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



In The News

The Democratic-controlled House votes to slash President Reagan’s funding request for “Star Wars” missile defense system to $3.1 billon and force him to abide by the ungratified 1979 strategic arms limitation treaty.

The Senate Judiciary Committee give President Reagan a double victory in his efforts to remake the Supreme Court in his image by approving William H. Rehnquist as chief justice and Antonin Scalia to replace him as associate justice.

The Senate approves $100 million in aid for the Nicaragua (contra) rebels. It opens the way for the CIA to resume control of the war against the Sandinista government for the first time in several years. 

Nancy Reagan’s Paraguayan-born personal maid, who traveled with her to meet the Pope and Queen Elizabeth I, has been charged with helping to smuggle small caliber arms out of the country. Anita Castelo has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with gunrunning along with two Paraguayan nationals. 


Toys: Transformers – Hot/Popular – August 1986

Transformer toys – First a toy, a TV cartoon – a now a movie, “The Transformers: The Movie.”


Technology news – August 8, 1986

IBM cuts prices on its personal computers for business buyers.

Must carry - The FCC requires most U.S. cable-TV companies to continue carrying some local-over-the-air TV stations and non-commercial TV signals for the next five years. (See TV Section).


Music news – August 8, 1986

MTV has a new VJ. She’s English and her name is Julie Brown. She was a pop music correspondent and VJ for several British shows.

Singer David Crosby, imprisoned for five months on narcotics and weapons charges, is paroled from prison and said he was glad to be off drugs.

On MTV Friday night – Friday night video fights followed by REO Speedwagon in concert.

On MTV Saturday Night – Huey Lewis & The News in concert.

The Grammy Awards will be adding a new category – “New Age Music.” Among the best-known New Age artists are George Winston, Will Ackerman and Andreas Vollenweider.

Trends – Bonus songs to stimulate sales of CD’s and cassettes… For example – If you purchase Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” on either cassette or CD, you’ll get a double bonus – an extra song and longer renditions of several other songs. Vinyl is left a little high and dry. Other artists are offering bonus cuts on the formats as well. Amy Grant’s “Collection” feature more bonus songs on cassette and CD’s as well. And more artists are doing the same.  


Sports news – August 8, 1986

Kelvin Bryant, the United States football League’s second all-time leading rusher, signs a four-year contract with the Washington Redskins for $3 million.

The Dallas Cowboys reach agreement with running back Herschel Walker on a five-year $5 million guaranteed contract.


Television news – August 8, 1986

Looks like Tom Snyder’s KABC-TV program is out – and in will be a new syndicated show called the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Snyder says the station was committed to carrying the Oprah show – back when his started – in February.

Showtime is ending “The Paper Chase” with a special two-hour segment titled “The Graduation.” Don’t miss it this week. There will be no new episodes but in September, Showtime will repeat the series in its entirety – all 58 episodes. 

Saturday night on HBO – On Location: Billy Crystal.

Must carry - The FCC requires most U.S. cable-TV companies to continue carrying some local-over-the-air TV stations and non-commercial TV signals for the next five years. Controversial rules that directed cable companies to carry the signals of all local TV stations had been required for more than 20 years until they were ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in July 1985. The new FCC ruling includes a modified version of a compromise worked out earlier this year by cable and television broadcasters. Essentially, if a cable outlet has more than 21 channels, some of those channels must include over-the-air channels. 

After a four-month nationwide search to replace ousted film critic Gene Siskel, the Chicago Tribune names Dave Kehr as its new movie reviewer. Kehr had been with the Chicago Reader for 12 years. The newspaper’s sister company, Tribune Entertainment, syndicates “At the Movies,’ a weekly television program that for four years, featured Siskel and Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert. Siskel lost his job as film critic at the Tribune shortly after it was learned that he and Ebert were taking their television act to rival Disney Domestic Television.


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

CBS – Charlie Brown, Rita, Big Gamble in Atlantic City

NBC – Highway to Heaven, Gimme a Break, You Again? Phil Donahue Examines The Human Animal, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Mr. Sunshine, MacGyver, Hotel, Nightline

PBS – National Geographic, Great Performances

Showtime – Honeymooners Lost Episodes, Brothers, The Frantics


Big Gamble in Atlantic City – Bill Moyers examines the changes in Atlantic City since the introduction of gambling in that city.  

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