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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 1, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife are among hundreds arrested in Cape Town after demonstrations.

President Bush proposes a four-point strategy to combat illegal drug activity. He appealed to a national television audience, appealing them to get involved in “the toughest domestic challenge we’ve faced in decades.”  

Vice President Day Quayle labeled President Reagan’s “Star Wars” missile defense program “political jargon” and says it has been revised into a smaller and cheaper program without the pretense of being able to deflect massive Soviet missile strikes.

President Bush predicts the Berlin Wall will be dismantled during his presidency.

A Cuban jetliner with 126 aboard explodes and crashes shortly after takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti Airport.

Princess Anne and Mark Philip, the royal couple rarely seen together, admitted the open secret of their life apart with a palace statement that they are separating, although they have no plans to divorce.


Health/Medical news – September 1, 1989

The FDA confirms that it has detected low levels of dioxin in milk, attributing the presence of the toxic to the process used to manufacture paper milk cartons.


Sports news – September 1, 1989

Passing – Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti of a heart attack at 51.

Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the first shortstop in baseball history to hit 20 or more homeruns in eight consecutive seasons and then doubled home the tie breaking run in a two-run seventh as the Baltimore orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1.


Music news – September 1, 1989

Titan Irving Azoff resigns as chairman of MCA Inc’s music entertainment group. He had been there since 1983.

Rap music is getting more popular thanks to videos from Tone Loc and D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.


Television news – September 1, 1989

Pat Sajak tells his late night audience he and fashion model Lesly Brown will marry in January. He’s 42 and it’ll be his second marriage.

MTV debuts “MTV News at Night” – a music-based sort of “Entertainment Tonight.’ It’s hosted by Kurt Loder. 

Pinwheel – a pre-school Nickelodeon staple since the channel began is no more and in its place – “Eureeka’s Castle, described as part puppetry, live action, animation and short films for pre-schoolers. Another new show follows – “Fred Pener’s Place” – a Canadian import.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of September 1, 1989

CBS – Rescue 911, Candid Camera, Simon & Simon, Pat Sajak

NBC – Matlock, In the heat of the Night, The R.A.C.E., Tonight Show, David Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – Whos’s The Boss?, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, Thirty something, Nightline

 PBS – President Bush talks to David Frost

Showtime – Carol Leifer’s Comedy Cruise


Top movies – September 1, 1989

Uncle Buck


The Abyss

Lethal Weapon 2

When harry Met Sally

Lock Up

Fright Night Part 2

Casualties of War

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