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


In The News

The Supreme Court grants strong new support for affirmative action plans for hiring and promoting minorities, rejecting the Reagan Administration’s contention that only the actual victims of discrimination are entitled to special job preferences. After eight years of battle over affirmative action, employers may give minorities preference in hiring and promotions as long as whites do not suffer in an immediate way, such as losing their jobs.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev says he hopes that his recent letter to President Reagan containing new proposals for curbing nuclear weapons will break the deadlock in U.s.-Soviet arms control talks.

President Reagan and First Lady Nancy officially re-open the Statue of Liberty, which had been closed since May of 1984 due to reconstruction. 

Cannot redraw boundaries – The Supreme Court declares political gerrymandering unconstitutional for the first time, ruling that a winning party cannot blatantly redraw voting boundaries to give itself a partisan advantage.

A Cuban refugee wielding a two-foot sward goes berserk on the Staten Island ferry carrying tourists and commuters in New York Harbor. He killed a man and a woman and wounded 12 others before a retired policeman stopped him a gunpoint.

An experimental 343-foot airship made from a blimp and parts of four helicopters catches fire and crashes near the same spot of the famed Hindenburg (NJ) at Lakehurst. One of five crewmembers is killed.

The Health and Human Services Department announces that the federal government will pour $100 million into a major nationwide research program to search for drugs effective against AIDS.

In London - A dapper jeweler suspected of melting down the gold bars in the $39 million Brinks 1983 robbery is arrested after stepping off a plane from Rio de Janeiro. John Palmer who earned the sobriquet “Goldfinger” was detained at the airport.

Former Foreign Minister Arturo Tolentino proclaims himself acting president of the Philippines and with the backing of hundreds of rebellious army and Marine Corps troops, commandeered the Manila Hotel as his “official seat of the government.”

Exiled Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos, whose war heroism and financial dealings are under close scrutiny, denies in an angry letter to a Manila newspaper that he cheats in golf.  Columnist Dindo Gonzalez of the Business day newspaper had accused Marcos of signing false golf scores to lower his handicap.

John J. Sirica, the tough-minded federal judge who guided the Watergate scandal from a third-rate burglary to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, says he is retiring. “I’m just tired,” said Sirica, now 82.


Media/Advertising news – July 1,1986

 Media - Allen H. Neuharth – the colorful chairman of Gannett steps down. “We think the band is playing. It’s a good time to change the guard.” Neuharth built Gannett into a media giant. Some though, are amazed he’s stepping down before his “USA Today” national newspaper is yet to show a profit. He’ll be replaced by president John Curley.  Neuharth had been Gannett president since 1970.

Advertising trend – Seen – new wave TV commercials which ad pros say are now aimed at grabbing emotions rather than feeding information. Some are min-epics that evoke patriotism romance or a particular life style in just 30 seconds. “It’s gotta be entertaining. You can’t say ‘Look here, this is the widget,’ anymore. You have to make the widget fly into space and come back down” said one executive. These new-wave commercials are aimed at affluent baby boomers and feature either a catchy new jingle or a hit song from the 1960’s. Many attribute the new creative approaches to the influence of MTV. Also, a remote control, combined with cable TV has given viewers the option of switching to other shows ruing a commercials, something the industry calls “zapping.” On videocassette machines, viewers skip fast-forward or “zip” through recorded commercials. Thus zippers. “If there’s any kind of trend, it’s that music has finally reached the status of being as important as the picture.”


Sports news – July 1, 1986

Martina Navratilova wins her 5th singles crown at Wimbledon, this time defeating Hana Mandikova.


