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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 22, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Spy - FBI agents arrest Vladdimir Makarovich the senior Soviet air attaché in Washington as he was attempting to recover military secrets buried at a drop site 10 miles south of the Capitol.

Bristol-Myers – maker of Extra-strength Excedrin announces it is withdrawing all its over-the-counter medications in capsule form as a result of the deaths of two Seattle-area residents who took cyanide-laced capsules.

Physicians remove two small polyps from President Reagan’s colon during a routine checkup.

South Africa – Police move to silence many leading anti-apartheid groups in Cape Town by prohibiting the press from quoting any of their officials and forbidding them to publish any materials themselves.

Congress approves the fiscal 1987 budget. President Reagan isn’t happy about the defense cuts. The budget is just under a trillion dollars.

The Democratic-controlled House votes for the first time in nearly three years to provide military assistance to the Nicaraguan rebels. Some are calling it a turning point for President Reagan’s policy in Central America.

The Supreme Court rules that the Constitution’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” bars states from executing any insane person. All 38 states with death penalty laws have policies against executing mentally incompetent people even if they were competent when they committed their crimes, but the Supreme Court never had said that such a policy is constitutionally required.

Daily apartheid - Seen on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” South African Bishop Desmond Tutu’s dramatic plea for American help and Winnie Mandela is appearing on media, but against the wishes of the South African government. 


Sports news – June 22, 1986

Loses featherweight title – Barry McGuigan loses a decision and his World Boxing featherweight title to Stevie Cruz in Las Vegas.  

World Cup in Mexico – Brazil gets eliminated as France wins 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Testifying at the trial of the USFL’s $1.69-billion antitrust suit against the NFL, Howard Cosell says he had been told by his former boss at ABC that NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was unhappy with the network for giving the USFL a television contract.

Donald Trump, owner of the New Jersey General (USFL) says if the United States Football League doesn’t win its $1.69-billion antitrust suit against the NFL, he doesn’t think his league will play this fall. 


AIDs/Medical /Health news – June 22, 1986

 Washington State bans sales of over-the-counter capsules for 90 days as federal authorities search thousands of bottles and packages for more of the cyanide that has contaminated two different products and killed two people.

AIDS update – The percentage of new AIDS cases in the United States spread by heterosexual contact, has doubled since 1984. While still small, such cases accounted for 2.1% of AIDS cases diagnosed in the first four months of 1986, compared to 1.1% of cases diagnosed during all of 1984.

The Justice Department concludes that an employer can dismiss a person suffering from AIDS merely by voicing fear that the disease will spread in the workplace and will not be violating a law prohibiting discrimination.

Medicare will soon begin paying for a limited number of heart transplants, Health and Human Services Secretary Otis Bowen says.


Technology news – June 22, 1986

Mazda, the first auto manufacturer to offer factory-installed compact disk players, sold 617 RX-7 cars with CD hardware in the first two months they were available in the U.S., other carmakers will offer CD players later this year. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – June 22, 1986

 The United Nations Children’s Fun acknowledges that Sport Aid – the May 25 global mega-even that occurred the same day as Hands Across America, has only brought in $15 million. “Hands” earned more than $30 million, with about $8 million in pledges still outstanding. So far, there are no plans to encore “Hands Across America” according to the USA for Africa Foundation.

Hands Across America organizer Ken Kragen says the ambitious May 25 event for this nation’s hungry and homeless was “a tremendous victory in terms of what we set out to accomplish, which was to call attention to these issues, creating something dramatic enough that would have lasting impact.” Reports indicated that only 1.5 million signed-up in advance, but Kragen points out that more than 5 million people including President Reagan, various city and state officials and a host of entertainment celebrities – joined hands on the line, which ran through 16 states.

Raquel Welch wins a $10.8 million verdict against MGM after a jury decided that the studio breached her contract by firing her from a starring role in “Cannery Row” and instead, hiring Debra Winger to take her place.

Pat Robertson, head of the Christian Broadcasting Network and potential candidate for the GOP presidential nomination said the Supreme Court rulings are “not the law of the land.” “The law of the United States is the Constitution, treaties made in accordance with the Constitution and laws duly enacted by Congress and signed by the President. And any of these things I would uphold totally with all my strength, whether I greed with them or not.”


