Events in Film & Television in 1988

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Jan 2 Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 11 ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • Jan 16 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 16 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • Jan 19 "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 23 45th Golden Globes: The Last Emperor, Michael Douglas, & Sally Kirkland win

  • Jan 24 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • Jan 24 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
  • Jan 24 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

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Jan 25 US VP George H. W. Bush & Dan Rather clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Feb 29 NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs
  • Mar 1 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • Mar 9 President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp
  • Mar 13 14th People's Choice Awards: Michael Douglas & Glenn Close win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)
  • Mar 22 US Congress overrides President Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 25 "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas is released

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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May 15 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

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May 21 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 23 41st Cannes Film Festival: "Pelle erobreren" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
  • Jun 20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • Jun 20 Price is Right model Janice Pennington is knocked out by a TV camera
  • Jun 20 WABC officially becomes the NJ Devils new home radio
  • Jun 25 Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuts in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
  • Jun 30 "Sledge Hammer!" last aires on ABC-TV

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit concert

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 15 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

  • Jul 25 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 4 21st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • Aug 12 Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released
  • Aug 22 NBC premieres "Later" with Bob Costas (1st guest Linda Ellerbee)
  • Aug 28 40th Emmy Awards: 30something, Wonder Years & Richard Kiley win
  • Aug 29 45th Venice Film Festival: "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins Golden Lion

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 23rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $41,132,113

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 10 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (Minn), 22, crowned 62nd Miss America 1989
  • Sep 16 Jury awards Valerie Harper $1.6 M in dispute over TV series
  • Oct 7 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)
  • Oct 10 NBC premieres tele-biopic, "Winnie", starring Meredith Baxter and based on life of [Gwyanna] Winefred Sprockett
  • Oct 17 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title
  • Oct 19 US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows
  • Oct 25 ABC News reports on potbellied pygmy pigs' popularity as pets
  • Oct 25 "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera screens on US NBC newtwork
  • Oct 27 "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • Nov 3 President Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill

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Nov 16 President Reagan and the First Lady participate in the official state arrival ceremony, meetings and a state dinner with Margaret Thatcher

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 16 President Reagan meets with Jerusalem's mayor Teddy Kollek
  • Nov 17 Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
  • Nov 23 President Reagan announces that he is pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict lobbying by former federal employees.
  • Dec 1 NBC bids record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Dec 2 "Naked Gun" movie based on TV's "Police Squad" premieres
  • Dec 4 Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
  • Dec 9 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • Dec 9 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 12 "Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)

  • Dec 14 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
  • Dec 20 NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years
  • Dec 30 North subpoenas Reagan & Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial