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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 12, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Making waves – First Lady Raisa Gorbachev on Saturday was seen touring museums and other places, and was observed to have changed into four outfits during a one-day tour of Iceland’s capital.

Over 400 perish and thousands injured in an earthquake in San Salvador.

Almost – Deadlock on “Star Wars.” The Reykjavik (Iceland) summit between President Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev ends in failure. They came ever so close on agreement to eliminate all offensive nuclear weapons in both countries, but at the end, the deadlocked over the U.S. Strategic defense Initiative (Star Wars). President Reagan, told U.S. troops at an air base nearby that the negotiations had broken down over Gorbachev’s insistence that the U.S. limit the testing of SDI to the laboratory.

 Meantime, Mikhail S. Gorbachev blamed President Regan for failure of their Iceland negotiations but holds out hope for a future agreement on nuclear arms control. “I said to the President: ‘We are missing a historic opportunity.’ Never had our positions been so close together,” Gorbachev told news reporters. 

A top Administration official says that a fuming President Reagan made it clear to Mikhail S. Gorbachev that he doubted his sincerity, bluntly telling the Soviet leader, “You don’t really want another summit.”

Hand grenades are thrown at a crowd of Israeli soldiers and their parents near Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall. 40 are hurt.

President Reagan said that “historic gains” were achieved at the weekend summit in Iceland. Although he reaffirmed his “Star Wars” stand, he said the summit would form a sound basis for arms control negotiations in Geneva.

The federal government sends home half a million non-essential employees, including President Reagan’s maids and gardeners due to a Congress filibuster which failed to approve needed spending legislation.

President Reagen, in North Dakota to help out GOP Sen. Mark Andrews, defends his “Star Wars” proposal as a “purely peaceful technology” and compared it to the World War II radar used to beat back the Nazis.

The Senate approves a record $576-billion omnibus spending measure that would fund all government agencies in fiscal 1987 and provide for the first time in nearly three years, the military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels that President Reagan has sought. 

The Soviet Union, in a surprise move releases Jewish dissident David Goldfarb, who once spurned a KGB overture to frame American newsman Nicholas Danhoff. The move was welcomed by the Reagan Administration.

Jacqueline Picasso, widow of Pablo Picasso, commits suicide at her chateau on the French Riviera. Police say she was found with a bullet in her head, fired from an automatic pistol.

In Tanzania – a small plane carrying Mother Teresa skids into a crowd seeing her off and kills five people. No one on the plane was hurt.

Author Elie Wiesel who survived the Nazi Holocaust, is named winner of the 1986 Nobel peace Prize.

Rita Levi-Montalcini – an American biochemist and an Italian-American biologist, wins the 1986 Nobel Prize in medicine for her discoveries on cell growth.


Fascinating Business news – October 12, 1986

After 5 ½ months, Expo 86 in Vancouver ends. About 22 million people attended – 9 million more than predicted.

Wendy’s International, the nation’s third largest hamburger chain, says it’s dumping Pepsi for Coke at all its 1,212 company-owned outlets.


Technology news – October 12, 1986

Apple reports that its profit soared 47% last quarter, while Honeywell says profits fell 42% for the same period. 

Forbes Annual 400 –

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart tops the list at $4.5 billion


Sports news – October 12, 1986

Olympics every two years? - The International Olympic Committee has decided to separate the Summer and Winter Olympiads after the 1992 games, breaking a 70-year tradition. The committee agreed to stage the Winter Games in 1994 and continue thereafter at four-year intervals, midway between the Summer Games which are also held every four years.

Martina Navratilova wins her 1,000th tennis match. The only other woman to win 1,000 is Chris Evert Lloyd, who now has 1,1,43 victories.

The New York Mets win the NL pennant in a 16-inning game against the Houston Astros. Final score was 7-6.

Passing – Jerry Smith (43) – former leading pass receiver for the Washington Redskins. Of AIDS.


Music news – October 12, 1986

Michael Jackson, owner of the Beatles song catalogue, refused to give Def-Jam artists the Beastie Boys the right to record a new version of the Beatles “I’m Down.” Jackson thought the version made a mockery of the Beatles.

Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut alum is certified at 7 million U.S. sales. Nice!

 Andy Taylor has quit Duran Duran and is working on his debut solo album.

“The Late Show” starring Joan Rivers is dedicated to the music acts performing on the show. The program has the same digital gear found in many recording studios in an attempt to create the studio sound. And, the show is broadcast in stereo.

Motown is releasing a special compact disk version of “The Motown Story.” And it should be in stores by mid-November.

Ken Kragen reports that USA for Africa has raised more than $51 million to date with its “We Are The World” project. The foundation’s other project, “Hands Across America,” has to date brought in $24.5 million. Look for “From Sea to Shining Sea," a 60-minute documentary covering the Hands Across Amerce event early next year.   


