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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 15, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

At least 93 fans are crushed to death and hundreds injured at a national soccer tournament semifinal match in central England. Thousands of spectators without tickets gained last-minute entry to an enclosed viewing section already overcrowded. Many fell under the feet of the surging crowd and died.

Unprecedented – The House ethics Committee accuses Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) of 69 violations of House rules for allegedly accepting $145,000 in improper gifts from a Texas businessman and using sales of a 1984 book to evade limits on outside income.

The House clears the way for the closing of 86 military installations and the consolidation of others.

The Senate, in a bill introduced by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), approves a bill that could turn the dead “Fairness “Doctrine” into law. Let’s see. 

Oil process surge to their highest levels - $22 a barrel after a North Sea oil rig explosion. No one was killed.

Just after an explosion ripped through a gun turret aboard the battleship Iowa, killing 47 sailors. The Navy orders the firing of the 16-inch guns on all four U.S. battleships halted until an investigation is completed.

A New York coroner says that Abbie Hoffman (52) – founder of the Yippie protest movement of the 1960’s committed suicide by taking an overdose of sedative Phenobarbital.  Hoffman was found dead last week in bed at his home in New Hope, PA.

Passing -  Author Dame Daphne de Maurier, who once remarked, “I can’t say I really like people, perhaps that’s why I always preferred to create my own.” Best-known for the book – “The Birds” which was made into an Alfred Hitchcock classic.  

Passing – C.K. McClatchy (62) – chairman of the McClatchy chain of newspapers in California.


Technology news – April 15, 1989

Control Data Corp. announces that it is closing its supercomputer business – and will cut some 3100 jobs.


Sports news – April 15, 1989

UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, is signed to the Dallas Cowboys for six years at $11.2 million. 


Music news – April 15, 1989

The video for Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” features George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

First #1 album by a black rap artist is… Tone Loc with “Loc-Ed After Dark.”

Don’t miss Spin Magazine’s third-annual swimsuit issue  - coming out next month. Featured – Al B. Sure!, Moon and Dweezil Zappa, Tom Jones, George Clinton, Devo, Salt-N-Pepa, Jane’s Addiction and others. 

Pepsi scrap plans to air 30- and 60-second commercials featuring Madonna. Her “Like a Prayer” caused considerable confusion between her Pepsi Commercial and music video, Pepsi premiered the music for “Like a Prayer” March 2 via a world-wide TV commercial.


Radio news – April 15, 1989

ABC-owned KLOS Los Angeles says it would severe all syndicated programming as contracts expire. The station says it can sell the freed advertising minutes – it’s a better market this year.

More L.A. – KIIS-AM shuts down its all dance-mix music format and once again, simulcasts with KIIS-AM.


Television News – April 15, 1989

On Saturday Night Live this week – Geena Davis guest hosts with musical guest John Cougar Mellencamp. 


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – April 15, 1989

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Movie, Day by Day, Movie – Around the World in 80 Days

ABC – Great Circuses of the World, Moonlighting, Movie

Fox – 21 Jump street, America’s Most Wanted, Married with Children, It’s Garry Shandlin’s Show, Tracey Ullman

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theater


Top Album Rock Music Cuts – April 15, 1989

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

Now You’re In Heaven – Julian Lennon

Second Chance – 38 Special

I’ll Be You – The replacements

Similar Features – Melissa Etheridge

Rocket – Def Leppard

Fire Woman – The Cult

Patience – Guns N’ Roses

God Part II – U2

All Is Forgiven – Siren

Ready for Love – Gary Moore

Turn You Inside Out – R.E.M.


Top Rap Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1989

Me Myself and I – De La Soul

Self Destruction – Stop the Violence Movement

Funky Cold Medina – Ton Loc

Turn This Mutha Out – M.C. Hammer

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

We Want Easy – Easy-E

Greatest Man Alive – Three Times Dope

Pump It Up – M.C. Hammer

Life Is… Too Short – Too Short

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Joy and Pain – Rob Base and J.J. E-Z Rock

Wild Thing – Tone Loc


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – April 15, 1989

Straight Up – Paula Abdul

Like A Prayer – Madonna

Too Many Broken Hearts – Jason Donovan

Keep on Movin’ – Soul II Soul

Eternal Flame – bangles

This Time I Know It’s for real – Donna Summer

I Beg Your pardon – Kon Kan

Paradise City – Guns “N Roses

I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet – Pat & Mick


Top Modern Rock Tracks – April 15, 1989

Veronica – Elvis Costello

The Mayor of Simpleton – XTC

Always Saturday – Guadalcanal Diary

Round & Round – New Order

I’ll Be You – The Replacements

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Nightmares – Violent Femmes

Come Out Fighting – Easterhouse

The Last of the Famous Inter’l Playboys – Morrissey

Madonna of the Wasps – Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians


Top movies – April 15, 1989

Chances Are


Working Girl

Fletch Lives

Three Fugitives

The Rescuers

Rain Man

New York Stories

She’s Out Of Control

Red Scorpion

Say Anything

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