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


In The News

Oliver L. North is convicted on three (of 12) felony charges of altering and destroying top=secret documents, helping to mislead Congress and illegally accepting the gift of a $13,800 home security system. 

With only minutes left, Space shuttle Atlantis roars into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center

April’s unemployment rate is at 5.2%, up from 4.9% in March.

Mike Tyson is issued his second speeding ticket in nine days at Albany, NY.

Attorneys for Carls Jr. founder Carl Karcher and six of his relatives agree to pay a lump sum in a case involving insider trading.

Trend – Contemporary art is hotter than ever. Andy Warhol’s “Coca-Cola” – expected to sell for around $25,000 – went for $63,250 this week.


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – May 1, 1989

Global cases of AIDS rose by 5,221 for a total of 151.790, according to the World Health Organization. 


Radio news – May 1, 1989

A federal court judge orders KFI (Los Angeles) to stop using the slogan “Talk radio” in association with its call letters, ruling the trademark belongs to rival KABC.


Music news– May 1, 1989

Ringo Starr will make his first U.S. concert tour. Look for it this summer.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 1 1989

William Shatner promises fans of Star Trek, that there’s plenty to like about “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” which he co-wrote. “It harks back to what I like best in the old “star Trek” series, and that is the action and the adventure and the interplay between the characters.

Robin Williams marries Marsha Garces, the former nanny of his son, Zachary. 

Opening Day  – Michael D. Eisner and Bob Hope stroll down “Hollywood Boulevard” in the new Disney-MGM Studios theme park.

Passing – Sally Kirkland (77) – fashion editor of Life magazine for more than 20 years.


Television news – May 1, 1989

ABC drops two tabloid TV programs – “Crimes of Passion 2” ad Scandals II” due to sponsor concerns.

HBO and Cinemax will begin an experiment of offering Spanish in their programming. A “Selecciones en Espanol” simulcasting service will be offered to their 12,400 affiliates nationwide.

Johnny Carson will make a rare guest star appearance. He’ll appear on an episode of “Newhart” in May.


Top movies – May 1, 1989

Pet Sematary


Major League

Criminal Law

Dream Team

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