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
Throw Mama From The Train
The Witches of Eastwick
Full Metal Jacket
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
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