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


In The News

Iran Contra testimony – Fawn Hall tells the congressional Iran-contra committees that Oliver North ordered her to alter certain documents and that files and logs of telephone calls from the offices of the former national security aide were shredded when the scandal broke last November.

Fawn Hall testifies that she never considered her shredding, altering and removing sensitive documents form lt. Col Oliver L. North’s files to be part of a cover-up as the Iran-contra scandal unraveled last fall. “I use the word protect,” said Ms Hall.

More testimony – Fawn Hall reveals that she slipped documents under her clothing and smuggled them out of the White House complex to her ex-boss (Oliver North) on the day he was fired.

26 minute address in West Berlin - President Reagan, standing before the barbed-wire and concrete barrier cutting through Berlin challenged soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” to prove his nation wants peace. ”There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.” “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.” “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev… Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

A Soviet television news commentator said President Regan’s challenge to soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall was “taken right from the Cold war time arsenals.” Commentator Viktor Glazunov told his audience – “Moreover Ronald Reagan made a speech in west Berlin which by no means can be called a specimen of new thinking. Unfriendly attacks on the U.S.S.R. were taken right from the Cole war period arsenals.”

David Fischer, the President’s top personal aide from 1981 to 1985, receives full immunity in return for his cooperation with the independent counsel investigating the Iran-contra affair.

President Reagan withdraws a huge sale of sophisticated anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia in the face of congressional opposition sparked by concern for Israel.

President Regan, in a gesture of harmony at the opening of the annual seven-nation economic summit in Venice, announces the partial Lifting of U.S sanctions on Japanese electronics goods. The order was based on improvement by Japan on just one type of memory microchip – the d-ram chip and that Japan had raised the prices of these chips in overseas markets. Reagan said that is action “is strictly proportional to progress to date.”

Weekly radio – President Reagan warns that pending Democratic backed trade legislation “would damage our own prosperity and that of virtually the entire world” by stifling trade at a time when U.S. compositeness is improving.”

Wholesale prices rose just .3% in May and the nation’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed slightly to $13.3 billion in April.

General Motors says it is recalling 1.1 million 1983-1984 J-body cars such as Buick Skyhawk and Chevrolet Cavalier and the 108,000 1985-86 Chevrolet Spectrum cars to correct safety defects.

Thousands of air traffic controllers decide overwhelmingly to form a new union in a vote cast six years after President Reagan broke their 1981 strike and fired those who walked off their jobs.

Cuban President Fidel Castro has agreed to release 348 current and former political prisoners all jailed at least 10 years and allow them to immigrate to the United States, The U.S. Catholic Conference said.

PTL’s new management seeks bankruptcy protection and blames it on defrocked founder Jim Bakker, a “melting snowflake” PTL accused of breaking god’s laws and disregarding man’s. 

A Gallup Poll who asked 400 men what woman they would most like to spend an evening with finds First Lady Nancy Reagan on top Actresses Heather Locklear and Raquel Welch tied for second.

The nation’s fertility rate dipped to a new low last year, with fewer than 65 births recorded per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to the Census Bureau. The 1986 general fertility rate was 64.9 meaning there were 64.9 live births for every 1,000 women age 15 to 44.  The general fertility rate peaked in 1957 at 122.7 births per 1,000 women in the 15-44 age group.


Technology news – June 8, 1987

The Justice Department, citing potential misleading advertising, orders the seven regional Bell telephone companies to stop promoting their credit cards for long distance. Why? Because calls made on either card are routed over the AT&T network, even if the regional firm’s customer subscribes to another communications company for long distance service. The seven regional companies, commonly called “Baby Bells,” were created in 1984 with the dismantling of AT&T. Since the breakup, AT&T and the regional companies have issued card with the same customer identification number. 


Sports news – June 8, 1987

NBA championship – It’s going to game 6 as the Celtics beat the Lakers 123 to 108.

Wayne Gretzky who led Edmonton Oilers to their third Stanley Cup in four seasons, wins the Hart Trophy given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, for a record eighth consecutive time.


Music news – June 8, 1987

Fox’s ‘The Late Show” boots Frank Zappa from his schedule stint as guest host. Producer John Scura says, “Every cell in my body is telling me not to do this show.”

“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael and taken from the Beverly Hills Cop II” soundtrack, has three versions, some more tamed for radio play. And, MTV rejected the first video cut of the song – to racy. The original features a nude couple embracing, a half-naked androgynous girl and lots of Madonna-lingerie-clad girls. 

Speaking of Madonna – she’s in the middle of her “Who’s that Girl” world tour ’87.


Entertainment news – June 8, 1987

Fawning over Fawn - Fawn Hall in the spotlight after her Iran-contra affair testimony. One article said – “the fact is that Hall’s black-and-white jungle print blouse, her aquamarine eyes, her willowy figure and her Farrah Fawcett-like hairdo logged as much media time and words as all the shredding, altering and hiding of documents she testified she did as secretary to her boss, Lt. Col. Olivier North.” Hall herself is a little indignant that she became an object of national attention. She especially disliked being lumped with two other attractive women who gained notoriety at the same time – Jessica Hahn and Donna Rice, who were part of sex scandals. A Democratic operative says, “If she had been 53 and dowdy, no one would have cared.”

Brooke Shields, escorted by a bodyguard, leads Princeton University’s class of 1987 in the commencement procession. “I did it” Shields told reporters as she held her diploma. She majored in romance languages with an emphasis on French. “It was difficult at first. It was difficult for me because I didn’t know anyone and everyone knew me,” said the actress. 

Passing – Actress Geraldine Page – a best actress Oscar-winner last year in “The Trip to Bountiful.” She was 62.


Television news – June 8, 1987

Former “Today” show producer Steve Friedman is named president of CTG Entertainment. Word is, there’s a project being started with newspaper company Gannett. Let’s see.

Cracks in the “Donahue” wall? - KCNC-TV Denver is the first station among 200 Phil “Donahue” outlets to drop the program because of content. But, WBBM-TV in Chicago is dropping the show because of poor ratings.

Cable News Network’s daily coverage of the Iran-contra hearings – had that channel’s top ratings during Fawn Hall’s testimony – about 1.3 million homes.


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – June 8, 1987

CBS – NBA Finals

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

ABC – Our World, Heart of the City, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Late Show

PBS – Mystery!

MTV – Closet Classics Capsule, Basement Tapes

Nashville Network – You Can Be A Star


On Molly Dodd – Molly confesses to a friend that she still has a thing for her ex-husband.

On Tonight – Dudley Moore joins Johnny Carson.

On David Letterman – Bob Newhart joins Dave.


Top movies – June 8, 1987

The Believers

Witches of Eastwick

Catch the Heat

Secret of my Success



Harry & The Hendersons


Beverly Hills Cop

River’s Edge

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