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Roy Orbison Dies

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Bensten Cheap Shot During V/P Debate W/Dan Quayle

George H. Bush Wins Presidential Election

Jet Crashes On The Town Of Lockerbie - All Are Dead

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"Is This Love" - Whitesnake

garry shandling 1988 trivia news facts  mrpopcultureJanuary – “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – the popular cable TV show is being picked-up by Fox. The network also announces it is canceling “The Wilton North Report”… The Grammys don’t have enough artists to support the Female Rock Vocal category. There’s a shortage of entries. One reason is that several prominent female rockers – Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Rickie Lee Jones and Cyndi Lauper didn’t release new albums last year… At the Waldorf-Astoria in New York - The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Drifters and the Supremes are inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame… After being absent from the record charts most of the decade - Aerosmith is back with “Permanent Vacation”…15-year-old Tiffany is riding high with her second hit record - “Could’ve Been”… Actor Sean Penn makes a citizen’s arrest after catching three prowlers on his Malibu property. He hit one of them over the head with a bottle of salad dressing… Exercise tapes – Well, Jane Fonda is tops in sales, but Kathy Smith is #2. She’s got a new video out called “Kathy Smith’s Starting Out”…

"Could've Been" - Tiffany

heather o rourke dies february 1988 movie history timeline mrpopculture imageFebruary -  NBC says it will sell all of its radio stations including: WKYS-FM/ Washington, KNBR/KYUU San Francisco and WNBC/WYNY-FM… Heather O’Rourke , best known for her roll in the Poltergeist films is dead at age 12… For his upcoming “Tunnel of Love Express” tour – Bruce Springsteen is telling promoters he wants a 95-5 split - with Springsteen getting the 95%... 16-year-old Tiffany becomes the first female artist in the rock era to reach No. 1 with her first two singles. She did it with “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been”… The Disney Channel debuts a new music dance show – “Videopolis.” The regular host is Randy Hamilton of the show “Kids Are People Too”…Group W (Westinghouse) closes to buy NBC’s WMAQ radio in Chicago for $13 million… Howard Stern going PPV – Howard Stern – mornings on WXRK and WYSP will host “Howard Stern’s Underwear & Negligee Party” on Feb 27… Alice Cooper says he’s running for Governor of Arizona: “I represent the Wild party, and I even have a campaign slogan: Alice Cooper – a troubled man for troubled times”… Sports announcer Bob Costas will get his own late late night talkshow with “Later With Bob Costas” on NBC. It’s set to debut August 22…

"Never Gonna Give You Up" - Rick Astley

March -  Michael Jackson’s new Pepsi commercial debuts on the Grammy Awards telecast…

More March - Performing at a concert in Worchester (MA) – Bruce Springsteen misses some of the lyrics on “Born to Run”… Music Trend - Rap Music - once the province of independent labels, is breaking into the majors. A lot has to do with the multi-platinum sales achieved by the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J through Def Jam/Columbia… Howard Stern going PPV - Howard Stern - mornings on WXRK and WYSP will host “Howard Stern’s  Underwear & Negligee Party” on Feb 27… Longtime CBS news anchor Douglas Edwards retires…  Sports announcer Bob Costas will get his own late late night talkshow with “Later With Bob Costas… The Frank Sinatra-Dean Martin-Sammy begins March 13 – but Dean Martin quickly drops out… Grammy Awards - Record of the year - “Graceland” - Paul andy gibb 1988 news facts celebrity  mrpopculture photoSimon… Andy Gibb who rose to fame in the 1970’s in the footsteps of his three older Bee Gees Brothers dies the age of 30… Seen – “An Evening At The Improv” on A&E… Veteran CBS newsman Douglas Edwards signs-off after 40 years on network television..  “Man in the Mirror” makes Michael Jackson the first artist ever to land four No. 1 pop hits from one album… Michael Jackson’s “Bad” Tour is hot… Actor Howard Rollins Jr. is freed on a $5,000 bond after being charged with possession of crack… Hip Hop rivalry – L.L. Cool J. and Kool Moe Dee, who take pot shots at each other on records…

"Man In The Mirror" - Michael Jackson

hall and oates music news 1988 facts history timelineApril  -  Don’t  miss a 10-hour concert/birthday bash – “Atlantic Records – 40th anniversary: It’s Only Rock & Roll” at Madison Square Garden. When – May 14Top movie this week – “Beatlejuice”… James (JT) Taylor has left Kool & The Gang to go solo… Daryl Hall & John Oates launch their first studio album in three years with a closed-circuit press conference beamed to more than a dozen cities. It was hosted by Z-100 PD Scott Shannon…Passing - Brook Benton (56) who had a string of hits during the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s… Paul McCartney is busy on a new album. He’s collaborating with Elvis Costello... REM lands a five-album deal with Warner Brothers for as much as $2 million an album. The group is guaranteed full CD royalties and full mechanicals, while its master recordings revert to the group after 10 years…

