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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 23, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Serial killer Ted Bundy dies in the electric chair at Starke, Florida. He was executed for the 1978 rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. His last words – “Jim and Fred, I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.” Earlier – he had confessed to 10 more murders.

President Bush defends a controversial Treasury Department proposal to charge 25 to 30 cents for every $100 on deposit in banks and savings and loan institutions.

Blow to affirmative action as the Supreme Court rules that city and state officials may not steer contracts toward blacks and other minorities except to make up for a clear history of discrimination.

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.

Lyndon LaRouche Jr., political extremist and perennial presidential candidate is sentenced to 15 years in prison for scheming to defraud federal tax collectors and deliberately failing to repay more than $30 million in loans from his political supporters. 

On the eve of Oliver North’s trial – a judge excuses President Bush from testifying but orders former President Reagan to be available as a potential witness.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan says the rise in interest rates over the last 10 months is unlikely to lead to a recession.


Fascinating Fact – Dominos Pizza – January 23, 1989

In Georgia – A man named Ken Noid, apparently annoyed by Domino’s Pizza’s “Avoid the Noid” ads, held two Domino’s employees at gunpoint for more than five hours before they escaped and he surrendered after ordering and eating a pizza.


Automobile News – Yugo In Trouble – January 23, 1989

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. Global imports and markets the Yugoslavian-built autos in the U.S.  Yugos are suffering from more competition – including South Korea’s Hyundai Excel. The car too, has been called the worst car in America by critics.   

Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. formally agrees to fire Michael Milken and to withhold his bonus for 1988 – estimated at $200 million.  

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).


Sports news – January 23, 1989

The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengalis 201-6 in Super Bowl XXIII. The winning score came at the end of a 92-yard drive, led by Joe Montana, whose touchdown gave him a Super Bowl record with 357 yards passing.

49ers Jerry Rice, the Super Bowl’s most valuable player, claimed in a television interview that he has been relegated to the back pages of the sports section while most attention focuses on Joe Montana.

Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser is named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the first non-Olympian since Denny McLain in 1968 to earn the honor in an Olympic year. Hershiser set a record last year with 59 consecutive shutout innings.

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. He’s a 1984 Olympic silver medallist who was legally drunk at the time.


Golden Globe Awards – Held week of January 23, 1989

Winners included “Rain Man,” as best dramatic picture; ABC miniseries “War and Remembrance,” Clint Eastwood for best director for “Bird;” Dustin Hoffman for best dramatic actor and Sigourney Weaver as a best supporting actress in “Working Girl” and another for best dramatic actress in “Gorillas in the Mist.”


Music news – January 23, 1989

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.”

Gladys Knight and the Pips – Best R&B group

New rap category  went to Jazzy Jeff and the fresh Prince

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine – best pop-rock group.


He’s hot – “Wild Thing” the rap song by Tone Loc is a top pop record. Check out his “Loc’d After Dark,” album and Delicious Vinyl Records. Loc said the original version was pretty racy – “The first version was real dirty. It was going to be an album cut, not a single. But my producers wanted it to be a single. They had me rewrite it, clean it up. This guy Marvin Young helped write parts of it here and there.” Tone Loc was the first artist to be signed by Delicious Vinyl. Ironically – Sam Kinison is on the charts with “Wild Thing” – but he’s covering the original 1966 hit by the Troggs.

Michael Jackson – now 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. For sure, he and his manager, Frank Dileo will take a few months off. His next studio album isn’t expected before 1991, but between now and then, a greatest hits package will be released. “Bad” has sold more than 6 million copies and is the only album in pop history (so far) to generate five #1 singles.


Television news – January 23, 1989

New on Fox-TV – “Cops” – No Actors. No scripts.

Looks like Johnny Carson is beating Pat Sajak, despite Sajak’s large tune-in debut on January 9. For Jan. 16-20, the Tonight Show was seen in 5 million homes with Sajak at 4.2 million. 

On “Saturday Night Live” – Tony Danza is guest host with musical guest John Hiatt.

On HBO this week – “Barbra Streisand One Voice.”

On Showtime this week – “Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine.” It’s a taped Miami performance.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – January 23, 1989

CBS – Tour of Duty, Movie, Pat Sajak

NBC – Movie, In the Heat of the Night, Best of Carson, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s The Boss? Roseanne, Studio 5B (Debut), Thirty Something, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline

 TBS – Sanford and Son, Basketball

USA – Cartoon Express, Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Harry McGraw


On Pat Sajak – Alan Rachins, Victor Kiam and George Burns. 

On David Letterman – Dave visits the GE building.


Top movies – January 23, 1989

Three Fugitives

Rain Man



Mississippi Burning

The January Man

The Naked Gun

Deepstar Six


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