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


In The News

Edwin Mease II, the most controversial attorney general since John N. Mitchell, declares that an independent counsel’s 14-month investigation “has completely vindicated him” and is quitting the post.

Rescue workers claw free six people from the wreckage of a department store that collapsed during a thunderstorm in Brownsville, Tex - killing 15 and injuring 47.

The U.S. embassy says it would no longer process Soviets who want to settle in the U.S. as refugees until Oct 1 because a huge surge in immigrants has exhausted government funds. Armenians, who were the hardest hit by the move, criticize the decision.

World’s worst oil field disaster - 166 people are feared dead after an explosion and fire roars through an Occidental Petroleum Corp oil platform operating in the North Sea.  64 of 230 have been rescued from the water near the still-burning wreckage.  

The nation’s unemployment rate falls from 5.5% in May to 5.2% in June, the lowest jobless level in more than 14 years.

Gunman hurling grenades and firing submachine guns attack a cruise ship carrying 570 people, killing three and injuring at least 60 others. The ship was on a 24-hour cruise around the Aegean islands near Athens, Greece.

Democrat Michael S. Dukakis names Sen. Lloyd Bensten as his running mate. Jesse Jackson said he wasn’t angry at being passed over, but he pointedly refused to endorse Dukakis’ choice.   


Best- selling books – July 8, 1988

To Be The Best - Barbara Taylor Bradford

Alaska - James Michener

Zoya - Danielle Steel

The Icarus Agenda - Robert Ludlum

Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe

People Like us - Dominick Dunne

A Thief of Time  - Tony Hillerman

A Brief History Of Time: From the Big Bang To Black Holes - Stephen W. Hawking

Talking Straight - Lee Iacocca with Sonny Kleinfield

Show Time: Inside the Laker’s Breakthrough Season - Pat Riley

Trump: The Art of the Deal - Donald J. Trump

Picasso: Creator and Destroyer - Arianna Stassinopoulos

The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure - Robert E. Kowalski


Sports news – July 8, 1988

The decomposed body of Bret Michael Starr is found in a suburban Tampa, Florida home leased by his father, former Green Bay Packers quarter back Bart Starr. There was no obvious sign of trauma to the body. Bret Starr moved to Tampa in late 1984 and was part owner of a wholesale exotic fish and reptile importing company called Gulf Coast Fisheries.


 Television news – July 8, 1988

The leaders of two media watchdog groups call on CBS to apologize to the nation and to fire the cartoon super hero “Mighty Mouse,” in which they allege the super hero inhales cocaine. Producers say the hero smelled the crushed flowers given to him earlier by Polly Pineblossom. The two groups are “Accuracy in Media” and “The American Family Assn.” 

Michael Jackson is set to star in a 90-minute special for NBC-TV July 30. “Michael Jackson Around The World” will consist of footage personally selected by Jackson from his current international tour to promote his latest album “Bad.”


Top TV shows/ratings – July 8, 1988

 Nightingales - 18.9

Night Court - 17.5

Cheers - 17.2

The Cosby Show - 16.6

A Different World - 16.5

L.A. Law - 15.4

The Golden Girls - 15.1

ALF - 14.9

Who’s the Boss? - 14.0

Hogan Family - 13.8

Movie - Brass - 13.6

Amen - 13.2

Head of the Class - 13.2

Growing Pains - 12.9

Perfect Strangers (Tues) - 12.9

Murder, She Wrote - 12.7

Hunter - 12.7

60 Minutes - 12.5

Matlock - 12.4

Newhart - 11.7

Designing Women - 11.6

Hooperman - 11.2

Blue Skies - 11.1

J.J. Starbuck - 11.1

Movie -Crash Course - 11.0

Miami Vice - 10.9

20/20 - 10.8

227 - 10.7


Monday night television listings/TV guide – July 8, 1988

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

NBC - ALF, Hogan Family, Movie

ABC - Special/Drugs, Why This Plague? Lace

PBS - Adventure, The First Eden, Origins

On MTV nights - Monty Python’s Flying Circus


Syndicated - Morton Downey Jr. (usually airing latenights).

MTV bans a video by Neil Young “This Note’s For You” because it mentions such commercial  products as Coke, Pepsi and Budweiser dog Spuds MacKenzie. The video is a spoof of pop-star pitch people like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Eric Clapton.


Radio news – July 8, 1988

Another major-market AM station drops music in favor of talk. It’s no surprise that KFI-AM (640) in Los Angeles is going talk this week. They bring in Tom Leykis from talk station KFYI in Phoenix to do afternoon talk. Gary Owens and Al Lohman - two well-known disc jockeys, remain in mornings. KFI had been airing talk blocks - but now, the music is completely dropped.

Syndicated radio - Oldies show heard around the country - on 250 stations - “Live From the 60’s” With The Real Don Steele.” Produced by L.A. radio veteran M.G. Kelly.   


