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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 10, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Thousands cheer and celebrate in Prague, Czechoslovaks as the opposition Civic Forum announced it would nominate its leader - playwright Vaclav Havel as the nation’s next president. Hard-lined communist President Gustav Husak resigned several days ago, shortly after swearing-in the first government in 41 years that didn’t have communist control.

Hotel queen Leona Helmsley is sentenced to four years in federal prison and fined $7.1 million. She evaded taxes by billing her hotel empire for personal expenses.

In Sweden, The Dalai Lama (54) accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. “I accept the prize with profound gratitude on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and for all those who struggle for freedom and work for world peace.” He says he is committed to seeking a peaceful end to China’s 40-year occupation of his Tibet homeland. 


Best-selling books – December 10, 1989

Bestsellers - “The Dark Half’ - Stephen King, “Daddy” - Danielle Steel, “Clear and Present Danger” - Tom Clancy, “Caribbean’ - James A. Michener, “All My Best Friends” - George Burns, “My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan” - Nancy Reagan/William Novak, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten” - Robert Fulghum, “Roseanne: My Life As A Woman” - Roseanne Barr

Passing - songwriter Sammy Lerner (86) ... best known for his lyrics of “Popeye the Sailor Man.” Also wrote the theme for Betty Boop and many “bouncing ball” cartoons.


Technology news – December 10, 1989

 At Toys R Us - Sega Genesis System - the new dimension in video game play. Uses powerful 16-bit arcade technology plus stereo sound for the ultimate home system. - $189.99 ... Nintendo Action set - Amazing, lifelike graphics. With control deck, controllers, light gun, game pak - $99.99.

IBM introduces a 1 gig hard disk at a press conference, but says it will be several years before gigabit discs will be available commercially.


Sports news – December 10, 1989

Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela (now a free agent) - agrees to a one-year, $2 million contract with the team. The deal includes incentives that could push the salary to $2.5 million if his health holds out to pitch the entire season.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – December 10, 1989

Opra Winfrey is named entertainer of the year and wins three other NAACP image awards. Other NAACP awards - Best TV actor - Howard Rollins - “In The Heat Of The Night,” Best TV actress - Jasmine Guy - “A Different World; Best actor in film - Morgan Freeman - “Lean On Me,” Best Actress - Ruby Dee - “Do The Right Thing.” ... Best Album - Anita Baker - “Giving You The Best That I Got,”

Passing - Actor Lee Van Cleef (64) of an apparent heart attack.

Suicide - Lindsay Crosby (51) son of crooner Bing Crosby - of a gunshot wound to his head at his home in Los Angeles. He was the youngest of four sons from Bing’s first marriage to Wilma Wyatt. A family spokesman says he was despondent after learning that the inheritance he relied on to support his family was gone.

Roseanne Barr calls off her January wedding to Tom Arnold. “My January 20 marriage to Tom Arnold is off. Tom has entered an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic.”

So far actor Howard Rollins has missed three epos ides of  “In The Heat Of The Night.” Rollins has admitted himself to a rehabilitation center. MGM-TV says the decision for him to return to the series “is up to him.”

Gary Collins is signed to host “The Home Show” on ABC daytime. He’ll begin the end of this month, replacing Robb Weller.

Francis Bavier (86) - known to millions as “Aunt Bee” on the Andy Griffith show has her ashes placed in an urn at her gravesite after a 10-minute ceremony - just outside Silver City - North Carolina.  Aunt Bee died in her sleep last Wednesday.


MTV Programming Changes – December 10, 1989

Moving away from airing music videos 24 hours a day, MTV says it will launch several new series beginning in January - a morning show hosted by a male-female team, and what the network describes as “vidcoms” (comedy and music videos). “Music videos will still represent 90% of our programming. But instead of having random videos, we’ll be customizing shows and hosts to improve our presentation to the audience who’s out there.” MTV can be seen in 48 million homes in the United States and 26 foreign countries.


