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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 26, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Financial Corp. of America, the nation’s largest thrift holding company, posts a fourth-quarter loss of $224.6 million. 

 President Regan asks FBI Director William Sessions for a full report on the investigation into spying on critics of the Administration’s controversial policy in Central America.

A United Airlines 747-SP circles the world in record time – 36 hours.

Rather all-over Bush during interview – Vice President George Bush compared his confrontation with CBS anchorman Dan Rather to combat. During the interview, Bush objected strongly to Rather’s questioning on his knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair. Many believe Rather was disrespectful of Bush.

U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop says he wants to screen every student of a major American university this spring to help determine the incidence of AIDS among young adults.

Canada’s highest court throws out a 16-year-old law restricting abortions, saying the regulation constitutes a “profound interference’ with a woman’s body. 


Sports news – January 26, 1988

Don’t miss Super Bowl XXII on ABC-TV with Keith Jackson, Jack Whitaker and Bob Griese. 


Radio news – January 26, 1988

New in syndication – “The Lost Lennon Tapes.” Yoko Ono says she decided to make the tapes available for the same reasons she has overseen the posthumous release of other Lennon works – “I think that the spirit of sharing is what we were all about. I have the choice of keeping these things locked up. Or to share them. And I think that it’s in John’s spirit to share them.” Elliot Mintz hosts. 

Exercise tapes – Well, Jane Fonda is tops in sales, but Kathy Smith is #2. She’s got a new video out called “Kathy Smith’s Starting Out.”


Music news – January 26, 1988

Bruce Springsteen gives the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame induction speech for Bob Dylan. Springsteen said when he first heard “Like A Rolling Stone” it was on radio station WMCA New York and his mom was in the car – “and I heard a guy like I had never heard before or since…”


Television news – January 26, 1988

On “Saturday Night Live” – Carl Weathers hosts with musical guests Robbie Robertson and the BoDeans.

On HBO – don’t miss an All Star Toast to the Improv. Hosted by Robert Klein and featuring Improv graduates.

“The Disney Sunday Movie” will move from ABC to NBC beginning this year with the new TV season.

 Ben Kinchlow – co-host of the “700 Club” resigns. He had been with the program since 1975. “The 700 Club” is seen by an estimated 16.3 million households monthly.

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