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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 15, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Reagan imposes tariffs of 100% on medium-sized Japanese color TV’s, lap-top and desk computers and hand power tools, to retaliate for Japans failure to allow more American products into its markets and to halt the under priced ‘”dumping” of Japanese semiconductor computer chips in other nations.

The Senate committee probing the Iran-contra scandal votes to grant limited immunity to former national security adviser John M. Poindexter, a move that would compel him to testify about what he told President Reagan about the affair.

The Supreme Court rules that defendants who play a major part in a crime, which results in murder that they did not commit, may be sentenced to death if they display a “reckless indifference” for human life.

The Panamanian government suspends plans to allow accused Nazi war criminal Karl Linnas to be deported from the United States to the Central American nation instead of to the Soviet Union where he faces execution.

The Supreme Court refuses to block the deportation of Karl Linnas, pushing the accused nazi death camp commander a step closer to execution in the Soviet Union for war crimes.

Massacre in Sri Lanka – Tamil guerrillas waylaid three buses and two trucks loaded with people celebrating a holiday, dragged passengers onto the jungle road and killed at least 122 with machine guns and grenades.

Yasser Arafat opens a congress of the PLO’s parliament-in-exile with a defiant speech calling for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

U.S. marshals seize thousand of dollars from Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart’s Los Angeles fund-raising parties to satisfy an unpaid campaign debt from 1984.

B. Dalton – the country’s second largest book chain – will no longer be selling prerecorded videotapes. It just wasn’t profitable.

A jury finds Amy Carter former first daughter, Abbie Hoffman and 13 other protesters innocent of charges stemming from a demonstration last fall against CIA recruiters at the University of Massachusetts.


Health/Medical/AIDs News Update – April 15, 1987

AIDS update – A new study says the proportion of women getting AIDS from male sexual partners has more than doubled in five years, indicating that women may underestimate their risk of getting the disease.

Federal testing of cigarettes for tar and nicotine is ending after 21 years. The action was immediately criticized by the American Lung Assn., which campaigns against smoking.


Sports news – April 15, 1987

Brewers’ Juan Nieves pitches a no hitter in a game against the Orioles 7-0.

Bo Jackson hits a grand slam and a three-run homer at Kansas City to lead the royals to a 10-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. 


Radio news – April 15, 1987

The Federal Communications Commission, in a major review of on-the-air radio language, says it will expand the definition of obscenity beyond the famous “seven dirty words” and will tighten enforcement of bans on indecent and offensive material.

Many say it started with shock-jock Howard Stern. The FCC asked the Justice Department to look into several stations, including WYSP-FM Philly, which carries Stern’s show from New York. Stern launched his Friday morning show by blasting the FCC ruling. Another station was KPFK, Los Angeles, which broadcast a play called “Jerker” that got complaints. Also, a Santa Barbara FM station, a non-commercial station called KCSB-FM for airing a song called “Makin’ Bacon.”

 Oprah Winfrey will be doing a segment on shock radio. Also, West 57th Street is set to one as well – same subject. Oprah will feature Scott Shannon, Jonathon Brandmeier, Moby and Jim “the Poorman” Trenton as well as Tom Joyner.

Magic Mat Alan joins Z-100 New York for afternoons.

Infinity Broadcasting purchases KVIL AM/FM Dallas for $82 million. It’s the highest paid price for a radio station (so far).

Soupy Sales has left the WNBC radio building. He was actually gone March 23. Sales says the station offered him Joey Reynolds’ afternoon shift but reneged. The station wanted him to stay, but to cut down on his character bits in favor of taking more calls, but Sales turned the suggestion down, according to WNBC PD Dale Parsons. 

Charlie West jumps from Tulsa and KWOD to KLOS, Los Angeles as Program Director.


Music news – April 15, 1987

Country singer Mickey Gilly files suit in Houston to end his ties with Gilley’s – the famous dance spot in nearby Pasadena. He says he hasn’t participated in the club’s operation for 3 years. “My pride in the club is gone.” It no longer represents Mickey Gilley the entertainer.”

Heard on hip KROQ-FM – a parody of the Bangles hit “Walk Like An Egyptian” “Walk With an Erection” by the Swinging Erudites.

Jello Biafra, lead singer of the now dead “Dean Kennedy’s punk rock band and four record company associates plead innocent to charges they illegally distributed an obscene poster to a minor who bought the Dead Kennedy album “Frankenchrist.” There was a picture in the jacket depicting copulation.  

Manhattan’s Hard Rock Café is expanding its 57th Street facility to include a small record. shop.


