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


In The News

President Reagan says that if the new American Embassy being built in Moscow cannot be made secure from Soviet spying, the U.S. may have to destroy it and build another.  Soviet espionage has reached into some of the most secure rooms in the U.S. Embassy.

A third Marine guard is arrested on suspicion of espionage as a result of the widening investigation stemming from security breaches at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

The Soviet Union, countering U.S. charges of a massive Soviet espionage campaign against the American embassy in Moscow, displayed listening devices that it said were hidden in Soviet diplomatic missions in Washington, New York and San Francisco.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev got a new invitation from President Reagan for a summit in Washington, but he said, “Generally without reason, I do not go anywhere particularly America.”

In Denver - Gary Hart launches his second campaign for the White House, saying he is seeking the prize that eluded him in 1984 “because I Love my country.

 Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (39) says he will enter the 1988 democratic presidential contest.

Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois says he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination on the traditional issues of jobs, education and civil rights.

Texaco, in a middle of a legal dispute with Pennzoil Inc, files for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.

Wholesale prices driven by food costs, jumped .4% in March. 

Bess Myerson, the embattled former Miss America, resigns as New York City’s cultural affairs commissioner after a special investigator reported serious misconduct. Mayor Edward Koch said the misconduct occurred when Myerson (62), gave a $21,000-a-year job to the  daughter of a judge who handled the 1983 divorce of Ms. Myerson’s companion, Carl Capasso.

Passing – Erskine Caldwell – author – best known for “Tobacco Road” and “God’s Little Acre.”


Music news – April 8, 1987

Michael Jackson’s 18-foot python is up for sale - $1,500 at a Los Angeles pet store.

The RIAA reports that 1986 was the U.S. recording industry’s biggest year in revenue – with more than $4.6 billion in sales and a lot of it had to do with the more expensive compact discs. Last year, 53 million CD’s were sold. Cassettes continue to dominate the market with dales of 344.5 million units. Vinyl record sales dropped considerably from 1985 figures with LP and EP shipments off 25% and singles 22%. 

Nike launches a major ad campaign to promote a new line of air-cushioned shoes and will use the Beatles song “Revolution.” It’s the first time a Beatles song has been licensed for a TV campaign.


Sports news – April 8, 1987

Al Campanis – the Los Angeles Dodgers’ vice president in charge of player personnel, resigns under fire for comments he made on ABC-TV’s “Nightline.” He said that blacks lack the “necessities” to become field-mangers and top-level club executives. Ironically, the show was a tribute to Jackie Robins, who broke baseball’s color barrier 40 years ago.


Television news – April 8, 1987

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – John Lithgow hosts with musical guest Anita Baker.

“21 Jump Street” debuts on the new Fox network


Monday night television listings/TV guide – April 8, 1987

CBS – Roxie, Take Five, Magnum, P.I., Houston Knights

NBC – Highway to Heaven, Night Court, Bronx Zoo, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Perfect strangers, Head of the Class, Dynasty, Mariah, Nightline

Fox – Late Show w/Joan Rivers

PBS -  Lyndon Johnson

A&E – Evening at the Improve

Disney – Babar the Little Elephant, The Edison Twins, Danger Bay


At the Improv – Ruth Buzzi hosts with Moon Martin.


Top movies – April 8, 1987

Secret of my Success

Angel Heart

Campus Man

Police Academy 4

Blind Date

Nightmare on Elm Street 3

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