"Wishing Well" - Terence Trend D'Arby

whitney houston 1988 facts music history  mrpopculture photo May -  For “Whitney” and “Whitney Houston” albums - Whitney Houston becomes the first artist to have two albums certified for U.S. sales of 6 million or more copies by the RIAA… Soul singer James Brown is released from an Aiken Country (SC) jail after another run-in sparked by a fight with his wife… MTV is home to “Remote Control” a sort of satire of game shows. Some of the questions – “Name the Italian lubricant that’s also Popeye’s girlfriend (Olive Oyl)… Westwood One - the program syndicator, buys its first radio station – WYNY New York for $39 million… Academy Awards - Best Picture - “The Last Emperor”… NBC will produce programming for the Disney Channel - the first time a network has produced programming for a cable channel… Casey Kasem leaves “American Top 40”…   Emmis buys WNBC (660) along with WYNY-FM from NBC, as part of a five-station deal for $121.5 million and there’s talk of moving its sports programming over to 660… Larry King (54) - late night radio talk show host is now heard on 322 stations and conducts a nightly interview program on Cable News Network…

"One More Try" - George Michael

June Shadoe Stevens (Terry Ingsted) is named the new host of radio’s,  “American Top 40”Touring – Whoopi Goldberg “Living on the edge of chaos”Run D.M.C. releases their fourth album – “Run’s House.” Currently, Run-D.M.C is headlining a tour that features jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and Public Enemy… Van Halen’s Monsters of Rock tour opens in Washington D.C. at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. The tour also features the Scorpions and Kingdom Come... Teenage sensation Tiffany drops her petition to emancipate herself from her mother’s legal guardianship, but she won’t be returning home soon. Tiffany Renee bruce springsteen 1988 trivia facts separated mrpopculture photoDarwish has been living with her paternal grandmother in S. California since leaving home last March 7… Bruce Springsteen has separated from his wife of three years - actress Julianne Phillips. The couple had a falling out on the question of children. “The Boss” wants them, but wants to wait to get her acting career off the ground… Debbie Gibson becomes the youngest artist to write, produce and sing a national #1 hit record. She did it with “Foolish Beat”… Passing - Jesse-Ed Davis - the Kiowa Indian who became one of the best rock guitarists…

"Dirty Diana" - Michael Jackson

fresh prince dj jazz july 1988 rap music history timeline facts imageJuly - Michael Jackson is set to star in a 90-minute special for NBC-TV July 30. “Michael Jackson Around The World”… Another major-market AM station drops music in favor of talk. It’s no surprise that KFI-AM (640) in Los Angeles is going talk… Michael Omansky of RCA records is using a 900 line to promote “He’s The D.J., I’m The Rapper” by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. If you call 1-900-909-JEFF, you’ll get details on the group’s background, interests and thoughts on recording their album (listed below). It’ll cost you $2 for the first minute and 35 cents for each additional minute...  

 

"Yo MTV Raps" Begins

August - Rap music just got a nice boost (it's becoming popular) and MTV took notice. MTV starts, "Yo MTV Raps".... DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince release “Nightmare On My Street," a parody of “Nightmare on Elm Street” featuring a voice that sounds like Freddy Krueger…

"Nightmare On My Street" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

Passing – Joe Carcione, best kown for his nationally syndicated “Green Grocer” food minutes on television. Carcione (73) was with his family when he died of cardiac arrest…

Green Grocer On TV

cher 1988 facts september timeline popcultureMore August - Cher, Rod Stewart, Guns N’ Roses, INXS, Jody Whatley and the Fat Boys are scheduled to perform on MTV’s 1988 Music Video Awards show set for Sept. 7. Arseno Hall will host… I

NXS is the big winner in the MTV Video Music Awards - including best video for, "Need You Tonight."

1988 MTV VIdeo Music Awards/Sam Kinison & Guns 'n Roses

"Need You Tonight" - INXS

 

john f kennedy jr 1988 facts history photo mrpopculture

September - John F. Kennedy Jr. is chosen as People Magazine’s “Hunk of the Year”  Don’t miss “Hard Rock Café” an NBC-Lorne Michaels special. Appearing – Dan Akroyd, INXS, John Cougar Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Ziggy Marley and 10,000 Maniacs. On Tuesday night... INXS is the big winner in the 5th annual MTV Music Video Awards, getting, among the awards – best video for “Need You Tonight.” Michael Jacksonperformed on the telecast live via satellite from London…   Marry - Michael J. Fox to Tracy Polan… Marry - Kevin Bacon and actress Kyra Sedgwick… New syndicated morning TV show - “Live with Regis And Kathie Lee” … INXS is the big winner in the 5 th annual MTV Music Video Awards, getting, among the awards - best video for “Need You Tonight”… Michael Jackson says he will retire from the live concert scene when his worldwide Bad tour ends Dec. 26 in Tokyo… NBC is launching CNBC in February… Lisa Marie Presley (20) marries musician Danny Keogh (23)… TNT  a new cable channel from Ted Turner debuts October… Whoopi Goldberg is being added as a semi-regular to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” syndicated TV series… New York’s Salsa Festival drew some 20,000 with talent such as The Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montanez, Celia Cruz and others… Yoko Ono, receives John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood walk of fame, near the Capitol Records building...

