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Dateline: Events/Week of January 1, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The 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. Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi condemned the action as “American terrorism” and says his nation will “meet challenge with challenge.”

President Reagan and President-elect Bush are subpoenaed by the defense to testify at the trial of former White House aide Oliver North on charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair spokesmen for the two. It is extremely rare for a U.S. President to be summoned as a witness in a criminal trial.

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 II. Mikulic told Parliament he is stepping down because of their refusal to pass an economic law needed to ensure continued support from the International Monetary Fund for the debt-ridden country.

Gov.  Michael Dukakis announces that he will not seek election in 1990 to a fourth term in the Massachusetts Statehouse. No long-term plans were announced.

 Dies - Japan’s Emperor Hirohito (87)  - held divine status until Japan’s defeat in WWII. His death ends 62 years as Japan’s ruler. His son Akihto becomes emperor on his father’s death.

Dies - Eddie Heywood Jr. - popular jazz pianist. Bet known for the 1950’s hits “Soft Summer Breeze” and “Canadian Sunset.” 

According to the Census Bureau, The U.S. population is estimated at 246.9 million at New Year’s Day - a nine percent increase over the April 1980 census.

In Dayton OH, a woman trying to enter her home late at night through a window, dies from exposure when she got stuck trying to enter a small window of her house while her husband slept inside. A neighbor discovered the body of Sherry Gaydos (34), at about 9am, thinking she was a department store mannequin by the way she was hanging from the small pantry window near the kitchen of the house. Her car apparently had been towed after an accident she had in a nearby alley. Released from the hospital, her keys had been towed with the car. She apparently took her clothes off to try to squeeze through the small window.    

In Virginia Beach, VA - a 50-Foot gorilla statue at the entrance to the Wild Water Rapids Park burns. According to Capt Michael Brown - “it burned and blacked his face, hands and hair.” “It was like a 50 foot guy totally engulfed in flame. I’ve said house fire, structure fire and car fire. But this call was a new one: fully involved gorilla.” Damage was estimated at $10 thousand.

The Rev. Jessie Jackson returns to radio next month with twice daily - 90-second vignettes focused on issues that affect blacks. The features are scheduled to air on 120 stations beginning February 1.


Toyota Can’t Use The Word Lexus – Advertising News – January 1, 1989

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.

Toyota has plenty to lose. It’s about to launch full-scale press previews for its 1990 Lexus LS 400 and ES 250 models in just days. 


Entertainment news - January 1, 1989

For the second time in 30 years, Shirley Temple (Black) serves as grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.


Best-selling books – January 1, 1989

“The Cardinal Of the Kremlin” - Tom Clancy, “One” - Richard Bach, “The Last Lion” - Winston Spencer Churchill, “Child Star’ - Shirley Temple Black


Top TV shows/ratings – January 1, 1989

The Karen Carpenter Story - (26.3), Murder She Wrote (22.9), 60 Minutes (21.9), NFL Postgame Show (21.4), Roseanne (21.2), The Cosby Show (20.9), Cheers, (18.7), Who’s The Boss (18.6), A Different World (18.0), Unsolved Mysteries (17.8), In The Heat Of The Night (17.5), Matlock (16.8), Night Court (15.2), Dear John (15.2), The Golden Girls (15.0), ALF (15.00), Growing Pains (15.0), The Charlie Wedemeyer Story (14.9), LA Law (14.7), Head Of The Class (14.6).


 Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – January 1, 1989

 (CBS) TV 101, Movie ... (NBC) Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Baby Boom, Tattinger’s ... (ABC) Growing Pains, Head Of The Class, The Wonder Years, Hooperman, China Beach.

Gary Collin’s Hour Magazine is cancelled after 8 1/2 years.

CBS Movie - “The Man in the Brown Suit”(1989) Rue McClanahan, Tony Randall, Edward Woodward.

Growing Pains - A new nanny gives Maggie second thoughts.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 1, 1989

 “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” - Poison, “My Prerogative” - Bobby Brown, “Two Hearts” - Phil Collins, “Don’t Rush Me” - Taylor Dayne, “Armageddon It”- Def Leppard, “In Your Room” - Bangles, “Smooth Criminal” - Michael Jackson, “I Remember You” - Boys Club, “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” - Annie Lennox/Al Green, “Silhouette” - Kenny G.


Top country music hit singles – January 1, 1989

 “A Tender Lie” - Restless Heart” - “Change Of Heart” - The Judds, “When You Say Nothing At All” - Keith Whitley, “Hold Me” - K.T. Oslin.


Top music albums – January 1, 1989

 “Cocktail” - Soundtrack, “Giving You The Best That I Got” - Anita Baker, “Rattle and Hum” - US, “Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1” - Traveling Wilburys, “American Dream” - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, “New Jersey’ - Bon Jovi


Top movies – January 1, 1989

 Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

Twins - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Divito

Naked Gun - Leslie Neilson

Disney’s “Oliver & Company”

Mississippi Burning - Gene Hackman, William Dafoe

Tequila Sunrise - Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Steve Martin, Michael Caine

Working Girl

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