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



In The News

A presidential commission blames a fatally flowed rocket design and the failure of NASA management to recognize or fix it for the Challenger space shuttle tragedy that claimed the lives of seven crew members last January.

President Pieter W. Botha declares a nationwide state of emergency in South Africa. Some 1,200 anti-apartheid activists, clergymen, union officials and student leaders of all races were rounded up in what is virtual martial law throughout the country. Later, he met with black Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu – their first meeting in six years. That meeting was described as cordial.

A monitoring station on Finland’s southern coast near the Soviet Union detected radiation levels four times higher than any registered in Finland after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

In Georgia - A 62-year-old woman dies of a brain hemorrhage after being struck in the head by a golf ball hit by her husband who vowed never to play the game again. Jane Perkins was seated in a golf cart to the left of the ninth tee when she was struck by the drive hit by her husband, Jack.

A White House spokesman declares that the SALT II treaty is dead, even thought President Reagan, disclosing a new Soviet offer to reduce nuclear weapons, said there is time to avert a stepped-up arms race before the u.s. bomber buildup exceeds limits set in the 1979 accord.

Wholesale prices, after tumbling for four months in a row, shot up .6% in May as gasoline prices topped their steep nose-dive.

Passing – Marshall Drew, one of the last of the 706 survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. He was 82. 


Sports news – June 8, 1986

The Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets, winning their 16th NBA Championship.

Kiwi – the shoe polish people says that Muhammad Ali’s Champion Brands industries shoe polish cans look an awful like Kiwi’s and they don’t like it. Kiwi says Champion Brands copied Kiwi’s familiar red, black and gold colors and lifted the instructions, word for word, from Kiwi cans.

The New England patriots reward Coach Raymond Berry for his success in the 1985 season with a five-year contract.

Chris Everet Lloyd beats Martina Navratilova to win a record seventh French Open title.

Former Miami Dolphins running back Eugene (Mercury) Morris, a three-time Super Bowl vet, pleads no contest to a cocaine conspiracy charge in exchange for freedom from prison. He had served three years in the Dade Correctional Institution after being sentenced to 20 years following his 1982 conviction on four drug-related charges.

Wayne Gretzky, national Hockey League scoring champ the last six years, walked away with the hart memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player an unprecedented seventh year in a row.

A. Bartlett Giamatti, retiring Yale president and Renaissance scholar, is named president of the national League.

Music news – June 8, 1986

MTV Saturday night – Nightranger: Seven Wishes Tour.

Queen Elizabeth II awards British rock star Bob Geldof an honorary knighthood in recognition of this work in organizing band Aid and other concerts that raised millions of dollars for the starving in Africa. Because he is not a British citizen, Geldof will not be sir Bob Geldof, but Bob Geldof KBE

Passing – Benny Goodman (77) – The King Of Swing.

Look for a new single “Back in the High Life” this week by Steve Winwood.


Television news – June 8, 1986

Exxon Corp – a leading funder for PBS shows, withdraws support for what it’s calling current economic conditions of the petroleum industry.

Grant Tinker gives his farewell address to NBC affiliates at a gathering in Hawaii. He said that Brandon Tartikoff, his chief Lieutenant is staying on.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of June 8, 1986   

CBS – Crazy Like A Fox, Bridges to Cross, Knots Landing

NBC – Cosby Show, Family Ties, Sheers, All is Forgiven, Hill St. Blues, Tonight, Late Night W/David Letterman

ABC – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, The Colbys, 20/20, U.S. Open Golf Hightlights, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!

On the Tonight Show – Carl Reiner and Cybill Shepherd john Johnny Carson

On David Letterman – Tracey Ullman, Bryan Adams, Sarah McClendon


Friday night television listings/TV guide – June 8, 1986

CBS – Twilight Zone, Movie

NBC – Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Stingray, Tonight Show

ABC – Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Mr. Sunshine, Hearts of Steel, Love Boat, U.S. Open Highlights, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

MTV – Top 20 countdown

WTBS – Night Tracks

Showtime – John Fogerty’s All Stars


On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Bill Cosby and Graham Nash. 


Top movies – June 8, 1986

Space Camp

Top Gun

The Manhattan Project

Raw deal

Back to School


Short Circuit

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Never Too Young to Die

 Desert Hearts

A Room With A View

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