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Oprah Winfrey On David Letterman's Show

Gilda Radner Dies

"Seinfeld" starring nightclub comedian Jerry Seinfeld Debuts On NBC

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Trouble In Panama/Noreiga

China - Tien An Man Square Protests - Many Dead

San Francisco Earthquake

Goodbye Berlin Wall

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rush limbaugh 1989 facts radio history timeline january Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is making waves at WABC radio in New York. Rush does a local show for the station, then does another one for his syndicated version - now about 65 stations. Limbaugh was interviewed early this month by a cable-TV show in Connecticut:

"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - Poison

debbie gibson 1989 trivia photo music history mrpopcultureJanuary -  Casey Kasem returns to challenge his old “American Top 40” with a new national show from rival Westwood One called “Casey’s Top 40 With Casey Kasem”… Larry Berger - The longtime program director of WPLJ New York, is now the program director of KIOI-FM San Francisco… Metallica - after years of refusing to make an MTV video, now have one. In fact, it’s “One,” a song from their “… And Justice For All”… Bobby Brown becomes the youngest artist (19) to have a #1 album since Stevie Wonder in 1963. Bobby’s doing it with “Don’t Be Cruel”… Tiffany and Debbie Gibson – the two top teen stars are going strong. Tiffany has her fourth top-10 single with “All This Time.” Debbie Gibson’s “Lost In Your Eyes” is headed straight up the charts – her fifth major hit… MTV is moving into the concert tour packaging business. On April 3, it will kick off a 30-city “Headbanger’s Ball Presents” heavy metal tour... “The Pat Sajak Show” beats “The Tonight Show” its first week on the air… American Music Awards: Randy Travis is named favorite male country vocalist… George Michael – favorite male vocalist in pop –rock and soul-rhythm and blues… Whitney Houston won for favorite female pop-rock and rhythm & blues… Guns N’ Roses – best pop-rock single for “Sweet Child O’ Mine”…

Guns 'N" Roses Sing "Patience" At The American Music Awards

More January - Michael Jackson - jnow on his “Bad” tour, says he’s had it with touring. So far, “Bad” is the largest grossing tour in history at $125 million. He wants to focus on recordings and films Michael Jackson says he’s had it with touring…

"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul

February - Gary Coleman of Diff’rent Strokes is suing his parents and former business adviser, alleging they took too big a share of his earnings…  Ronald Reagan signs a multimillion-dollar contract with Simon & Schuster to write two books… … New on Fox-TV - Cops” - No Actors. No scripts... Actor Jesse White – the lonely Maytag repairman in commercials, says he’s retiring to be replaced by Gordon Jump… Radio in February - Scott Shannon’s “Pirate Radio” debuts over KQLZ- FM (100.3) Los Angeles. Everyone it seems has been waiting for his debut. Thought to be a top-40 station, “Pirate Radio” will lean towards rock – ted turner 1989 facts cnn photo history  mrpopculturemodern rock and the like… Ted Turner says that his CNN is on the verge of becoming the first television service available to every country in the world 24 hours a day…Jonathon (Chico) Debarge is sentenced to five years and eight months in federal prison for conspiring to take 2.2 pounds of cocaine into Michigan from California….

At the 31st annual Grammy Awards (hosted by Billy Crystal):

Best album - “Faith” - George Michael…

Best Record/Song of the Year -   “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” - Bobby McFerrin

Best New Artist - Tracy Chapman

"Lost In Your Eyes" - Debbie Gibson

milli vanilli 1989 music news facts march timelineMarch -  Enya’s “Watermark” album is nearing 500,000 in sales. Four of the eight vocal tracks on the album are in Gaelic – her first language.   New artist – 19-year-old Martika has her debut album on Columbia. She’s from the Los Angeles area… Madonna’s two-minute Pepsi commercial .The ad features Madonna debuting her new tune - “Like a Prayer “…The syndicated “Rush Limbaugh Show” - heard on 110 stations - picks-up a major west coast affiliate this week: KFI - 640 in Los Angeles… Hot on the charts – “Milli Vanilli”… A&M is reducing prices of 45rpm vinyl singles from $1.99 to $1.19… It seems several sponsors have pulled from “Saturday Night Live” after host Mary Tyler Moore this week, said the word “penis” twice…

61st Annual Academy Awards – Some Winners:

Best picture – "Rain Man"

Best actor – Dustin Hoffman – Rain Man …

Best actress – Jodie Foster – The Accused

 

 

