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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 15, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A crowded church bus burst into flames when it was struck head-on by a pickup truck traveling on the wrong side of an interstate highway in Kentucky, killing 27 people, most teens.

Failure - After eight years – the Soviet Red Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan. They never overcame a determined Afghan guerrilla force which was aided by the U.S.

Embattled Atty. Gen Edwin Meese III fires the Justice department’s chief spokesman, Terry Eastland, for not defending him aggressively enough. Meese’s speechwriter abruptly quits in new turmoil stirred by inquiries into Meese’s ethics and finances.

President Reagan, taking questions from reporters, suggests that “there is more than meet the eye” in the firing of terry Eastland as chief spokesman for the Justice Department under beleaguered Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III.

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater says he is “afraid” to put his daily news briefings on television because the television camera “judges” and “distorts information. Fitzwater made the comments in responding to requests by television reporters that their cameras be permitted during a briefing being held at the White House by a State Department official.

Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane is identified as an Iran-Contra co-conspirator in Oliver North’s motion to be tried separately from his three co-defendants.

Carlos Lehder Rivas, the biggest foreign drug dealer ever brought to trial in this country, is found guilty of running a smuggling operation what shipped tons of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S.

In Winnetka, Illinois - A woman walked into a second-grade classroom and opened fire with a handgun, killing an 8-year –old boy and critically wounding five other people before barricading herself in a nearby home after shooting a young man.


Health news/Nicotine Is Addictive – So Declares the Surgeon General – May 15, 1988

The surgeon general declares that nicotine is addictive like heroin and cocaine.


Technology news – May 15, 1988

Eastman Kodak agrees to settle for $150 million a class-action lawsuit resulting from its now-defunct instant camera line. Kodak stopped selling instant cameras and instant film after a federal court in 1985 said the company had violated patents held by Polaroid Corp.

IBM is taking steps to ensure it will get back fees for cloning. The company says it will seek back royalty fees from manufacturers of unauthorized “clones” of its original line of personal computer before giving them permission to use patents for IBM’s new PC models. After introducing its first personal computer line in 1981, IBM became the PC leader. But its sales lead eventually narrowed as a flock of companies – most of which paid no royalties, came on the market with compatible machines.


Sports news – May 15, 1988

Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns says about his hero/idol – Muhammad Ali: “Seeing him the way he is today, it hurts. He went out there one time too many.” Ali suffers from Parkinson’s syndrome, which leaves him shaky and his speech slurred.


Radio news – May 15, 1988

Rap Radio Show – “Rap It Up” – a two-hour syndicated radio show is now heard on 22 radio stations. The show is hosted by Glenn Ford and Tony DeVon. Jorge Hinojosa, the manager of Sire rap artist “Ice T” is the show’s business manager. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1988

Passing – Voice actor Daws Butler (71) of a heart attack. Mr. Butler was the voice for numerous and famous Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters – Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Peter Potamus and others.

Fawn Hall, the pretty secretary to Lt. Col. Oliver North is getting TV deals. This week, she interviews a Samburu warrior on an ABC-TV special: “M & W: Men and Women.” And last week, she co-hosted the syndicated “Hour Magazine.”


Music news – May 15, 1988

James Brown is released from an Aiken Country (SC) jail after another run-in sparked by a fight with his wife.

Tommy Mottola, the newly named president of CBS Records domestic, says he sees no executive changes at the label.

For “Whitney” and “Whitney Houston” albums - Whitney Houston becomes the first artist to have two albums certified for U.S. sales of 6 million or more copies by the RIAA.

Wal–Mart says it will not carry Prince’s “Lovesexy,” album because of Prince’s suggestive pose on the cover.

David Ruffin, former lead of the Temptations, is in jail after he failed to appear in a Detroit court to answer a cocaine possession charge.

Salsa is making a big comeback and being played more on all the Spanish-language New York AM Stations – WJIT, WSKQ, WKDM and WADO. Many are saying it’s as big now as during its ‘70’s heyday, probably because many Puerto Rican artists are recording and performing the genre.


Television News – May 15, 1988

Heard on MTV’s “Remote Control” – “If you squandered your life watching TV, ‘Remote Control’ is the game for you.” The show features players lounging in la-Z-Boy recliners waving remote transmitters at an oversize TV set. 

Fox Broadcasting will re-new its Sunday night lineup with all-new programs and will launch a new Monday movie next spring. All Saturday night shows will be dumped. Its weeknight “Late Show” which has been struggling will have no changes. Comedian Ross Shafer has been hosting the show for the past month.

Passing – Character actor Andrew Duggan (64).



CBS – High Mountain Rangers, Tour of Duty, West 57th

NBC – Facts of Life, 227, Golden Girls, Amen, Hunter, Best of Saturday Night Live

ABC – Movie, Spenser: Fir Hire

HBO - Women of the Night II, Movies

Showtime -  Fleetwood Mac Concert

TBS – Nighttracks

ESPN – Sportscenter, Pro Wrestling, Auto racing, Karate


On Tour of Duty – Percell goes AWOL after shooting a young Vietnamese boy.

On Woman of the Night II – Joy Behar, Susie Essman, Carla Filisha, Diane Ford.


Top Album Rock Music Cuts – May 15, 1988

Black and Blue – Van Halen

Only a Memory – The Smithereens

Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Valley Road

After Midnight – Eric Clapton

The Flame – Cheap Trick

Under the Milky way- The Church

Ten Men Workin’ – Neil Young

Rhythm of Love – the scorpions

Ship of Fools – Robert Plant

Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil

Lost in You – Rod Stewart

Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – May 15, 1988

Blue Monday 1988 – New Order

Perfect – Fairground Convention

Theme From S-Xpress – S’Xpress

Loadsamoney – Harry Enfield

I Want You Back – Bananarama

Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

Who’s Leaving Who – Hazell Dean

With a Little…/She’s Leaving Home – Wet Wet Wet

Top Country Hit Music Singles –May 15, 1988

Old Folks – Ronnie Milsap & Mike Reid

Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses – Kathy Mattea

What She Is (Is A Woman In Love) – Earl Thomas Conley

Baby I’m Yours – Steve Wariner

I Told You So – Randy Travis

True Heart – Oak Ridge Boys

No More One More Time – Jo-El Sonnier

He’s Back and I’m Blue – The Desert Rose Band

Young Country – Hank Williams Jr.


Top movies – May 15, 1988

Friday the 13th Part Vii






Judgment in Berlin

Good Morning Vietnam

Midnight Crossing

Bright Lights

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