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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 20, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Reagan administration says they will soon ask Congress to approve a new military aid package for the Nicaraguan Contras by next month. The administration is apparently unmoved by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s promise to abide by the terms of a Central American peace proposal.

President Reagan authorizes the CIA to resume airdrops of weapons to Nicaragua’s Contra rebels as congressional opponents offset an expected presidential lobbying blitz for an extension of military aid.

Consumer prices rose a total of 4.4% in 1987, their fastest pace in six years. At fault says the government, were rebounding energy costs and the plunge in the value of the dollar.


Technology news – January 20, 1988

Four small technology companies say they will bring IBM PS/2 compatible products to the market, despite a warning from IBM saying that it will use all the legal tools at its disposal to prevent the PS/2 from being copied. The company was much more open with the design of its first PC in 1981, so that software and peripheral manufacturers could easily design products for the machines. By 1987 though, the clones grabbed two-thirds of the $22 billion worth of IBM and IBM compatible personal computers sold around the world, according to Dataquest Inc. The PS/2, introduced last year, is made much more difficult to duplicate by making most of its design proprietary. Sales of the PS/2 could eventually exceed $22 billion. One of the companies - Chips & Technologies, say they will announce a set of computer chips that imitate IBM’s Micro Channel - an electronics path that allows different parts of the computer to work together. IBM never made the Micro Channel public and the company considers it a crucial piece needed to build a PS/2-compatible system.


Radio news – January 20, 1988

Radio - New York radio ratings – WHTZ (Z-100) with 6.0 and beautiful music WPAT AM-FM 6.0. WINS –5.0, WWPR – 4.7

Larry Berger is upped to operations manager of WWPR (Power 95) New York and will remain as program director.

Reversing a prior decision – NBC says it will sell all of its radio stations including: WKYS-FM/ Washington, KNBR/KYUU San Francisco and WNBC/WYNY-FM in New York. WMAQ/Chicago is set to go to Group W.


Bestselling books - January 20, 1988

The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe

The Tommyknockers - Stephen King

Kaleidoscope - Danielle Steel

Patriot Games - Tom Clancy

Lightning - Dean R. Koontz

Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow

Mortal Fear - Robin Cook

Trump: The Art of the Deal - Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz

Man of the House -: The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O’Neil - Thomas P. O’Neil with William Novak

Time Flies - Bill Cosby

Family: The Ties That Bind ... and Gag! - Erma Bombeck

Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World - Mikhail Gorbachev

Detour: A Hollywood Story - Cheryl Crane with Cliff Jahr    

And The Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic - Randy Shilts


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – January 20, 1988

The Sundance Institute-sponsored United States Film Festival kicks-off in Park City Ut. Sundance founder Robert Redford says ticket sales are up 30-40% from last year. Sundance took over the 10-day festival 3 years ago and attendance keeps going up - so much this year that Redford says “We’re at the point now where this it. This is the first year we’ve put a ceiling on the number of outside visitors.”

Actor Sean Penn makes a citizen’s arrest after catching three prowlers on his Malibu property. He hit one of them over the head with a bottle of salad dressing to defend himself and his wife, pop star Madonna.  

Golden Globe Awards - Cher wins for her work in “Moonstruck” as does Robin Williams in “Good Morning Vietnam.” Supporting roles go to Olympia Dukakis “Moonstruck” and Sean Connery for “The Untouchables.”


Television news – January 20, 1988

CBS Sports analyst Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder was fired from the “NFL Today” last week for comments made during a January 15 interview regarding black athletes. Asked to discuss the progress of black athletes in light of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Snyder said blacks were superior to white athletes partly because they had bigger thighs that allow them to “jump higher and run faster…” CBS says they haven’t taken steps to replace him.

NBC’s medical drama “St Elsewhere” will voluntarily cease production in March after 138 episodes. The network wanted the show to continue but the issue seems to be the financial deficit of the show, but talks continue between the network and producers of the series. 

Premiering in syndication this week - “Howard Cosell Speaking of Everything.” Guests are Billy Crystal and Jack Lemmon. “Weekly in-depth interviews with people in the news.”


Sunday Night Television listings/TV guide - January 20, 1988

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, Movie

NBC - Our House, Family Ties, The Murder of Mary Phagan

ABC - Movie, Movie

Fox - 21 Jump Street, Werewolf, Married With Children, Tracey Ullman, Duet

PBS - Nature, Masterpiece Theater, Danger UXB

HBO - Movie-The Karate Kid II, Ninth Annual ACE Awards


21 Jump Street - Fuller poses as a substitute teacher and Hoffs as a student to infiltrate a high school were faculty and students bear arms.

