Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 22, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Father Lawrence Jenco, an American Roman Catholic priest who was kidnapped by Muslim fundamentalists in Lebanon nearly 19 months ago, is released.
House and Senate Superfund conferees agree to support a five-year $8.5 billion hazardous waste clean-up program that sets standards for removal of deadly wastes and requires industry to inform the public when dangerous chemicals are released into the environment.
The Titanic expedition is over and leader Robert Ballard says that about 100 photos will be fitted together for form a “photo-mosaic” of the broken wreck and debris. Some 57,000 color photos and hundreds of videotapes were taken of the sunken ocean liner, which lies in pure darkness 2 ½ miles down the ocean floor. The Navy paid for the expedition as part of a five-year, $2.8 million contract to develop deep-sea diving research and exploration vehicles. But the Navy has no plans to return.
NASA says the seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger probably remained conscious for at least 10 seconds after the Jan. 28 explosion and they switched on at least three emergency breathing packs.
The Reagan Administration reports that Japan has agreed, just before a U.S deadline, to stop selling computer chips at below-market prices in the United States and to allow American chipmakers a larger share of the Japanese market.
Wildfires fed by strong winds ravage the French Riviera, killing an elderly woman, charring resort homes and thousands of acres of forest and forcing the evacuation of 2000 people.
John Jenco says of his brother – Father Lawrence Jenco that Shia Muslim kidnapers kept him in solitary confinement and chains for six months of his captivity in Lebanon and he often was blindfolded after that.
New government study - Childbearing by unmarried women has reached its highest level on recording, accounting for one baby in five.
Passing – W. Averell Harriman (94) one of the great diplomatic figures of World War II.
Business news – July 22, 1986
Pepsico says it has agreed boy buy Kentucky Fried Chicken for an $850-million cash deal.
Technology news – July 22, 1986
Third generation Compact Disc players, which are now being sold, are proving to be unusually free of breakage and defects. When CD repairs are needed, they can be costly. Most problems tend to be mechanical, not electronic. Topping the list are defects in the assembly that moves the laser, either a sled or slider mechanism and in the worm-gear drive assembly. Other problem areas are the sliding-drawer mechanism. Less common are laser diodes failures. If you need one, it will cost about $70.
Sports news – July 22, 1986
The National Football League is found guilty of violating an antitrust law. The USFL had sued for $1.69 billion, but damages awarded – just $3.00! The verdict came after almost two years of pretrial litigation and 2 ½ months of trial testimony. The decision discredits the NFL, but will probably doom the 4-year-old USFL, which in its fourth year, planned to switch to fall play in direct competition with the NFL, but without the established league’s television revenue sources. The jury decided that not only does the NFL enjoy monopoly power, but it also unfairly conspired to gain its competitive edge and did in fact violate antitrust law – “to exclude competition within major league football.”
The jury could not conclude, among other things, that the NFL, as the USFL had insisted, actually prevented the USFL from obtaining “access to a national broadcast television contract.”
Many believe the USFL’s day are numbered. Arizona Outlaws owner Bill Tatham Jr. says, “Unless the verdict changes, I think we’ve seen the end, either this year, next year or whenever.” Fred Bullard, co-owner of the Jacksonville Bulls comments: “I wouldn’t call us out until the last piece of dirt is thrown on the casket, but some very serious decisions have to be made very soon. I would suggest things are not the brightest right now. Unless we pull a rabbit out of a hat, it doesn’t look good for us playing this season. Probably the only thing that could salvage the league would be if a network talked to us for 1987, when the NFL television contract runs out. I’m an optimistic person, but it’s hard to be optimistic.”
After just 30 seconds, Mike Tyson KO’s Marvis Frazier at a Glens Falls, NY bout.
Radio news – July 22, 1986
Los Angeles ratings – Power 106, which is six months old, rises to the top of the ratings – a 6.0. KIIS-FM falls back to a 5.9 In New York – WHTZ “Z-100” jumps from a 6.1 to a 6.9. Z-100 has yet to beat its 7.2 standing in the spring 1984 ratings.
Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – July 22, 1986
Griffin O’Neal (21) son of actor Ryan O’Neal is indicted on six counts, including boat manslaughter in the Memorial Day boating accident death of the son of movie director Francis Ford Coppola.
Passing – Director Vincente Minnelli (83), who won an Oscar for “Gigi” in 1958, made his last movie, “A Matter of Time” starring daughter Liza in 1976.
Music news – July 22, 1986
Passing – Gordon Mills (51) – who took Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck and made into superstars. Mills also wrote “It’s Not Unusual” – Tom Jones’ first hit. Gordon Mills died of cancer (left in picture)
Rhino Records is launching a major retail push for its extensive Monkees catalog to tie in with the reformed ‘60’s band’s summer concert tour. Rhino says it all started with MTV’s Monkees marathon, which MTV called “Pleasant Valley Sunday” – the 22 ½ hour broadcast last February of the Monkees original TV shows. That tribute was repeated by MTV on June 22. The series is back on syndicated reruns and soon will be shown by the Nickelodeon cable network in September. There are now 10 Monkees albums on Rhino – eight reissued titles and two label-compiled anthologies.
Don’t miss Willie Nelsen & Family Tour ’86.
Television news – July 22, 1986
Dick Cavett will return to ABC-TV with “Latenight America” to follow “Nightline” this fall. Cavett, now with USA, was with PBS and ABC-TV.
Wednesday night television listing/Tv guide – July 22, 1986
CBS – Mistral’s Daughter (3 Hours)
NBC – Highway To Heaven, Gimme a Break, You Again? St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show
ABC – ABC Closeup (3 Hours) Nightline
PBS – National Geographic
HBO – On Location: Robert Klein On Broadway
Showtime – Honeymooners Lost Episodes, Brothers, The Frantics, It’s Showtime
Mistral’s Daughter – Based on the novel by Judith Krantz.
Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – July 22, 1986
Every Beat Of My Heart – Rod Stewart
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Let’s Go All The Way – Sly Fox
My Favourite Waste of Time - Owen Paul
Happy Hour – Housemartins
Sing Our Own Song – UB40
The Edge of Heaven – Wham!
Venus – Bananarama
Too Good To Be Forgotten – Amazulu
Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 22, 1986
I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again – T. Graham Brown
Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her – George Strait
On The Other Hand – Randy Travis
All Tied Up – Ronnie McDowell
You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight – John Schneider
Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain – The Judds
Savin’ My Love For You – Pake McEntire
Love At The Five And Dime – Kathy Mattea
Will The Wolf Survive – Waylon Jennings
Strong Heart – T.G. Shepard
Top Music Artists Played In Dance Clubs – July 22, 1986
Ready for the World
Prince & The Revolution
Top Music Album Rock Cuts – July 22, 1986
Touch And Go – Emerson, Lake & Powell
Higher Love – Steve Winwood
Somebody Like You – 38 Special
Secret Separation – The Fixx
Red Rain – Peter Gabriel
Yankee Rose – David Lee Roth
Rumbleseat – John Cougar Mellencamp
Love Walks In – Van Halen
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
Invisible Touch – Genesis
No Promises – Icehouse
The Aftermath – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Top Music Albums – July 22, 1986
So – Peter Gabriel
Control – Janet Jackson
Top Gun – Soundtrack
Love Zone – Billy Ocean
Winner In You – Patti Labelle
Like A Rock – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
True Blue – Madonna
Invisible Touch – Genesis
The Other Side of Life – Moody Blues
Raising Hell – Run D.M.C.
5150 – Van Halen
Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
GTR – GTR
Picture Book – Simply Red
Tuff Enuff – Fabulous Thunderbirds
Play Deep – The Outfield
Music From The Edge of Heaven – Wham!
Raised On Radio – Journey
Strength In Numbers – 38 Special
Please – Pet Shop Boys
El DeBarge – El DeBarge
Headed For The Future – Neil Diamond
Heart – Heart
Emerson, Lake & Powell - Emerson, Lake & Powell
For Those Of You With Or Without Children – Bill Cosby
Parade – Prince & The Revolution
The Jets – The Jets
Top movies – July 22, 1986
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Back to School
About Last Night
The Great Mouse Detective