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



In The News

Vice Adm. John Poindexter, President Reagan’s former national security adviser, invokes the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer questions at a closed hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Also pleading the Fifth – Oliver North – during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole urges President Reagan to call special session of Congress so that a joint House-Senate committee could be appointed to conduct a Watergate-type investigation into the Iran-contra affair. 

Wants all the facts to come out - President Reagan says he will welcome the appointment of special prosecutor if it is recommended by Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III to investigate the funneling of Iranian weapons payments to Nicaraguan rebels.

President Reagan defends his policy of opening secret contacts with Iran and says mistakes were made “by aides carrying out that policy” and called its sanction “flawed.”

Democratic leader Robert Byrd says the special senate committee that will soon be created to investigate the Iran arms scandal will neither protect or “be out to get” President Reagan or anyone else.

The Soviet Union says that it will abide by SALT II limits on strategic nuclear arms despite the Reagan Administration’s “big mistake” in deciding to abandon the ungratified treaty.

President Reagan defends two of his former aides for invoking the Fifth Amendment before the senate Intelligence Committee and said he will allow his Cabinet officers to decide for themselves whether they will do the same if called to testify.

President Reagan names Frank Carlucci, a former top Pentagon and CIA official to replace Vice Adm. John Poindexter as his White House national security adviser.

The Reagan administration asks for an independent counsel to investigate clandestine U.S. arms sales to Iran and the diversion of profits to the Nicaraguan rebels.

Nancy Reagan, who insiders say has great influence over the President’s choice of staff, denies that she has recommended the removal of White House Chief of staff Donald T. Regan over the Iran arms controversy. 

Presidential spokesman Larry Speakes announces he is resigning his White House post after 5 1/2 years to join Merrill Lynch & Co. 

Presidential spokesman Larry Speakes says the White House is “a little bit at odds” with defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger over Weinberger’s assertion that President Reagan got bad advice about Iran.

Vie President George Bush, conceding that the Administration’s ‘credibility has been damaged,” says he fully supported the secret arms sales to Iran, but knew nothing of the diversion of funds to the contra forces.


Fascinating Business news – December 1, 1986

Kirk Kerkoran will return to the airline business. He intends to begin an all first-class carrier named MG Grand Air. Te airline, which will have a total of $20 million invested, plans to begin service with two airlines April 20, initially between Los Angeles and Newark, N.J. The two planes are 727’s.

H. Ross Perot, the founder and chairman of General Motors Corp. subsidiary Electronic Data Systems Corp. resigns after months of feuding with GM Chairman Roger Smith. GM’s board of directors approved the buy-out of all of Perot’s GM stock for about $750 million. Perot said he will give the auto maker two weeks to reconsider its “morally wrong” buyout plan that would close 11 factories and throw 30,000 people out of work, since he doesn’t believe GM will keep the company. GM tried to sell all or part of EDS to American Telephone & Telegraph Co. last month, but the deal fell through. The company was founded by Perot in 1962. He got the idea for the company after spending several years as an IBM salesman.


Sports news – December 1, 1986

Larry Bird strains an achilies’ tendon at Hartford, where the Washington Bullets ended the Celtics’ home winning streak at 48 games.

Passing –Football legend Bobby Layne (59). Many say he virtually patented the two-minute offense as a quarterback in the 1950’s and ‘60’s for the Lions and Steelers.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 1, 1986

Passing – Desi Arnaz (69) of cancer. A legend in front of, and behind the camera.

Passing – Character actor Herburt Vigran (76). Played sometimes villain on TV’s “Superman.”

Passing – Bandleader Horace Heidt (85).

Jerry Weintraub is fired by UA owner Kirk KerKorian after six months as Chairman and CEO. 

Gene Roddenberry on the Star Trek pictures – “I invented the term ‘executive story consultant’ and set the rules: that they have to show me everything they do. From the first lines (through) all the rewrites and the dailies I can comment, but the rule I make for myself is that they have no obligation to do what I tell them to do.” But they’ll still be areas where Roddenberry draws the line: “If Captain Kirk and company land on a planet and they start zapping things because they’re ugly, then that’s the day I call a press conference and announce my way out."


Radio news - December 1, 1986

Westwood One, a leading radio syndicator, buys industry trade paper Radio & Records. Price is around $15 million.


Music news – December 1, 1986

British rock band Judas Priest has been ordered to stand trial in a civil lawsuit that charges the band’s heavy metal music induced two Nevada youths to shoot themselves. The lawsuit, which also names CBS Records, was filed by James Vance and the mother of Raymond Belknap. Vance was injured, but Belknap died in the incident.


Television news – December 1, 1986

Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, says he and Gannett Co have reached agreement to forma production company in a join venture. Gannett says it has acquired Laird Intl. Studios for $24 million. Tinker was head of the successful MTM enterprises which he and Mary Tyler Moore formed, before leaving to become chairman of NBC. 


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

CBS – The Twilight Zone, Simon & Simon, Designing Women, Knot’s Landing

NBC – The Cosby Show, Family ties, Cheers, Night Court, LA Law, Tonight Show

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

PBS – The Making of a Continent

HBO – Inside the NFL

Showtime – Heartbreak House


Tonight Show – Jay Leno guest hosts with guests Amy Irving, Eva Marie Saint, Michael Palin.


Top movies – December 1, 1986

The Golden Child

Three Amigos

Crimes of the Heart

Song of the South

Blue Velvet

Star Trek IV

Children of a Lesser God


Crocodile Dundee

The Color of Money


An American Tail

Peggy Sue Got Married

Heartbreak Ridge

Soul Man

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