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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 1, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

San Juan – Fire rages through the Dupont Plaza luxury hotel packed with New Year’s vacationers. Officials believe 50 or more people have perished.

President Reagan predicts the New Year will be “better than 86” and then flew off to Washington to face prostate surgery and a hostile Congress.

The 100th Congress gets in session, with the Democrats back in charge of the senate, and a new speaker on the rostrum (Jim Wright). High on the challenge list – the Iran-contra affair, President Reagan and the budget and clean water legislation. 

Casting additional doubts on the credibility of Marine Lt Col. Oliver North, the House, following the Senate, votes to organize a special committee to investigate the Iran-contra affair.

President Reagan emerges from prostate surgery in “excellent condition” telling “urological” jokes to his doctors Army Col John Hutton, President’ Reagan’s doctor said, ”things could not be better” today as the chief executive continues to bounce back from prostate surgery and tests that physicians say show him free of cancer.

President Reagan proposes a $1,024 trillion budget for fiscal 1988 and invites a skeptical Congress to join him with the federal deficit.

Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze says the Kremlin strongly desires a cease-fire in the war in Afghanistan so Soviet troops can return home to their families.

An Amtrak passenger train en route to Boston from Washington, derails outside Baltimore and sideswiping three Conrail engines, killing at least 12 and injuring at least 100 others

Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa calls apartheid a “Frankenstein’ that must be destroyed. “We don’t want apartheid reformed – who wants a Frankenstein reformed? – we want apartheid destroyed."


 Business news – January 1, 1987

Sara Lee Corp is selling its unprofitable Popsicle Industries to Gold Bond Ice Cream Inc, makers of Eskimo Pies and frozen health bars.

Served divorce papers - Peggy Johnson (36), who married Chrysler Corp Chairman Lee Iacocca last April 17, says she is shocked, but remains deeply in love with him and wants to save their 8-month-old marriage.

Orders to U.S. factories for manufactured goods soared 4.1% in November, the largest increase in two years.

Passing – Former Los Angeles anchorman Jack Latham (72).


Sports news - January 1, 1987 

Bowl games:

Fiesta – Penn State – 14 Miami - 10 

Rose – Arizona St. – 22  Michigan – 15

Cotton – Ohio State – 28  Texas A&M

Orange – Oklahoma – 42   Arkansas – 8

Sugar – Nebraska – 30  LSU – 15

 Music news – January 1, 1987

Elton John, who had throat problems on his recent singing tour in Australia, will undergo throat surgery and has canceled all 1987 performances including a U.S. tour.

Motown Records ends negotiations to sell its recorded music business to MCA Corp. The decision was made by Berry Gordy Jr., the company’s founder, chairman and controlling shareholder. MCA will continue to be distributed by MCA – for another 18 months under a previous deal.

Trademark infringement - Columbia Pictures contends Arista Records no longer has the rights to market Monkee music. Columbia says it’s upset that Arista has released a new album that apes the Monkees previous performances but contains only two of the original Monkees. Under a 1979 agreement with Columbia, Arista was licensed to manufacture and sell Monkees records for seven years, ending on Nov. 1. But if Columbia’s royalties from the old Monkees music exceeded $100,000 over the last two years of the agreement, it would automatically be extended for another seven years. The Monkees revival began last year, and Columbia says the 4103,575 in royalties paid by Arista was artificially inflated “solely to trigger the automatic extension of the agreement.”


Television news – January 1, 1987

Phil Donahue, who has been involved in two “spacebridge”, broadcasts linking U.S. and U.S.S.R. audiences in the last year, will tape his show in the Soviet Union Jan. 21-31 for airing in February.  


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 1, 1987

CBS – Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – Fiesta Bowl, Tonight Show

ABC – Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Dads, Gung Ho, Starman

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week, dance in America

MTV – Friday Night Party Zone, Video music


On Dads – Kelly refuses to write an essay.

On Dallas – J.R. plans to eliminate P.D.

Late Night W/Joan Rivers (Fox) – Peter Allen, John Karlin, Daryl Savid, Mickey Rooney


Top movies – January 1, 1987

King Kong

Stand by Me

Star Trek IV

Heartbreak Ridge

The Color of Money

Little Shop of Horrors

The Golden Child

Lady and the Tramp

Mosquito Coast

Three Amigos

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