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


In The News

Manila - Philippine police in suburban Quezon City say they have hauled about 300 violators of a new anti-smoking law off to jail.

President Bush calls for a ban on use of production of ozone-depleting chemicals by the turn of the century.

Six more nations announce they will sign an international accord to rid the atmosphere of ozone-destroying chemicals. An international conference opens in London and will try to curb action on ozone-destroying chemicals.

Everyone from pilots, mechanics, and pilots strike Eastern airlines.

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.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher becomes a grandmother as her daughter-in-law, Diane gives birth to a boy.


Sports news – March 1, 1989

Sideline by a mild heart attack – Bob Uecker – Milwaukee Brewers play-by-play announcer and sometimes actor – is back.

Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the first player to be expelled by the National Hockey League for a drug-related incident as league officials responded to the player’s recent arrest for smuggling cocaine.

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.


Radio news – March 1, 1989

Geoff Edwards leaves his talkshow gig at KFI after he would not promote Tom Leykis after Leykis’ destruction of the recordings of Cat Stevens.  The act was intended as a protest against the former rock star’s reported endorsement of the Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini’s death sentence against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie. 


Music news – March 1, 1989

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.

It’s everywhere – Madonna’s two-minute Pepsi commercial .The ad features Madonna debuting her new tune – “Like a Prayer.”


Television news – March 1, 1989

On “Saturday Night Live” – John Larroquette hosts with musical guest Randy Newman (repeat).

For the next 10 days, the stars tell all… Fred Dryer, Jill Eikenberry, Lee Grant, Ann Jilian, Geraldo Eivera, Michael Tucker and Many More. “At Rona’s” with Rona Barrett. A series of specials. NBC-TV.

Michigan’s Terry Rakolta is on a one-woman crusade against Fox- TV’s “Married With Children,” calling the program lewd.  Rakolta’s complaints became national news and so far, one sponsor has left the program.

A memo written by “Today” show co-host Bryant Gumble said that weatherman Willard Scott is killing the program with “whims, wishes, birthdays and bad taste.”

Actor Todd Bridges tells “Entertainment Tonight” that since he was incarcerated, he has started to, ”grow up and become a man… Growing up as a child star, you never grow up. You’re always a kid, a spoiled brat who always gets your way…”

Sunday night television listings/TV guide – March 1, 1989

CBS – 60 Minutes, Movie

NBC – The Magical World of Disney, Family Ties, day by day, Movie

ABC – Great Circuses of the World, The Debbie Allen Special, Movie

FOX – 21 Jump Street, America’s Most Wanted, Married With Children, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Tracey Ullman

PBS Pledge Week

MTV – Remote Control, Sugarcubes Concert, 120 Minutes


Debbie Allen Special – Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Guiliaume, Philip Michael Thomas, Phylicia Rashad and Little Richard


Top movies – March 1, 1989

Lean On Me

Bill and Ted’s Adventure

The Burbs

Rain Man

Dream a Little Dream

Farwell to The King

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka


Three Fugitives


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