Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 1, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
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.
Reacting to public outrage, Congress votes to reject a $45,000 pay increase hours before it was scheduled to take effect.
Defense Secretary designate John Tower denies to senators that he has a drinking problem and described himself as “a man of some discipline."
Vice President Dan Quayle criticizes former President Jimmy Carter for holding discussions with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega saying “it has a chance of complicating matters.’
The EPA’s administrator-designate William Reilly declares that a “new era” is coming to the agency and the Bush Administration will introduce a comprehensive clean air bill with a strong acid rain provision in the near future.
The U.S. Food and drug Administration will approve widespread distribution aerosol pentamidine – shown to prevent pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, the most common life-threatening infection seen in AIDS patients.
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.
Yugo’s U.S. importer files for bankruptcy protection. Sales of the car dropped about 35% in 1988 from 1987.
Technology news – February 1, 1989
Nintendo of America is sued by archrival Atari Corp, which accuses Nintendo of unfairly monopolizing the billion-dollar video game market.
Music news – February 1, 1989
On Morton Downey’s syndicated loud talk show – he’ll do two shows on “groupies” in music. Among those appearing – Ted Nugent and Dee Snyder.
Relatives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper gather in Port Arthur. Texas for the unveiling of their life-size sculptures.
Entertainment/Movie news – February 1, 1989
Passing – John Cassavetes (59) – actor and producer. He had been married to actress Gena Rowlands since 1958. He died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver and had been in poor health for three years.
Cybill Shepherd and her husband, chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim separate after being married about two years.
Television news – February 1, 1989
Saturday Night Live this week - Tom Hanks is guest host with musical guest Keith Richards.
Near Hollywood - Actor Todd Bridges is arrested for investigation of attempted murder after allegedly shooting another man five times. He’s had several previous brushes with the law.
Moving over from CBS to ABC, Diane Sawyer will substitute-anchor “World News Tonight” and “Nightline’ – but her main function is to co-anchor a new prime-time news series with Sam Donaldson.
Don’t miss an NBC-TV PrimeTime Special – David Letterman’s 7th Anniversary with special guests Tome Jones, Jerry Seinfeld, Al Green Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band and more!
Saturday night television listings/TV guide – February 1, 1989
CBS - Dolphin Cove, Smothers Brothers comedy Hour, West 57th
NBC – 227, Amen, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Hunter, SNL
ABC – Mission: Impossible, A Man Called hawk, Murphy’s Law
FOX – The reporters, Beyond Tomorrow
Showtime – The Best of Coast to Coast
Mission: Impossible – The IMF must save an Asian kingdom’s teenage heir to the throne from his uncle, who wants the crown.
Coast to Coast – Herbie Hancock with Sting, Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, k.d. Lang, Joni Mitchell and David Sanborn.
Top syndicated television shows – February 1, 1989
Wheel of Fortune
The Cosby Show
Wheel of Fortune (weekends)
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Top Movies – February 1, 1989
Who’s Harry Crumb?
The Naked Gun