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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 23, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Japan angrily refuses to negotiate to avoid trade sanctions under terms set by the United States and Tokyo, saying it may haul Washington into international trade court.

Financial dealings - Facing a preliminary criminal investigation by the Justice Department, House Democratic Whip Tony Coelho resigns.

 Boris Yeltsin loses his bid for a seat in the country’s new legislature in an angry conservative backlash against radical reformers.

In Bonn, President Bush, responding to Mikhail Gorbachev in an appeal to make Europe Whole and free, says he’ll challenge the Western Alliance to adopt a “new mission.”

For the first time, the Soviet Union’s military budget is disclosed and according to President Mikhail Gorbachev, it’ll be $19 billion in 1989, but will be cut by 14% over the next two years.

Jane Amsterdam, editor of the ailing New York Post for less than a year, quits her job.

Sailing records – The crippled trimaran Great American sailed through the Golden gate, snapping a 3-month-old New York-to-san Francisco sailing record by three days after an exhausting 77-day, 14,500-mile voyage. Skipper was Georgs Kolesnikovs. 

Rep. Donald E. Lukens (R-Ohio) is convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old girl whose mother accused the congressman of offering a government job to buy her silence.

The famed but abandoned Pan Pacific auditorium in Los Angeles burns and police suspect arson.

The dollar soars to a 2 1/2 year high on foreign exchange markets and the White House says it is concerned.

Media – New York Times Co. which already published Family Circle magazine says it has agreed in principle to acquire McCall’s magazine.


Technology news – May 23, 1989

Toshiba says it will use chips and other systems designed by Sun Microsystems in a new line of low-cost personal computers.

Compaq Computer introduces its most powerful desktop computer to date – the Deskpro 386/33, claiming its 235% performance increase over previous desktops. 



Health/Medical news – May 23, 1989

The Washington Post reports that genetically engineered cells are injected into a human patient for the first time in a federally approved experiment designed to enhance an already novel cancer therapy. 


Sports news – May 23, 1989  

National League home run champ Mike Schmidt announces his retirement from baseball. He’s had an incredible 17-year run – all with one team – the Philadelphia Phillies.

Magic Johnson edges out Michael Jordon in a media vote for MVP honors.


Television news – May 23, 1989

Nick at Nite pays tribute to the late Gilda Radner with “Saturday Night Gilda.” The 2 ½ hour special pieces the best of her bits from SNL.

Two weeks after CBs announces that I would be hooking up with K mart to promote its fall schedule, NBC says it will be doing the same thing with Sears.

ABC cancels “Dynasty” after an 8-year run.

Passing – Actor Peter Evans who co-starred in TV’s “9 to 5” – of AIDS.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 23, 1989

CBS – Garfield’s Babes and Bullets, This is America, Charlie Brown, the 1989 Miss Universe pageant, Pat Sajak

NBC – Matlock, I Know My first name is Steven, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s the Boss?, Wonder Years, Third Annual American Comedy Awards, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline, ring of truth

CNBC – Dick Cavett, Media Beat, McLaughlin, Smart Money


Third annual American Comedy Awards -  Walter Matthau presents with Marsha Mason, Peter Falk, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Charles Grodin, Madeline Kahn and Neil Carter.


Top movies – May 23, 1989

Indiana Jones

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Field of Dreams

Road House

Pink Cadillac

Earth Girls Are Easy

Pet Sematary


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