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


In The News

House Republicans elect confrontational conservative Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia as House Whip – their second-ranking leadership post over the opposition of House republican leader Robert Michel of Illinois.

The Bush Administration and Democratic congressional leaders announce a new policy for promoting democracy in Nicaragua.

Michael Milken, the Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond king is indicted on federal racketeering, insider trading and other securities fraud counts. 

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney says that the “star Wars” missile defense program was “oversold” by the Reagan Administration and will likely suffer substantial budget cuts.

 First Lady Barbara Bush, suffering from swollen eyes and weight loss, has been found to have Graves’ disease, a disorder of excess thyroid hormone production.

NYC Mayor Ed Koch declares a drought emergency and announces tough conservation measures including a ban on watering lawns.

The National Organization for Women says its message favoring abortion rights was refused by more than two dozen radio stations in five northeastern cities The sot was aimed at promoting an April 9 march in Washington supporting the right to abortion.


Sports news – March  23, 1989

Fans who attend Candlestick Park now see a big difference in concession choices. Besides standard ballpark fare, Giant’s fans can now choose among the following healthy foods – meatless hot dogs, yogurt, salads and mineral water.

Pete Rozelle steps down as commissioner of the NFL – a position he has held for 30 years.

Tommy John the oldest player in the majors at 45, will be the opening day pitcher for the Yankees.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity/Hollywood news – March 23, 1989

61st Annual Academy Awards – Some Winners:

Best picture – Rain Man

Best actor – Dustin Hoffman – Rain Man

Best actress – Jodie Foster – The Accused

Best supporting actor – Kevin Kline – A Fish Called Wanda

Best supporting actress – Geena Davis – The Accidental Tourist

Best director – Barry Levinson – Rain Man

 Best original song – “Let the River Run” – Carl Simon from Working Girl. 

It seems several sponsors have pulled from “Saturday Night Live” after host Mary Tyler Moore this week, said the word “penis” twice. Also on the program, musical guest Elvis Costello.


Music news – March 23, 1989

After 33 years, American Bandstand is getting a new host and his name is David Hirsh. Dick Clark (59) will continue to run his company and host TV and game shows in which he produces.

Seen more and more in rap – “Gansta” lyrics with the likes of N.W.A. and  Ice Cube –who’s one of the principal N.W.A writers and rappers.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of March 23, 1989

CBS – Beauty and the Beast, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Pat Sajak

NBC – Friday Night surprise, Quantum leap, Unsub, Tonight

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, Just the ten of us, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

Showtime – Comedy Club Network, Brothers, Gary Shandling, Super Dave


Friday Night Surprise – Dick Clark surprises people from all walks of life.

Pat Sajak – Garry Marshall, Richard Crenna, Jamie Lee Curtis and musical guests Breathe.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – March 23, 1989

CBS – Live-In, Heartland, Murphy Brown, designing Women, Newhart, Pat Sajak

NBC – ALF – Hogan Family, Movie – Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – MacGyver, Movie, Nightline

PBS – Learning in America, Expecting Miracles

Showtime – Jimmie Walker & Friends

MTV – Remote Control, Deja Video: The Eighties Revisited, Monty Python, Now Hear This!


On Murphy Brown – Murphy reluctantly takes Corky on an important assignment.

On Pat Sajak – Mel Torme, Placido Domingo, Marlee Matlin.


Top movies  – March 23, 1989

Fletch Lives

The Rescuers

Rain Man

Lean on Me


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