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



In The News

The Soviet Union joined the Reagan Administration in predicting a break-through on curbing nuclear weapons at the min-summit meeting in Iceland between President Regan and General Secretary Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

Unemployment rises .25 to 7% in September.

A crippled soviet nuclear-powered submarine that was racked by an enormous explosion – sinks in 18,000 feet of water in the Atlantic Ocean, taking its 16 nuclear-tipped missiles and nuclear power plant to the bottom. Lifeboats that removed a skeleton crew were seen in the water 30 minutes before the sub sank. Three were reported dead in the original explosion.

 Secretary of State George P. Shultz denies that an American-manned cargo plane sot down over Nicaragua was on a mission for the CIA.

Two American hostages being held captive by Muslim extremists in Lebanon appealed to the Reagan Administration to work as hard to free them as it did to bring about the release of reporter Nicholas Daniloff from the Soviet Union. The appeal was made by Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent of the Associated Press and David Jacobsen. 

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi escapes assassination when a man hiding atop a vine-covered gazebo fired a homemade pistol at him and President Sail Singh. Neither leader was injured.


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – October 1, 1986

AIDS update – The Food and Drug Administration announces that it has approved the expanded use of asidothymidine (AZT), a promising new AIDS drug for AIDS patients who have recovered from pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, one of the opportunistic infections frequently associated with AIDS.


Business news – October 1, 1986

Seven-Up – The third most popular soft drink in the country, is sold for $240 million by Philip Morris to an investment grip that already owns Dr. Pepper and A&W Root Beer. 

United Airlines and American Airlines – two of the nation’s largest airlines say they are raising regular fares in at least 80 markets by as much as $30 a ticket because of increased demand for seats.


Sports news – October 1, 1986

A judge denies the United States football league’s motion for a new trial as well as the NFL’s request to set aside a jury’s finding that the older league is a monopoly. 


Technology news – October 1, 1986

IBM says it has greet to buy specially designed computer chips from Intel Corp, a move that analysts say would frustrate makers of the so-called clones that have been cutting into IBM’s personal computer sales. The agreement will swap technology with IBM and Intel – allowing IBM to make further technological advances as well as providing for the development of the proprietary customized chips.


Fascinating Facts - Barbie is now a rock singer – October 1, 1986

Barbie is now a rock singer – but many say it has to do with her competition – Hasbro’s “Jem” doll is a rock ‘n’ roll singer. And, insiders speculate that Barbie may even join the world of children’s television next year – the same place “Jem” got her start. Hasbro introduced Jem at the 1986 Toy Fair.


Music news – October 1,1986

Bon Jovi – the New Jersey Band, may have their first major album with “Slippery When Wet” which is at #4 on the national album charts.

Heavy metal group Metallica’s plans are on hold after the death of Cliff Burton, the band’s bass player. Burton was killed last weekend during a European tour when the band’s tour bus slid off a road in Sweden and rolled over on him after he was thrown through a window. Other members of the group and its crew received minor injuries. The San Francisco-based Metallica is one of the leaders of a new generation of hard-rock groups, its “Master of Puppets” album, release last march has sold 500,000 copies.


Saturday night MTV – Simples Minds: Alive in Rotterdam.


Entertainment news – October 1, 1986

Passing – Movie producer Hal Wallis.

Television news – October 1, 1986

President and Mrs Reagan will sponsor a new concert series for PBS,  “A Tribute to American Music.” The series will consist f four hour-long concerts featuring American artists.

David Hartman is leaving “Good Morning America” in February after 11 years. Hartman and ABC settled on a gradually diminishing role for him. First  – he’ll take off on Fridays.  

Wrestling/Saturday Night’s Main Event on NBC-TV – Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff… Jake (The Snake) Roberts vs. Ricky (The Dragon) Steamboat: British Bulldogs vs. Greg (The Hammer) Valentine.


Thursday night television listings-programs/TV guide – October 1, 1986

CBS – Simon and Simon, Knot’s Landing, Kay O’Brien

NBC – The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers Night Court, Hill Street Blues, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Our World, The Colbys, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Mystery

HBO – Inside the NFL


On the Tonight Show – Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Ben E. King.

On the  David Letterman – Phil Collins, Jeff Altman


Friday night television listings-programs/TV guide – October 1, 1986

CBS – Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – The A-Team, Miami Vice, L.A. Law, Tonight

ABC – Webster, Mr. Belevdere, Sledge Hammer, Sidekicks, Starman, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

Showtime – Gallagher: Over Your Head

A&E – Oscar Peterson: Words and Music, Movie


On Miami Vice – G. Gordon Liddy guest stars as head of a Nicaraguan paramilitary unit.

On the Tonight Show – Guest host Jay Leno welcomes Joan Van Ark and Susan Cash. 

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