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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 23, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Reagan says that the U.S. government has repeatedly advised Americans to get out of Lebanon and that those who ignored the warnings “clearly did so at their own risk.”

President Reagan previewed his State of the Union address for congressional Republicans this morning and was told that most Americans ‘were tired of hearing” about the Iran-contra scandal believing his Administration.

Mikhail Gorbachev calls for sweeping democratic changes in Soviet society – things such as giving voters a choice of candidates, allowing secret ballots and promoting non-Communist Party members to high-level jobs.

President Reagan tells Congress in his State of the Union address that the nation and the world are watching to see “if we go forward together in the national interest or if we let partisanship weaken us.” “Much is at stake,” said the President. 

Spokesman Larry Speakes says President Reagan has the “utmost confidence” in Secretary of State George P. Shultz and is “mightily ticked off” that some White House officials were quoted anonymously as saying Shultz was not a team player and was trying to shirk responsibility for the Iran arms deal.

Manila - Government soldiers open fire on thousands of leftist peasant demonstrators as they approached the presidential palace. At least 12 are dead and 94 injured.

Christa McAuliffe’s brother (Christopher) accuses NASA of exploiting his sister for the sake of publicity and calls on the government to abandon for new programs to put everyday people into space.

Maureen Reagan, the President’s daughter, is elected co-chairman of the republican National Committee despite the reservations of some conservative party members.

The U.S. economy grew at an anemic annual rate of 1.7% in the last thre months of last year, down from 2.8% in the previous quarter. 


Entertainment news – January 23, 1987

 Liberace is gravely ill with anemia, emphysema and heart disease, a publicist said in a reversal of previous reports that the entertainer was suffering only from anemia brought on by a strict watermelon diet. 


Technology news – January 23, 1987

JVC says a Super-VHS tape is on the way. It’s supposed to deliver a taped picture comparable to that of wider one-inch broadcast-use recorders. It provides more than 400 lines of resolution, compared to the 240 lines on current VHS decks. But, you’ll need a new VCR.


Sports news – January 23, 1987

 New York Rangers’ General Manager Phil Esposito will coach the National Hockey League team the rest of the season. But Esposito said that tom Webster “is the coach of this team and will be the coach in September.”

Chris Evert Lloyd says this will be her final year of full participation on the women’s tennis tour. She will continue to play selected tournaments, including Wimbledon and the French U.S. and Australian opens.

Super Bowl XXI – The New York Giants defeat the Denver Broncos 39-20 as QB Phil Simms led four straight scoring drives in the second half. The first half was dominated by Denver QB John Elway who completed 13 of his first 17 passes. The Broncos led 10-9 at halftime. Simms was named most valuable player. 

Thousands of boisterous fans gather in Giants stadium to greet the New York Giants to celebrate their first national football championship in three decades.

New York Mets pitching ace Dwight Gooden was placed on probation and ordered to perform community service with the Police Department after pleading on contest to battery on a police officer and violently resisting arrest.


Music news – January 23, 1987

On MTV Saturday night – Gene Loves Jezebel in concert.

Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie are the big winners at the American Music Awards.


Television news – January 23, 1987

Victoria Principal says she is quitting “Dallas” at the end of the season.

ABC News Capitol Hill correspondent Charles Gibson is named host of “Good Morning America” replacing David Hartman.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Paul Shaffer hosts with musical guests Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

Veteran news correspondent Roger Mudd is leaving NBC in a bitter dispute over his canceled news magazine show “1986” and will join “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour” on PBS.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – January 23, 1987

CBS – Mike Hammer, Movie

NBC – Highway to Heaven, Gimme a Break, The Torellis, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Head of the Class, Dynasty, Hotel, Nightline

PBS – America’s Civil Rights Years

A&E – Evening at the Improv, The 20th Century.

HBO – Billy Crystal in concert

Showtime – Shirley MacLaine in concert


On St Elsewhere – Craig gets angry when a mental patient who stole his manuscript, uses it to become a top-selling author.

On the Tonight Show – Jay Leno guest hosts with Pat Sajak, Kris Kristofferson, Malcolm Forbes.


Top movies – January 23, 1987

Critical Condition

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Little Shop of Horrors

Crimes of the Heart

The Golden Child

Mosquito Coast


Busted Up

Round Midnight

Crocodile Dundee

Wanted Dead or Alive

The Stepfather

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