Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 8,1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Secretary of State George Shultz escapes an assassination attempt in Bolivia after a bomb exploded in the middle of his motorcade. Neither he nor his wife were injured.
President Reagan appoints the first Latino to the cabinet by nominating Texas Tech University President Lauro Cavazos to succeed William J. Bennett as education secretary.
George Bush complains that President Reagan is being unfairly accused of “playing 1988 politics” with recent Cabinet and policy decisions and added, “I guess it’s just that time of year.” He denied that a host of recent Reagan decisions, including the nomination of a Latino to be education secretary, were calculated to bolster the vice president’s election prospects.
Gen Sein Lwin resigns as Burma’s president and ruling party leader just 17 days after assuming power.
President Daniel Ortega declares that the Sandinistas “have reached the limits of our flexibility” and will make no concessions to bring about a resumption of peace talks with the Contras.
Business/Economy news – August 8, 1988
Major banks raise their prime lending rates half a percentage point to 10% - the highest level in three years.
Sports news – August 8, 1988
The NFL bans Tony Collins for a year after the running back failed a drug test given by the Indianapolis Colts.
The Great One – Wayne Gretzky will be moving from Edmonton to Los Angeles and the Kings. Gretzky (27) has been voted the league’s most valuable player eight times and holds or shares 49 scoring records. He led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup titles in the last five years.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – August 8, 1988
In Hollywood – Some 25,000 marched in front of the gates of Universal Pictures protesting the studio’s release of the controversial movie, “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
Passing Actress Anne Ramsey (59) – the crazed matron who won an Oscar nomination for her portrayal in the title role of “Throw Mamma From The Train.”
Passing – Actor Alan Napier (85) – best-known as Alfred the butler on the TV series “Batman.”
Music news – August 8, 1988
“Yo MTV Raps,” a new hip-hop debuts with appearances by Run-D.M.C. taped during the group’s current tour. Actually, it’s a special, but the show is slated to become a regular series later this year.
Warner Brothers Records says it is true – the members of the Traveling Wilburys are George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynn, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. They’ll be releasing “Traveling Wilburys” on October 11.
Television news – August 8, 1988
On HBO Saturday night – An All-Star Toast to the Improve – Robert Klein hosts.
CBS says it will purchase WCIX-TV Miami (channel 6) for $59 million.
Monday night television listings/TV guide – August 8, 1988
CBS – Newhart, The Cavanaughs, Memories Then & Now, Magnum, P.I.
NBC – ALF, Movie, Tonight, David Letterman
ABC – Hollywood Wives, Nightline
Fox – Late Show
PBS – National Geographic
Lifetime – Easy Street, Cagney & Lacey
Nick - Finders Keepers, Don’t Just Sit There, You Can’t Do That On TV, Double Dare, Make Room For Daddy, Mr. Ed, My Three Sons, Laugh-IN, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Monkees, Ann Sothern
On David Letterman – James Taylor, Fred Willard and psychic Ostaro join Dave.
Top movies – August 8, 1988
Who Framed Roger Rabbitt
Coming to America
A Fish Called Wanda