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


In The News

Frenzied trading – No replay of 1987 as the DOW rebounds, gaining 12 points to close at 2657,38.

A massive earthquake hits San Francisco with many perishing under the collapsed Nimitz Freeway. Seismologists say the quake was centered on the San Andreas Fault between Santa Cruz and San Jose. It struck as thousands of fans were crowding into San Francisco’s Candlestick Park for the third game of the 1989 World Series, forcing cancellation of the game.

California places the death toll of the 6.9 San Francisco earthquake at 273.

In San Francisco - President Bush stands on Cypress street and gazes at the wreck of the Nimitz Freeway… and utters:  “Jesus.” 

Boris N. Yeltsin accuses Mikhail S. Gorbachev of trying to drive him from politics in order to prepare for a sharp swing back to conservatism.  

Al Capone’s former Chicago headquarters is being converted into a hotel. Today, the abandoned building is a neighborhood eyesore, despite its city and federal landmark status.


Sports news – October 15, 1989

Time out - The World Series will resume next week (game 3) on Tuesday at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 15, 1989

Full moon At The Game - With her team the Giants trailing in playoff game against the A’s, Roseanne Barr and fiancé Tom Arnold reportedly pulled down their pants to express their feelings.

Passing – Actor Cornel Wilde (74).

Passing – Actor Sir Anthony Quayle (76).

Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Goldie Hawn, Gregory Hines and Liza Minnelli will be among those to salute Sammy Davis Jr. on his 60th anniversary in show business November 13.


Radio news – October 15, 1989

Another Beautiful Music station will bite the dust as KJOI Los Angeles (98.7) will abandon the instrumental format in favor of light vocals. KJOI had been with its elevator music format for some 25 years. 

Randy Kabrich resigns as operations manager of Pirate Radio in Los Angeles and is going back to WRBQ Tampa as program director. Afternoon jock Shadow Steele is the new OM of Pirate. 

Frankie Crocker is back at WBLS and doing afternoons.

More Los Angeles as new talk station KFI will air something called “Meeting of the Minds” featuring all its air talk personalities. Rush Limbaugh is flying in from New York to participate as will Dr. Dean Edell from San Francisco. Also participating – Tom Leykis, Mother Love, and Laura Schlesinger and other KFI talk personalities.  


Television news – October 15, 1989

 On “Saturday Night Live” – Kathleen Turner hosts with musical guest Billy Joel.

Geraldo Rivera is in San Francisco where he’ll tape a show focusing on the heroes of the earthquake.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 15 1989

CBS – 48 Hours, Women of the 21st Century, Knots Landing, Pat Sajak

NBC – the Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Dear John, LA Law


ABC – Mission: Impossible, The Young Riders, Prime time Live, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!, American Experience

HBO – Inside the NFL

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


Mission: Impossible – A turncoat agent is the target of the IMF.

Cheers – Margaret wants a commitment from Cliff.

Pat Sajak – Sawyer Brown and Ann Bloom.


Music news – October 15, 1989

Another bad rap – One man is shot and injured and several others came away with minor injuries during a melee at a rap concert at the Oakland Coliseum. The show featured Cool Moe Dee. MC Hammer, the Boys and Heavy D.

Showtime Event Television gets the PPV rights to a Rolling stones concert on Dec. 19.

A&M Records will release an hour-long video titled “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation” a month after the album’s Sept. 19 release.

More Rap – a coalition of rappers lead a Stop the Racism concert and rally in front of New York’s Harlem State Office Building that was attended by 2000 people. It was spearheaded by rapper Doug E. Fresh who was joined on stage by Get Fresh Crew, KRS-1 & Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy and Stop the Violence All Stars. LL Cool J. took the stage but was booed. Some in the audience believe LL’s politics which seem to promote self over community issues are no longer acceptable. 

Trend in U.S. pop charts – British black music acts – Sade, Billy Ocean, Terence Trent D’Arby, Mica Paris and now Soul II Soul. And via London – Milli Vanilli.

Billy Joel files a $90 million lawsuit against his former manager and ex-brother-in-law Fran Weber, accusing him of misappropriating millions of dollars in recording royalties and tour funds over the last 10 years.


