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



In The News

U.S. backed rebels attack a strategic town in northern Nicaragua and 22 were reported killed.

Testifying - John M. Poindexter said he never told President Regan about using Iranian arms sales money for the contras because he wanted to insulate the President from political embarrassment if the plan leaked out.

Former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane contradicts Lt. Col. Oliver North who had testified that he always kept his superiors fully informed about his role in the Iran-contra affair. McFarlane testified he never authorized North to set up a military supply network for the Nicaraguan rebels or to carry out a variety of other activities related to supporting the contras and selling arms to Iran. He said North had a “tendency for recollection to be colored by the way one would have liked to have acted.”

Former National Security Adviser John Poindexter repeatedly challenging White House denials insists that President Reagan would have approved diverting Iranian arms sale proceeds to the contra rebels if he had known about it.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, attempting to bolster President Regan’s image amid the Iran-contra scandal revelations declares that the world needs U.S. leadership now more than ever and that Reagan “is uniquely able to give it.” She is visiting Washington DC.

National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter says he refuses to apologize for his role in the Iran-contra affair. He was reasoning to Republicans’ criticism. He declared that he had conducted himself honorably as President Regan’s national security adviser, that he regrets nothing he did and that “I’m not going to be apologetic about it.” 

Rear Adm. John M. Poindexter’s testimony that he never told President Reagan about the diversion of Iran arms sale profits to Nicaragua’s contras prompted a reaction from President Reagan – “What’s new about that? I’ve been saying it for seven months.”

Lt. Col. Oliver North, the nation’s newest television star, will soon be featured on at least tow videocassettes. The tapes, “Oliver North: Memo to History.” And “t. Colonel Oliver North: His Story, CNN Highlights of the Iran-Contra Hearings” are being rushed to the marketplace in an attempt to capitalize on the enormous publicity generated by North’s seven days of testimony at the hearings. 

Newsweek reports that Lt. Col. Oliver L. North leaked the very story he said last week was leaked by Congress. In his testimony before the congressional Iran-contra committees, North acknowledged intentionally misleading Congress abut U.S. arms sales to Iran and diversion of profits to the Nicaraguan rebels. He justified this deception by citing what he claimed were two leaks by members of Congress of sensitive information – one case involving the U.S. attack on Libya, the other involving interception of an airliner carrying terrorists believed guilty of the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. 

More Oliver North - Seen in Hollywood – Someone pulled the “H” off the hill and everyone could see “Ollywood” as “Olliemania” is sweeping through the nation. Apparently, someone covered the H, but it was an attempt to mock the whole thing.

The Philippine government sues ousted President Ferinand E. Marcos and his family for $22.6 billion in damages and says Filipinos suffered during his 20-year rule, including 410 billion the Marcoses and associates allegedly stole. 

Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announces that he would not run for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation. Clinton, who is serving his 4th term as governor, issued a release saying he and his wife, Hillary, a lawyer, want to spend more time with their daughter. He also said he did not want launch a new campaign after having gone through 15 in the last 13 years. “I hope I will have another opportunity to seek the presidency when I can do it and be faithful to my family, my state and my sense of what is right. For the past six months, my head has told me to enter this race. By my heart says no.”  


Fascinating Business news update – July 15, 1987

Business – ZZZZ Best, the Los Angeles area carpet-cleaning firm under investigation for allegedly being part of a money-laundering ring, has ceased operations by order of its bankruptcy trustee. Los Angeles police announced last week that the company and its founder, 21-year-0ld Barry Minkow were part of a nationwide conspiracy to launder narcotics profits involving eight other people and four other businesses. Minkow, who gained a reputation as a whiz kid entrepreneur after beginning the company in his parent’s garage, resigned as its president earlier this month. 


Sports news – July 15, 1987

Yankees’ Don Mattingly ties record as he homers in eight games in a row.

Third baseman Ron Cey is released by the Oakland Athletics.

Sex symbol? - Since being introduced this year on the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, Spuds MacKenzie has become popular. Budweiser calls the dog “The Original Party Animal.” Spuds merchandise including t-shirts and a poster of “Ayatollah Partyollah” in which the dog appears surrounded by beautiful young women is one of the best-selling pin-ups in the country. In New York, 22 Spurs Mackenzie boutiques have been opened in Macy’s department stores – featuring some of the more than 200 items – from coffee mugs to jackets licensed to bear the Spuds name and image. 


Music news – July 15, 1987

Madonna’s benefit concert for AIDS on July 13 was a success.

Not just music videos any more - During the seven years it has been airing weekends on cable’s USA Network, “Night Flight” has expanded to include comedy and other material. Look for cult films and other material.

New Pepsi commercial to the tune of David Bowie’s “Modern Love.” First seen on MTV this week.

Sam Kaiser of MTV elaborates on the channel’s “Hip Clip” –

“Hip Clip is a special rotation category, which allows us to help break a new artist or band in a big way. In a perfect world, the Hip Clip would be played roughly eight times per day, or 56 times a week, but that can’t always be the case…. The official line is that there are three levels we look at when picking the Hip Clip. There has to be a fanatical belief – both here and on the label’s part – in the song, the artist and the video. The label support is especially important, because if we’re going to commit this kind of airplay, we need to know they’re behind the act. The Hip Clip artists are given preferred treatment, as far as new artists go. We provide the VJ’s with fact sheets on them, so they can talk about the clips and actively support these acts on the MTV news. We may also give them walk-ons and gust VJ shots.


Entertainment news – July 15, 1987

 Jessica Hahn has sold her sexual trysting with Jim Bakker to either Playboy or Esquire. For sure, it comes out in September.


Radio news – July 15, 1987

Westwood One purchases all three NBC radio networks for $50 million.

Arbitron - Pop music radio - KIIS-FM is up to a 7.4 from a 6.4. Rival KPWR is up to a 7.0, up from a 5.7. In New York – WTHZ recoups its No. 1 market rank with a 5.8 share, up from a 5.1. WPLJ holds its winter share of 4.8.


Television news – July 15, 1987

Hollywood Squares signs Joan Rivers as permanent center square.

This Friday on the new Fox network – a one-hour special premier of “The New Adventures of  Beans Baxter.’ “An ordinary teenager lands an extraordinary after school job. Fox’s “Werewolf” to a bit out of the big three networks Saturday night ratings after its first week as part of the Nielsen pack. The two-hour premiere hit a 6.5 rating. 


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – July 15, 1987

CBS – An Enemy Among US, Miss Teen USA

NBC – Matlock, Movie, Tonight, Late Night With David Letterman

ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Spenser For Hire, Nightline

PBS – Nova, South American Journey

MTV – Closet Classics Capsule


Who’s The Boss? – Tony wins in bowling, but Angela loses an advertising awards competition.

Miss Teen USA – Michael Young and Stephanie Kramer host.  

David Letterman – Elayne Boosler.


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

Shakedown – Bob Segar

Alone – Hart

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

Point of No Return – Expose

Don’t Disturb This Groove – The System

Funkytown – Pseudo Echo

I Sill haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

I Want Your Sex – George Michael

Something So Strong – Crowded House

Girls. Girls, Girls – Motley Crue

Songbird – Kenny G

Heart and Soul – T-Pau

Kiss Him Goodbye – The Nylons

The Pleasure Principle – Janet Jackson

Cross My Broken Heart – the Jets

Every Little Kiss – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Rock Steady – The Whispers

Back in the High Life Again – Steve Winwood

Only In My dreams – Debbie Gibson

Luka – Suzanne Vega

I’d Still Say Yes – Klymaxx

Happy – Surface

Wot’s it to Ya – Robbie Nevil


Top Music Albums – July 15, 1987

Bad Animals – Heart

Whitney – Whitney Houston

The Joshua Tree – U2

Whitesnake – Whitesnake

Duotones – Kenny G.

Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue

Spanish Fly – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

Bigger and Deffer – LL. Cool J.

Look What the Cat Dragged In – Poison

Beverly Hills Cop II – Soundtrack

Graceland – Paul Simon

Tango in the Night – Fleetwood Mac

Tribute – Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhodes

License To Ill – Beastie Boys

Invisible Touch – Genesis

Keep Your Eye On Me – Herb Alpert

Solitude Standing – Suzanne Vega

All In the Name of Love – Atlantic Starr

Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough_ = Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Control – Janet Jackson

Crushin’ - The Fat Boys

Running in the Family – Level 42


Top Music Hit Singles in Britain – July 15, 1987

It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys

Star Trekkin’ – Firm

Under The Boardwalk – Bruce Willis

The Living daylights – A-Ha

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby

My Pretty One – Cliff Richard

Always – Atlantic Starr

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

Is This Love – Whitesnake

Misfit –Curiosity Killed the Cat


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1987

The Weekend – Steve Warnier

I Know Where I’m Going – The Judds

Snap Your Fingers – Ronnie Milsap

Someone – Lee Greenwood

One Promise Too Late – Reba McEntire

80’s Ladies – K.T. Oslin

All My Ex’s Live in Texas – George Straight

Oh Heart – Baillie and the Boys

Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This  Ricky Skaggs & Sharone White

Whiskey If You Were A Woman – Highway 101

A Long Line f Love – Michael Martin Murphey

Cinderella – Vince Gill

Telling Me Lies – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris


Top Rock Album Music Cuts – July 15, 1987

Don’t Mean Nothing – Richard Marx

A Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead

Give to Live – Sammy Hagar

These Times Are Hard for Lovers – John Waite

Who Will You Run To – Heart

Good Times – INXS and Jimmy Barnes

The Radio Song – Joe Walsh

Heart’s On Fire – Bryan Adams

Stand Back – Fabulous Thunderbirds

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Top Contemporary Jazz – July 15, 1987

Four Corners – Bobby McFerrin

Najee’s Theme – Yellowjackets

Freedom at Midnight – David Benoit

A Change of Heart – David Sanborn

Top movies – July 15, 1987


Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

Jaws the Revenge

Revenge of the Nerds

Full Metal Jacket

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