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


In The News

Congress passes the omnibus trade bill. It’s a measure that will strengthen the government’s ability to retaliate against unfair trading practices aboard and establish a new program of unemployment relief and job training for workers thrown out of their jobs by import competition.

The Kingdom of Jordon says it will cut off al funds and relinquish all responsibility for government services on the West Bank – a blow to almost a million Arab inhabitants there

Reported AIDS cases throughout the world rose by 7.766 or 7.7% in July, according to the World Health Organization.

 A blaze breaks out in a Berkeley design furniture warehouse, next store to one storing part of Reggie Jackson’s extensive classic car collection. Damage was estimated at $88,000 to the buildings and $3.2 million to the cars and other property. All his cars were destroyed.

The trial of ex-White House aide Oliver North is postponed until after the presidential election to give lawyers more time to study hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents.

The House gives final congressional approval to legislation expressing a national apology and authorizing tax-free payments of $20,000 each to individuals who suffered wartime imprisonment.

President Reason names Wall Street investment banker Nicholas Brady to replace treasury Secretary James A. Baker III, who is resigning to assume the reins of Vice President George Bush’s presidential campaign.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Lloyd Bensten calls for a new aid package for the Nicaraguan rebels that includes standby military supplies, highlighting once again his differences over the issue with his running mate, Michael Dukakis.

A federal judge rules that the city of Yonkers NY was in contempt of court for resisting housing desegregation. The judge imposed a 4100 fine on Yonkers and decreed that it will double daily, which means the penalty easily would wipe out the city’s $47 million operating budget after 22 days.

One soldier is killed and nine injured when an IRA bomb flattened a British army barracks in North London.

Carl Rowan, liberal columnist pleas not guilty to charges of possessing an unregistered gun and ammunition stemming from when he shot a young man who was among a group of people having a pool party behind his home, in his pool – uninvited. 


Business news – August 1, 1988

New York Developer Donald Trump announces that he owns .4% of Pillsbury Co., but analysts say problems in the company’s Burger King unit make it an unattractive takeover target.


Sports news – August 1, 1988

Tthe NFL suspends six players who tested positive for drugs in their routine camp physicals. Suspended were Robb Ridick – Buffalos Bills; Doug duBose – San Francisco 49ers; Greg Townsend – Oakland Raiders; Kevin Gogan – Dallas Cowboys; Rick Reed – Denver Broncos; Pat Saindon – Atlanta Falcons.

Keith Hernandez, after missing 52 games comes back with a bang, hitting a two-run homer with the Mets beating the Pirates 3-2. 

For the first time at Wrigley Field, there is a night game under the lights.  

Raider QB Jim Plunkett, who almost retired, says he’ll play this year and see what happens.

Bruce David Imball, an Olympic silver medallist in diving four years ago, is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after police say he ran his automobile into a crowd of 30 to 40 people on a dead-end road in Brandon, FL


Entertainment news – August 1, 1988

Passing – Actor Ralph Meeker He was 67.

Passing - Colin Higgins – creator of Harold and Maude, and the writer and/or director of other successful movies as “Silver Streak,” “Foul Play,” “9 to 5,” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” He was 47… of AIDS.


Playing in Las Vegas – August 1, 1988

Dean Martin & The Goldiggers – Ballys

Earth, Wind & Fire – Caesar’s Outdoor Stadium

Tony Orland – Desert Inn

Elvis, An American Musical - Hilton 


Music news – August 1, 1988

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince release “Nightmare On My Street,’ a parody of “Nightmare on Elm Street” featuring a voice that sounds like Freddy Krueger. Rival rappers “The Fat Boys” also are on it with “Are You Ready for Freddy.”

But wait – New Line Cinema, producers of “Freddy” on films, recently filed a complaint against both Jive and RCA Records against Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s records. The record company says there is no harm; it’s a parody, not a rip-off. We didn’t use Freddy’s voice. We ran the Fresh Prince’s voice through a processor,” said a spokesman. 

Cher, Rod Stewart, Guns N’ Roses, INXS, Jody Whatley and the Fat Boys are scheduled to perform on MTV’s 1988 Music Video Awards show set for Sept. 7. Arseno Hall will host.

Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jr. will kick off an 11-city, 21-date tour on Sept 17. Ms. Minnelli replaced Den Martin when he fell ill a few months ago in the middle of the Rat Pack Reunion Tour.

Hand-holding – there’s a strong rumor that Bruce Springsteen and his backup singer Patti Scialfa are an item. They were seen holding hands at a concert in Barcelona, Spain – the final concert of Springsteen’s five-month “tunnel of Love” tour.


Television news – August 1, 1988

Bryan Gumbel sings a 3-year contract with NBC that will keep him on the morning “Today” show.

“The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” canceled last spring after a two-seasons run on NBC, will be given new life on Lifetime.

Oprah Winfrey signs a five-year commitment deal, according to syndicator King-World. The program is seen on 198 TV stations including all the ABC-TV owned and operated stations.  

Passing – Joe Carcione, best kown for his nationally syndicated “Green Grocer” food minutes on television. Carcione (73) was with his family when he died of cardiac arrest after a lengthy battle with intestinal cancer. He was syndicated to about 80 TV stations.

Actor Trinidad Silva Jr., who appeared as a gang leader in the movie “Colors” and TV’s “Hill Street Blues”, is killed in a three-vehicle crash in S. California.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – August 1, 1988

CBS – 48 Hours, Simon & Simon, People  Magazine On TV, Night Heat

NBC – The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Channel 99, Night Court, Tonight Show

ABC – Movie, Hot House, Nightline

PBS – Mystery! Struggles for Poland

Nick at Nite – Double dare, Danny Thomas, Mr. Ed, My Three Sons, Laugh-In, Car 54, The Monkees, Ann Southern,

USA – Airwolf, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Boxing, Alfred Hitchcock, Wired


On Cheers – Frasier helps Carla conquer her fear of flying.

People Magazine On TV – Sandy Hill hosts.  Included – Jackson family in disarray. Michael’s Dad fights for control. Exclusive interviews.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny welcomes Paul Reiser (My Two Dads),  Robben Ford and 98-year-old piano player Mabel Buck Hines.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 1, 1988

TV Movie - Deliberate Stranger Part 2 (NBC) – 18.6

The Cosby Show – 17.6

A Different World – 17.6

Night Court – 17.2

The Golden Girls – 17.1

Cheers – 17.0

 Hunter – 15.6

LA Law – 15.3

Miss Teen USA – 15.1

Amen – 14.5

Murder, She Wrote – 14.4

60 Minutes – 14.1

ALF – 13.8

Hogan’s Family – 13.7

Who’s the Boss? – 13.6

In the Heat of the Night – 13.5

Full House (Ties) – 13.3

Growing Pains – 12.5

TV Movie Vital Signs (CBS) – 12.5

227 – 12.2

20/20- 12.0

Matlock – 11.3

Head of the Class – 11.3


Top music albums – August 1, 1988

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack

Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses


Top movies – August 1, 1988


Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Coming to America

Die Hard

Midnight Run

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