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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 1, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Exchange messages – President Reagan and soviet leader Mikhail s. Gorbachev, exchange New Year’s greetings to the Soviet and American people. President Reagan, appearing on Soviet TV – gently prodded the Kremlin on such still-sensitive issues as human rights and regional conflicts. He also expressed U.S. determination to reach agreement on long-range nuclear weapons reduction – hopefully by spring summit in Moscow.  Gorbachev, appearing on American television, declared his readiness to resolve regional conflicts and ‘to continue fruit fully the negotiations in reducing strategic arms…”

President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, in Ottawa, sign a trade agreement that will remove all tariffs from commerce between the United States and Canada within 10 years.

Vice President George Bush tells GOP presidential rival Bob dole to ‘get off my back” today and sharply warns that the Senate Republican leader has “just begun to see silkworms coming across the bow.” He was responding to Dole’s attack that “we need leadership, not a resume.”

Wake of unrest - The Israeli government orders the expulsion of nine Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, accusing them of incitement and subversive activity on behalf of the terrorist organizations, despite repeated U.S. protests.

Decrying recent mandated budget reductions, Postmaster General Preston Larry Tisch announces he will resign to return to the private sector.

The dollar recovers from historic lows as the national banks of several countries bought hundreds of millions of dollars, convincing traders that the leading industrial nations were determined to support the sagging U.S. currency.

The late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s name is removed from a city, a district in Moscow and squares in Leningrad and Moscow, symbolizing his public disgrace. Since Mikhail Gorbachov assumed power in the spring of 1985, Brezhnev’s star has been waning. He was accused of fostering social and economic stagnation during the late 1970s and early 1980’s.  After he died of a heart attack in November 1982, the city of Navezhnye Cheiny was renamed Brezhnev in his honor. Brezhnev led the country for 18 years.

Country clerks across Illinois report a year-end rush to get marriage licenses – the result of a law that took effect Jan. 1 requiring AIDS tests for couples applying for the licenses.

Near Palm Springs - Former First Lady Betty Ford undergoes surgery to repair a slow-healing incision from her bypass surgery in late November. She’s doing well.


Technology news – January 1, 1988

Trends – With the deregulation of the phone industry in 1984 – more and more private citizens own their own pay phones. Many go into an existing businesses and convince the owner to either add their pay phone or pull the one out owned by the phone company for a percentage of the coin. There’s even a trade journal for the business called “Payphone Magazine.”  Most of these privately-owned payphones charge more – 25 cents a call instead of 20 cents. And, many are finding it rough, as phones can malfunction and just plain not work.


Sports news – January 1, 1988

“Pistol Pete” Maravich (40) who played with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans and Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, dies after being stricken by a heart attack. He had been retired since 1980.

Bowl games –

Rose Bowl – Michigan State – 20    USC-17

Cotton Bowl – Texas A&M – 35   Notre Dame – 10

Fiesta – Florida State – 31   Nebraska – 28

Sugar Bowl – 16   Syracuse – 16

Citrus – Clemson – 35   Penn State - 10


Entertainment news – January 1, 1988

Jennifer Jones – the first black Radio City Music Hall Rockett, begins rehearsals and then will perform during the Super Bowl half time.


Television news – January 1, 1988

NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff says the network is not shooting itself in the foot with its plans to enter into program development deals with cable TV. Such a deal is in the works with NBC and Disney.

“It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – the popular cable TV show is being picked-up by Fox. The network also announces it is canceling “The Wilton North Report.”


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 1, 1988

CBS – Beauty and the Beast, Movie

ABC – OrangeBowl, Tonight

ABC – Full House, I Married Dora, Mr. Belvedere, The Pursuit of Happiness, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week in Review, Wall Street Week, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration


Top movie video rentals – January 1, 1988

Lethal Weapon

Outrageous Fortune

Harry and the Henderson

Tin Men



Top movies  – January 1,1988

Three Men and a Baby

Throw Momma From The Train


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