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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 22, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Hurricane Hugo makes a direct hit on Charleston, South Carolina and at least 11 are dead in the area.

Victory for President Bush - The House votes to cut the capital gains tax rate to a maximum of 19.6% through 1991 from a top rate of 33% under current law.

Passing – Ferdinand E. Marcos the ruthless former Philippine ruler who fled his native land over 3 ½ years ago. He was 72.

Disneyland says it will not discriminate based on sexual orientation after three gay men dropped the suit over the right to slow dance with each other.

Chevrolet debuts the ZR-1 Corvette and it sells for about $90,000.


Business news – September 22, 1989

Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy, canceling most of its flights.


Sports news – September 22, 1989

The Chicago Cubs Clinch the NL East championship – beating Montreal 3-2..


Technology news – September 22, 1989

IBM says it has ambitious plans for its Micro Channel architecture – a design for moving data through its PC’s.


Music news – September 22, 1989

Michael Jackson news - The Largest Corporate endorsement deal so far as Michael Jackson signs with L.A. Gear. The price - $20 million.

Passing – Songwriter Irving Berlin – who was 101. His songs are beyond legendary and include “White Christmas” and “God Bless America.”

Jimmy Buffett has a new book out – full of short stories it’s called “tales from Margaritaville – fictional Facts from factual fictions.”

Lee Masters, MTV’s high-profile exec, resigns from the channel, cites his discontent with the channel’s corporate reorganization.  

Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, drops her allegations that he threatened to kill her – but police say the threats remain formally in force.

Billy Joel sues his former manager Frank Weber, charging him with fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and federal racketeering statue violations. He’s the brother of Elizabeth Joel, Joel’s ex-wife and he’s also the godfather of Joe’s 2-year-old son.


Entertainment/Media news – September 22, 1989

Actress Zsa Zsa Gobor is convicted of slapping a police officer, driving without a license and possessing an open container of alcohol.

Largest Japanese acquisition to date – Columbia Pictures entertainment agrees to be acquired by Sony Corp for $3.4 billion in cash. 


Television news – September 22, 1989

On Saturday Night Live – It’s a new season. Host is Bruce Willis with musical guest Neil Young.

Former CBS, NBC and ABC programming head Fred Silverman signs-on to program “Ha!” – MTV Networks’ new comedy channel. Ha!’’ consult the network on program and talent development, scheduling, positioning, acquisitions and original product. Ha! Launches April 1.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of September 22, 1989

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

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Night Court, The Nutt House, Quantum Leap, Tonight, David Letterman, Bob Costas

ABC – Growing Pains, Head of the Class, Anything But Love, Doogie Howser, m.D. China Beach, Nightline

PBS – AIDS Quarterly

CNBC – Business View, Dick Cavett, Media Beat, McLaughlin, CNBC Live


On Pat Sajak – Gregory Harrison, Patrick Swayze, Sara Gilbert and the Gatlin Brothers.

On the Tonight Show – Jason Bateman and comedian Larry Miller.


Top movies – September 22, 1989

Black Rain

Sea of Love

Uncle Buck


When Harry Met Sally

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