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


In The News

Scandals and abuses at HUD keep growing and here’s another one – “Equity skimming.”

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev warned the nation that the country’s growing ethnic strife is endangering its unity as a state as well as threatening his program of political and economic reforms.

The Supreme Court opens the way for states to limit access to abortion, upholding a Missouri law that bans abortions in public hospitals and forbids public employees from assisting abortions in any way.

Passing – Andrei A Gromyko – foreign minister and later, President of the Soviet Union. He was 79.

Former White House aide Oliver L. North, pleading for leniency - is fined $150 thousand and barred from holding public office for helping to cover up the Iran-Contra scandal that rocked the Reagan Administration. North was convicted May 4 of three charges of helping to cover up the scandal - the sale of U.S. arms to Iran and the diversion of profits to Nicaragua’s Contra rebels in 1985 and 1986. He faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $750 thousand fine. He escaped a jail term for sure, but he received a three-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation and is ordered to perform 1,200 hours of community service with inner-city youth.

The Supreme Court opens the way for states to limit access to abortion, but stops well-short of overturning the Roe Vs Wade ruling in 1973 - which ruled the practice legal. The court upheld a Missouri law that bans abortions in public hospitals and forbids public employees from assisting abortions in any way. The court stressed that Missouri may require doctors to test women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant to see if their fetuses are viable - and to prevent abortions if they are pregnant.  

The Bush administration slaps a permanent import ban on 43 types of assault-style firearms whose shipment into the country has been suspended since spring. Only seven types will be allowed in - and six of those are .22 caliber Rimfire rifles. The other is an AK-47 type of weapon called the Valmet Hunter rifle. 

New York State’s highest court rules that a partner in a long-term homosexual relationship can take over the couple’s rent-controlled apartment when the love that signed the lease passes away. It’s the first time a top state court has recognized a gay couple to be the legal equivalent of a family.

For a century - long hours of been a rite of passage for interns, but this week - New York becomes the first state to limit the grueling work hours of interns and residents. Moving away from the century-old tradition of 36-hour shifts and 100-hour workweeks for post grad trainees, the Health Department limits shifts to 24 hours with 80-hour work weeks.

Former President Ronald Reagan suffers minor injuries after hanging onto and finally being tossed from a bucking horse during an Independence Day outing at a friend’s ranch in Mexico. Despite some sore spots and minor scrapes, he’s OK.

Boyd Jefferies (58) - the former stockbroker who helped bring about some of the largest U.S. corporate takeovers - is fined $250 thousand for helping Ivan F. Boesky file false records. He’s also sentenced to five years’ probation and barred from the securities industry for five years.

Albert Gore III (6) - son of Tennessee senator Al Gore Jr., is back in the hospital for surgery for nerve damage suffered when the boy was hit by a car in April, outside a stadium in Baltimore. The boy was with his father when the accident occurred. Both had gone there to watch a ballgame The operation was to repair a “stretch injury” to a network of nerves in the child’s shoulder which had limited his ability to move his right forearm. 


Best-selling books – July 1, 1989

While My Pretty One Sleeps - Mary Higgins Clark

The Russia House - John le Carre

Red Phoenix - Larry Bond

The Negotiator - Frederick Forsyth

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

It’s Always Something - Gilda Radner

A Woman Named Jackie - C. David Heymann

Summer of 49 - David Halbertstam

Love and Marriage - Bill Cosby

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things - Robert Fulghum


Sports news – July 1, 1989

 Doug Collins is fired after three seasons as coach of the Chicago Bulls due to philosophical differences with owner Jerry Reinsdorf. 


Music news – July 1, 1989

Frank Dileo, former manger of Michael Jackson, makes his acting debut as a Mafia underboss in “Good Fellas.” He was canned by Jackson a few months back.

Early ticket sales for the “Club MTV” tour which got underway last week, are sluggish. The concerts are hosted by MTV veejay Julie Brown and feature the Club MTV dancers. One of the problems, people think it’s a TV show and that the artists will be lip-syncing their performances “It’s hurting us. We need to get across the idea that this is a real show with real live bands,” said a spokesperson. 

Rap singer Tone Loc whose “Wild Thing” is in the top-10 this week is arrested in Miami Beach for making “very hostile and belligerent” remarks to a police officer. He was lying on the beach with a woman when the arrest was made at 4:58am. The beach is closed to the public after midnight. Tone Loc’s real name is Tony Terrell. 

Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli is set to tour with “Club MTV” . The live concerts are hosted by MTV veejay Julie Brown and feature the Club MTV Dancers and 30- to 40-minute performances by each of the acts.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 1, 1989

Toy Soldiers - Martika

I Drove All Night - Cyndi Lauper

Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals

If You Don’t Know Me By Now - Simply Red

Baby Don’t Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli

Satisfied - Richard Marx

Express Yourself - Madonna

Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry

What You Don’t Know - Expose

Wild Thing - Tone Loc

Miss You Like Crazy - Natalie Cole

Satisfied - Richard Marx

What You Don’t Know - Expose’

Lay Your Hands On Me - Bon Jovi

I Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty

Rooms On Fire - Stevie Nicks

Batdance - Prince

On Our Own - Bobby Brown

Rooms On Fire - Stevie Nicks

Into The Night - Benny Mardones

My Brave Face - Paul McCartney


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 1, 1989

In A Letter To You - Eddy Raven

Lovin’ Only Me - Ricky Skaggs

Cathy’s Clown - Reba McEntire

What’s Going On In Your World - George Strait

Houston Solution - Ronnie Milsap

She’s Got A Single Thing In Mind - Conway Twitty

Hole In My Pocket - Ricky Van Shelton

Come From The Heart - Kathy Mattea


Top Music Albums – July 1, 1989

The Raw & The Cooked - Fine Young Cannibals

Beaches - Bette Midler/Soundtrack

Like A Prayer - Madonna

Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty

Girl You Know It’s True - Milli Vanilli

Sonic Temple - The Cult

Big Daddy - John Cougar Mellencamp

Don’t Be Cruel - Bobby Brown

Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul

Hangin’ Tough - New Kids On The Block


Sunday Night Television listings/TV guide - week of July 1, 1989

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC -  The Jim Henson Hour, The Magical World Of Disney, Hands of a Stranger

ABC - Incredible Sunday, Have Faith, Movie

PBS - National Audubon Society, Masterpiece Theater, Moyers: A Second Look


Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 1, 1989

TV Ratings -

Cheers - 18.4

Roseanne - 18.4

Dear John - 17.2

A Different World - 15.6

LA Law - 15.6

Night Court - 15.0

The Cosby Show - 14.9

 Empty Nest - 14.6

The Wonder Years - 14.1

Coach - 14.1

The Golden Girls - 14.0

Movie -Doing Life - 14.0

Matlock - 13.8

My Two days - 13.8

Who’s The Boss? - 13.6

Murder, She Wrote - 13.3

In The Heat Of The Night - 13.0
Unsolved Mysteries - 12.7

60 Minutes - 12.7

Hunter - 12.7

Midnight Caller - 12.3

Designing Women - 12.1

20/20 - 11.6

Murphy Brown - 11.6

Head of the Class - 11.3

Full  House - 11.2

Growing Pains - 11.1

ALF - 11.1

Miami Vice - 11.0


Television news – July 1, 1989

Don’t miss “Andrea Martin: Together Again” on Showtime.

Ted Koppel (49) returns to ABC’s “Nightline” after being sideline for two weeks with a respiratory ailment, which he apparently picked up while covering the recent unrest in China.

Passing - actor Jim Backus (76) ... Best known for the voice of “Mr. Magoo” in the 50’s and 60’s and of course - the millionaire eccentric Thurston Howell III on “Gilligan’s Island.”

Passing - Vic Perrin - radio/TV actor-announcer. Best known in the 60’s when his “eerie” voice told viewers “there is nothing wrong with your television set” on ABC’s “Outer Limits.”

Bob Goen  will be the new host of “Wheel of Fortune” when the daytime edition moves from NBC to CBS on July 17.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – July 1, 1989

CBS – Summer Playhouse, Monte Carlo, Pat Sajack

NBC – Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Midnight Caller, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Wonder Years, Roseanne, Coach, Thirtysomething, Nightline

PBS – Capitol Fourth 1989

HBO – Wimbledon ‘89

Disney – Big Bands at Disneyland


Capitol Fourth 1989 – James Galway, Henry Mancini, pearl Bailey Peter Nero. G.G. Marshall hosts.

On Pat Sajak – Englebert Humperdinck. 


Top movies – July 1, 1989

Batman - Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton

The Karate Kid - - Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Lethal Weapon 2 - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - Rick Moranis

Ghostbusters II - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Dead Poets Society - Robin Williams

Great Balls Of Fire - Dennis Quaid

Do The Right Thing

Weekend At Bernie’s - Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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