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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 22, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Six leading industrial nations agree on a pact to prevent a further decline in the U.S. dollar and reduce the U.S. trade deficit. 

The Tower Commission castigates President Reagan and some of his aides for the handling of selling arms to Iran. The commission, set by President Reagan back in November, accused several of the President’s top aides of concealing evidence from investigators. The report said President Reagan “did not seem to be aware’ of the full consequences of his arms-to-Iran policy or the unprofessional way it was implemented. 

White House Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan, resigns and is replaced by former Republican Senate leader Howard H. Baker Jr.

Vice President George Bush, who escaped any direct criticism from the Tower Commission, says that the trading of arms for hostages was wrong and “failed the American people.”

 Fawn Hall, former secretary to Oliver L. North has been granted immunity in the Iran-contra affair. She says she feels “nervous” but “famous” for her new role as a key figure in the Iran-contra scandal. “I don’t think I’ve ever had so many cameras aimed at me.” Hall became North’s secretary at the National Security Council four years ago. She told investigators that at North’s request, she altered for NSC memos last fall on the sale of arms to Iran and spent an afternoon with North shredding other memos. While North’s secretary, Hall reportedly had a 15-month romance with Arturo Cruz Jr., son of the Nicaraguan contra leader. They broke up last Thanksgiving, about the time the Iran-contra scandal came down. 

A U.S. District Court judge in New York rules that Johnson & Johnson, makers of Tylenol, mislead customers when it said in Tylenol commercials, “You can’t buy a more potent pain reliever without a prescription. Tylenol, an Acetaminophen, is almost the same as competitors Datril and Panadol. Speaking of which, Acetaminophen’s have 45% of the analgesic market Aspirin leads with 46% and Ibuprofen 9%.

Audrey Marie Hilley – dubbed the Black Widow after when was convicted of poisoning her husband and who once faked her own death, has died of exposure while trying to elude authorities in Alabama. She had received a three-day pass from prison to visit her second husband at a hotel and was found muddy and incoherent when she was found on a porch in a rural area. She was pronounced dead of exposure and hypothermia. 

Jerusalem – survivor of the Treblinka death camp identifies John Demjanjuk as the sadistic nazi guard known as “Ivan the terrible” who beat prisoners with pipes and bayonets and mutilated their corpses. Epstein was the first camp survivor to testify in the war crimes trial. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, who settled in Cleveland after World War II, is accused of being one of two guards who turned on the gas chamber engines to kill 850,000 Jews at Treblinka in Nazi-occupied Poland form 1942-1943. 

Sports news – February 22, 1987

The NCAA says it will begin testing basketball players for drugs as soon as possible.

Passing - Andy Warhol who had undergone gall bladder surgery at New York hospital Cornell Medical Center and was in stable condition. His condition suddenly took a turn for the worse. He was 58.

Passing – TV talkshow pioneer David Susskind (66). He is best remembered for his historic 1960 live TV interview with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev over WNTA-TV (Channel 13) in New York (see this site).  

Entertainment news – February 22, 1987

Griffin O’Neal, son of actor Ryan O’Neal, is fined $200 and placed on 18 months probation for a boating accident that killed the son of director Francis Ford Coppla.

Jerry Hall says she will soon marry Mick Jagger, her longtime companion. “He’s asked me so many times. I always asked ‘when’ ad he would say ‘after the next album.’” They have two children James (1) and Elizabeth (2).


Music news – February 22, 1987

Industry first - Geffen Records is trying out something different – making their music videos in-house. They just signed Angel Gracia and Cliff Guest as in-house video directors. Unrelated but great for exposure, the duo submitted the winning entry in a recent MTV video contest.

On Saturday Night Live this week – Valerie Bertinelli hosts with musical guest Robert Cray.

MTV Saturday night – Glass House in concert.

At the 29th Annual Grammy Awards – Hosted By Billy Crystal

Best record – “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood

Best song – “That’s What Friends Are for,” Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager

Best album – “Graceland,” Paul Simon

Best male pop vocal – “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood

Best female pop vocal – “The Broadway Album,” Barbara Streisand

Male rock vocal – “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer

Female rock vocal ‘Back Where You Started,” Tina Turner

Group pop vocal – “That’s What Friends Are For,” Dionne Warwick and Friends


Top movies – February 22, 1987

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The Good Wife

Death Before Dishonor

Deadtime Stories

Crocodile Dundee

Over The Top

Black Widow


Duet For One

Children of a Lesser God

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