April - MTV rejects a video of the rap song “Straight Outa Compton” by Los Angeles based rap group N.W.A. claiming the song “glorifies violence.” But a new video by N.W.A. member Eric Wright has been cleared by the channel as acceptable…  After 33 dick clark 1989 history trivia facts photo mrpopcultureyears, American Bandstand is getting a new host and his name is David Hirsh. Dick Clark (59) will continue to run his company and host TV and game shows in which he produces… Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine says his company is purchasing US Magazine…  CNBC - the nation’s newest cable channel debuts. The Consumer News and Business Channel begins with 13 million homes… Passing - Lucille Ball (77) from an aorta rupture a week after she had heart surgery… Actress Sondra Locke sues Clint Eastwood for financial support. Locke said that during their 10-year affair… Palm Springs mayor Sonny Bono announces plans for an annual film festival in the city…

 

wayne gretzky saturday night live - may 1989 facts history timelineMay On “Saturday Night Live” – Wayne Gretzky hosts with musical guests the Fine Young Cannibals 

 MTV Networks announces plans to launch a new basic cable channel exclusively featuring comedy programming. The new channel in development for the past 18 months, will be called “Ha” TV Comedy Network… ABC cancels “Dynasty” after an 8-year run...

"Soldier Of Love" - Donny Osmond

June - Trend - For the first time - two hits from the top-10 - De la Soul’s “Me Myself and I” and Whistle’s “Right Next To Me” are not available on the 7” 45rpm format… Passing - John Cipollina - founder of the San Francisco rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service. He was 45… Donald Trump is on hand to debut his “Trump Shuttle” in New York… “Pirate Radio” the new Los Angeles station programmed by Scott Shannon, rockets to #3 in the Los Angeles radio ratings, according to Birch - one of two radio ratings services… Tom Bodett’s “Motel 6” radio ads walk off with a major honor, this time best national campaign – Clio dean martin 1989 trivia news facts  photo mrpopcultureAwards… In Las Vegas, performer Dean Martin gets an unexpected surprise visit for his 72nd birthday on stage at Balley’s - former partner Jerry Lewis…Ringo Starr and his “All Star Band” are going on his first U.S. concert tour since he was with the Beatles in 1966… Arista’s hottest music act is Milli Vanilli. Their “Girl You Know It’s True,” has just been certified platinum and spawned the top three pop smash title cut. And “Baby Don’t Forget My Number,” is in the top-10…. Touring – Tiffany and New Kids on the Block on the same bill…

"Baby Don't Forget My Number" - Milli Vanilli

ton loc wild thing july 1989 facts rap history timeline mrpopcultureJuly - Rap singer Tone Loc whose “Wild Thing” is in the top-10 this week is arrested in Miami Beach for making “very hostile and belligerent” remarks to a police officerWLS radio is finally throwing the music towel in - the last of the great AM radio stations to abandon music – and will go talk NBC-TV debuts a new comedy, "Seinfeld" starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld. 

August - Rolling Stones “Steel Wheel” tour…  John Cougar Mellencamp says he needs a break from rock and will not tour to promote his “Big Daddy” album… MTV says it will air Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” at night only, saying the singer shows a little too much “tush” in the clip…The Rolling Stones will perform at Shea Stadium as part of their “Steel Wheels” tour… On tom hanks 1989 trivia facts history celebrity  mrpopculture image“Saturday Night Live” – Tom Hanks is guest host with musical guest Keith Richards…  Magic Matt Alan from Z-100 New York and VH-1 is now doing afternoons on KIIS-FM Los Angeles… CBS News says night news anchor Dan Rather will be standing - not sitting beginning in the fall… The Walt Disney Company announces a deal to acquire Jim Henson’s production company and the rights to his characters…

"Cold Hearted" - Paula Abdul

September - MTV debuts “MTV News at Night” – a music-based sort of “Entertainment Tonight.’ It’s hosted by Kurt Loder. .. 6th annual MTV VIdeo Music Awards - Big winners were Madonna, Janet Jackson and Living Colour. Arseno Hall (like last year) - was the host. 

Bon Jovi/Richie Sombora Perform On MTV Video Music Awards

More September - Pinwheel – a pre-school Nickelodeon staple since the channel began is no more and in its place – “Eureeka’s Castle, described as part puppetry, live action, animation and short films for pre-schoolers. Another new show follows – “Fred Pener’s Place” – a Canadian import…

 

Rap music is getting more popular thanks to videos from Tone Loc and D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince... Michael Kinsley joins “Crossfire” on CNN…   Michael Jackson announces he will be the spokesperson for LA Gear, an athletic shoemaker…

LA Gear - Michael Jackson

billy joel sues manager music 1989 timelineMore September - Madonna surpasses the Beatles for the longest streak of consecutive top 5 hits since Elvis Presley with “Cherish”… Billy Joel sues his former manager Frank Weber, charging him with fraud, breach of contract, breach of  fiduciary duty and federal racketeering statute violations…

