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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 8, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The United States presents to the Soviet Union a touch permanent monitoring plan to guard against violations of a proposed treaty to eliminate medium-range nuclear missiles.

Near Chicago - Two depressed young women kill themselves by filling a garage with auto exhaust. This follows the suicide death of four teens in New Jersey, who died the same way.

Britain’s Prince Charles flies over the site of Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster, saying his country owes a debt of gratitude to Belgium for its rescue operation after a British ferry capsized in the North Sea. The disaster claimed 134 lives. 534 were aboard, mostly British passengers. 


Business news – March 8, 1987

Chrysler Corp, the nation’s third largest automaker, announces an agreement to buy Renault’s interest in ailing American Motors Corp and all outstanding AMC stock for $757 million. 


Sports news – March 8, 1987

The NFL announces a new three-year television contract what will include a package of games on cable’s ESPN – the first time it has reached out to cable-TV. ESPN, will televise eight Sunday night games, four exhibition games and the Pro Bowl, When ESPN televises a game, it still will be available via over the air TV in the visiting team’s market and I the home team’s market if the game is sold out 72 hours in advance. The Super Bowl will continue on a rotating basis among the networks in the order of ABC, NBC and CBS. CBS and NBC will retain their rights to Sunday afternoon telecasts and ABC will retain “Monday Night Football.”

 Passing – Famed Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes. He was 74.


Medical/AIDs News Update – March 8, 1987

AZT, the first AIDS drug expected to be licensed, could cost patients up to $10,000 a year.


Sports news – March 8, 1987

WBA heavyweight crown - In Las Vegas – Mike Tyson defeats James (Bonecrusher) Smith by decision.


Music news – March 8, 1987

Ousted - William Lee Golden – the one with the baritone and beard, is asked to leave the successful “Oak Ridge Boys” after 22 years.

MTV Saturday night – Los Lobos in concert.

MTV debuts a series of anti-drug spots – a campaign called Rock Against Drugs.

An inventory of music found stashed in a warehouse has revealed unpublished songs by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and others, some handwritten by the composers. With the advent of sound films in the 1920’s, Warner Bros. Bought several music publishing houses, acquiring the material that was shunted from various offices and warehouses before ending up in Secaucus. The 80 cartons were discovered in 1982, but remained largely uninventoried. They were moved to a vault in Manhattan. Since 1985, a team of music theater scholars has poured over the material. 

In Palm Beach, Yoko Ono unveils a collection oaf art by John Lennon, but refused to donate proceeds to the poor because it would make his work, “a charity case.” The exhibition works are on sale for prices from $20 to $36,000. “I’m proud of him for these works. He had a burning desire of being accepted and appreciated as an artist. He was a sort of renaissance man before his time” said Ono.

Roger Hedgecock, the former mayor of san Diego who was convicted in 1985 on conspiracy and perjury charges stemming from illegal contributions to his 1983 mayoral campaign has formed a rock band – “The Arnold/Hedgecock Experience”in San Diego. They recently opened for the Tubes.


Television news – March 8, 1987

CBS lays off more than 200 news employees. It was the first major move by new CBS boss Laurence Tisch.

Disney says it will make its first media purchase – KHJ-TV (Channel 9) Los Angeles. The price - $320 million.


Friday night television listings/TV guide – March 8, 1987

CBS – The Magic of David Copperfield, Dallas, Falcon Crest, NCAA Basketball (late night)

NBC – Amazing  Stories, Miami Vice, Crime story, Tonight Show

ABC – Webster, Beach Boys Special, Starman, Nightline

Fox – Late Show with Joan Rivers

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

USA – Stephen King’s World of Horror

MTV – MTV’s Friday Night Party Zone


David Copperfield – Ann Jillian guests. Copperfield escapes from Alcatraz!

Beach Boys – 25 Years Together – With Glen Campbell, Three Dog Night, Belinda Carlisle, Patrick Duffy, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, Paul Shaffer, Joe Piscopo.

On the Late Show – Pee Wee Herman, Stephanie Beacham, Timbuk 3 in a repeat.

On the Tonight Show – Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and George Hamilton.


Top movies – March 8, 1987

Some Kind of Wonderful

Nightmare On Elm Street 3


Outrageous Fortune

Crocodile Dundee

Top Gun

Angel Heart

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