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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 22, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

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.” British Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe termed Khomeini’s call for the author to die “an affront on international standards that will not be tolerated.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says that inflationary pressures are unacceptable and that the central bank would continue fighting higher prices by driving up revenues. For the last two years, consumer prices have increased 4.4% annually; a rate of increase that Greenspan said that is worrisome.

The prime rate rises to 11.5% at two banks - Chase Manhattan and Republic National Bank - both in New York just after the central bank raises rates .5%.

The Senate Armed Services Committee votes to reject former Sen. John Tower as secretary of defense. President Bush and embittered Senate Republicans vows to fight for the troubled nomination on the Senate floor, but with Democrats holding a 55-45 majority, it appears unlikely Tower will win the job... Tower responds in a television interview, pledging to forgo all consumption of alcohol during his tenure at the Pentagon if the Senate confirms him. He also defended himself against allegations of womanizing saying, “I’m a single man. I do date women.”

Terror On Flight 811 - 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. The plane, which originated from San Francisco, had left Honolulu Airport, en route for Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. It returned 40 minutes later. 


Technology news – February 22, 1989

Computer news - 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). Says Wayne Cooper - an attorney for the recording company - “If the computer company wants to sell machines that make music, they will have to become banana or peach, or something.” The suit seeks a court order requiring the computer company to withdraw all products violating the 1981 agreement and pay past-due royalties - plus 15% - on all sales of music-making computers.


Radio News – February 22, 1989

“FM FMX” - a new way to transmit FM music and other programming with less noise is underway ... so far, about 50 FM stations are equipped to transmit the new signal and another 50 are on the way. But there are critics. Engineering and computer science professor Amar B. Bose (yes that one), tells the New York Times this week that the technique, intended to improve reception, actually worsens it and is warning radio stations and consumers. Emil Torick - one of FMX’s developers, says that Bose’s findings are “flawed and misleading” because the receiver and transmission equipment used did not employ state of the art electronics. “FMX” also requires specific circuitry on the listener’s side: you need a different kind of FM radio to receive the benefits.


Sports news – February 22, 1989

 Florence Griffith Joyner - who sprinted to three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in 1988 and broke world records in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, receives the 1989 Jess Owens International Trophy Award. The award is presented annually to the athlete who best personifies excellence in athletic performance and promotes sincere cooperation and understanding among people throughout the world... Later in the week she announces she is retiring from track competition. He manager said she wants to concentrate on he writing, her designing and her efforts to become an actress.

 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 - and out is Tom Landry - ending 29 years as the only head coach the Cowboys ever had. Three weeks ago, Landry (64), said he was willing to coach into the 90’s if the new owners would allow him to. Landry took over the role as head coach, when the Cowboys were a new expansion team in 1960. He led the team to the Super Bowl five times, winning two. The team sputtered to a disastrous 3-13 record in 1988. He later announces that he will never coach again.   

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. Seaver has been out of baseball since 1986 when he became a free agent - but he had no takers. He tried a comeback with the Mets in 1987, but his throwing arm wasn’t what it use to be. 

In Las Vegas - Mike Tyson defeats British challenger Frank Bruno. He was still on his feet when the referee stopped the fight at 2.55 of the fifth round.


Best-selling books – February 22, 1989

The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

Star - Danielle Steel

Cat’s eye - Margaret Atwood

Midnight - Dean R. Koontz

The Edge - Dick Francis

The Cardinal of the Kremlin - Tom Clancy

The Sands of Time - Sidney Sheldon

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten - Robert Fulghum

The Blooding - Joseph Wambough

Blind Faith - Joe McGinniss

The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure - Robert E. Kowalski

Gracie: A Love Story - George Burns

The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy - E.D. Hirsch Jr/Joseph F. Kett/James Trefil


Top Movie Video Rentals – February 22, 1989

Die Hard

Bull Durham

The Dead Pool

The Presidio

Young Guns

The Good Mother – Dian Keaton


Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 22, 1989

The Cosby Show - 26.2

A Different World - 24.1

60 Minutes - 23.1

The Golden Girls - 22.8

Cheers - 22.8

Murder, She Wrote - 22.5

Roseanne - 21.9

L.A. Law - 20.4

Empty Nest - 20.1

Hunter - 19.9

Who’s The Boss? - 19.5

Unsolved Mysteries - 19.5

B.L. Stryker - 18.8 (Burt Reynolds)

Matlock - 18.7

In the Heat of the Night - 18.4

Dear John - 18.4

Growing Pains - 18.0

ALF - 17.8

Amen - 17.5

Movie - Swimsuit - 17.3

Night Court - 17.3

Head of the Class - 17.0

Knots Landing - 16.7

Movie - Fulfillment of Mary Gray - 16.5

Full House - 16.4

227 - 16.0

Hogan Family - 15.7

Dallas - 15.5

Perfect Strangers - 15.3

Designing Women - 15.1


Television news – February 22, 1989

Files for divorce - Actress Meredith Baxter Birney - Michael J. Fox’s mom on “Family Ties” and her husband of 15 years David Birney. “These are tough days. We intend to continue caring for the children even though the marriage will not continue.”


