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


In The News

Tens of thousands of protesters rally outside the Great Hall of the People in Tian An Men Square as Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping meet inside for the first Sino-Soviet summit in 30 years.

In a response about Gorbachev’s latest diplomatic surprise, a promise to stop supplying weapons to leftist ruled Nicaragua – presidential spokesman Martin Fitzwater accused Mikhail Gorbachev of acting like a “drugstore cowboy” but the administration praised the Soviet decision which they described as a step towards peace. 

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, surveying the massive protests during his historic visit to China, says that he is now more convinced than ever of socialism’s need for fundamental political and economic reforms, however painful the changes may be.

The Supreme Court says that a 15-year-old Florida girl may go ahead with plans to end her pregnancy as it lifted an order imposed two days ago by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy that had blocked her abortion.

Former U.S. Atty. Rudolph W. Giuliani, who won a national reputation fighting crooked stock traders, corrupt politicians and Mafia chieftains, announces he is a candidate for mayor of New York City, charging the city is “out of control.” “New York is a city overwhelmed by crime, crack and corruption. The assassination of police officers and federal agents the record number of homicides, the chaos of prisoners floating on barges, the fear in our streets, parks and subways, all point to a city out of control.”

McMartin preschool trial – on the stand, owner Peggy McMartin said no child was ever molested at the pre-school.

Chinese leaders order soldiers in Beijing to attempt to restore order after a month of massive pro-democracy demonstrations.

Beijing residents, defying the government’s marshal law orders, continue to hold the People’s Liberation army at bay and seek the premier’s ouster.


Sports news – May 15 1989

Stanley Wilson - The Cincinnati Bengal running back suspended for drug use on the eve of the SuperBowl, is permanently banned from the NFL for his continuing substance abuse problem.


Radio news – May 15, 1989

Arbitron Ratings  -

New York - Z100 – 5.2 from a 5.3… WCBS-FM (Oldies) – 5.0, WPLJ-3.5… WXRK mornings with Howard Stern – 5.8. Los Angeles – KIIS-FM 6.2… Pirate Radio is flat at a 2.7. Rick Dees mornings at KIIS AM/FM – 7.4 share. Rival Jay Thomas at KPWR – 5.7. WYDD Pittsburgh has become personality-oriented top40 WNRJ (Energy 105) under consultant Rick Sklar. John Rio, the voice of “Mr. Leonard” on WHTZ, the Z-100 morning zoo has singed a new, exclusive five-year deal with Malrite, Z100’s owner and will work out a separate contact to keep working with Scott Shannon’s “Rockin’ America” countdown and perhaps with Shannon’s “Pirate Radio” in Los Angeles.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1989

Passing – Comedian Gilda Radner after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 42. 

Passing – Character actor Robert Webber – familiar face on television... of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 64. 


Music news – May 15, 1989

Joe Jackson, who once vowed never to make a music video, had done so with “Nineteen Forever.”

Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be there for You” is the second charted hit from the group’s “New Jersey” album. The first was “Bad Medicine.

Ozzy Osbourne is back on the charts – It’s been 18 years after he first entered the charts with Black Sabbeth’s “Paranoid.” He has a hit with Lita Ford (see charts).

Also making a big comeback – Donny Osmond.

Luke Skywalker and raunchy 2 Live Crew are endorsing “Homeboy” condoms. “Yo! Be Safe! Homeboy Condoms are the freshest wrap in town!”

MTV is intensifying its involvement with rap music via a “Yo! MTV Raps” compilation album involving Jive/RCA. 

 Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton re-unite for four stage shows at Dollywood in Nashville. All were sold out.

Paul McCartney is set to release his first album in three years – “Flowers in the Dirt.”


Television news – May 15, 1989

NBC – the only network without a prime-time news series, says it will have one in “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” Three pilot episodes have been shot so far.

The “Family Ties” farewell episode Sunday night beat the “Moonlight” finale.

