Events in Film & Television in 1989

  • 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
  • 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

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Jan 19 President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Jan 20 Reagan becomes 1st US President elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 46th Golden Globes: "Rain Man", Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win

  • 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

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Feb 22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

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

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

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Feb 28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Film tv awardsFilm 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)

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep

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Mar 24 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Mar 29 61st Academy Awards: "Rainman", Dustin Hoffman & Jodie Foster win
  • Mar 29 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Cocktail" wins
  • Apr 5 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use 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 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee

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

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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 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

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

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jun 13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • Jun 14 Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (honorary knighthood)
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jun 23 Movie "Batman" premieres
  • Jun 25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 3 The movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

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Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jul 5 "The Seinfeld Chronicles" [or Good News, Bad News] pilot episode of Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld debuts on NBC

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld

  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 4 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou wins Golden Lion

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

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Appears on tv showTelevision 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 26 MPAA creates NC-17 rating for movies with adult themes
  • Oct 2 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

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Oct 15 American wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • Nov 8 "Byker Grove" begins broadcasting on the BBC
  • Nov 15 "Batman" is released on video tape
  • Nov 22 Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer, Rapper, & Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper, & Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 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 premierFilm Release

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

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

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Dec 17 The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, debuts - America's longest-running sitcom

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