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


In The News

The Bush Administration signals that it is prepared to deal – even with terrorists – if that will help secure the return of eight American hostages held in Lebanon.

Michael Lomax pulls out of the mayor’s race in Atlanta, paving the way for Maynard Jackson to regain the job he held from 1974 until 1982.

 President Bush names U.S. Army General Colin Powell to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. military helicopters locate the wreckage of a plane that crashed with Texas congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others in Ethiopia.

Wholesale prices fall again in July by .4% after a .1% decline in July.

Near San Diego - A 52-year-old career postal carrier shoots his wife and then, drives to work where he shot and killed to co-workers and wounded a third before he shot himself in the head. 

Space shuttle Columbia earthbound for 3 ½ years and cannibalized for parts to keep other space shuttles flying is pronounced trouble-free and ready for a launching this morning to put a high-powered spy satellite in orbit.

Richard Dortch, a former top assistant to PTL founder Jim Baker pleads guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with the television ministry.


Medical/AIDs update – August 8, 1989

The FDA asks AIDS activists to discontinue an unsanctioned clinical trial of a highly touted AIDS drug from China called Compound Q. 


Music news – August 8, 1989

Two crew members and a singer with LL Cool J’s band are scheduled for court appearances after being charged with raping a 13-year-old girl who attended a post-concert in Minneapolis.

ABKCO Records is releasing a three-disc boxed CD set containing 58 Rolling Stones singles. Look for “The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years,” this week.


Radio news – August 8, 1989

WNEW-FM New York broadcasts two morning shows with Dave Herman from Lenin stadium in Moscow.


Entertainment news – August 8, 1989

Billy Crystal performs in Moscow and the Pushkin Theater and the result is an HBO special – “Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow.”


Top movies – August 8, 1989


Turner & Hooch

Lethal Weapon 2

When Harry Met sally


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