Top TV shows/ratings – December 10, 1989

 Roseanne (23.7), Cheers (22.5), The Cosby Show (22.2), The Golden Girls (20.5), A Different World (20.4), Empty Nest (19.8), 60 Minutes (19.8), 60 Minutes (19.8), The Wonder Years (19.8), Dear John (19.3), LA Law (19.2), Murder, She Wrote (18.9), Monday Night Football (18.8), Married ... With Children (18.4), Who’s The Boss? (18.3), Bob Hope Christmas Special (18.6), Matlock (17.5), In The Heat of the Night (17.5), Coach (17.1), Unsolved  Mysteries (16.9), Designing Woman (16.9), Julie & Carol Together Again (16.1), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (15.8), Doogie Howser, MD (15.50, Amen (15.4), Growing Pains, (15.2), Hogan Family (15.0), Head Of the Class (14.8), Newhart (14.6), Murphy Brown (14.6), The Simpsons Christmas Special (14.5), ALF (14.4).  


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of December 10, 1989

CBS - Beauty and the Beast, Jake and The Fatman, Wiseguy ... NBC - Unsolved Mysteries, Special-Christmas In America: A Love Story, Quantum Leap ... ABC - Growing Pains, Head Of The Class, Doggie Howser, MD, Special-Julie and Carol: Together Again ... FOX - No Schedule ... PBS - Discover, Frontline

Christmas In America: A Love Story - Kenny Rogers stars as a worldly photographer who looks back on his life.

Frontline - “Right To Die?” - examines complex moral and legal issues in the Cruzan family’s appeal to remove their brain-damaged daughter’s life-support equipment.


Music news – December 10, 1989

Singer Billy Idol signs for his first movie roll - an unnamed film about the life of Jim Morrison. It’ll be from Oliver Stone.

Guitarist John Taylor of Duran Duran gets his driver’s license banned for 12 months after driving while drinking through London.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) –December 10, 1989

“Another Day In Paradise’ - Phil Collins, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” - Billy Joel, “Blame It On The Rain” - Milli Vanilli, “Don’t Know Much” - Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville, “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me” - Paula Abdul, “Back To Life (However You Want Me)” - Soul II Soul, “Angelia” - Richard Marx, “With Every Beat Of My Heart’ - Taylor Dayne, “Just Like Jesse James” - Cher, “Living In Sin” - Bon Jovi, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” - Kix, “Don’t Make Me Over” - Sybil, “The Last Worthless Evening” - Don Henley, “Rock And A Hard Place” - The Rolling Stones


Top Music Albums  - December 10, 1989

 “... But Seriously” - Phil Collins, “Presto” - Rush, “Storm Front” - Billy Joel,” Cosmic Thing’ - The B-52’s, “Girl You Know It’s True’ - Milli Vanilli, “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’ - Janet Jackson, “Pump” - Aerosmith, “Steel Wheels” - The Rolling Stones, “A Fresh Aire Christmas” - Mannheim Steamroller” - “Journeyman” - Eric Clapton, “Forever Your Girl” - Paul Abdul, “Full Moon Fever” - Tom Petty, “Crossroads” - Tracy Chapman, “Live” - Kenny G, “Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind” - Linda Rostadt/Aaron Neville, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” - Mannheim Steamroller, “Slip Of The Tongue” - Whitesmake, “Hangin’ Tough” - New Kids On The Block, “A Collection: Greatest Hits ... and More” - Barbra Streisand, “Very Special Christmas’ - various artists.


Top Country Hit Music Songs – December 10, 1989

“It’s Just A Matter Of Time” - Randy Travis, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” - Garth Brooks, “Two Dozen Roses” - Shenandoah.  


Top Country Music Albums – December 10, 1989

Top Country Albums - “No Holdin’ Back’ - Randy Travis, “Killin’ Time” - Clint Black, “White Limozeen” - Dolly Parton, “Reba Live” - Reba McEntire, “Simple Man” - The Charlie Daniels Band, “The Boys Are Back” - Sawyer Brown, “Just Lookin’ For A Hit” - Dwight Yoakam, “Loving Proof” - Ricky Van Shelton, “The Road Not Taken” - Shenandoah, “Leave The Light On” - Lorrie Morgan.


Top Movies – December 10, 1989

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo

The War Of The Roses - Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny Divito

Back to the Future Part II- Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

The Little Mermaid

The Wizard - Fred Savage

Family Business - Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick

Buddy-Buddies - Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn

Blaze - Paul Newman

Steel Magnolias - Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hanna

Harlem Nights

She-Devil - Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr

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