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

  

In The News

In Havana - some 500,000 Cubans cheer the arrival of Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

In Cuba – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev calls for an end to “military supplies to Latin America from any part of the world,” and proclaims a “real possibility of guaranteeing peace in Central America.”

Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev arrives in London from Cuba for a 40-hour visit that will mix hard talk on human rights with traditional British pageantry.

The Supreme Court rules that agents may stop and question airline passengers who look and act like drug couriers. If agents have a “reasonable suspicion” that a traveler is carrying drugs, they may question them and search their bags without violating his privacy rights.

A federal judge refuses to order former President Ronald Reagan to testify at Oliver North’s trial saying, “nothing… remotely sports” the defense claim that the ex-President authorized illegal activities.

The independent trade union Solidarity comes in from seven years in the political cold joining a historic agreement with Poland’s Communist government that paves the way for the first free elections in Poland since World War II.

 

Business news – April 1, 1989

An investment group headed by former Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth says it would buy strikebound and bankrupt Eastern Airlines in a deal valued at $463.9 million.

 

Sports news – April 1, 1989

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper reports that a man listed in court documents by a code name and identified by sources as Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose, wagered $8,000 to $16,000 daily on games during the 1987 season.

Free agency works - The National Football League’s management council reports that 229 of 619 unconditional free agents changed teams and declared the system a success.

 

Music news – April 1, 1989

The Who is planning a reunion tour this summer, with a stop at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Bon Jovi – The Brotherhood Tour.

MTV and black artists update - MTV rejects a video of the rap song “Straight Outa Compton” by Los Angeles based rap group N.W.A. claiming the song “glorifies violence.” But a new video by N.W.A. member Eric Wright has been cleared by the channel as acceptable. 

Black artists making inroads on MTV – Ever since Rick James spoke up about the lack of black videos aired on MTV – the channel has been under some scrutiny, but always insisted that it played to its audience. Not traditional R&B acts have found success on MTV such as Tracy Chapman and Living Colour – both have prospered via the channel, and rap, the only true youth music of this decade had found a home on MTV. Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys opened the door, then along came D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and Tone Loc. With the introduction late last year of the Saturday morning “Yo! MTV Raps” – hosted by hip-hop personality Fab Five Freddie wasa ratings winner. Quick to capitalize on a good thing, MTV now programs a daily half –hour of “Yo! MTV Raps” in the afternoons, co-hosted by dr. Dre, leader of the Def Jam act Original Concept. 

More Rap music news – “The Adventures of Slick Rock.” On Def Jam has caused controversy on the street. Though meant as a warning, the album’s cautionary sticker, “Several tracks include explicit lyrics, parental advisory,” has actually vaulted the album from stores.   

Pepsi says its much-ballyhooed ad Madonna made for them will not be shown again because it is tied in the public’s mind to the controversial “Like a Prayer” video. It only aired once – March 2.

“Gilley’s” in Pasadena Texas, made famous in the movie “Urban Cowboy” is closing its doors for good. It all has to do with a partner’s lawsuit which includes Mickey Gilley.

While in Ft. Worth, head to Bill Bob’sTexas – billed as the World’s largest honky tonk. It just re-opened after the Texas oil bust.

 

Television news – April 1, 1989

On the syndicated Morton Downey Jr. Show – Hunters meet their critics.

The Slap Maxwell Show starring Dabney Coleman. A&E:  Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Performing Arts.

More Morton Downey Jr. - The show is seen by an estimated 28 million viewers daily. He has a new record album out – “Morton Downey Jr. Sings.” He’s known as a loudmouth who uses bullying tactics.

More Downey – Morton Downey Jr. reportedly struck a soundman in the head with a microphone when a television crew from the show “Inside edition” confronted him for a surprise interview outside his New York office. Said one observer – “Downey went absolutely berserk, He began screaming, cursing, grabbed the boom kike and swing it into the soundman’s head.”

Television ad - The first generation to grow up with rock and roll… is now the first generation of rock and roll parents. VH1: Because Baby Boomers deserve their own channel.

