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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 23, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

 President Regan greets the crew of the USS Stark in Mayport, Florida and told them and family members that the attack on the frigate was a grim reminder of the essential role the United States plays “in that troubled, dangerous part of the world.” Thirty-seven sailors died in the attack after two Iraqi missiles truck the ship last week.

The Supreme Court, in an important victory for law enforcement officials and the Reagan Administration, riles that people accused of crimes may be denied bail before trial if deemed dangerous to the community.

President Reagan vows that he will not permit a “barbaric country” like Iran to close down oil shipping routes in the Persian Gulf and cause “economic havoc” around the world.

Former U.S. Ambassador Lewis Tambs testifies that White House aide Lt. Col. Oliver L. North sent him to his diplomatic post in Costa Rica in mid-1985 with orders to “open up the southern front” for contra guerrilla forces in neighboring Nicaragua.

Tass reports that defense Minister Segei Sokolov and the Soviet head of air defenses were removed after the Politburo denounced the military for allowing a teen-age pilot to fly a light plane from the Baltic to the heart of Moscow. The pilot was from W. Germany.  

Former Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan is found not guilty of all grand larceny and fraud charges after an eight-month trial. He’s the first Cabinet officer indicted in office.

Attack by Iran? - President Reagan said he wants Iranians to ‘go to bed every night wondering what me might do.” “I doubt that Iran would ever declare war on the United States knowing what the inevitable consequence would be.”

Stephanie Petit (13) of Bethel park, PA. correctly spells staphylococci to win the 60th annual national spelling bee.

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, says she’ll quit the astronaut corps and join Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Controls.

Some 800,000 gather on and around the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to celebrate its 50th birthday.

The average price of gasoline should climb back above the $1-a-gallon mark this summer, slowing the growth of driving and resulting in a drop in fuel use for the season.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell says that he doesn’t seen “an ounce of repentance” in Jim Bakker and that the fallen PTL evangelist needs to come clean about a 1980 sexual encounter and his “homosexual problems.”

A Tornado levels the town of Saragosa, Texas. At least 29 died in the storm.


Sports news – May 23, 1987

Boston Celtic center Robert Parish is fined $7,500 and suspended for a game for punching Detroit piston center Bill Laimbeer during a playoff game.

Tight game – Playoff – Boston defeats Detroit – 108-107. Detroit Piston Dennis Rodman said the last five seconds were like a nightmare. “I wanted to cry…”

The Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 117-114 and take the Eastern Conference championship.

Al Unser wins the Indy 500 for the fourth time. Mario Andretti, who led for almost the entire race, faltered again.


Television Sports – May 23, 1987 

Tom Brookshier ends his association with CBS-TV, where he began as a pro-football commentator in 1975. For the past few years, he was doing play-by-play. He got into hot water with CBS in 1983 when, doing a college basketball promotion during a football telecast, he jokingly said of the Louisville basketball team: “They have a collective IQ of about 40, but they can play basketball.” The new CBS-TV football announcing teams next fall – Pat Summerall and John Madden; Dick Stockton and Terry Bradshaw, Verne Lundquist and Dick Vermeil, Tim Ryan and Joe Theismann and Tim Brant and Hank Stram. Stram and Buck will return to CBS radio coverage of “Monday Night Football.”


Entertainment /Movie/Celebrity news – May 23, 1987

Director John Landis is found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors killed on the “Twilight Zone” movie set.

Actor Bruce Willis (32) is arrested after he allegedly tussled with police during a raucous party at his Hollywood Hills home. Apparently, it’s not the first time complaints have come from neighbors, who claim Willis plays his music loud. He was lead away wearing only slacks and shoes.


Music news – May 23, 1987

Toni Basil is co-directing and staging David Bowie’s upcoming world tour. Ms. Basil was a choreographer before her big hit “Mickey.”

U2 just finished five concerts at the Jersey Meadowlands.


Television news – May 23, 1987

Bonafide fourth network - Fox Broadcasting will join the other three networks in Nielson’s national ratings. It all begins July 11, when Fox introduces a full Saturday prime-time schedule. Fox expects to have more than 10 hours a week of programming in July.

Passing – Actor/director Alejandro Rey – best known as nightclub owner “Carlos” in the 1960’s series “The Flying Nun.” He was 57… of cancer.

Ted Koppel interviews Jim and Tammy Bakker on “Nightline.” It was their first extended, live-TV interview since they were barred from returning to their scandalized PTL ministry by a new board headed by the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Koppel’s first question – “Is it going to be possible for you to get through an interview without wrapping yourselves in the Bible?”

Don’t miss “Sport Goofy in Soccermania” a new special on NBC.

On “Saturday Nigh Live” – Host Dennis Hoper with musical guest Roy Orbison.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – May 23, 1987

CBS – NBA Basketball playoffs

NBC – Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, L.A. Law, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Our World, Jack and Mike, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Mystery!

ESPN – Sportscenter, French Open Tennis, Australian Rules Football.


On 20/20 – Interview with Jimmy and Roselyn Carter.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Gregory Peck. 

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