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


In The News

George J. Mitchell of Maine is elected Senate majority leader by Democrats. He quickly promised George Bush that his initiatives would be met with “interest and enthusiasm.”

President-elect Bush names Brent Scowcroft as national security adviser.

Condemning the repression and authoritarianism of past Kremlin leaders, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev urges a Democratic state and outlines major changes in the country’s political system.

The Soviet government places the southern republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan under military authority after new violence erupts.

In Warsaw – Solidarity founder Lech Walesa makes hi first uncensored television appearance in eight years in a live debate with the leader of the official trade unions, Alfred Miodowicz. It was the first uncensored appearance of Walesa on televising since the signing of the historic Gdansk accords with the government on Aug. 31, 1980, which legalized Solidarity and which was also broadcast live to the nation. Solidarity was outlawed in 1982.

Vice President-elect Dan Quayle, wooed by members of his party’s right wing since the election, says that he won’t be their “so-called spear carrier” in the Bush Administration.

The Reagan Administration denies Yasser Arafat a visa to enter the United States to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York, citing national security concerts.

The U.S. trade deficit shrank by 5.4% from July through September, the third consecutive quarter decline.

Tornadoes skip across North Carolina’s capital city before dawn like a “big bouncing ball” and went on to hit rural counties nearby, killing four and injuring 143.

The nation’s biggest banks raise their prime lending rates half a percentage to 10.5%, the fourth increase this year.

South Africa -  President Pieter Botha commutes the death sentences of the Sharpeville Six, five men and a woman who hours earlier lost their final judicial appeal. The six blacks, who had been sentenced to hang for murder convictions, will serve prison terms ranging from 18 to 25 years.


Sports news – November 23, 1988

Steve Sax, formerly with the Dodgers and now a free agent, signs with the Yankees - $4 million for three years.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 23, 1988

Passing – Actor John Carradine (82) in Milan, Italy.

Michael Reagan, son of President Regan… well, his days as a gameshow host may be over. As a gameshow host for Ralph Andrews Productions’ “Lingo,” he is having a spat with Mr. Andrews for failure to pay him more than $20,000 in back pay, return fees and pension and welfare benefits. Andrews says he owes Reagan money, but bitterly says – Reagan is an ingrate and that “no one else but me would give him a chance in this town.”


Music news – November 23, 1988

Ringo Starr returns to Britain from a private clinic for alcoholics in the United States and vows he would never drink again. “I feel a lot better and my intention is never to drink again. I haven’t had a drink in 45 days, and that’s amazing for me.” Ringo and his wife Barbara Bach flew to Arizona for treatment for alcoholism five weeks ago .


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 23, 1988

Cosby Show – 27.0

A Different World – 24.2

Golden Girls – 23.4

60 Minutes – 22.7

Cheers – 21.4

Empty Nest – 20.3

Growing Pains – 20.2

Murder: She Wrote – 20.1

War and Remembrance – part 3 – 19.8

War and Remembrance – part 2 – 19.0

ALF – 18.0

ALF (Tuesday) – 18.0

Dear John – 18.0

Hogan Family – 17.9

L..A. Law – 17.3


Television news – November 23, 1988

Don’t miss the Hollywood Christmas Parade with grand marshal Tony Danza. Appearing – Lyle Alzado, Gene Autry, Norm Crosby, Rick Dees, Janet Evans, Lou Ferrigno, Earl Holliman, Sally Kellerman, Spuds Mackenzie, Paul Rodriguez, Mr. T. Joan Van Ark, Tim Reid, Wally Joyner and others.


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – week of November 23, 1988

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Magical World of Disney, Family Ties, Day By Day, Movie

ABC – Incredible Sunday, Mission: Impossible, Movie

Fox – 21 Jump Street, America’s Most Wanted, Married With Children, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Tracey Ullman

A&E – Rich Little: Come Laugh With Me

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theater


On Married with Children – Cheerleader Kelly tries to attract a football player.

On Tracey Ullman – A police officer learns the tango – from an arrest suspect.


Top movies – November 23, 1988


The Land Before Time

Cocoon: The Return

Oliver and Company

Child’s Play

The Accused

Without a Clue

U2 Rattle and Hum  

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