Events in Film & Television in 1990

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

Pro Wrestling

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

  • 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

Golden Globes

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

  • 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 Concert

Feb 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held in Beverly Hills, California; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby

Film & TV History

Feb 14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London

Grammy Awards

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

  • 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"

People's Choice Awards

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

  • Mar 21 "Normal Life" starring Max Gail, Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV

Television Premiere

Mar 21 TV sitcom "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli, Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko premieres on CBS-TV

  • Mar 25 10th Golden Raspberry Awards: Star Trek V wins

Academy Awards

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

Television Premiere

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

  • Apr 1 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

WrestleMania

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

Film & TV History

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

Television Premiere

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

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

TV Show Appearance

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

Television Finale

Apr 13 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS

  • Apr 15 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV

Theater Premiere

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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

May 10 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella

Music History

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

  • May 15 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe

Film & TV History

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

  • May 18 TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs

Television Finale

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

Cannes Film Festival

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

  • May 21 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV, with a special twist of an ending
  • 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

Music History

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

  • Jun 14 Date of the events in the movie Mr Destiny

Film & TV History

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

Music History

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

Film & TV History

Jun 22 Adam Sandler joins "Saturday Night Live"

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 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

Daytime Emmy Awards

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Film & TV History

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

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

Film Premiere

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

  • Aug 27 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude

Theatrical Finale

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

Telethon

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

Venice Film Festival

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

  • Sep 7 Marjorie Judith Vincent (Ill), 25, crowned 64th Miss America 1991

Television Premiere

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

  • Sep 15 15th Toronto International Film Festival: "Cyrano de Bergerac" directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 42nd Emmy Awards: LA Law, Murphy Brown, Peter Falk & Patricia Wettig win

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan wed

  • Sep 23 PBS begins an 11 hour miniseries on Civil War

Music History

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

Television Premiere

Oct 4 US premiere of Fox TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210" created by Darren Star and 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

Album Release

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

Music History

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

Film Premiere

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 Premiere

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

Film & TV History

Nov 30 American actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke

Engagement of Interest

Dec 7 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

  • 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 Premiere

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