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


In The News

President Reagan imposes standby restrictions on a variety of European exports to the United States, including white wine and beer in retaliation for trade restrictions on U.S. sales in Portugal and Spain

Saudi Arabia agrees to withdraw 800 advanced stinger missiles from a controversial $354-million U.S. arms purchase in an effort to win congressional approval of the rest of the 2,660-missile sale.

The Supreme Court, in a blow to affirmative action in the workplace strikes down a plan aimed at protecting the jobs of black schoolteachers in Jackson, Michigan at the expense of whites with more seniority.

Commerce Department - The U.S. economy grew at a 3.7% during the first thee months of year.

More good news – retail prices dip .3% in April for the biggest three-month bargain for consumers in 37 years!  Inflation is at a 20-year low. 

Teamsters President Jackie Presser and two associates are indicted on federal charges of siphoning off more than $700,000 over 10 years from the Teamsters and Bakery Workers Union in a payroll padding scheme.

A USA doctor who treated victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster says radiation released by the accident will increase their risk of cancer for abut 100,000 people and revealed that four more have died, bringing the total death toll to 13. 

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposes an international early-warning system for prompt disclosure of nuclear accidents such as the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. 

Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, will become a U.S. citizen along with 500 other people during Liberty Weekend festivities on Ellis Island. Baryshnikov (37) is the director of the American Ballet Theater.


Fascinating Facts – Pierre Cardin – May 15, 1986

Designer Pierre Cardin will have his own passenger liner – to cater to the wealthy. The ship – with a Cardin-designed interior – is named Maxim’s des Mers, a reference to the Parisian restaurant Maxim’s, which is owned by Cardin. Maxim’s des Mers will carry just 32 passengers in 16 outside luxury suites and will have a crew of 34. 


Medica/Health news – Contac Update – May 15, 1986

The makers of Contac, which was pulled from store shelves in March because of tampering, say the cold medicine will be re-introduced in caplets and tamper resistant capsules.


Sports news – May 15, 1986

Mike Tyson defeats Mitch Green at Madison square Garden in 10 rounds. Tyson remains unbeaten with his 21st victory.

Steffi Graf, the 16-year-old West German, upset a tearful top seeded Martina Navratilova to win the West German Women’s Open. Snapping Navratilova’s 31-match winning streak.   


Technology news – May 15, 1986

Apple is dropping the ad agency that created its “big event” ads – the ones which propelled the company to national attention. It all began with the “1984” commercial telecast during the 1984 Super Bowl. Apple claimed that ad generated $3.5 million in Macintosh sales the day the computer was introduced. The commercial showed a young woman evading police, bursting into an auditorium and hurling a sledgehammer through a giant TV screen that set off an explosion. The ad then suggest that the arrival of Macintosh meant that “1984 wont’ be like 1984.”

Agency Chiat/Day also was responsible for the even more controversial ad titled “Lemmings,” which showed scores of look-alike businessmen and women monotonously following each other of a steep cliff – a none-too-subtle reference to the popularity of IBM personal computers in business. That ad was shown during the 1985 Super Bowl.

A Sony CD Player - $599.00. Model CDP 520ES MarkII.


Entertainment news – May 15, 1986

Newly married Arnold Schwarzenegger (3 weeks ago) says phone sex won’t be an option when he and his wife Maria Shriver get read to have children. He’s in Hollywood and she does the CBS Morning News in New York. “We fly back and forth as much as possible and we run up thousands of dollars in phone bills,” said Arnold. 

Quincy Jones is branching into motion pictures, television and home video with the formation of Qwest Entertainment Co. Jones’ expansion follows his successful first venture in film production, “The Color Purple” which he co-produced with Steven Speilberg.


Radio news – May 15, 1986

Mutual Broadcasting is presenting “Ask Rona Barrett” – her first national radio special – a live, hour-long call-in program on June 8. “America’s most respected and influential entertainment reporter.”

Detroit - CKLW is re-born again as CKLW-FM. Bill Drake is at the helm. The station was CKEZ.

WNBC is playing more music.

Johnny Rio, who does “Mr. Leonard,” moves from KKBQ Houston and will live in New York and his bits will be heard on Z-100.

Former VH-1 VP/programming Kevin Metheny is doing fill-ins at WHTZ/Z-100 and is looking for full-time work. He was the WNBC program director during the Howard Stern days.

KLOS lures Rachael Donahue away from her sidekick gig, mornings on KIIS-FM with Rick Dees.


Music news – May 15, 1986

In syndication to TV stations – “MTV Top 20 Video Countdown.” On a station near you.

Don Johnson’s debut album for epic is coming along just fine, says Danny Goldberg, who manages the “Miami Vice” star’s singing career. The record should be out by fall.

