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


In The News

Vice President George Bush and Michael Dukakis face off in a nationally televised debate. Some of the issues included in the debate, televised from Wake Forest University, included Dukakis’ firing-off Reagan’s involvement with the Iran-Contra affair and Dukakis linking Bush with the administration’s negotiations with Panamanian strongman Noriega. Bush countered by portraying Dukakis as an ultra-liberal who would lead the nation to the far left.

In an ABC poll of 639 voters who watched the debate - 44% thought Dukakis won with 36% choosing George Bush and 20% undecided.

The Shuttle Discovery blasts off into orbit, returning the U.S. into space for the first time in 2 1/2 years. The redesign of the booster rockets kept the other three shuttles off the ground since the Challenger disaster. Getting past the ill-fated 73-second mark seemed to be the high point for most viewers.

Passing - Billy Carter (51) of pancreatic cancer. Probably the best known “first-brother” in U.S. history.


Medical/AIDs news update – September 23, 1988

The House passes a major AIDS policy bill that would expand testing and counseling, protect the confidentiality of test results and speed research into the fatal disease.


Sports news – September 23, 1988

At the Seoul Olympics - Canadian Ben Johnson, who won the Olympic 100 meters gold medal at 9.79 seconds is tested positive for steroids and is disqualified. Johnson flew back to Canada in disgrace. Canadian officials announce that Johnson is banned from its teams for life. By default, American Carl Lewis gets the gold medal. Lewis, who ran to Johnson at 9.92 seconds. Johnson’s world-record time was erased from the records.

Three South Korean boxing officials and two assistants are thrown out of their own Olympics for attacking a New Zealand referee. The referee, Keith Walker, assessed two possibly pivotal penalty points against Korean bantamweight Byun Jong-il. After the decision, the 5 stormed onto the ring - punching and kicking referee Walker. The brawl was televised completely by NBC.

NBC apologizes for a T-shirt design making fun of the Korean boxing brawl. Production members of the network ordered 50 T-shirts with the NBC peacock logo and the words “We’re Boxing, We’re Bad” on the front. The back was to feature the South Korean flag and two boxers over the slogan “Chaos Tour ‘88, XXIVth Olympiad.” A shop owner refused the order and chided NBC staffers for trying to make South Korea appear responsible for the incident.


Best-selling books – September 23, 1988

“The Lives Of John Lennon” - Albert Goldman, “A Brief History of Time” - Stephen Hawking, “The Cardinal Of The Kremlin” - Tom Clancy, “Spocks World” - Diane Duane.


Prices at the Supermarket – September 23, 1988

At the mart - Cap’n Crunch Cerial - 15oz pkg - $2.29...Life Cereal - 20oz pkg - $2.39...All Detergent - 20lb box - $10.79...1/2 gal “Fresh & Natural” Orange Juice - $1.99


Tuesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of September 23, 1988

(CBS) It’s The Girl In The Red Truck Charlie Brown, Movie...(NBC) Summer Olympics from Seoul...(ABC) Growing Pains, Head Of The Class, Movie

CBS Movie - “Mayflower” (1987) Candice Bergen, Chira Rivera.

ABC Movie - “Stand By Me” - (1986) Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman.


Music news – September 23, 1988

In Moscow, Soviet labor camp inmates, attempting to distill alcohol by heating paint instead start a fire - killing 24 men.

Soul Brother #1 -James Brown is arrested after he brandished a pistol in a roomful of people and led police on a chase. Brown was stopped when police shot-out three of his four tires. He was arrested for assault, carrying a pistol without a license, carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering and seven misdemeanor charges.

Yoko Ono, receives John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood walk of fame, near the Capitol Records building...Paul Harvey (70) celebrates is 50th anniversary in radio.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) - September 23, 1988  

“Sweet Child Of Mine’ - Guns N’ Roses, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” - Bobby McFerrin, “Simply Irresistible” - Robert Palmer, “I’ll Always Love You” - Taylor Dayne, “When It’s Love” - Van Halen, “If It Isn’t Love” - New Edition, “Perfect World” - Huey Lewis & The News,  “Nobody’s Fool” - Kenny Loggins, “Another Part Of Me” - Michael Jackson.


Top movies – September 23, 1988

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

Betrayed - Debra Winger, Tom Berenger

Messenger Of Death - Charles Bronson

Kansas - Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy

Spellbinder - Timothy Daly, Kelly Preston.

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