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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 15, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

President Reagan urges congressional committees investigating the Iran-contra scandal to grant limited immunity to former national Security Council aides John Poindexter and Oliver North to obtain their testimony. Meantime White House Chief of staff Donald Regan is summoned to make an appearance before the senate Intelligence Committee, which plans to ask him who authorized the diversion to Nicaraguan rebels of profits from the sale of U.S arms to Iran.  

The Soviet Union ends almost seven years of exile for leading dissident Andrei Sakharov and pardons his wife, Yelena Bonner, allowing them to return to Moscow from the closed city of Gorky.

Besieged by reporters in his driveway, Oliver L. North portrayed himself as an abandoned and persecuted figure, taking advice just from his attorney and getting comfort only from his family and the Lord.

Surgeons remove a cancerous tumor from the brain of CIA Director William Casey. He’s in stable condition ad doing well.

First Lady Nancy Reagan says that her husband feels misled by his former aides and frustrated over their refusal to tell what they did in the Iran-contras affair. “Nobody’s happy and jubilant about being deceived,” said the First Lady. “If we could just get North and Poindexter to talk.” Their testimony, she said, could pull Reagan out of what she called “a valley” of his presidency. 

The Kremlin announces that it will scrap its moratorium on nuclear weapons testing after the first U.S. explosion in 1987, saying the Soviet Union “cannot show unilateral restraint indefinitely.”

A federal jury finds former automaker John Z. Delorean not guilty of charges that he swindled $8.5 million from backers who bankrolled his failed sports car company in Northern Ireland.

 

Business news – December 15, 1987

Denny’s Inc. says it’s spinning off its Winchell’s donut Houses to the public in order to raise cash.

Consumer process rose a modest .3% in November, with increases in food and auto costs offsetting slightly lower energy prices.

 

Sports news – December 15, 1986

Joe Montana leads the 49ers to a division title.

 

Entertainment /Celebrity news – December 15, 1986

Griffin O’Neal, son of actor Ryan O’Neal is acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of a lesser charge by a judge who said he was driving too fast when his boat hit a tow rope, killing the son of director Francis Ford Coppola.

On “This We With David Brinkley” more on the Iran-contras investigation. Featured Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sen. Warren Rudman, Rep Dante Fascell and Rep. Dick Cheney (R-Wyo).

A jury concludes that NBC television defamed Wayne Newton in 1980 and 1981 broadcasts by linking the entertainer to organized crime figures and awarded Newton $19 million.

 

Radio News – December 15, 1986

KCBQ-AM/FM San Diego drops country for class rock and the “Eagle 105” slogan.

Howard Stern, now heard on WXRK and WYSP says he doesn’t like the term DJ when describing him He prefers “broadcast comedian.” “I’d like to think that what I do elevates radio – makes it an exciting medium, a medium that people now talk abut – and that it may elevate salaries for radio performers and change the thinking on hiring a group show concept.”

New York Arbitrends – WPLJ bests Z-100 – 5.5-5.1.  In LA – KPWR bests KIIS-FM – 6.9-6.2. Steve Rivers gets program director of KIIS-FM. Andy dean is elevated to music director of WPLJ, succeeding Lisa Tonacci. Gene Sanbloom is the hot music director of KIIS-FM.

 

Television news – December 15, 1986

William Shatner hosts “Saturday Night Live” with musical guests Lone Justice.    

Steve Bell, co-anchor of the news segments of ABC’s “Good Morning America” since its premiere in 1975, is leaving. He’s moving to KYW-TV in Philadelphia as an anchor.

Shelly Long announces she’s leaving “Cheers.” In which she portrays Diane Chambers opposite Ted Danson. She’s been with the series since its 1982 beginning and leaving at the end of this TV season. 

CBS announces its new mornings – CBS’ new “The Morning Show.” The new 7:30am – 9am weekday entertainment program will be preceded by a new 90-minute hard news version of the “CBS Morning News.” Mariette Hartley and former New York news anchor Rolland Smith along with DJ Mark McEwen and comedian Bob Saget will be part of the action.

Deborah Norville, a co-anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV Chicago, is named as anchor of the early morning “NBC News at Sunrise.

