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



In The News

Italy – A jury convicted six Palestinians of hijacking the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killing an American passenger sentencing the man accused of pulling the trigger on wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer to 30 years in prison.

NASA tells President Reagan that it will take longer than expected to redesign booster rockets and that the next space shuttle flight probably will be delayed until the first quarter of 1988.

Banks cut their prime rate to an 8-year low of 8%.

A 6.0 earthquake near Palm Springs shakes S. California. No injuries were reported.

Crude oil process on some world markets hovered below $10 a barrel – the lowest level in 12 years. In London, a barrel fetched $9.50 at midday.


Fascinating Facts – McDonalds – July 8, 1986

For the first time, McDonald’s Corp will distribute booklets telling fast-food fans what’s in its restaurant fare. The company will provide 100 booklets covering everything from its 100% beef burgers to Big Mac sauce with 126 calories to each of the more than 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide for distribution beginning August 15.


Sports news – July 8, 1986

Pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd of the Boston Red Sox becomes enraged and storms out of Fenway Park after learning he had not been picked for the American League All-Star team.

A federal judge will hear arguments from the National Football League and the NFL Players Assn in a hearing on the union’s request for a court order to block Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s new drug-testing plan.

A day after winning the first tournament of his PGA Tour career, golfer Mac O’Grady was informed that he must begin serving a six-even suspension for “conduct unbecoming a professional golfer.” He ran afoul of the PGA Tour in 1984 when he was accused of insulting a volunteer worker at a tournament.


Music news – July 8, 1986

Asked for his thoughts on the new Van Halen album in the new issue of the Music Connection, David Lee Roth responded: “It’s really hard for me to judge because half of that music was supposed to be the sound track to a film called ‘The Wild Life’ some two years ago. Roth said he was still with Van Halen when most of the songs were written.

Boy George’s record company says the androgynous rock singer is under round-the-clock medical supervision and police said they will postpone questioning him in connection with a series of drug raids in which his brother and singer Marilyn were arrested. Marilyn, a close friend of Boy George who also is known for wearing outrageous gowns and makeup, appeared in court on a charge of possessing heroin. He was not asked to enter a plea and was released without bail pending another hearing. 

MTV Saturday night – The Hooters: Nervous Night (concert).

Hands Across America organizers say that contributions and pledges have now topped $41 million.


Television news – July 8, 1986

Barbara Walters signs a new contract with ABC – a multi-million dollar five-year contract. 

Don’t miss “Buffalo Bill” starring Dabney Coleman on Arts & Entertainment (cable-TV).


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – July 8, 1986

CBS – Simon & Simon Magnum P.I. The Equalizer

NBC – The A-Team, Hunter, 1986, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s the Boss? Growing Pains, Moonlghting, Spenser: For Hire, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Explore

A&E – The Barchester Chronicles, MacBeth 

WTBS – Goodwill Games


Magnum, P.I. – A group of African Mau Mau warriors threatens Higgins’ life.

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