Madonna Performs "Express Yourself" at the MTV Video Music Awards 

"Miss You Much"  - Janet Jackson

October - Passing - Graham Chapman - one of the founding members of “Monty Python” of cancer. He was 48… At the 23rd annual CMA awards - Entertainer of the Year - George Straight… Top male vocalist - Ricky Van Shelton…  Top female vocalist - Kathy Mattea… Former Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform together for the first time since the group broke up in 1981… sammy davis jr 1989 news history facts image  mrpopcultureFrank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Goldie Hawn, Gregory Hines and Liza Minnelli will be among those to salute Sammy Davis Jr. on his 60th anniversary in show business November 13… After 13 years on the Today show, Jane Pauley tells the audience she is leaving the show at the end of the year…Former CBS, NBC and ABC programming head Fred Silverman signs-on to program “Ha!” - MTV Networks’ new comedy channel… Another Beautiful Music station will bite the dust as KJOI Los Angeles (98.7) will abandon the instrumental format in favor of light vocals…

"Cover Girl" - New Kids On The Block

jessica hahn pay tv special november 1989 timelineNovember - Found dead - Jason McCallum (27) - adopted son of actor David McCallum and actress Jill Ireland in his Laurel Canyon homeJessica Hahn (30), the former church secretary whose sexual encounter with TV evangelist Jim Bakker began his downfall, is set to host a pay-TV special November 10th “Thunder and Mud”… Sting makes his Broadway debut in the new production of “3 Penny Opera” to mixed reviews…. Bruce Springsteen tells members of his E Street Band that he won’t be using them on the next album. He told them “to feel free to pursue other things” according to Newsweek… “Back the Future Part II” breaks box office records - opening the biggest Wednesday in the history of movies - at $7 million…

"Blame It On The Rain" - Milli Vanilli

new kids on the block december 1989 facts history timelineDecember - Moving away from airing music videos 24 hours a day, MTV says it will launch several new series beginning in January - a morning show hosted by a male-female team, and what the network describes as “vidcoms” (comedy and music videos)… “The Comedy Channel” - Home Box Offices launches a new 24-hour comedy channel…  Billboard reports that New Kids on the Block close out 1989 by becoming the first act to land six top 10 hits on the Hot 100 in one calendar year since Michael Jackson in 1983… A “New Kids on the Block” concert is canceled in Boston after unruly fans proved too much for the teen-idol group. Hundreds of teen girls threw themselves toward the band when they first appeared on stage where they stayed for a minute or so before deciding the crowd was out of control…

"Rhythm Nation" - Janet Jackson

The Year 1989 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 – News – U.S. Navy planes shoot down two Libyan MIG-23 jet fighters over the Mediterranean Sea after the American aircraft were threatened while conducting routine operations in international space…

January 8 - In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Premier Branko Mikulic and his entire Cabinet step down in the first resignation by a federal government since the communist Party took power after World War I… Dies - Japan’s Emperor Hirohito(87)… Final budget - President Reagan will submit a final $1.2 trillion spending blueprint …In a personal farewell to the nation, President Reagan hailed his eight years and his loyal followers by saying to a nationwide TV audience – “We changed the world.” He claimed “two great triumphs, two things that I’m proudest of” – the economic recovery with its 19 million new jobs and “the recovery of our morale”…

george h bush 1989 news facts trivia  mrpopcultureJanuary 15 -  Armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9- millimeter pistol and bayonet, a young drifter attacks an elementary school, spraying children with bursts before taking his own life in Stockton, CA.  In the end - Patrick Purdy had killed 5 and injured some 29… President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees, who was fined $15,000 for campaign law violations. …George Herbert Walker Bush is inaugurated 41 st President of the United States…Subway vigilante - Bernard Goetz begins serving a one-year jail sentence for carrying an illegal handgun, ending a bitter and controversial case that touched a raw national nerve over urban crime....

President George H. Bush Inaugural Address

January 23 - Serial killer Ted Bundy dies in the electric chair at Starke, Florida… First Day At Work – President Bush tells his new staff to avoid “even a perception of conflict of interest” and spoke by telephone with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and other leaders…Ronald Reagan signs a multimillion-dollar contract with Simon & Schuster to writer two books, including a volume of memoirs... Passing - Surrealist painter and eccentric Salvador Dali (84)...

