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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 8, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

In Burma – a million protesters, including Roman Catholic nuns, intelligence officers and blind people, take to the streets to demand democracy and vigilantes beheaded three people who tried to poison protesters.

The United States destroys two Pershing missiles in a process that eventually will eliminate 689 American nuclear rockets under a historic arms control treaty with the Soviet Union. 

Democrat Michael S. Dukakis says he doubted whether Republican rival George Bush is up to dealing with Soviet leaders at a time when Soviet economic difficulties offer great opportunities for the United States.

The U.S. merchandise trade deficit shrank to $9.5 billion in July, the lowest monthly imbalance since December 1984, the government says.


Business/Economy news – September 8, 1988

Publishing giant Macmillan Inc., target of unwanted takeover offers for four months says that it will be bought by the investment firm Kohlbert Kravis Robert & Co. in a cash-and-securities deal that values the company at $2.36 billion.


Business news - September 8, 1988

The SEC sues Drexel Burnham Lambert and Michael Milken, head of its junk bond department of insider trading, stock market manipulation and defrauding the firm’s clients.


Music news – September 8, 1988

U2 says that “Rattle and Hum” would be released October 3, and the first single from the double album will be “Desire.”

Look for the “Human Rights Now!” world tour with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman and Def Leppard.

INXS is the big winner in the 5th annual MTV Music Video Awards, getting, among the awards – best video for “Need You Tonight.” Michael Jackson performed on the telecast live via satellite from London. 

Paul McCartney, appearing on the “Today” show, disputes author Albert Goldman’s claims that John Lennon had homosexual affairs. “Goldman mixed that idea in with some of what’s passed off as true, and it starts to have the same credence as the truth.” Said McCartney. “If John were a homosexual, I would’ve thought he would’ve made a pass at me 20 years, wouldn’t you?” 

Don’t miss the hour long NBC Special “The Hard Rock Café Live!” produced by Lorne Michaels. It’s stars Dan Akroyd, Blues Brothers, INXS, John Cougar Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Ziggy Marley.


Technology news – September 8, 1988

An alliance of more than 60 computer companies announce plans to develop a new computer bus to control how different parts of personal computer communications with each other. The bus is an alternative to the one developed by IBM for certain models of its personal System/2 computer line.


Sports news – September 8, 1988

Antonio Gibson of the New Orleans saints and Leonard Mitchell of the Atlanta Falcons are suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Felled by a stomach virus, Chris Evert withdraws from the women’s semifinals at the U.S. Open, giving top-seeded Steffi Graf a berth in the final.


Television news – September 8, 1988

Two new shows tied to publications debut: “USA Today: The Television Show and US World Report’s  “World Monitor.”

Don’t miss Barbara Walters as she interviews Cher, Patrick Swayze and Eddie Murphy.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – September 8, 1988

CBS – 48 Hours, Movie

NBC – Cosby Show, Bob Hope, Cheers, L.A. Law, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Movie, ABC News Special, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!

HBO – Harry Shearer

Showtime – Gleason


On the Tonight Show – Martin Short joins Johnny.


Top movies – September 8, 1988

Moon Over Parador

Nightmare on Elm St. 4

A Fish Called Wanda

Die Hard


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