"(Don't Worry) Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

October - Lisa Marie Presley (20) marries musician Danny Keogh (23) at a small service in HollywoodOn Showtime – look for “That’s What Friends Are For – Aids Concert ’88.” Features Blair Underwood, Lena Horne with Elton John, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Steve Wonder, Robert Townsend, Gladys Knight and others… WHTZ (Z-100) music director Frankie Blue says the station is playing the best new music first in New York. Three weeks ago, it was Bon Jovi, two weeks ago, U2 and the past week, Barbra Streisand & Don Johnson’s “Til I Loved You”… “Friday the 13 th : The Series” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” - sam kinosin 1988 trivia music wild thing video facts mrpopculturetaking their names from their blockbuster films, debut on television as series… Sam Kinison rounds-up some friends for his video “Wild Thing” – a cover of the big 1960’s hit by the Troggs. Out front is Jessica Hahn. Also appearing – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Billy Idol, Steve Adler, John Waite, Tommy Lee, And Richie Sambors (drummer for Bon Jovi)… 

"Kokomo" - Beach Boys

November - MTV is doing a “Scrooge for a Day” contest where the lucky viewer can be network president for a day. He or she will select MTV videos, edit the news and chair programming meetings, receive $25,000 in station advertising revenues and a percentage of the daily “Scrooged” box-office take… Talk show host Oprah Winfrey – a recent shedder of 67 pounds, says she will go public this week on her show – on her weight loss….

Oprah Weight Loss - 1988

More Music This Week: "How Can I Fall?" - Breathe

December - Disney forms its third film division - “Hollywood Studios.” The new company will start February 1 and will make movies similar to the company’s “Touchstone Pictures”… CBS Music Video enterprises is set to release on January 10 – what it hopes could be one of the best-selling music video longforms to date – a 94-minute Michael Jackson video titled “Moonwalker.” It’ll be priced at $24.95. But wait – CBS Music Video enterprises is releasing Bruce Springsteen’s first longform home videocassette as well – a 100-minute retrospective containing his complete video clip output during the past 10 years…

CBS-TV’s “A Very Brady Christmas” starring the old Brady Bunch gang, brought in a 39 share and a 25.1 rating – good enough for #2 overall… 

"A Very Brady Christmas" CBS Sunday Night Movie

Sam Kinison rounds-up some friends for his video “Wild Thing” - a cover of the big 1960’s hit by the Troggs. Out front is Jessica Hahn…

More December - Federal court - Singer-songwriter Tom Waits files a $2 million suit against Frido-Lay, claiming the snack company used a sound-alike to promote of its new products… Actor Gary Busey (44) is critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Southern California… Passing - Max Robinson, the nation’s first black network television news anchor dies from AIDS. He was 49… 

"My Perogative" - Bobby Brown

 

The Year 1988 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 – Exchange messages – President Reagan and soviet leader Mikhail s. Gorbachev, exchange New Year’s greetings to the Soviet and American people. President Reagan, appearing on Soviet TV – gently prodded the Kremlin on such still-sensitive issues as human rights and regional conflicts… The late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s name is removed from a city, a district in Moscow and squares in Leningrad and Moscow, symbolizing his public disgrace…

ABC World News Tonight - January 11, 1988

andrei sakharov 1988 news timeline history  mrpopcultureJanuary 8 - Human rights activist Andrei d. Sakharov meets Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev for the first time and gives him a list of 200 Soviets he said are still imprisoned for their views… ZZZZ Best founder Barry Minkow is arrested on federal fraud charges. He’s the 21-year-old whiz kid who became the target of a massive money-laundering investigation…

Barry Minkow Commercial

January 20 - President Reagan authorizes the CIA to resume airdrops of weapons to Nicaragua’s Contra rebels as congressional opponents offset an expected presidential lobbying blitz for an extension of military aid…

1988 President Reagan State Of The Union

January 26 - U.S. Surgeon General C. Evertt Koop says he wants to screen every student of a major American university this spring to help determine the incidence of AIDS among young adults…

February 1 - Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese denies any wrongdoing on his part in connection with the possible payoffs to a high Israeli official to allow an Iraqi oil pipeline to be built without Israel interference…  Major banks across the country cut their prime lending rates to 8.5% from 8.75%...The nation’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6%... Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane pleads guilty to four misdemeanor charges of withholding information from Congress about Reagan Administration efforts to help Nicaragua Contra rebels…

gephardt 1988 news history facts  mrpopcultureFebruary 8 - Richard Gephardt wins the Iowa democratic presidential caucus with Senator Paul Simon coming in second… The Army’s ban on homosexual is ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. In a case from Seattle, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (in San Francisco) ruled 2 to 1 that Army rules banning soldiers with a “homosexual orientation” violate constitutional guarantees of equal protection of the laws… 

February 15 - Anthony M. Kennedy takes his place as the 104th Supreme Court justice in U.S. history… Jimmy Swaggart, under church investigation reportedly for adultery, tearfully confesses that he had sinned and will leave the pulpit for an indefinite period….

February 22 - Navy Secretary James Webb resigns with a blast at Defense Secretary frank Carlucci’s budget-cutting decision to postpone plans for a 600-ship American Navy by the end of 1989… Mayor Ed Koch of New York called President Reagan “a wimp” in the war on drugs after taking out a full-page newspaper ad urging the President to cut economic aid to drug-producing countries…

president reagan 1988 march news facts history  mrpopcultureMarch 1 - President Reagan decides to impose no immediate new economic sanctions against Panama, even though he has denounced the regime of Gen. Manual A. Noriega for deposing Panama’s civilian president and aiding international drug trafficking…Bank holiday - Panama, which has developed into a major Caribbean banking center, shuts down its banks because of pressures from the United States and foes of Gen. Noriega...