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - January 25, 1989

February 1 - President Alfredo Stroessner – Latin America’s longest ruling dictator is overthrown and arrested by his top military commander in Paraguay… President Bush unveils a four-point program to shore up the ailing U.S. savings and loan industry - a plan financed in part by $50 billion in government bonds…

February 8 - President Bush unveils a $1.16 trillion budget that calls for a modest shift of funds from the military to social programs. He urged the Democratic-controlled Congress to work with him to “keep America growing while cutting the deficit”…

ABC-TV News Brief - February 13, 1989

February 15 - Anti-apartheid movement  as Political prisoners are freed in South Africa in return for a three-week hunger strike... - In the first federal attempt to curb the spread of assault weapons, the Bush Administration imposes an immediate ban on the importation of more than 110,000 AK-47’s, Uzi carbines and other semiautomatic rifles until the government decides whether they are suitable for “sporting purposes…Author Salman Rushdie is in hiding under police protection and unrepentant about the contents of his novel, The Satanic Verses, which yesterday provoked the Iranian religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, to call for his execution. The Foreign Office hopes for clarification from the Iranian government, amid fears that Islamic anger at the book could overshadow improving relations between London and Tehran and efforts to free hostages believed held by pro-Iranian factions in the Lebanon.

CBS News With Dan Rather

ayatollah khomeini 1989 facts history timeline  mrpopcultureFebruary 22 - Twelve member states of the European Community decide to simultaneously recall their envoys from Iran until the Ayatollah Khomeini withdraws his “death sentence” against British novelist Salman Rusdie, the author of “The Satanic Verses”… The prime rate rises to 11.5% at two banks - Chase Manhattan and Republic National Bank… A gaping hole rips open on the right side of a United Airlines jumbo jet carrying 354 people, sucking out 8 to 11 people 20,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Despite the outage of 2 engines, the plane was brought down at Honolulu airport for a safe landing…

March 1 – Former National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane receives a suspended two-year sentence and is fined $20,000 on his guilty plea last year of four misdemeanor charges of misleading Congress about the Iranian arms scandal…

March 8 - The Democratic-controlled senate rejects the nomination of former Texas Sen. John Tower as defense secretary.

March 15 - The Senate unanimously confirms six-term member Dick Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the nation’s 17 th defense secretary…

March 23 - House Republicans elect confrontational conservative Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia as House Whip… Michael Milken, the Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond king is indicted on federal racketeering, insider trading and other securities fraud counts. 

gorbachev 1989 facts news history april  mrpopculture imageApril 1 - In Cuba – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev calls for an end to “military supplies to Latin America from any part of the world,” and proclaims a “real possibility of guaranteeing peace in Central America”…

April 8 - More than 60 Soviet submariners are now feared dead as a result of the explosion that sank an advanced nuclear-powered submarine in artic waters off Norway…   

April 15 - At least 93 fans are crushed to death and hundreds injured at a national soccer tournament semifinal match in central England... Oil process surge to their highest levels - $22 a barrel after a North Sea oil rig explosion… The House ethics Committee accuses Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) of 69 violations of House rules for allegedly accepting $145,000 in improper gifts from a Texas businessman…

CBS Evening New W/Dan Rather - April 18, 1989

ABC-TV News Brief - April 22, 1989

April 23 - 150,000 students - marching for democratic freedoms, defy Chinese leader Den Xiaoping - bringing Beijing to a standstill at Tian An Men Square… Choking on his words, President Bush offers condolences to the families and friends of 47 sailors who died in the explosion aboard the battleship Iowa last week. “We cannot - as long as we live - know why God has called them home…

oliver north 1989 news facts history  mrpopcultureMay 1 -  Oliver L. North is convicted on three (of 12) felony charges of altering and destroying top-secret documents, helping to mislead Congress and illegally accepting the gift of a $13,800 home security system... April’s unemployment rate is at 5.2%, up from 4.9% in March... Global cases of AIDS rose by 5,221 for a total of 151.790, according to the World Health Organization… 

May 8 -   The Bush Administration says it will consider every option, including the use of military force, to prevent Gen. Manuel A. Noriega from stealing Panama’s presidential election…President Bush says he will send nearly 2,000 troops to Panama to protect American citizens and the strategic Panama Canal. He says “we will not be intimidated by the bullying tactics of Gen. Manuel A. Noreiga.” ... President Bush says that the Panama Defense Forces and the Panamanian people should rise up and overthrow military strongman Manuel Noreiga by any means possible Passing - Country hit maker Keith Whitley - found dead at his home of accidental acute alcohol poisoning. He was 33…

 NBC Nightly News W/Tom Brokaw

May 15 - Former U.S. Atty. Rudolph W. Giuliani , who won a national reputation fighting crooked stock traders, corrupt politicians and Mafia chieftains, announces he is a candidate for mayor of New York City, charging the city is “out of control”… Tens of thousands of protesters rally outside the Great Hall of the People in Tian An Men Square as Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping meet inside for the first Sino-Soviet summit in 30 years…  

May 23 -   For the first time, the Soviet Union’s military budget is disclosed and according to President Mikhail Gorbachev, it’ll be $19 billion in 1989, but will be cut by 14% over the next two years…

June 1 - First speaker in history forced out of office – Jim Wright (D-Tex.) announces that he will resign from the House…Beijing - Thousands of soldiers begin using tear gas at student protesters at Tian An Men Square. A crowd protected students camped in the square, who numbered about 5,000 and also, trying to prevent destruction of a 30-foot-high “Goddess of democracy,” modeled after he statue of Liberty... Chinese troops of the People’s Liberation Army open fire in Beijing’s Tian An Men Square on crowds of civilians- killing at least 100...

