Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 15, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Changes in Poland – The President of Poland is expected to offer Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a longtime communist opposition activist, as premier.
President Bush condemns the assassination of the leading Colombian presidential candidate and said, “The narco-traffickers who again have robbed Colombia of a courageous leader must be defeated.”
Hashemi Rafsanjani is sworn-in as the new President of Iran. He said he would help gain the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, but only if the U.S. adopts a friendlier stance toward the Islamic Republic.
In Bogota, Columbia - Police raid the estates of cocaine barons seizing aircraft, cars and cattle, bringing the number of those arrested in three days to more than 1,000.
At least 29 are confirmed dead with dozens missing in London after a 1,500-ton dredging ship ran over the top of a Thames river party boat full of disco-dancing people celebrating the birthday of a friend. Police arrested the captain and first mate of the dredge ship Bowbelle. One of those missing is the center of the party – a 26-year-old man.
The state of Alaska sues Exxon Corp. and six other oil companies alleging negligence for failing to prevent and clean up the nation’s worst oil spill March 24. Some 11 million gallons of crude oil in Price William Sound were spilled from the tanker Valdez.
City officials in Philadelphia announce that due to structural decay and maintenance problems, John F. Kennedy stadium would close. Demolition is favored.
Medical/Health/AIDs news update – August 15, 1989
AIDS update – Federal health officials say that the antiviral drug AZT has been shown to delay onset of the disease in certain groups of infected patients who have not yet developed symptoms.
Sports news – August 15, 1989
Pete Rose gets off a shoving incident with umpire Joe West during a game. He will not be fined or suspended.
Music news – August 15, 1989
MTV says it will air Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” at night only, saying the singer shows a little too much “tush” in the clip.
The Rolling Stones will perform at Shea Stadium as part of their “Steel Wheels” tour. It’s the first rock ‘n’ roll concert at the stadium in six years, when the “Police” last played there.
Rap albums hitting the pop album charts – The Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” is in the top-25 as is “Walking With A Panther” from LL Cool J. Also in the album top-100 – D.O.C’s “No One Can Do It Better.” Both the Beastie’s album and D.O.C’s has a sticker on front cautioning parents about language.
See it – “Club MTV Live… The Tour” – a live version of the dance- music program hosted by Downtown Julie Brown. With the show are Information Society, Was (Not Was), Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul and Tone Luc. Word has it that it’s been struggling to rack up strong ticket sales. One bright spot and anticipation was for Milli Vanilli: Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan. They re-enacted the leaping high-fives from their videos and then pulled a young female audience member on stage to deliver a version of the new single “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You.”
Radio news – August 15, 1989
Pirate Radio in Los Angeles vaults past KIIS AM/FM with a 5.4 share to KIIS’ 5.3. Rival Power-106 gets a 7.2. Mornings in Los Angeles – Jay Thomas of Power 106 – 6.5, Rick Dees of KIIS – 6.6… Mark and Brian of KLOS – 6.3 and Scott Shannon’s Pirate morning show – is up to a 4.2 from a 3.1.
New York – WPAT-AM/FM is in first place overall with a 5.9 while top-40 WHTZ (Z100) gets a 5.5 Oldies WCBS-FM 4.7. Urban WRKS goes from a 4.1 to a 4.6. WNEW-FM (AOR) is up to a 4.3. Top 40 WPLJ – 3.0. In Chicago – WBBM-FM – 4.0.
John Rook who joined talker KABC last November is gone. Magic Matt Alan from Z-100 New York and VH-1 is now doing afternoons on KIIS-FM Los Angeles. Longtime WLS Chicago personality John Records Landecker was heard doing fill-in at Z100 New York with a lot of energy.
Goodbye music - Drew Hayes, the new program director of WLS Chicago says the station is going talk. Morning Man Fred Winston is headed for mornings at oldies WJMK.
Entertainment news – August 15, 1989
HBO which just took over the management of “Movietime,” says it will give the channel an overhaul. “Movietime,” covers the movie industry. Movietime, which launched two years ago, has mostly been a publicity device for the film industry and has several personalities serving as hosts. It airs movie trailers interspersed with celebrity interviews and Hollywood events.
Terry Murphy, former anchor at KCBS-TV Los Angeles, is named co-anchor of the syndicated “Hard Copy” when it debuts in syndication next month.
Japan’s JVC/Victor Co. will invest more than $100 million in a new film company. JVC is best known for developing the VHS videotape format.
Television news – August 15, 1989
On “Saturday Night Live” – Tom Hanks is guest host with musical guest Keith Richards.
CBS News says night news anchor Dan Rather will be standing – not sitting beginning in the fall. CBS says it will give the newscast a slightly graphic look.
New NBC show debuting this week – “FM” which is set at a public radio station. Stars Robert Hays.
Passing – Amanda Blake (58) – best-known as “Kitty” on the long-running series “Gunsmoke.” She died of oral and throat cancer.
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1989
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
Channel Z – B-52’s
Come Anytime – Hoodoo Gurus
Look Who’s dancing – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Let the day Begin – the Call
Radio Silence – Boris Grebenshikov
Love Song – The Cure
Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals
Don’t Crash The Car Tonight – Mary’s Danish
Hard Sun - Indio
Disappointed – Public Image Ltd.
Top Album Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1989
Forget Me Not – Band English
Let The Day Begin – The Call
Crossfire – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Something To Hold On To – Trevor Rabin
Heaven – Warrant
I Will Not Go Quietly – Don Henley
Cheer Down – George Harrison
Headed For A Heartbreak – Winger
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Long Way To Go – Stevie Nicks
Top Po Hit MusicSingles In Britain – August 15, 1989
Swing The Mood – Jive Bunny & The Mastersmixers
Poison – Alice Cooper
French Kiss – Lil Louis
Wouldn’t Change A Thing – Kylie Minogue
Too Much – Bros
Don’t Wanna Lose You – Gloria Estefan
Toy Soldiers – Martika
On Our Own – Bobby Brown
Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
London Nights – London Boys
You’re History – Shakespeare’s Sister
Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – August 15, 1989
Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
On Our Own – Bobby Brown
Cold Hearted – Paula Abdul
Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White
Don’t Wanna Lose You – Gloria Estafan
I Like It – Dino
Secret Rendezvous – Karyn White
Bat Dance – Prince
Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on The Block
So Alive – Love and the Rockets
Friends – Jody Watley/Eric B & Rakim
The End of the Innocence – Don Henley
Angel Eyes – Jeff Healey Band
Keep On Movin’ - Soul II Soul
Sacred Emotion- Donny Osmond
Toy Soldiers – Martika
Shower Me With Your Love – Surface
Lay Your Hands On Me – Bon Jovi
18 and Life – Skid Row
I’m that Type Of Guy – LL Cool J
If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
Top movies – August 15, 1989
When Harry Met Sally
Casualties of War
A Nightmare On Elm Street
Turner and Hooch