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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 15, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Ferdinand Marcos is proclaimed president of the Philippines for six more years by the National Assembly moments after ever opposition legislator walked out in protest. The government’s final, but contested count of an election marred by fraud, violence and manipulation gave Marcos 10,807,197 votes and his opponent, Corazon Aquino, 9,291,716.

President Reagan said that election fraud and violence carried out primarily by supporters of president Ferdinand Marcos had “called into question the ballot count declaring hi a winner.

Corazon Aquino calls for boycotts but urges nonviolence against Ferdinand Marcos’ questionable election victory.

President Ferdinand Marcos’ international isolation intensifies as ambassadors from Western Europe indicate that they plan to boycott his inaugural next week and said they expect the United States will too.

The Philippine peso takes its biggest plunge in 15 years (10.3%) as top businessmen quit as presidential advisers. Two pro-Marcos banks report runs and stock prices of the country’s biggest manufactures fall in the aftermath of President Marcos’ disputed election victory.

Plunging oil prices drive inflation at the wholesale level down .7% in January, the biggest one-month decline in three years.

The oldest man in the world has died of heart failure at the age of 120. His name was Shigechio Izumi of Japan.


Medical news – February 15, 1986

Johnson & Johnson announces that it no longer will produce or sell Tylenol capsules – or any other over-the-counter medicine in capsule form – because it cannot guarantee the products’ safety.


Sports news – February 15, 1986

 Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser becomes the first baseball player this season to be awarded a $1 million salary by an arbitrator. The Dodgers had offered him $600,000. Meantime Fernando Valenzuela signs a three-year $5.5 million contract with the Dodgers. 

Mike Tyson drops Jesse Ferguson in the fifth round of a heavyweight fight at Troy, NY.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Music news – February 15, 1986

Seen on television – an anti-smoking commercial made by the late Yul Brynner. “Now that I’m gone – I tell you, don’t smoke, whatever you do. Just don’t smoke.” Brynner fought lung cancer for several years and often told interviewers that he wanted to leaven an anti-smoking campaign as his legacy.

Singer Dionne Warwick files a $30 million libel suit against the Globe tabloid for a story claiming a jawbone disease is destroying her face. She says she “does not suffer from any such disease.”

More than $92 million has been collected from last summer’s global Live Aid concert telecasts and the British charity single by Band Aid that inspired the event.

Passing – Dick James (65) (Feb. 1) who made a fortune off of the songs of Lennon-McCartney after setting up the publishing firm Northern Songs to handle their music. He followed up by signing the then unknown songwriting duo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin in 1967 and the start of a second fortune for his company.


Radio news – February 15, 1986

Doubleday Broadcasting is selling its last three radio stations – WHN, WAPP and WAVA. Last year, Doubleday reached an agreement to sell four if its outlets – WLLZ-Detroit, KDWB-AM/FM Minneapolis and KPKE Denver to Sillerman Communications. Gary Stevens, former Doubleday broadcasting president, is handling the brokering.

Radio programming consultant Bobby Hatrick, who ironically worked with some of the Doubleday stations, is murdered in his St. Louis apartment. Authorities believe it’s homosexual related.

Tommy Edwards, who left WLS-AM/FM after 14 years, is back – and is program director of WKQX-FM (Q-101) in Chicago.

 Howard Stern moves to mornings from afternoons at WXRK New York. Stern brings sidekick Robyn Quivers and Steve Chaconis joins the crew from Washington DC for sports. Jay Thomas was dropped from WXRK mornings recently. Meg Griffin segues from middays to the afternoon shift and DJ Steve Jones as been let go. Stern’s salary is reported to be $1 million a year.  

Jeff Wyatt, the program director of WUSL (power 99) in Philadelphia, is now doing the same at KPWR Los Angeles. Also in LA – KHJ-AM is dropping its “Car Radio” and changing calls to KRTH-AM with “Smoking Oldies.”

Chicago - Bad-boy Steve Dahl , departed from WLS and heading back to WLUP, ending a stormy 5-year relationship with WLS. 

