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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 1, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Shake up Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev moves key supporters into the Communist party’s ruling Politburo and retires four of its longtime members including Andrei Gromyko. 

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet Communist party’s general secretary is elected the nation’s president.

The space shuttle discovery lands back on earth, cheered-on by a crowd of 400,000.

At Edward Air Force Base - Vice President George Bush welcomes the spaceship Discovery’s five astronauts, heralding all as heroes who restored faith in America’s once pre-eminent space program.

The nation’s unemployment rate in September fell back to July’s level of 5.4% after rising for two straight months.

President Reagan accuses Democrat Lloyd Bensten of “a cheap shot… unbecoming a senator of this United States” for criticizing Republican Dan Quayle for comparing himself to John f. Kennedy during the vice presidential debate.

The U.S. Census Bureau  says the U.S. population on Jan. 1, 1988 was 245.11 million – up 2.3 million from the start of 1987.


Music news – October 1, 1988

Lisa Marie Presley (20) marries musician Danny Keogh (23) at a small service in Hollywood.

Debuting this week – “Michelob Presents Sunday Night” a new video show. NBC has committed to 12 shows. Visiting stars will perform with the show’s house band. Produced by Lorne Michaels.


Television news – October 1, 1988

Robin Givens has not missed any tapings or rehearsals on “Head of the Class” despite the strife in her marriage with Mike Tyson. Reports say that Tyson had gone on a rampage at the couple’s new Jersey home following comments made by Givens ad the actress’ made by Givens and the actress’ mother on ABC’s “20/20.” Tyson was said to be angered by their description of him as having an “extremely volatile temper.”

Debuting this week  - a new channel from Ted Turner – TNT. It debuts in 17 million homes with “Gone With The Wind” week. 

Fox is canceling “The Late Show” after two years. The current host is Ross Shafer.

Primetime This week – The Tonight Show 26th Anniversary with Johnny Carson. In-Person Guests – David Letterman, Jay Leno, Garry Shandling and much more.

A&E’s An Evening at the Improv – Guest host Fred Travelena!

Debuting in Syndication This Week – “The Munsters Today.” Twenty Years Ago They Went To Sleep – Now They’re Back, Funnier Than Ever.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 1, 1988

CBS – Newhart, The Cavanaughs, Movie

NBC – ALF, Hogan Family, Movie, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Burning Questions, Monday Night Football, Nightline

PBS – Will Rogers U.S.A

HBO – Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Highlights


At the movies – October 1, 1988

Gorillas in the Mist

Heartbreak Hotel

A Fish Called Wanda

Dead Ringers

Die Hard

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Running on Empty

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