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
Sea of Love
An Innocent Man From Yesterday Black rain
The Fabulous Baker Boys
When Harry Met sally
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Lethal Weapon 2
Tuner & Hooch