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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

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