 

Music news – December 15, 1986

New on MTV – the “Hot Clip of the Week.” MTV makes the pick then programs it more than 50 times each week. This week – the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for the Right to Party.” Also new on MTV – “The Meldrum Tapes” -  a monthly update hosted by Australian music journalist Ian (Molly) Meldrum. Cyndi Lauper guests the first show – airing this week. More MTV – the channel has just purchased “The Beatles” cartoon series originally airing on ABC-TV during the mid-1960’s (see this site).

The first high definition music video is shot. At a cost of $80,000, it's Cameo’s “Candy.” It uses the Sony HDTV system. The new technology makes possible a filmlike video look through its 1,125 lines of picture. (Note – this is not a 16:9 aspect ratio of today’s HDTV, but 4:3 – same as regular TV.)

Run-DMC will be starring in a movie called “Tougher than Leather.” The trio consists of Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniel’s and Jason Mizell.

45rpm singles lost a whipping 28% share of the market during the first six months of 1986. Lots of it has to do with a move toward CD’s. Some are saying the cassingle – cassette singles could be a viable alternative. 

 

Monday night television listings-programs/TV guide – December 15, 1986

CBS – Kate & Allie, My Sister Sam, Newhart, The Cavanaughs, Cagney & Lacey

NBC – Mickey’s Christmas Carol, A Year in the Life, Tonight Show

ABC - MacGyver, Monday Night Football, Nightline

PBS – Nature, A Candle in the Wind, World of Strange Powers, Faces of Japan

 

MacGyver – Our star helps a starving actor and his wife outrun homicidal counterfeiters. 

 

Billboard top (NEW) pop music artists for 1986 in order:

Miami Sound Machine

Mike & The Mechanics

The Outfield

Pet Shop Boys

Simply red

Nu Shooz

The Jets

The Dream Academy

Charlie Sexton

GT8

 

Billboard Top pop music artists of the year 1986 –

Whitney Houston

Madonna

John Cougar Mellencamp

Sade

ZZ Top

Phil Colins

Heart

Janet Jackson

Miami sound Machine

Mr. Mister

Robert Palmer

Billy Ocean

Dire Straits

Van Halen

The Monkees

Lionel Ritchie

Mike & The Mechanics

Bob Seger &: The Silver Bullet Band

Starship

The Outfield

Bruce Springsteen

Talking Heads

Bangles

Genesis

Simple Minds

INXS

Steve Wonder

Wham!

Prince & The Revolution

Billy Joel

Peter Gabriel

Journey

Pet Shop Boys

Run-D.M.C.

New Edition

Barbara Streisand

Bon Jovi

Fabulous Thunderbirds

Simply Red

 

Top new Country Music Artists For 1986:

Randy Travis

Dwight Yoakam

Restless Heart

Billy Joe Royal

Keith Whitley

Girls Next Door

Pake McEntire

Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Michael Johnson

Marty Stuart.

Top hit music singles – December 15, 1986

Sometimes – Erasure

The Final Countdown – Europe

Caravan Of Love – Housemartins

The Rain – Oran Juice Jones

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Open Your Heart – Madonna

Each Time You Break My Heart – Nick Kamen

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1986

Mind Your Own Business – Hank Williams Jr.

Too Much Is Not Enough – Bellamy Brothers/Forrester Sisters

What Am I Gonna Do About You – Reba McEntire

Give Me Wings – Michael Johnson

Cry Myself To Sleep – The Judds

Love’s Gonna Get You Someday – Ricky Skaggs

Then It’s Love – Don Williams

Fallin’ For You For Years – Conway Twitty

Walk the way The Wind Blows – Kathy Mattea

Half Past Forever (Till I’ Blue in the Heart) – T.G. Shepard

You Still Move Me – Dan Seals

Big Love – Pake McEntire

 

Top Rock Album Cuts  – December 15, 1986

It’s In The Way You Use It – Eric Clapton

Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites

I Want to Make The World – Steve Miller

Who Owns This Place – Don Henley

We’re Ready – Boston

Cool the Engines – Boston

My Baby – Pretenders

War – Bruce Springsteen

Superstition – Stevie Ray Vaughan

All I Wanted – Kansas

Top Jazz albums this week – December 15, 1986

Down to the Moon – Bob James

Tutu – Miles Davis

Obsession – The Crusaders

J Mood – Wynton Marsalis

Spontaneous Inventions – Bobby McFerrin

Duotones – Kenny G.

Double Vision – Bob James/David Sanborn

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