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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

Dangerous Liasons

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Accidental Tourist

Coming To America

Mississippi Burning


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. 

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