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


In The News

Michael Dukakis rolls up comfortable victories over the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Ohio and Indiana.

The federal government unveils an explicit pamphlet, to be mailed to every American household, no how to avoid AIDS. The pamphlet includes advice on condoms and urges readers to “talk about” AIDS “with those you love.”

Federal officials issue an emergency order restricting the use of older Boeing 737 jetliners as investigators in Hawaii focus on metal fatigue as a possible cause of the accident in which an Aloha Airlines plane was ripped open in flight.

Commencement speech at Liberty University - In his first major public appearance since being indicted in the Iran-Contra scandal, Oliver L. North told a college crowd that the criminal charges against him are “a badge of honor.”

A United Airlines Boeing 747 on a flight from Los Angeles with 258 people aboard lands safely at New Tokyo International Airport after three of its four engines shut down. The aircraft lost the use of one engine over the Pacific Ocean approx. one hour and 15 minutes before landing, a second engine about 30 minutes later and a third engine just before landing.

Three off-duty British servicemen based in West Germany are slain and three more wounded in the Netherlands and the outlawed Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility. 

A blaze rips through several floors of the First Interstate Bank Building – the tallest building in Los Angeles. There are fears that the building may be totaled (but luckily, it will be OK.)   

Part of a children’s hospital in northern India collapses after heavy rains killing at least 14.

Multinational climbing teams scale Mt. Everest simultaneously form two directions and made a live television broadcast from atop the world’s highest mountain. The expedition involved more than 200 people from Japan, Nepal and China and the broadcast was seen Japan’s Nihon Television Corp (NTV).

President Regan said that “no policy or decision in my mind has ever been influenced by astrology” after a White House spokesman suggested  the First Lady’s interest in the shifting alignment of heavenly bodies had played a role in his scheduling.

Stung by a series of “kiss-and-tell” books by former White House officials, President Regan lashes out at his once-trusted Chief of staff Donald T. Regan for choosing “to attack my wife” in his soon-to-be released memoirs, saying, “I don’t look kindly upon that at all.” In Regan’s new book, “For the Record,” he discusses President and Mrs. Reagan’s interest in astrology and said the First lady guided the President’s travel and scheduling on the basis of consultations with astrologers. Former presidential spokesman Larry Speakes touched off a minor furor when he admitted in his new book, he made up quotes for the President. Asked about these books, the President said, “I doubt they will be on my reading list.”

The jobless rate hits 5.4% - the lowest in 14 years.


Sports news – May 1, 1988

Boston Celtics Coach K.C. Jones says he will retire after the current National Basketball Assn. season and will be succeeded by assistant coach Jimmy Rodgers. Jones led the Celtics to the NBA finals in each of his previous four yeas as their coach.

Ram owner Georgia Frontiere has filed for divorce from her seventh husband, Dominic, who was released from prison last September after serving time on tax charges related to ticket scalping.

Pushing Ump to far - Cincinnati Red Manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days by National League President Bart Giamatti for his run-in with umpire Dave Palione.


Entertainment news – May 1, 1988

Marry – Burt Reynolds to Loni Anderson.


Music news – May 1, 1988

Paul McCartney signs a record contract with the Soviet recording company Melodiya. McCartney will reprise 13 rock ‘n’ roll songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s on the album.

Huey Lewis and the News announce they will celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary with the release of the 5th album and a world tour this summer. The new album is titled “Small World.”

Eric Clapton and his wife, Patti Boyd file papers in London seeking to end their nine-year marriage.


Television news – May 1, 1988

NBC affiliates give a green light as the Disney channel and NBC Productions give the go-ahead for “Good Morning Miss Bliss,” which will run on the national Pay-TV Disney Channel.

More NBC and cable TV – NBC says that it has signed a letter of intent with two companies to buy the Tempo Television cable program service. The network also said it hopes to begin two new cable services – one offering financial and business news, the other sports programming. Under NBC’s proposed deal, TCI, a cable company that is planning to buy Tempo enterprises, would sell Tempo’s program service to NBC. NBC and TCI also reached agreement under which NBC said it “would expect” to launch its tow new cable operations on the Tempo Television cable service. Price was not disclosed.  

 Morton Downey Jr., whose New York talk TV show was described by Daily Variety as “TV’s version of the Inquisition” is starting to syndicate.

“The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, which has been in reruns since a writer’s strike, resumes taping as Carson himself will write his monologue and introductions. 


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – May 1, 1988

CBS – Houston Knights, Movie, Primary Report

NBC – Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Crime Story, Best of Carson

ABC – Who’s the Boss? Just the Ten of Us, Moonlighting, thirtysomething

PBS – Nova, Frontline


On Who’s The Boss? – Angela wants to dominate Samantha’s prom plans.

On Moonlighting – An unusual request from a priest moves Maddie but makes David nervous.  

On Thirtysomething – Gary faces a tenure review.


Top movies – May 1, 1988



Casual Sex?

Above the Law


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