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


In The News

Summit – President Reagan addresses Soviet university students, saying that freedom fuels progress.  “The key is freedom – freedom of thought, freedom of information, and freedom of communication.”

Amid hugs and smiles, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev wind-up their fourth summit by putting into force the historic INF treaty heralding as opening a new era of nuclear disarmament and boasting of a more steady improvement in superpower relations.

Goodbye Moscow and on to London -  President Regan and Soviet leader Gorbachev part company in the heart of the Kremlin.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev says that there will be no changes in his country’s human rights policies despite President Reagan’s emphasis on this issue during the Moscow summit. Both summed up the summit though, by agreeing they had moved superpower relations ‘from a dangerous track to a safer one.”

Hailed by fanfare and cheering crowds, president Reagan savors London’s pageantry-filled tribute to his performance at the Moscow summit and a toast from prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as “one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.”

Washington - President Reagan ends his journey to the Kremlin in good spirits. He told a red-white-band blue welcome home ceremony that his Moscow summit signaled a “momentous” event in East-West relations.

The Federal Home Loan Bank Board announces a record $1.35 billion cash payout to shut down two insolvent savings institutions in Costa Mesa, California – the biggest U.S. cash bailout to date.

Three freight cars packed with explosives blow-up at a railroad station 65 miles south of Gorky, killing at least 68 and injuring 230 in Russia. 

More than 5,000 people gather to honor the memory of Robert F. Kennedy standing on a hillside overlooking his grave. He was assassinated 20 years ago this week. 

Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee A. Iacocca has a new book: out this week is “Talking Straight.”


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – June 1, 1988

A wide theory that human AIDS viruses originated in recent years from related viruses harbored by African green monkeys has been refuted by new data which shows distinct differences in the molecular structure of the human and monkey viruses.


Sports news – June 1, 1988

Basketball – It’s the Los Angles Lakers Vs. The Detroit Pistons in the best of seven. Catch it on CBS-TV this week.

New York Yankee Manager Billy Martin is suspended for 3 games and fined $1,000 for throwing dirt on an umpire.


Technology news – June 1, 1988

IBM unveils seven new personal computer models designed to plug holes in its product line and to combat growing inroads into its business by other PC makers such as Compaq. The new PC’s include three desktop models built around Intel’s top-of-the-line 80386 microprocessor chip

Consumer Reports takes a swipe at the Suzuki Samurai, one of the hottest on the American car market. The magazine said it is giving the Japanese four-wheel-drive vehicle its first “not acceptable” rating in a decade because of what the group said were basic design flaws that can lead to deadly roll-over accidents.


Music news - June 1, 1988

Touring – Whoopi Goldberg “Living on the edge of chaos.” Don’t miss it.

It was bound to happen – MTV has tightened its playlist of videos.

Run D.M.C. releases their fourth album – “Run’s House.” Currently, Run-D.M.C is headlining a tour that features jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and Public Enemy.

Debbie Gibson seems to be moving out from under Tiffany’s shadow. She has her fourth top-10 hit which is one more than Tiffany.  


Entertainment news – June 1, 1988

Bruce Willis has his appendix removed during emergency surgery. The actor who’s 33, is resting comfortably.

Hollywood Square’s Shadoe Stevens  Is the new permanent host of radio’s “American Top-40”


Television news – June 1, 1988

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Carl Weathers with Robbie Robertson and the BoDeans musical guests.

ABC says the cancellation of “Slap Maxwell” on the network has to do with a rift between the show’s producer and  Dabney Coleman, not the network.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of June 1, 1988

CBS – Basketball, Houston Knights

NBC – Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – Who’s the Boss? Perfect Srangers, Moonlighting, Thirtysomething, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Discover, Frontline

A&E – Comedy Break, the Age of Kennedy, Movie

On Frontline – Who pays For AIDS?


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – June 1, 1988

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

Perfect – Fairground Attraction

Got To Be Certain Kylie Minogue

Circle in the sand – Belinda Carlisle

Somewhere In My Heart – Aztech Camera

Check This Out – L.A. Mix

The King of Rock ‘n roll – Prefab Sprout

My One Temptation – Mica Paris

Blue Monday 1988 - New Order

Love Will Save The Day – Whitney Houston


Top Album Rock Music Cuts – June 1, 1988

Ship of Fools – Robert Plant

Black and Blue – Van Halen

The Valley Road – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Lost In You- rod Stewart

The Flame – Cheap trick

Rhythm of Love – Scorpions

Rooty Toot Toot – John Cougar Mellencamp

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – Moody Blues

Too Much Ain’t Enough Love  -Jimmy Barnes

Tear It Up – Robin Trower. 


Top Music Albums – June 1, 1988

Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Faith – George Michael

Bad – Michael Jackson

Open Up And Say… AHH! – Poison

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Let It Loose – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

The Hardline According To Terence Trent d’Arby

Scenes from the Southside – Bruce Hronsby & The Range

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – Iron Maiden

More Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Kick – INXS

Pebble – Pebbles


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – June 1, 1988

One More Try – George Michael

Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz

Together Forever – Rick Astley

Everything Your Heart Desires – Hall & Oates

Foolish Beat – Debbie Gibson

Piano in the dark – Brenda Russell Feat. Joe Esposito

Make It Real – The Jets

Don’t Want to Live Without you – Foreigner

Anything For You – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

Circle In the Sand – Belinda Carlisle

Wait – White Lion

The Valley Road – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

 Alphabet St – Prince

Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys

The Flame – Cheap Trick


Popular videocassette movie rentals – June 1, 1988

The Untouchables

The Witches of Eastwick

Adventures In Babysitting

The Running Man From Yesterday Baby Boom


Top movies  – June 1, 1988

Crocodile Dundee II


Rambo III

Funny Farm


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