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



In The News

President Reagan calls for mandatory drug testing for federal workers in sensitive jobs and says his cabinet will be the first in line. “If this battle is to be won and it must, each and every one of us must take a stand and get involved... Victory in this case is a drug-free generation.”

Overriding objections from the State Department and the Pentagon, President Reagan authorizes subsidized sales of American grain to the Soviet Union. The decision should assist American farmers by boosting exports.

The Soviet Union grants asylum to former CIA agent Edward Howard. Howard disappeared from his home in Santa Fe, NM, in September, days before the FBI charged him with selling secrets to the Soviets. It’s the first defection by a CIA agent since the ‘60’s.

Off the east end of Long Island, Frank Mundus and Donald Braddock bring in a great white shark, weighing almost 3,500 pounds - a record. Mundus’ past fishing exploits inspired “Jaws” by Peter Benchley. 

Japan and the U.S. settle a dispute - agreeing to a plan to prevent dumping by Japanese manufacturers and to give U.S. chipmakers better access to the Japanese market. The five-year agreement was reached after almost a year of negotiations.

Bill Schroeder - the longest living artificial heart recipient, passes away. Schroeder survived 20 months with the plastic and metal mechanical pump.


Best-selling books – August 1, 1986

 “Red Storm Rising” - Louis L’Amour, “Wanderlust” - Danielle Steele, “Rock Hudson: His Own Story” - Rock Hudson, “And So It Goes: Adventures In Television” - Linda Ellerbee.


Radio news – August 1, 1986

Passing - Famed disc jockey William B. Williams (62). Best known for his 41 year of longevity on New York’s WNEW (1130) and for his friendship with Frank Sinatra. Williams began at WNEW when Sinatra was doing a twice-weekly “singing show,”  dubbing him “chairman of the broads” because of his popularity with woman.  As time passed, that became “chairman of the board,” a handle that stuck through Sinatra’s incredible career.


Sports news – August 1, 1986

The U.S. Football league announces that it is suspending play while it seeks a network television contract, plus an increase in the three-dollar award in its anti-trust suit against the


Willie McCovey is inducted into the baseball hall of fame at Cooperstown, NY. 


Entertainment/Media news – August 1, 1986

Disney says “Sleeping Beauty” will finally be released on videocassette. It will go on sale in September for the unusual low price of $17.95. It’s the sixth animated feature released on home video from Disney. “Alice In Wonderland,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Robin Hood,” and “The Sword In The Stone” were released at a $79.95 price.(Note – original release price was $29.95).

Robert Tisch (60) - President of Loews Corp, is selected as the postmaster general. Said the postal board: “Bob Tisch is a careful, highly skilled manager and corporate leader who can strengthen the postal service.”

Maria Shriver and Forrest Sawyer sign-off on the CBS morning news. The pair was fired for low ratings.

Passing - Jazz pianist Teddy Wilson (73).

Passing away last week - it’s learned that Vicente Minnelli will leave the bulk of his estate to daughter Liza. Liza will get $130 thousand in personal property plus his Beverly Hills home - worth about $1 million. He left his current wife $100 thousand and $5000 to his other daughter. He did request that his wife remain in the house.


Television news – August 1, 1986

Fox Broadcasting Co says that 79 stations have agreed to broadcast all of their programming beginning in October with “The Joan Rivers Show.” The 79 stations will effectively reach 80% of the U.S. population. By March, the network intends to begin broadcasting five hours of prime time programming spread over Saturday and Sunday nights.

Premiering this week in syndication - “The New Gidget” with Caryn Richman and Dean Butler.

Leslie Stahl jumps from CBS news House correspondent to national affairs correspondent for the CBS evening news. She will continue to anchor “Face The Nation.”


Tuesday night Television listings/TV guide – August 1, 1986

CBS - Special-Christopher Columbus ... NBC - Highway To Heaven, Gimmie A Break, You Again? , St Elsewhere ... ABC - Perfect Strangers, Mr. Sunshine, MacGyver, Hotel

Christopher Columbus - 3 hours - Part 1 of 2 - stars Gabriel Byrne, Nicol Williamson and Faye Dunaway.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 1, 1986

Top Country - “Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her” - George Straight, “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain” - The Judds, “On The Other Hand’ - Randy Travis, “You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight” - John Schneider.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 1, 1983

 Pop music this week in1986 - “Glory Of Love” - Peter Cetera, “Sledgehammer” - Peter Gabriel, “Danger Zone” - Kenny Loggins, “Mad About You” - Belinda Carlisle, “Papa Don’t Preach” - Madonna, “We Don’t have To Take Our Clothes Off” - Jermaine Stewart, “Love Touch” - Rod Stewart, “Rumors” - “Timex Social Club, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” - The Pet Shop Boys, “Digging Your Scene’ - The Blow Monkeys, “Suzzane” - Journey, “The Edge Of Heaven” - Wham” “Take It Easy” - Andy Taylor, “You Should Be Mine” - Jeffrey Osbourne. 


Top movies – August 1, 1986

Howard The Duck - Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Lea Thompson

Nothing In Common - Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason

Friday The 13th Part VI - Jason Lives

The Karate Kid - Part II - Ralph Macchioll, Pat Morita

Heartburn - Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson

Top Gun - Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis

Ferris Bueler’s Day Off - Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara

Disney’s “Flight Of The Navigator” - Joey Cramer

Haunted Honeymoon - Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLouise

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