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


In The News

President Reagan decides to impose no immediate new economic sanctions against Panama, even though he has denounced the regime of Gen. Manual A. Noriega for deposing Panama’s civilian president and aiding international drug trafficking.

The House votes to restore broad civil rights protections narrowed by a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Under the legislation, the government must withhold all federal funds from a private or public institution if any of its agencies are found guilty of discrimination on the grounds of race, age, sex or disability.

 South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and dozens of other South African religious leaders are arrested in Cape Town on as they attempted to march to Parliament to protest the government’s latest ban on anti-apartheid activities.

The senate votes to ban most uses of lie detectors in job interviews. 

Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President George Bush win Vermont’s non-binding presidential primary.

 Pat Robertson wins a one-sided preference poll victory in Alaska’s Republican caucuses.

Turnaround – The House defeats a $30-million non-military aid package for the Nicaraguan Contras.

Bank holiday - Panama, which has developed into a major Caribbean banking center, shuts down its banks because of pressures from the United States and foes of Gen. Noriega.

George Bush wins the South Carolina Republican presidential primary.

At least eight are dead in bloody anti-Chinese rioting in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

The federal government and Morton Thiokol Inc, bring annuities for $7.735 million to settle the claims by survivors of four of the astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Arab guerrillas in southern Israel hijack a passenger bus and hold it three hours before Israeli troops stormed it, killing three gunmen, Three Israeli civilians also were killed and nine wounded.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan tells Congress that it should consider trimming Social Security and other entitlement programs as it searches for ways to reduce the federal budge deficit. 

Jesse Jackson opens his final campaign before super Tuesday’s caucuses and primaries and visits AIDS victims in Dallas and said it is time “for the scare tactics to stop.”

Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart returns to TV this week and tells his followers that he would tell them someday about the unspecified sin to which he confessed two weeks earlier. He said that he was eager to tell the whole story, not just what has been given in news reports and that he will do so when the time is right.


Business/Economy news – March 1, 1988

The nation’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6%.

Federated Department Stores Inc. announces that its board has accepted a multibillion-dollar acquisition bid for Macy’s – but competitor Campeau vows to fight on for the purchase of R.H. Macy. 


Entertainment news /Celebrity news – March 1, 1988

The Frank Sinatra-Dean Martin-Sammy Davis Jr. “Together Again” concert tour is going full swing. The 29-city concert tour, notable for avoiding Las Vegas and Atlantic City, begins March 13 at the Oakland Coliseum and ends its spring leg April 9 at Radio City Music Hall.

Passing – Joe Besser, best known as one of the (later) Three Stooges and his for appearances on the old “Abbot and Costello” TV show. He was 80. 


Television news – March 1, 1988

Two jobs. Garry Shandling has “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” on Showtime, but this week, Fox will re-run those shows. Also, Shandling is Johnny Carson’s stand-in on “The Tonight Show” on NBC-TV.


Radio news – March 1, 1988

Making a live appearance on Rick Dees’ popular LA morning show on KIIS-FM,  John Denver sang “The Ballad of Gary Hart.” – a satirical song written by singer Tom Paxton. “He met her at a party. Her name was Donna Rice. She was Gary’s kind of woman. She was pure Miami Vice.”


Music news – March 1, 1988

Michael Jackson’s new Pepsi commercial debuts on the Grammy Awards telecast.

Performing at a concert in Worchester (MA) – Bruce Springsteen misses some of the lyrics on “Born to Run.” When he came out for an encore at the second show of his new U.S. tour, Springsteen forgot the words of the opening line, stopping after “The day we…” After joking with the audience, he began again and got it. Springsteen later said the song has assumed a new meaning to him over the years.

George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear on a British TV talk show, and say they are friends. Harrison scoffed at the notion that he and Paul McCartney were feuding.

 The Fat Boys – the two rappers who did a remake of “Wipe Out” with the Beach Boys are at it again. They’ve joined Chubby Checker for a new rendition of “The Twist.”

Bon Jovi is taping a pair of Fuji Film TV commercials which will air in Japan. 

Ike Turner surrenders to a Pasadena court on a week-old warrant that sought his arrest because he failed to appear in court to face cocaine charges.

John Cougar Mellencamp – “Lonesome Jubilee” tour.


Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall)…

Record of the year – “Graceland” – Paul Simon

Album of the year – “The Joshua Tree” – U2

Song of the year – “Somewhere Out There” – James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

 Best new artist – Jody Watley

Pop/Rock – Female vocal – Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Male Pop Vocal – Sting – “Bring on the Night.”

Duo or Group Pop Vocal – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, “(I Had) the Time of My Life”

Pop Instrumental – Larry Carlton – “Minute by Minute.”

Rock Vocal (Male or Female) – Bruce Springsteen, “Tunnel of Love

Duo or Group Rock Vocal: U2, “The Joshua Tree”

Rock Instrumental – Frank Zappa, “Jazz From Hell.”

Country – Female Vocal – K.T. Oslin – “*0’s Ladies.”

Male Country Vocal – Randy Travis, “Always & Forever.”

Rhythm and Blues – Female – Aretha Franklin – “Aretha.”

Male – Smokey Robinson – “Just To Be With Her.”


Television news – March 1, 1988

Most popular TV commercial for last year… California Raisins

Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 1, 1988

CBS – Candid Camera:The First 40 Years, The 37th Annual Miss U.S. A Pageant, Diamonds

NBC – Matlock, Hunter, Crime Story, Best of Carson

ABC – Who’s The Boss? Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Thirtysomething, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Soldiers, Frontline


Moonlighting – It’s tension and arguments with Maddie and David this week as they move through a bridal shower, bachelor party and a wedding.


Top movies  – March 1, 1988

Good Morning Vietnam


Shoot To Kill


Three men and a Baby

Unbearable Lightness

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