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



In The News

In a statement, the Soviet government says it will build up its own forces to preserve strategic parity of the U.S. scraps SALT II, the never-ratified arms limitation treaty of 1979.

The Senate, bowing to intense pressure from President Reagan, clears the way for the sale of $265 million I missiles to Saudi Arabia.

 Secretary of State George Shultz says that Americans should stay and build and not cut and run – as the best way to prod South Africa into ending apartheid.

The Pentagon says it will buy two Boeing 747 jumbo jets to replace the Boeing 707’s used as Air Force One the presidential aircraft. . McDonnell-Douglas had hoped its DC-10 would become the new White House jetliner.

House Democrats say they will introduce legislation that would reverse President Regan’s decision to abandon the 1979 strategic arms limitation treaty. Both sides apparently are angry that Reagan failed to report by Feb. 1 on the treaty’s impact on the Soviet nuclear arsenal as required by law. 

President Reagan warns that “irreparable damage” to the country’s ability to hunt down terrorists will be finished if “a handful of United States senators” succeed in blocking a revised treaty that would simplify extradition of accused Irish terrorists to Britain.

The Supreme Court raises the possibility that communities may be barred from granting exclusive cable television franchises. The court ordered further hearings in a dispute between Los Angeles and Preferred Communications Inc, a company that was denied a franchise. 

Job losses in oil and auto companies help push the unemployment rate .2% to 7.2%.

Retail – Longtime Gimbals Department Stores are going out of business. The once proud mark on 34th and Broadway will be redeveloped.

Trends – Aerobics in health clubs and individual health instructors. More and more are getting into it. 


Sports news - June 1, 1986

Dave Kingman tags Ron Guidry for a home run with one out of the 9th at Oakland, giving the A’s a 4-3 win over the Yankees.

Basketball – The Celtics are 3 wins and the Rockets with one win as the NBA Championship goes into game 5. (But wait, the Rockets win game 5) with game 6 being played back in Boston.


Radio news – June 1, 1986

Killed – Bruce Wayne – KFI-in-the-sky traffic reporter is killed after his small plane was taking off in Orange County. Wayne was about to file his first traffic report of the day when the crash occurred. He was believed to be the senior airborne radio reporter in the country; in two weeks, he would have celebrated his 25th anniversary on the job. Wayne was nominated to be honored with a star in the Hollywood Walk of fame.

Wally Clark will resigns his post as president/general manager of Gannett powerhouse KIIS-AM/FM on September to form his own consultancy. All outlets in the growing Gannett chain will be his first clients. Clark joined KIIS in 1982 when the station had a 2.2 share and charged $37.5 per spot. KIIS now commands $2.500 per spot and is a top billing radio station.

More LA – as Roger Barkley, long of KFI’s “Lohman and Barkley” joins KJOI-FM for mornings.


Technology news – June 1, 1986

Sony Corp. publicly demonstrates home and auto digital audiotape (DAT) record/player models at the Summer Consumer electronics Show in Chicago. Sony says it plans to introduce DAT units in Japan this fall and in the U.S. by 1987.

Finial Technology of Sunnyvale has developed a turntable that uses laser beams to play vinyl LP records. Suggested retail price is $2,500. The technology promises no record wear and some restoration of the vinyl, since the needle only wears a small portion of the groove. The laser can get into other areas.  

Record producer is credited with the first commercial-studio application of Dolby’s spectral-recording (SR) process, which made its U.S. debut last month.


 Music news – June 1, 1986

Touring – the Amnesty International tour with Brian Adams and others.

Aerosmith is on tour.

Three fourths of the original Monkees – Davy, Micky and Peter have regrouped for a 120-date North American tour.

Wham! Will play its farewell concert June 28 at London’s Wembley Stadium. It’s billed as “Wham! The Final.”

Don Barnes, lead singer of 38 Special says, “We want to be taken seriously and not be seen as a Southern rock band. We worked hard to get out of that categorization. Southern rock is getting dated.”

VH-1 which admits it has been having difficulty in establishing its image and attracting a strong audience since its inception 16 months ago, is taking steps to gain a greater audience and moving away from its middle of the road formula. So says new program director Lee Masters.

Criminal charges are filed against Eric Boucher, leader of the Dead Kennedys punk rock band and four others in connection with an allegedly pornographic poster packaged with the san Francisco group’s most recent album – “Frankenehrist.” The poster depicts in clinical close-up 10 sets of male and female genitals engaged in sexual acts.