Television news – April 15, 1987

MTV – Four U.S senators send a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting an inquiry into possible restraint of trade and federal antitrust violations by MTV Networks, The senators – including Robert Dole and Nancy Landon Kassebaum, addressed their request on behalf of Hit Video USA, the Houston-based, 24-hour music video station, which is suing MTV. 

On “Saturday Night Live” – John Larroquette is guest host with musical guests Timbuk 3. 


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – April 15, 1987

CBS – Dinosaur! Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening,

NBC – Matlock, Gimme a Break, The Tortellis, A Trillion for Defense: What Have We Bought?, Tonight Show

ABC – Growing Pains, Sledgehammer, Moonlighting, Max Headroom, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline, In Search of the Constitution

HBO – Linda Ronstadt in Concert, Greatest Sports upsets, The Hitchhiker


On Moonlighting - An escape artist’s widow hires Maddie and David to spend the night near her husband’s body, just in case he awakes.

On Max Headroom – Framed by a security service he is investigating, Edison goes into hiding.

On Joan Rivers (Fox) – Louie Anderson guest hosts. Uri Geller

On The Tonight Show – Sam Donaldson, Chloe Webb and Fred Greenlee join Johnny.


Top pop hit music singles (top-40) - April 15, 1987

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

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

Sign ‘O’ The Times - Prince

Nothing’s Gonna Stop us Now – Starship

Midnight Blue – Lou Gramm

Lean on Me – Club Nouveau

Looking for New Love – Jody Watley

Come Go With Me – Expose

The Finer Things – Steve Winwood

(I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew

La Isla Bonita – Madonna

Walking down Your Street Bangles

Tonight, Tonight Tonight – Genesis

Stone Love – Kool and the Gang

Dominoes – Robbie Nevil

With Or Without You – U2

Let’s Go! – Wang Chung

The Honeythief – Hipsway

Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh

Smoking Gun – Robert Cray Band

Heat of the Night – Bryan Adams

Hot Album Rock Music Cuts – April 15, 1987

Big Love – Fleetwood Mac

With or Without You – U2

(I Just) Died in Your Arms

Heat of the Night – Bryan Adams

Day In, day Out – David Bowie

Goodbye Saving Grace – Jon Butcher

Come As You Are – Peter Wolf

I’m No Angel – Gregg Allman

Ready or Not – Lou Gramm

Never say Goodbye – Bon Jovi

Heartbreak Beat – Psychedelic Furs

Should I See – Frozen Ghost


Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1987

Rose In Paradise – Waylon Jennings

Don’t Go To Strangers – T. Graham Brown

Let the Music Lift You Up – Reba McEntire

Kids of the Baby Boom – Bellamy Brothers

A Face in the Crowd – Michael martin Murphy/HollyDunn

Can’t stop My Heart From Loving You – O’Kanes

You’ve Got The Touch – Alabama

To Know Him Is To Love Him – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris

The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder – Michael Johnson


Top Music Albums – April 15, 1987

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

The Joshua Tree – U2

Licensed To Ill – Beastie Boys

Life, Love and Pain – Club Nouveau

Graceland – Paul Simon

The Final Countdown – Europe

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Look What The Cat Dragged In – Poison

The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Control – Janet Jackson

Night Songs – Cinderella

Strong persuader – Robert Cray Band

Back in the Highlife – Steve Winwood

Trio – Parton, Ronstadt, Harris

Rapture – Anita Baker

Georgia Satellites – Georgia Satellites

Fore! – Huey Lewis & The News

Crowded House – Crowded House

Raising Hell – Run D.M.C.

Different Light – Bangles

Jody Watley – Jody Watley

So – Peter Gabriel

Third Stage – Boston

True Blue – Madonna

Ready or Not – Lou Grahmm

The Return of Bruno – Bruce Willis

Give Me The Reason – Luther Vandross

Just Like The First Time – Freddie Jackson

Life As We Know It – REO Speedwagon


Top Hit Music Singles In Britain – April 15, 1987

Let It Be – Ferry Aid

Respectable – Mel & Kim

Let’s Wait A While – Janet Jackson

La Isla Bonita – Madonna

Lean On Me – Club Nouveau

With Or Without you – U2

The Irish Rover – Pogues & Dubliners

If You Let Me Stay – Terence Trend D’Arby

Weak in The Presence of Beauty – Alison Moyet

Ever Fallen in Love – Fine Young Cannibals

Ordinary Day – Curiosity Killed The Cat


Top movies – April 15 1987

Black Widow

Side and Nancy

Hannah and Her Sisters

Police Academy 4

Lethal Weapon

Making Mr. Right

Secret of My Success


Campus Man

Nightmare On Elm Street

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