Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 22, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Biggest drug bust of them all - Soldiers and police raid the estates of cocaine barons seizing aircraft, cars and cattle and bringing the number of people arrested in three days to more than 11,000.
Black Panther founder Huey Newton is shot three times in the heard in the drug-plagued area of West Oakland, CA.
Colombia’s drug lords declare “total and absolute war” on the country’s political and business leadership. Four new bombings are blamed on the cartels as the government intensifies their crackdown.
After 10 months, the defense rests in case in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial in California.
The United States cuts diplomatic ties with the new Panamanian government - branding it an outlaw regime. The government is backed by Manuel A Noriega.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his wife Leah are among hundreds arrested country-wide in South Africa for protesting police beatings of clerics at a Cape Town demonstration.
Hotel Queen Leona Helmsley (69) - is convicted of tax fraud. Legal experts say she is unlikely to be sentenced to more than five years in prison.
In Nairobi - Gunmen ambush and ill British conservationist George Adamson, best known for “Born Free.”
Best-selling books – August 22, 1989
Bestsellers - “The Russia House” - John le Carre, “Clear And Present Danger” - Tom Clancy, “Its Always Something” - Gilda Radner, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” - Robert Fulghum.
Business news – August 22, 1989
Holiday Inn is being sold to British firm Bass PLC for $2.23 billion.
Sports news – August 22, 1989
Charlie Hustle non-gratis – Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti announces that Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose is banned for life for betting on his own team. He becomes the 15th person banned for life in baseball history and the first since 1943. Rose denies the charge.
Nolan Ryan surpasses 5,000 career strikeouts – a first in major league baseball. He did in a game that saw the Texas Rangers whip the Oakland Athletics 2-0. New tally – 5007 strikeouts.
Oddsmaker Jimmy The Greek is returning to television. He’ll handicap pro football games this season for FNN’s sports network. He was fired by CBS 19 months ago for telling an interviewer blacks were better athletes than whites because they were bred for strength during slavery.
Passing - Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti (51) of an apparent heart while vacationing in Edgartown, Mass. On the job for only five months, he just recently gave Cincinnati Reds manager Peter Rose a lifetime suspension from baseball.
The National Football league suspends 13 players for steroid use. All were tested positive:
Sean Doctor and Tom Doctor of Buffalo ... Maurice Douglass of Chicago ... Mike Arley, Keith Uecker of Green Bay ... Mark Mraz - Raider ... Vernon Kirk - Rams ... Vince Amoia, Bob Riley - New York Jets ... Ron Solt - Philadelphia ... Keith Henderson, Rollin Putzier - San Francisco.
Martina Navratilova wins her fourth Canadian open tennis title with a victory over Arantxa Sanches Vicario of Spain. The tennis tourney was held in Toronto.
Fascinating Facts – Barbie For Breakfast – August 22, 1989
A new cereal – Ralston-Purina will offer “Breakfast With Barbie” cereal – aimed at young girls who just can’t get enough (see photo under Barbie - breakfast with Barbie
Technology news – August 22, 1989
IBM says it is going to offer workstations. About 90% of such computers are now provided to the marketplace by Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Co. This is sure to shake things up. Workstations are specialized high-performance microcomputers used for graphics and computer-aided design and engineering or scientific apps.
Entertainment /Media news – August 22, 1989
The Walt Disney Company announces a deal to acquire Jim Henson’s production company and the rights to his characters. The sum is said to be between $150 and $200 million. The deal includes a 15-year contract for the creative services of Jim Henson himself.
Passing - Bob Shirley (68) - best known as the voice of Prince Charming in the film “Sleeping Beauty.”
Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 22, 1989
Cheers – 18.8
Roseanne – 18.7
Golden Girls (Mon.) – 16.8
The Wonder Years – 16.6
Movie-FM – 15.3
A Different World – 15.8
The Cosby Show – 15.5
Who’s The Boss? – 15.2
Empty Nest – 14.2
Anything But Love – 14.4
Golden Girls – 14.2
Night Court – 14.2
Murder, She Wrote – 14.1
Knight and Daye – 14.0
50 Minutes – 13.8
Unsolved Mysteries – 13.8
Gangs, Cops & Drugs Part 1 – 13.8
Empty Nest (Mon.) – 13.6
Movie-Irreconcilable Differences – 13.1
If Tomorrow Comes Part 2 – 13.0
L.A. Law – 12.9
Mr. Belvedere – 12.8
The Hogan Family – 12.8
Full House – 12.6
Television news – August 22, 1989
CBS buys the 1994 Winter Olympic rights for $300 million - $57 million more than it paid for the 1992 Winter games.
MTV debuts “MTV News at Night.” The half-hour program reports on rock ‘n’ roll, entertainment, style and pop culture. This is not to be confused with MTV’s other information program “MTV’s The Week In Rock.” News at Night will feature news that’s new and breaking.
Michael Kinsley joins “Crossfire” on CNN. He’s the editor and columnist for The New Republic.
Tuesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of August 22, 1989
CBS - Movie, Special-National Driving Test ... NBC - Matlock, In The Heat Of The Night, Midnight Caller ... ABC - “Who’s The Boss? The Wonder Years, Roseanne, Anything But Love, Special-Black In White America
Matlock - a man is accused of murdering the leader of a cult - which his son was a member.