 

NBC Nightly News W/Tom Brokaw - March 4, 1988

March 8 - Vice President George Bush scores heavily on Super Tuesday of this week in a 16 state win… Jack Kemp ends his republican presidential campaign, saying George Bush has won “the Reagan wing of the Republican party”…

March 15 - President Reagan, marking the fifth anniversary of his “Star Wars” proposal says the United States would move to deploy elements of the space-based missile defense system as soon as they are ready… Sen. Paul Simon wins the Democratic presidential primary in Illinois as Vice President Bush soundly beats Bob Dole in the republican side…

March 23 -Rev. Jesse Jackson defeats Gov. Michael Dukakis in the Michigan Democratic presidential caucuses... Former Reagan aides Oliver North, John Poindexter and two associates plead not guilty to charges they ran the Iran-contra scandal as a vast criminal conspiracy and defrauded the government of $17 million… Edwin Mease is under pressure to step down...

ABC-TV News W/Sam Donaldson - March 30, 1988

April 1 - – R.H. Macy Co. purchases Bullocks and I. Magnin stores… Massachusetts Gov Michael S. Dukakis wins Wisconsin beating Jesse Jackson…. A judge in New Jersey grants Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould immediate unsupervised visitation of six hours a week with the child she agreed to bear under a $10,000 surrogate contract…

April 11 - Addressing the annual National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas and setting the tone for next month’s Moscow summit conference, President Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to tear down the “grim, invisible wall of oppression” that prohibits the flow of ideas and information between East and West…. Hotel Tycoons Harry and Leona Helmsley are indicted on charges of failing to report over $4 million in persona expenditure paid for by business or corporations they controlled….

michael dukakis 1988 news facts history april  mrpopcultureApril 19 - Massachusetts Gov Michael S. Dukakis wins the New York primary - beating the Rev Jesse Jackson and Sen. Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee. Dukakis had 51% of the vote, 37% for Jackson and 10% for Gore. Vice President George Bush won the  Republican primary, running basically unopposed...

April 25 - Retired U.S. auto worker John Demjanjuk is sentenced to death by hanging for killing thousands of Jews at the World War II nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland, where he became known as “Ivan the Terrible”… General Motors is dropping Firestone Tire as a supplier of tires for new GM cars and trucks, which account for about 20% of  Firestone’s U.S. production. GM says it was part of their ongoing supplier-rationalization study”… Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev meets the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and says the Soviet state has made tragic mistakes in its past treatment of Christmas…. Aloha Airlines Flight 243 - with 95 passengers en route to Honolulu from Hilo - has about a quarter of its fuselage ripped out at 24,000 feet. One of the flight crew was apparently ripped out of the plane. The plane diverted to Maui - landing 13 minutes after the incident. 65 were injured. NBC News Story Here:

May 1  - The federal government unveils an explicit pamphlet, to be mailed to every American household, no how to avoid AIDS. The pamphlet includes advice on condoms and urges readers to “talk about” AIDS “with those you love”… A United Airlines Boeing 747 on a flight from Los Angeles with 258 people aboard lands safely at New Tokyo International Airport after three of its four engines shut down…  Stung by a series of “kiss-and-tell” books by former White House officials, President Regan lashes out at his once-trusted Chief of staff Donald T. Regan for choosing “to attack my wife” in his soon-to-be released memoirs, saying, “I don’t look kindly upon that at all”… Eric Clapton and his wife, Patti Boyd file papers in London seeking to end their nine-year marriage…

May 8 - President Reagan is “mortified” that his endorsement of George Bush’s presidential candidacy was regarded as surprisingly lukewarm. Reagan gave Bush a terse, three sentence statement of support, mispronouncing the name of his vice president at one point as “Bosch”…

May 15 -  Embattled Atty. Gen Edwin Meese III fires the Justice department’s chief spokesman, Terry Eastland, for not defending him aggressively enough... Carlos Lehder Rivas , the biggest foreign drug dealer ever brought to trial in this country, is found guilty of running a smuggling operation what shipped tons of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S...

CBS Evening News W/Dan Raither - May 19, 1988

mikhail gorbachev 1988 may news facts history  mrpopcultureMay 23 -  The Soviet Communist Party gives Mikhail Gorbachev, a mandate to pursue his policies for the country’s radical political, economic and social transformation despite wide-spread opposition within the party’s own ranks…Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono says that a “family squabble” has led to the firing of his mom and stepfather at his Palm Springs restaurant. The dispute was with another man hired to take over the management duties... Retail prices increase .4% in April. It’s on the heels of a .5% increase in March...

June 1 - Amid hugs and smiles, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev wind-up their fourth summit by putting into force the historic INF treaty heralding as opening a new era of nuclear disarmament and boasting of a more steady improvement in superpower relations. .. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board announces a record $1.35 billion cash payout to shut down two insolvent savings institutions in Costa Mesa, California – the biggest U.S. cash bailout to date...

