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


In The News

Six Jesuit priests are slain in El Salvador. They were murdered in a pre-dawn raid on their Jesuit-run university campus by gunmen in military uniform. 

50,000 Bulgarians assemble on the steps of a church to celebrate a new government and appeal for greater freedom.

More East bloc (Czechoslovakia) – Demand reforms - More than 20,000 march through the streets of Prague before riot police break-up the demonstrations.

In Washington - Polish solidarity leader Lech Walesa calls on America to offer a new “Marshall Plan” to help rebuild the ailing economies of Eastern Europe.

Increased minimum wage - President Bush signs a bill that will raise the minimum wage to $4.25 an hour from $3.35 an hour by the spring of 1991.


Sports news – November 15, 1989

Dexter Manley of the Washington Redskins becomes the third player suspended for life under the NFL’s drug abuse policy.

Pitcher Bret Saberhagen of the Kansas City Royals gets his second American League Cy Young Award. Last year, he went 23-6. 


Television news – November 15, 1989

“The Comedy Channel” - Home Box Office launches a new 24-hour comedy channel. Seen on the channel – Tommy Sledge and other comedy hosts Rachel Sweet, Allen Havey, Joel Hodgson, Steve Higgins, Dave Higgins and Dave Allen. HBO has invested about $75 million in the channel. But wait, rival Viacom is set to launch “Ha!” in the spring. 

Passing – Johnny Haymer – a familiar face on “Mash.” He was 69… of cancer.

Roseanne Barr appears on David Letterman, while “Roseanne” co-star John Goodman hosts “Saturday Night Live” with k.d. Lang as musical guest.

A federal appeals court clears the way for restoration of rules designed to prevent cable TV systems from showing syndicated programs that local TV stations also might be showing. That means if a local station is showing “Superman” – the cable TV carrier may have to block the signal of a superstition carrying the same program. 

News re-creations should not be part of news division - NBC news says it’s dropping “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” – a show that re-creates news events. The show is co-hosted by Maria Shriver, Chuck Scarborough and Mary Alice. Instead, the show will be part of NBC’s entertainment division and will continue to use news re-creations, which have been under heavy fire.

On “Geraldo” this week – a Chippendale bachelorette party.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – November 15, 1989

 CBS – Major Dad, The Famous Teddy Z, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Newhart, Doctor, Doctor, Pat Sajak

NBC – ALF, Hogan Family, Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – MacGyver,  Monday Night Football, Nightline

Fox – 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation

PBS – Nature

HBO – Jim Henson’s Ghost of father Hall

MTV – Classic MTV, News At Night


Major Dad – Mac convinces a sergeant to re-enlist. 

The Famous Teddy Z – How can you accidentally sell your house? Teddy does.

Designing Women – Julie gets her head stuck in stairs.


Music news – November 15, 1989

Graham Nash will make his debut as a talk host on cable’s Arts & Entertainment channel. Graham will host a series of programs titled “The Ring.” The debut program (Dec. 17) has Graham interviewing Grace Slick with appearances by Steve Garvey, Bonnie Raitt, Suzie Chaffee and Lamont Dozier.

Bruce Springsteen has told his E-street band members they are free to pursue outside projects.

Grateful Dean fans - Do you have your DTV? It’s a show for Deadheads, made by Deadheads. The monthly half-hour program is now on 25 different cable systems.

“New Kids On The Block” are hot. They have two simultaneous hits in the top-10 now with “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)” and “Hangin’ Tough."

Rap - Tommy Boy Records releases its first long form music video, “Monster TV Rap Hits.” It has sold more than 12,000 copies so far and features Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, De la Soul, 2 Live Crew, M.C. Hammer and Easy-E. The tape is about an hour.  

Milli Vanilli becomes the first duo or group to land three #1 hits from a debut album. What are they you ask? They are ”Baby Don’t Forget My Number,” “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You.”


Modern Rock Music Tracks – November 15, 1989

A Girl Like You – Smithereens

Proud To Fall – Ian McCulloch

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

Pictures of Matchstick Men – Camper Van Beethoven

Love and Anger – Kate Bush

Crossroads – Tracy Chapman

Should God Forget – Psychedelic Furs

Contact  - Big Audio Dynamite

I Want That Man – Deborah Harry

Into The Heart of Love – Mighty Lemon Drops

Make Believe Mambo – David Byrne


Top Rap Music Singles – November 15, 1989

Cha Cha Cha – MCLyte

Me So Horny – 2 Live Crew

Bust a Move – Young M.C.

Somebody for Me – Heavy d. & The Boyz

Just a Friend – Biz Markie

Beepers – Sir Mix-A-Lot

New Jack Swing – Wrecks-N-Effect

Steppin’ Into the A.M. – 3rd Bass

I Go to Work – Kool Moe Dee

Glamorous Life – Cool C


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

Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins

All Round The World – Lisa Stansfield

Girl I’m Gonna Miss You – Milli Vanilli

Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville

Street Tuff – Rebel MC/Double Trouble

Never Too Late – Kylie Minogue

Grand Piano – MixMaster

You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block

Room in your Heart – Living in a Box

I Feel The Earth Move – Martika

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


Hot Rock Album Music Cuts – November 15 1989

Rockin’ In the Free World – Neil Young

Pretending – Eric Clapton

Rock and A Hard Place – Rolling Stones

Just Between You And Me – Lou Gramm

Fool For Your Loving – Whitesnake

Janie’s Got A Gun – Aerosmith

Love Is A Long Road – Tom Petty

The Last Worthless Evening – Don Henley

Show Don’t Tell – Rush

Wait For You – Bonham

Foolish Heart – Grateful Dead


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 15, 1989

Yellow Roses – Dolly Parton

Bayou Boys – Eddy Raven

All the Fun – Paul Overstreet

It’s Just A Matter Of Time – Randy Travis

The Race Is On – Sawyer Brown

Til Love Comes Again – Reba McEntire

Two Dozen Roses - Shenandoah

The Vows Go Unbroken (Always True To You) – Kenny Rogers

If Tomorrow Never Comes – Garth Brooks


Top movies – November 15 1989

The Bear

Look Who’s Talking



Crimes and Misdemeanors

Second Sight

Staying Together

Next of Kin

Sea of Love

Gross Anatomy

Black Rain

The Fabulous Baker Boys

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