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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

Aretha Franklin

Colonel Abrams

Ready for the World

Val Young

Total Contrast

Janet Jackson

Prince & The Revolution

The Flirts

Stevie Wonder


Jennifer Holliday


Simply Red

J.M. Silk


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


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

Top Gun

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Karate Kid

Ruthless People

Legal Eagles

Maximum Overdrive

Haunted Honeymoon

Back to School

About Last Night


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