Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 1, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Troops loyal Panamanian strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega fight heavy gun battles with forces trying to overthrow in Panama City. A Communiqué read over national radio says that Noreiga is still in control... Later, it’s learned that the revolt against the dictator collapses after nearly five hours of fighting. After the claim of victory in his name, Noriega appeared on national television to dispel rumors that he had been captured and wounded in the fighting.
Disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker (The PTL Club) is convicted of fleecing followers of millions of dollars. He was convicted on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for overselling time shares or as he called them “partnerships” at his ministry’s resort hotels to followers of his PTL empire. Prosecutors said Bakker diverted donations to live in a fancy style - expensive cars, Rolex watches, homes with gigantic walk-in closets, motorized bedroom drapes, gold-plated swan-shaped bathroom fixtures and a $500 shower curtain. In addition to overselling the time-shares, Bakker was convicted of diverting $3.7 million of the money to buy luxuries.
The Bush Administration fires back at its handling of the failed coup in Panama. President Bush said that he does not regret his decision against intervening militarily - “We reviewed all the information and I don’t see anything now that would have made me make a different decision then.” It was learned that there were shortcomings in intelligence information. Said one senior official of the Bush Administration - “I hope we will have learned some things from this and be a little better next time.”
Richard Ramirez “The Night Stalker” is found deserving of the death penalty on 19 special circumstances by a jury. Ramirez was convicted on Sept 20 of 13 murders and 30 related felonies in a string of nighttime attacks that terrified Southern California in the summer of 1985. After he was led away he exclaimed - “Hey, big deal. Death always went with the territory.” His sentence date is November 7.
Two California representatives endorse a bill that would require that labels on tuna products display a warning that the fish might have been caught by methods “known to kill dolphins.” The bill, now in front of a House subcommittee, applies to any tuna caught with drift gill or purse seine nets.
New York developer Donald Trump makes an unsolicited $7 billion ($120 per share) offer to acquire AMR Corp. - the parent of American Airlines. After the trading day, the stock rose to $107 from $82.75, but settled back to $102.50. AMR’s board of directors will consider Trump’s offer “in due course.”
Dies - “Secretariat” - one of the greatest race horses in history. Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes in 1973 gave American its first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. At 19 years old, the animal was humanely destroyed after suffering from an incurable condition known as Laminitis, which is an inflammation of the inside of the hoof.
Sports news – October 1, 1989
The New York Mets let go catcher Gary Carter and first baseman Keith Hernandez and they are now free agents. Carter batted .183 this year with two home runs and 15 RBI’s. Hernandez hit .233 with four homers and 19 RBI’s. Both players were a big part of the Mets World Series championship club three years ago.
It looks like the World Series stays in the San Francisco area - it’ll be the Giants Vs the Oakland A’s. Also in Oakland, the Raiders name Art Shell head coach - the first black coach in modern National Football League history.
Best-selling books – October 1, 1989
Clear and Present Danger - Tom Clancy
California Gold - John Jakes
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All - Allan Gurganus
Star Trek: The Last Years - J.M. Dillard
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
It was on Fire When I Lay Down On It - Robert Fulghum
Jimmy Stewart and his Poems - Jimmy Stewart
Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life - Susan Forward/Craig Buck
It’s Always Something - Gilda Radner
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten - Robert Fulghum
I Want To Grow Hair, I Want To Grow Up, I Want To Go To Boise - Erma Bombeck
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 1, 1989
Passing - screen legend Bette Davis (81). She died in a Paris hospital after returning from the San Sebastian film festival in Spain. She appeared in more than 80 films and was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times - winning Oscars for “Dangerous” in 1935 and “Jezebel” in 1938. She won an Emmy in 1979 for the television production “Strangers - The Story of a Mother and Daughter.” She once said - “My entire career was never based on looks or glamour or sex. It was an absolute miracle that people came to watch me act.”
Passing - Graham Chapman - one of the founding members of “Monty Python” of cancer. He was 48. Chapman was the tall blonde of the group. Relatives and friends, including other members of the comedy troupe were at his bedside when he passed. Chapman played the lead role of King Arthur in their first movie - “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” He also played the title role in “Bluebeard.” Chapman is survived by a son who lives in London and a brother.
