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

 

In The News

President Reagan receives the report of his AIDS commission and immediately directs his special assistant for drug policy to devise within 30 days “a course of action that takes us forward.”

…The report’s principal recommendation – that federal anti-discrimination laws to protect the rights of the ill and infected be expanded to include the private sector. Federal guidelines on AIDS in the workplace recommend that AIDS-infected employees be permitted to work as long as they are able and allows managers to take disciplinary action against individuals who refuse to work with AIDS-infected colleagues, do not, however, have the force of law.

The nation’s troubled thrift industry posted a near-record $3.8 billion loss in the first quarter of 1988. Most of the insolvent s&l’s – 133 – are in Texas.

Moscow - Mikhail S. Gorbachev makes an impassioned appeal to delegates at a Communist Party conference to adopt his proposed overhaul of the soviet system and said socialism will die if they don’t.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev calls for sweeping change in the Soviet Union, including creation of a full-time legislature with real power and election of a president with duties akin to those of some Western heads of state.

Dominated by organized crime - The federal government sues to force free elections and other reforms in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

The White House, smarting as five employees have been fired as authorities investigate drug use, says it will soon begin mandatory random drug tests of all 1,600 workers.

The Supreme Court rules that states must let utilities pass on to customers wholesale rate hikes approved by the federal government.

A plant worker cleaning out a tank mixed chemicals releasing a cyanide cloud that killed four and left 20 others injured. The tragedy occurred at the Bastian Plating Co. in Auburn Indiana.

Germs and dangerous toxins will be banned from the mail under new regulations announced this week in the wake of congressional concern over reports that the military has increases shipments of such items.   

 

Technology news – June 22, 1988

Compaq Computer introduces two speedy personal computers, but sales could be slowed by a shortage of chip shortages. Compaq says one of the models – the Deskpro 386-25, will be the fastest personal computer available in the world.  

IBM unveils its new family of mid-range computers – The Application System/400.

 

Entertainment News – June 22, 1988

Passing – Dennis Day – The Irish tenor famous for his appearances on the “Jack Benny Show.”

 

Sports news – June 22, 1988

Promoter Don King blames manager Bill Cayton for Mike Tyson’s alleged marital problems. King predicts Tyson will knockout Michael Spinks next Monday night.

On Monday – Tyson KO’s Spinks in the first round at Atlantic City – in 1:31. After the fight, Tyson said he was retiring.

The Los Angeles Lakers and fans celebrate their NBA championship at a rally in downtown Los Angeles. Feature – MVP James Worthy Byron Scott, Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and coach Pat Riley.

 

Radio news – June 22, 1988

Arbitron Radio Ratings For New York – WHTZ – 6.3. WPAT and WLTW – both e/z vocals – are tied at a 4.6. Urban WBLS – 4.4, Oldies WCBS-FM, Urban WRKS and WINS – 4.3. WWPR (Power 95), WQHT (Hot 103) and talk WOR) – all tie for a 4.2. 

Los Angeles FM station KJOI has sold for $75 million – an industry record (so far). Buyer is Carl C. Brazell Jr.

 

Music news – June 22, 1988

Passing – Jesse-Ed Davis – the Kiowa Indian who became one of the best rock guitarists… He was 43… of a drug overdose.

Tiffany (16) ends her court conflict as she withdraws her emancipation petition and is returned to the guardianship of her mother, Janie Williams. Tiffany’s aunt and former temporary guardian, Julie Abbas, will continue as the singer’s traveling companion during personal appearances.

Former Roxy Music lead Brian Ferry ends his five-year performing hiatus and will embark on a 30-city U.S. tour beginning in August.

Debbie Gibson becomes the youngest artist to write, produce and sing a national #1 hit record. She did it with “Foolish Beat.” Debbie is 17. This is compared to rival teen star – Tiffany has made it strictly as a singer and personality.

In Beverly Hills - Brenda Richie, wife of Lionel Richie, is arrested for allegedly hitting her husband and a young women after she found them together.

Roulette Records executives Morris Levy and Howard Fisher are found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to extort Pennsylvania distributor John Lamonte.

MCA and a venture group are bidding for Motown – with a spec value of about $50 million. 

 

Rap Music Update – June 22, 1988

Rap label Jive Records is on a roll. “By All Means Necessary” from Boogie down Productions has sold over 250,000 copies. D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’ “He’s The D.J., I’m the Rapper” (hip-hop’s first double album) is now gold and breaking into the pop charts. Also Whodini’s “Open Sesame” is gold and Kool Moe Dee’s “How Ya Like Me Now” is platinum. Jive began with “Jive Rhythm Tracks” a club DJ favorite in 1982. That was followed by Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock.” Another early success was “Escape,” the second Whodini album.

Run-D.M.C. has just released its fourth album, “Run’s House” and has begun a summer long national tour.

 

Television news – June 22, 1988

This Sunday on ABC-TV – “Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary.” Performers include Crosby, Stills & Nash, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, the Rascals, the Spinners, Debbie Gibson, foreigner, Wilson Pickett. Robert hays hosts from Madison Square Garden.

Eddie Murphy signs a three-year deal to produce and star in programs for CBS.

USA Superfights Weekend! On USA Cable – take a ringside seat when undefeated Hector “Macho” Camacho goes 10 rounds against Reyes Antonio Cruz.

 

Top hit music singles(top-40) – June 22, 1988

I Owe You Nothing – Bros

Doctorin’ The Tardis – The Timelords

Boys (Summertime Love) – Sabrina

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

Somewhere In My Heart – Aztec Camera

Got To Be Certain – Kylie Minogue

Voyage Voyage – Desireless

Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey

Wild World – Maxi Priest 

My One Temptation – Mica Paris

I Saw Him Standing There – Tiffany

 

Top Country Music Hit Singles – June 22, 1988

Love of a Lifetime – Larry, Steve, Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers

I Told You So – Randy Travis

If It don’t Come Easy – Tanya Tucker

He’s Back And I’m Blue – Desert Rose Band

Satisfy You – Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Workin’ Man (Nowhere to Go) – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

If You Change Your Mind – Roseanne Cash

Fallin’ Again – Alabama

I Will Whisper Your Name – Michael Johnson

Talkin’ To The Wrong Man – Michael Martin Murphy

Set ‘Em Up Joe – Vern Gosdin

 

Hot Album Rock Cuts – June 22, 1988

Ship Of Fools – Robert Plant

Tear It up – Robin Trower

Lost In You – Rod Stewart

Black and Blue – Van Halen

The Valley Road -  Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Rhythm of Love  - Scorpions

I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – Moody Blues

When It’s Love – Van Halen

Rooty Toot Toot – John Cougar Mellencamp

Too Much Ain’t Enough Love – Jimmy Barnes

Darlin’ Danielle Don’t – Henry Lee Sumer

 

Top movies – June 22, 1988

Crocodile Dundee

Willow

The Presidio

Above the Law

Funny farm

Poltergeist

Beetle Juice

Bull Durham

Big Business

Red Heat

The Great Outdoors

Big

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