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



In The News

Glenn Robinette - a former CIA operative testifies that White House aide Oliver North wrote and backdated phony letters last year to try to cover up the fact that a $16 thousand security system installed at his home had been paid for by Maj. Gen. Richard Secord. He’s the one who managed the proceeds from the Iran arms sales.

P. David Herringer of Capital Management Corp makes a bogus $6.8 billion buyout bid for Dayton Hudson Corp - setting off wild gyrations in the company’s stock price. He was fired then taken for a medical examination.

The American Medical Association adopts its first comprehensive report on AIDS and calls for more leadership in dealing with the epidemic and a cautious approach to screening anyone with the virus. The AMA will also begin an information program, endorsing the use of condoms as one useful measure to contain the spread of AIDS.

Seeking to cash in on the popularity of the Suzuki Samurai utility vehicle among college students and other young buyers. - General Motors plans to sell a slightly larger version of the Samurai beginning next year. GM’s version will be called the Chevrolet Tracker. Right now, the Samurai’s base price is $7,495.

Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell quits after 15 years, setting the stage for conservatives to gain a clear majority on the high court. 

 In his weekly radio address - President Reagan took a jab at the Iran-contra hearings, referring to them as “sideshows and hoopla. “With all the sideshows and hoopla in Washington these days, you may sometimes wonder if anyone’s paying attention to what really matters. Keeping inflation, unemployment and your taxes down and growth up and getting control of our federal deficit so the economy will stay health - these are among Washington’s most important jobs... the good news is that our economy is strong and getting stronger.”

President Reagan has several non-cancerous polyps removed from his colon. They were discovered during a semiannual medical examination. The president “feels great.”

Senator Albert Gore Jr. (39) of Tennessee enters the race for President this week. He says he is seeking the 1988 Democratic nomination “to restore the rule of law and respect for common sense to the White House.” Arkansas Gov Bill Clinton has promised an announcement of his plans soon. Another southerner, Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia is under intense pressure to declare his intentions as well.


Fascinating Business news – June 23, 1987

Chrysler Corp and two senior executives are indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of selling as new, more than 60 thousand vehicles that had been driven by company executives for as long as five weeks with the odometer disconnected. They were found out when reports began coming in, after some of them were stopped for speeding, but told officers they didn’t know how fast they were going because their odometers had just been disconnected.  

Dep Corp - the owner of Ayds - the appetite suppressant candy - says it has a problem on its hands. With an estimated 21,000 Americans having died of AIDS since 1981, the company says it needs to look at a new marketing strategy and yes - change the name. The previous owner, Jeffrey-Martin Inc said as little as two years ago, that the name sticks - “let the disease change its name.”


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity/Hollywood news – June 23, 1987

 Passing - dancer/actor Fred Astaire (88). He had been admitted to the hospital last week with pneumonia. Dubbed the greatest dancer ever. From Ginger Rogers - who made 10 films with Astaire: “It was all with beautiful music Fromm wonderful composers and wonderful lyricists. I just  adored and admired Fred with all my heart. He was the best partner anyone could ever have.”Gene Kelly - “My style is strong, wide open bravura, His is intimate cool, easy. Mine is plebeian style, his is an aristocratic one ... He was a good, dear friend and a lovely man. God bless him.”Irving Berlin - “There hasn’t been such a talent as his. He was an international star ... the purest talent I have ever worked with.”

Passing - Jackie Gleason “The Great One” - (71) of cancer. Received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an aging pool shark in the movie “The Hustler.” His albums of mood music sold in the millions in the 50’s and 60’s. Many of the album covers were adorned with Salvador Dalli paintings.   Gleason will be remembered forever as “Ralph Kramden” in “The Honeymooners.”  The series was born as an adjunct to the  “Cavalcade of Stars” on Dumont television in the early 50’s with Gleason subbing for host Jerry Lester in the summer months.   The original Alice Kramden was played by Pert Kelton. Art Carney was cast as “Ed Norton.” Eventually Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph would join the cast.  CBS then offered him a staggering $8,000 a week to leave Dumont and so he did - creating “The Jackie Gleason Show.” That show ran originally from 1952 until 1959 and again from 1962 to 1970. “The Honeymooners” series was spun out of that show and ran from 1955 to 1956. Orson Welles dubbed him “The Great One” and the name stuck.

Promoter Bill Graham is set to produce an outdoor rock concert - the first of its kind on July 4 in Moscow. Joining Soviet artists will be American bands Santana, the Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor. Most of the $600 thousand cost is being picked-up by Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak.

