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


In The News

President Mohammed Zia ul-Hag and U.S. Ambassador Arnold L. Raphel are killed when their Pakistani military plane exploded in the eastern part of the country.

 Republican convention – New Orleans – Vice President George Bush, accepts the Republican presidential nomination and vows to build on President Reagan’s record, but also pledged a more caring and compassionate government.

President Reagan pays a visit to a giant Republican Party salute to his wife in New Orleans. The event was an official farewell from the Republican Party to the first Lady.

 More convention - At the Superdome, President Reagan tells his vice president to “go out there and win one for the Gipper.”

Former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater called the Republican National Convention “the worst-organized, worst-run convention I’ve ever been to,” and complained he couldn’t hear a word of President Regan’s “Gipper” speech on Monday night. He did say he was confident the party would win the presidential election.

 Dan Quayle accepts the Republican vice presidential nomination. “May this week have asked, who is Dan Quayle? The people of Indiana Know me and now the nation will.” … “And, as a young man, I served six years in the National Guard. And, like millions of Americans who have served in the guard and serve today – I am proud of it.”

In a heated outdoor news conference, Dan Quayle denied he joined the National Guard in 1969 to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.

More Quayle – Dan Quayle defends his qualifications to be “a heartbeat away” from the presidency and says there was “nothing to” a weekend that he and other congressmen spent with a Washington lobbyist.

CDC estimates say that at the end of 1987 – between 900,000 ad 1.4 million Americans were infected with HIV, which causes AIDS.

The last Pontiac produced in Pontiac, Michigan by General Motors rolls off the assembly line, ending more than 60 years of auto production in this city.

About 40 beachgoers hit the water for… cash. Seems that a wad of cash washed up at Westerly, RI.

A published Wall St. Journal report says a group of 27 employees of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc including top deal maker Michael Milken, owned a stake in the arbitrage firm of Ivan F. Boesky, beginning in 1984. From 1984 to 1986 when the Drexel employee group held a stake in Boesky’s operation, Boesky was Wall Street’s most powerful take-over speculator and traded in many stocks about which Drexel had valuable inside information.  

Retail – The Walt Disney Entertainment conglomerate says within the next four years, the company expects to open at least 100 Disney Stores across the nation. The first Disney Store was opened last year in Glendale, CA near Los Angeles. Since then, three others have been added – in nearby Costa Mesa, San Francisco and Bridgewater, NJ. The next store openings are planned for this week in Torrance, CA and next week - Aug. 27 in Paramus, NJ. All are in malls.

In France, noted is the passing of Marseilles’ most infamous madam, Marie Paoleschi – the last survivor of the port city’s once powerful gangland empire of white-slave traders and drug peddlers. She was 82.

Passing – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. (74). Of lung cancer.


Medical/Health  - FDA Approves Baldness Treatment – August 15, 1988

Medical – the federal government gives approval for the first time to an anti-baldness treatment that produced some hair growth in four out of 10 men tested. “Rogaine” should be available in drugstores within six weeks. The manufacturer is Upjohn Co of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Officials believe it could make a major dent in the lucrative “quack” market of unproven drugs that claim to help hair growth.


Sports – August 15, 1988

Art Rooney (87), the chairman and founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is in critical condition with a paralyzed upper right arm after suffering a stroke.

Charles Barkley, the Philadelphia 76ers all-star forward, is arrested after state police discovered a loaded handgun in his car while stopping him for speeding.

Butch Reynolds of Ohio sets the world 400-meter record in 43.29 seconds at a Grand Prix track meet in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Moses Malone, - a 1-time all-star and three-time national Basketball Assn. MVP signs a 3-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks for $4.67 million.


Radio news – August 15, 1988

Shadoe Stevens debuts as host of its “American Top 40.” ABC is spending some $2 million on a national television campaign to launch. Stevens will continue to occupy his regular spot on TV’s “Hollywood Squares” while doing a multi-city tour.  

Some stations are hailing a new kind of production tool – this one uses a computer and stores commercials and other production elements such as jingles in a hard drive. Stations such as KIIS-FM in Los Angeles are using the $450,000 Synclavier system, developed by New England Digital in Vermont. KIIS-FM believes it will revolutionize the industry – well, at least the station.

WPIX-FM changes formats to smooth jazz (Aug 1). 