Sunday Night Television listings/TV guide – February 22, 1989

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC - The Magical World of Disney, Family Ties, Day by Day, Movie

ABC - Great Circuses of the World, The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills, Movie

Fox - 21 Jump Street, America’s Most Wanted, Married With Children, It’s Garry  Shandling’s Show, Tracey Ullman Show, Duet

PBS - Nature, Masterpiece Theatre, Soldiers


Debut - Great Circuses - Mary Hart hosts and presents acts from around the world

Beverly Hills 75th Anniversary - All star salute includes Frank Sinatra, Shelley Long, Richard Mulligan, John Forsythe and Whoopi Goldberg

Married With Children - Peggy is the hit of Kelly’s career day.


Music news – February 22, 1989

Vinyl Records beginning to disappear from record stores - Store by store, record albums are being pulled from stores and being replaced by CD’s. And the trend is happening faster than anyone predicted. In some stores, LP’s are less than 10% of music sales. Some are predicting that 12” record albums will be gone from most stores in two years.

Singer Cat Stevens - now known as Moslem Yosuf Islam - backs the Ayatollah Khomeini’s death threat against author Salman Rushdie - “The Koran makes it clear: If someone defames the prophet, then he must die.”

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

Best album - “Faith” - George Michael

Best Record  “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” - Bobby McFerrin

Best New Artist - Tracy Chapman

Female Pop Vocal - “Fast Car” -  Tracy Chapman

Male Pop Vocal - “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” - Bobby McFerrin

Group Pop Vocal - “Brazil” - Manhattan Transfer

Male Rock Vocal - “Simply Irresistible” - Robert Palmer

Female Rock Vocal - “Tina Live In Europe” - Tina Turner

Group Rock Vocal - “Desire” - U2

Hard Rock/Metal - “Crest of a Knave” - Jethro Tull

Rap Performance - “Parents Just Don’t Understand” - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Female R&B Vocal - “Giving You The Best That I Got” - Anita Baker

Male R&B Vocal - “Introducing the Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby” - Terence Trend D’Arby

Group R&B Vocal - “Love Overboard” - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Female Country Vocal - “Hold Me” - K.T. Olslin

Male Country Vocal - “Old 8 X 10” - Randy Travis

Group Country Vocal - “Give A Little Love” - The Judds

Latin Pop - “Roberto Carlos” - Roberto Carlos

Male Jazz Vocal - “Brothers” - Bobby McFerrin

Female Jazz Vocal - “Look What I Got” - Betty Carter

Group Jazz Vocal - Spreadlove - Take 6

Musical Cast Show - “Into the Woods” - Stephen Sonheim/Jay David Saks

Best Classical Album - Verdi Requiem & Operatic Choruses - Robert Show Conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Best Classical Orchestral Recording - Rorem “String Symphony, Sunday Morning” and “Eagles” - Robert Shaw and Louis Lane conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Best Performance Video - “Where the Streets Have No Name” - U2

Best Concept Video - “I’m Fat”- Weird Al Yankovic  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 22, 1989

Straight Up - Paula Abdul

Lost In Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson

The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics

Wild Thing - Tone Loc

The Lover In Me - Sheena Easton

You Got It (The Right Stuff) - New Kids On The Block

Roni - Bobby Brown

Paradise City - Guns N’ Roses

Surrender To Me - Ann Wilson/Robin Sander

What I Am - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians

Walking Away - Information Society

Don’t Tell Me Lies - Breathe

Dial My Heart - The Boys

All She Wants Is - Duran Duran

All This Time - Tiffany

She Wants To Dance With Me - Rick Astley

I Wanna Have Some Fun - Samantha Fox

Angel Of Harlem - U2


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 22, 1989

Big Wheels in the Moonlight - Dan Seals

I Sang Dixie - Dwight Yoakam


Top Music Albums – February 22, 1989

Don’t Be Cruel - Bobby Brown

Electric Youth - Debbie Gibson

Appetite For Destruction - Guns N’ Roses

Volume One - Traveling Wilburys

Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars - Edie Brickell

Forever Your Girl - Paul Abdul

New Jersey - Bon Jovi

Hysteria - Def Leppard

GN’ R Lies - Guns N’ Roses

Giving You The Best That I Got - Anita Baker


Other Top Music  Albums – February 22, 1989

Hold An Old Friend’s Hand - Tiffany

Karyn White - Karyn White

Don’t Look Back - The Fine Young Cannibals

Out of Order - Rod Stewart

Southern Star - Alabama

Reel Life - Boy Meets Girl

200 More Miles - Cowboy Junkies

Chameleon Days - Yanni

Dirty Blvd - Lou Reed

The Comedians - Roy Orbison

Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc

Ghetto - de La Soul


Top movies – February 22, 1989

The Burbs - Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher

Rainman - Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

Bill & Ted’s Adventure - Keanu Reeves

Three Fugitives - Nick Nolte, Martin Sort

The Fly II - Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga

Lawrence of Arabia -

Beaches - Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey

Her Alibi - Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova

Mississippi Burning - Gene Hackman, William Dafoe

True Believer - James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Patrick Crowley

Cousins - Ted Danson, Isabella Rosselini

American Ninja 3 - Blood Hunt - Majorie Gortner

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