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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 15, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Going into the convention - Jesse Jackson insists that he be granted a partnership in the Democratic presidential campaign including “participation in the decision-making process” and “shared responsibility” for developing the party’s message.

By the end of the year - Vietnam’s foreign minister pledges to try to resolve 70 cases of missing U.S. servicemen that the United States considers of highest priority. 

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini says that accepting a U.N. resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war was “worse than drinking poison,” but that Iran’s political leaders recommended it be done.

After nearly eight years of war, Iran announces that it has accepted the terms of a U.N. resolution calling for a cease-fire with Iraq.

Relatives of the discredited former Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev have been stripped of “undeserved” pensions and other privileges they inherited from the previous regime. The clan included Brezhnev’s daughter Galina, long a subject of speculation about corruption, his son Yuri and Brezhnev’s brother Yakov. It’s the latest blow in a campaign to blacken the reputation of the man who ruled from 1964 until his death in 1982.

Michael Dukakis and rival Rev. Jesse Jackson agree to work together on the first day of the Democratic National convention in Atlanta.

The Soviet Union and China have agreed to meet in Beijing next month in an attempt to work out a peace settlement for Vietnamese-occupied Cambodia.

Colombian drug kingpin Carlos Lebder, convicted of leading the Medellin Cartel that smuggled billions of dollars of cocaine into the United States is sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 150 years in prison and $425,000 in fines.

A Navy helicopter breaks apart in a pair of explosions over open sea and searchers fear all eight crewmen were killed A search is under way in an area 11miles west of the Golden Gate bridge.


Sports news – July 15, 1988

Passing – John Galbreath, - former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and breeder of two Kentucky Derby winners.

Track and field - Florence Griffith-Joyner breaks the world record in the women’s 100 meters, finishing at 10.49 seconds, breaking the 10.76 seconds record. 


Music news – July 15, 1988

 A dress worn by Madonna in the “True Blue” video is stolen. The heist occurred at a suburban Detroit shopping mall from an exhibit called “MTV’s Museum of Unnatural History.”

Bruce Springsteen tops a lineup that includes Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Yossou N’ Dour for Amnesty International’s upcoming Human Rights New world tour.

Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction” cracks the Billboard Top-5 after spending 47 weeks on the pop album charts. It’s the sixth metal-based album to place the top five or so this year, following Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Poison and Van Halen’s “OU812.”  

Touted as the summer’s hottest tour, the five-act Monsters of Rock is fizzling at the box office. At least five promoters suffered big losses after the first dozen shows of the 29-date tour. The nine-hour concert features Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come.

 Kiss’s Gene Simmons has formed his own record label, Simmons records. “I’ve discovered several bug bands but never had anything to show for it because I’ve always listened to someone else. who didn’t want to sign them."

Retailers are gearing p for MTV’s largest point-of-purchase promotion to date, a contest designed to supports its 1988 MTV Video Music Awards scheduled for Sept. 7. Look for MTV’s man-in-the-moon logo with the promotion. 


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movienews – July 15, 1988

Gets Married – Michael J. Fox to Tracy Polan. The two met when Polan was hired to play the girlfriend of Fox’s Alex Keaton character on NBC’s “Family Ties – a subplot that went on for several years. 


Television news – July 15, 1988

USA Network plans to launch a weekly series of original TV movies beginning April of next year. First is “The Zodiac Murders” based on the unsolved Northern California murders. USA now reaches 45 million homes.

The FCC approves the sale of KHJ-TV Los Angeles to Disney.

Don’t miss the “Just Say No” telethon this week. Broadcast from Hollywood with a slough of actors including Robert DiNero, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson. Don’t miss it.


Sunday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of July 15, 1988

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Rags to Riches, Family Ties, My Two dads, Movie

ABC – Movie, MacGyver, Movie

Fox – 21 Jump Street, America’s Most Wanted, Garry Shandling’s Show, Tracey Ullman, Duet

PBS – National Audubon Society, Masterpiece Theatre

MTV – Young Ones, 120 Minutes

ESPN – Dog Show, Sportscenter

A&E – Alias Smith and Jones, Queen Elizabeth II


On Family Ties – Jennifer does a book report on a book banned by her school.

On Garry Shandling - Pete has an affair.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1988

Set ‘Em Up Joe – Vern Gosdin

Baby Blue – George Strait

Don’t We All have The Right – Ricky Van Shelton

Sunday Kind of Love – Reba Mcentire

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Keith Whitley

Givers And Takers – Schyler, Knoblock and Bickhardt

I’ll Give You All My Love Tonight – Bellamy Brothers

The Wanderer – Eddie Rabbit


Top Music Albums – July 15, 1988

Faith – George Michael

Ou812 – Van Halen

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Appetite for Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Stronger Than Pride - Sade

Open Up And Say… AHH! - Poison

More Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

 Scenes From The Southside – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Tracy Chapman

Let It Loose – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

The Hardline According To Terence Trend D’Arby

Pebbles – Pebbles

Now and Zen – Robert Plant

Savage Amusement – Scorpions

Roll With it  - Steve Winwood

Tougher Than Leather – Run-D.M.C.

Kick – INXS

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Bad – Michael Jackson

Lap of Luxury – Cheap Trick

Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson

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

In Effect Mode – Al B. Sure

Diesel and Dust – Midnight Oil


Top Album Rock Music Cuts  - July 15, 1988

Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – Moody Blues

All Fired Up – Pat Benatar

Look Out Any Window – Bruce Hornsby

I Know You’re Out there Somewhere – Moody Blues

Can’t Get Over You – Greg Allman

Open All Night – Georgia Satellites

Silvio – Bob Dylan

When Its Love – Van Halen

Holding On – Steve Winwood

Sweet Child o’ Mind – Guns N’ Roses

Welcome Me Home – the Rossington Band

Wasting My Time – Jimmy Page

Part of the Machine – Jethro Tull


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – July 15, 1988

The Flame – Cheap Trick

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Mercedes Boy – Pebbles

New Sensation – INXS

Hold On To The Nights – Richard Marx

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Hands to Heaven – Breather

Nite and Day – Al B. Sure

Nothin’ But A Good Time – Poison

Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen

Lost In You – Rod Stewart

Rush Hour – Jane Wiedlin

Foolish Beat – Debbie Gibson

Sign Your Name – Terence Trend D’Arby

Nothing Put A Good Time – Poison

The Valley Road – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Parents Just don’t Understand – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

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

Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

I Just Got Paid – Johnny Kemp

Top pop music hit singles In Britain – July 15, 1988

The Twist (Yo Twist) – Fat Boys

Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You – Glenn Medieros

(‘88 Remix) - In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Boys (Summertime Love) – Sabrina

I Owe You Nothing – Bros

Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

Wild World – Maxi Priest

Tribute (Right On) – Pasadenas

Breakfast In Bed – UB40 & Chrissie Hynde


Top movies – July 15, 1988

Coming to America

The Dead Pool

Who Framed Roger Rabbit



Die Hard

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