Radio news – June 22, 1986

Mike Schaefer assumes daily responsibilities as KIIS AM/FM Los Angeles program director. This as Gerry DeFrancesco gets a promotion to VP/programming for the Gannett radio chain.

Six-city “Conspiracy of Hope” Concert – Competing rock stations in New York (WAPP, WXRK,WNEW-FM), broadcast the Amnesty concert – all 8 hours. The same for Los Angeles, Chicago, Philly, San Francisco and Dallas. The eight-hour Westwood one feed will be simulcast with MTV. Westwood One chairman Norm Pattiz says, “I think this is bringing radio to its maximum. Every radio station has access to the same thing. What will be interesting to see is how each station will package it to outdo their competitors, to get an edge. (See ad above). 

 Roger Barkley is back on the air – now solo at KJOI. He was with Lohman and Barkley at KFI before the pair broke up.

More Los Angeles – Goodbye KKHR hitradio 93 and welcome back mellow rock KNX-FM to the 93.1 spot. “Rocking L.A. the mellow way.”

Wally Clark will resign his post as president/general manager of KIIS-AM/FM Los Angeles to form his own consultancy. Clark joined KIIS in 1982 when it had 2.2 shares and the ad rate was $37.50 per minute. Under his direction, KIIS became a dominant radio station and now commands a rate of $2,500 per spot during parts of the broadcast day. WOW!

New radio  format – This one’s being aimed at AM stations, whose music audience is being lost to FM. It’s called “Comedy Radio” – a 24-hour syndicated format which blends music with comedy and many serve as the “salvation of AM radio,” says Bob Smith, executive producer. The Radio Group of New York has spent 18 months developing the concept. WMMM (1260) in Westport (CT) becomes the network’s first affiliate. To put the format together, the Radio Grip stockpiled an extensive library of comedy albums ranging from Steve Martin to George Carlin. 


Music news – June 22, 1986

British music invasion is repeating itself – Half the singles in this week’s national Billboard top-40 are from British artists! And the bottom 40 – there are even more British acts. Who you say? Artists such as George Michael, Mike & The Mechanics, Howard Jones, Culture Club, OMD, Level 42, Simply Red, Boys Don’t Cry, Pet Shop Boys and even Billy Ocean. 

Michael Jackson can keep a giraffe at his Encino (CA) estate after all. He already plays host to a chimp, deer, llamas and a python. 

Three-fourths of the original Monkees – Davy, Micky and Peter have regrouped for a 120-date North American tour. Mike Nesmith, the fourth Monkee, who owns and operates the Pacific Arts Video company in California, declined.  Interestingly, MTV just ran a 22 ½-hour Monkees marathon, playing more than 40 of the half hour 1966-1968 sitcoms.

Speaking of Jackson – a New York discount trading store is selling of 10-inch Michael Jackson dolls – complete with sunglasses and white glove – For $1.99. The original was priced at $20.

Wham! Will play its farewell concert June 28 at London’s Wembley Stadium. It’s George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s last performance together. 


Music television – June 22, 1986

U68 – the New York area UHF all-video TV station is celebrating its first anniversary by implementing several programming changes with several programs –

“”New York Tonite,’ a two-hour live broadcast of entertainment features – including music clips. Hosted by U68 off-camera personality Doc Rock, the show includes weather, sports and local news coverage as well as live phone-in contests and a guide to local entertainment events. 

“The Golden Years of Television” – a one-hour Mon-Fri show featuring old TV shows. Also – U68 already has other programs including “The Saturday Nite Special, “Fresh Rap;” “New on the U,” featuring clips by new and breaking acts and “U68 Countdown” Saturday afternoons.

Lee Masters, VH-1’s newly named director of programming, says the channel is going through changes. New and varied types of programming, a new studio, a different on-screen look and a beefed-up staff are some of the most recent signs.  “We’re going to be more flexible – a lot looser in our approach to the channel. I think our image was a bit rigid and we’re going to change that.” Increased longform programming and regular live events will also become VH-1 hallmarks. This will include a weekly countdown show and a beefed-up version of “People News’ to be hosted by a national personality.

John Sykes, vice president of programming at MTV and the wiz behind much of the video channel’s inventive contests and special programming has left to join Creative Artists Agency (CAA).


