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


In The News

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev projects/urges a Democratic State - projecting a vision of “a new democratic Soviet Union” - outlining major changes in the country’s political system.

OPEC officials resolve a dispute with Saudi Arabia and sign an agreement aimed at boosting oil prices to $18 a barrel. News of the signing pushed up oil prices to $15,38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

George J. Mitchell of Maine is elected Senate majority leader by Democrats. He succeeds Robert Byrd of West Virginia who stepped aside in that capacity to become chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

President Reagan elevates National Security Advisor Lt. Gen Colin Powell to a rank of four-star general and at the same time, appoints him head of all Army ground forces in the continental U.S.

President-elect George Bush retains CIA Director William Webster for the same post and names Thomas Pickering as ambassador to the United Nations. In addition, Carla Hills is named special trade representative - the first woman picked for a high-level post in the incoming administration.


Prosecutor Richard M. Daley (46) of Chicago says he will seek the office of mayor his father held for 21 years. The office is up for grabs after the death of Mayor Harold Washington who died last November. His father, Richard J. Daley, held that office from 1955 until his death in 1976.


Business/Economy news – December 1, 1988

The investment firm of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co bids to buy RJR Nabisco for a record $24.5 billion.


Religous Media Superstars - Update - December 1, 1988

A federal grand jury inducts PTL founder Jim Bakker (48) and several top aides of fraud and conspiracy, capping a 16 month investigation. Bakker was forced to give up his PTL ministry amid a sex scandal and alleged financial improprieties.

Passing - radio evangelist Rev J. Vernon McGee (84). His “Thru The Bible” series is a mainstay on religious stations coast to coast. The broadcasts, hosted by McGee - will still continue to air. He was pastor of the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Media news – December 1, 1988

Passing - actor John Carradine (82) - appeared in over 500 films - hundreds of B movies. Born Richmond-Reed Carradine. “I never made big money in Hollywood: I waspaid in hundreds. The stars got thousands. But I worked with some of the greatest directors in films and some of the greatest writers. They gave me freedom to do what I can do best and that was gratifying.”

Actor Gary Busey (44) is critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Southern California. The actor was thrown off the bike, with the back of his head hitting a curb. Busey has been an outspoken opponent of mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists.

Disney forms its third film division - “Hollywood Studios.” The new company will start February 1 and will make movies similar to the company’s “Touchstone Pictures.”

KTZZ-TV in Seattle receives phone complaints from parents after an infomercial-invited kids to talk to Santa Clause for $2 for the first minute and 30 cents-a-minute thereafter. All kids had to do was to hold the phone up to the TV while the ad broadcast the sound of the touchtones.

Best-selling books – December 1, 1988

 “The Sands Of Time” – Sidney  Sheldon, “One” - Richard Bach, “The Cardinal Of

the Kremlin” - Tom Clancy, “Gracie: A Love Story” - George Burns, “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill” - William Manchester, “Child Star” - Shirley Temple Black


Music news - December 1, 1988

Ringo Starr (48) is back in his native Britain after staying five weeks in Arizona at a private clinic that treats alcoholics. “I feel a lot better and my intention is never to drink again.”


Sports news – December 1, 1988

In sports - junior running back Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State is named the 54th winner of the Heisman Trophy. Sanders established 20 National Collegiate Athletic Association rushing and scoring records during the year.

NBC gets the rights to the 1992 Summer Olympic games at Barcelona for $401 million - $101 million more than they paid for this year’s Seoul games.


Top TV Shows/Ratings/Nielsen – December 1, 1988

The Cosby Show (26.7), Barbara Walters Special (24.9), A Different World (23.8),

Cheers (22.6), The Golden Girls (22.5), Roseanne (21.2), 60 Minutes (20.60, Who’s The Boss (19.9), Murder She Wrote (19.7), Growing Pains (19.6), LA Law (19.0),

Empty Nest (18.8), Dear John (18.7), Head Of The Class (18.7), Matlock (18.6),

Unsolved Mysteries (17.9), In The Heat Of the Night (17.7), Family Ties (17.6),

Knots Landing (17.2), Hunter (17.1), Monday Night Football (16.8), Amen (16.8),

Night Court (16.6), Wonder Years (16.5), Day by Day (16.3) Frosty The

Snowman (16.2) Movie-Shootdown (16.2), How The Grinch Stole Christmas



Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of December 1, 1988

CBS - The Van Dyke Show, Annie McGuire, Movie ...

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Baby Boom, Tattinger’s ...

ABC - Growing Pains, Head Of The Class, The Wonder Years, Hooperman, China Beach

Growing Pains - Taking a photography class, the course requires Mike to

photograph a nude.


On The Wonder Years - Kevin hangs out with the cool crowd. Night Court - Dan wants to get into an elite law club.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 1, 1988

 “Bad Medicine” - Bon Jovi

“Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird” - Will To Power,

“How Can I Fall?” - Breathe,

“Desire” - U2, “I Don’t Want Your Love” - Duran Duran,

“Waiting For A Star To Fall” - Boy Meets Girl, “Look Away” -

Chicago, “Kissing A Fool” - George Michael

 “The Loco-Motion” - Kylie Minigue

 “Giving You The Best That I Got” - Anita Baker

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

“Till I Loved You” - Barbra Streisand & Don Johnson

“Finish What Ya Started” - Van Halen


Top music albums – December 1, 1988

Top albums - “Giving You The Best That I Got” - Anita Baker, “Rattle and Hum” -

U2, “Appetite For Destruction” - Guns N’ Roses, “Cocktail’ - soundtrack, “New

Jersey” - Bon Jovi


Top Country Music Hit Singles - December 1, 1988

Country Charts - “I’ll Leave This World Loving You” - Ricky Van Shelton, “I Know

How He Feels” - Reba McEntire


Top movies – December 1, 1988

The Naked Gun – Leslie Nielson

Scrooged - Bill Murray , Karen Allen, John Forsyth

Tequila Sunrise - Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell

The Land Before Time

Oliver & Company

“Ernest Saves Christmas’ – Jim Varney

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