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


In The News

(Bombing of Libya)

Diplomats estimate that about 100 were killed in the pre-dawn attack and doctors say the dead include Libyan leader Col Moammar Kadafi’s baby daughter.

 48 hours later - Ending speculation that he was killed... Moammar Kadafi appears on television and radio condemning the United States and Britain for the bombing attack on Libya. “We are ready to die and we are ready to carry on fighting and defending our country,” said Kadafi.

President Regan declares that the U.S. air raid on Libya was a victory over terrorism, but made it clear that he does not expect the attack to be the last use of military force against Col Moammar Kadafi’s regime.

Terrorists in Lebanon strike at Britain, killing three of its nationalists over Libya. They also tried to blow up an El Al jetliner in London and tossed a firebomb at U.s. Marine quarters in Tunisia.

The Reagan Administration says Col. Moammar Kadafi’s days are probably numbered and thousands protest through West Europe, the bombing of Libya by the U.S.

President Reagan decides to dismantle two U.S. nuclear submarines to keep the United States within the limits of the controversial SALT II treaty when a new Trident nuclear submarine goes to sea.

The Federal Reserve Board cuts its discount rate to 6.5% from 7%.


Radio news – April 15, 1986

Confessed - An 18-year old man has been arrested in the murder of programming consultant Bobby Hattrick. Apparently, there was an argument over sexual favors between the two.

Metromedia Inc has agreed to sell nine of its 10 radio stations for $285 million. Stations include New York’s WNEW AM/FM and KLAC/KMET Los Angeles. 

WCBS-FM has let go veteran Dick Heatherton, who has been with the station for 14 years.

More New York – Goodbye beautiful music WRFM as WNSR (New York’s Soft Rock) makes its debut on 105.1. The station says its approach will be more contemporary than WLTW.

KROQ Los Angeles is sold to Infinity Broadcasting for $45 million.

WNEW-FM has signed program director and afternoon man Scott Muni to a lifetime contract.

Howard Stern has just completed a week of live broadcasts from London.


Television news – April 15, 1986

Don’t miss, The Mystery Of Al Capone’s Vaults. A Geraldo Rivera Special. The TV Event Of The Year (So Far.) Nothing Was In The Vaults.


Monday night television listings/programming/TV guide – April 15, 1986

CBS – Scarecrow and Mrs King Kate and Allie, Newhart, Cagney and Lacey,

NBC – TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Television Academy Hall of Fame, Tonight Show

ABC – Hardcastle and McCormick, Movie, Nightline

PBS – American Playhouse

Lifetime – Dr. Ruth, Movie, Everybody’s Money Matters

Showtime – Friars Roast To Ed Sullivan

HBO – Fraggle Rock, Tina Turner, Not Necessarily the News


Music news – April 15, 1986

Journey’s new “Raised On Radio” album – the group’s first in three years, will not have video support. Longtime manager Herbie Herbert says – “We’re not trying to say, ‘to hell with you MTV;’ we’ve worked well with them in the past. We’ve simply come to the realization that videos aren’t as meaningful or important to us as they are to others.” Herbert says that Journey is more interested in establishing a solid radio base and has attempted to “create songs with a timeless quality.”

 The chart impact of Def Jam/Columbia rap artist LL Cool J’s debut album “Radio,” suggests that rap artists can enjoy widespread album success and appeal to a broader demographic than just urban listeners. LL Cool J had an underground rap following prior to the release of this album. Last year his “I Need A Beat” on the then independently distributed Def Jam label was a popular rap hit in the Northeast. So far, the label hasn’t prepared any videos for LL Cool J, but he has appeared on  “Soul Train,” and “American Bandstand” as well as the movies “Krush Groove” and “Wildcats.” A spokesman for Columbia says – “There are two reasons for waiting. The first is that if we make it early on, MTV can just say he’s not making their kind of music. But if we wait until he’s a star, then he’s bigger than rap. I think ultimately it’s to radio’s credit that we’ve sold LL without a video.”

Bob Dylan, “True Confessions” tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


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

Manic Monday – Bangles

Kiss – Prince & The Revolution

West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer

Let’s Go All The Way  - Sly Fox

What You Need – INXS

Tender Love – Force MD’s

Harlem Shuffle – Rolling Stones

Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen

Your Love – The Outfield

What Have You Done For Me Lately? – Janet Jackson

R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A – John Cougar Mellencamp

Take Me Home – Phil Collins

American Storm – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Bad Boy – Miami Sound Machine

I Can’t Wait – Stevie Nicks

Secret Lovers – Atlantic Starr

If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

So Far Away – Dire Straits


Top Music Albums – April 15, 1986

Heart – Heart

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

5150 – Van Halen

Promise – Sade

Falco 3 – Falco

Pretty in Pink Soundtrack

The Ultimate Sin – Ozzy Osbourne

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Dirty Work – The Rolling Stones

Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

Different Light – Bangles

Welcome to the Real World – Mr. Mister

Listen Like Thieves – INXS

Riptide – Robert Palmer

Parade – Prince & The Revolution

Play Deep – The Outfield

Turbo – Judas Priest

Knee Deep in the Hoopla – Starship

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

The Broadway Album  - Barbra Streisand

Pictures For Pleasure – Charlie Sexton

Lives in the Balance – Jackson Browne

As The Band Turns – Atlantic Starr

Greatest Hits – Alabama

Control – Janet Jackson

In Square Circle – Stevie Wonder

Nervous Night – The Hooters

Master of Puppets – Metallica

Once Upon A Time – Simple Minds

Afterburner – ZZ Top


Top Country Music Hits – April 15, 1986

Cajun Moon – Ricky Scaggs

We’ve Got A Good Fire Goin’ – Don Williams

Now And Forever (You and Me) – Anne Murray

Once In A Blue Moon – Earl Thomas Conley

Feelin the Feelin’ – Bellamy Brothers

II Had A Beautiful Time – Merle Haggard

Grandpa Tell Me “Bout The Good Old Days – The Judds

You’re Something Special To Me – George Strait


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – April 15, 1986

Living Doll – Cliff Richards & The Young Ones Feat. Hank Marvin

A Different Corner – George Michael

Wonderful World – Sam Cooke

Touch Me – Samantha Fox

A Kind of Magic – Queen

Peter Gunn – Art of Noise and Duane Eddy

Train of Thought – A-Ha

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Secret Lovers – Atlantic Starr

E=MC2 – Audio Dynamite


Top Album Rock Music Tracks – April 15, 1986

Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen

Rough Boy – ZZ Top

Stick Around – Julian Lennon

American Storm – Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band

Harlem Shuffle – Rolling Stones

Be Good To Yourself – Journey

One Hit To the Body – Rolling Stones

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds

Winning Ugly – Rolling Stones

For America – Jackson Brown

Absolute Beginners - David Bowie

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