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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August  22, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Vice President hopeful Dan Quayle is accused of using the influence of his publishing family in 1969 to get a stateside slot in the Indiana National guard, avoiding a Vietnam draft. Vice-President Bush dismissed as “a tempest in a teapot.” Quayle has been pulled off the campaign trail to answer the allegations.

 At least 46 people are killed when three Italian planes hit above a crowd at an air show at Ramstein, West Germany. It’s the worst disaster in air show history. Some victims at the U.S. airbase were burned in their tracks; others were hit with flying debris. One man described the burning victims: “Their hair turned yellow and the skin was peeling off in bits.” 

Under indictment in the Iran-Contra scandal, Oliver North speaks at a $100-a-plate dinner for republican U.S. Senate candidate Stephen King in Wisconsin. Eleven protesters are arrested.

Twenty Lucchese family mob figures are acquitted by a jury in Newark, NJ - handing the government a “stunning’ defeat. The family was on trial for racketeering charges. It’s believed to be the nation’s longest federal trial. “What’s there to say? Apparently, the jury just resented the length of the trial and the breadth of the indictment” said a U.S attorney.

NASA says that up to seven O-ring seals used in space shuttle booster engines have been sabotaged - but the damaged rings never made it out of the factory. The space agency along with the FBI and HydraPac Inc  (the manufacturers) are investigating.

Former PTL secretary Jessica Hahn signs a 30-day contract to work as a personality on KOY-FM in Phoenix.


Sports news – August 22, 1988

Art Rooney Sr. - owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes at 87. Under coach Chuck Noll and quarterback Terry Bradshaw, the team finally became a football powerhouse in the 70’s.

Sportscaster Keith Olbermann (29) moves from sports reporting at KTLA (channel 5) to the position of Sports Director at KNX (channel 2) in Los Angeles.

Mike Tyson suffers a hairline fracture in his right hand after getting in a street fight in New York. Tyson apparently got mad at former boxer Mitch Green and popped him on the nose during an argument outside a nightclub in Harlem.  Tyson: “I’m a victim ... I guess I hit him over the eye. I was nervous. I hadn’t had a street fight in seven years. I had no choice but to defend myself. He hit me in the chest.” 

Brazilian Renata Agondi (20) dies eight miles from the French Coast, trying to swim the English Channel. She was a marathon swimmer of worldwide status.


Music news – August 22, 1988

Sherwood Cryer - the co-owner of the famous “Gilley’s” nightclub in Pasadena Texas files for chapter 11 protection. Cryer filed a day after he was suppose to pay co-founder Mickey Gilley a $16 million judgment. Last month, a judge awarded Gilley the amount after he sued Cryer for back profits from the club - opened in the 70’s. Cryer says he has $500 thousand in assets and owes $18 million including the judgment.

Diana Ross (44) gives birth to a baby boy - her fifth child and second with husband Arne Naess Jr.  

Frank Sinatra’s $450 thousand judgment is upheld against a Swiss Health Clinic who planted a story in the National Enquirer, saying the singer was a client. The October, 1984 article said that Sinatra was admitted to the clinic for youth regeneration.


Television news – August 22, 1988

At the Emmy Awards this week:

Best Comedy - “The Wonder Years

 Best Drama - “Thirtysomething”

Winning Emmys - John Larroquette - “Night Court”

Michael J. Fox - “Family Ties

Tyne Daly - “Cagney & Lacey”

Beatrice Arthur and Estelle Getty - “Golden Girls” 

Richard Kiley - “A Year In A Live”


Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – Week of August 22, 1988

TV - CBS - 48 Hours, Cagney & Lacey ... NBC - The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Night Court, L.A. Law ... ABC - Movie, Hothouse

Nightcourt - Mac quits his job after inheriting $2 million.

Cagney & Lacy - a case gets the girls involved with bank embezzlement.

Late Night w/David Letterman (NBC) - a gyroscope demonstration. 


Top television shows/ratings – August 22, 1988


 60 Minutes (15.6), Murder, She Wrote (15.6), The Cosby Show (15.3), The Golden Girls (15.1), Outrage (14.8), A Different World (14.4), Amen (13.0), Hunter (12.7), 227 (11.6), Letting Go (11.6), Child’s Cry (11.4), Matlock (10.9), ALF (10.8), Full House (Tues) (10.7), 20/20 (10.5), Full House (Fri) (10.4), Mr. Belvedere (10.2), Perfect Strangers (10.1), Who’s The Boss? (10.1), Hogan Family (9.9).


 Top pop hit music singles - August 22, 1988

 “Monkey” - George Michael, “Roll With It” - Steve Winwood, “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” - Elton John, “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” - Chicago, “Fast Car” - Tracy Chapman, “Love Will Save The Day” - Whitney Houston, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” - Guns N’ Roses, “Perfect World” - Huey Lewis & The News, “When It’s Love” - Van Halen, “If It Isn’t Love’ - Icehouse, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” - Bobby McFerrin


Top Country Hit Music Singles- August 22, 1988 

“The Wanderer” - Eddie Rabbit, “Bluest Eyes In Texas” - Restless Heart, “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried”  Rodney Crowell.

Top Music Albums - August 22, 1988

“Hysteria” - Def Leppard, “Tracy Chapman” - Tracy Chapman, “Roll With It” - Steve Winwood, “Appetite For Destruction” - Guns N’ Roses, “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper’ - DJ Jazzy Feff/The Fresh Prince  


Top movies – August 22, 1988

Nightmare On Elm Street 4

Young Guns - Emilio Estevez, Kiefer, Sutherland, Lou Diamond Philips

Die Hard - Bruce Willis

A Fish Called Wanda - John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin.

Cocktail - Tom Cruise

The Big Blue - Rosanna Arquette

The Dead Pool - Clint Eastwood

Coming To America - Eddie Murphy

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Clean and Sober - Michael Keaton

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