Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 8, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Human rights activist Andrei d. Sakharov meets Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev for the first time and gives him a list of 200 Soviets he said are still imprisoned for their views.
The U.S. trade deficit for November plunged 25% and stocks, bonds and the dollar’s value go higher in trading.
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8% in December, its lowest since July, 1979.
Federal appellate court judge Robert Bjork submits his resignation from the bench, telling President Reagan he wants to “publicly respond’ to the charges that doomed his nomination to the Supreme Court.
China says there will be no summit with the Soviet Union while Vietnamese troops remain in Cambodia despite the publication of an interview in which Mikhail S. Gorbachev called for such a meeting.
President Regan sings a proclamation naming January 18 as a holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King.
President Reagan and Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita pledge to resolve difficult trade issues and Reagan said he was pleased by a Japanese proposal to open its construction market to U.S. industry.
The Supreme Court gives public school officials broad new authority to censor student newspapers and other forms of student expression. It ruled that a school need not tolerate student speech that is inconsistent with its basic educational mission even though the government could not censor similar speech outside the school.
Passing – World War II flying ace Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, the aviator who led the famous Black Sheep Squadron. Boyington shot down 28 Japanese planes won the Medal of Honor. He was 75.
Sports news – January 8, 1988
Steve Garvey retries from baseball after 17 years.
Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the 17th player elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame
Business news – January 8, 1988
ZZZZ Best founder Barry Minkow is arrested on federal fraud charges. He’s the 21-year-old whiz kid who became the target of a massive money-laundering investigation.
Developer Donald Trump asks the federal government for clearance to buy up to 15% of Federated Department Stores Inc stock.
Technology news – January 8, 1988
Apple Computer unveils a device that will enable musicians with electronic instruments to make fuller use of the company’s computers. It’s called the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI).
Sony – decides to begin selling VHS-type videocassette records. Sony of course, developed the VHS-competitor Beta – but it seems the format is dying in consumer hands.
Music news – January 8, 1988
The Grammys don’t have enough artists to support the Female Rock Vocal category. There’s a shortage of entries. One reason is that several prominent female rockers – Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Rickie Lee Jones and Cyndi Lauper didn’t release new albums last year. There are a lot of female rockers, but many are in front groups which places them in the rock duo/group category.
Eric Clapton is fined $220 and has his license revoked for six weeks in England after he admitted to passing a police car at 111mph.
The Bee Gees “ESP” album is a success overseas, but is bombing in the States. It’s their first album in six years. Program director Scott Shannon of Z-100 gave the singe “ESP” a listen and decided the song “Doesn’t fit the current audience. There’s better music to play on the radio now.” Continues Shannon on their slump – “I don’t buy this whole premise that they’re being discriminated against because they wore white suits and danced. We couldn’t care less. Barry Gibb is a genius, but he’s lost touch with himself, or his audience.”
Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band begin a 22-date tour in late February – the “Tunnel of Love Express” tour.
Television news – January 8, 1988
“Super Password” winner Kerry Ketchem went to pick up his $58,000 check for winning, but instead, got arrested for credit card fraud on an outstanding warrant.
On Saturday Night Live this week – Steve Martin hosts with musical guest Sting.
Garry Shandling will not be guest-subbing for Johnny Carson after August, but his It’s Garry Shandling’s Show is picked-up by Fox and will begin to air in March.
Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 8, 1988
CBS – Tour of Duty, Simon & Simon, Knots Landing
NBC – The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Night Court, L.A. Law, Tonight, David Letterman
ABC – The Charings, Movie, Nightline
PBS – Mystery!
MTV – Monty Python, Closet Classics Capsule
On Cheers – Sam, Woody and Rebecca cater a big-wig business party.
On the Tonight Show – Johnny Welcomes Milton Berle, Carol Siskind
On David Letterman – Jake Johansen, Art Donovan
Top movies – January 8, 1988
Three Men and a Baby
Throw Momma From the Train
Batteries Not Included
Empire of the Sun