June 8 - The House Ethics Committee says that it will investigate six allegations of possible misconduct by House Speaker Jim Wright, the first time in this country a House Speaker has been the target of an ethics inquiry… U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell, the judge in the Iran-Contra case rules that Oliver L. North, John M. Poindexter and two other defendants each be tried separately, so they can defend themselves using each other’s congressional testimony given under a grant of limited immunity New AIDS cases are being reported the United States at the rate of one every 14 minutes and an estimated 365,000 cases will have been reported by 1992...

June 21 - Howard Baker Jr. resigns as President Reagan’s Chief of Staff for personal reasons related to the ill-health reasons of his wife Joy… For the first time - A federal court finds a cigarette company liable in the death of a smoker - ordering that $400 in damages be paid… John Zaccaro Jr. - son of 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro is sentenced to four months in jail for selling cocaine, despite crying pleas from his mother… Moscow - Mikhail S. Gorbachev makes an impassioned appeal to delegates at a Communist Party conference to adopt his proposed overhaul of the soviet system and said socialism will die if they don’t... Mikhail S. Gorbachev calls for sweeping change in the Soviet Union, including creation of a full-time legislature with real power and election of a president with duties akin to those of some Western heads of state.There's a big drought/heat wave in the country. Here's ABC-TV news: 

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - June 28, 1988

July 1 - More than 180 Western protesters scrambled over the Berlin Wall to the east to escape police in scenes unprecedented since the barrier was erected in 1961… The USS Vincennes mistakes a commercial Iranian airliner for a warplane and shoots it down over the Persian Gulf. 290 passengers and crew die… At least 166 people were killed or missing and feared dead in an explosion aboard a U.S. owned offshore oil rig that sent men frantically leaping 200 feet into the North Sea…

lloyd bensten 1988 news trivia facts july  mrpopcultureJuly 7 - Edwin Mease, the most controversial attorney general since John N. Mitchell, declares that an independent counsel’s 14-month investigation “has completely vindicated him” and is quitting the post...  Democratic Convention - Michael S. Dukakis names Sen. Lloyd Bensten as his running mate…

July 15 - The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini says that accepting a U.N. resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war was “worse than drinking poison,” but that Iran’s political leaders recommended it be done…

CBS News With Dan Rather - At Democratic Convention In Atlanta

July 23 - Medical waste - blood bags, hypermic needles - are washing up in New Jersey and Long Island... Wild fires are burning in 12 western states. Yellowstone Park is being hard hit. 

NBC Nightly News W/Garrick Utley - July 27, 1988

August 1 - President Reason names Wall Street investment banker Nicholas Brady to replace Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III, who is resigning to assume the reins of Vice President George Bush’s presidential campaign…  Congress passes the omnibus trade bill. It’s a measure that will strengthen the government’s ability to retaliate against unfair trading practices aboard and establish a new program of unemployment relief and job training for workers thrown out of their jobs by import competition…

August 8 -  Secretary of State George Shultz escapes an assassination attempt in Bolivia after a bomb exploded in the middle of his motorcade. Neither he nor his wife were injured…

dan quayle 1988 news headlings trends  mrpopcultureAugust 15 - Republican convention – New Orleans – Vice President George Bush, accepts the Republican presidential nomination… Vice President hopeful Dan Quayle is accused of using the influence of his publishing family in 1969 to get a stateside slot in the Indiana National guard, avoiding a Vietnam draft… At least 46 people are killed when three Italian planes hit above a crowd at an air show at Ramstein, West Germany…

George Bush Acceptance Speech At Convention

September  1 - Drexel-Burnham Lambert Inc. and Michael Milken, head of its junk bond department are accused of insider trading, stock market manipulation and defrauding the firm’s clients in a massive lawsuit filed with the SEC. 

September 15 - The House approves a revision of the nation’s pesticide laws. Chemical companies would now be required to pay $150 million to the Environmental Protection Agency to aid in the review of pesticides whose health and safety effects have not been fully studied. Individual firms would pay less…President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is being restructured substantially, according to military and congressional officials. The “Star Wars” program has been scaled back in the face of budgets and skeptics... How is the economy doing for this Presidential Election Year? Here's an ABC-TV news cast: 

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - September 21, 1988

September 23 -  The Shuttle Discovery blasts off into orbit, returning the U.S. into space for the first time in 2 1/2 years. The redesign of the booster rockets kept the other three shuttles off the ground since the Challenger disaster… Passing - Billy Carter (51) of pancreatic cancer. Probably the best known “firstbrother” in U.S. history… George Bush debates Michael Dukakis...

Jim Lehrer Moderates Bush/Dukakis Debate

October 1 –  Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bensten Vice President debate.... Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet Communist party’s general secretary is elected the nation’s president… President Reagan accuses Democrat Lloyd Bensten of “a cheap shot… unbecoming a senator of this United States” for criticizing Republican Dan Quayle for comparing himself to John F. Kennedy during the vice presidential debate…

Here's the Quayle/Bensten Moment

October 8 - Congress, consigning “one of the great sacred cows” to the slaughterhouse, votes to authorize the Pentagon to close unneeded military bases at an estimated savings of up to $5 billion a year.

NBC News

October 15 - A federal grand jury indicts former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda on racketeering charges, alleging they plundered their homeland of millions of dollars to buy Manhattan property and defrauded U.S. banks…

October 23 - President Reagan decides that the only way to prevent the KGB secret police from eavesdropping on the Moscow/U.S. Embassy is to raise it and build another. 