Family Ties - Disc jockey Alex tries to convince and old blues singer to come out of retirement.

ACE Awards - John Larroquette and Elayne Boosier host. 


Music news – January 20, 1988

Music news – an anticipated 3-Beatles reunion fails to materielize as the Beatles, along with the Supremes, the Drifters, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan are inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame in a gala ceremony at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. Only Paul McCartney was absent (due to an ongoing legal dispute with Ringo, John and Paul).

More – from the ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York - The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Drifters and the Supremes are inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. There were two no-shows out of the bunch - Paul McCartney and Diana Ross. Taking notice - Beach Boy Mike Love had this to say as the Beach Boys accepted: “I think it is wonderful to be here tonight. But I also think it is sad that there are people who aren’t here tonight to be honored and those are the people who passed away (Love was referring to John Lennon, Dennis Wilson and Florence Ballard). “But there are also people who chose not to come for other reasons, people like Paul McCartney, who couldn’t be here tonight because he’s in a lawsuit with Ringo and  Yoko. That’s a bummer because we’re talking about harmony in the world.” Later - a major rock jam ensued with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Mary Wilson, John Fogerty, George Harrison, Neil Young, Jeff Beck and Les Paul. Also - Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and Les Paul were among those named as early influences on rock n roll. Other celebrities on hand- Yoko Ono and her son, Sean, Muhammad Ali, Little Steven, Jeff Beck, Little Richard, Elton John, Neil Young, Peter Seegar, Billy Joel and Arlo Guthrie. 

15-year-old Tiffany is riding high with her second hit record – “Could’ve Been.” Her first album “Tiffany” was released last June – and bolted to #1 along with the single, “I Think We’re Alone Now.”

Rock and Roll concert grosses for 1987:

U2 - $35.1 million

Bon Jovi - $28.4 million

Pink Floyd - $27.7 million

Grateful Dead - $26.8 million

David Bowie - $22.2 million

After being absent from the record charts most of the decade - Aerosmith is back with “Permanent Vacation.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 20, 1988

Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison

Need You Tonight - INXS

Could’ve Been - Tiffany

The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson

Hazy Shade of Winter - Bangles

Candle In The Wind - Elton John

Tell It To My Heart - Taylor Dayne

There’s The Girl - Heart

Crazy - Icehouse

I Want To Be Your Man - Roger

Hungry Eyes - Eric Carman

So Emotional - Whitney Houston


Top Music Albums -  January 20, 1988

Tiffany - Tiffany

Dirty Dancing - Soundtrack

Kick - INXS

Bad - Michael Jackson

Faith - George Michael

Cloud Nine - George Harrison

Whitney - Whitney Houston

Hysteria - Def Lepard

Whitesnake - Whitesnake

The Lonesome Jubilee - John Cougar Mellencamp


More top music albums – January 20,1988

Sign of the Times - Prince

Actually - Pet Shop Boys

Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith

 Out of the Blue - Debbie Gibson

Inside Information - Foreigner

A Momentary Lapse of Reason - Pink Floyd

Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith

It’s Better To Travel - Swing Out Sister

Richard Marx - Richard Marx

Tell It To My Heart - Taylor Dayne

Nothing Like The Sun - Sting

Characters - Stevie Wonder

Tunnel Of Love - Bruce Springsteen

You Can Dance - Madonna

The Broadway Album - Barbra Streisand

All The Best - Paul McCartney

Pop Goes The World - Men Without Hats


Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 20, 1988

One Friend - Dan Seals

Where Do The Nights Go - Ronnie Milsap


MTV Hot Video Music Rotation – January 20, 1988

Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles

Hungry Eyes – Eric Carman

Don’t Shed A Tear – Paul Carrack

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dane

Cherokee – Europe

Burning Like A Flame - Dukken


Top videocassette movie rentals – January 20, 1988

Lethal Weapon

Outrageous Fortune


Harry and the Hendersons

Tin Men

Summer School

The Secret of My Success

Gardens of stone

Extreme Prejudice

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace


Top movies – January 20, 1988

Good Morning Vietnam - Robin Williams

Moonstruck - Cher, Olympia Dukakis

Return of the Living Dead II

Braddock: Missing In Action Part II - Chuck Norris

The Couch Trip - Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau

Fatal Attraction - Michael Douglas, Glenn Close

For Keeps - Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff

Three Men And A Baby - Tom Selleck, Steve Guttanberg, Ted Danson

Throw Mamma From The Train - Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal

Broadcast News - William Hurt


Wall Street – Michael Douglas

The Last Emperor

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