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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 23, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Hurricane Joan slams into Nicaragua with many missing and at least 34 reported dead.

The Soviet Union pledges to free those considered as political prisoners by the end of the year.

Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos pleads innocent to racketeering charges, but a federal judge refuses to let her return to Hawaii until government and defense lawyers iron details of her $5 million bail.

Sears announces it is selling its Chicago Sears Tower, its corporate headquarters and the world’s tallest building. It’s doing so to streamline the company.

President Reagan decides that the only way to prevent the KGB secret police from eavesdropping on the Moscow/U.S. Embassy is to raise it and build another. 

27-city - More than 1,000 demonstrators across the county are arrested as anti-abortion activists tried to block abortion clinics and prevent employees and patients from entering.

Business news – October 23, 1988

The investment firm of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. announces it will begin a $20.28-billion tender offer for RJR Nabisco. Inc.


Music news – October 23, 1988

An Oct 12 fire at MTV in New York has destroyed plans for a “Special Sunday” all-day tribute to U2 as the fire destroyed all of MTV’s just shot interview footage with the group.  


Movie/Television news – October 23, 1988

Passing – John Houseman. Although he had a long career starting with radio, he is best known as the feisty/crusty law school professor in “The Paper Chase.” He was 86.

CBS hires Hubie Brown as its #1 commentator for NBA games. He’s a former coach of the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks. He replaces Billy Cunningham.  Who is gm of the Miami Heat.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 23, 1988

CBS – Charlie Brown, Garfield’s Halloween Adventure, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – Sonny Spoon, Something Is Out There, Miami Vice, Tonight Show

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, Just the Ten of US, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

ESPN – Muscle Magazine


(Peanuts) Charlie Brown – “The Birth of the Constitution” as the gang participates in the document’s ratification.

On Miami Vice – Crockett suffers a concussion. 


Top movies – October 23, 1988  

Halloween 4

The Accused

Alien nation


Gorillas in the Mist

Without a Clue

Night of the Demons

Business as Usual

Clara’s Heart

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