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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 1, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Miami police officer William Lozano is found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of two black men that led to three days of inner-city rioting. 

Trouble in the Philippines as rebel planes bomb President Aquino’s presidential palace in Manila. It was in support of a coup attempt b troops who took over several military camps and closed the international airport.

In Malta - President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev end their two- day summit with optimism and cooperation. They agreed to speed up the timetable for concluding arms reduction agreements and work toward integrating the Soviet Union into the international free market economy.

Prime Minister Ladistav Adamec resigns as premier of Czechoslovakia a move which could open the way for the country’s first non-communist government since 1946.

East Germany names Manfred Geriach - a non-Communist, as head of state.


Business news – December 1, 1989

Coca-Cola Classic was the best selling soft drink in 1989, but the drink known as New Coke that was introduced to replace it (back in 1985) fell out of the top 10 for the first time.

IBM says it plans to cut 10,000 jobs and take a $2.3-bilion charge against fourth-quarter earnings.


Entertainment news - December 1, 1989

A paperback edition of “Theo and Me” by Cosby actor Malcolm Jamal Warner is out. The 19-year-old says he’s concerned about his career after the Cosby show and says he’s carefully choosing roles because “I want them to be different from Theo.”’

Passing - Actor John Payne (77)- best known as playing opposite Maureen O’Hara in the famed holiday movie classic - “Miracle on 34 th Street.”


Music news – December 1, 1989

Another version of 1984’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has been created. The participating artists include Tina turner, Cliff Richard, Chris Rea, Bananarama, Jason Donovan and Tears For Fears. The new single is expected to go on sale Dec 11.


Sports news – December 1, 1989

The NFL tells the Pittsburgh Steelers that referee Ben Dreith’s crew mistakenly awarded Houston an extra time-out in the first half of the Oilers’ 23-16 victory in Pittsburgh.


Television news – December 1, 1989

Passing - Frances Bavier - the beloved actress known by millions as “Aunt Bee” of the Andy Griffith show. She was 86. She was 57 when the show began in 1960.

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – John Goodman hosts with musical guest k.d. Lang.

HBO Saturday night - 13 th annual young comedians show.


Top TV shows/Ratings – December 1, 1989

NBC comes in first for the November sweeps - ABC second and CBS third. For the four-week period - NBC scored a 15.1 rating, ABC a 13 and CBS a 12 rating.

The Brady Bunch is coming back and CBS says the series will reappear, making it one of the few shows to span 4 decades. At least Florence Henderson and Robert Reed will be back, but so far, we don’t know about the other cast members.

Jesse Jackson is readying his own TV talk show “Voices of America.”


Monday night television listings/TV guide – December 1, 1989

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

NBC - ALF, Hogan Family, Movie, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC - MacGyver, Monday Night Football, Nightline

FOX - 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation, After Hours

PBS - Pledge Week

MTV - Remote Control, Classic MTV

Showtime - Nightmare Classics

MacGyver - Mac helps an Amish family from government seizure of their farm.

Pat Sajak - Barry White and WWF wrestlers.

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