Amnesty International “A Conspiracy of Hope” concert – touring now with Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Neville Brothers, Lou Reed, Sting, U2.

MTV’s Les Garland says video overexposure “on TV is a much greater problem than on radio. I’m not so sure it’s such a bad idea for a record company to only make two or three clips from an album, instead of five or six.” Garland says video music has been made too readily available to too many TV outlets and that’s dangerous. He says their research indicates that MTV pulls about a 1 rating, but “we never sold those ratings to the advertisers – it wasn’t necessary. We were selling the environment of MTV.” Usually Nielsen pegs MTV about a .6 rating.

Garland credits video clips with helping spur a “half-billion dollars increase n record sales over the past three years. 

Update - Hands Across America is next week and USA for Africa President Ken Kragen goes to Amarillo, TX hoping to prevent major gaps in the May 25 transcontinental human chain. Between 1.5 and 2 million have signed up to stand in the New York to Los Angeles line. It’s estimated that at will take at least 5.5 million people to complete the 4,125-mile route. Corporations such as American Express and J.C. Penny as well as celebrities like Dan Fogelberg and the Bee Gees have purchases single miles for $13,200. The basic pledge is $10, but you don’t have to pledge anything to stand in line. Those who pay $25 also get a Hands Across America T-shirt. For $35, individuals get an official hands sun visor, T-shirt and certificate. It’s announced that the remaining spaces in the chain will be filled through a promotional blitz – everything from McDonald’s food trays to bumper stickers. 


Television news – May 15, 1986

 On “Saturday Night Live” this week – columnist Jimmy Breslin hosts and guests include Marvelous Marvin Haggler and comedian Sam Kinison.

Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 15, 1986

CBS – Charlie’s Company, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – Night Rider, The Last Precinct, Miami Vice, Tonight Show

ABC – Webster, Movie, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week.

Dallas – J.R. is at it again, just after Pam and Mark’s wedding day.

Tonight Show – Leonard Waxdeck and the bird callers, Paula Poundstone and ZZ Top. 


Top Album Rock Music Cuts – May 15 1986

One Hit To The Body – Rolling Stones

Like a Rock – Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band

Nothin’ At All – Heart

Be Good To Yourself – Journey

Stick Around – Julian Lennon

Like No Other Night – 38 Special

All The Things She said – Simple Minds

When The Heart Rules the Mind – GTR

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Right and Wrong – Joe Jackson


Top Black Hit Music Singles – May 15, 1986

The Finest – S.O.S. Band

If Your Heart Isn’t In It – Atlantic Starr

On My Own- Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald 

Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston

I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz

I Have Learned To Respect The Power of Love – Stephanie Mills

What’s Missing – Alexander O’Neal

Do You still Love Me? – Meli’sa Morgan


Top pop music hit singles In Britain – May 15, 1986

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Live to Tell – Madonna

Lessons in Love – Level 42

Can’t wait Another Minute – five star

On My own –Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

What Have You done For Me Lately – Janet Jackson

Can’t wait Another Minute – five star

A Kind of Magic – Queen

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Just Say No – Grange Hill Cast

The Chicken Song – Spitting Image


Top Country hit music singles - May 15, 1986

Tomb of the Unknown Love – Kenny Rogers

Whoever’s in New England – Reba McEntyre

Hold On – Rosanne Cash

One Love At A Time – Tanya Tucker

Life’s Highway – Steve Wariner

Happy Happy Birthday Baby – Ronnie Milsap

Honky Tonk Man – Dwight Yoakam

Partners, Brothers & Friends – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes – Forester Sisters.


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

West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston

Live to Tell – Madonna

Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen

Bad Boy – Miami Sound Machine

Your Love – the Outfield

What Have You done for Me Lately – Janet Jackson

If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer

On My own – Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz

Something About You – Level 42

Is It Love – Mr. Mister

All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike & The Mechanics


Top Music Albums – May 15, 1986

5150 – Van Halen

Whitney Houston

Dirty Work – The Rolling Stones

Like a Rock- Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Prince & The Revolution

Riptide – Robert Palmer

Control – Janet Jackson

Pretty in Pink soundtrack

Heart – Heart

Play Deep – The Outfield

Falco 3 – Falco

Please – Pet Shop Boys

Promise – Sade

The Ultimate Sin – Ozzy Osbourne

Scarecrow - John Cougar Mellencamp

Different Light – Bangles

Turbo – Judas Priest

No Jacket Required - Phil Collins


Top movies – May 15, 1986

Top Gun

Short Circuit

Fire With Fire

Dangerously Close

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling

Blue City

Police Academy

Hannah And Her Sisters

Ghost Warrior

Last Resort

Sweet Liberty

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