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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 19, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

U.S. warships and aircraft destroy two of Iran’s Persian Gulf oil platforms, sink a patrol boat and damage two Iranian frigates. It was the most intense direct U.S.-Iran conflict since President Reagan ordered last summer that Navy forces be strengthened in the gulf, where Iran and Iraq have been at war since 1980.

The Supreme Court rules that the government may disqualify military veterans who are alcoholics from receiving benefits by viewing their condition as “willful misconduct” rather than an uncontrollable disease.” The court did not decide whether alcoholism is a disease but said the VA is not compelled to regard it as such.

 More Democratic delegates - Massachusetts Gov Michael S. Dukakis wins the New York primary - beating the Rev Jesse Jackson and Sen. Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee. Dukakis had 51% of the vote, 37% for Jackson and 10% for Gore. Vice President George Bush won the Republican primary, running basically unopposed... Later - Sen. Albert Gore Jr., $1.5 million in debt and winless in any state race in the last six weeks, halts his campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination, but holds-on to his 421 delegates.

The Senate passes legislation that would make $20,000 payments to about 60,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were ordered from homes in California and other West Coast states during World War II and put in detention camps.

PTL Club – News Update – April 19, 1988:

The IRS invokes the tax-exempt status of bankrupt PTL, dealing a serious blow to fund-raising efforts of the scandal-plagued ministry. The IRS claims that PTL has not acted like a ministry since 1980. The television ministry was noted for a variety of fundraising schemes used to build hotels, a water park and a shopping mall and to allow founder Jim Bakker and his wife Tammy Faye, to live the good life.   


Top video movie rentals – April 19, 1988


Beverly Hills Cop II

The Princess Bride

Dirty Dancing

The Lost Boys

The Living Daylights


Music news – April 19, 1988

Star-studded week at the hospital - Eddie Van Halen, James Garner, Sid Caesar and Morey Amsterdam are all patients at Cedars Sinai Medical Center near Beverly Hills. Van Halen was stricken with a tropical virus after a recent vacation in Fiji.. Amsterdam had blood clots removed from each leg, Caesar, who had hernia surgery two weeks ago, was being treated of a staph infection and Garner was undergoing a series of tests in preparation for heart surgery. 

Paul McCartney is busy on a new album. He’s collaborating with Elvis Costello... REM lands a five-album deal with Warner Brothers for as much as $2 million an album. The group is guaranteed full CD royalties and full mechanicals, while its master recordings revert to the group after 10 years.

L.A. rapper Ice-T composes and performs the title track for Dennis Hopper’s new hit movie “Colors.”

Bruce Springsteen is currently on his “Tunnel of Love” tour, which began in Worcester, Mass in February.


Sports television and radio update - April 19, 1988

ESPN is healthy - debuting in September of 1979, the network, near financial ruin in 1982, made a profit of $70 million last year. It’s hard to believe that the channel was so hard up for programming, it use to show taped slow-pitch softball, rodeos and billiards. Things are different today.  Sportcenter’s Chris Berman was their highest paid talent making $150,000 a year, until the channel signed Joe Theismann as an NFL commentator for $400,000. Currently - 80% of ESPN is owned by Capital Cities and 20% by RJR Nabisco. Things turned around for the network after a key decision was made in late 1982 - to charge cable systems 10 cents a subscriber per month to carry the channel. It was a gamble, because up until then, ESPN was giving cable system owners 10 cents for each sub! The company gambled that once ESPN was in homes, it would be hard to get out - cable operators would  meet resistance from their subscribers. The fee now is 28 cents, plus another  9.25 cents for systems that take the NFL package. ESPN grossed $218 million in 1987. About 60% of that came from advertising and the rest coming from cable operators. Last year, ESPN made a 3-year $153-million deal with the NFL - the network’s first deal with the NFL. ESPN still doesn’t have a contract with the National Basketball Assn, nor do they have anything from professional baseball. It’s now available in 46.2 million homes


Radio news – April 19, 1988   

What about all-sports radio? ... Last July 1, WFAN (The Fan) debuted in New York City at 1050 on the AM dial. The ratings haven’t been so good, and there’s talk that owner Emmis Broadcasting may drop the format. But wait... Emmis just bought WNBC (660) along with WYNY-FM from NBC, as part of a five-station deal for $121.5 million. There’s talk that Emmis may move WFAN from 1050 to the superior 660 channel. 1050 has a highly directional signal and can’t be heard west and south of New York City. 660 covers the entire metro area and beyond. WFAN has the broadcast rights to the Mets and WNBC has the rights to the Knicks and Rangers. That would give “the new station” an incredible team base. Some of the WFAN announcers include  Steve Somers and Pete Franklin. Jim Lampley just left as a WFAN host. Lampley started doing his broadcasts from the station, but moved to the West coast and was doing his New York show via satellite. Reasons cited for his leaving: - NY Mets pregame shows would have pre-empted him, plus his commitments to CBS and HBO and satellite costs were making the show unprofitable...  (WFAN did move to 660 and went on to become one of the top-money making stations ever with its all-sports format. The station spawned format imitators coast-to-coast).

More radio - Larry King (54) - late night radio talk show host is now heard on 322 stations and conducts a nightly interview program on Cable News Network. Each Friday, he publishes a column in USA Today. And he has a new book out this week - “Tell It To The King.”


