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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 28, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Kremlin rejects a U.S proposal for a televised exchange of New Year’s greetings by President Reagan and Mikhail s. Gorbachev saying superpower relations are too strained to repeat 1986’s good-will messages.

The Justice Department says it has reached confidential, out-of-court settlements worth $750,000 each with the families of the astronauts who died in the explosion of the Challenger last January.

Marking the seventh anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, President Reagan urges Moscow to withdraw its troops from the stalemated guerrilla war.

The Philippine government files suit seeking title to five New York properties in the first court-action by president Corazon Aquino’s administration to regain some of the billions in hidden wealth it says were amassed by ex-President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The nation’s trade deficit surges to a record $19.2 billion in November, reversing a three-month improvement trend.


Business news – December 28, 1986

Merck & Co., which had soaring profits through the first three quarters of this year, is named the most admired corporation in the U.S in a survey by Fortune magazine.


Music news – December 28, 1986

“She’s the girl next door, who happens to pose topless.” The appeal of Samantha Fox, according to Ed Strait of Jive Records.

Hit makers “Wang Chung” are not Chinese (of course). But, what does it mean? According to their record company bio – Wang Chung is the sound produced by the sudden and quite deliberate striking of guitar strings.” Wang Chung is Jack Hues and Nick Feldman.

Another big MTV contest giveaway - MTV has put up a 100-acre tract of rural Wheeler County (Texas) as the first prize for winning postcard drawn in the music channel’s latest contest. MTV gave away $1 million in 1985 and sent Prince to Sheridan, Wyoming to give the winner of this year’s contest a private screening of his new movie “Under the Cherry Moon.”


Wednesday night television (New Year’s Eve) December 31, 1986

CBS – Happy New Year, America – Hosted by Gladys Knight & The Pips with Glen Campbell, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson and Air Supply.

 ABC – New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Tracy Scoggins and Mark Lin Baker join Dick Clark with the Bangles, the Commodores, Barry Manila, Miami Sound Machine and Smokey Robinson.

HBO – Barbara Streisand – One Voice.

MTV – MTV’s 6th Annual New Year’s Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball.


Top movies – December 28, 1986           

The Golden Child

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Little Shop of Horrors

Crimes of the Heart

King Kong Lives

‘Round Midnight

Crocodile Dundee

Three Amigos

Lady and the Tramp

Heartbreak Ridge


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