Entertainment news – June 1, 1986

Ted Turner, who acquired MGM less than three months ago, will not be getting into the MGM movie business, but instead, will end up with its movie library of 2.200 pictures.  Thus, the studio itself will be broken up. The 44-acre MGM studio property will be bought for $190 million by Lorimar-Telepictures, a major television firm that presently occupies rented quarters on the lot. The MGM name and Leo the Lion log will go with its motion picture and television production and distribution and home video businesses for $300 million to United Artists Corp. Turner Broadcasting will keep the MFM film library as a source of programming for its WTBS superstation.

HBO the nation’s largest pay-television company announces that it has signed a five-year pact for the pay-TV rights of Warner Brothers movies.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is named best musical and “I’m Not Rappaport” is named best play at the 40th annual Tony Awards. Lily Tomlin won the best-actress award for he one-woman show, “The search for signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” Judd Hirsch gets best actor for “I’m Not Rappaport.”


Television news – June 1, 1986

With satellite feeds from the likes of HBO and others being scrambled, Dish makers are finding sales down. The consumer is waiting to find out how much descramblers and monthly fees will cost and sales are expected to drop by one-third. At last year’s summer electronics show in Chicago, home satellite dishes were a month the product stars with 40 companies. This year, only 30 showed.

Passing – Don MacLaughlin, one of the two original cast members of “As The World Turns.” He was 79. 


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – week of June 1, 1986

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, the 40th Annual Tony Awards

NBC – Silver Spoons, Kissyfur, Amazing stories, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Movie

ABC – Special-The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt! Movie

PBS – Nature, Mystery!

MTV -  John Lennon, The Young Ones, 120- Minutes


Kissyfur – Gator Floyd poses as a nanny to make Kissyfur his next meal.

40th Annual Tony Awards – Form the Minskoff Theatre in New York. Guests include Debbie Allen, Rex Smith, Helen Hayes, Lily Tomlin, Ben Vereen and David Wayne. 


Top pop hit singles in Britain – June 1, 1986

Holding Back The Years – Simply Red

Spirit in the Sky – doctor and the Medics

The Chicken Song – Spitting Image

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

On My Own – Patti Label & Michael McDonald

Everybody Wants to Run the World – tears for Fears

Lessons In Love – Level 42

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

Set Me Free – Jaki Graham

I Can’t wait – No Shooz

Can’t Get By Without You – Real Thing


Top music albums – June 1, 1986

Like a Rock – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet band

5150 – Van Halen

Whitney Houston

Control – Janet Jackson

Winner In You- Patti Labelle

Parade – Prince & The Revolution

Raised on radio – Journey

Play Deep – The Outfield

Please – Pet Shop Boys

Heat – Heart

Pretty in Pink – Soundtrack

Riptide – Robert Palmer

Love Zone – Billy Ocean

The Other Side of Life – Moody Blues

Dirty Work – Rolling Stones

Falco 3 – Falco

Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds

Brothers in Arms – Dire straits

Turbo – Judas Priest

World Machine – Level 42

Picture Book – Simply Red

Strength in Numbers – 38 Special

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Promise – Sade

Headed for the Future – Neil Diamond

Primitive Love – Miami Sound machine

The Jets

Different Light – Bangles


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

Live to Tell – Madonna

On My Own – Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

There’ll Be Sad Songs To Make You Cry – Billy Ocean

I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz

A Different Corner – George Michael

Crush On You – The Jets

All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike & The Mechanics

Something About You – Level 42

Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston

Holding Back the Tears – Simply Red

Who’s Johnny – El DeBarge

If You Leave – OMD

Nothin’ At All – Heart

Vienna Calling – Falco

I Wanna Be  Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry

Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds

Rain on the Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Move Away – Culture Club

Be Good To Yourself – Journey

Is It Love – Mister Mister


Top Rock Music Album Cuts – June 1, 1986

S ledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

When the Heart Rules the Mind – GTR

Secret Separation – The Fixx

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Dreams – Van Halen

Touch and Go – Emerson, Lake and Powell

One Hit to the Body – Rolling Stones


Top country hit music singles – June 1, 1986

Life’s Highway – Steve Warnier

Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes – The Forrester Sisters

Happy Happy Birthday Baby – Ronnie Milsap

Honky Tonk Man – Dwight Yoakam

Whoever’s In New England – Reba McEntire

Repetitive Regret – Eddie Rabbit

Living in the Promised Land – Willie Nelson

Everything that Glitters (Is Not Gold) – Dan Seals

Til I Loved You – Restless Heart

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