MTV Networks announces plans to launch a new basic cable channel exclusively featuring comedy programming. The new channel in development for the past 18 months, will be called “Ha” TV Comedy Network. HBO and Ted Turner also are planning comedy channels. Viacom is developing such a channel and Cox Communications reportedly is discussing another one with Paramount Pictures Entertainment.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 15, 1989

CBS – Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Murphy Brown, designing Women, Newhart, Kate and Allie, Pat Sajak

NBC - Alf, Movie, Special=-the Abortion Dilemma, Tonight

ABC – MacGyver, Movie, Nightline

PBS – Adventure, The United States & The Philippines: In Our Image, Moyers: A Second Look

HBO – How To Raise a Drug Free Child

Top Children’s Video – May 15, 1989

Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hot Rodding…

Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes…

Lady and the Tramp

Sleeping Beauty

Mickey Commemorative Edition


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 15, 1989

Forever Your Girl – Paul Abdul

Real Love - Jody Watley

Rock On – Michael Damian

Patience – Guns N’ Roses

Soldier of Love – Donny Osmond

Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

Every Little Step – bobby Brown

I’ll Be Loving You Forever – New Kids On the Block

I’ll Be There For you – Bon Jovi

Close My Eyes Forever – Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne

Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry

Electric Youth – Debbie Gibson

Everlasting Love – Howard Jones

Satisfied – Richard Marx

Where Are You Now? - Jimmy Harnen With Synch

Top music albums – May 15, 1989

Beaches – Soundtrack

Like A Prayer – Madonna

The Raw & The Cooked – Fine Young Cannibals

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

Loc-Ed After Dark – Tone Loc

G N’ R Lies – Guns N’ Roses

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on the Block

Sonic Temple – the Cult

Living Colour – Vivid

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Larger Than Life – Jody Whatley

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Twice Shy – Great White

Skid Row – Skid Row

Disintegration – the Cure

Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys

Repeat Offender – Richard Marx


Top Pop Music Hit Singles In Britain – May 15, 1989

Hang On Your Heart – Kylie Minogue

Eternal Flame – Bangles

Requiem – London Boys

I Want It All – Queen

Miss You Like Crazy – Natalie Cole

Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 15, 1989

If I Had You – Alabama

After Al This Time – Rodney Crowell

Big Dreams In A Small Town – Restless Heart

Better Man  -Clint Black

Is It Still Over – Randy Travis

Where Did I Go Wrong – Steve Wariner

Love Will – Forester Sisters

Love Out Loud – Earl Thomas Conley

 I Got You – Dwight Yoakam

I Don’t Want To Spoil the Party – Roseanne Cash

She Don’t Love Nobody – Desert Rose Band

They Rage ON – Dan Seals

The Gospel According to Luke – Skip Ewing

Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – May 15, 1989

So Alive – Love and Rockets

Fascination Street – The Cure

Fire Woman – The Cult

This Town – Elvis Costello

Nineteen Forever – Joe Jackson

Good thing – Fine Young Cannibals

Monkey Gone to Heaven – Pixies

Something To Say – the Connells

She Gives Me Love – the Godfathers

Suboceana – Tom Tom Club

The Mayor of Simpleton – XTC


Top Rock Album Music Tracks – May 15 1989

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

I Want It All – Queen

Edoms On Fire – Steve Nicks

The Doctor – Doobie Brothers

Fire Woman – The Cult

Voices of Babylon – the Outfield

Satisfied – Richard Marx

Once Bitten Twice Shy -  Great White

Love Has Taken Its Toll – Saraya

Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty


Top Rap Music Singles – May 15, 1989

Turn This Mutha Out – M.C. Hammer

Me Myself and I – De La Soul

Self Destruction – Stop the Violence Movement

Children’s Story – Slick Rick

Funky Cold Medina – Ton Loc

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

Joy and Paid – Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock

The Man We All Know and Love – Kwame

Mr. D.J. – Joyce “Fenderella” Irby

Buck Wild – E.U.

Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos – Public Enemy

Yeah, Yeah, Yea, - Oaktown’s 3-5-7


Top movies - May 15, 1989

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Field of Dreams


Pet Sematary

Major League

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