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Dateline: Events/Week of January 8, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News 

Interim President Ion Illescu declares that the Communist party of Romania has been outlawed.

Unrest – Outspoken Lithuanians demand independence on the first day of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s visit to the Baltic state.

 Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani says that members of the government armed forces committed the Nov. 16 slayings of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at their Central American University residences in San Salvador.

Wholesale prices hit .7% for December – driving inflation to 4.8% for all of 1989.

The Bush Administration backs away from a plan to send two warships to intercept drug traffic off the Colombian coast.

Cincinnati - President Bush takes time out to meet with the family of Army Pfc. James Markwell, a ranger medic killed by gunfire during the Dec. 20 Panama invasion.

The Supreme Court rules unanimously that a university, when charged with race or sex discrimination, must turn over confidential internal documents to government investigators.

Ford says it plans to sell its Aerospace division and concentrate more of its resources on the car business. 

Exxon Corp is set to pay $millions in cleanup costs for allowing a half-million gallons of fuel oil to spill from a pipeline into a busy waterway between New York and New Jersey.

China - Hundreds of Beijing residents streamed into Tian An Men Square after martial law was lifted and sporadic acts of defiance are quickly suppressed by police.


Business/Economy news – January 8, 1990

Disneyland announces it will build another park in S. California and will add new attractions to the older park.

Major banks drop their prime lending rates to 10%.

Ford says it will make front-seat air bags for the driver and passenger standard on all of its cars by the mid-1990’s.


Technology news – January 8, 1990

The dual-deck VCR – will finally become available to consumers on March 28. Home cassette copying is here! The unit – manufactured by Samsung – will sell for $999.


Sports news – January 8, 1990

Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Eric Davis signs a three-year $9.3-million contract that includes performance bonuses.


Entertainment news – January 8, 1990

Veteran actress Viveca Lindfors, is slashed across the face and ear by a Greenwich Village gang member.  She’s OK and has about 26 stitches.

Passing – Terry-Thomas – the English comedy actor.


Music news – January 8, 1990

 Don’t miss Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “More Strange Behavior” the Tour.

Ice Cube is leaving the rap group N.W.A. He plans to release a solo album in the Spring.

Attorneys for Ringo Starr and a Tennessee record producer (Chip Moman) who was ordered to turn over potentially embarrassing recordings to the former Beatle in exchange for $74,000 in expenses.


Television news – January 8, 1990

Jennifer Casolo, the American imprisoned in El Salvador for 18 on charges she hid weapons for leftist rebels – appears on CNN’s “Sonny Live.”

Janet Jackson launches her first concert tour on March 1. Although she’s sold some 7 million albums and Ms. Jackson has never toured to support a new album. 

Bryant Gumbel will serve as the main host for 12 of 19 golf tournaments televised by NBC this year.

Deborah Norville debuts in Jane Pauley’s place on “Today” this week.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 8, 1990

The Cosby Show – 24.2

Cheers – 24.2

Roseanne – 23.9

The Golden Girls

60 Minutes – 22.2

A Different World


Murder, She Wrote

Empty Nest – 20.9

The Wonder Years – 20.9

Designing Women – 20.7

Dear John – 20.5

Matlock – 18.5

Orange Bowl– 18.5

Unsolved Mysteries – 18.5

Who’s the Boss? – 18.3

Murphy Brown – 18.2

In the Heat of the Night – 17.9

Coach – 17.7

Top movies – January 8, 1990

Born on the Fourth of July

The War of the Roses

Tango & Cash


The Little Mermaid


Harlem Nights

We’re No Angels

Family Business

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