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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 8, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In Bangkok – a time bomb filled with nails explodes in the parking lot of a hotel about 90 minutes before defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger was to arrive for a state dinner.

Two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups in the Mediterranean are given new orders and it could be to launch another round of military action against Libya.

A State Department aide says that the U.S. would not cancel its widely reported threat of a military strike against Libya unless Col Moammar Kadafi called off his plans for new attacks against Americans and other steps to end his support for terrorism.   

In Miami – a gun battle erupted after the FBI closed in on suspected bank robbers, leaving two agents and two suspects dead.

The 12 Common Market countries impose diplomatic sanctions against Libya including reductions in embassy staff levels and tighter visa requirements.

IBM Profit rises 3.1% in the first quarter.


Celebrity news- April 8, 1986

Clint Eastwood wins the mayor race in Carmel, and later, gets a call from President Reagan.  “What is an actor who once played with a monkey in a movie doing in politics?” asked the President tongue-in-cheek. 

Dublin – Jennifer Guinness, the wife of a member of the Guinness-brewing and banking dynasty – one of Ireland’s wealthiest families – was kidnapped by a three-masked gunmen demanding a $2.6-million ransom.


Music news – April 8, 1986

 Passing – Songwriter Linda Creed (37). Her “Greatest Love of All” is a top hit by Whitney Houston. She composed songs that produced more than 20 gold and platinum records for such artists as Teddy Pendergrass, Dionne Warwick, the Spinners, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield and Connie Stevens.

“Duran Duran “As the Lights Go Down” concert tour. 


Sports news – April 8, 1986

Wayne Gretzky sets a Stanley Cup record for assists as the Edmonton Oilers win their ninth straight NJHL playoff series win a 5-1 defeat over Vancouver. Gretzky scored a power play goal in the third period and his two assists gave the NHL scoring champion a record 103 in the playoffs..


Television news – April 8, 1986

Debbie Drake, a television physical-fitness personality during the 1960’s and ‘70’s, came through surgery for a shattered leg and a procedure to restore a collapsed lung. She was struck in a hit-and-run accident on March 27 as she stood on a sidewalk in Matamoros, Mexico. Her syndicated programs, “The Debbie Drake Show,” and later “Debbie drake’s dancercise,” aired from 1960-1978. She also authored four books. She has never given her age.

Patrick Duffy will return to “Dallas”” next month, although his character, Bobby Ewing, apparently died at the end of last season.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Oprah Winfrey hosts with musical guest Joe Jackson.    

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