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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 1, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

May Day celebration in Moscow as thousands of workers march and the Chernobyl disaster is pretty much ignored.

Chernobyl – the fire is contained, but radiation is still leaking.

Authorities at the Chernobyl nuclear plant initially failed to accurately assess the danger from a fiery explosion, a Kremlin official said, and delayed the evacuation of nearby residents for more than 36 hours.

President Reagan, pressing a campaign to force the Soviet Union to disclose details of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, accuses Moscow of disregarding “the legitimate concerns of people everywhere.”

Romania and Yugoslavia announce precautions to protect their populations against radioactive contamination as shifting winds carried fallout from the damaged soviet reactor at Chernobyl southwest across the Balkans. State television in Romania reported for the first time since the accident that radiation levels were registering “much over normal” in several areas of the country.

Summit in Tokyo – President Reagan and French President Francois Mitterrand go to lengths to patch up their relationship which has been strained since France refused to allow American F-111 warplanes to fly through its airspace on their way to last month’s bombing raid of Libya.

The Supreme Court rules that unyielding opponents of the death penalty may be excluded from juries in capital cases.

At Glens Falls – Mike Tyson wins by decision over James (Quick) Tillis his first decision victory in 20 fights and 19 KO’s and Tyson wasn’t happy.  

The Labor Department says the unemployment dropped .1% to 7% last month.


Technology news – May 1, 1986

Coleco Industries, who helped popularize computer games in 1982 with Donkey Kong and others, has agreed to purchase Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit.


Entertainment/Music/Celebrity/Movie news – May 1, 1986

 Michael Jackson renews his partnership with Pepsi-Cola. The pact is worth $50 million with an initial up-front payment of between $10-$15 million. The agreement calls for Jackson to help create and appear in worldwide Pepsi ads, and for Pepsi to sponsor Jackson’s next album and any accompanying concert tour. In 1984, Pepsi sponsored Jackson’s hugely successful Victory Tour and the singer appeared along with his five brothers, in two highly publicized and award-winning TV commercials on behalf of Pepsi.

Passing –Actor Robert Alda (72) from effects of a stroke he suffered several years ago. Son is Alan Alda of MASH.

Hugh Hefner is shuttering Playboy clubs in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. The first the Playboy Clubs – Chicago – opened February 28, 1960. Gloria Steinem was a Playboy bunny in 1963 while on a journalism assignment and so it goes – helped her into a leader of the feminist movement. Her caustic assessment of the treatment of women in the clubs was made into a TV movie last year.

Playing in Las Vegas –

Joan Rivers, Pia Zaddora, Jim Stafford- Caesars Palace


Television news – May 1, 1986

Going on its sixth anniversary, CNN is now available in 36 million homes.

Joan Rivers will get her own late night talkshow on Fox.  Rivers has been a frequent guest host on rival “Tonight” for Johnny Carson. Her show will air five nights a week.


Top music albums – May 1, 1986

5150 – Van Halen

Dirty Work – Rolling stones

Parade – Prince

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

Heart – Heart

Falco 3 – Falco

Riptide – Robert Palmer

Pretty in Pink – soundtrack

Play deep – the Outfield


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 1, 1986

West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston

What Have You done For Me Lately – Janet Jackson

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

Your Love – the Outfield

Bad Boy – Miami Sound Machine

Harlem Shuffle – Rolling Stones

If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Take Me Home – Phil Collins

Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen

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