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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 8, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Reagan names Marlin Fitzwater to replace Larry Speakes as chief spokesman for the White House. He was press secretary to Vice President George Bush.

The Supreme Court clears the way for banks to buy and sell stocks for customers in offices throughout the nation. . The ruling moves banks another step toward becoming all-purpose financial centers.

The Supreme Court upholds a California law that gives pregnant employees the right to a four-month leave and guarantees that they get back their own or an equivalent job afterward.

The House, feisty in its first legislative vote of the 100th Congress, overwhelmingly approves a $20 billion clean water bill that President Reagan vetoed late last yard despite unanimous congressional support.

Retail sales, bolstered by last-minute Christmas shopping, surged a near record 4.4% in December.

The nation’s jobless rate fell to 6.7% in December, the lowest monthly level in 1986, while inflation remained in check.

In Gulfport, MS – A woman who forgot she had placed her 2 ½-month old son atop near her car drove-off with the infant still on the roof, and the boy fell off and suffered a broken collarbone. 

Republican Gov. Evan Mecham fulfilled a campaign pledge by formally rescinding a state holiday honoring assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Three Mafia family godfathers and five underlings are sentenced to prison terms of up to 100 years for running “The Commission” that directed murders, loan sharking and racketeering since the days of Al Capone. Anthony (Fat Tony)  Salerno, leader of the Genovese crime family and Colombo family Don Carmine (Junior) Persico were sentenced to 100 years in prison and fined $240,000. The head of the  Lucchese family, Anthony (Tony ducks) Corallo also received a 100-year sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Weekly Radio – President Reagan tells the nation he fells “just fine” after Monday’s surgery and will soon be “suited up and back on the playing field” for a fourth-quarter defense of his program and the record  $one-million 1988 budget he submitted to Congress.

The surrogate mother who agreed to have a baby for a childless couple and then changed her mind testifies in a bitter custody battle that she decided while giving birth, not to give up on her daughter. “I started out really wanting to do this, a tearful Mary Beth Whitehead said of her agreement with William and Elizabeth stern. “In the end, something really took over. I think it was just being another. 


Entertainment/Disneyland News – January 8, 1987

New at Disneyland – “Star Tours. It features characters from “Star Wars” – the first time a Disneyland attraction has used imagery from a non-Disney movie. “Star Tours” features a combination of effects to seem like you’re flying in space.


Sports news – January 8, 1987

John Mackovic says his dismissal as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs came a week after he was offered a tow-year contract extension by the club.


Music news – January 8, 1987

Elton John is discharged from a Sydney hospital after being told he doesn’t have cancer. The singer’s surgeon Dr. John Tonin, said a biopsy carried out after the singer’s throat operation, said he had a non-malignant lesion.

On MTV Saturday night – George Thorogood live in concert.


Television news – January 8, 1987

The current version of the low-rated CBS Morning News signs off. Saying goodbye were co-anchors Charlie Rose and Sandy Will, weatherman Steve Baskerville and newsman Douglas Edwards. CBS will debut “CBS Morning News” back with “The Morning Show” this week. The news will be co-anchored by Forrest Sawyer and faith Daniels. The Morning Show features Mariette Hartley and Rolland Smith.


New show in syndication – “Keep On Crusin” – hosted by Stephen Bishop and Sinbad.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – January 8, 1987

CBS – Movie

NBC – Matlock, Hill Street Blues, NBC Newshour, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s The Boss? Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Jack and Mike, Nightline

PBS – Nova

A&E – War Babies (comedy), Golden age of television

HBO – Humor and the Presidency


Humor and the Presidency – Gerald and Betty Ford with Chevy Chase, Robert Klein, Pat Paulson, Art Buchwald, Mark Russell, Mort Sahl.


Top movies – January 8, 1987


Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Mosquito Coast


The Morning After

The Golden Child

Three Amigos

The Mission

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