 

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – April 1, 1989

 CBS – Hard Time On Planet Earth, Jake and the Fatman, Wiseguy, Pat Sajak Show

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, My Two Dads, Nightingales, Tonight Sow

ABC – Growing Pains Head of the Class, Coach, Robert Guilaume Show, China Beach, Nightline

PBS – America In the Age of AIDS, American Playhouse, Caring for Tomorrow’s Children

USA – Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote, Mike Hammer

 

On  Pat Sajack – Vicki Lawrence, Barry Steiger, Kirsten Culver, Jean Smart.

On Tonight Show – Reba McEntire and Jodie Foster join Johnny Carson.

 

Top pop hit music singles – April 1, 1989

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Eternal Flame – Bangles

My Heart Can’t Tall you Know – Rod Stewart

The Living Years – Mike+ The Mechanics

 Dreamin’ - Vanessa Williams

Stand – R.E.M.

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Lost In Your Eyes – Debbie Gibson

Like   A Prayer – Madonna

Walk The Dinosaur – Was (Not Was)

Superwoman – Kareyn White

You Got It – Roy Orbison

Just Because – Anita Baker

You’re Not Alone – Chicago

More Than You Know – Martika

Funky Cold Medina – Ton Loc

Heaven Help Me – Deon Estus

Your Mama Don’t Dance - Poison

 

 

Top Music Albums – April 1, 1989

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

Electric Youth – Debbie Gibson

Appetite For Destruction – Gins “n’ Roses

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on the Block

Vivid – Living Color

Mystery Girl – Roy Orbison

The Raw and the Crooked – Fine Young Cannibals

G N’ R Lies – Guns N’ Roses

Shooting Rubberbands At the Stars – Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Living Years –Mike & The Mechanics

Green – R.E.M.

Giving You The Best that I Got – Anita Baker

Rod Stewart - Out of Order

Beaches – Soundtrack

Karyn White – Karyn White

Everything – Bangles

Skid row – Skid Row

The Trinity Session – Cowboy Junkies

Open Up And Say… AHHH! - Poison

Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 1, 1989

Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye – George Strait

I’m No stranger To The Rain – Keith Whitley

The Church On Cumberland road – Shenandoah

Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time – Vern Gosdin

O ld Coyote Town – Don Williams

Tell It Like It Is – Billy Joe Royal

There’s In Tear in My Beer – Hank Williams Jr.

Hey Bobby – K.T. Oslin

Fair Shake – Foster and Lloyd

You Got It – Roy Orbison

Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 1, 1989

Veronica – Elvis Costello

The Mayor of Simpleton – XTC

Madonna of the Wasps – Robyn Hitchcock/Egyptians

Dirty Blvd – Lou reed

Nightmares – Violent Femmes

The Last of the Maous Inter’L Playboys – Morrissey

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Dizzy – Throwin’ Muses

Round & Round – New Order

Always Saturday – Guadalcanal Diary

Dear God – Midge Ure

Come Out Fighting – Easterhouse

 

Top Rock Music Tracks – April 1, 1989

Working On It – Chris Rea

Second Chance – 38 Special

I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi

Similar Features – Melissa Etheridge

Rocket – Def Leppard

Now You’re In Heaven – Julian Lennon

Shake It Up – Bad Company

Dear God – Midge Ure

Similar Features – Melissa Etheridge

End of the Line – Traveling Wilburys

Patience – Guns N’ Roses

 

Top Rap Hit Singles – April 1, 1989

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Self Destruction – Stop the Voilence Movment

Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play – Kid ‘N Play

Funky Cold Medina – Ton Loc

We Want Easy – Easy-E

Jack of Spades _ Boogie Down Productions

Wild Thing – Tone Loc

Pump It Up – M.C. Hammer

Life Is… Too Short – Too Short

High Rollers – Ice-T

Turn This Mutha Out – M.C. Hammer

 

Top movies  – April 1, 1989

Rain Man

Fletch Lives

The Rescuers

Lean on Me

Bill and Ted’s Adventure

 
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