November 1 - Michael Dukakis and George Bush wrap-up their campaigning - Bush in Ohio and Dukakis in St. Louis...

CBS-TV Election Night Coverage/George Bush Wins!

george h bush november 1988 news trivia facts  mrpopculture imageNovember 8 - George Bush wins an overwhelming victory over Democrat Michael Dukakis, winning in at least 37 states. .. The New York City Health Department begins giving needles of addicts in AIDS battle. . It’s the nation’s first government-sponsored needle exchange program for drug addicts…

ABC-TV News Brief - November 11, 1988

November 15 - President Reagan bids a ceremonial farewell to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Washington. She praised her longtime friend and political soul mate for giving the world the chance to start “over again”…British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tells President-elect George Bush that he must give the Arab-Israeli conflict a higher priority than President Reagan has and she urged him to begin by finding a way to reward the Palestine Liberation Organization of its implied recognition of Israel...Egypt formally recognizes the newly declared state of Palestine in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip... The Soviet Union formally recognizes the new Palestinian state... So far, 182 banks have failed this year... 

CBS Evening News W/Dan Rather

November 23 - In Warsaw – Solidarity founder Lech Walesa makes hi first uncensored television appearance in eight years in a live debate with the leader of the official trade unions, Alfred Miodowicz…

December 1 - President Reagan elevates National Security Advisor Lt. Gen Colin Powell to a rank of four-star general and at the same time, appoints him head of all Army ground forces in the continental U.S… President-elect George Bush retains CIA Director William Webster for the same post and names Thomas Pickering as ambassador to the United Nations. In addition, Carla Hills is named special trade representative - the first woman picked for a high-level post in the incoming administration...  An earthquake rocks Armenia virtually destroying cities with tens of thousands of people dead. Mikhail Gorbachev had to leave a summit wiht President Reagan in New York City to attend to the damage.  

ABC-TV News -  December 8, 1988

jack kemp 1988 news facts december mrpopculture historyDecember 8 - President –elect George Bush picks Jack Kemp as his choice for secretary of housing and urban development. At the same time, Bush delayed plans for naming additional Cabinet appointees amid mounting controversy over the abortion views of leading contender for secretary of health and human services…A Pan Am 747 bound for New York with 258 on board crashes into a small Scottish village. The crash in the town of Lockerbie occurred about an hour after takeoff from London’s Heathrow Airport…

BBC News Report (Following Morning) - Lockerbie Crash

December 23 - Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr., under federal investigation for visiting the hotel room of a former city employee suspected of drug dealing says, “I’m guilty of poor judgment, no question about it”… British investigators say that they have “conclusive evidence” that a bomb, not structural failure, caused the midair breakup of a Pan Am jumbo jet of southwestern Scotland last week, killing 259 passengers and crew.

Year 1988  In Technology News And Information

January Through June -   With the deregulation of the phone industry in 1984 - more and more private citizens own their own pay phones. Many go into an existing businesses and convince the owner to either add their pay phone or pull the one out owned by the phone company for a percentage of the coin. There’s even a trade journal for the business called “Payphone Magazine”… Apple Computer unveils a device that will enable musicians with electronic instruments to make fuller use of the company’s computers. It’s called the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)…  IBM Clone Problem - Four small technology companies say they will bring IBM PS/2 compatible products to the market, despite a warning from IBM saying that it will use all the legal tools at its disposal to prevent the PS/2 from being copied… Sony – decides to begin selling VHS-type videocassette recorders. Sony of course, developed the VHS-competitor Beta – but it seems the format is dying in consumer hands. .. Scientists have invented a new transistor that can switch on and off 140 billion times a second, 12 times faster than transistors used in supercomputers. The bipolar transistor… Four small technology companies say they will bring IBM PS/2 compatible products to the market, despite a warning from IBM saying that it will use all the legal tools at its disposal to prevent the PS/2 from being copied. The company was much more open with the design of its first PC in 1981, so that software and peripheral manufacturers could easily design products for the machines. By 1987 though, the clones grabbed two-thirds of the $22 billion worth of IBM and IBM compatible personal computers sold around the world… Apple Computer files suit against Microsoft and HP, contending that the two companies are illegally infringing on the copyrighted audio-visual display technology used on Apple‟s popular Macintosh personal computers…

IBM is taking steps to ensure it will get back fees for cloning. The company says it will seek back royalty fees from manufacturers of unauthorized “clones” of its original line of personal computer before giving them permission to use patents for IBM’s new PC models…Apple Computer files suit against Microsoft and HP, contending that the two companies are illegally infringing on the copyrighted audio-visual display technology used on apple’s popular Macintosh personal computers…. Delco Electronics plans to supply digital audiotape players (DAT) for GM cars this summer. Ford also expects to bow a digital audiotape player. Ford’s DAT players are expected to go for about $1,200 each…

os 2  1988 tech history facts  mrpopculture photoReady to debut – OS/2 is out and will supersede MS-DOS as the new operating system standard for PC’s. The new operating system will allow some existing programs to run a bit faster, but in the long run, it will be able to run more powerful programs with computers equipped with more memory and OS/2 can run up to a dozen tasks simultaneously... Tandy Corp says that it has developed the first compact disc that can be recorded and erased at home. The announcement brings a protest from the recording industry because it would allow copying of high quality audio. Tandy says its erasable CD recorder will be available in two years… IBM says that it has invested $10 million in Metaphor Computer Systems and that the two companies will jointly adapt Metaphor’s graphics- oriented software to IBM machines. Like the Mac, the Metaphor system employs pictorial icons and divides the computer screen into “windows”… IBM introduces the 25MHz PS/2 Model 70 386…