Television news – June 22, 1986

Soap opera “Search For Tomorrow” celebrates its 9000th show. It’s the longest running soap on TV with a Sept. 3, 1951 debut.

His first extended TV interview – Gloria Steinem in a frank, free-wheeling conversation with Robert Redford – Mon, Tues and Weds this week on NBC’s “Today” show. 

 “Miami Vice” co-star Don Johnson will return to work after ending his five-day holdout for more money. Johnson who plays the trendily unshaven detective Sonny Crockett on the hit series, reportedly had been paid between $30,000 and $35,000 per episode prior to signing his new contract. 

Cable TV ratings – April - 1986

TNN – 1.7 average rating

CNN - 1.6

ESPN – 1.5

USA – 1.3

CBN – 1.0

MTV - .9

CNN Headlines - .7

Lifetime - .6


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of June 22, 1986

CBS – The Twilight Zone, Movie

 NBC – America Talks Back, Miami Vice, Stingray (stars Nick Mancuso), Tonight

ABC – Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Mr. Sunshine, Comedy Special, Love Boat

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week.

MTV – Friday Night Video Fights, Top 20 Countdown


On Webster – Webster is puzzled by a community reaction to a kidnapping.

On Mr. Sunshine – Is Paul sending his landlady romantic signals?

On Miami Vice – Crockett and Tubbs track down a hit man who killed a deputy district attorney.


Top pop music hit singles – June 22, 1986

Live to Tell – Madonna

On My Own- Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

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

I Can’t wait – Nu Shooz

Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston

Crush On You- The Jets

A Different Corner – George Michael

No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones

All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike & The Mechanics

Something About You – Level 42

I Wanna Be A Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry

Nothin’ At All – Heart

Holding Back The Years – Simply Red

Who’s Johnny – El DeBarge

Is It Love – Mr. Mister

If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Move Away – Culture Club

Be Good To Yourself – Journey

Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds

Rain On The Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp


Top Music Hit Singles In Britain – June 22, 1986

Holding Back the Years – Simply Red

Spirit In The Sky – Doctor and the Medics

I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz

Holding Back The Years – Simply Red

Can’t Get By Without You – Real Thing

Set Me Free – Jaki Graham

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

Vienna Calling – Falco

Everybody Wants To Run The World – Tears for Fears


Top Country Music Hit Singles – June 22, 1986

Mama’s Never Seen Those eyes – Forester Sisters

Life’s Highway – Steve Wariner

Honky Tonk Man – Dwight Yoakam

Living In the Promiseland – Willie Nelson

Repetitive Regret – Eddie Rabbitt

Read My Lips – Marie Osmond

Everything that Glitters (Is Not Gold) – Dan Seals

Old Flame – Juice Newton

Hearts Aren’t Made To Brea (They’re Made To Love) – Lee Greenwood

Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye – Charlie Daniels Band

Until I Met You – Judy Rodman


Hot Album Rock Music Cuts – June 22, 1986

Touch and Go – Emerson, Lake & Powell

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Secret Separation – The Fixx

When the Heart Rules The Mind – GTR

Higher Love –Stevie Winwood

Like No Other Night – 38 Special

Girl Can’t Help it – Journey

Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

One Hit To The Body – Rolling Stones

Your Wildest Dreams – Moody Blues

Dreams – Van Halen


Top Music Albums – June 22, 1986

Like A Rock – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

Raised on Radio – Journey

5150 – Van Halen

Winner in You – Patti LaBelle

Heart – Heart

Play Deep – The Outfield

Parade – Prince & The Revolution

Please – Pet Shop Boys

Pretty in Pink – Soundtrack

Love Zone – Billy Ocean

Control – Janet Jackson

The Other Side of Life – Moody Blues

Riptide – Robert Palmer

Dirty Work – Rolling Stones

Brothers in Arms – Dire straits

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Falco 3 – Falco

Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds

World Machine – Level 42

Picture Book – Simply Red

Promise- Sade

Primitive Love – Miami Sound Machine

Headed For The Future – Neil Diamond

Strength In Numbers – 38 Special


Top movies – June 22, 1986

Raw Deal

Invaders From Mars

My Little Pony

Space Camp

The Karate Kid

Back to School

Absolute Beginners

Top Gun

Legal Eagles

A Room With A View

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Manhattan Project

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