Radio news – July 1, 1986

Howard Stern, the often controversial New York City DJ/talker, will be syndicated by DIR to other stations. Stern, who joined rocker WXRK (New York) late last year, has seen his ratings rise from a 1.2 to a 3.4 and up to a 5.2 share in the recent ratings. “The Howard Stern Show” will mix music and talk equally. At WXRK, Stern plays about 6 songs per hour. The national show will be weekly only.  Rock columnist Lisa Robinson will contribute music news to the show, which has already lined up interviews with David lee Roth, Cyndi Lauper and Phil Collins. DIR is best known as the producer/distributor for the “King Biscuit Flower Hour.” Stern is following a pattern with high-profile DJ’s and national weekly shows: Rick Dees at KIIS-FM, John Lander at KKBQ Houston and Scott Shannon from Z-100 all have national weekly shows, but Stern’s will present or lean heavy personality and will not emphasize the music.


Entertainment news – July 1, 1986

Ventriloquist Paul Winchell wins a $17.8 million verdict in a decade-long fight against Metromedia Inc. which he claims destroyed the only remaining tapes of his “Winchell-Mahoney Time” Kid’s show of the 1960’s, in a dispute over syndication rights.


Music news – July 1, 1986

MTV is airing five exclusive clips culled from the “Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” benefit concert and tagging all the clips with Amnesty International’s 800 toll-free number in an effort to keep contributions coming in. 

Boy George denies his brother’s claim that he is a heroin addict. “I’m fit enough to run the London marathon,” the singer told journalists.

At Manor, Texas – more than 40,000 pop music fans brace the sticky South Texas heat to share the Fourth of July with some 75 Farm Aid II stage performers ranging from Waylon Jennings and the Blasters, Los Lobos, the Beach Boys, Johnny Paycheck and of course, Willie Nelson. Also performing – Motley Crue, Joe Walsh and Bon Jovi. VH-1 and Westwood One radio carried the entire Farm Aid Ii concert while MTV also did some coverage.


Television news – July 1, 1986

ABC confirms that talk show host Dick Cavett is returning with a new weeknight show to follow “Nightline.”

Home satellite dish owners (C-band) who have been tuning to CNN and CNN Headline News will now need a descrambler. The nation’s estimated 1.7 million home dish owners will now have to buy the box for $395 and pay $25 a year to receive the CNN services. HBO and Cinemax began scrambling last January 15. Scrambling has sparked protests from many home dish owners, who complain they’ll be charged too much to se the programs they used to get free. Most will pay a fee, but they fear they’ll pay more than say cable subscribers because the decoders won’t unscramble all the networks. CNN announced a venture with HBO, saying customers calling HBO to subscribe can order CNN at the same time. A similar deal is expected to be reached with Showtime and the Movie Channel, which began scrambling their signals May 27.

CBS says it will cut up to 600 jobs in its broadcasting division as early as this week as part of its overall cost-cutting program. The cuts are the most extensive at CBS in 15 years. The cuts come in the face of slow growth of ad revenues.

“Countdown to Liberty weekend” – as all networks get geared to hone the stature of Liberty’s 100th birthday party. All of this was evident on network morning shows all week. 

A.C. Nielsen reports that the CBS Evening News has slipped to #3 in network newscasts. “Nightly News,” anchored by tom Brokaw last month snapped the 213-week winning streak that Dan Rather’s newscast had enjoyed.

The Goodwill games from Moscow begin their 16-day run on Ted Turner’s WTBS.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – July 1, 1986

CBS – Foley Square, Charlie & Company, Airwolf, West 57th, (late night) T.J. Hooker

 NBC – Highway to Heaven, Gimme a Break, You Again? St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show

ABC – Liberty Weekend Preview, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hotel, Nightline

PBS – Justice for All

HBO – Bob Dylan in Concert


Liberty Weekend Preview – With Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs.


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

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Holding Back the Years – Simply Red

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Nasty – Janet Jackson

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

Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds

No One is To Blame – Howard Jones

Your Wildest Dreams – Moody Blues

When The Heart Rules The Wind – GTR

Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

Like a Rock – Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band

On my Own – Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald

Crush on You – The Jets

Mad About You – Belinda Carlisle

Modern Woman – Billy Joel

Like No Other Night – 38 Special

Digging Your Scene – Blow Monkeys

Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) – Pet Shop Boys

Dreams – Van Halen

Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna

We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart

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