Washington –WWDC-FM morning jock Doug Tracht (aka the Greaseman) gets in trouble for suggesting on his show that the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday/holiday was cause for a vacation day, then killing “four more” would result in getting the rest of the week off.   


Television news – February 15, 1986

CBS says “West 57th” newsmagazine series will return to its primetime schedule the week of April 21, after the regular season of “60 Minutes” ends.  Premiering last August, it had a 6-week tryout and got low-average ratings. 

HBO unveils plans to test its third national pay channel, “Festival.” HBO hopes the channel will appeal to viewers who earlier have opted not to subscribe to cable TV or subscribe to only basic cable and not pay-TV channels. “Festival” will feature classic older movies, critically acclaimed current releases, popular foreign films and some original entertainment programs. HBO currently has about 15 million paying subscribers and sister Cinemax has about 4 million.

On Saturday Night Live this week – Model Jerry Hall and singer Mick Jagger with musical guests Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.


Tuesday night  television listings/programming/TV guide – February 15, 1986

CBS – Trapper John, MD, Movie

NBC – The A-Team, Academy of Country Music’s 20th Anniversary Reunion, Remington Steele, Tonight Show

ABC – Who’s The Boss? Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Spenser for Hire, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline

Disney – This Is Your Life Donald Duck, Movie, Disney’s Legends and Heroes


On the Tonight Show – Guests are Barry White, Pia Zadora and Jon Cryer.  


Top Rock Music Album Cuts – February 15, 1986

All The King’s Horses – The Firm

These Dreams – Heart

What You Need – INXS

Sanctify Yourself – Simple Minds

Stages – Z Top

Sterotomy – Alan Parson’s Project

This Could Be The Night – Loverboy

Your Love – The Outfield

Lying – Peter Frampton

Day by day – The Hooters

All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike & The Mechanics


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1986

 You Can Dream of Me – Steve Wariner

There’s Not Stopping Your Heart – Marie Osmond

I Could Get Used To You – Exile

Think About Love –Dolly Parton

The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) – George Jones

Fast Lanes & Country roads – Barbara Mandrell

Come On In (You Did The Best You Could) – Oak Ridge Boys

Please Be Love – Mark Gray

What’s A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This) – John Schneider

Oklahoma Borderline – Vince Gill


Top pop hit music In Britain – February 15, 1986

When the Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

Only Love – Nana Mouskouri

Borderline – Madonna

The Sun Always Shines On TV – A-Ha

System Addict – Five Star

Walk of Life – Dire Straits

The Phantom of the Opera – Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley

Suspicious Minds – Fine Young Cannibals

Sanctify Yourself – Simple Minds

Living in America – James Brown


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 15, 1986

How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

Kyrie – Mr. Mister

Burning Heart – Survivor

When The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean

I’m Your Man – Wham!

That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne & Friends

The Sweetest Taboo – Sade

Sara – Starship

Conga – Miami Sound Machine

Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy

Silent Running – Mike & The Mechanics

Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney

A Love Bizarre – Sheila E.

Secret Lovers – Atlantic Starr

Go Home – Stevie Wonder

Tarzan Boy – Baltimora

Talk To Me – Stevie Nicks

The Sun Always Shines On TV – A-Ha

Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie

These Dreams – Heart


Top Music Albums – February 15, 1986

Promise – Sade

Welcome to the Real World – Mr. Mister

The Broadway Album – Barbra Streisand

Heart – Heart

Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

Knee Deep in the Hoopla – Starship

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Afterburner – ZZ Top

Rocky IV – Soundtrack

Rock a Little – Stevie Nicks

 Miami Vice – Soundtrack

Friends – Dionne Warwick

Once Upon A Time – Simple Minds

In Square Circle – Stevie Wonder

The Dream of the Blue turtles – sting

Meeting in the Ladies Room – Klymaxx

White Nights – Soundtrack

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Here’s To Future Days – Thompson Twins

Greatest Hits – The Cars

The Dream Academy – The Dream Academy

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins


Top movies – February 15, 1986

The Best of Times

Dream Lover

Down and Out In Beverly Hills

Iron Eagle

Nightmare On Elm Street


Delta Force


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