BBC - Tian An Men Square - June 4, 1989 

The government felt it had to overwhelm the students and other demonstrators who had challenged the power and legitimacy of the Deng Xiaoping regime... Convoys with tanks are sent into Beijing, firing into the air to reinforce the army’s hold on Tian An Men Square...

NBC News - Tian An Men Square - June 5, 1989

June 5 - China teeters on the edge of civil war with troops, presumed loyal to hard-line President yang Shang-kun in control of central Beijing… Garry Trudeau withdraws a series of “Doonesbury” cartoons about the student protests in China because of the recent massacre there… Radio - Passing - Rick Carroll(42) - veteran radio programmer who created “Rock of the ‘80’s and put KROQ on the map…

CBS Evening News W/Dan Rather

June 23 - President Bush calls for a constitutional amendment to prohibit the desecration of the American flag. “Flag burning is wrong… As President, I will uphold our previous right to dissent, but burning the flag goes too far and I want to see that matter remedied”...

July 1 – Former White House aid Oliver L. North, pleading for leniency - is fined $150 thousand and barred from holding public office for helping to cover up the Iran-Contra scandal that rocked the Reagan Administration… The Bush administration slaps a permanent import ban on 43 types of assault-style firearms whose shipment into the country has been suspended since spring…

July 8 - The Bush Administration orders 43 types of assault rifles, including the AK-47 and the Uzi carbine, be permanently barred from entry into the United States… 

July 23 - McMartin Pre-school trial – After almost six years after his arrest – teacher Ray Buckey takes the stand for the first time and tells jurors he never molested anyone. .. 

August 1 - Iranian President Hashemi Rafasnjani says he is ready to resolve the hostage crisis in Lebanon and cautions that American military might is not the answer…The Revolutionary Justice Organization- the Muslim extremist group holding American hostage Joseph J. Cicipo in Lebanon declares that it would free him if Israel released a captive Shiite clergyman and 450 Arab prisoners... 

August 8 - President Bush names U.S. Army General Colin Powell to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…U.S. military helicopters locate the wreckage of a plane that crashed with Texas congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others in Ethiopia... Wholesale prices fall again in July by .4% after a .1% decline in July...

CBS Evening News - Dan Rather

August 15 - Hashemi Rafsanjani is sworn-in as the new President of Iran. He said he would help gain the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, but only if the U.S. adopts a friendlier stance toward the Islamic Republic…

huey newton 1989 trivia news facts  mrpopcultureAugust 22 - Black Panther founder Huey Newton is shot three times in the heard in the drug-plagued area of West Oakland, CA… Colombia’s drug lords declare “total and absolute war” on the country’s political and business leadership… Hotel Queen Leona Helmsley (69) - is convicted of tax fraud. Legal experts say she is unlikely to be sentenced to more than five years in prison…

September 1 - President Bush proposes a four-point strategy to combat illegal drug activity. He appealed to a national television audience, appealing them to get involved in “the toughest domestic challenge we’ve faced in decades”…  

September 8 - Around 16,000 East Germans arrive in Hungary from Czechoslovakia and head straight for the Austro-Hungarian frontier and freedom in the West…

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - September 11, 1989

September 15 - … A USAir Boeing 737 jetliner crashes on takeoff at La Guardia Airport and breaks into three pieces at the end of a runway, coming to rest with its tail in the East River – flight 5050 to Charleston…  Hurricane Hugo packing 135mph winds smacks into the South Carolina coast sending a thundering wall of water against Charleston. Its toll through the Caribbean is richard ramirez 1989 facts history timeline  mrpopculture septembermounting – at 25 last count… Richard Ramirez, the Southern California serial killer is found guilty of all 43 Night Stalker crimes, including 13 murders… AIDS update – under pressure from AIDS activists, the medical community and the federal government, Burrughs Wellcome Co. announces that it will reduce the price of its expensive antiviral drug AZT by 20% effective immediately…At least 29 are confirmed dead with dozens missing in London after a 1,500-ton dredging ship ran over the top of a Thames river party boat full of disco-dancing people celebrating the birthday of a friend… Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife are among hundreds arrested in Cape Town after demonstrations…

September 22 - Hurricane Hugo makes a direct hit on Charleston, South Carolina and at least 11 are dead in the area. Victory for President Bush - The House votes to cut the capital gains tax rate to a maximum of 19.6% through 1991 from a top rate of 33% under current law.

jim bakker 1989 facts history  photo mrpopcultureOctober 1 - Troops loyal Panamanian strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega fight heavy gun battles with forces trying to overthrow in Panama City. A Communiqué read over national radio says that Noreiga is still in control… Disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker (The PTL Club) is convicted of fleecing followers of millions of dollars. He was convicted on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for overselling time shares or as he called them “partnerships” at his ministry’s resort hotels to followers of his PTL empire…

October 15 - A massive earthquake hits San Francisco with many perishing under the collapsed Nimitz Freeway. Seismologists say the quake was centered on the San Andreas Fault between Santa Cruz and San Jose… The earthquake occurred during a Word Series game... Here's an ABC-TV Report:

ABC-TV - San Francisco Earthquake

October 22 - President Bush calls the decision by Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega to resume warfare against the Contra’s “shameful”…

November 1- Democrat David Dinkins becomes New York City’s first black mayor, defeating Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani. Dinkins received 51% of the vote to Giuliani’s 48%....  Richard Ramirez - the “Night Stalker” - who murdered or raped more than a dozen people in a 1985 rampage, is sentenced to death in the gas chamber…On national television - East German leader Egon Krenz appeals to disillusioned young people not to join the growing exodus to the west and promises “far reaching reforms in the troubled Communist nation. Last Wednesday, East Germany lifted its month-old ban on travel to Czechoslovakia, the only country East German’s can visit freely, and that began an exodus of at least 12,000 persons...

NBC Nightly News - Tom Brokaw - November 6, 1989

November 8 - The ruling Politburo of the East German Communist party resigns and the streamline ruling body will include reformists and possible new elections... Wall is open! - The East German government throws open its borders and announces that its citizens now may travel freely to the West - West Germany... West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl declares that he will soon meet with East German leader Egaon Krenz insisting that reuniification of divided Germany will “not be on the agenda.“

Goodbye Berlin Wall. East Germans are now free to leave/travel. 

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - Berlin Wall

November  15 - Increased minimum wage - President Bush signs a bill that will raise the minimum wage to $4.25 an hour from $3.35 an hour by the spring of 1991…

milos jakes 1989 facts history news  november  mrpopculture photoNovember 23 - Czechoslovakia - The hard-line Communist regime cracks and Communist Party leader Milos Jakes and his Politburo quit under the weight of mass public dissent. Making a comeback - reformer Alexander Dubeck…

December 1 - Miami police officer William Lozano is found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of two black men that led to three days of inner-city rioting… Trouble in the Philippines as rebel planes bomb President Aquino’s presidential palace in Manila. It was in support of a coup attempt b troops who took over several military camps and closed the international airport... In Malta - President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev end their two- day summit with optimism and cooperation. They agreed to speed up the timetable for concluding arms reduction agreements and work toward integrating the Soviet Union into the international free market economy. Rebels continue trying to overthrow President Aquino in the Phillippines... 

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - December 5, 1989

December 8 - The East German government throws open its borders and announces that its citizens now may travel  freely to the West - West Germany… Czechoslovakia - The hard-line Communist regime cracks and Communist Party leader Milos Jakes and his Politburo quit under the weight of mass public dissent… Hotel queen Leona Helmsley is sentenced to four years in federal prison and fined $7.1 million… 

December 17 - 24 years of dictatorship ends - The Warsaw Pact’s last Stalinist domino – the regime of Romanian resident Nicolae Ceausescu is toppled in a violent crash, after several days of bloody fighting. In place – a newly formed Council of the Front of National Salvation composed of known Romanian dissidents. The dictator and his wife have fled to Bucharest…

December 27 - President Bush admits that it was a screw-up for U.S. troops to search the Nicaraguan ambassador’s residence in Panama City, even though they found a weapons cache…

Year 1989  In Technology News And Information

disney channel 1989 history facts news mrpopcultureJanuary Through June - Trends - Pay-TV channel - The Disney Channel says it added 528,000 subscribers in 1988, bringing its total as of Dec. 31 to 4,337,300. Disney’s premium service ranks fourth in total customers behind HBO, Showtime and Cinemax… Apple Records sues Apple Computer. The suit filed in London on behalf of the interests of the Beatles, claims that the music-making capabilities of Apple Computer’s machines violate a 1981 agreement  between the two Apples outlining when each of the companies could use the Apple name and trademark. The problem is, the latest top-of-the-line Apple PC’s now come equipped with circuitry that allows them to play and synthesize music (using MIDI files)…Control Data Corp. announces that it is closing its supercomputer business – and will cut some 3100 jobs…. Compaq Computer introduces its most powerful desktop computer to date – the Deskpro 386/33, claiming its 235% performance increase over previous desktops… 

