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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 24, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that racial disparities in imposing the death penalty are insufficient grounds for challenging the constitutionality of capital punishment laws. The ruling comes from a challenge by Warren McCleskey, a Blackman sentenced to death in Georgia for murdering a white police officer. He alleged that Georgia’s capital sentencing process discriminated against blacks. 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency proposes rules that would require the inspection of virtually every school building in the nation for cancer-causing asbestos and compel action to protect schoolchildren and employees.

The Justice Department says that it has formally barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from the U.S. because of his participation in the Nazi persecution of civilians and Allied prisoners during World War II.

L’Ambiance Plaza – a half-completed luxury apartment building in Bridgeport (CT) collapses, killing 9.

Florida - A man armed with a high-powered rifles and handguns opens fir at two downtown (Palm Bay) shopping centers killing eight and wounding at least 11 other persons.

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhio Nakasone says he will ask President Reagan to lift recently imposed trade sanctions on Japanese electronic goods and will present proof that Japan has complied with all U.s. trade agreements.

Iran-contra affair probe may grow as Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh is leaning to seek indictments of former government officials.

The Pentagon disputes a report by top scientists that said at least 10 more years of research are needed to determine whether laser and particle beam weapons crucial to the “Star Wars” space defense system will even work.

Gov. Michael Dukakis joins 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. 

The federal government brings charges of sedition, conspiracy and civil rights violations against 15 members of the American white supremacist movement, including Rev. Richard Butler, patriarch of an armed neo-Nazi compound in northern Idaho. One charge includes conspiracy to overthrow the government.

President Reagan pokes fun at journalists at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner. “I’ve got a great news item for you. We have a spin-off from our ‘star wars” research. It’s a helmet for me to wear at press conferences. All I do is push a button and it shoots down incoming questions,” said the President. 


Sports news – April 24, 1987

NBA playoffs – as Larry Bird helps the Celtics beat the Bulls in a 108-104 victory. Will the Bulls come back?

NBA Expansion – Both Miami and Orlando are awarded franchises and you can add those to Minneapolis and Charlotte. The Miami Heat, The Minneapolis Timberwovles and the Charlotte Sprit will begin play during the 1988-1989 season. The Orlando Magic begin in 1989-1990.


Technology news – April 24, 1987

Apple Computer says it is creating an independent software company to develop, publish and market applications software for its Macintosh and Apple II personal computers. The company also will publish software products developed by other companies.  


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – April 24, 1987

Actress Mia Farrow is pregnant, and the father is her long-time beau Woody Allen. , The baby will be her ninth child, five of whom were adopted. Farrow (42) and Allen (51) began their professional association in 1982 when Farrow made “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy” and have made six movies together.  

Elizabeth Taylor teams up with Japanese businessman Ryoochi Sasakawa in an alliance to bring her anti-AIDS crusade to that country. She’s also meeting with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.


Radio news – April 24, 1987

Goodbye WCFL - Religious music station WCFL Chicago is no more as it converts to WLUP-AM under new ownership (Heftel Broadcasting). WLUP-FM personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier eventually will be heard exclusively on WLUP-AM, so it could make some noise in the market. WCFL was once a top radio station in Chicago, under its top-40 format which lasted from 1965 until 1976. The station hit its peek in the ratings during the early 1970’s. 


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of April 24, 1987

CBS – Alabama… My Home’s in Alabama, Movie, Nighwatch

NBC – Matlock, Gimme a Break, The Tortellas, Fast Copy, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Growing Pains, Sledge Hammer, Moonlighting, Max Headroom, Nightline 

TNN – Nashville Now, Now, Crook and Chase


Nashville Now – The Whites and Ricky Skaggs perform.

On the Tonight Show – Garry Shandling hosts with guests the Commodores. 

Late Night With David Letterman – Roseanne Barr.

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