Music news – August 15, 1988

Brenda Lee – an unbelievable hit maker during the early 1960’s, files a $20 million suit against MCA alleging that the label has underpaid royalties, failed to account for sales, and licensed product without her permission.

People magazine is serializing Albert Goldman’s upcoming controversial biography of John Lennon. This week, Goldman says Lennon was indeed hooked on heroin. And kicked the habit with the help of a sensory-deprivation tank, just before work on his last album – “Double Fantasy."

Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey” album is set for release on Sept. 19.

Jimmy Page will begin his first solo tour Aug. 31 in Tampa.

Bruce Springsteen will release a live four-song EP, “Chimes of Freedom” in sync with the Sept. 2 start of Amnesty International’s six-week Human Rights Now! World Tour.

Now available – “Brian Wilson” – the former Beach Boy leader’s first solo album.

KIIS-FM Los Angeles presents endless Summer Jam ’88. Listen to win tickets. Starring – Kool & The Gang, Jeffrey Osborne, The Jets, Breathe, Information Society, D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the fresh Prince, Brenda K. Starr, Jermaine Stewart, Jane Wieldlin and more! The event is September 5. 


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of August 15, 1988

CBS – Beauty and the Beast, Movie

NBC – Football, Sportsworld: 10th Anniversary, Lat Night With David Letterman

ABC – Perfect strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, I Married Dora, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

HBO -  Whoopi Goldberg’s Fontaine (her alter ego).

Showtime – Gleason: He’s the Greatest, Comedy Club Network, Elayne Boosler Broadway.


NBC Football – Denver Vs Miami with QB John Elway who lead the defending AFC champion Broncos in ’87.

I Married Dora – Immigration summons Dora and Peter for questioning.

Late Night With David Letterman – Howard Stern, Elvis Presley’s cook Mary Jenkins.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 15, 1988

The Wanderer – Eddie Rabbitt

Bluest Eyes In Texas – Restless Heart

Give A Little Love – The Judds

I Have You – Glen Campbell

(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes – Highway 101

A Little Bit In Love – Patty Loveless

The Gift – The McCarters

If the South Woulda Won – Hank Williams Jr.

I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried – Rodney Crowell

 Top Hit Music Singles In Britain – August 15, 1988

The Only Way Is Up – Yazz & The Plastic Population

You Came – Kim Wilde

I Need You – B.V.S.M.P.

Superfly Guy – S-Express

The Loco-Motion – Kyle Minogue

The Evil That Men Do – Iron Maiden

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

Find My Love – Fairground Attraction

I Want Your Love – Transvision Vamp


Top Rock Music Album Cuts – August 15, 1988

Can’t Get Over You – Greg Allman

Finish What Ya Started – Van Halen

Hate To Lose Your Lovin’ – Little Feat

Powerful Stuff – The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Holding On – Steve Winwood

Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer

All Fired Up – Pat Benatar

Sweet Child Of Mine – Guns ‘N Roses

Common Ground – Rhythm Corps

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark -  Robert Cray

Dance On My Own – Robert Plant

Top Music Albums – August 15, 1988

OU812 – Van Halen

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

Hysteria – Def Leppard

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

Let It Loose – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

Open Up And Say… Ahh! – Poison

Dirty Dancing soundtrack

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Long Cold Winter – Richard Marx

Faith – George Michael

Long Cold Winter – Cinderella

The Hardline According To Terence Trend d’Arby

Heavy Nova – Robert Palmer

Stronger Than Pride – Soundtrack

Lap of Luxury – Cheap Trick

Kick – Elton John

Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson

Small World – Huey Lewis & The News

More Dirty Dancing

In Effect Mode - Al. B. Sure!


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

Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen

1-2-3 – Miami Sound Machine

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Monkey – George Michael

Hands To Heaven – Breathe

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Sign Your Name – Terence Trend d’Arby

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Love Will Save the Day – Whitney Houston

Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer

Hold On To The Nights – Richard Marx

Just Got Paid – Johnny Kemp

Perfect World – Huey Lewis & The News

Rag Doll – Aerosmith

When It’s Love – Van Halen

If It Isn’t Love – New Edition

The Twist – Fat Boys

Another Part of Me – Michael Jackson

I’ll Always Love You – Taylor Dayne


Top movies – August 15, 1988

Clean and Sober

A Fish Called Wanda

Married to the Mob

The Big Blue

Who framed Roger Rabbit


A Nightmare on el Street 4

Coming to America

The Blob

The Dead Pool

Mac and Me

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