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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 8, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

More than 60 Soviet submariners are now feared dead as a result of the explosion that sank an advanced nuclear-powered submarine in arctic waters off Norway.  President Mikhail Gorbachev said “The possibility of a nuclear explosion and radioactive pollution of the environment is excluded, according to the opinion of experts.”

Sixteen people are killed in clashes between nationalist demonstrators and security forces in the Georgian Republic Capital Tbilisi.

The Bush Administration unveils an $80-million plan to build prisons in the nation’s capital and deploy federal agents in its streets in an effort to crack down on an unprecedented wave of drug-related violence.

At Sydney, Australia - A supersonic Concorde jet carrying 100 Americans dropped a nine-foot piece of its tail over the South pacific during an attempt to set a speed record, but it landed safely and passengers were reported eager to try again. At the time, the jet was flying at 40,000 feet at about 1,500mph.


Sports – April 8, 1989

Passing – Boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson (67) His professional career lasted 25 years, ending in 1965. Considered by many to be the best prize fighter, pound-for-pound, ever.

Two Boston Red Sox players who spent the off-season in turmoil were greeted with mixed feelings by a 1989 home opening crowd in Fenway Park. Pitcher Roger Clemens, who last summer made vague references about his displeasure with the Boston area and its fans, was booed. Wade Boggs, the third baseman who had a highly publicized extramarital affair that has haunted him this spring, received a resounding ovation.


Music news – April 8, 1989

Passing – Herbert Mills (77) one of the famed Mills Brothers where he sang with brothers John, Harry Donald and for a time – their father.

Grace Jones, after spending three days in a Jamaican jail on suspicion of cocaine possession is out on bail. 

I.R.S. Records loses “The Fine Young Cannibals as they move over the MCA. I.R.S. also use to have Belinda Carlisle and R.E.M.

Passing – Grand Ole Opry star Clyde Moody (74).

Don’t miss the 1989 “Soul Train” music awards. Dionne Warwick and Patti Labelle and Ahmad Rashed co-host. Eddie Murphy presents Michael Jackson with tow special honors. Performers include Anita Baker, Bobby Brown and Sheena Easton.


Entertainment news – April 8, 1989

Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine says his company is purchasing US Magazine. 


Television news – April 8, 1989

Just four weeks after undergoing sextuple coronary bypass surgery – Carol O’Connor is back filming “In The Heat of the Night” – the last episode of the season.

New on NBC-TV – “The Jim Henson Hour.” A great new show for great family fun.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Melanie Griffith hosts (Don Johnson makes a cameo) with musical guests Little Feat.

Dick Ebersol (41), one of the creators of “Saturday Night Live” is name president of NBC Sports. He replaces Art Watson.

CNBC – the nation’s newest cable channel debuts. The Consumer News and Business Channel begins with 13 million homes. The channel though, says it needs to be in 30 million homes to break-in. Rival FNN is now available to 31 million cable homes.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – April 8, 1989

CBS – 48 Hours, The Equalizer, Knots Landing, Pat Sajak

NBC – Cosby Show, Different World, Cheers, Dream Street, Tonight, David Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – Disney Movie, Dynasty, Burning Questions, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!

A&E – Edge and Beyond


Pat Sajak – Tony Curtis, Yogi Bera, Reba McEntire.


Top movies – April 8, 1989

Major League

Say Anything

Dead Calm

She’s Out of Control

Lean on Me

The Dream Team

Whiter People

Say Anything

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