Grant Tinker - head of CTG (Grant Tinker-Gannett) productions announces a video version of “USA Today.” The show will be produced by Steve Friedman, former executive producer of the “Today” show. The half-hour, five-night-a-week series will have the pace of “Entertainment Tonight” and will employ a four-section format now featured by USA Today - News, Money, Sports and Life. No anchors or staff members have yet been fixed for the series.

Marries - late night talkshow king Johnny Carson (61) - for the fourth time - to Alexis Maas - a woman he met on the beach two years ago. She’s 35 and it’s her first marriage. 

Actor Sean Penn (26) is sentenced to 60 days in jail for reckless driving and for punching an extra on the set of his latest movie. He is ordered to bring a toothbrush and overnight case on his surrender date of July 7.


Sunday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of June 23, 1987

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC - Our House, Movie

ABC - Movie, Movie

Fox - 21 Jump Street, Married With Children, Duet, Mr. President, The Tracey Ullman Show

PBS - Upstairs, Downstairs, Masterpiece Theater

MTV - Videos, Young Ones, 120 Minutes


ABC Movie - The B.R.A.T. Patrol - Brian Keith, Sean Astin. Notorious Marine base Brats try to warn authorities about a plot they uncovered to steal top-secret military hardware.

Murder She Wrote - Jessica investigates the mysterious deaths of a former pupil’s husband and father-in-law. 


Top TV shows/ratings/Nielsen – June 23, 1987

The Cosby Show - 23.2

Family Ties - 21.9

Cheers - 18.9

Growing Pains - 17.8

Moonlighting - 16.6

Who’s the Boss? - 16.4

Movie - The Ladies - 15.4

Movie - Lady from Yesterday - 15.2

Golden Girls - 15.0

Days and Nights of Molly Dodd - 15.0

Valerie - 14.9

ALF - 14.7

Murder, She Wrote - 14.6

Hunter - 14.3

Miami Vice - 14.1

Rocky III - 13.9

20/20 - 13.9

Designing Woman - 13.9

Movie - City Killer - 13.6

Matlock - 13.5

Newhart - 13.2

60 Minutes - 12.9

MacGyver - 12.9

Special - Soviet Union - Seven Day Days In May - 12.7

Movie - Jealousy - 12.3

Cagney & Lacey - 12.3




Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – June 23, 1987

I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

Head to Toe - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Always - Atlantic Starr

Alone - Heart

In Too Deep - Genesis

Songbird - Kenny G

Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi

Just To See Her - Smokey Robinson

Meet Me Halfway - Kenny Loggins

Jammin’ Me - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Diamonds - Herb Alpert

Point of No Return - Expose

Funky Town - Pseudo Echo

Every Little Kiss - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Lessons In Love - Level 42

Sweet Sixteen - Billy Idol


Top Music  Albums – June 23, 1987

Whitesnake - Whitesnake

T  he Joshua Tree - U2

Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

Tribute -  Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads

Duotones - Kenny G

Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue

Look What The Cat Dragged In - Poison

Tango In The Night - Fleetwood Mac

Graceland - Paul Simon

Spanish Fly - Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam


Other top music albums – June 23, 1987

Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde

Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The Joshua Tree - U2

By The Light Of The Moon - Los Lobos

Whitney - Whitney Houston

 Always and Forever - Randy Travis

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure

Dead Letter Office - R.E.M.

One Voice - Barbra Streisand

Hillbilly Deluxe - Dwight Yoakam

Never Let Me Down - David Bowie

Let It Loose - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

Tango in the Night - Fleetwood Mac

Sentimental Hygiene - Warren Zevon

Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega

Bad Animals - Heart

Sold - Boy George

Pleased To Meet Us - The Replacements

Bigger and Deffer - L.L. Cool J


Top movies – June 23, 1987

The Witches of Eastwick - Jack Nicholson, George Miller

Predator- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers

Beverly Hills Cop II - Eddie Murphy

The Untouchables -

 Roxanne - Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Shelly Duvall, Rick Rossovich, Fred Willard

Benji the Hunted -

Million Dollar Mystery

River’s Edge - Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover

Isitar - Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman

Stanley Kubrick’s- Full Metal Jacket-Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin

Dragnet - Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul, Dabney Coleman

Mel Brooks’ - SpaceBalls - Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Joan Rivers

Adventures In Babysitting - Elisabeth Shue, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Maia Brewton

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