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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 22, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager make history in their Voyager airplane, completing a journey of 26,000 miles without stopping or refueling. The trip lasted 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds and averaged 115mph. The flight almost suffered a near-disaster when the craft’s rear-engine, the only one running at the time, suddenly died 450 miles short of its goal. Both pilots managed to start the front engine and about 4 hours later, the plane landed at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. Ms Yeager is no relation to famed test pilot Chuck Yeager.

White House spokesman Larry Speaks says that President Reagan has no plan to use his power of granting pardons to lure former aides John Poindexter and Oliver North to the congressional witness table. “The President is not planning a pardon for them, but of course, as chief executive, always retains the right to executive clemency.” Reagan agrees with Vice President George Bush’s recent call for Poindexter and North to come forward now and tell the truth. Poindexter, who was Regan’s national security adviser, and North, who was on the National Security Council staff, were named last month by Atty Gen Edwin Meese as the only two people in the government who knew that Iran arms money was being slipped to the contras in Nicaragua.  

The Kremlin says it has freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile and pardoned his wife - making it possible for both of them to return to Moscow from their exile city of Gorky. Sakharov, a physicist and winner of the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize, was banished to Gorky in early 1980 after criticizing the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan a month earlier. His wife, Yelena Bonner was able to visit him in Gorky, until 1984 when he was convicted of anti-Soviet slander and confined to Gorkey herself.

President Reagan names NATO Ambassador David Abshire as his special counselor to coordinate White House responses to investigations of the Iran-contra scandal.


Entertainment news – December 22, 1986

Singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel says to keep his music fresh, you have to renew yourself: “the two things that strike me as important in renewing yourself are sabbaticals and learning to live with the idea of failure. If you don’t take time off to get out of the rock machine and explore the things that excite you and interest you, then you don’t regenerate your batteries. I’ve seen so many rock no roll zombies who move in ever decreasing circles ... tour/album, tour/album ... and they end up eating their own tail. You’ve sometimes got to kill what already exists to get the space for a new life.”

This week on HBO - “One Voice” - Barbra Streisand’s first full-length TV concert in 20 years. The broadcast was taped at a fund-raising event held outdoors at the singer’s Malibu estate in September.

Passing - actress  Elsa Lanchester (84). She was the widow of Academy Award-winning actor Charles Laughton. Her death was attributed to bronchial pneumonia.


Television news – December 22, 1986


Top TV shows/Nielsen Ratings - December 22, 1986

The Cosby Show -35.1

Family Ties - 33.1

Cheers - 28.4

Night Court - 27.3

Moonlighting - 26.1

60 Minutes - 24.1

Growing Pains - 24.1

Golden Girls -23.5

Who’s The Boss? - 22.8

Monday Night Football - 21.9

Murder She Wrote - 21.5

Dallas - 21.2

Newhart - 20.5

Bob Hope Special - The Christmas Gift - 20.2

Magnum, PI - 19.7

Amen - 19.5



Sunday NFL Football (CBS) - 19.1

Falcon Crest - 19.1

Highway To Heaven - 19.1

 LA Law - 18.8

Kate & Allie - 18.1

The Cavanaughs - 17.8

Movie - A Year in the Life (part 3) - 17.1

Mickey’s Christmas Carol - 17.1

Movie - A Year In The Life - (part 2_ - 17.0

Knots Landing - 16.9

My Sister Sam - 16.9

Dynasty - 16.7



Monday Night Television listings-programs/TV guide – December 22, 1986

CBS - Kate & Allie, My Sister Sam, Newhart, The Cavanaughs, Barbara Mandrell’s Christmas

NBC - Alf, Amazing Stories, Movie

ABC - MacGyver, Monday Night Football

PBS - Nature, Santeros, Fritz Scholder: An American Portrait, World of Strange Powers, Faces of Japan, Mystery!

HBO - The Bells of Fraggle Rock, Bill Cosby, Himself, Movie-Rocky IV, Not Necessarily the Year In Review

 Lifetime - Dr Ruth, Movie-Elvira Madigan (1967), Everybody’s Money Matters

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


Alf - Alf becomes a bit disillusioned by Christmas in Southern California.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 22, 1986

Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles

The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung

Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News

The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera/Amy Grant

 To Be A Lover - Billy Idol

War - Bruce Springsteen

Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News

Stand By Me - Ben E. King

Notorious - Duran Duran

Don’t Get Me Wrong - The Pretenders

C’est La Vie - Robbie Nevil

Word Up - Cameo

Shake You Down - Gregory Abbott

Love is Forever - Billy Ocean

True Blue - Madonna

At This Moment - Billy Vera & The Beaters

(Forever) Live and Die - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

You Know I Love You .. Don’t You? - Howard Jones

The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3

Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads

You Be Illin’ - Run-D.M.C.


#1 Top Country single - Too Much is Not Enough - The Bellamy Brothers


Top Music Albums – December 22, 1986

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85

Third Stage - Boston

Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

Fore! - Huey Lewis & The News

The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Every Breath You Take - Singles - The Police

True Blue - Madonna

Whiplash Smile - Billy Idol

Graceland - Paul Simon

Word Up! - Cameo

Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Ritchie

Rapture - Anita Baker

Night Songs - Cinderella

Raising Hell - Run D.M.C.

True Colors - Cyndi Lauper

Give Me The Reason - Luther Vandross

Different Light - The Bangles

Control - Janet Jackson

Break Every Rule - Tina Turner


More More Albums – December 22, 1986

The Bridge - Billy Joel

Can’t Hold Back - Eddie Money

Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden

Invisible - Touch - Genesis

Notorious - Duran Duran

True Stories - Talking Heads

Get Close - The Pretenders

Just Like The First Time - Freddie Jackson

Top Gun - soundtrack

Back in the High Life - Steve Winwood

Solitude/Solitaire - Peter Cetera

Stand By Me - soundtrack/various artists

Crash - Human League

Aretha - Aretha Franklin

Riptide - Robert Palmer

To Hell With The Devil - Stryper

Georgia Satellites - Georgia Satellites

Thin Redline - Glass Tiger

So - Peter Gabriel

Forever - Kool & The Gang


Top movie – December 22,  1986

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Michelle Nichols, Catherine Hicks

Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs - Slythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Judith Ivey

Top Gun

Changes of The Heart - Jessica Lange

Little Shop of Horrors - Steve Martin

The Golden Child - Eddie Murphy

The Morning After - Jane Fonda

Heartbreak Ridge - Clint Eastwood

An American Tail

Soul Man - C. Thomas Howell

King Kong Lives

Crocodile Dundee - Paul Hogan

No Mercy - Richard Gere, Kim Basinger

Mona Lisa - Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine

Miss Mary - Julie Christie, Nacha Guevara

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