Radio news – October 12, 1986

 It’s announced that Jay Thomas will be the new morning man on “Power 106” Los Angeles beginning Sept. 27. Thomas was the morning man at WKTU when it flipped into WXRK last year, but left in January. His slot was filled by afternoon man Howard Stern.

Howard Stern takes a toll on rival WNEW-FM as its morning show is disbanded this week. Goodbye to Richard Neer and Mark McEwen and the WNEW-FM “Breakfast Club.” The station is looking for able morning replacements. Good luck! The morning show has seen a decline in the ratings since late last year.

Joel Saklowitz is now program director of WQHT New York. He had been assistant PD when the station switched this year.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – October 12, 1986

Wayne Newton opens testimony in his defamation suit against NBC by denying that he ever knowingly did business with organized crime.

Passing – Character actor Keenan Wynn (70).


Television news – October 12, 1986

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Malcolm-Jamal Warner hosts with musical guests Run-D.M.C. Also appearing – Spike Lee and Sam Kinison.

Late night talk – Since its Oct. 9 debut, Joan Rivers’ late night talk show has averaged a 5.4 rating compared to Johnny Carson’s 8 rating. 


Tuesday night television listings-programs/TV guide – October 12, 1986

CBS – The Wizard, Movie, Hot Shots (late night)

NBC – Matlock, Crime Story, 1986, Tonight Show

ABC – Baseball, Nightline

PBS – Nova, The Africans: A Personal View By Ali Mazrui

MTV – Guest VJ

HBO – The Htchhiker, Really Weird Tales, Movies

Showtime – Paper Chase, Movies

USA – WWF Prime Time Wrestling


On The Tonight Show – Guests include the Smothers Brothers.

Joan Rivers (Fox) – Diahann Carroll and Vic Damone.

WWF Prime Time Wrestling – With Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby (The Brain) Heenan.


Top  Album Rock Music Cuts – October 12, 1986

Emotion in Motion – Ric Ocasek

Amanda – Boston

To Be A Lover – Billy Idol

Freedom Overspill – Steve Winwood

Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

Hip To Be Square – Huey Lewis and the News

Don’t Get Me Wrong – Pretenders

The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Welcome To Boomtown - David  & David

Somebody’s Out There – Triumph

Wild Wild Life – Talking Heads

This Love – Bad Company

Change in the Weather – John Fogerty


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 12, 1986  

Too Many Ways – Earl Thomas Conley/Anita Pointer

Just Another Love – Tanya Tucker

Second To No One – Rosanne Cash

Cry – Crystal Gayle

That Rock Won’t Roll – Restless Heart

Both To Each Other  - Eddie Rabbit/Juice Newton

Doo-Wah Days – Mickey Gilley

Didn’t We – Lee Greenwood

Diggin’ Up Bones – Randy Travis

Hot Latin Albums – October 12, 1986

Roberto Carlos 86 – Roberto Carlos

Promeses – Jose Jose

Pensamientos – Juan Gabriel

Toda La Vida – Emmanual

Luz de Luna – Yolandita Monge

Siempre – Rocio Durcal

Top Pop Hit Singles In Britain – October 12, 1986

Rain Or Shine – Five Star

True Blue – Madonna

You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards

Word Up – Cameo

I’ve Been Losing You – A-Ha

Every Loser Wins – Nick Berry

In the Army Now – Status Quo

Thorn In My Side – Eurhythmics

Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 12, 1986

True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

Typical male – Tina Turner

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On – Robert Palmer

When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson

Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Class Tiger

Heartbeat – Don Johnson

Throwing It All Away – Genesis

All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa/Full Force

Two Of Hearts – Stacey Q

A Matter OF Trust – Billy Joel

Heaven in Your Eyes – Loverboy

Sweet Love – Anita Baker

Human – Human League

Stuck With You – Huey Lewis & The News

Dreamtime – Daryl Hall

Amanda - Boston

Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

Missionary Man – Eurythmics

True Blue – Madonna


Top Music Albums – October 12, 1986

Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie

Fore! – Huey Lewis & The News

Top Gun Soundtrack

True Blue – Madonna

The Bridge – Billy Joel

Back in the Highlife – Steve Winwood

Raising Hell – Run-D.M.C.

Eat “Em And Smile – David Lee Roth

Break Every Rule – Tina Turner

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

Night Songs – Cinderella

True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

Graceland – Paul Simon

Life’s Rich Pageant – R.E.M.

Heartbeat – Don Johnson

Rapture – Anita Baker

So – Peter Gabriel

Love Zone – Billy Ocean

Revenge - Eurythmics


Top movies – October 12, 1986

The Fly

Half Moon Street

Crocodile Dundee

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

That’s Life!

Stand By Me


The Boy Who Could Fly

Peggy Sue Got Married

Touch Guys

The Karate Kid

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