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


In The News

Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane - a key figure in the Iran arms scandal is admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital for taking an overdose of Valium. Earlier this week, McFarlane offered himself as a hostage in return for U.S. captives in Lebanon, according to Iran’s official news agency. Doctors say they don’t know if the overdose was an attempt at suicide.

Retail sales plummet by a record 5.8% in January - with a slump in auto sales leading the way at 22.4%.

Tass says “Doctor Zhivago” will be published in the Soviet Union for the first time next year. The author - Boris Pasternak gained fame abroad with his novel - winning him a noble prize in 1958 for literature. He was forced at that time to decline the prize by Soviet authorities. Pasternak died in 1960.

Sonny Bono announces that he is running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. The singer, who runs a restaurant and tennis complex says “I like it here.” He’s lived in the city for 13 years.

Dies - showman Liberace (Mr. Glitter). He was 67. He died of pneumonia caused by AIDS.  


Sports news – February 1, 1987

Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio undergoes heart surgery in Miami and ends up with a pacemaker. Doctors say he is going home in excellent condition. 


Sports news – February 1, 1987

The NBA All-Star game - the West wins 154-149. Tom Chambers scored 34 points and was named MVP. It was Dr J’s last All-Star game. He’ll be retiring at the end of this season. Irving scored 22 points.

The United States regains the “America’s Cup” as the Stars & Stripes defeats the Kookaburra III off Fremantle, Australia. 


Television news – February 1, 1987

Oprah Winfrey broadcasts this week from Cumming, GA and feature residents of the all-white community. The area has been the site for civil rights demonstrations over the past several weeks.

The Arts & Entertainment cable network celebrates its third year. Viewers can tune in this weekend to sample the network’s 20-hour daily schedule during “anniversary weekend.” You can sample such fare as the “Golden Age Of Television,” “Lovejoy,” “The Mozart Miracle,” “The Twentieth Century,” and “Amanda’s” (starring Bea Arthur). The network was born out of two failed channels - ABC’s “Arts’ channel and RCA’s “Entertainment” channel. The network can be seen in 22 million homes.

Found Dead - Jules Bergman (57) - science editor for ABC news. ABC used his talents on the space launches of the 60’s and 70’s. Bergman suffered from a number of brain tumors and seizures. He was found in the bathtub with scalding-hot water running down the drain. Although he covered many areas of science, he’ll best be remembered for his coverage of the 54 space flights launched by NASA.


Tuesday Night Television listings/TV guide – February 1, 1987

CBS - Special, It’s Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown, Movie ... NBC - Matlock, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele ... ABC - Who’s the Boss?, Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Special - Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin ... PBS - Nova, Frontline, In the Face Of Terrorism.


It’s Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown - hosted by creator Charles Shultz.

Hill Street Blues - Acting Chief Buntz sends the blues out on a barrage of drug busts in the hopes of securing future overtime pay.

Special - Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin - an evening of comedy with Carol Burnette, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams.


Television news – February 1, 1987

Veteran correspondent Roger Mudd leaves NBC to join PBS. He’ll be seen on the “MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour” beginning March 1.

“Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” is the only late night show conspicuously losing viewers. NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show” and “CBS Late Night” have remained flat and “Nightline” is on an upward trend. This according to ratings taken from Oct-Jan. 

Turner Entertainment says it is colorizing 120 original black and white Popeye cartoons produced by Max Fleischer in the 1920’s and ‘30’s. The original series consists of 234 cartoons, with 114 of them originally produced in color.

Some TV and radio stations are beginning to accept condom ads. WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, KCBS-TV and WCAU-TV are among those making the decision. ABC TV Network’s news says it will begin airing psa’s concerning the AIDS epidemic on March 2. 


Nielsen Top TV shows/ratings – February 1, 1987

 TV Ratings - The Cosby Show (37.6), Family Ties (36.4), Cheers (27.7), Murder, She Wrote (26.6), Night Court (24.9), 60 Minutes (24.4), Golden Girls (24.1), Moonlighting (23.7), The Two Mrs. Grenvilles part 1 (23.4), Growing Pains (23.0), Who’s the Boss? (22.2), Dallas (21.6), Romancing the Stone (20.5), Newhart (20.0), 227 (19.7), Matlock (19.7), LA Law (18.80, Amen (18.5), Kate & Allie (18.3), Dynasty (18.2), Dynasty (18.2), Highway To Heaven (18.1), My Sister Sam (17.9), Convicted-A Mother’s Story (17.4), The Cavanaughs (17.4), Head Of The Class (17.1), Valerie (17.0), Magnum, PI 16.7), Facts of Life (16.6), Falcon Crest (16.5), Hotel (16.3).



