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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 26, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Bush admits that it was a screw-up for U.S. troops to search the Nicaraguan ambassador’s residence in Panama City, even though they found a weapons cache.

A national poll of journalists name the meeting of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II as the top religion news story of 1989.

The Vatican says it will not turn deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega over to the U.S. U.S. officials say they hope to change Pope John Paul II’s mind.

Ion Illescu - a longtime ally of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, is named as provisional president of Romania. 


Sports news – December 26, 1989

Wayne Gretzky gets AP male athlete of the decade. Early this season, Gretzky passed Gordie How to become, at 28, the highest scorer in NHL history. Howe had scored 1,850 points in 26 seasons and 1,767 games, Gretzky passed him in his 11 th season and 7890 th game.


Music news – December 26, 1989

A “New Kids on the Block” concert is canceled in Boston after unruly fans proved too much for the teen-idol group. Hundreds of teen girls threw themselves toward the band when they first appeared on stage where they stayed for a minute or so before deciding the crowd was out of control.

Passing - Author Samuel Beckett (83).


Television news – December 26, 1989

Jane Pauley conducts her last “Today” show. It’s a long story, but her leaving the show has a lot to do with Dick Ebersol’s decision to expand the role of Deborah Norvelle

last fall, placing her side by side with Pauley to get younger viewers.


December 31, 1989 – New Year’s Eve Music Television

Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve - Kirk Cameron and Lori Laughlin host with Michael Damian, Expose, Martika, Stephanie Mills and the Temptations.

MTV’s New Years Eve bash includes performances by Living Colour, Neneh Cherry, Richard Marx, B-52’s, Young M.C. and Lenny Kravitz.

CBS has “Happy New Year America” - hosted by Natalie Cole with Melissa Manchester, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels and Gary Morris.

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