CBS is looking for a new producer for Pat Sajak’s late night talk show. Producer Paul Gilbert says he will stay on until someone can be found. The show’s ratings have been sluggish.
Unknown newcomer Sandra Bullock will star in NBC’s mid-season comedy series “Working Girl.” Nancy McKeon (best known in “Facts of Life”) bowed out of the role for personal reasons. The comedy is based on the 1988 movie of the same name.
Cyndi Garvey, television host and ex-wife of former Dodger Steve Garvey is ordered to Los Angeles county jail for five days for violating a child visitation order. She was found guilty of 43 counts of contempt and is sentenced to another 126 days - three days for each of the remaining 42 counts. The first five days are to be served immediately. A judge said she willfully disobeyed a December, 1988 order requiring that the couple’s two daughters spend Tuesday afternoons and every other weekend with their father and that he be allowed to speak with them by telephone. According to Steve Garvey’s lawyer - “the only time Steve Garvey has seen his daughters is when they have been in court or in sessions with counselors.”
Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – October 1, 1989
CBS - Snoops, Dallas, Falcon Crest
NBC - American League Championship baseball
ABC - Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Just The Ten Of Us, 20/20
PBS - Washington Week In Review w/Paul Duke, Wallstreet Week, Moyers: Power of the Word, Journey of Carlos Fuentes
USA - Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Bradbury, The Hitchhiker, Werewolf
Family Matters - Rachel’s first published short story hits close to home.
20/20 - actress Patty Duke discusses her struggle with manic depression.
Late night talk -
Pat Sajak (CBS) - Buffalo Bob Smith, David Hasselholf, Stephen Nichols, Rebecca Arthur.
The Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson - actress Park Overall, bicyclist Greg LeMond and comedian Mark Schiff.
Music news – October 1, 1989
Rock band “Whitesnake” is back with new guitarist Steve Vai (formally of David Lee Roth’s band). Their next album “Slip of the Tongue” is due out early November.
At the 23rd annual CMA awards -
Entertainer of the Year - George Straight
Top male vocalist - Ricky Van Shelton
Top female vocalist - Kathy Mattea
Single of the year - “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” - (the late) Keith Whitley
Rock and Roll - Former Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform together for the first time since the group broke up in 1981. The lucky audience was attending Don Henley’s concert at the Universal Amphitheatre in Hollywood.
Top Country #1 - I Got Dreams - Steve Wariner
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 1, 1989
Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
Girl I’m Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
Cherish - Madonna
Bust A Move - Young MC
Mixed Emotions - The Rolling Stones
One - Bee Gees
Kisses On The Wind - Neneh Cherry
When I Looked At Him - Expose
It’s No Crime - Babyface
Don’t Look Back - Fine Young Cannibals
Love Song - The Cure
Sowing The Seeds Of Love - Tears for Fears
Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith
Heaven - Warrant
If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
18 and Life - Skid Row
Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
Listen To Your Heart - Roxette
Healing Hands - Elton John
Partyman - Prince
You’re My One And Only (True Love) - Seduction
Rock Wit’cha - Bobby Brown
Top music albums – October 1, 1989
Girl You Know It’s True - Milli Vanilli
Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block
Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty
Pump - Aerosmith
The Raw & The Cooked - Fine Young Cannibals
Dr Feelgood - Motley Crue
Steel Wheels - The Rolling Stones
Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich - Warrant
Repeat Offender - Richard Marx
The End of the Innocence - Don Henley
More top music albums – October 1, 1989
The Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears
Brave and Crazy - Melissa Etheridge
Oh Mercy - Bob Dylan
It’s A Big Daddy Thing - Big Daddy Kane
Foreign Affair - Tina Turner
Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson
Top movies – October 1, 1989
Black Rain - Michael Douglas
Sea of Love - Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman
Uncle Buck - John Candy, Amy Madigan
Parenthood - Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves
Johnny Handsome - Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman
Welcome Home - Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Sam Waterson, Brian Keith
Beverly Hills Brats - Burt Young, Martin Sheen, Terry Moore
When Harry Met Sally - Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
A Dry White Season - Donald Sutherland, Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon
In Country - Bruce Willis, Emily Lloyd
An Innocent Man - Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham
Sex, Lies and Videotape - James Spader, Andie Madowell, Peter Gallager
The Abyss - Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn
Old Gringo - Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck