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


In The News

Hurricane Gilbert - Strong floods are reported on Monterrey Mexico. Four buses carrying about 200 are swept off roads and all are presumed lost.

President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is being restructured substantially, according to military and congressional officials. The “Star wars” program has been scaled back in the face of budgets and skeptics. 

In the streets of Rangood – solders of the new Burmese military government fire on Buddhist monks, students and thousands of other peaceful demonstrators. 150 are dead in the Burma protests.

Japan -  Emperor Hirohito, the world’s oldest and longest reigning monarch is reported in serious but stable condition following blood transfusions. Plans are now being readied for Crown Prince Akihito to take charge of state matters.

The House approves a revision of the nation’s pesticide laws. Chemical companies would now be required to pay $150 million to the Environmental Protection Agency to aid in the review of pesticides whose health and safety effects have not been fully studied. Individual firms would pay less.

Thousands of people rally in Armenia closing businesses and schools in a protest that followed a blood clash between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in a disputed region of the southern Soviet Union.

Capitalist style reforms – The Soviet government threatens to close 31 state-run enterprises or turn them over to private managers if they do not make a profit within six months. A Soviet newspaper also warned that many more firms are on the verge of going under as the reforms introduced in January by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev Begin to have a real, but somewhat negative impact.

Campaigning – At a New Jersey flag factory, George Bush told a rally that “my mission is simple. To build a better America. That simple and that big.”

Stung by criticism within his own party that  the Republicans took the environmental issue away from him, Michael Dukakis strikes back, and accuses Vice President George Bush of flip-flopping on offshore drilling and of helping to undermine the Clean Water Act.


Medical news – September 15, 1988

The National Cancer Institute now recommends routine mammography screening for women between 40 and 40.


Sports news – September 15, 1988

 The XXIV Olympic Games open in Seoul.

Olympic Games - Three South Korean boxing officials and two assistants are thrown out of their own Olympics for attacking a New Zealand referee in what the sports top international official called “the most disgraceful accident I ever have seen in boxing.”  

Cheated? - The U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team is beaten for the bronze medal by an East German team that survived because of a penalty called by an East German official setting off a war of words. 


Music news – September 15, 1988

The Amnesty Tour – the most ambitious rock tour ever launched, gets under way in London. On the five-continent, 18-plus-city tour is Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Sting; also Tracy Chapman and N’Dour. 

On Fox-TV’s “The Reporters” – George Michael is asked directly if he was gay. And that was the lead-off question.

Tracy Chapman’s self-titled debut album has sales of nearly 2 million. She’s getting a lot of play on MTV.

Michael Jackson says he will retire from the live concert scene when his worldwide Bad tour ends De. 26 in Tokyo. Worldwide sales of Jackson’s “Bad” album have topped the 16 million mark.

New York’s Salsa Festival drew some 20,000 with talent such as The Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montanez, Celia Cruz and others. 

“Tougher Than Leather” – a movie made by and starring Run D.M.C. opens in six Eastern cities. It will not be shown at the Levittown Twin cinema where it was pulled in the wake of a fatal stabbing at a rap concert in nearby Nassau Coliseum last week (Sept 10).

Citing eyewitness accounts, police say eight people were stabbed – three critically and 13 assaulted by a roving gang of 8 to 12 youths. The concert, dubbed Jam ’88 featured Eric B. & Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Doug e. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions and Biz Markie.  

George Michael is probably the most happening music artist these days.


Radio news – September 15, 1988

“The Wave” – KTWV Los Angeles which has had no announcers since its debut last year, is hiring five “low-key” announcers, according to program director John Sebastion.

Big news in New York as next week (22) – WQHT (103.5) and WYNY (97.1) will swap dial positions. ‘YNY is country and ‘QHT plays top-40/dance crossover. Also, WFAN will move to 660 on October 1, when its 1050AM signal goes Spanish under a new owner. 66 WNBC will then go away forever. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news  - September 15, 1988

Whoopi Goldberg is being added as a semi-regular to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” syndicated TV series.

A jury in Los Angeles determines that actress Valerie Harper was wrongfully fired by Lorimar Television from her TV series “Valerie” and awards her $1.4 million.


