On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1989

  • Jan 5 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • Jan 5 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • Jan 9 "Pat Sajak Show" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 13 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV

Television Debut

Jan 13 British comedy sketch show series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie debuts on BBC1

  • Jan 15 Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • Jan 15 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • Jan 16 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 29 5th Sundance Film Festival: "True Love" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • Feb 10 39th Berlin International Film Festival: "Rain Man" wins the Golden Bear

Film & TV History

Feb 22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls the proposed missile defense system known as Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Film & TV History

Feb 24 Stalker Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

Music History

Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances

  • Feb 28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Film and TV Awards

Mar 12 15th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Film & TV History

Mar 24 NBC rebroadcasts Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard's 1960 version of "Peter Pan" for the first time since 1973

  • Mar 27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Mar 29 61st Academy Awards: "Rain Man" - Best Picture, Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Director (Barry Levinson) and Screenwriting; and Jodie Foster win
  • Mar 29 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Cocktail" wins

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania V, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage for WWF Heavyweight title

  • Apr 5 NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" becomes 1st network TV show broadcast in Dolby Stereo
  • Apr 23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
  • Apr 30 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • May 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes its 2,000th TV performance
  • May 14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • May 14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 15 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

TV Show Appearance

May 19 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV show "Dallas"

Film Premiere

May 19 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film & TV History

May 20 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

Film Premiere

May 20 Premiere of sports fantasy drama film "Field of Dreams", based on W. P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe", starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster in his final film role

  • May 23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • May 23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe

Cannes Film Festival

May 23 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

May 24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg, and produced by George Lucas premieres

Music Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records three tracks for his UHF soundtrack

Film Premiere

Jun 2 "Dead Poets Society" film starring Robin Williams premieres

  • Jun 8 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season
  • Jun 9 "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" premieres in USA
  • Jun 10 "Tales From The Crypt" TV Anthology debuts on HBO
  • Jun 12 "Doctor Doctor", TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV

Music History

Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Jun 13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London

Music History

Jun 14 "You've Got A Friend" singer-songwriter Carole King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film & TV History

Jun 14 Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slapping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman

Film Premiere

Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres

  • Jun 25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 29 Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time

  • Jul 3 Movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

Film & TV History

Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

Television Debut

Jul 5 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

Film Release

Jul 14 Film "When Harry Met Sally" is released starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron

  • Jul 23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • Jul 25 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 3 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel

Film Premiere

Sep 1 "Roger and Me", the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

  • Sep 4 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion

Television Premiere

Sep 5 Daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" hosted by Joan Rivers premieres on US TV

  • Sep 16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • Sep 16 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 41st Emmy Awards: "LA Law", "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win

Television Debut

Sep 19 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

  • Sep 24 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • Sep 29 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills
  • Oct 2 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

Radio Premiere

Oct 15 American radio and television evangelist Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard, the first clergyman to be granted a star

Television Finale

Nov 2 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs on BBC-TV starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

  • Nov 8 "Byker Grove" begins broadcasting on the BBC
  • Nov 11 Don Sebesky and Gloria Nissenson's musical "Prince of Central Park", starring Jo Anne Worley, closes at Belasco Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Nov 15 "Batman" film is released on video tape
  • Nov 22 Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World

Album Release

Nov 28 Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album "All Hail the Queen" featuring single "Ladies First"

  • Nov 29 8th Largest wrestling crowd UFW U-Cosmos (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • Dec 4 NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City

Film Release

Dec 13 "Driving Miss Daisy" directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy is released (Best Picture 1990)

Television Premiere

Dec 17 "The Simpsons" created by Matt Groening, premieres on Fox TV as a full animated series with the episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

  • Dec 29 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show