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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 1, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan nominates Robert Bork, a conservative federal appellate judge to the Supreme Court, describing him as “the most prominent and intellectually powerful advocate of judicial restraint.”

Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon” is convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in a French prison.

On the eve of his first public appearance before the joint investigating committees, The White House says President Reagan “is interested in getting the facts out” and hearing what Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, who was fired from his national security staff as a result of the Iran-contra scandal, has to say.

Ending months of silence, Oliver North testifies that he never personally discussed the diversion of Iranian arms sales profits to contra rebels with President Reagan, but assumed, without being told, that Reagan had approved.

Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King and presidential candidate Richard A. Gephardt add their voices to a call by the head of the NAACP for derailment of Judge Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court. They say he opposes affirmative action.

Vice President George Bush and senate Minority Leader Bob Dole have agreed to order their campaign staffs to stop trading accusations about Bush’s private life and rumor-mongering.

Princess Diana marks her 26th birthday with a visit to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Prince Charles was not with her. 


Business news – July 1, 1987

 ZZZZ Best Co, the Los Angeles carpet-cleaning firm founded by Barry Minkow, the 21-year-old whiz kid, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because it has discovered facts that ‘appear to substantiate allegations of fraud associated with the company’s restoration business.” The carpet cleaning firm’s stock has been fallng since a May report said that ZZZZ Best rang up $72,000 in false credit card charges in 1984 and 1985. The stock traded as high as $18.375, is now down to $2.75. ZZZZ has confirmed that Minkow had resigned because of unspecified “severe medical problems.” In May, Minkow had announced preliminary results for ZZZZ Best’s fiscal year ended April 30 that showed a record profit of at least $5 million on $50 million in sales. That was compared to net income of $945,645 or 12 cents a share on $4.8 million in revenue the year earlier. The SEC is investigating the company.


Sports news – July 1, 1987

1987 Wimbledon champ – Pat Cash of Australia, defeats Ivan Lendl.

Minneapolis Twins’ Mark McGuire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers in the first half of the season.


 Music news – July 1, 1987

Don’t miss teen singer Tiffany’s Shopping Mall tour ’87 at a mall near your! She was just at the mall in Paramus, NJ.

Lisa Velez (Lisa Lisa) of the Cult Jam (who’s 20) says she has little time for romance. She said she had a boyfriend for 5 ½ years, but work came between them. “I was gone all the time.” Their latest album, “Spanish Fly” is getting good reviews. 

Simple Minds has not one, but two albums out that are new – from two different labels. “In the City of Light” is a live double album from A&M Records and “Sister Feelings Call” from Virgin. The latter was made in 1981 when they were with Virgin and apparently the label has rummaged through its vaults to cash in on the band’s newfound popularity.

Madonna will give a concert to benefit the American Foundation of AIDS Research on July 13 at Madison Square garden. The concert will be her first in the New York area on her national “Who’s that Girl?” tour.


Radio news – July 1, 1987

Tom Snyder will move from TV to radio this fall to host a national call-in talk show announced this week by the ABC Radio Networks. Look for it early September.  


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – July 1, 1987

Trends – More comedy clubs. Nationwide there are an estimated 250 comedy clubs and more them 12 people went to them last year.

Actor Sean Penn who was to begin serving a 6-day Los Angeles County Jail sentence this week, wins a delay until August due to film commitments. He was sentenced two weeks ago for punching a movie extra on the set of the police drama, “Colors.” A the time of the incident, Penn was on probation for beating a man he thought was trying to kiss his wife, rock star Madonna.

Seen – Prince Charles and Princess Diana catch a London rock ‘n’ roll show at Wembley stadium featuring the band Genesis. There’s been speculation about the state of their marriage.

They’re back – Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello get together for “Back to the Beach,” out on July 31. 

Passing – Michel Bennett (44) – The Tony and Pulitzer award-winning director, dancer and choreographer – best known for his work on “A Chorus Line,” Broadway’s longest running show. Of AIDS.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Joan Rivers – Caesars

Tony Orlando/Susan Anton – Desert Inn

Comedy Store – Dunes

Television news – July 1, 1987


Television news - July 1, 1987

Oprah Winfrey not only hosted the daytime Emmy’s this week, she won another daytime Emmy – her second. She got a kiss on the cheek from her talkshow competitor – Phil Donahue. Ratings say overall, Winfrey is clobbering the Donahue show.

Chuck Barris is suing the children’s television program, “I’m Telling,” saying it’s unfairly based on his “Newlywed Game.”


Monday night television listings/TV guide – July 1, 1987

CBS - Kate and Allie, My Sister Sam, Newhart, designing Women, Cagney & Lacey

NBC – Alf, Valerie, Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – Baseball

PBS – Nature, American Masters

CNN – Crossfire

Newhart – Michael has a replacement idea for Dick’s cancelled TV show.

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