On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1990

  • Jan 1 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • Jan 1 FCC implements "SYNDEX" giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Sting joins pro wrestling's legendary "4 Horsemen" (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)

Professional Wrestler Ric Flair
Professional Wrestler
Ric Flair
  • Jan 11 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
  • Jan 14 11th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the events in Beijing, China
  • Jan 15 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards: Santa Barbara wins

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 20 47th Golden Globes: "Born on the Fourth of July", Tom Cruise and Michelle Pfeiffer win

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • Jan 27 6th Sundance Film Festival: "Chameleon Street" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 5 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)
  • Feb 8 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • Feb 9 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Mar 3 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas

  • Mar 10 4th American Comedy Award: "When Harry Met Sally"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 16th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
  • Mar 21 "Normal Life" starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 21 "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 25 10th Golden Raspberry Awards: Star Trek V wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 26 62nd Academy Awards: "Driving Miss Daisy", Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 26 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Mar 31 "Carol & Company" starring Carol Burnett premieres on NBC-TV

Comedian and Actress Carol Burnett
Comedian and Actress
Carol Burnett
  • Apr 1 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania VI, Skydome, Toronto, ON (67,678): Ultimate Warrior beats Hulk Hogan for WWF Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Apr 8 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch
  • Apr 9 "Capital News" starring Lloyd Bridges premieres on ABC-TV

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 12 Anime TV series "Moomin", based on Moomin children's books by Tove Jansson 1st appears on Tokyo TV

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • Apr 13 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • Apr 15 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 16 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances

Playwright August Wilson
Playwright
August Wilson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Marla Maples appears on ABC's Prime-Time

Actress and Model Marla Maples
Actress and Model
Marla Maples
  • Apr 21 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks
  • Apr 25 Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is abducted by Triad members

  • May 6 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in South Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
  • May 15 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 "Cheers" star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI

Actor and Comedian Kelsey Grammer
Actor and Comedian
Kelsey Grammer
  • May 18 TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • May 21 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 43rd Cannes Film Festival: "Wild at Heart" directed by David Lynch starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern wins the Palme d'Or

Actress Laura Dern
Actress
Laura Dern
Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch
Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
  • May 28 "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 1 Cowboy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
  • Jun 8 "It's Garry Shandling's Show" last airs on Fox-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 UN appoints British-​Australian singer Olivia Newton-John as environmental ambassador

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jun 14 Date of the events in the movie Mr Destiny

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 "Dick Tracy" with Warren Beatty & Madonna premieres

Actor and Filmmaker Warren Beatty
Actor and Filmmaker
Warren Beatty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Little Richard [Penniman] gets a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Adam Sandler joins "Saturday Night Live"

Actor Adam Sandler
Actor
Adam Sandler
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jun 23 TV Guide selects Arsenio Hall as TV personality of year

Comedian and TV Host Arsenio Hall
Comedian and TV Host
Arsenio Hall
  • Jun 25 "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 25 NBC decides to air episodes of "Quantum Leap" for 5 straight days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 Emmy 17th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 11th time

Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur Susan Lucci
Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur
Susan Lucci

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 6 "Jetsons the Movie" by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Pop and Rock Singer Tiffany Darwish
Pop and Rock Singer
Tiffany Darwish
  • Jul 10 Andrew Dice Clay cries on Arsenio Hall Show
  • Jul 16 Bridgette LeAnn Wilson, 17, of Oregon, 8th crowned Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 16 Rick Dee's "Into the Night" premieres on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres MLB game

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor
Actress
Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Aug 2 23rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 17 "Exorcist 3" film written and directed by William Peter Blatty, premieres

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • Aug 27 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" closes at Imperial theater, NYC. after 634 performances

Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 25th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $44,172,186

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Sep 4 47th Venice Film Festival: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard wins the Golden Lion

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • Sep 7 Marjorie Judith Vincent (Ill), 25, crowned 64th Miss America 1991

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 "Law and Order" created by Dick Wolf first premieres on NBC

Crime Drama TV Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama TV Producer
Dick Wolf
  • Sep 16 42nd Emmy Awards: LA Law, Murphy Brown, Peter Falk & Patricia Wettig win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan wed

Actress Meg Ryan
Actress
Meg Ryan

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 19 "Goodfellas", directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta, is released

Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Joe Pesci
Actor
Joe Pesci
  • Sep 23 PBS begins an 11 hour miniseries on Civil War

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Oct 4 U.S. premiere of Fox TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210" starring Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty

  • Oct 5 "Henry and June" film, based on the book by Anaïs Nin, first film to be given an NC-17 rating in the US, released

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 10 Mexican singer and actress Thalia releases her debut album "Thalía"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Comedian
Jackie Mason

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 19 "Dances with Wolves" directed by Kevin Costner and starring Kevin Costner and Mary McDonnell premieres in Washington, D.C. (Academy Awards Best Picture 1991)

  • Nov 6 Arsenio Hall gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Nov 8 Gina Marie Tolleson of USA, 21, crowned 40th Miss World

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 10 John Hughes' film "Home Alone" directed by Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin premieres in Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 American actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke

HeartEngagement of Interest

Dec 7 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Dec 9 23rd NAACP Image Awards: "Coming to America" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 23 Comedy "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 25 "The Godfather Part III" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia premieres

  • Dec 31 Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting