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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 8, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The House Ethics Committee says that it will investigate six allegations of possible misconduct by House Speaker Jim Wright, the first time in this country a House Speaker has been the target of an ethics inquiry.

U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell, the judge in the Iran-Contra case rules that Oliver L. North, John M. Poindexter and two other defendants each be tried separately, so they can defend themselves using each other’s congressional testimony given under a grant of limited immunity.

George Bush criticizes South Africa as a “racist state,” another step away from Reagan Administration policy.

Massachusetts Gov Michael Dukakis wins the Democratic presidential nomination with victories in California and New Jersey over Jesse Jackson.

In Algiers – An Arab summit called to discuss the rebellion against Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip ends with an agreement b oil-rich Persian Gulf states to give the PLO a massive subsidy to finance the 6-month-old uprising in the territories.   

Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze announces that the Soviet Union will observe a permanent moratorium on nuclear testing if the United States also agrees.

Howard Baker Jr. announces he is resigning as White House chief of staff after a little more than a year. He said it’s for personal reasons related to the ill health of his wife, Joy.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson issues a call for Michael Dukakis to offer him the vice president spot on the Democratic ticket. He says he has “earned consideration” for the v/p nomination.

A report of three Senate Democrats say that the first phase of “Star Wars” would cost $170 billion and would intercept only 16% of Soviet missiles and would not deploy until the end of this century.

Nancy Reagan says she will continue to protect her husband and “if that interferes with affairs of state, then so be it.”


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – June 8, 1988

Government figures show that new AIDS cases are being reported in the U.S. at the rate of one every 14 minutes and an estimated 365,000 cases will have been reported by 1992.

New AIDS cases are being reported the United States at the rate of one every 14 minutes and an estimated 365,000 cases will have been reported by 1992.


Entertainment/Media/Celebrity news – June 8, 1988

Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis loses her bid to be a Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to her cousin, nominee Michael Dukakis. Ms. Dukakis plugged her cousin on national television while accepting her Oscar as best supporting actress this year in “Moonstruck” and has been involved in fund raising and phone campaigning at state campaign headquarters.

Passing novelist Louis L’Amour. He was 80… of lung cancer.

Three Walt Disney cartoon cels sell for a record-breaking $142,000 at a Christie’s auction in New York. One was from the 1933 Mickey Mouse cartoon short “The Mad Doctor and fetched $58,000. All three were purchased by a private collector.

Paul Newman appeared in a Bridgeport, Connecticut courtroom because he’s being sued by Julius Gold, a delicatessen owner who claims he was promised a share of the actor’s celebrity food business. Newman said Gold had been at several tasting parties to introduce the products, “but I don’t think he made a contribution.”


Music news – June 8, 1988

Van Halen’s Monsters of Rock tour opens in Washington D.C. at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. The tour also features the Scorpions and Kingdom Come.

Guns N’ Roses cancel upcoming appearances as opening act for Iron Maiden because lead W. Axl Rose has laryngitis.

Laura Nyro is making a live-stage comeback after nearly a decade off. She says she finally quit smoking. Look for a summer tour. Ms. Nyro is 41.

Teenage sensation Tiffany drops her petition to emancipate herself from her mother’s legal guardianship, but she won’t be returning home soon. Tiffany Renee Darwish has been living with her paternal grandmother in S. California since leaving home last March 7. Her mother, Janie C. Williams alleged that her producer, George Tobin, tied her daughter to unfair management and production contracts that give the bulk of her profits to Tobin. She also alleged that Tobin urged the 16-year-old singer to petition for emancipation. 


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – June 8, 1988  

CBS – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Equalizer (late night) Adderly

NBC – Highway to Heaven, Life and Times of Molly Dodd, Sara, Bronx Zoo, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Growing pains, Head of the Class, Hooperman, the Slap Maxwell story, Nightline

PBS – American Playhouse

A&E – Evening at the Improv, Victory at Sea

HBO – Harry Shearer.

Showtime – Garry Shandling


On The Equalizer – McCall tracks down an international terrorist.

On Evening at the Improv – Martin Mull, Leon Redbone, Elayne Boosier


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – June 8, 1988

CBS – NBA Finals, 48 Hours

NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Night Curt, L.A. Law, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Movie, Nightline

A&E – Good Time café, Comedy Break, My Family And Other Animals


On the Tonight Show – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Seinfeld join Johnny.


Top movies – June 8, 1988

Crocodile Dundee II


Big Business

The Presidio

Poltergeist III


Two Moon Junction

Funny Farm

Above the Law

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