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


In The News

President-elect George Bush names Elizabeth Dole to serve as his secretary of labor.

A government commission recommends to Congress that 86 military installations be closed.

Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr., under federal investigation for visiting the hotel room of a former city employee suspected of drug dealing says, “I’m guilty of poor judgment, no question about it.”

British investigators say that they have “conclusive evidence” that a bomb, not structural failure, caused the midair breakup of a Pan Am jumbo jet of southwestern Scotland last week, killing 259 passengers and crew.

Gov. Mario Cuomo rejects a clemency plea from Jean Harris, the former headmistress of an exclusive Virginia girls’ school who was convicted in the 1980 murder of Scarsdale diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower.

A military tribunal in Moscow finds the son-in-law of the late President Leonid  Brezhnev, Yuri Churbanov, guilty of taking bribes and abusing his office, but he was spared the firing squad and sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp.

The United States will impost $100 million in trade sanctions against the European Community in retaliation for the EC’s coming ban n U.S. hormone-treated beef.

The Fund for Animals – an animal protection group, criticizes President-elect George Bush for spending the holidays hunting, saying the way to create a kinder, gentler nation would be to “shoot clay pigeons, not live quail.” The urged him to stop hunting quail and sent him a telegram reminding him that the birds, like other animals, feel pain and want to live.

Federal regulators pledge $6.8 billion to assist two major acquisitions involving six insolvent savings and loans institutions – five in Texas and one in California that is the largest foundering thrift in the country.

Passing – Glenn Herbert McCarthy, an oilman known s “King of the Wildcatters” and the man who built the legendary Shamrock Hotel.


Music news – December 23, 1988

Kid Leo Travagliante of rocker WMMS-Cleveland, joins Columbia Records as executive vice president.

Passing – “Brother” John Rydgren – the Lutheran minister who became a well-known DJ in Los Angeles. He was 56.

Michael Jackson does his final concert in Tokyo – the ninth and final concert of his current stand in that city.

The National Enquirer stands by their story that singer Engelbert Humperdinck is battling the AIDS virus, even though he’s filed a $50 million lawsuit.


Television news – December 23, 1988

Passing – Jesse Oppenheimer, who created “I Love Lucy.” He was 75.


Friday night Television listings/TV guide (Dec 23) 

CBS – A Garfield Christmas, A Claymation Christmas Celebration, Movie

NBC – Season’s Greetings, Movie, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC- Perfect strangers, Full House, Mr. Belevdere, Growing Pains, 20/20

PBS – Great Performers

Showtime – Brothers Christmas, Super Dave

Nashville – Nashville Now Christmas, Country Kitchen


Season’s Greetings – John Williams conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra.


December 31, 1988 New Years Eve Music TV

CBS – Happy New Year, America 

NBC – Saturday Night Live – Repeat with Mathew Broderick as host with musical guests the Sugarcubes

ABC – Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – With Natalie Cole, Taylor Dayne, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Reba McEntire and Frankie Valli. Hosted by Marg Helgenberger and Brian Wimmer.  


Top movies – December 23, 1988


Rain Man

The Naked Gun

Working Girl

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Oliver & Company

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2

Tequila Sunrise

The Land Before Time

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