiosks installed in college dining areas. They show music videos and locally produced college newscasts, among other things.


Television news – July 15, 1994

Murphy Brown revisited – Dan Quayle said it several years ago, not Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala says that television’s Murphy Brown  did set a bad example by having a fictional baby out of wedlock. “I don’t think anyone in public life today ought to condone children born out of wedlock… even if the family is financially able.”

Nick at Nite is adding “Gumby” – late nights!

Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15, 1994

Baseball All Star Game – 15.7

Home Improvement – 15.3

60 Minutes – 15.2

Grace Under Fire – 15.1

Frasier – 14. 6

Seinfeld – 14.3

Movie-In a Child’s Name – 13.6

20/20 – 13.4

Murder, She Wrote – 12.3

Roseanne – 1.6

All Star Pregame – 11.5

Wings – 11.5

Coach – 11.2

 Murphy Brown – 11.0

Movie-Without A Kiss Goodbye – 10.8

Dateline NBC (Thur.) – 10.6

40 Hours – 10.6

Now – 10.4

Northern Exposure – 10.4

PrimeTime Live – 10.4

Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper – 10.2

Unsolved Mysteries – 10.2

Mad About You – 10.0

Law & Order – 9.9

Love & War – 9.8

Rescue 911 – 9.7

Step by Step – 9.7

Full House – 9.6

Sister, Sister – 9.5


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of July 15, 1994

CBS – Diagnosis Murder, Burke’s Law, Picket Fences, David Letterman

NBC – Against the Grain, Movie, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by step, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Encounters: The Hidden Truth, The X-Files

PBS – Washington Week,

MTV Top 20 Video Countdown from the MTV Beach House, The State, Beavis and Butt-Head

E! Howard Stern


On David Letterman – Phil Collins.

On Jay Leno – Garth Brooks.


Music news – July 15, 1994

Rapper Easy-E says he plans to release two new albums simultaneously in September. Look for Str8 Off The Streets of #*#&@ Compton Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.”

Breaking Up Is Easy To Do - Axl Rose and guitarist Slash are at odds. Looks like Guns ‘N Roses” is breaking up (again).

Bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, two surviving members of Nirvana make a surprise concert appearance in Olympia, WA.

Sinead O’Connor is back with a new album. Many remember her being booed off stage at an October 1992 Bob Dylan concert for ripping the Pope’s picture on Saturday Night Live. On the album, a version of Kurt Cobain’s “All Apologies.”

Ice Cube launches a new record label – Lench Mob. First release is by rapper K-Dee.

20 month dispute - The British High Court of Justice rules that singer George Michael cannot walk away from his contract with Sony Music, calling the $12 million contract “reasonable and fair.”


Radio news – July 15, 1994

KEGL Dallas drops the Motley Crue track “Uncle Jack” form its playlist because of the band’s behavior on a recent visit and because of the band’s use of what appeared to be swastikas on stage.

Casey Kasem’s son, Mike Kasem is host of a new program distributed by Westwood One – but it has nothing to do with radio. The younger Kasem (20) will host a monthly entertainment magazine that is being sold on audiocassette in music retail outlets. Called “Inside Track” – the fanzine format is produced by WW1’s new audio products division.

Rush Limbaugh talks about the boycott of Florida orange juice called by NOW to protest the use of him in advertising the product. Limbaugh began touting Florida Orange Juice last February as part of a six-month, $17-million national advertising campaign.

Radio Ratings – Hip Hop

Is Hip Hop here to stay? WQHT – New York – “The Place Where Hip Hop Lives” scores big in the ratings. They leapt from No. 7 to No. 3 to its highest ranking ever – a 4.4 share.


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

Regulate – Warren G. & Nate Dogg

I Swear – All-4-One

Back & Forth – Aaliyah

Don’t Turn Around – Ace of Base

Stay – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

Any Time, Any Place/And On And On – Janet Jackson

If  You Go – Jon Secada

Funkdafied – Da Brat

Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

I’ll Remember – Madonna

Wild Night – John Mellencamp With Me’Shell Ndegeocello

You Mean The World To Me – Toni Braxton

Shine – Collective Soul

You Body’s Callin’ - R. Kelly

Anytime You Need A Friend – Mariah Carey

I Miss You – Aaron Hall

The Sine – Ace of Base

Crazy – Aerosmith

Baby I Love Your Way – Big Mountain

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World – Ricky P

Return to Innocence – Enigma

Always – Erasure

Beautiful In My Eyes – Joshua Kadison

Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – July 15, 1994

Love Ain’t Here Anymore – Take That

Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet

I Swear – All-4-One

(Meet) The Flintsones – C-52’s

Baby I Love Your Way – Big Mountain

Swamp thing – The Grid

Shine – ASWAD

Word Up – Gun

Go On Move – Reel 2 Real/Mad Stuntman


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – July 15, 1994

Come Out And Play – Offspring

Fall Down – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Girls & Boys – Blur

Back Hole Sun – Soundgarden

Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots

Shine – Collective Soul

Prayer For The Dying – Seal

Longview – Green Day

Big Empty – Stone Temple Pilots

Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

It’s Over Now – Cause & Effect

Selling The Drama – Live

Afternoons & Coffeespoons – Crash Test Dummies

Night In My Veins – Pretenders

Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos

Labour of Love – Frente!


Top music albums  – July 15, 1994

Purple – Stone Temple Pilots

Lion King – Soundtrack

The Sign – Ace of Base

August & Everything After – Counting Crowes

Not A Moment Too Soon – Tim McGraw

Who I Am – Alan Jackson

Get Up On It – Keith Sweat

Superunknown – Soundgarden

All-4-One – All-4-One

Funkdafied - Da Brat

The Crow – Soundtrack

Same As It Ever Was – House of Pain

Ill Communication – Beastie Boys

Above The Rim – Soundtrack

Candlebox – Candlebox

Toni Braxton – Toni Braxton

Chant – Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos

When Love Finds You – Vince Gill

The Division Bell- Pink Floyd

Live at the Acropolis – Yanni

Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid – Collective Soul

Walk On – Boston

Reality Bites – Soundtrack

Music Box – Mariah Carey

Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins

Seal – Seal

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number – Aaliyah

12 Play – R. Kelly


Top Jazz Music Albums – July 15, 1994

MTV Unplugged – Tony Bennett

We’ll Be Together Again – Lena Horne

Steppin’ Out – Tony Bennett

Heart to Heart – Diane Schuur/B.B. King

25 – Harry Connick Jr.

Blue Light ‘Til Dawn – Cassandra Wilson


Top Contemporary Jazz Music Albums – July 15, 1994

After The Storm – Norman Brown

Tenderness – Norman Brown

Breathless - Kenny G

Move – Earl Klugh

Hearsay – David Sanborn

Backbone – Boney James

Sax by the Fire – John Tesh

Love, Nancy – Nancy Wilson


Top movies  - July 15, 1994

True Lies

Forrest Gump

The Lion King

Angels in the Outfield


I Love Trouble

Blown Away

The Shadow


The Flintstones

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