Tandy 1000 286 Personal Computer Commercial

 July Through September -  New Touchtone is rolling out a dial-a-movie service. Just call an 800 number and the movie will be available to you. You’ll need a satellite dish. It will offer the top 10 rental titles, beamed on a separate channel from AT&T’s Telstar 303 satellite… Microsoft surpassed Lotus Development to become the largest maker of personal computer software, but the company still lags behind Lotus and Ashton-Tate in applications software… An alliance of more than 60 computer companies announce plans to develop a new computer bus to control how different parts of personal computer communicate with each other…  Another CD format -  CD-3 -sort of mini-CD’s. You need an adapter for your current CD player. Out last year and with now more than 220 CD-3 titles out, CD-3 is still viewed by most manufacturers as being in a test - marketing phase… – A computer virus that infected scores of computers across the United States earlier this month caused at least $97 million worth of sony video walkman 1988 tech history news  mrpopculture photodamage. “The real cost is probably well over $1000,” said John McAfee, computer virus consultant and director of a Santa Clara-based group of 11 companies that markets computer programs to fight viral programs. He said the virus forced more than 6,000 systems on the Internet network to crash, causing 1.132 million hours of unnecessary work.

Sony Video Walkman debuts It uses 8mm videocassettes and some titles are already out. Warner Home Video is releasing 26 movie titles in this format and they should sell for about $30 each... Philips and Sony have reached agreement on a world standard for CD- Interactive or CD-I format. Philips believes CD-I will be the consumer product of the ‘90’s. The fourth ‘baby of the CD family - after CD audio, CD video, and CD- Rom - CD-I makes possible a combination of all three when hooked up to a television receiver equipped with remote control…

Year 1988 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

January -  Passing -  Pistol Pete” Maravich (40) who played with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans and Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, dies after being stricken by a heart attack… Steve Garvey retries from baseball after 17 years. .. Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the 17th player elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame… CBS Sports analyst Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder is fired from the “NFL Today” for comments made during a January 15 interview regarding black athletes…

george foreman 1988 boxing history facts  february  mrpopculture photoFebruary - After a 10-year retirement, George Formen stops Guido Trande in the fifth round for his seventh straight win since he began his comeback last year Super Bowl XXII - The Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos - 42-10… Dies - Frederick Loewe (86)… Michael Jordan, scoring 40 points - gets the MVP in the NBA’s 38th annual all-star game… Larry Bird makes two free throws with 39 seconds left and the Celtics overcome the New York Knicks 95-93…

March -  Billy Crystal On A&E’s “Evening At The Prov”… Passing - Porno star John C. Holmes(43)…  The Cardinals get permission from 26 National Football League owners to move to Phoenix from St. Louis…  Off-road racer and promoter Mickey Thompson, along with his wife are murdered outside their S. California home. So far, police have no clues…

April - NBC will produce programming for the Disney Channel – the first time a network has produced programming for a cable channel…. Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac marries longtime girlfriend Sara Recor. Attending the ceremony – Dave Mason, Dick Clark, Alit MacGraw and Lindsey Buckingham among others… The number of pre-recorded music on records, tapes and the new CD format jumped by more than 14% in 1987. Total number of units sold last year – 706.8 million up from 618.3 million in 1986… Manager Frank Robinson is taking blame for the Baltimore Orioles incredible losing streak – where they have lost a record of 20 consecutive games… Music sales were up last year - The number of pre-recorded music on records, tapes and the new CD format jumped by more than 14% in 1987. Total number of units sold last year - 706.8 million up from 618.3 million in 1986. The 1987 performance is the industry’s best since peaking in 1978 at 762.1 total units. Last year’s dollar volume was the industry’s highest ever - $5.57 billion, compared to $4.65 billion in 1986. For the first time, the dollar volume of compact disc sales in 1987 exceeded those of record albums. CD’s did $1.60 billion last year compared to $930 million for LP’s.....

pete rose 1988 sports history trivia facts  mrpopculture imageMay - Cincinnati Red Manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days by National League President Bart Giamatti for his run-in with umpire Dave Palione… “Lady Colors” wins the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby…Carl N. Karcher, founder of the Carls Jr. fast food chain, is charged with insider trading… Passing - Jazz Trumpet great Chet Baker(59)… Passing - Voice actor Daws Butler (71)… Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono says that a “family squabble” has led to the firing of his mom and stepfather at his Palm Springs restaurant… Transtar Radio Networks announces “Radio Kandy” – a syndicated radio show featuring comedian John Candy. One of the producers is Gary West of this website… the Atlanta Braves clean house as they fire manager Chuck Tanner and replace him with minor league manager Russ Nixon…

June - Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis loses her bid to be a Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to her cousin, nominee Michael Dukakis… Fox Television Network (the fourth network) - A report in “Investor’s Daily” quotes finance director Richard Sarazen as saying the network would be shut down if results didn’t improve dramatically in the next six months… The Los Angeles Lakers and fans celebrate their NBA championship at a rally in downtown Los Angeles. Feature – MVP James Worthy Byron Scott, Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and coach Pat Riley...