Forbes says Michael Jackson passed Bill Cosby to become the world’s highest-paid entertainer, raking in an estimated  $60 million in 1988. Also this year in millions - 

Bill Cosby - $38

Steven Spielberg - $41

Sylvester Stallone - $42

Eddie Murphy - $35

Charles Schultz - $33

 Bruce Springsteen - $34

Television news – September 15, 1988

The critically panned “USA Today: The Television Show” will be going through changes. The ratings are lower than expected.

NBC is launching CNBC in February. The channel, considered direct competition with Financial News Network, will feature business news and features on weekdays and sports attractions on weekends. It’s the network’s first foray into direct cable TV. They bid to buy 51% of Ted Turner’s Cable News Network, then signed as a partner with Hearst and rival ABC in the 24-hour Arts & Entertainment Cable Network. Finally, NBC leased the Tempo Television cable channel to form CNBC, which will be based in New Jersey.


Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of September 15, 1988

CBS -  Dick Clark Presents, The Equalizer, Wiseguy,

NBC – XIV Summer Olympics

GrowingPains, Head of the Class, The Best of SCTV, Nightline

PBS -  Live From Lincoln Center

HBO – Warning: Food May Be Hazardous To Your Health, Coming Attractions, The Hitchhiker

Showtime – Brothers, Super Dave


Best of SCTV – John Candy hosts as the original SCTV cast members reprise their most memorable sketches. With Martin Short, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Harold Ramis Andrea Martin and Joe Flaherry. 


Top Music Albums  – September 15, 1988

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roes

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

Faith – George Michael

Cocktail – Soundtrack

Open up And Say…AHHH – Poison

OU812 – Van Halen

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Long Cold Winter - Cinderella

Simple Pleasures – Bobby McFerrin

Kick  -INXS

Small World – Huey Lewis & The News

Heart Break – New Edition

Richard Marx – Richard Marx

Let It Loose – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

Whenever You Need Somebody – Rick Astley

Reg Strikes Back – Elton John

Out Of This World – Europe

In Effect Mode – Al. B. Sure

Out of Order – Rod Stewart

Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson


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

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer

I’ll Always Love You – Taylor Dayne

Perfect World – Huey Lewis & The News

One Good Woman- Peter Cetera

Love Bites – Def Leppard

Don’t Be Cruel – Cheap Trick

If It Isn’t Love – New Edition

It Would Take A Strong Strong Man – Rick Astley

Nobody’s Fool – Kenny Loggins

Red Red Wine – UB40

I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

A Nightmare On My Street – D.J. Jazz Jeff & The Fresh Prince

When It’s Love – Van Halen

Please Don’t Go Girl – New Kinds On The Block

Fallen Angel – Poison

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 15 1988  

I Should Be With You – Steve Wariner

Addicted – Dan Seals

Honky Tonk Moon – Randy Travis

Streets of Bakersfield – Dwight Yoakam &  Buck Owens

Untold stories – Kathy Mattea

Strong Enough To Bend – Tanya Tucker

Button Off My Shirt – Ronnie Milsap

That’s What Your Love Does To Me – Holly Dunn

Don’t Give Candy to A Stranger – Larry Boone

We Believe In Happy Endings – earl Thomas Conley/Emmylou Harris


Hot Album Rock Music Cuts – September 15, 1988

I’m Not Your Man – Tommy Conwell/Young Rumblers

Don’t You Know What The Night – Stevie Winwood

No Smoke Without A Fire – Bad Company

Love Bites – Def Leppard

Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

Let It Roll – Little Feat

Superstitious – Europe

Bring Me Some water – Melissa Etheridge

Hate To Lose Your Lovin’ - Little Feat


Top hit music singles In Britain – September 15, 1988

Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother – Hollies

The Harder I Try – Brother Beyond

I Quit – Bros

Teardrops – Womack & Womack

The Only Way is Up – Yazz & The Plastic Population

The Race – Yello

Megablast/Don’t Make Me Wait – Bomb The Bass


Top movies – September 15, 1988

A Fish Called Wanda

Die Hard

Moon Over Parador

Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Beast

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