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


In The News


Massachusetts Gov Michael S. Dukakis wins Wisconsin beating Jesse Jackson.

The U.S. Defense Department announces that it will send 1,300 additional military personnel to Panama, bringing the total number of American troops there to nearly 12,000.

A judge in New Jersey grants Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould immediate unsupervised visitation of six hours a week with the child she agreed to bear under a $10,000 surrogate contract. Superior Court Judge Birger Sween said Whitehead-Gould’s visits with 2-year-old Melissa Stern would be expanded from one six-hour day a week to two days every other week in September, overnight visits in April 1989 and two weeks during that summer.

Former President Richard M. Nixon says that Jesse Jackson is a “brilliant campaigner’ and the only interesting candidate seeking a presidential nomination this year, but that he could not win because of his radical views.

The nation’s unemployment rate edges down to 5.5% of the work force.

Business – R.H. Macy Co. purchases Bullocks and I. Magnin stores.

Passing – Radio actor Jim Jordan, best known as Fibber McGee in the radio comedy serials of the 1940’s.


Music news – April 1, 1988

Julie Abbas – Tiffany’s aunt, gets full custody of the teen singer for now.

David Ruffin, former Temptations lead singer is jailed in Detroit on a cocaine-possession charge.

Don’t  miss a 10-hour concert/birthday bash – “Atlantic Records – 40th anniversary: It’s Only Rock & Roll” at Madison Square Garden. When – May 14. 


Television news – April 1, 1988

The year-old Fashion Channel Network reports a $20 million loss. One person said the company bought too much of the wrong clothing inventory last fall and it may not make it.


On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Candice Bergen hosts with musical guests Cher and David Letterman’s band.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – April 1, 1988

CBS – Beauty and the Beast, Dallas, Falcon Crest

 NBC - Highwayman, Night Court, Beverly Hills Buntz, Miami Vice, Best of Carson, David Letterman

ABC – Perfect strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, Family Man, 20/20, Nightline

Fox - The Late Show

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

HBO – Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo

Showtime – Comedy Club Network, Gary Shandling, Brothers, Hard Knocks


On The Late Show – hosted by Jeff Joseph. 


Top movies – April 1, 1988


Biloxi Blues

Bright Lights, Big City

The Fox and the Hound

The Seventh Sign


Stand and Deliver

Good Morning Vietnam

A New Life

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