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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 22, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

150,000 students - marching for democratic freedoms, defy Chinese leader Den Xiaoping - bringing Beijing to a standstill at Tian An Men Square. It was the largest anti-government protest in China in at least 13 years. Marching 20 miles, students from more than 30 campuses in the capital ignored repeated warnings from authorities against demonstrations.

Later, the Chinese government announces that it is prepared to open a dialogue with student leaders to discuss their demands.

Choking on his words, President Bush offers condolences to the families and friends of 47 sailors who died in the explosion aboard the battleship Iowa last week. “We cannot - as long as we live - know why God has called them home. May God bless them all.” The dead were trapped inside the turret of one of the 16-inch guns. 

Former Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and 109 members of the Communist Central Party Committee are forced out in a major political victory by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The press is calling it a purge of the old guard.

Under orders from President Bush, the CIA launches covert operations to boost the opposition’s chances of ousting the regime of Gen Manual A. Noriega in Panama’s presidential elections next month. Sources say the Noriega’s handpicked candidate; Carlos Duque will probably get in anyway. “There’s no way the opposition can win, the way he’s set it up.”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – April 22, 1989

Passing - Lucille Ball (77) from an aorta rupture a week after she had heart surgery. Her recovery seemed certain as she was getting out of bed and joked with her husband Gary Morton. Of course, Miss Ball and her then husband, Dezi Arnaz made television history with their “I Love Lucy” which ran from 1951 to 1957 and its follow-up “The Lucy-Dezi Comedy Hour.” Together with Vivian Vance and William Frawley, the series continues to run and never seems to run out of strength. After Lucy and Desi divorced in 1960, she took a hiatus from television and even appeared on Broadway in the early 60’s. CBS lured her back with “The Lucy Show” in 1962. That show eventually became “Here’s Lucy” and included her children Lucy and Desi. The combined run lasted into the early 70’s.  Her last series - “Life With Lucy” in 1986 was canceled after less than two months. 

Passing - Marc Daniels (77) - directed the first 38 episodes of “I Love Lucy” in ‘51 and ‘52.  Daniels left the series because he had a better offer and took it. “Maybe it was a stupid thing to do. But then we didn’t know we were creating history. We were just doing a show.” Daniels died of congestive heart failure. 

 Spanish talk show “Christina” debuts on the Univision network. Christina Saralegui (41) says she would also love to do the show in English also.

Although authorities at San Francisco International Airport contend it was a publicity stunt, Morton Downey Jr. contends he was attacked in a bathroom by three skinheads who cut off some of his hair and painted swastikas across his face and clothes. Authorities say after the attack, Downey got into his limo, rode back to his hotel and called the local press who snapped pictures of him with the swastikas. His controversial talk show was off the air for a while in San Francisco, but was recently picked-up by Channel 20 (KOFY-TV).

Actress Sondra Locke sues Clint Eastwood for financial support. Locke said that during their 10-year affair, he persuaded her to undergo two abortions and a sterility operation. She also contends he bought two homes for her, and then kicked her out of one. The couple began living together in 1978. According to the actress, they agreed to share equally in any earnings and property they acquired during their relationship.

Palm Springs mayor Sonny Bono announces plans for an annual film festival in the city “which will eventually rival Cannes.” He says the format will be split between glitz and competition and will run for five days each January.


Radio news – April 22, 1989

Jonathon Brandmeir, the popular morning man at Chicago’s WLUP AM/FM is signed to an exclusive 2-year contract with TV’s Fred Silverman. He’ll be placed in a variety of specials and guest-starring roles. He did a stint on Fox TV’s “The Late Show” last August and Silverman was impressed.

Don’t miss John Candy’s “Radio Kandy” on stations around the country. 


Sports news – April 22, 1989

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar closes out a brilliant NBA career as he plays his last regular game with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his 20 NBA seasons - Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring records and ranks third behind Chamberlain and Bill Russell in career rebounds. He played on six-world championship teams - five with the Lakers. Born Fordinand Lewis Alcinder Jr. in Harlem, he grew up in New York City. In 1971, he legally changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Raised as a Catholic, he had been studying Islam and converted in 1968. He had been using the name since then, but made it legal in 1971. Kareem means “generous,” Abdul means “servant for Allah” and Jabbar means “powerful.”


