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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 15, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A Skywest commuter plan collides with a private airplane near Salt Lake City. 16 are feared dead.

 Hu Yaobang, China’s #2 man, resigns as the head of the world’s largest Communist party after the party leadership announced he had confessed to “mistakes on major issues of political principles.”

Jessie Helms of North Carolina scores a surprise victory and ousts former committee Chairman Richard Lugar Indiana as ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A West German engineer is kidnapped in the second seizure of a West German citizen in Beirut in five days.

Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole announces the government will order sweeping drug testing for airline pilots and other employees maintaining aviation safety.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, is invited to dance again in his homeland. So far, the dancer has not yet accepted the invitation. 

The Long Island Rail Road is shut down due to a strike with 11 unions, idling some 6,600 workers. Nearly 150,000 passengers between Long island and New York City will need to seek alternative transportation. 

The California Public Utilities Commission orders telephone companies to allow customers to block their access to toll 976 (prefix) numbers. Such telephone numbers usually carry a cost between 50 cents and $2 plus any toll charges. 976 numbers have been around since the early 1980’s – 1983 in California. 

A federal appeals court orders the FCC to consider whether the fairness doctrine is constitutional. Begun in 1949, the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality, but at the time, noted the matter should be reconsidered if experience “indicates that it has the effect of reducing rather than enhancing the volume and quality of coverage. 

Passing – Broadway columnist Earl Wilson. He was 79.


Fascinating Facts – M&M Bringing Back Red – January 15, 1987

Mars announces that red M&M’s are coming back after an absence of 11 years. The return of the little candy was prompted by a national outcry that included thousands of letters to the manufacturer and the formation of college campus societies. Red M&M’s were discontinued in 1976 because of “confusion and concern” over Red Dye No. 2, which was banned by federal regulators as a health risk. Red M&M’s were always safe though, as they contained Red Dye Nos. 3 and 40. Mars sold a limited number of packages of green and red candies for the holidays. 


Medical/Health/AIDS update – January 15, 1987

The experimental AIDS drug AZT clears a major hurdle by a medical advisory panel. 


Sports news – January 15, 1987

Go to Denver and experience “BroncoMania” and the Broncos will be making their second Superbowl appearance.


Radio news – January 15, 1987

Frankie Crocker returns to the New York airwaves at WRKS (Kiss 98.7) and is heard on the syndicated “Urban Music Magazine.”

Looks like WBSB Baltimore PD Steve Kingston is going to take the operations director post at Z-100 New York, where he’ll work with PD Scott Shannon.


Entertainment/Movie news – January 15, 1987

When “Top Gun” is released on videotape March 14, it will contain a Pepsi ad. . The studio says the commercial will drop the retrial price by $3 to $26.95.

 Passing – Ray Bolger (83) – Best-known as the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” He was the last survivor of the dedicated and desperate band of travelers who made filmdom’s trip down the yellow brick road.

Playing in Las Vegas –

Patti LaBelle, Jay Leno – Caesars Palace

Janie Frickie and T.G. Shepard – Desert Inn

Comedy Store – Dunes


Pop culture – Bruce is the cool name – Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Willis.


Television news – January 15, 1987

KRON in San Francisco becomes the first major market TV station to air condom ads. 

Cable channel Nickelodeon conducts a pop poll – open to those 17-years and younger. Here’s a partial list:

Favorite Music Group – The Jets, Hey Lewis & The News, the Monkees

Favorite Male vocalist – Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen

Favorite Female vocalist – Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna


Favorite Movie – Crocodile Dundee, the Karate Kid Part II, Top Gun.

Favorite Movie Actor – Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Eddie Murphy

Favorite Move Actress – Whoopie Goldberg, Goldie Haw, Ally Sheedy. 


Sunday night television listings/TV ratings – January 15, 1987

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Our House, easy Street, Movie

ABC – Disney:Great Moments of Disney Animation, Out On A Limb

PBS – Planet Earth, Mystery!

ESPN – Rollermania, Yachting

MTV – Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes, Young Ones, 120 Minutes


On Disney: Great Moments in Disney Animation – Carol Burnett hosts.

On Easy Street – L.K. naïve donation makes her the target of an assortment of panhandlers.

Out on a Limb (Special) – Stars Shirley MacLaine, Charles Dance, Jerry Orbach. Part 1 of 2. 


