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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 17, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Film director John Landis and 4 others will be prosecuted criminally in connection with a helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two child actors while filming a scene for the upcoming film “the Twilight Zone. A special effects worker and the helicopter pilot are among those charged.

Sally Ride and four crewman blast-off successfully on the space shuttle Challenger from Cape Canaveral. Ride is the first American woman ever to fly into space.   

In Paris, a 20 year-old French housewife discovers that a violent headache she suffered for 10 days is caused by a bullet fired at her by her husband while she was sleeping. Evelyne Muxart recently woke up and found blood in her hair, washed it out and went back to bed with her husband. The next day, she began to have violent headaches. Doctors removed a 22-caliber slug from her head. Her husband was arrested. He was out of work and intended to commit suicide after killing his wife. 

Republic Airlines fires the pilot of a twin-engine jetliner that came within 30 seconds of running out of fuel on a flight from Phoenix to Fresno, California. The plane, with 86 persons on board, lost power in one of its engines after the crew discovered it was low on fuel. Under full power, the plane made an emergency landing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

 Pope John Paul II visits his troubled homeland of Poland, ignoring a call from the government to stick to the “religious aspect” of his visit. The visit inspired a renewed spirit against the country’s communist regime.

An audit of the financially troubled National Public Radio network reveals the network is $4 million in debt. NPR Chairman Myron Jones said the network is “only wounded... not mortally wounded” and “we will survive.” The audit showed that management did not keep accurate records of American Express expenditures and that expense reports were incomplete.


Sports news - July 17, 1986 

John Williams, former all pro, is indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of distributing cocaine. Williams (37), who now practices dentistry in Minnesota, was an offensive tackle with the Colts and Rams. “I was dealing. I was foolish. I was in a whirlwind caught in the middle of it and sinking. I’ll be glad to get it over with. I don’t want sympathy, I’ll just lay it straight on the table.”'


Technology news – July 17, 1986

On sale - Commodore 64 home computer - $199.00... Atari 5200 video game system - $159.00

The entire Encyclopedia Americana is being readied for computers and Frank Farrell, president of Grolier Electronic publishing claims that “any adult who is computer illiterate in the next 10 years will be obsolete... it’s a very scary proposition for adults.”


Television news – July 17, 1986

List Of Game shows on Daytime TV:

$25,000 Pyramid, Childs Play, The Price Is Right, Tattletales - all CBS... Sale Of The Century, Wheel Of Fortune, Dream House, New Battlestars and Fantasy - all NBC... Family Feud - ABC.  


Top TV shows/Nielsen Ratings – July 17, 1986

Top TV shows -Hart to Hart, The A-Team, Simon & Simon, MASH, Facts Of Life, Magnum, PI, Hill Street Blues, Jeffersons, 60 minutes, 20/20, Newhart, Fantasy Island, Three’s Company and Trapper John, M.D.


Top pop hit music singles – July 17, 1986

 Pop music this week in 1983 - “Electric Avenue” - Eddie Grant, “Flashdance” - Irene Cara, “Every Breath You Take” - Police, “Time (Clock Of The Heart)” - Culture Club, “My Love” - Lionel Ritchie, “Always Something There To Remind Me” - Naked Eyes, “Affair Of The Heart” - Rick Springfield,  “I’m Still Standing” - Elton John, “Too Shy” - Kajagoogoo.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 17, 1986

On a country road - “You Can’t Run From Love” - Eddie Rabbit, “Love Is On A Roll” - Don Williams, “Fool For Your Love” - Mickey Gilley, “The Closer You Get” - Alabama, “Highway 40 Blues” - Ricky Skaggs.


Top movies – July 17, 1986

Premiering at the movies - “Superman III” with Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole.

War Games - Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy.

Psycho II - Vera Miles, Meg Tilly and Robert Loggia.

Return Of The Jedi - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy D. Williams.

Octopussy - Roger Moore as James Bond, Maud Adams. 

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