Technology news – April 19, 1988

Tandy Corp says that it has developed the first compact disc that can be recorded and erased at home. The announcement brings a protest from the recording industry because it would allow copying of high quality audio. Tandy says its erasable CD recorder will be available in two years. ... Also this week, Tandy unveils its “clone” of an IBM PS/2 personal computer - the first PS/2 clone. Dell announced it would ready with its PS/2 clone at the end of the year.    

Eastman Kodak agrees to buy the sales and servicing arm if IBM’s U.S. copier business in a deal that would make it a major competitor to Xerox

 In computer news - IBM says that it has invested $10 million in Metaphor Computer Systems and that the two companies will jointly adapt Metaphor’s graphics-oriented software to IBM machines. Like the Mac, the Metaphor system employs pictorial icons and divides the computer screen into “windows.” Users navigate through data with a pointing device known as a mouse, rather than typing commands. Apple recently sued Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft in an attempt to block the release of a pair of programs that produced screen displays resembling the Macintosh’s. But that will have no effect on this deal, because the Metaphor system predates the Macintosh. David E Liddle, Metaphor chairman worked for Xerox until 1982, where he headed the team that is widely credited with having invented the concept of a graphical user interface, the graphics-based look used on the Macintosh and other computers.


Best-selling books – April 19, 1988

The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe

Rock Star - Jackie Collins

The Icarus Agenda - Robert Ludlum

Treasure - Clive Cussler

Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Inheritance - Judith Michael

The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher

Citizen Cohn - Nicholas von Hoffman

Love, Medicine & Miracles - Bernie S. Siegel

Trump: The Art of the Deal - Donald J. Trump

The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure - Robert E. Kowalski

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers - Paul Kennedy

Washington goes to War - David Brinkley

Being A Woman: Fulfilling Your Femininity and Finding Love - Toni Grant


Monday night television listings/TV guide – April 19, 1988

CBS - Kate & Allie, Designing Women, Newhart, Eisenhower & Lutz, Cagney & Lacey

NBC - ALF, Valerie’s Family, Movie

ABC - MacGyver, Movie

PBS - Discoveries Underwater, An Armenian Journey, Slow Fires

Lifetime - Cagney & Lacey, Jack & Mike, Investment Advisory

Nick at Nite - Make Room For Daddy, Mr. Ed, My Three Sons, Donna Reed, Laugh-In, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Monkees, Susie


On Designing Women - An old friend from prison makes Anthony a business proposal.

On Cagney & Lacey - Mary Beth and Chris learn one of their first investigations together may have resulted in a miscarriage of justice


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 19, 1988

Where So Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean

Devil Inside - INXS

Wishing Well - Terence Trent D’Arby

 Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz

Angel - Aerosmith

Out of the Blue - Debbie Gibson

Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole

Girlfriend - Pebbles

Rocket 2 U - The Jets

I Saw Him Standing There - Tiffany

Some Kind of Lover - Jody Whatley

One Step Up - Bruce Springsteen

Check It Out - John Cougar Mellencamp

You Don’t Know - Scarlett & Black

I Wish I Had A Girl - Henry Lee Summer

Pamela - Toto

What A Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong


Top Music Albums – April 19, 1988

Dirty Dancing soundtrack

Bad - Michael Jackson

More Dirty Dancing - soundtrack

Bad - Michael Jackson

Now and Zen - Robert Plant

Hysteria - Def Leppard

Out of the Blue - Debbie Gibson

Tiffany - Tiffany

Kick - INXS

Faith - George Michael

Skyscraper - David Lee Roth

Good Morning Vietnam - soundtrack


Other top music albums – April 19, 1988

Naked - Talking Heads

Make It Last Forever - Keith Sweat’

The Lion and the Cobra - Sinead O’Connor

Diesel and Dust - Midnight Oil

Pontiac - Lyle Lovett


#1Top Country Hit Single – April 19, 1988

I Wanna Dance With You - Eddie Rabbit


Top movies – April 19, 1988

Beetlejuice - Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder

Colors - Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso

Moonstruck - Cher, Nicolas Cage

Good Morning Vietnam - Robin Williams

Walt Disney’s Return To Snowy River Part II

Above The Law - Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Sharon Stone, Daniel Faraldo, Henry Silva

World Gone Wild - Bruce Dern, Michael Pare, Catherine Mary Stewart, Adam Ant, Rick Podell

Bad Dreams - Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch, Dean Cameron

Casual Sex? - Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson, Stephen Shellen, Jerry Levine, Mary Gross, Andrew Dice Clay

The Seventh Son - Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Jurgen Prochnow

A Time Of Destiny - William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo, Stockard Channing

Permanent Record 

Lady In White - Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond

 Wall Street - Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, Hal Holbrook

Biloxi Blues -

Bright Lights, Big City - Michael J. Fox

The Unholy (You haven’t got a prayer) - Ben Cross, Ned Beatty, William Russ, Jull Carroll, Hal Holbrook, Trevor Howard

Stand and Deliver - Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana De Soto

South of Reno - Jeffrey Osterhage, Lisa Blount, Lewis Van Bergen

The Last Emperor -

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