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


In The News

Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese denies any wrongdoing on his part in connection with the possible payoffs to a high Israeli official to allow an Iraqi oil pipeline to be built without Israel interference.

The House votes to reject $36 million in assistance for the Nicaraguan Contras – a blow to one of President Reagan’s chief foreign policy initiatives. 

The nation’s jobless rate hold steady at a decade-low 5.8% last month as job growth slowed to less than half what it had averaged in late 1987.

Two federal grand juries indict military strongman Manuel Noriega and 16 associates on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

He still has it – After a 10-year retirement, George Formen stops Guido Trande in the fifth round four his seventh straight win since he began his comeback last March. The New Jersey Supreme Court riles in the landmark custody case of Baby M that a contract paying a woman to give birth to a child amount to illegal baby selling.

Judge Anthony M. Kennedy – President Reagan’s third choice for the post – will fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.


Business/Economy news – February 1, 1988

Major banks across the country cut their prime lending rates to 8.5% from 8.75%


Sports news – February 1, 1988

Super Bowl XXII – The Washington Redskins destroy the Denver Broncos – 42-10.


Music news – February 1, 1988

Grace Slick says she’s had it with live concerts with the Starship.

On Saturday Night Live – Host Sean Penn with musical guest LL Cool J. 


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – February 1, 1988

Clint Eastwood announces that he will not attempt a sequel to his two-year term as mayor of Carmel, California. He wants to spend more time with his son (19) and daughter (15).

Heather O’Rourke, best known for her roll in the Poltergeist films is dead at age 12.   She is the second actress from the Poltergist movies to die at a young  age, Dominque Dunne was strangled in October, 1982. 


Television news – February 1, 1988

 Producers of “Valerie” sue its star – Valerie Harper for $20 million in a libel and slander suit.  She left the NBC series at the end of last season after contract negotiations broke down with Lorimar Telepictures.  Thomas Miller and Robert Boyett says that Ms. Harper falsely accused them of lying and perjury. The suite alleges that in an interview on the “Regis Philbin Morning Show” on WABC-TV New York, Harper said the producers “robbed me of my show. And to compound it, they lied publicly and constantly to the papers and to the news, saying I left, that I couldn’t work out the money.”


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – February 1, 1988

CBS – Paid political program, Bugs Bunny’s Valentine, Simon & Simon, Knots Landing

NBC – The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, David Letterman’s 1st Primetime Special, Tonight

ABC – Movie, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!

A&E – Good Time Café, Amanda’s All Creatures Great and Small

HBO – Inside the NFL with Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti


Top movies – February 1, 1988

Good Morning Vietnam

Three Men and a Baby


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