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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 22, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Outraged Republicans complained of “banana republic” tactics after armed Capitol police broke into GOP Sen. Bob Packwood’s locked office, arrested him and hauled him feet-first into the Senate chamber during an all-night filibuster over Democratic campaign finance legislation.

Navy Secretary James Webb resigns with a blast at Defense Secretary frank Carlucci’s budget-cutting decision to postpone plans for a 600-ship American Navy by the end of 1989.

South Africa bans all political activities by 17 opposition groups including the country’s largest anti-apartheid organization, the United Democratic Front.

Deposed Panama president Eric Delvalle goes into hiding hours before the military moved to order him into exile.

The Reagan Administration declares that it still recognizes Eric Delvalle as the President of panama, but rules out any military intervention.

120,000 Soviet Armenians demand reattachment of a small mountainous region to the Armenian republic.

South Africa – Riot police arrest Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two dozen other church leaders as they marched with Bibles in their hands toward parliament to protest bans on black opposition activity.

Mayor Ed Koch of New York called President Reagan “a wimp” in the war on drugs after taking out a full-page newspaper ad urging the President to cut economic aid to drug-producing countries. “We are truly in a war with the drug pushers, but the President is not acting as the commander in chief. If anything, He’s acting as a wimp,” said Koch on CBS This Morning.

Former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger is joining the law firm of Rogers and Wells as a Washington-based specialist in international law and finance.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan says that U.S. economic growth will slow this year but that he sees no indication that the country is slipping into recession.


Sports news – February 22, 1988

Winter Olympics at Calgary – Figure skater Katarina Witt gets a gold medal.

Bonnie Blair sets the 500-meter Olympic speed skating and wins a gold medal. She crossed the finish line in 39.10, defeating Christa Rothenburger of East Germany by two/100ths of a second. 

Donald Trump announces that the fight between unbeaten heavyweights Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks will be held in Atlantic City on June 27.

Larry Bird makes two free throws with 39 seconds left and the Celtics overcome the New York Knicks 95-93.


Music news – February 22, 1988

Columbia Records releases a Bob Dylan album filled with covers of songs – “Down in the Grove.”

Alice Cooper says he’s running for Governor of Arizona: “I represent the Wild party, and I even have a campaign slogan: Alice Cooper – a troubled man for troubled times.”


Television news – February 22, 1988

This Monday night – Superman’s 60th Anniversary with Kirk Alyn, Christopher Reeve, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, Hal Holbrook and Dana Carvey. On CBS-TV.

Saturday Night Live – Judge Reinhold hosts with musical guests 10,000 Maniacs.

Sports announcer Bob Costas will get his own late late night talkshow with “Later With Bob Costas” on NBC. It’s set to debut August 22.

CBS confirms that Wheel of Fortune host will conduct a late-night weeknight talk show opposite NBC’s late-night champ. Sajak says he will leave NBC’s morning version of “Wheel” in December, but will continue the syndicated evening version.

Actress Susan Dey of “L.A. Law” marries Warner Bros executive Bernie Sifronski.

Candice Bergen gets her own series as “Murphy Brown” – described as a “famous and controversial on-air personality” with a get-tough style.”

Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight talks to Michael Jackson.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – February 22, 1988  

CBS – 48 Hours, Jake and the Fatman, Simon and Simon

NBC- Matlock, Cheers, Night Curt, L.A. Law, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Winter Olympic Games

Fox – Late Show

PBS – Nova, Mystery!

MTV – Club MTV, Monty Python, Closet Classics Capsule

Nick – You Can’t Do That On Television, Dennis the Menace


On the Late Show – Host George Carlin with Stephanie Kramer, Katey Sagal, Barry Marder.

On David Letterman – Jeff Altman, Mary Steenburgen.


Top movies – February 22, 1988

Good Morning, Vietnam

Shoot to Kill


Action Jackson

Three Men and a Baby

She’s Having a Baby

School Daze

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