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


In The News

Congress, consigning “one of the great sacred cows” to the slaughterhouse, votes to authorize the Pentagon to close unneeded military bases at an estimated savings of up to $5 billion a year.

Dan Quayle asserts that he was taking personal control of his election after reaching a “certain snapping point.”

Vice President George Bush reacts to a report that first lady Nancy Reagan is not supportive of his presidential campaign and sent a letter to her, saying, “I’ll be damned if I let anything nasty come between us,” so said an aide.  The aide said Mrs. Reagan telephone Bush, telling him that she had read the reports and that “of course it wasn’t true.”

Wholesale prices rose a moderate .4% in September.

Kremlin leader Mikhail Gorbachev, urgently seeking to boost food production, calls for the reorganization of the hole of soviet agriculture in an evident reversal of longstanding collective farm policy.

President Reagan salutes ‘five brave countrymen” – the discovery astronauts at the White House and urges America’s school children to study hard and reach for the stars.

The Supreme Court agrees to decide whether police violate a suspect’s rights when they fail to recite the precise words familiar to every fan of TV cop shows  the Miranda warning.


Business news – October 8, 1988

Trump Shuttle - Donald Trump announces that he has bought the profitable Eastern Airlines shuttle from Texas Air Corp for $365 million cash and will rename it after himself.


Entertainment news – October 8, 1988

Passing –Waylon Flowers, creator of the puppet “Madame” he was 48.


Music news – October 8, 1988

 On Showtime – look for “That’s What Friends Are For – Aids Concert ’88.” Features Blair Underwood, Lena Horne with Elton John, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Steve Wonder, Robert Townsend, Gladys Knight and others.


Sports news – October 8, 1988

During the fifth race at Belmont Park, jockey Mike Venezia is trampled to death by another horse. The horse stepped on his face and crushed his skull.

The Dodgers surprise the Mets with a 6-0 victory with the pitching of Orel Hershiser’s 5-hit game and that means the Dodgers will play the Oakland Athletics in the World Series.


Television news – October 8, 1988

USA Today – The Television Show is already in trouble after just over 4 weeks on the air. There could be changes.

“60 Minutes” celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special prime-time show on Monday of this week. Don’t miss it.

New TV – “Freddy’s Nightmares.” Every week, Freddy slashes his way into your TV set to bring you an hour of suspense. Lock your doors.

On Saturday Night Live – It’s a new season. Tom Hanks hosts with musical guest Keith Richards.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 8, 1988

CBS – 60 Minutes 20th Anniversary, 22nd Annual Country Music Assn. Awards

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

ABC – MacGyver, Monday Night Football, Nightline

PBS – Frontline

Fox  - Late Show

MTV – Remote Control, Monty Python, Now Hear This!


60 Minutes Anniversary – Interviews and segments from the show’s first 10 years.

Country Music Awards – Dolly Parton hosts with presenters/performers Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn, John Denver, Hank Wlliams Jr., Randy Travis and Reba McEntire. 


Top movies – October 8, 1988

Alien Nation


Gorillas in the Mist

Crossing Delancey

A Fish Called Wanda

Heartbreak Hotel

Clara’s Heart

Platoon Leader

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