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


In The News

President Bush calls the decision by Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega to resume warfare against the Contra’s “shameful.” Ortega announced that his Sandinisata government would unilaterally end a 19-month cease-fire in a war with U.S. backed rebels. Ortega did say that if the U.S. used the funds to de-mobilize the Contras, then he would immediately renew the truce.

TV evangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500 thousand for defrauding his followers to pay for his extravagant life style. Bakker lost his PTL club in a sex and money scandal. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years.

The collapse of the double-decker Nimitz freeway during an earthquake in San Francisco last week could have been prevented by strengthening its support columns, according to a road engineer.  The technology has been around since the early 70’s. The road used about 100 columns and to upgrade them would have cost $100 thousand each.

A New York court awards almost $1.3 million to inmates and the survivors of inmates who were shot during the bloody state police assault at Attica State Prison in 1971. The state says it will appeal.


Business/Economy news – October 22, 1989

Exxon says it will move its headquarters from New York to Dallas. The decision comes at a time when the city already is feeling squeezed economically. Mayor Ed Koch had no immediate comment.


Sports news – October 22, 1989

The NFL names a new commissioner - its seventh: Paul Tagliabue. He succeeds Peter Rozelle... Delayed by the San Francisco Earthquake - the World Series finally has a winner and it’s the Oakland A’s.  They beat San Francisco 9-6. The Clubhouse was devoid of Champaign in memory of last week’s earthquake victims.


Supermarket Prices – October 22, 1989

Halloween fun - Pumpkins - 5 cents per lb... pkgs of milk duds - $2.29... Kraft Caramels with sticks - 14oz pkg - $1.78... Hershey’s snack bars - assorted varieties pack - $2.79.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 22, 1989

Zsa Zsa Gabor is sentenced to three days in jail and 120 hours of community service at a shelter for homeless woman for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.

Dropped from his PBS series “This Old House” because it was thought he was making too many other appearances, Bob Vila gets signed by Sears to host a new syndicated television program.

After 13 years on the Today show, Jane Pauley tells the audience she is leaving the show at the end of the year. Pauley had been reported to be unhappy at recent changes on the show, including the September arrival of Debra Norville as the show’s news anchor. Norville replaced John Palmer. 

Bette Midler loses a suit filed against the Ford Motor Company for a “sound-alike” TV car commercial imitating Midler’s singing voice. Midler testified that she didn’t do commercials. A former backup singer was hired to perform “Do You Want To Dance” for a 1986 Mercury Sable spot after Midler turned it down.

Bestselling books include “Clear and Present Danger” - Tom Clancy, “Star Trek - the lost years” - J.M. Dillard, “Roseanne, my life as a woman” - Roseanne Barr, “Jimmy Stewart and his poems” - Jimmy Stewart.


Radio news – October 22, 1989

The FCC fines four radio stations for indecent language:

KFI - Los Angeles is fined $6000 for material broadcast on the Tom Leykis show.

WIOD - Miami - fined $10,000 for 5 incidents broadcast on the Neil Rogers show.

WZTA- Miami - fined $2,000 for broadcasting a strong sexual innuendo on the Neil Rogers show.

KLUC-FM, Las Vegas is fined $2000 for playing Prince’s “Erotic City.” The song was played at 7:53pm.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 22, 1989

(CBS) Major Dad, Newhart, Murphy Brown, The Famous Teddy Z, Designing Women, Newhart...(NBC) Alf, Hogan Family, Movie...(ABC) MacGyver, Monday Night Foot (reversed on west coast).

NBC Movie - “False Witness” with Phylicia Rashad, Philip Michael Thomas

Murphy Brown - While on vacation, Miles ends up covering a hijacking.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 22, 1989

“Miss You Much” - Janet Jackson, “When I See You Smile” - English, “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” - Tears For Fears, “Love Song” - The Cure, “Cover Girl” - New Kids On The Block, “Love Shack” - B-52’s, “Mixed Emotions” - The Rolling Stones, “Cherish” - Madonna, “Love In An Elevator” - Areosmith, “Dr. Feelgood” - Motley Crue, “Bust A Move” - Young MC, “When I Looked At Him” - Expose, “Listen To Your Heart” - Roxette.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 22, 1989

 “Living Proof” - Ricky Van Shelton, “Ace In The Hole” - George Straight, “High Cotton” - Alabama, “Burnin’ Old Memories” - Kathy Mattea. 


Top movies – October 22, 1989

Look Who’s Talking - John Travolta, Kirstie Alley

Next Of Kin - Patrick Swayze, Adam Baldwin

Sea Of Love

Halloween 5  (Michael Lives)

Black Rain

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