Top syndicated television shows – February 1, 1987

Wheel of Fortune


World Wrestling Federation

New Newlywed Game

People’s Court

Entertainment Tonight

Hollywood Squares

Oprah Winfrey

Divorce Court

Mama’s Family

Small Wonder

Hee Haw


Puttin’ On The Hits

Star Search.


Radio news – February 1, 1987

Mark Chernoff is promoted from music director to program director of WNEW-FM… Scott Shannon will remain as program director at rival Z-100… Alan Colmes joins WNBC to do overnights.

CBS RadioRadio begins a new syndicated show – “Crusin’ America” hosted by Cousin Bruce. So far, 120 stations have signed. 


Music news – February 1, 1987

The group “Quiet Riot” says it has fired lead singer Kevin DuBrow - who founded the band. “It’ll be up to the fans to decide whether there really is a Quiet Riot without me. The other guys can try to use the name, but it’ll never be the band the fans remember.”


Top Movie video rentals – February 1, 1987

Back To School – Rodney Dangerfield

Short Circuit – Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Maximum Overdrive – Emilio Estevez

Out of Bounds – Anthony Michael Hall

The Manhattan Project – John Lithgow

Down and Out in Beverly Hills


Top Music Albums – February 1, 1987

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

Different Light – Bangles

Night Songs – Cinderella

The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Third Stage – Boston

Control – Janet Jackson

Fore! – Huey Lewis & The News

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie

True Blue – Madonna

Georgia Satellites – Georgia Satellites

Graceland – Paul Simon

1975-1985 – Bruce Springsteen

Give Me The Reason – Luther Vandross

Raising Hell – Run D.M.C.

By Request – Billy Vera & The Beaters


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 1, 1987

Open Your Heart - Madonna

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox

Will You Sill Love Me? – Chicago

We’re Ready – Boston

Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie

At This Moment  - Billy Vera & The Beaters

Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites

Jacob’s Ladder – Huey Lewis & the News

You Got It All – The Jets

Love You Down – Ready For The World

Big Time – Peter Gabriel

Nobody’s Fool – Cinderella


Top jazz albums – February 1, 1987

Standards Vol. 1 – Stanley Jordan

A Nice Place to Be – George Howard

Royal Garden Blues – Brandford Marsalis

The Other Side of Round Midnight – Dexter Gordon

Down To The Moon – Andreas Vollenweider

Tutu – Miles Davis

Obsession – Bob James

Najee’s Theme - Najee


Hot MTV Videos – February 1, 1987

You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party – Beastie Boys

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

It’s In The way That You Use It – Eric Clapton

Smoking Gun – The Robert Cray Band

The Wanderer – Dave Edmunds Band

The Final Countdown – Europe

Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

I’ll Be Alright Without You – Journey

Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites

All I Wanted – Kansas

Big Time – Peter Gabriel


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 1, 1987

Now Do I Turn You On – Ronnie Milsap

I’ll Come Back As Another Woman – Tanya Tucker

I Can’t Win For Losin’ You – Earl Thomas Conley

Straight To The Heart – Crystal Gayle

Fire In The Sky – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Right Hand Man – Eddy Raven

Homecoming ’63 – Keith Whitley

Baby’s Got A New Baby – SKO

Mornin’ Ride – Lee Greewood

No Place Like Home – Randy Travis

Midnight Girl/Sunset Town – Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Leave Me Lonely – Gary Morris


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – February 1, 1987

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) George Michael/Aretha Franklin

Down To earth – Curiosity Killed the Cat

Jack Your Body – Steve Silk Hurley

Heartache – Pepsi & Shirlie

I Love My Radio – Taffy

C’est la Vie – Robbie Nevil

Surrender – Swing Out Sister

Is This Love – Alison Moyet

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way – Blow Monkeys

Almaz – Randy Crawford


Top R&B/Black Music Tracks – February 1, 1987

Candy – Cameo

Falling – Melba Moore

Have You Ever Loved Somebody – Freddie Jackson

Situation #9 – Club Nouveau

Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie

 Serious – Donna Allen

As We Lay – Shirley Murdock

Big Fun – The Gap Band

Take It To The Limit – Ray, Goodman & Brown


Top movies – February 1, 1987


Outrageous Fortune - Shelly Long, Bette Midler

Radio Days

Critical Condition

The Bedroom Window

Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home

The Golden Child

Little Shop of Horrors

Allan Quatermain & Lost City

Crocodile Dundee

Dead Time Stories

Crimes of the Heart

The Mission

The Kindred

The Morning After

Wanted Dead or Alive

Dead of Winter - Mary SteenBurgen, Roddy McDowall, Jan Rubes

Light Of Day” - Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean

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