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



In The News

More than 180 Western protesters scrambled over the Berlin Wall to the east to escape police in scenes unprecedented since the barrier was erected in 1961.

 The USS Vincennes mistakes a commercial Iranian airliner for a warplane and shoots it down over the Persian Gulf. 290 passengers and crew die. The Vincennes had been battling with several Iranian gunboats and believed the jetliner was an attacking Iranian F-14 fighter. It fired two surface-to-air missiles at the airliner.  “This is a terrible human tragedy. We deeply regret any loss of life,” said the President in a statement.

Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci announces that the Pentagon was suspended all payments on nine Navy contracts worth $1 billion that may have been tainted by bribes and fraud.

U.S. Atty. Gen Edwin Meese II announces he will resign at the end of July or in early August. He says he’s leaving with his name clean.

 More than a year after a key deputy refused to do so, outgoing Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III has issued a “profound apology” to former NASA administrator James Beggs for the Justice Department’s attempt to prosecute him on fraud charges.

President Reagan criticized Democratic presidential candidate Michael s. Dukakis as an “out-and-out liberal governor who has raised taxes and favors abortion. “The American people understand what liberalism means and don’t like it, so our opponents plan to go to the voters incognito and they’re putting on political trench coats and sunglasses. 

Mikhail Gorbachev determined that his reform program will not be weakened by conservatives, intervenes forcefully in the debate at a special Communist Party conference to press for the radical reorganization of the Soviet Union’s political system.

At least 166 people were killed or missing and fared dead in an explosion aboard a U.S. owned offshore oil rig that sent men frantically leaping 200 feet into the North Sea.

 Joan Kennedy, ex-wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is arraigned on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol after her car hit a chain link fence along a Cape Cod beach road.

The Federal Home Loan Bank Board doubles its estimate of the cost of rescuing the savings and loan industry to $42.5 billion through 1994 because of the margin of 12 Texas thrifts.  

Passing – Mildred Gillars (87), the aspiring actress from Ohio who became the Nazi propaganda broadcaster known as “Axis Sally” during World War II. She was 87. She was convicted in 1949 of treason for making Nazi radio broadcasts and served 12 years of a 10-to-30 year prison sentence. During her trial, Gillars testified she had fallen in love with an officer in the German Foreign service and he persuaded her to make the broadcasts. In tears, she swore she loved her country and would never intentionally betray it. When she was released in 1961, she moved to Columbus (Ohio) and taught music at a kindergarten run by the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus. 

Sports news – July 1, 1988

Passing – National League umpire Lee Weyer of a major heart attack. He was 51.

Entertainment news – July 1, 1988

MTM Entertainment Inc is sold to Television South PLC a British production firm for around $300 million. Announcement was made by Mary Tyler Moore.


Television news – July 1, 1988

Don’t miss Walt Disney World’s Fourth of July Spectacular.

On A&E – “Our Century” – Hosted by Edward Hermann. “Never before seen footage on television brings to life, the most important days of our century.”

Disney’s Fourth of July Spectacular with the Beach Boys – From Disneyworld.

Saturday night on TBS – Opryland Celebrates 20 Years of American Music

Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of July 1, 1988

CBS – Blue Skies, Newhart, Designing Women, Magnum, P.I.

NBC – ALF, Hogan Family, Movie, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Baseball

PBS – A Capitol Fourth 1988

HBO – Boxing (Tyson-Spinks)

A&E – Our Century – (see ad)


NBC Movie – “Bates Motel” with Bud Cort, Jason Bateman.


Top movies – July 1, 1988

Coming to America

Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Bull Durham

Crocodile Dundee II

The Great Outdoors

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