Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 15, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Reagan signs an executive order requiring drug testing for federal employees in “sensitive positions” that could affect as many as 1.1 million of the government’s 2.8 million civilian workers
The Reagan Administration orders the expulsion of 25 U.N.–based Soviet diplomats in Washington, but denied that the action was related to the spy charges Moscow has filed against American journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
Paris bombings continue – 5 are dead, 60 injured after two men in a passing car hurl a bomb at a crowded clothing and textile store in Paris. The explosion is the fifth bombing in 10 days.
First public comment – Mikhail S. Gorbachev says that American journalist Nicholas Daniloff is a spy. Referring to him as “the spy who was caught red-handed,” he said Americans are trying to use it “to spoil relations… and to fan up hatred. “But we will not become nervous and will not be provoked,” said Gorbachev.
Meet – Secretary of State Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Shevardnadze agree their arms control differences have narrowed, but Shultz says there can be no fruitful superpower summit meeting until American journalist Nicholas Daniloff is released.
President Reagan summons Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze to an unannounced White House meeting to demand the freedom of Nicholas Daniloff and warned Moscow that espionage charges against the U.S. journalist have soured superpower relations.
Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III says that drug smuggling is intertwined with the flow of illegal aliens across the nation’s Southwest border and urges Congress to pass an immigration reform bill to help solve both problems.
Coca-Cola says it plans to withdraw from South Africa and will attempt to sell its operations to black investors there.
Health/AIDs news update – September 15, 1986
Anti AIDS drug AZT, tested on only 146 patients, will be given to as many as 6,000 AIDS victims because it holds “great promise for prolonging life,” said the government. This could happen within weeks..
Sports news – September 15, 1986
White Sox pitcher Joe Cowley throw a no-hitter in a game against the Angels. Final score – 7-1.
San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana undergoes back surgery and it is not known whether he can continue playing football. The surgery involved butting away a portion of a damaged disc that extended out from the spine.
Technology news – September 15, 1986
Sony’s latest compact disk promotion kicks off this week. Consumers will receive two free CD’s and membership in the CBS CD club with the purchase of any Sony CD player.
Radio news – September 15, 1986
Passing – Gordon McLendon – Pioneered top-40 radio and was the first to put an all-news radio station on the air. He also built the 458-station Liberty Sports Network from scratch.
GTE has signed Stuart Denning as a spokesman for its GTE2000, a phone with various speed dialing features. Who is Stuart Denning? He’s a perpetual winner with Z-100 and their various contests. Denning managed to “get in” and win a whole bunch of contests, so much so, Z-100 (WHTZ) put a 30-day limit on contest entries a while back.
Entertainment news – September 15, 1986
Move director Dino de Laurentiis takes his oath of U.S citizenship.
(Sept 13) At Disneyland – Michael Jackson’s 3-D film “Captain EO” makes its debut. The unveiling of the 17-minute short was preceded by a parade down Disneyland’s Main Street featuring some 125 celebrities in chauffeur-driven antique autos, a private party and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tomorrowland’s new Magic Eye Theater. “Captain EO” is described as “a 3-D musical motion picture space adventure.” It was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and cost around $20 million. It is the first public project involving Jackson since USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” session last year.
Music news – September 15, 1986
Julian Lennon is taking a hiatus from performing after a disappointing reception for his latest record.
The Pet Shop Boys won’t be touring the U.S. after all. They to kick off a tour Oct. 31 in San Francisco. It’s postponed due to a number of reasons.
Run D.M.C. has been uninvited to the Los Angeles Street Scene celebration. The decision was partly based on uneasiness after gang violence at the group’s August concert in nearby Long Beach.
Will the real LL Cool J. please stand up? – A guy named Lawrence Humphrey files suit, claiming the LL Cool J’s “Radio” album criminally and fraudulently uses his professional name, voice and compositions. The suit also charges fraudulent use of the LL Cool J name during the rap performer’s personal appearances. The suit alleges that Humphrey and defendant James Todd Smith, boyhood friends in New York, recorded Humphrey and his compositions in the basement of smith’s home in 1984. According to the complaint, Smith supplied the ‘simple beat’ which has no originality and which does not contain any original copyrightable material.
Television news – September 15, 1986
Erma Bombeck, who has been with ABC’s “Good Morning America” since it debuted on Nov 3, 1975, is leaving. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had, but I’m walking away from it.” She says an increasing workload has made it impossible to continue.
The Disney Channel offers the movie “Pinocchio” the first time this 1940 classic has been on television. It’s been available on videocassette though, since July of last year.
David Letterman hosts the Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Heather Thomas, who co-stars on “The Fall Guy”, undergoes extensive plastic surgery on her left leg after being struck by a car near Hollywood.
New TV season 1986 – you’ll see these changes:
Patrick Duffy is returning to Dallas.
Don Johnson gets a new car – a Testa Rossa (Ferrari) on Miami Vice.
Robert Urich says goodbye to his girlfriend Susan Silverman on “Spenser For Hire.”
MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) stops working free-lance and instead, will work full time for the fictitious Phoenix foundation.
Facts of Life – Cloris Leachman joins the cast as Beverly Ann, sister of Edna (Charlotte Rae).
Gimme a Break – Neil moves to New York with best friend Andy. But the Kaniski family stays behind with the exception of Joey and grandpa.
The A-Team – Robert Vaughn joins the cast as the Teams’ ultra new leader.
Tuesday night television listings-programs/TV guide – week of September 15, 1986
CBS – The Wizard, Movie
NBC – Remington Steele, Cheers, Night Court, 1986, Tonight Show
ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Moonlighting, Jack and Mike, Nightline
PBS – Nova, Explore
HBO – Training Camp: The Bulls Are Back, Movies
Moonlighting – Maddie and Mike delve into an intriguing murder case from the 1940’s.
On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Steve Landesberg, Jason Bateman, Wild Bill Cavison and Spiegle Wilcox.
Saturday night television listings-programs/TV guide – September 15, 1986
CBS – Murder, She Wrote, Movie
NBC – Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening, Golden Girls, Easy Street, Hunter, Saturday Night Live
ABC – Life with Lucy, Ellen Burstyne Show, Heart of the City
MTV – Live from the Cat Club: Kids in the Kitchen
HBO – A 60’s Reunion with Bill Graham, movies
Showtime – Bizarre ’86, Movies
Captain EO Grand Opening – Patrick Duffy and Justine Bateman welcome the Moody Blues, Starship and Belinda Carlisle. The special is keyed to the new
Captain EO 3-D attraction at Disneyland and Disneyworld. The movie stars Michael Jackson.
Saturday Night Live (repeat) – Anjelica Huston and Billy Martin guest host with musical guests George Clinton & The Parliaments/Funkadelic.
Top Album Rock Music Cuts – September 15, 1986
The Eye of The Zombie – John Fogerty
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
Throwing It All Away – Genesis
Fall On Me – R.E.M.
It’s You - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Wild Wild Life – Talking Heads
No Way To Treat A Lady – Bonnie Raitt
Jacob’s Latter – Huey Lewis & The News
Hip To Be Square – Huey Lewis & The News
Somebody’s Out There – Triumph
Emotion in Motion – Ric Ocasek
Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 15, 1986
In Love – Ronnie Milsap
Got My Heart Set On You – John Conlee On TV
Always Have Always Will – Janie Fricke
Little Rock – Reba McEntire
Lonely Alone – Forester sisters
Both To each Other – Eddie Rabitt/Juice Newton
Ten Feet Away – Keith Whitley
Guitar Town – Steve Earle
Just Another Love – Tanya Tucker
Cry – Crystal Gayle
Stand A Little Rain – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Second To No One – Rosanne Cash
It’ll Be Me – Exile
Guitars, Cadillac’s – Dwight Yoakam
Top Music Albums – September 15, 1986
Raising Hell – Run-D.M.C.
Top Gun Soundtrack
Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie
Back in the Highlife – Steve Winwood
Control – Janet Jackson
Fore! – Huey Lewis & The News
The Bridge – Billy Joel
Eat ‘Em And Smile – David Lee Roth
So – Peter Gabriel
Invisible Touch – Genesis
Music From The Edge of Heaven – Wham!
True Confessions – Bananarama
Revenge – Eurythmics
Then & Now… Best of the Monkees
Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
Like a Rock – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Winner in You – Patti LaBelle
Night Songs – Cinderella
Primitive Love – Miami Sound Machine
Belinda Carlisle – Belinda Carlisle
Top Pop Hit Music Singles in Britain – September 15, 1986
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards
Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
I Want To Wake Up With You – Boris Gardiner
I Just Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew
Holiday Rap – MC Miker and Deejay Sven
Rage Hard – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Rain or Shine – Five Star
Walk This Way – Run-D.M.C.
Word Up – Cameo
Brother Louie – Modern Talking
Love Can’t Turn around – Farley Jackmaster Funk
Top movies – September 22, 1986
Great Mouse Detective
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Flight of the Navigator
Back to School