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



In The News

The Reagan administration plans a huge increase in U.S. firepower in the Persian Gulf. 

Tens of thousands of students seize the heart of Seoul, South Korea during street battles that erupted after police used tear gas to break up marches by people demanding a ban on tear gas.

Representatives of major Jewish organizations demand a meeting with Pope John Paul II to discuss his agreement to receive Austrian President Kurt Waldheim whom they called “an unrepentant Nazi.”

Subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz is acquitted of all major charges. He was convicted of only one count of illegal possession of a handgun.

A federal judge orders Lt. Col. Oliver L. North to testify under a limited grant of immunity from prosecution, before the congressional committees investigating the Iran-contra affair.

Faulty repairs are blamed for the worst single airplane disaster in history after 520 people died in the crash of a Japan Air Lines jumbo jet in 1985. JAL’s failure to detect cracks in a bulkhead during regular maintenance inspections “had a part” in the accident. A report blamed the accident on a rupture in the rear pressure bulkhead on which it said Boeing made faulty repairs in 1978. The rapid release of pressurized air into the plane’s tail section destroyed its vertical tail fin and all four hydraulic systems.

President Reagan vetoes legislation to turn into law the 38-year-old “fairness doctrine.” Instituted by the FCC as public policy in 1949, the doctrine requires the nation’s radio and television stations to ”afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance.” Said President Regan – “this type of content-based regulation by the federal government is in my judgment, antagonistic to the freedom of expression guaranteed by the first amendment. In any other medium beside broadcasting, such federal policing of the editorial judgment of journalists would be unthinkable.”

Newsman Charles Glass is kidnapped by 14 gunmen in a suburb of Muslim West Beirut along with the son of Lebanon’s defense minister.

Weekly radio address - President Reagan lashes out against a $1 trillion spending plan proposed by Congressional democrats, saying the budget “is as bad as they come.” Among other things, the budget would raise taxes by $64.3 billion over three years. “Almost everyone can agree, things will be much more pleasant when the cicadas go back underground. Well, I’m afraid… the big spenders are hatching out again and threatening to overrun Congress. For a while they seem to have gone underground. Now, however, the tax-and-spend crew is back and they seem to have lost all embarrassment about taking your money on a spending spree.”


Business news – June 15, 1987

Perrier says it will purchase Arrowhead which will create the No. 1 water company in the U.S.

Gannett’s USA Today turned a profit in May for the first time.

Passing – Earl Madman Muntz -  former LA used car dealer whose late-night TV ads began a trend of wacky, zany late night car commercials across the country.


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – June 15, 1987

AIDS update – Federal health officials say they are supplying a series of advertisements on AIDS to about 12,000 radio and television stations around the country. Say the public service ads – “Aren’t we over-reacting on AIDS? Isn’t it more hype than health threat? The truth is AIDS is the most serious health threat facing our nation…”


Sports news – June 15, 1987

Passing – Dick Howser – beloved manager of the Kansas City Royals. He was 51… of brain cancer.

John McEnroe, saying he didn’t want to play if he was not 100% healthy, withdraws from Wimbledon because of a sore back. The three-time Wimbledon champ, a first-round loser in his last two grand Slam appearance, said he was “tired of walking onto the court worried whether I shall be able to give it my best effort.”

Michael Spinks drops Gerry Cooney in the fifth round in Atlantic City. 


Technology news – June 15, 1987

Super VHS tape is debuting. An S-VHS VCR will run $1,200 and blank tape - $20 each. But, the picture is high quality.


Entertainment news – June 15, 1987

President Reagan, declaring that the arts are “reflections of freedom’s light” presents seven artists and four arts patrons with the National Medal of Art at a White House luncheon. Singer Ella Fitzgerald, philanthropist Dr. Armand Hammer and America’s first poet laureate, Robert Penn Warren, were among those honored.  

Three Saturday Night Live cast members are taking their acts on the road after the regular SNL TV season. Look for Dana Carvey (Church Lady), “Weekend Update” anchor Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon are assembling a national tour and it begins in July in St. Louis.  


Music news – June 15, 1987

“The Cutting Edge Happy Hour” debuts on MTV. Look for an eclectic array of artists such as Donny Osmond, Frank Zappa, Roy Orbison, the Balancing Act, Ladysmith, Black Mambazo and Mantronix – and that’s the first show. It use to be called just “The Cutting Edge” and is produced by I.R.S. Records.

Lots of, well, protection at a Run-D.M.C. concert in Portland (OR) with airport-style metal detection. There’s concern over the tour dates/gang violence at Run’s concert last August at the Long Beach (CA) Arena and the reports of ill-tempered behavior at recent Beastie Boys shows in England.

A tape of an edited version of George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex,” with the word “love” replacing “sex” is being played at some radio stations. The singer stresses though, that his song is meant to promote monogamy. MTV rejected both the original and an edited version of the “I Want Your sex” video. Refusing MTV’s request to make a second edit, Michael and his management agreed instead to record a 15-second “explanatory statement” to recede the video every time it airs.


David Bowie’s “Glass Spider” tour hits the U.S. later next month.

Now touring – “The Moody Blues.”

“Whitney” - Whitney Houston becomes the first female in pop history to debut an album at #1 on Billboard. 