1989 Consumer Electronics Show - New Kind Of VCR/Videos

Intel Corp unveils a super fast microprocessor. It’s a breakthrough in chip design because it carries out two tasks at once and up to 66 million instructions per second. It’s the 32-bit i960CA chip…Personal Computer update - It’s Apple Vs IBM. Apple’s new operating system - 7.0 - is due out next year. Apple bases its machines on Motorola microprocessors and has created an operating system which runs on all Macs.  Compatibility on IBM machines is a different story - IBM uses Intel microprocessors and has changed from the DOS operating system to OS/2 to get full performance out of its more powerful computers…

Microsoft releases Office - which is a bundle of Microsoft's office applications, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel ,

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July Through December - IBM says it is going to offer workstations. About 90% of such.

Computers are now provided to the marketplace by Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Co….– IBM is downplaying a computer virus called “Datacrime ‘89” saying the virus is not widespread. Also known as the Columbus Day virus, experts say although it can erase files kept on system’s hard disk…  Apple debuts its first new Macintosh portable. At 14 pounds, it retails for about $5,800. The 25mhz Mac IIci is a more powerful version of the Mac IIex and comes with a built-in video chip for better graphics… Compaq introduces a new PC - one it’s touting as the world’s most powerful desktop personal computer. The “Deskpro 486-25 uses Intel’s 486 microprocessor - and has three times the computing speed found in the latest 386 machines… on-line services for the home: Compuserve - 550,000 subscribers… IBM introduces a 1 gig hard disk at a press conference, but says it will be several years before gigabit discs will be available commercially…

Centel Cell Phones Commercial

Year 1989 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

orel hershiser 1989 sports trivia news facts  mrpopcultureJanuary -  President Reagan’s son Michael signs to co-host a morning talk show over KSDO in San Diego… Olympic diver Bruce Kimball is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing two people and injuring four others when his car plowed into a group of teens last August… Automobile news - Looks like the Yugo is in trouble. Introduced in the fall of 1985 at a $3,900 price, Global Motors Inc has suffered a nearly 35% sales drop in 1988 as Yugo sales plunged to 31,000 from almost 48,000 in 1987… Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser is named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year… Passing - Surrealist painter and eccentric Salvador Dali(84)…Planning to launch its new Lexus to the press and the World, Toyota runs into trouble when a federal judge tells the car company that it can’t use the name Lexus. The ruling grew out of a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Mead Corp of Ohio, which markets an information service called Lexis. Toyota won a temporary delay in the order and needs to convince a three-judge panel to mount a full-scale appeal... Top syndicated television shows - Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Cosby Show, Wheel of Fortune (weekends), The Oprah Winfrey Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Entertainment Tonight, Donahue, People’s Court, Mama’s Family...

February – Diane in NY - Britain’s Princess Diana meets with the poor and homeless on Manhattan’s Lower East side before hurrying back uptown to the world’s fanciest toy store… The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengalis 201-6 in Super Bowl XXIII… Michael Jackson’s - “Bad” is the largest grossing tour in history at $125 million… Passing - John Cassavetes (59)…  Tom Landry is fired - The Dallas Cowboys is sold for an estimated $140 million by Hr. R. (Bum) Bright to Jerry Jones. He immediately named Jimmy Johnson from the University of Miami the new coach… NBC announces that Tom Seaver will be its top color commentator this year, joining play-by-play man Vin Scully in baseball’s game of the week… In Las Vegas - Mike Tyson defeats British challenger Frank Bruno…. Nielsen Top TV Ratings - February 1, 1989 - TV Ratings - Roseanne - 27.2, Cosby Show - 25.3, Movie-Those She Left Behind - 25.1, 60 Minutes - 23.0, Who’s the Boss? - 22.8, A Different World - 22.7, Anything But Love - 22.6, The Wonder Years - 22.4, Cheers - 21.7, Murder, She Wrote - 21.2, Alf - 20.7, People’s Choice Awards - 19.6, The Golden Girls - 19.2, Hogan Family - 18.9, Dear John - 18.7, Matlock - 18.1, Night Court - 18.0, Growing Pains - 17.9, Knots Landing - 17.6, Head of the Class - 17.2, In The Heat of the Night - 17.1, Unsolved Mysteries - 17.0...  Yugo’s U.S. importer files for bankruptcy protection. Sales of the car dropped about 35% in 1988 from 1987

