Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 1, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Prime Minister Olf Palme of Sweden is assassinated in Stockholm. He was shot twice at close range by a gunman minutes after he and his wife left a movie theater.
President Pieter Botha announces that the 195-day-old state of emergency imposed to fight anti-apartheid turmoil in South Africa probably will be lifted.
President Aquino of the Philippines frees four top Communist lead Communist leaders – the last of 500 political prisoners held by the administration of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos.
Police kill seven blacks in a shoot-out in a black township near Cape Town S. Africa and said the men were guerrillas of the African National Congress who had been planning an attack.
Sales of new homes, boosted by falling mortgage interest rates, rose 4.4% in January – the highest level in two years.
Harry Belafonte, citing commitments to the black struggle in South Africa and the fight against world hunger, announces he will not seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Weekly radio address - President Reagan blames much of the waste in defense spending on Congress, saying delays in weapons systems have cost taxpayers billions of dollars while lawmakers review ‘every paper clip, bolt and bullet” in the Pentagon budget.
Television news – March 1, 1986
On Saturday Night’s Main Event IV on NBC-TV – WWF pro wrestling: Mr. T. vs. Cowboy Bob Orton (boxing match). Hulk-Hogan vs. Magnificent Muraco; Valentine Beefcake vs. British Builldogs; Adrian Adonis vs. Junkyard Dog and King Kong Bundy vs. Steve Gatorwolf. Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura host.
Music news – March 1, 1986
The record industry may be having second thoughts about the key importance of music videos in their star making machine. CBS Records President Al Teller says – “I think we’re just making far too many videos. In fact, we’ve gotten to the point where the making of a video is almost a Siamese twin of making a record. It’s frightening in a way because it’s so far beyond the initial role anyone foresaw for video.” Others also believe that videos and their repetition may be ending the mystique of many pop artists.
Top movies – March 1, 1986
Pretty in Pink
Out of Africa