In The Heat Of The Night - Bubba is charged with rape, testing his friendship with Gillespie and Tibbs
National Driving Test - Christopher Reeve hosts.
Music news – August 22, 1989
Paul McCartney will tour the U.S. – his first time in 13 years beginning in November. Ringo Starr wins a preliminary court battle to block release of an album he recorded in 1987. Starr says the album was marred by his drinking. CBS was going to release the album.
Sampling Music – Lawsuit Filed Against Rap Song:
Sampling Suit - Flo & Eddie of the 1960’s pop group “The Turtles” file suit against Tommy Boy Records act De La Soul, charging the group with violating the ownership of their 1969 hit “You Showed Me.” The group uses the first 4 bars (about 12 seconds) of the song for “Transmitting Live From Mars” from the album “3 Feet High And Rising.”
Said Flo (Mark Volman) – “The first thing that came into my mind wasn’t the legal aspect, but the destruction of a wonderful piece of music we had made. I was upset as an artist.” Attorneys for Tommy Boy say De La Soul did not ask Flo & Eddie’s permission because not enough of the song was used. “Because of its diminutive use or because it had been so substantially modified, it’s not a violation of use.” They also say only 3 seconds of sampling are used – not 12. Also contended, - no sampling case has been completely litigated through the courts. Additionally, the U.S. Copyright Law does not protect sound recordings made prior to 1972.
Charlotte Caffey formerly of the Go-Go’s starts her own band – all-female of course.
Radio news – August 22, 1989
The FCC cites KSJO-FM (San Jose) and the Perry Stone Show; WLUP-AM (Chicago) and the Steve and Gary Show and WFBQ-FM (Indianapolis).
Bob and Tom for airing sexually explicit programs.
Former WMCA talkhost Alan Colmes is now doing mornings at classic rock WZLX Boston.
Recently KLOS (Los Angeles) morning show hosts Mark and Brian did a no-no. Equipped with hidden mics, they took listeners on an aural Graceland tour for the 12th anniversary of Elvis’ death, but they were caught. Graceland says you’re not supposed to be broadcasting from the premises. They called the duo incredibly rude and distasteful.
Radio stations across the country are experimenting with Digital Audio Tape (DAT). Unlike a CD, DAT allows a user to record in crystal-clean digital.
Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 22, 1989
I’m Still Crazy – Vern Gosdin
Are You Ever Gonna Love Me – Holly Dunn
Any Way The Wind Blows – Southern Pacific
I Wonder Do You Think Of Me – Keith Whitley
This Woman – K.T. Oslin
Nothing I Can Do About It Now – Willie Nelson
Above and Beyond – Rodney Crowell
Honky Tonk Heart – Highway 101
Give Me His Last Chance – Lionel Cartwright
Love Has No Right – Billy Joe Royal
Let Me Tell You About Love – The Judds
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 22, 1989
Love Song – The Cure
Come Anytime – HooDoo Gurus
Channel Z – B-52’s
Here Comes Your Man- Pixies
Let The Day Begin – The Call
Don’t Crash The Car Tonight – Mary’s Danish
Between Something and Nothing – Ocean Blue
Radio silence- Boris Grebenshikov
Look Who’s dancing – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Top Rap Hit Music Singles – August 22, 1989
Express Yourself – N.W.A.
Fight The Power – Public Enemy
It’s Funky Enough – The D.O.C.
Funky Dividends – Three Times Dope
We Got Our Own Than – Heavy D. & The Boyz
Bust A Move – Young M.C.
Why Is That? – Boogie Down Productions
Wo Wat Cha Sayin’ – EPMD
Hey Ladies – Beastie Boys
I’m that Type of Guy – L.L. Cool J.
They Want Money – Kool Moe Dee
Do The Right Thing – Redhead Kingpin & The FBI
Ya Bad Chubbs – Chubb Rock With Howie Tee
Dance For Me – Queen Latifah
Who’s The Boss? – Antionette
They Put Me In The Mix – M.C. Hammer
Top music albums – August 22, 1989
Repeat Offender – Richard Marx
Batman Soundtrack – Prince
Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty
Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul
Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On the Block
The Raw & The Crooked – Fine Young Cannibals
Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
Skid Row – Skid Row
Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli
The End of the Innocence – Don Henley
Twice Shy – Great White
Cuts Both Ways – Gloria Estefan
Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich – warrant
Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys
Martika – Martika
Blind Man’s Zoo – 10,000 Maniacs
Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul
Walking With A Panther – L.L. Cool J.
Big Game – White Lion
Ghostbusters II – Soundtrack
New Jersey – Bon Jovi
A New Flame – Simply Red
Big Tyme – Heavy D. & The Boyz
Winger – Winger
Sonic Temple – The Cult
Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls
Big Daddy – John Cougar Mellencamp
Top movie video cassette rentals – August 22, 1989
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Accidental Tourist
Coming To America
Top movies – August 22, 1989
Uncle Buck - John Candy, Amy Madigan
Parenthood - Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce
The Abyss - Ed Harris
When Harry Met Sally - Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Lethal Weapon 2 - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover
The Package - Gene Hackman
Casualties Of War - Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn
Sex, Lies and Videotape - James Spader, Andie MacDowell
Little Monsters - Fred Savage, Howie Mandel
Batman - Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton.