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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 15, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

Tens of thousands of worshippers knelt on the ground and prayed in an outdoor service in support of the outlawed Ukrainian Catholic Church

Hurricane Hugo packing 135mph winds smacks into the South Carolina coast sending a thundering wall of water against Charleston. Its toll through the Caribbean is mounting – at 25, last count.

Precedent - Tennessee judge awards custody of seven frozen embryos to a wife embroiled in a divorce case, ruling, “Human life begins at conception.”

A USAir Boeing 737 jetliner crashes on takeoff at La Guardia Airport and breaks into three pieces at the end of a runway, coming to rest with its tail in the East River. At least three are killed and 49 injured. Flight 5050 was bound for Charlotte, NC.

President Bush orders more than 1,000 military police, federal marshals and FBI agents to St. Croix as the Coast Guard begins evacuating residents and tourists terrorized by violence on the streets and looting in stores and homes shattered by Hurricane Hugo.

 Richard Ramirez, the Southern California serial killer is found guilty of all 43 Night Stalker crimes, including 13 murders.

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announces that a crucial party congress will be convened early. Many believe he will use the meeting to purge Central Committee conservatives and promising a reorganization of the Communist party in a bid to restore plummeting public confidence.

Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. testifies that the PTL board of directors on which he once served, was little more than a rubber stamp for television evangelist Jim Bakker. “It was called a board of directors, but at no time did it operate like one.” “It was a board of approval for affirmation only.”

Deng Xiaoping, China’s senior leader, appears in public for the first time in more than three months, meeting American professor at the Great Hall of the People. Deng last appeared in public on June 9, when he met senior military officers and praised their actions in suppressing student-led pro-democracy demonstrators at Tian An Men Square. Hundreds, and perhaps thousands of people died as troops shot their way into the city on June 3-4 to capture Tian An Men Square from student demonstrators.

AIDS update – under pressure from AIDS activists, the medical community and the federal government, Burrughs Wellcome Co. announces that it will reduce the price of its expensive antiviral drug AZT by 20% effective immediately. The drug had been costing the average patient with full-blown AIDS about $8,000 a year.

Passing – Robert Penn – wrote “All the King’s Men” and was honored as the nation’s first poet laureate.

 

Technology news - September 15, 1989

Apple debuts its first new Macintosh portable. At 14 pounds, it retails for about $5,800. The 25mhz Mac IIci is a more powerful version of the Mac IIex and comes with a built-in video chip for better graphics. 

 

Radio news – September 15, 1989

Arbitron Ratings

In Los Angeles – Bright A/C KKBT (92.3) debuts. It had been classical KFAC-FM for many years. Comedian Paul Rodriquez and Ron O’Brien are part of its airstaff.

New York Radio – WHTZ is #1 rising 5.8-6.1… easy WPAT AM/FM – 5.9-5.6… WLTW – 5.5-5.6… WCBS-FM – 4.7-4.6… WNEW-FM – 4.3-4.2… WPLJ (Power 95 – 3.4-3.7. Mornings – WINS (all news) – 8.2… Z100 and WOR – 6.4 share. 

Los Angeles Radio – KPWR (Power 106) – 7.2-6.7… KOST – 6.6… KIIS AM/FM – 5.3-5.9… Pirate Radio (KQLZ) – 5.4-5.6.. KABC 5.0-4.6…… KLOS – 3.8-3.9…

Mornings – Rick Dees – 6.5-6.9… Jay Thomas 6.5-6.1… Mark & Brian – 6.3-6.5 … Scott Shannon – 4.2-4.3

 

Television news – September 15 1989

Debuting this week – “Baywatch” starring David Hasselhoff and Parker Stevenson as Los Angeles lifeguards. On NBC-TV.

41st Annual Emmy Awards –

Best comedy – Cheers

Best drama – LA Law

Best actor, comedy – Richard Mulligan – Empty Nest

Best actress – comedy – Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown

Best supporting actor – comedy – Woody Harrelson – Cheers

Best supporting actress – comedy – Rhea Perlman – Cheers

Best actor – drama – Carroll O’Connor – In The Heat of the Night

Best actress - drama – Dana Delany – China Beach

Best supporting actor – drama – Larry Drake – LA Law

Best supporting actress – drama – Melanie Mayron – thirtysomething.

 

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of September 15, 1989

CBS – Peaceable Kingdom, Jake and the Fatman, Wiseguy, Pat Sajak

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, The Nutt House, Quantum Leap, Tonight

ABC – Growing Pains, The Young Riders, Doogie Howser, MD, China Beach, Nightline

PBS – Live From Lincoln Center

A&E – Evening At The Improv, Battle Line, 20th Century, Battle For Berlin, Vietnam War

Disney – Winnie the Pooh, Super Sense, Danger Bay, A Conversation With George Burns

On  Pat Sajak – Brian Robbins, the Thunderbirds, Mary Gross

 

On the Tonight Show – Jay Leno guest hosts with Stephanie Beacham, Michael Bolton and comedian Cathy Ladman

 

Music news – September 15, 1989

Some are comparing “New Kids On the Block” hysteria to Beatlemania, but some won’t go that far, only comparing their popularity to George Michael at this time a year ago. There’s no doubt, they’re the hottest pop act right now. Recently, various New Kids songs controlled all eight slots on the nightly request countdown at KIIS-FM Los Angeles. At WHTZ (Z-100) New York, seven of the top 10 request records this week are by the teen idols.  

Madonna this week surpassed the Beatles for the longest streak of consecutive top 5 hits since Elvis Presley. “Cherish” is now in the top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 pop list.

Passing – Perez Prado – (72) – “King of the Mambo” during the 1950’s.

Brian Wilson, principal songwriter of the Beach Boys, sues A&M Records, its publishing subsidiary Almo-Irving Music and a law firm, seeking more than $100 million in real and punitive damages and the restoration to Wilson of song copyrights bought by Almo-Irving in 1969.

LL Cool J – “One Shot At Love” – new single released. On Def Jam Records. Look for that and “Big Ole’ Butt” videos on your favorite video music channel.

 

Hot Modern Rock Music Tracks – September 15, 1989

Between Something And Nothing – The Ocean Blue

Love Shack – B-52’s

Sowing the Seeds of Love – Tears For Fears

Love Song – The Cure

Knock me Down – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Sold Me Down the River – The Alarm

She Bangs the Drum  - The Stone Roses

Look Who’s Dancing – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

Way of the World – Max Q

Shakin’ The Tree – Youssou N’Dour

James Brown – Big Audio Dynamite

 

Top Album Rock Music Tracks – September 15, 1989

Call It Love – Poco

Mixed Emotions – Rolling Stones

Love In An Elevator – Aerosmith

When the Night Comes – Joe Cocker

Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue

It’s Not Enough – Starship

Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

I Will Not Go Quietly – Don Henley

Something To Hold On To – Trevor Rabin

Heaven – Warrant

Sowing The Seeds of Love – Tears for Fears

 

Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – September 15, 1989

Ride On Time – Black Box

Everyday (I Love You More) – Jason Donovan

Swing The Mood – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers

I Just Don’t have the Heart – Cliff Richard

Poison – Alice Cooper

Hey DJ I Can’t…/Ska Train – Beatmaster Feat. Betty Boo

I Need Your Lovin’ – Alyson Williams

Toy Solders – Martika

 Numero Uno - Starlight

Sowing The Seeds of Love – Tears For Fears

Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 15, 1989

Above and Beyond – Rodney Crowell

Nothing I Can Do About it Now – Willie Nelson

Give Me His Last Chance – Lionel Cartwright

Let Me Tell you About Love – The Judds

I Wonder Do You Think Of Me – Keith Whitley

Don’t You – The Forester Sisters

Killin’ Time – Clint Black

I Wish I Had A Heart of Stone – Bailie And the Boys

Living Proof – Ricky Van Shelton

Hello Trouble – Desert Rose Band

 

Top Music Albums – September 15, 1989

 Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block

Repeat Offender – Richard Marx

Girl, You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Skid Row – Skid Row

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

Cuts Both Ways – Gloria Estefan

Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich – Warrant

The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

Batman Soundtrack – Prince

The Raw & The Cooked – Fine Young Cannibals

Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys

Walking With A Panther – LL Cool J

Twice Shy – Great White

Like A Prayer – Madonna

Heart of Stone – Cher

Blind Man’s Zoo – 10,000 Maniacs

Big Tyme – Heavy D & The Boyz

Disintegration – The Cure

No One Can Do It Better – The D.O.C.

Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls

Martika – Martika

Love and Rockets – Love and rockets

One Bright Day – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

See The Light – Jeff Healey Band

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 15, 1989

Don’t Wanna Lose You – Gloria Estefan

Show Me With Our Love – Surface

Girl, I’m Gonna Miss You – Mill Vanilli

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on the Block

18 and Life – Skid row

If I Could Turn Back Time –Cher

Cherish – Madonna

Cold Hearted – Paula Abdul

Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul

Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx

Miss You Much – Janet Jackson

That’s The Way – Katrina & The Waves

 Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals

One – Gee Gees

Angel Eyes – Jeff Healy Band

Bust A Move – Young M.C.

Talk It Over – Grayson Hugh

Love Song – The Cure

It’s Not Enough – Starship

Soul Provider – Michael Bolton

Kisses On The Wind – Neneh Cherry

It’s No Crime –Babyface

Secret Rendezvous – Karyn White

The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

 

Top movies – September 15, 1989

Parenthood

Uncle Buck

When Harry Met Sally

Kickboxer

Lethal Weapon 2

Sex, Lies and videotape

Turner & Hooch

Batman

The Abyss

Relentless

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The Package

Indiana Jones & Last Crusade

Casualties of War

Dead Poets Society

Lock Up

 
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