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
The Lion King
Angels in the Outfield
I Love Trouble