Kenny G.’s “Songbird” is in the top-10, making it the highest-charting instrumental that didn’t originate in a movie or TV series so far this decade.

The last two original MTV VJ’s are leaving early this summer. Say goodbye to Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. The other members of the current MTV VJ roster are expatriate Britisher Julie Brown, ex-Colorado DJ Carolyne Heldman and regular guest VJ Dweezil Zappa. MTV says China Slick Kantner will fill-in for the summer until two full-time replacements are found. Both Hunter and Goodman are heading to Hollywood to break into acting. 

Where are the other three original MTV VJ’s?

Martha Quinn – is trying to break into acting.

Nina Blackwood – music news correspondent and interviewer for “Solid Gold,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and United Stations’ syndicated radio show “Entertainment Express.”

J.J. Jackson – is heard part time on KROQ radio Los Angeles.


Radio news – June 15, 1987

Album rock station WXRK (Howard Stern mornings) is adding more classic rock – more than rival WNEW-FM. Looks like it’s looking at Los Angeles’ KLSX – LA’s classic rock station as an inspiration. WNEW-FM beats WXRK in all dayparts except mornings.


Television news – June 15, 1987

On Saturday Night Live – Willie Nelson and Danny DeVito.

Battle of the daytime talkers – Oprah Winfrey had an average 10.7 rating compared with Phil Donahue at 7.9 – the first victory for Winfrey since her show went national last year. King World, which distributes the Oprah show, says many stations have aired the show in the mornings, but will switch to afternoons, and the ratings should be even higher. Oprah – produced in Chicago, is seen on 145 stations. “Donahue” – which moved from Chicago to New York in 1985, is seen on 200 stations.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – June 15, 1987

CBS – Twenty Years on the Road With Charles Kuralt, Shell Game, The Equalizer

NBC – Highway To Heaven, The Facts of Life, Night Court, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Head of the Class, MacGyver, Hotel

PBS – Discover, Mark Russell Comedy, Not Your Average Russian

Showtime – Women in Rock, Paper Chase


Shell Game – Jennie and John get involved with a murder investigation by way of an undeserved parking ticket.

On the Tonight Show – Magic Johnson, Bernadette Peters, Bill Alexander and Raphael Sbarge. 


Top Country Hit Music Singles – June 15, 1987

You’re Never Too Old For Young Love- Eddy Raven

You’re My First Lady – T.G. Sheppard

Forever And Ever, Amen – Randy Travis

That Was A Close One – earl Thomas Conley

All My Ex’s Live in Texas – George strait

Chains of Gold – Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Love You Ain’t Seen the Last Of Me – John Schneider

It’s Only Over For You – Tanya Tucker

Another World – Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris


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

Hold Me Now – Johnny Logan

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

Jack Mix II – Mirage

I Want Your Sex – George Michael

Goodbye stranger – Pepsi & Shirlie

Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz

I Still haven’t Found What I’ Looking For – U2

Wishing I Was Lucky – Wet Wet Wet

Nothings Gonna Stop me Now – Samantha Fox


Top Album Rock Music Tracks – June 15, 1987

Don’t Mean Nothing – Richard Marx

Seven Wonders – Fleetwood Mac

Shakedown – Bob Seger

Alone – Heart

Give to Live – Sammy Hagar

Runaway Trains – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Hearts On Fire – Bryan Adams

Sentimental Hygiene – Warren Zevon

Something So strong – Crowded House

Time Will Crawl – David Bowie

Who Will You Run To – Heart

Bullet The Blue Sky – U2

Top Music Albums – June 15, 1987

Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue

The Joshua Tree – U2

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

Tribute – Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads

Look What The Cat Dragged In – Poison

Graceland – Paul Simon

Duotones – Kenny G.

Tango In The Night – Fleetwood Mac

Bad Animals – heart

One Voice – Barbra Streisand

Licensed To Ill – Beastie Boys

Jody Watley – Jody Watley

Into the fire – Bryan Adams

Keep Your Eye On Me – Herb Alpert

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Crowded House – Crowded House

Let Me U (I’ve Had enough) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

All In The Name Of Love – Atlantic Starr

Control – Janet Jackson

Sign O’ The Times – Prince

One Heartbeat – Smokey Robinson

Into the Light – Chris de Burgh

Back in The Highlife – Steve Winwood


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

Always – Atlantic Starr

Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam

Diamonds – Herb Alpert

In Too Deep – Genesis

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston

Alone – Heart

Songbird – Kenny G.

Just To See Her – Smokey Robinson

Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi

In Too Deep – Phil Collins

Meet Me Half way – Kenny Loggins

Shakedown – Bob Seger

The Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh

Don’t disturb This Groove – The System

Lessons In Love – Level 42

Something So Strong – Crowded House

Point Of No Return – Expose

Jammin’ Me – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Funky Town  - Pseudo Echo

With Or Without You – U2

Every Little Kiss – Bruce Hornsby & The Range  


Top movies – June 15, 1987

The Witches of Eastwick

Beverly Hills Cop II


Project X

Gardens of stone

Lethal Weapon

The Secret of My Success

The Untouchables

Ernest Goes To Camp

The Believers

Harry and the Hendersons


Million Dollar Mystery

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