July -  The decomposed body of Bret Michael Starr is found in a suburban Tampa, Florida home leased by his father, former Green Bay Packers quarter back Bart Starr… Passing - John Galbreath , - former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates… USA Network plans to launch a weekly series of original TV movies beginning April of next year…  

August - The NFL suspends six players who tested positive for drugs in their routine camp physicals. Suspended were Robb Ridick – Buffalos Bills; Doug duBose – San Francisco 49ers; Greg Townsend – Oakland Raiders; Kevin Gogan – Dallas Cowboys; Rick Reed – Denver Broncos; Pat Saindon – Atlanta Falcons…  Keith Hernandez, after missing 52 games comes back with a bang, hitting a two-run homer with the Mets beating the Pirates 3-2… A blaze breaks out in a Berkeley design furniture warehouse, next store to one storing part of Reggie Jackson’s extensive classic car collection. Damage was estimated at wayne gretzky 1988 sports trivia news  mrpopculture facts  picture$88,000 to the buildings and $3.2 million to the cars… Wayne Gretzky will be moving from Edmonton to Los Angeles and the Kings… The Walt Disney Entertainment conglomerate says within the next four years, the company expects to open at least 100 Disney Stores across the nation…  Florence Griffith-Joyner breaks the world record in the women‟s 100 meters, finishing at 10.49 seconds… Moses Malone signs a 3-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks for $4.67 million… Art Rooney Sr . - owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes at 87…

WABC radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh has just gone national with 56 stations. Rush actually does two shows 9a-noon on WABC and 12p-2p for the syndicated show. 

September - The XXIV Olympic Games open in Seoul… At the Seoul Olympics - Canadian Ben Johnson , who won the Olympic 100 meters gold medal at 9.79 seconds is tested positive for steroids and is disqualified… Also - Florence Griffith wins a gold in the 100 meter final... 

 

October - Debuting this week  - a new channel from Ted Turner – TNT. It debuts in 17 million homes with “Gone With The Wind” week…   Trump Shuttle - Donald Trump announces that he has bought the profitable Eastern Airlines shuttle from Texas Air Corp for $365 million cash and will rename it after himself…  The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series, beating Oakland in just five games... Passing  Actor John Hauseman(86)…

Dodgers Win World Series!

November - Baseball commentator Joe Garagiola is leaving NBC after 27 years… Larry Bird will have surgery to remove bone spurs on both heels. He’s expected to be lost the Boston Celtics for at least 3 months…Oakland A’s right fielder Jose Canseco gets the American League MVP… Steve Sax , formerly with the Dodgers, signs with the Yankees - $4 million for three years… Passing - Actor John Carradine (82)… Nielsen TV Ratings - November 22, 1988: - The Cosby Show (26.7), Barbara Walters Special (24.9), A Different World (23.8), Cheers (22.6), The Golden Girls (22.5), Roseanne (21.2), 60 Minutes (20.60, Who’s The Boss (19.9), Murder She Wrote (19.7), Growing Pains (19.6), LA Law (19.0), Empty Nest (18.8), Dear John (18.7), Head Of The Class (18.7), Matlock (18.6), Unsolved Mysteries (17.9), In The Heat Of the Night (17.7), Family Ties (17.6), Knots Landing (17.2), Hunter (17.1), Monday Night Football (16.8), Amen (16.8), Night Court (16.6), Wonder Years (16.5), Day by Day (16.3) Frosty The Snowman (16.2) Movie-Shootdown (16.2), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (15.9)....

December - At the movies - "Twins"

Roy Orbison dies - december 1988 music history facts timeineMore December news - Passing - Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack. He was 52. He had a long history of heart trouble and had undergone open-heart surgery in 1978At his death, “Handle With Care” on which he sings with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and George Harrison is near the top of the charts...

Goodbye Roy Orbison

Debbie Gibson , who graduated from high school this year, will have her second Atlantic album, “Electric Youth,” hit stores January 16. She topped the triple-platinum mark with her debut set, “Out of the Blue,” which spawned a string of hit singles including “Only In My dreams,” Shake Your Love,” and the album’s title track. The new album features all self-penned songs... Third time is a charm - “New Kids On The Block” is finally pop - and you can thank radio, specifically PD Randy Kabrich, program director of WRBQ (Q105) Tampa. Released in February, their current album, “Hangin’ Tough,” was languishing for two months at the 35,000 sales with limited airplay on the leadoff single, “Please Don’t Go Girl,” - limited to just 15-20 black stations. Then Kabrich began playing it, and the buzz forced other top-40 FM stations to add the record. With a second single, “The Right Stuff,” out and a sold base established, Columbia Records hopes to continue to build on the New Kids’ resurrection. The group had two prior albums, but they did nothing...

 

"Rain Man" Starring Dustin Hoffman & Tom Cruise Was A 1988 Top Movie

 

"Sweet Child O' Mine" By Guns 'N Roses Was A 1988 Top Pop Hit Music Single

 

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