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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 22, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole warns fellow Republicans, “it would be an embarrassment” to President Reagan if the senate fails to approve the medium-range missile treaty by the time Reagan meets Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Moscow next weekend. “The ball is in our court.” 

The Soviet Communist Party gives Mikhail Gorbachev, a mandate to pursue his policies for the country’s radical political, economic and social transformation despite wide-spread opposition within the party’s own ranks.

A 17 year-old teenager who requested encyclopedia information from 169 countries is suing the FBI for 50 pieces of mail that had been tampered with. Todd Peterson said he wants to see his complete FBI file and wants it erased. The lawsuit also seeks to stop the mail tampering and asks for unspecified damages for violation of his privacy.

Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono says that a “family squabble” has led to the firing of his mom and stepfather at his Palm Springs restaurant. The dispute was with another man hired to take over the management duties.

Retail prices increase .4% in April. It’s on the heels of a .5% increase in March. 

Sometimes mentioned as a running mate for VP George Bush, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor rules out any possibility of taking the Number two spot on the GOP ticket. “I most assuredly am not considering any other position in or out of government and do not expect to do so in the future.”

Jimmy Swaggart returns to the pulpit in Baton Rouge. For two hours, the preacher wept, shouted scripture, spoke in tongues, sang, danced, wept, hugged his wife and asked for money.

The state of Maryland, the first state ever, bans the sale of Saturday night specials. Presidential press secretary James Brady and 200 police officers from 5 states witnessed the signing ceremony.


Book news – May 22, 1988

In his new book Talking Straight, Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca criticizes President Reagan’s management style by saying he “delegated to a bunch of stooges and then went off and rode horses.” Reagan is “a warm and wonderful human being but is totally incapable of focusing on any issue.” The book is due out next month.


Best-selling books – May 22, 1988

Some bestsellers this week - “Rock Star” - Jackie Collins, “Zoya” - Danielle Steel, “The Art Of The Deal’ - Donald Trump, “Moonwalk” - Michael Jackson.


Sports news - May 22, 1988

Tthe Atlanta Braves clean house as they fire manager Chuck Tanner and replace him with minor league manger Russ Nixon. Also fired were coaches 

Willie Stargell, Bob Skinner, Al Monchak and Tony Baritrome.


Radio news – May 22, 1988

Transtar Radio Networks announces “Radio Kandy” – a syndicated radio show featuring comedian John Candy.

WWKB, Buffalo is going all satellite oldies. Once known as top-40 WKBW, the station has been oldies since 1983.

KIIS-FM’s Rick Dees is offering actor Don Johnson a circumcision as a wedding present. You see, recently, Barbra Streisand said she wouldn’t marry Johnson unless he was Kosher. After checking prices at local hospitals, Dees decided that $450 was a fair offer. 


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – May 22, 1988

Tom Cruise is signed to star in Oliver Stones’ “Born On The Fourth Of July.”

A pirated copy of “Platoon” is the most popular movie in Saigon.

Dies - Sammy Davis Sr. (87).

Dies - Tom Lewis - founder of Armed Forces Radio during WWII. As an army colonel, Lewis used his contacts in the entertainment industry to build the worldwide network from scratch. Married to actress Loretta Young 30 years before divorcing in 1970.


Top TV shows/ratings – May 22, 1988

Top TV shows - The Crosby Show (21.2), A Different World (21.2), Cheers (20.9), The Incredible Hulk Returns (20.2) Night Court (19.9).


Television news – May 22, 1988

Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno reprise their roles in “The Incredible Hulk Returns” - a two hour TV movie. Kate & Allie marks its 100th episode and will feature an appearance of Susan St James’s 19 month-old son. ABC cancels “Dolly” and “Spenser” and announces the return of Peter Falk as “Columbo” this fall.

CBS bags the 1992 Winter Olympics for $243 million.

MTV is home to “Remote Control” a sort of satire of game shows. Some of the questions – “Name the Italian lubricant that’s also Popeye’s girlfriend (Olive Oyl). College students seem to love the program.


Sunday night Television listings/TV guide – May 22, 1988

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, Movie (My Father, My Son)

NBC – Our House, Movie (Incredible Hulk Returns)

ABC – Disney: That’s Incredible Reunion, Meet the Munceys, Movie (Baby M)

Fox – 21 Jump Street, America’s Most Wanted, Married With Children, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Duel, Tracey Ullman

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theatre

USA – Tales of the Gold Monkey, Benny Hill, Mike Hammer, Cover Story, Robert Klein

Nick At Night – Count Duckula, Laugh-In, Make Room For Daddy, My Three Sons, Donna Reed, Mr. Ed, Lancelot Link, The Monkees


On  21 Jump Street – Close of the school season means the squad is out of work.

On 60 Minutes – Ed Bradley, Harry Reasoner, Morley Safer, Diane Sawyer and Mike Wallace. 

That’s Incredible Reunion – With John Davidson, Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby.

NBC Movie – The Incredible Hulk Returns.

Garry Shandling – Garry leaves comedy for a TV drama series. With Red Buttons, Marty Allen.


Music news – May 22, 1988

Former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin is found guilty in a Detroit court of cocaine use and is ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40 – May 22, 1988

Anything For You – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

 Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz

One More Try – George Michael

Wait – White Lion

Electric Blue – Icehouse

Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) – Samantha Fox

Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys

Two Occasions – The Deele

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby

 Piano In The Dark – Brenda Russell

Make It Real – Jets

Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole

Dreaming – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Angel – Aerosmith

Where Do Broken Hearts Go – Whitney Houston

My Girl – Suave

Circle In The Sand – Belinda Carlisle


Top Pop Hit Music Singles in Britain – May 22, 1988

Perfect – Fairground Attraction

Theme From S’Xpress – S’Xpress

Blue Monday 1988 – New Order

I Want You Back – Bananarama

With A Little…? She’s Leaving Home – Wet Wet Wet

Loadsamoney – Harry Enfield

Alphabet Street – Prince

Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

I Want You Back ’88 – Michael Jackson/Jackson 5

Who’s Leaving Who – Hazell Dean


Top music albums  – May 22, 1988

Faith – George Michael

Dirty Dancing soundtrack

More Dirty Dancing soundtrack

Bad – Michael Jackson

Now and Zen – Robert Palmer

The Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby

Kick – Inxs

Let It Loose – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

Save Amusement – Scorpions

Appetite For Destruction – Guns & Roses

Tiffany – Tiffany

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Pride – White Lion

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – Iron Maiden

Pebbles – Pebbles

Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson


Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 22, 1988

 “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses” - Kathy Mattea, “I Told You So” - Randy Travis, “What She Is (Is A Woman In Love) - Earl Thomas Conley, “I’m Gonna Get You” - Eddy Raven, “Always Late With Your Kisses” - Dwight Yoakam, “Goodbye Time” - Conway Twitty, “He’s Back And I’m Blue” - Desert Rose Band, “Workin’ Man ((Nowhere To Go)” - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  


Top movie rentals – May 22, 1988

The Untouchables

Adventures in Babysitting


The Princess Bride

Beverly Hills Cop II

Witches of Eastwick

Dirty Dancing

Less Than Zero

The Living Daylights


Top movies – May 22, 1988

Premiering this week is Sylvester Stallone in “Rambo III” and Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee II.” Also playing - “Willow” - Val Kilmer Joanne Whalley.


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