Popular Movie Video Cassette rentals – January 15, 1987

Short Circuit


Indiana Jones and the temple of Doom

Raw Deal

Poltergeist II The Other Side

Maximum Overdrive

Down and Out in Beverly Hills


The Manhattan Project


Music news – January 15, 1987

The Cure’s “Killing An Arab” is raising controversy – particularly by the Washington based American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee. The group says the song has no racist overtones and decries the existence of all prejudice, but the group feels the title is confusing and is asking radio stations not to play it.

Though she is the only person pictured on the front cover of “Get Close,” Chrissie Hynde says the Pretenders are still very much a group effort. They just began an 8-month tour starting in Plattsburgh, NY. First single from the album is “Don’t Get Me Wrong.”

Did you catch Bruce Willis’ concert at the New York Ritz last week?

They’re hot! Almost from know where, Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” moves ahead of Bruce Springsteen’s live, five-record set and is #1 on the album charts. Bon Jovi uses a rope from the ceiling and swings over the heads of the audience to a platform near the rear of an arena to sing for those in the back. Nice gimmick. Bon Jovi press release – “We’re taking a year-round block party all over the world… to places hot and cold, dry and wet… and we’re happier than hell to be doin’ it.” Five years ago, Jon Bon Jovi was sweeping the halls of a top Manhattan recording studio and cutting his rock ‘n’ roll teeth.

The Beastie Boys – a rap group with rock overtones, are getting hot airplay on MTV with their surprise hit “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To party!” They’re kicking off their “Licensed to Ill” tour, playing 7,000–seat venues.


Top music albums – January 15, 1987

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

1975-1985 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Different Light – Bangles

Third Stage – Boson

Fore! Huey Lewis & The News

True Blue – Madonna

Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie

Control – Janet Jackson

True Blue – Madonna

Raising Hell – Run D.M.C.

Licensed to Ill – Beastie Boys

Graceland – Paul Simon

True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

Word Up – Cameo

Whiplash Smile – Billy Idol

Notorious – Duran Duran

Give Me the Reason – Luther Vandross

Every Breath You Take-The Singles – Police

Rapture – Anita Baker

Invisible Touch – Genesis

The Bridge – Billy Joel

Somewhere In Time – Iron Maiden

Shake You Down – George Satellites

Forever – Kool & The Gang

Can’t Hold Back – Eddie Money

Thin Red Line – Glass Tiger

Just Like The First Time – Freddie Jackson

By Request – Billy Vera & The Beaters

Get Close – The Pretenders


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 15, 1987

C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil

Control – Janet Jackson

Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

Someday – Glass Tiger

Victory – Kool &: The Gang

Open Your Heart – Madonna

Land of Confusion – Genesis

Is This Love – Survivor

Walk Like An Egyptian – Bangles

Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox

Change of Heart – Cyndi Lauper

Notorious – Duran Duran

We’re Ready – Boston

Coming Around Again – Carly Simon

Love You Down – Ready for the World

Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie

Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago

Keep Your Hands To Yourself – George Satellites

All I Wanted – Kansas

This Is The Time – Billy Joel

Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

You Got It All – The Jets

Nobody’s Fool – Cinderella


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – January 15, 1987

Reet Petite – Jack Wilson

Is This Love – Alison Moyet

Jack Your Body – Steve Silk Hurley

Big Fun – Gap Band

C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil

No More The Fool – Elkie Brooks

Hymn To Her – Pretenders

Caravan of Love – Housemartins

Surrender – Swing Out Sister

Cry Wolf – A-Ha

The Rain – Oran “Juice” Jones

Open Your Heart – Madonna

Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 15, 1987

Cry Myself to Sleep – The Judds

You Still Move Me – Dan Seals

Fallen’ For You For Years – Conway Twitty

The Carpenter – John Conlee

Leave Me Lonely – Gary Morris

Half Past Forever (Till I’m Blue In The Heart) – T.G. Shepard

Straight To The Heart – Crystal Gayle

Gotta Have You – Eddie Rabbit

How Do I Turn You On – Ronnie Milsap

Cowboy Man – Lyle Lovett

Fire In The Sky – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

I’ll Come Back As Another Women – Tanya Tucker


Top Black Music Tracks – January 15, 1987

Stop To Love – Luther Vandross

Jimmy Lee - Aretha Franklin

Come share My Love – Miki Howard

As We Lay – Shirely Murdock

Candy – Cameo

Falling – Melba Moore

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