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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 8, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan - eying a growing controversy - says that he did authorize a secret operation to ship U.S made arms to Iran - a move that resulted in the release of American hostages. But, says the President - the action was primarily aimed at mending relations with the “strategic” nation. 

 Ivan Boesky settles insider-trading charges - having illegally made $50 million in profits. He’ll pay a record $100 million in penalties - including the $50 million he made.

McDonalds calls on parents of children under age 3 who received Lego building set toys as part of Happy Meals - to return the toys for a replacement. Two incidents of children Ingesting parts from the Lego set have been reported. No injuries so far. The giveaway began October 31.  

Joseph Bonanno Jr. (41) - is sentenced to four years in federal prison in California for taking part in an investment scam. He’s the son of the one-time mafia leader. 

Passing - Vyachestav Molotov (96) - close aid to Josef Stalin. Sought to succeed Stalin but lost out to Nikita Khrushchev in 1953, following Stalin’s death.


Best-selling books – November 8, 1986

“”Hollywood Husbands” - Jackie Collins, “Red Storm Rising” - Tom Clancy, “It” - Stephen King, “His Way” - Kitty Kelley, “Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them” - Forward and Torres, “Dreamgirl” - Mary Wilson.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – November 8, 1986

Passing - Actor Roger C. Carmel (54) - best known as “Harry Mudd” on Star Trek. Most recently appeared in the popular commercial for “Senor Naugles.” Police are handling it as a possible narcotics overdose. His body was discovered several days after his death.

Passing - singer Bobby Nunn (61) - original member of “The Coasters” in the 50’s... Of a massive heart attack. Biggest hits - “Charlie Brown,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” and “Along Came Jones.”


Sports news – November 8, 1986

Mike Scott of the Houston Astros wins the Cy Young Award.

The world champion New York Mets are greeted at the White House by President Reagan. “Believe me, even this lifelong Cubs fan has to dish out the praise.”


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 8, 1986

Television ratings - The Cosby Show (36.8), Family Ties (35.2), Cheers (28.8), Golden Girls (27.3), Night Court (25.8), Murder, She Wrote (25.2), Perry Mason (23.6), 60 Minutes (21.8), Amen (21.6), Monday Night Football (21.6), Dallas (21.6), Who’s The Boss? (21.1), Moonlighting (20.7), 227 (20.4), Newhart (20.2), Newhart (19.1), Highway To Heaven (19.1), Kate & Allie (18.5), My Sister Sam (18.5), Facts Of Life (18.2), Falcon Crest (17.7), 20/20 (17.4), Miami Vice (17.4), Matlock (17.3), Valerie (17.2), Designing Woman (17.1), Magnum PI (17.0), Hill Street Blues (16.8), Movie-Splash (16.8), Dynasty (16.7), Cagney & Lacey (16.6).


Television news – November 8, 1986

One of the most popular commercials is Joe Isuzu and “It’s No Lie” campaign. “It gets 94 miles per gallon city, 112 highway!”

Sam Kinison returns as host of “Saturday Night Live” this week. Kinison was bleeped several times during his last appearance.

NBC cancels “The A Team.” The series has five remaining installments.

Roland Smith is named co-host on the new three-hour morning show CBS will premiere in January. He’ll share the seat with Mariette Hartley. They’ll host the lighter “entertainment” portion of the program. 


Music news – November 8, 1986

Record stores report that “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live 1975-1985” album is selling briskly and could be the best-selling album in history. So far, 1.7 million copies have been shipped to stores. The $30 package contains 5 albums.

Frank Sinatra undergoes a two-hour operation for a painful inflammation of the large intestine. The operation caused him to cancel a nightclub appearance in Atlantic City.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 8, 1986

 “Amanda” - Boston, “Human” - Human League, “True Colors”  - Cyndi Lauper, “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On” - Robert Palmer, “True Blue” - Madonna, “Take Me Home Tonight” - Eddie Money w/Ronnie Spector, “Word Up” _ Cameo, “You Give Love A Bad Name” - Bon Jovi, “Love Will Conquer All” - Lionel Richie, “I’ll Be Over You” - Toto, “Emotion In Motion” - Rick Ocasek, “I Am By Your Side” - Corey Hart, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” - Aretha Franklin, “The Rain” - Oran “Juice” Jones. “Sweet Love” - Anita Baker.


Top country hit music singles – November 8, 1986

Top Country - “Diggin’ Up Bones” - Randy Travis, “You’re Still New To Me” - Marie Osmond with Paul Davis, “That Rock Won’t Roll” - Restless Heart.


Top movies – November 8, 1986

Crocodile Dundee - Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Blum

The Color Of Money - Paul Newman, Tom Cruise

Stand By Me - River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman

Children Of A Lesser God - William Hurt, Marleee Matlin

Quiet Cool - James Remar, Adam Coleman Howard

Soul Man - C. Thomas Howell, Raie Dawn Chong, Arye Gross

Jumpin’ Jack Flash - Whoopi Goldberg

Tai Pan - Bryan Brown, John Stanton

Peggy Sue Got Married - Kathleen Turner

Something Wild - Melanie Griffith, Jeff Danials

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