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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 15, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President-elect George Bush names New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu – to the post of chief of staff. Brush reappointed his old friend Nicholas Brady as Secretary of the Treasury.

President Reagan bids a ceremonial farewell to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Washington. She praised her longtime friend and political soul mate for giving the world the chance to start “over again.”

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tells President-elect George Bush that he must give the Arab-Israeli conflict a higher priority than President Reagan has and she urged him to begin by finding a way to reward the Palestine Liberation Organization of its implied recognition of Israel. 

The Air Force unveils its B-2 stealth bomber, designed to evade enemy radar and deliver nuclear weapons.

Former New York congressman Mario Biaggi, forced by corruption convictions from an influential 10-term career in Congress, is sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in the Wedtech bribery scandal.

Egypt formally recognizes the newly declared state of Palestine in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Soviet Union formally recognizes the new Palestinian state.

In Canada, Prime Minister Brain Mulroney leads his Progressive Conservative party to victory with enough of a parliamentary majority to guarantee ratification of the U.S.-Canada free trade agreement.

Marilyn Quayle, wife of Vice President-elect Dan Quayle, says she has withdrawn herself from consideration as a possible appointee to the senate seat her husband will soon vacate.

Passing – Christina Onassis (37). She was found unconscious in the bathroom of a vacation house at a country club near Buenos Aires.


Technology news – November 15, 1988

 A computer virus that infected scores of computers across the United States earlier this month caused at least $97 million worth of damage. “The real cost is probably well over $1000,” said John McAfee, computer virus consultant and director of a Santa Clara-based group of 11 companies that markets computer programs to fight viral programs. He said the virus forced more than 6,000 systems on the Internet network to crash, causing 1.132 million hours of unnecessary work.

The FCC approves plans that are expected to transform that nation’s telephone network into a gateway – a so-called open network architecture. This is an important move since AT&T was divested of its local telephone business nearly five years ago. AT&T and the seven regional phone companies created to carry on local service were ordered to devise plans for opening up their networks to outside companies wanting to offer electronic service over them, lest anyone of them abused their monopoly power to favor their own enterprises. 

Video Walkman is here! It uses 8mm videocassettes and some titles are already out. Warner Home Video is releasing 26 movie titles in this format and they should sell for about $30 each. The Sony GV-8 - a portable TV/8mm VCR has a list price of $1,300 and is no larger than a hardcover book.


Sports news – November 15, 1988

Larry Bird will have surgery to remove bone spurs on both heels. He’s expected to be lost the Boston Celtics for at least 3 months. 

Oakland A’s right fielder Jose Canseco gets the American League MVP. He’s the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in a season.

Dodger outfielder Kirk Gibson gets the National League MVP.


Radio News – November 15, 1988

Transtar is set to launch “Radio Kandy” with John Candy. The show will intersperse comedy with music. SCTV veterans Joe Flaherty and Valerie Bromfield will appear in the show on a weekly basis. “We’re going to keep it light and fun. The idea is to have a few laughs, enjoy the two hours and have a good time. I don’t want to do a lot of repeats or get tied down to a few comedy formats,” said Candy.  So far, 157 stations have signed to carry the 2-hour show.

Westwood One purchases KIQQ-FM Los Angeles for $56 million.

Top-40 KHTR St. Louis is changing formats to oldies under new call letters – KLOU. Amazing considering the station is doing well in the ratings and beating its direct competitor, but CBS says its committed to oldies.

Following the drug-related murder of two city officers, Z-100 New York and Scott Shannon put together a narrative tribute to the pair using U2’s “I Still haven’t Found What I’m Looking for” and Rod Stewart’s “In My Life.”


Entertainment news – November 15, 1988

 Peggy Lee sues Walt Disney Productions for $25 million for the videocassette production and marketing, without her consent, of the 1955 Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp.”

Trend – more and more celebrities are lending their names to food lines – There’s Paul Newman’s salad dressing, popcorn and pasta sauce, but there are also these – Wolfgang Puck’s frozen foods and Phyllis Diller has a line of chili and beef stew.  Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda is said to be readying a line of pasta sauce.


Television news – November 15, 1988

Another sensational Geraldo Rivera special on a TV station near you –

There never was a trial for the crime of the century… until now!
On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald. “Tonight, you’ll see real witnesses, real evidence and learn the real verdict. Plus, you can join the jury and cast your vote – Guilty or Not Guilty!

