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


In The News

President Reagan selects FBI director William Webster as he new director for the CIA. The agency is coming under increasing fire for its role in the unfolding Iran-contra scandal.

President Reagan “blows-up” and denounces reports as “despicable fiction” that his wife, Nancy, helped force Donald Regan from office. Regan was the White House Chief Of Staff.   

 Nancy Reagan startles those attending an American Camping Association meeting in Washington” “I don’t think most people associate me with leeches or how to get them off. But I know how to get them off. I’m an expert at it.”  

A dynamite-loaded cargo ship is abandoned by its crew after a fire breaks out on board. Adrift in the English Channel - a decision is being made either to tow it, or have the French Navy sink it with firepower. 

A private nurse assigned to artist Andy Warhol is barred from caring for patients at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center. Warhol died on February 22 after undergoing a gallbladder operation. The hospital’s review of his medical record raised questions concerning her performance. A spokeswoman said the hospital “did not intend to have the nurse work here again.” 

Steven Luben (36) - a Vietnam Vet and his girlfriend Diane Felner are sentenced to four years in prison in London for supplying heroin to singer Boy George. The prosecutor said, “Feiner and Luben fastened on him like leeches. What started as an occasional use became habit and turned into addiction, fed by Luben’s supply.”


Supermarket Prices – March 1, 1987

At the mart - Pepperidge Farms Layer Cake (Chocolate Fudge) - $2.49 ... Birds Eye Fresh Creations (Chicken) 11oz pkg - $2.99 ... Tender Vittles Cat Food – 32oz - $1.49  Gorton’s Fishsticks - 20oz pkg - $3.39

New ‘87 Toyota Landcruiser 4X4 w/air, rear heater, chrome package, chrome wheels electronic Am/Fm stereo radio, rear wiper, defogger, headlamp washers - $14,988.

The American Cancer Society says that it will provide low-cost breast X-rays for thousands of woman during their Breast Cancer Detection Awareness Program. Some of the tests will cost as little as $40. 

Hershey voluntarily recalls as many as 2.8 million chocolate-covered granola bars because peanuts were mistakenly added. The label doesn’t list peanuts as an ingredient to Hershey’s New Trail Chocolate Covered Granola Bars. Four persons who ate the bars had an allergic reaction (but were not hospitalized).


Technology news – March 1, 1987

Apple Computer rolls out its two newest machines - The Macintosh SE and The Macintosh II. The SE features a Motorola 68000 microprocessor (32-bit w/7.8 mhz) Two 3 1/2” floppy disc drives and and 20 meg hard disc drive (optional) $3,699 includes the hard disc drive .... MAC II - features the Motorola 68020 (32 bit/15.6mhz). Either 20, 40, or 80 meg hard disc drives. Price range - $4,798 to $6,998. See your Mac dealer.

The Walt Disney Co. opens its first store near Los Angeles. Spokesman Tom Deegan said that if the store is successful, others might follow.


Best-selling books – March 1, 1987

Bestsellers - “Windmills OF The Gods” - Sidney Sheldon, “It” - Stephan King, “Jane Seymour’s Guide To Romantic Living” - Jane Seymour, “Fatherhood” - Bill Cosby




Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 1, 1987

Bruce Willis breaks his collarbone while skiing in Idaho. He’ll a miss a week of filming “Moonlighting.” ... Cybill Shephard is due back on the set this week after getting married to chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim. 

Linda Marchiano aka Linda Lovelace undergoes a 14 hour liver transplant operation. Miss “Lovelace” had been waiting on a liver since last fall. Remarried, her husband is a plaster worker with two children.

Passing - Danny Kaye (74). Born David Daniel Komminsky - his great career spanned 5 decades.

Passing - Randolph Scott (89) - actor in Cowboy Westerns.


Monday Night television listings/TV guide – March 1, 1987

CBS  Kate & Allie, My Sister Sam, I’ll Take Manhattan ... NBC - ALF, Movie ... ABC - Macgyver, Movie


MacGyver - an assassin returns to even things with MacGyver and Thornton.

ABC Movie - “The Betty Ford Story (1986) - Gena Rowlands, Josef Sommer.

Jed Duvall replaces Steve Bell as the Washington-based news anchor on “Good Morning America.” Bell left last year to be a local news anchor at WPVI-TV (Channel 6) in Philadelphia.

Ike Pappas, Capitol Hill correspondent for CBS, gets the pink slip as CBS News President Howard Stringer begins laying-off about 200 people from the ailing news division. That number could include as many as 20 on-air personnel.


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

 “Jacob ‘s Ladder” - Huey Lewis & The News, “Livin’ On A Prayer” - Bon Jovi, “Somewhere Out There” - Linda Ronstadt/James Ingram, “You Got It All” - The Jets, “Keep You Hands To Yourself” - Georgia  Satellites, “Respect Yourself” - Bruce Willis, “Big Time” - Peter Gabriel, “Mandolin Rain” - Bruce Hornsby, You Gotta Fight For  Your Right To Party” - The Beastie Boys, “Let’s Wait Awhile” - Janet Jackson.


Top Music Albums – March 1, 1987

 Top Albums - “Licensed To Ill” - Beastie Boys, “The Way It Is” - Bruce Hornsby, “Slippery When Wet “ - Bon Jovi, “Control” - Janet Jackson, “Fore!” - Huey Lewis & The News, “Invisible Touch” - Genesis, “Georgia Satellites” - Georgia Satellites, “Third Stage” - Boston, “Night Songs” - Cinderella, “Different Light” - The Bangles.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 1, 1987

Country Charts - “She And I” - Alabama, “Don’t Underestimate My Love For You” - Lee Greenwood, “100% Chance Of Rain” - Gary Morris, “Cajun Moon” - Ricky Skaggs


Top movies – March 1, 1987

Lethal Weapon - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover

Over The Top - Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely

Nightmare On Elm Street 3 - Heather Langencamp, Patricia Arguette

 Mannequin - Andrew McCarthy, Kim Catrall

Some Kind Of Wonderful - Deric Stoltz, Mary Sue Masterson

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