Best-selling books – April 22, 1989

 “The Joy Luck Club” - Amy Tan, “The Satanic Verses” - Salman Rushdie, “Star” - Danielle Steel, “A Prayer For Owen Meany” - John Irving, “Billy Bathgate” - E.L. Doctorow, “The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure - Robert E. Kowalski, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” - Robert Fulghum, “Going Within” - Shirley MacLaine, Wealth Without Risk - Charles J. Givens


Television news – April 22, 1989

The USA Network is changing its slogan from America’s Al-Entertainment Network to America’s Favorite Network in all of its promotions.

CNBC which debuted last week, begins to make some adjustments. They move Kathleen Campion from the anchor desk on “World Business” to the “Money Wheel” team. Gail Buckner will fill the slot on “Business.”


Top syndicated TV shows – April 22, 1989

Wheel of Fortune


Cosby Show

Oprah Winfrey

Wheel of Fortune

Star Trek: Next Generation

Entertainment Tonight

Current Affair

People’s Court

Star Search


Mama’s Family

Win, Lose or Draw


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 22, 1989

 Roseanne (26.3), The Cosby Show (20.6), Have Faith (20.2), A Different World (19.9), Cheers (19.7), The Wonder Years (19.2), The Golden Girls (18.6) 60 Minutes (18.5), Empty Nest (17.8), Hunter (17.5), Who’s The Boss? (17.1), Baywatch-Panic At Malibu Pier (17.1), Knots Landing (17.0), Murder, She Wrote (16.2) 20/20 (15.6), Unsolved Mysteries (15.5), Matlock (15.5), Nick & Hilary (15.4), B.L. Stryker (15.2), Jake and the Fatman (14.8), ALF (14.7), Peter Gunn (14.7), Head of the Class (14.2), Night Court (14.0), Growing Pains (13.9).


Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – April 22, 1989

 CBS - Beauty And The Beast, Dallas, Special-Diet America Challenge ... NBC - The Jim Henson Hour, Miami Vice, Dream Street ... ABC - Perfect Strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, Just The Ten Of Us, 20/20 ... PBS - Washington Week in Review, Wall Street Week, Dance In America ... The Nashville Network - You Can Be A Star, Crook & Chase, American Magazine

The Jim Henson Hour - Fozzie Bear visits Jane Pauley and Willard Scott.

 Diet America Challenge - Cheryl Tiegs hosts this special on dieting and fitness


Top Pop music hit music singles(top-40) – April 22, 1989 

Like A Prayer - Madonna

She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals

Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc

I’ll Be There For You - Bon Jovi

Soldier Of Love - Donny Osmond

Heaven Help Me - Deon Estus/George Michael

After All - Cher/Peter Cetera

Room To Move - Animotion

Real Love - Jody Whatley

Electric Youth - Debbie Gibson

Thinking Of You - Sa-Fire

Stand - R.E.M.

Iko Iko - The Belle Stars

Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul

Patience - Guns N’ Roses

Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) - Enya

Superwoman - Karyn White


Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 22, 1989

The Church On Cumberland Road - Shenandoah

Young Love - The Judds


Top Music Albums – April 22, 1989

Like a Prayer - Madonna

Don’t Be Cruel - Bobby Brown

Electric Youth - Debbie Gibson

Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

G  N’ R Lies - Guns ‘N’ Roses

Loc-ed After Dark - Tone Loc

Volume One - The Traveling Wilburys

Hangin’ Tough - New Kids On The Block

Mystery Girl - Roy Orbison

Rock On - Michael Damian

The Raw & The Cooked - Fine Young Cannibals

Appetite For Destruction - Guns ‘N’ Roses

Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul


Top movies – April 22, 1989

 Pet Sematary - Elliot Goldenthal, Mitchell Galin, Tim Zinnemann, Stephen King

Major League - Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen Corrin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, Rene Russo, Bob Uecker

Say Anything - John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney

Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

The Dream Team - Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Stephen Furst

Field Of Dreams - Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster

Disorganized Crime - Corbin Bernson, Lou Diamond Philips

Red Scorpion - Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White

Speed Zone - John Candy, Donna Dixon

Cyborg - Jean-Claude Van Damme

Loverboy - Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Carrera, Kirstie Alley

Teen Witch - Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein, Dan Gauthier, Dick Sargent

Criminal Law - Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young

K-9- James Belushi

Miss Firecracker - Scott Glenn, Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins Mary Steenburgen

“Speed Zone” - Melody Anderson, Peter Boyle, Donna Dixon, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Tim Matheson, Brooke Shields, The Smothers Brothers.

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