Music news – July 8, 1988

Concert news - Poor ticket sales plague the “Monsters of Rock” tour since it began in the East a few weeks ago. Promoters are abandoning plans for second shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The marathon show consists of 10 hours of Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come.

Concert news - Prince opens his “Lovesexy” world concert tour in Paris this week with a three-night stand. Concert dates are set for Milan, Marbella and London in July. 

Michael Omansky of RCA records is using a 900 line to promote “He’s The D.J., I’m The Rapper” by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. If you call 1-900-909-JEFF, you’ll get details on the group’s background, interests and thoughts on recording their album (listed below). It’ll cost you $2 for the first minute and 35 cents for each additional minute. 

Back on the Country music charts and movin’ up - Buck Owens is back with a single. He’s teamed with Dwight Yoakam for “In The Streets of Bakersfield.”


Top Video Cassette Movie Rentals – July 8, 1988

Fatal Attraction

Throw Mama From The Train

The Witches of Eastwick


Full Metal Jacket

The Untouchables


Baby Boom

 The Running Man

Adventures in Babysitting


Top pop hit music singles – July 8, 1988

The Flame - Cheap Trick

Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

New Sensation - INXS

Mercedes Boy - Pebbles

Roll With It - Steve Winwood

Hands To Heaven - Breathe

 Hold On To The Nights - Richard Marx

Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen

Nothin’ But A Good Time - Poison

Nite and Day - Al B. Sure!

Lost In You - Rod Stewart

Rush Hour - Jane Wiedlin

Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D’Arby

Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson

The Valley Road - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson

1-2-3 - Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine


Top music albums – July 8, 1988

Hysteria - Def Leppard

Appetite For Destruction - Guns N’ Roses

Faith - George Michael

Stronger Than Pride - Sade

 Open Up And Say...Ahh! - Poison

Ou812 - Van Halen

Dirty Dancing - soundtrack

Tracy Chapman

More Dirty Dancing - soundtrack

Let it Loose - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

Scenes From The Southside - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Now and Zen - Robert Plant.


Other Top Music Albums – July 8, 1988

He’s The D.J., I’m The Rapper - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Bad - Michael Jackson

Lap of Luxury - Cheap Trick

Pebbles - Pebbles

Tougher Than Leather - Run-D.M.C.

Roll With It - Steve Winwood

Savage Amusement - Scorpions

Kick - INXS

The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby

In Effect Mode - Al B.Sure!

Conscious party - Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

Whenever You Need Somebody - Rick Astley

Lovesexy - Prince

Richard Marx - Richard Marx

Red Strikes Back - Elton John


Top Country Hit Singles – July 8, 1988

Set ‘Em Up - Vern Gosdin

If You Change Your Mind - Roseanne Cash

Don’t We All Have The Right? - Ricky Van Shelton

Talkin’ To The Wrong Man - Michael Martin Murphey/Ryan Murphy

Baby Blue - George Straight

Just One Kiss - Exile

Bluest Eyes In Texas - Restless Heart

Sunday Kind of Love - Reba McEntire

Don’t Close Your Eyes - Keith Whitley

The Wanderer - Eddie Rabbit

Givers And Takers - Schuyler, Knoblock and Bickhardt 


Top Country Music Albums – July 8, 1988

Alabama Live - Alabama

Reba - Reba McEntire

If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin’ - George Straight

The Royal Treatment - Billy Joe Royal

King’s Record Shop - Roseanne Cash

Chiseled in Stone - Vern Gosdin

Wild Eyed Dream - Ricky Van Shelton

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 - George Straight

Born To Boggie - Hank Williams Jr.

Wild Streak - Hank Williams Jr.


Club Dance Music – July 8, 1988

Theme From S-Express - S-Express

The Party - Kraze

 Jingo - Jellybean

I’m Tired of Getting Pushed Around - Two Men A Drum Machine & A Trumpet

What’s On Your Mind - Information Society

Bass (How Low Can You Go) - Simon Harris

The Right Stuff - Vanessa Williams

Beat Dis - Bomb The Bass


Top movies – July 8, 1988

Big - Tom Hanks

A Fish Called Wanda - John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Arthur 2 (on the rocks) - Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Phantasm II - James Le Gors, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Kenneth Tigar

The Great Outdoors - Dan Akroyd, John Candy

Coming to America - Eddie Murphy

DA - Barnard Hughes, Martin Sheen, William Hickey, Doreen Hepburn

Short Circuit 2 - Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb, Jack Weston, Tim Blaney

Rambo III - Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna

Beethoven’s Nephew - Wolfgang Reichmann, Dietmar Prinz, Jane Birkin, Mathieu Carriere

Bull Durham - Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl

License to Drive - Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Carol Kane, Richard Masur

Big Business - Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin


A World Apart - Barbara Hershey

Red Heat - Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O’Ross

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