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



In The News

Three bombs explode in northern India, killing at least 23 people and injuring 65.

Prime Minister Vitshk Shamir and leaders of his right-wing Likud Party expressed confidence that they can form a government and began coalition talks with four ultra-orthodox religious parties that own a total of 18 parliament seats.

The Labor Department announces that unemployment declined in October by .1%.

Michael Dukakis and George Bush wrap-up their campaigning – Bush in Ohio and Dukakis in St. Louis.

Tobacco heiress Doris Duke will put up the $5-million bail Imelda Marcos needs to return to Hawaii and her husband, deposed Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.


Music news- November 1, 1988

MTV is doing a “Scrooge for a Day” contest where the lucky viewer can be network president for a day. He or she will select MTV videos, edit the news and chair programming meetings, receive $25,000 in station advertising revenues and a percentage of the daily “Scrooged” box-office take. It’s a tie in with Paramount’s “Scrooged” starring Bill Murray.

Both Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach are under treatment for alcoholism somewhere in the U.S. 

Federal court - Singer-songwriter Tom Waits files a $2 million suit against Frido-Lay, claiming the snack company used a sound-alike to promote of its new products. The signing is heard on 30-second radio ads for “Salsa Rio” Doritos.

Coming soon – “Musicians for Life” TV spots to raise AIDS awareness. Look for Madonna, Los Lobos, and Julie Brown on the first batch.


Television news – November 1, 1988

Rupert Murdoch predicts that his Fox Broadcasting Co, which has lost more than $100 million since it began in October 1986, will be earning money “maybe within the next six months. The network currently only programs Saturday and Sunday nights, but is set to ad a third night in the spring. There are 123 Fox-affiliated TV stations.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – November 1, 1988

CBS – The Van Dyke Show, Ann McGuire, The Equalizer, Wiseguy

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Baby Boom, Tattinger’s, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Wonder years, Murphy’s Law, Nightline

ESPN – Superbikes, Motorweek


On the Tonight Show – Christopher Reeve and Melanie Mayron join Johnny Carson.  


Top movies-  November 1, 1988

Halloween IV

The Accused

Alien Nation

Gorillas in the Mist


Night of the demons

Without A Clue

Mystic Pizza

A Fish Called Wanda

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