On syndicated Phil Donahue this week – Gay porn stars.

Kellie Everts – a Brooklyn stripper files a $40 million damage suit against shock TV host Morton Downey Jr. for allegedly humiliating and degrading her when she appeared on his TV show.

A judge orders a psychiatric patient, who threatened to commit suicide in front of actress Sharon Gless is ordered to stay at least 200 years away from the “Cagney and Lacey” co-star.

NBC says it has purchased nearly 38% of Visnews, a British-owned TV news agency with which the network has had ties for 20 years.

Vanna White, the letter-turner on “Wheel of Fortune” will appear as an actress in “The Goddess of Love” over NBC on Sunday.

On Saturday Night Live this week – Actor John Lithgow hosts with musical guest Tracy Chapman.


Music news – November 15, 1988

Left for dead? That’s right – there were actually rumors that Bobby Brown of the group “New Edition” had died of either a drug overdose or in a car accident. But Brown’s career has taken off since he went solo. Brown left “New Edition” at the ripe age of 17.  He says it was the group’s brand of bubble gum that bothered him most.   

Stephen Love, younger brother of Beach Boys lead Mike Love and the group’s former business manager is sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make $86,000 restitution of being convicted Oct. 18 of embezzling more than $900,000 from the group.

MTV is in the middle of “dayparting” their broadcast day. More mellow videos are shown during midday.

Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Dion and the Temptations will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the organization’s fourth annual dinner to be held January 18 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Roulette Records president Morris Levy is sentenced in U.S. District Court to two concurrent 10-year prison terms and a $200,000 fine for his conviction on two federal counts of conspiracy to extort.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 15, 1988

Orinoco Flow – Enya

Stand Up For Your Love Rights – Yazz

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

The First Time – Robin Beck

She Makes My Day – Robert Palmer

He Ain’t No Competition – Brother Beyond

Real Gone Kid – Deacon Blue

Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

The Loc-Motion – Kylie Minogue

Wild, Wild West – Escape Club

Desire – U2

Kissing A Fool – George Michael

Baby I Love Your Way – Will to Power

Kokomo – Beach Boys

How Can I Fall – Breather

Look Away – Chicago

I Don’t Want You Love – Duran Duran

One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston

Giving You The Best That I Got – Anita Baker

Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) – Cinderella

Another Lover – Giant Steps

Waiting For A Star To Fall – Boy Meets Girl

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

Walk on Water – Eddie Money

Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins


Top Dance Club Music – November 15, 1988

Superfly Guy -  S-Express

Just Wanna Dance/Weekend – Todd Terry Project

Break A Love – Raze

Out of Time – Noel

The Only Way Is Up – Yazz and the Plastic Population

I Don’t Want Your Love – Duran Duran

The Way You Love Me – Karyn White 


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – November 15, 1988

Carolyn’s Fingers – Cocteau Twins

The Killing Jar – Siouxsie and the Banshees

Charlotte Anne -  Julian Cope

 Away – The Feelies

Put This Love to the Test – Jon Astley

In Your Room – Bangles

Away – The Feelies

Orange Crush – R.E.M.

The Great Commandment – Camouflage


Top Rock Album Music Cuts – November 15, 1988

Handle With Care – Traveling Wilburys

It’s Money that Matters – randy Newman

American Dream – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Orange Crush – R.E.M.

Nobody’s Perfect – Mike + The Mechanics

Desire – U2

Rock & Roll Strategy – 38 Special

It’s Money That Matters – Randy Newman

Big League – Tom Cochrane & Red Rider

Slow Turning – John Hiatt

Take It So Hard – Keith Richards

Top Country Hit Music Singles(top-40) – November 15, 1988

I ’ll Leave This World Loving You – Ricky Van Shelton

I Know How He Feels – Reba McEntire

I’ve Been Lookin’ – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

New Shade of Blue – Southern Pacific

A Tender Lie – Restless Heart

Chiseled In stone – Vern Gosdin

When You Say Nothing At All – Keith Whitley

I Wish That I Could Fall In Love Today – Barbara Mandrell

That’s That – Michael Johnson


Top movies – November 15, 1988

The Land Before Time

Child’s Play

Ernest Saves Christmas

Oliver and Company

High Spirits

The Accused

A Cry In The Dark


Young Guns

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