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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

Shanghai Surprise

Top Gun

Blue Velvet

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Men’s Club

Flight of the Navigator

Ruthless People


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