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – October 15, 1989

James Brown – Big Audio Dynamite

Sowing the Seeds of Love – Tears For Fears

Pictures of Matchstick Men- Camper Van Beethoven

Love Shack – B-52’s

Between Something and Nothing – Ocean Blue

Regina – Sugarcubes

Way of the World – Max Q

Knock Me Down – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

If It’s Love – Squeeze

I Want That Man – Deborah Harry

Sick of It – The Primitives

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode


Top/Music Rock Albums – October 15 1989

Call It Love – Poco

Love In An Elevator – Aerosmith

Sold Me Down The River – The Alarm

Mixed Emotions – Rolling Stones

Kissing Willie – Jethro Tull

Janie’s Got a Gun- Aerosmith

The Last Worthless Evening  - Don Henley

Sowing The Seeds of Love – Tears For Fears

Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young

No Souvenirs – Melissa Etheridge

The Last Worthless Evening – Don Henley


Top Rap Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1989

Me So Horny – 2 Live Crew

Smooth Operator – Big Daddy Kane

They Put Me In the Mix – MC Hammer

Bust a Move – Young MC

I Go To Work – Kool Moe Dee

It’s Funky enough – The D.O.C.

The Rhythm – Kwame

Do the Right Thing – Redhead Kingpin & The FBI

New Jack Swing – Wrecks-N-Effect

Cha Cha Cha – MC Lyte

Pause – Run-DMC

Say No Go – De La Soul

Big Ole Butt – LL Cool J

Just A Friend – Biz Markie

Fight The Power – Public Enemy


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

Ride On Time – Black Box

Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic

If Only I Could – Sydney Youngblood

That’s what I Like – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers

Drama! – Erasure

Sweet Surrender – Wet Wet Wet

Girl I’m Going To Miss You – Mill Vanilli

Street Tuf – Rebel MC/Double Trouble

We Didn’t Start the fire – Billy Joel


Top Music Albums – October 15, 1989

Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue

Forever Your Girl – Paul Abdul

Steel Wheels – Rolling Stones

Pump – Aerosmith

Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

Heart of stone – Cher

Skid Row – Skid Row

The Seeds of Love – Tears For Fears

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on the Block

Repeat Offender – Richard Marx

Raw & The Cooked – Fine Young Cannibals

Dirty Rotten Filthy stinking Rich – Warrant

Keep On Movin’ – Soul Ii Soul

The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

Cosmic Thing – B-52’s

Stone Cold Rhymin’ – Young MC

Cuts Both Ways – Gloria Estefan

Like a Prayer – Madonna

Twice Shy – Great White

Brave and Crazy – Melissa Etheridge

See the Light – Jeff Healey Band

Tender Lover – Babyface

Sleeping With The Past – Elton John

No One Can Do It Better – The D.O.C.


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

Love Song – The Cure

Miss You Much – Janet Jackson

Cover Girl – New Kids On The Block

Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Tears For Fears

Love In An Elevator – Aerosmith

Mixed Emotions  - Rolling Stones

Bust A Move – Young MC

When I Looked At Him – Expose

It’s No Crime – Babyface

Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue

Rock Wit’cha – Bobby Brown

Girl I’m Gonna Miss You – Milli Vanilli

When I See You Smile – Bad English

Cherish – Madonna

Heaven – Warrant

The Best  - Tina Turner

Healing Hands – Elton John

Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind) – New Kids on the Block

Love Shack – B-52’s


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1989

Living Proof – Ricky Van Shelton

High Cotton – Alabama

A Better Live Next Time  - Merle Haggard

Ace in the Hole – George Straight

Say What’s In Your Heart – Restless Heart

Burnin’ Old Memories – Kathy Mattea

Bayou Boys – Eddy Raven

An American Family – Oak Ridge Boys

Yellow Roses – Dolly Parton

Til Love Comes Again – Reba McEntire


Top movies – October 15, 1989

Look Who’s Talking

Halloween V

Sea of Love

An Innocent Man From Yesterday Black rain

The Fabulous Baker Boys


Uncle Buck

When Harry Met sally

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Sex, Lies and Videotape

Braking In

Johnny Handsome

Lethal Weapon 2

Tuner & Hooch

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