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




In The News

In Vienna – U.S-Soviet talks to put superpower relations on track collapse with each side blaming the other for the failure to unravel snarls over arms control that tangled up the Reykjavik summit.

President Reagan signs into law, the most sweeping immigration reform in more than 30 years. Millions of illegal aliens may become eligible to remain in the U.S. legally under the act. 

Former hostage David Jacobsen returns home for a warm welcome form President Reagan and urged reporters “in the name of god… back off’ from their questions lest they endanger the loves of other hostages. Jacobsen told the President that during 17 months of captivity, “I never lost hope of being a free man again.”

Elections – The Democratic party seizes control of the senate for the first time in six years despite a major campaign effort by President Reagan.

The Soviet media says that the Republicans Senate setback indicates, “The Reagan era is on the wane” and blamed it on President Reagan’s foreign policy.

Federal prosecutors drop ammunition smuggling charges against Nancy Reagan’s personal maid, saying statements from two other defendants showed she was an unwitting participant.

Unemployment remains at 7%.

Alfa Romeo announces that it has accepted fiat’s takeover bid, rejecting a rival offer from the Ford Motor Co.

First Lady Nancy Reagan, speaking to the television academy, urges the industry to help youths say no to drugs.  


Sports news – November 1, 1986

The Chicago Bears activate quarterback Doug Flutie as starter Jim McMahon will be out at least another week. They may be without running back Walter Payton who suffered a dislocated big toe this week.

Heavyweight boxing champ Larry Holmes says he’s retiring – this time for good. At a news conference – he said, “I’m tired of people using me. I’m tired of fighting and I’m tired of not getting the decisions I earned. I got too old.” The first retirement announcement came in March of 1985.


Music news – November 1, 1986

On Showtime Saturday Night – “Eric Clapton & Friends” concert.

MTV Saturday night – INXS.

Don’t miss the 1986 New Music Awards on the USA Network. Hosts are Sandra Bernhard and Ron Reagan.

Samantha Fox – a new hitmaker with “Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – and her record company have come out with a fold-out 45rpm sleeve with Samantha in some Playboy-esque pics with bare-midriff and cut-off jean poses.


Television news – November 1, 1986

Pre-empts “Saturday Night Live.” Jay Leno gets his first network special. Look for “The Jay Leno Show” on Saturday night with co-host Lu Leonard.  Appearing are David Letterman, Vanna White and Doug Llewelyn of “People’s Court.”

In Syndication – “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” with Robin Leech.

Passing – (Nov 1) – Paul Frees (66) – man of many commercial voices. He was one of the greatest voice-over artists ever and his work is like a who’s-who in cartoon and commercial voices and beyond. 


Monday night television listings-programs/TV guide – November 1, 1986

CBS – Kate & Allie, My Sister Sam, Newhart, designing Women, Cagney & Lacey

NBC – ALF, Amazing Stories, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – MacGyver, Monday Night Football

PBS – Nature

ESPN – NFL Yearbook

Nick at Nite  - Route 66, Donna Reed, Mr. Ed, My Three Sons, The Monkees, I Spy

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