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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 8, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Bush Administration orders 43 types of assault rifles, including the AK-47 and the Uzi carbine, be permanently barred from entry into the United States.

In Warsaw, President Bush is greeted by thousands of Poles and the newly elected Polish Parliament and pledges to provide U>S. support for economic and political reforms designed to help push Poland toward a democratic system based on free enterprise.

The Pentagon said it remains convinced that a “star Wars” laser facility in the Soviet Union poses a serious threat, despite the fact that an American delegation visited the site and concluded it to be ‘irrelevant.’

The House approves a measure that would halt offshore drilling along much of the American coastline with the Bush Administration bowing to growing anti drilling sentiment and abandoning an effort to block the moratorium on the House floor.

The Senate approves a bill that would overhaul the nation’s laws in legal immigration with an annual cap of 630,000 immigrants in each of the next three years and opening the doors to more residents of Western Europe.

Mayor Edward Koch of New York says he will issue an executive order granting bereavement leave rights to homosexuals and unmarried heterosexuals whose “domestic partners"’ die. 


Sports news – July 8, 1989

The Denver Nuggets become the first black-owned major professional sports franchise as both Bertram Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe purchase the NBA team for $65 million. 


Radio news – July 8, 1989

Passing – Program director Rick Carroll who was instrumental of bringing KROCK and New Wave pop to the mainstream.


Entertainment news – July 8, 1989

Passing – Voice great Mel Blanc. He was 81.

Passing -  actor - Laurence Olivier. He was 82. 

 On Saturday Night Live – Actor John Malkovich is guest host with musical guest Anita Baker.


Television news – July 8, 1989

Two Comedy Cable Channels Set To Launch

Get Ready – HBO is about to begin “The Comedy Channel” this fall and MTV Networks will launch “HA” early next year. Yes - two competing comedy channels. HBO says its channel plans to have six to 12 comedy hosts or “comedy jocks” to introduce the material and performing their own jokes. They’ll be clips of comedy films, classic TV comedy shows, stand-up comedy performances and full length comedy movies. The Ha channel will offer long and short-form programming, sketch comedy, stand-up performances and movies and situation comedies either made for HA or bought in syndication. They’ll be no comedy hosts, but new comics will be presented on the network.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – July 8, 1989

CBS – Jake and the Fatman, Wiseguy, Pat Sajak

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Knight and Dave, Miami Vice, Tonight, David Letterman, Later With Bob Costas

ABC – Growing Pains, Just The Ten Of Us, Hooperman, The Robert Guilaume Show, China Beach, Nightline

PBS – Discover

MTV – Big Show, Remote Control


On Pat Sajak – T. Graham Brown.

On the Tonight Show – Sarah Brightman

On  David Letterman – Gary Mule Deer

On Later With Bob Costas – John Chancellor.


Music news – July 8, 1989

The Rolling Stones hold a press conference previewing their upcoming “Steel Wheels” album and played a brief excerpt from the song “Mixed Emotions” during the conference at New York’s Grand Central Station. The conference was aired live by MTV and FM radio stations. The conference announced their upcoming North  American tour which starts September 1 in Buffalo. It’s the first tour for the band since 1981.


Top movies – July 8, 1989

Lethal Weapon


Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Ghostbusters II

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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