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


In The News

President Bush makes a last-minute pitch for full funding of the stealth bomber.  “I justify it because I think the prime responsibility of a President is the national security of the United States and I’m determined to put forth a program that is sound in every way...when you look at the full defense program, I want to have maximum flexibility as we have in arms control negotiations.”

In Smyrna, Tennessee, Nissan employees reject United Auto Workers representation by a 2-1 margin, turning back a drive to make their plant the first fully Japanese-owned auto factory in the U.S. to unionize.


Sports news – July 15, 1989

Baseball greats Carl Yastrzemski and Johnny Bench are inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, NY...A clothes manufacturing firm owned by former tennis star Bjorn Borg is on the verge of Bankruptcy. After rejecting an offer for new financing because he feared losing control of the company, Borg was negotiating other financing to keep the business afloat.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Music news – July 15, 1989

Ringo Star (49) opens his “Tour For All Generations” in Dallas. It’s the first time Ringo has toured since the break-up of the Beatles Children 12 and under get to see Ringo at no charge...Miami Vice star Phillip Michael Thomas loses his appeal of a $14 million libel suit against the National Enquirer...More than 40 members of the Kennedy clan gather at Hyannis Port to celebrate the 99th birthday of matriarch Rose Kennedy.

Dies - Janet Lee Auchincloss Morris, the mother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis (81) of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dies - Steve Rubell (45) - co- founder of Studio 54 in the 70’s and the Palladium in the 80’s of aids.

Brigitte Bardot is accused of having her neighbor’s donkey castrated because it was getting too friendly with her own donkey. Jean Pierre Manivet, who lives next door to the French star’s exclusive resort home in St.Tropez, said his donkey, Charley, had been castrated while Bardot was looking after it for him. The reclusive Bardot has become France’s best-known defender of animal rights. 

Polygram records agrees to buy Island records for $300 million. Island’s biggest artist is U2.

Cancelled - The Morton Downey Jr. Show. In a news conference, Downey says he will continue in television and that he will have a radio feature coming soon.

Radio news - “Pirate Radio” - KQLZ Program Director Scott Shannon is nominated for a Marconi award in the “personality of the year” category. The first ever Marconi is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters.


Supermarket Food Prices - July 15, 1989

At the mart - Nabisco Nilla Wafters - 12oz pkg - $1.79... Nabisco Newtons Cookies - 12oz pkg - $2.19...Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Cookies - 15oz pkg - $2.55.


Best-selling books – July 15, 1989

 “The Russia House” - John le Carre’, “It’s Always Something” - Gilda Radner, “A Woman Called Jackie” - C. David Heymann, “The Joy Luck Club” - Any Tan.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15 1989

 “Cheers” (17.4), “Roseanne” (17.4), “A Different World” (16.5), “The Cosby Show” (16.4), “Dear John.”


 Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of July 15, 1989

(CBS) 2-hour Jake & The Fatman, Wiseguy...(NBC) Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, Knight & Dave, Miami Vice...(ABC) Growing Pains, Just The Ten Of Us, Hooperman, The Robert Guillaume Show, China Beach.

(Fox) - no Wednesday night schedule.

On Miami Vice - Tubbs and Crockett investigate an attorney who defends large-scale drug dealers then steals and resells their merchandise.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) – July 15, 1989

“If  You Don’t Know Me By Now” - Simply Red, “Toy Soldiers” - Martika, “Batdance” - Prince, “Express Yourself” - Madonna, “On Our Own” - Bobby Brown, “So Alive” - Love & Rockets, “Lay Your Hands On Me” - Bon Jovi, “Miss You Like Crazy” - Natalie Cole, “What You Don’t Know” - Expose.


Top Country Hit Singles – July 15, 1989

 “Timber I’m Fallin’ In Love” - Patty Loveless, “A Letter To You” - Eddy Raven, Cathy’s Clown” - Reba McEntire, “What’s Going On In Your World” - George Straight, “Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That” - Dolly Parton


Top Music Albums – July 15, 1989

“Batman” soundtrack - Prince, “The Raw and the Cooked” - Young Cannibals, “Hangin’ Tough” - New Kids On The Block, “Repeat Offender” - Richard Marx, “Full Moon Fever” - Tom Petty, “Keep On Movin’” - Soul II Soul.


Top movies – July 15, 1989

Premiering at the movies -  “License To Kill” - Timothy Dalton as James Bond

Playing - Turner & Hooch - Tom Hanks and a dog

Lethal Weapon 2 - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover

Batman - Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton.

When Harry Met Sally - Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan.

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