March Darryl Strawberry – the National League’s top home run hitter last season, walks out of the Mets camp in Port St. Lucie because of the contract dispute after taking a swing at teammate Keith Hernandez…  Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the first player to be expelled by the National Hockey League for a drug-related incident… The National Football League‟s long-awaited anti-steroid policy is instituted by Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Players will be tested during a pre-announced period -early in training camp…

kareem abdul jabbar 1989 sports history facts trivia photo mrpopcultureApril -  After 30 years - Pete Rozelle steps down as commissioner of the NFL… Passing - Boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson(67)… UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman , is signed to the Dallas Cowboys for six years at $11.2 million… Kareem Abdul-Jabbar closes out a brilliant NBA career as he plays his last regular game with the Los Angeles Lakers…

Oprah Winfrey On NBC-TV's "David Letterman Show"

May - Oprah Winfrey guests on David Letterman's show (May 2)... Passing - actor Guy Williams in Argentina. He was 65… Passing - Comedian Gilda Radner after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 42 Here she is on NBC-TV's Dave Letterman's Show...  

Goodbye Gilda Radner

More May - Passing – character actor Robert Webber(64)… National League home run champ Mike Schmidt announces his retirement from baseball. He’s had an incredible 17-year run – all with one team – the Philadelphia Phillies … Passing - CBS newsman Terry Drinkwater – of cancer. He was 53…

June - John McEnroe edges Jimmy Connors to win the Scottish Grass Court Championship at Edinburgh… The Detroit Pistons celebrate their first National Basketball Assn. championship - beating the Lakers… Passing - actor Victor French (54)…

NBA Finals - Last Game!

carl yastrzemski 1989 trivia baseball sports facts mrpopcultureJuly - Baseball greats Carl Yastrzemski and Johnny Bench are inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, NY... The Denver Nuggets become the first black-owned major professional sports franchise as both Bertram Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe purchase the NBA team for $65 million…  Passing – Voice great Mel Blanc. He was 81… 

August - Passing - Amanda Blake (58) … Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti announces that Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete  Rose is banned for life for betting on his own team… Nolan Ryan surpasses 5,000 career strikeouts – a first in major league baseball… Passing - Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti (51) of an apparent heart while vacationing  in Edgartown, Mass. On the job for only five months…

September - Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the first shortstop in baseball history to hit 20 or more homeruns in eight consecutive seasons…  Passing - Perez Prado - (72) - “King of the Mambo”… Passing - Songwriter Irving Berlin - who was 101…

The Jacksons Appear On The Phil Donahue Show

October - Dies - “Secretariat” - one of the greatest race horses in history at age 19… Passing - screen legend Bette Davis (81) Passing – Monty Python member Graham Chapman (48)…  New York Mets let go catcher Gary Carter and first baseman Keith Hernandez and they are now free agents…  Passing - Actor Cornel Wilde(74)… Passing - Actor Sir Anthony Quayle (76)… the NFL names a new commissioner - its seventh: Paul Tagliabue. He succeeds Peter Rozelle... Delayed by the San Francisco Earthquake - the World Series finally has a winner and it’s the Oakland A’s. They beat San Francisco 9-6.…

Wayne Gretzky becomes hockey's all time scorer

pete rozelle 1989 sports trivia facts  mrpopcultureNovember - Pete Rozelle (63) bids farewell as NFL commissioner: “I just want to say that after seven months of waiting, I feel like a combination of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Willie Shoemaker and Sarah Bernhardt. I’ve had more farewell parties and farewell press conferences than I can remember”…  Lou Piniella is named manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He’s a former manager of the Yankees…  Passing - Singer/songwriter Barry Sadler (49) - best known for his huge it “Ballad of the Green Berets”… Novelty recording artist Dickie Goodman who perfected the “break-in” record… Charles Barkley , the Philadelphia 76ers high-scoring forward, is fined $5,000 by the NBA for his conduct during a game against the Orlando Magic. He was fined for verbal abuse of a referee and failing to leave the court in a timely fashion after he had been ejected from the game…

 

December - Coca-Cola Classic was the best selling soft drink in 1989, but the drink known as New Coke that was introduced to replace it (back in 1985) fell out of the top 10 for the first time... Dexter Manley of the Washington Redskins becomes the third player suspended for life under the NFL’s drug abuse policy… Passing - Actor John Payne (77)… Passing - Frances Bavier - the beloved actress known by millions as “Aunt Bee”… Suicide - Lindsay Crosby (51) son of crooner Bing Crosby - of a gunshot wound to his head … Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela (now a free agent) - agrees to a one-year, $2 million contract with the team…. Wayne Gretzky gets AP male athlete of the decade…

 

"Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade" Was A Top 1989 Movie

 

"Love Shack" By The B-52s Was A Top Pop Hit Music Single In 1989

 

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