Week of January 8, 1988
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev announces that the Soviet Union will
unilaterally reduce its armed forces by half a million men and withdraw thousands
of troops and tanks from Eastern Europe.
An earthquake rocks Armenia virtually destroying cities with tens of thousands of
, addressing a special
session in Geneva of the U.N General Assembly,
says that Palestinians want to live in peace
alongside Israel and are ready to join its leaders in
seizing “a historic, possibly irreplaceable opportunity”
to negotiate a lasting settlement of the 40-year-old
A Soviet military transport plane carrying rescue
workers and relief supplies to victims of the
devastating earthquake in northern Armenia
crashes, killing all 78 aboard.
Vice President-elect Dan Quayle will be replaced in the senate by republican rep.
Dan Coats, a former aide recently elected to a fifth term as an Indiana
At least 36 are dead and 150 injured when two crowded commuter trains crashed
outside Britain’s busiest rail junction in London and a third plowed into the
wreckage, creating a vast tangle of crushed metal.
President and Mrs. Reagan phone Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and his
wife to offer U.S. sympathy and aid to the victims of a massive earthquake in the
, the former girls’ school headmistress
who is serving a 15-year prison term for slaying diet
doctor Herman Tarnower, asks Gov Mario Cuomo for
The National Enquirer tabloid paper is put up for sale.
Founder Generoso Pope Jr. who died Oct. of a heart
attack at his beachfront home, built it from a small New
Week of January 8, 1988
York tabloid to a circulation of 4.5 million. The paper could fetch as much as
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 was created at the AT&T labs in Murray Hill, N.J.
Sports - CBS signs exclusive network rights to televise major league baseball
with a $1 billion offer, snatching it away from NBC who had the rights since 1947.
Music news -
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.
Television news -
John Cochran replaces NBC White
House correspondent Chris Wallace,
who is moving to ABC.
Saturday night television -
CBS - Raising Miranda, Simon & Simon, West 57
NBC - 227, Amen, Golden Girls, Empty Next, Hunter, Saturday Night Live
ABC - Murphy’s Law, Battle of the Network Stars
FOX - The Reporters, Beyond Tomorrow
Saturday Night Live - Kevin Kline with Bobby McFerrin as musical guest.
At the movies -
The Naked Gun
Oliver & Company
The Land Before Time
Cocoon: The Return
Ernest saves Christmas