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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 25, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Trouble in the Philippines - Mutinous Philippine soldiers attack four key military bases in Manila and President Corazon Aquino’s palace and seize several television stations. So far, at least 40 are dead and 275 wounded. President Reagan denounced the coup: “I am profoundly concerned by reports of elements of the armed forces of the Philippines who have engaged in military action against the democratic government of President Aquino. The United States condemns this attempt at extra-constitutional action. I wish to make absolutely clear America’s unqualified support of President Aquino.”

Coup threat crushed - Thousands of pro-government troops, using fighter planes, helicopter gunships, howitzers and bazookas - dislodge nearly 1,000 rebellious soldiers from key military camps and broadcast stations throughout the country. President Corazon Aquino addresses her nation on television and radio.

The Israeli government by a narrow margin - votes to cancel the controversial Lavi jet fighter project. The decision was welcomed by Washington, who urged Israel to drop the aircraft “in the best interests of both our countries.” After unfolding for seven years, the Lavi was billed as one of the most crucial economic and strategic decisions in the country’s history. 


Business news – August 25, 1987

Chrysler says it is slashing prices up to 16% on its K-cars. Prices for 1988 models will start at $6,995 - a reduction of $1,369 from comparably equipped 1987 models.


Technology news – August 25, 1987

IBM says it sold over $300 million on Intel Corp, ending its direct investment on the firm it selected as the key supplier of electronic parts for its personal computers launched in 1981. IBM began buying shares of Intel to help the company shore up its finances. Salomon Brothers, which handled the trade, said unidentified institutional holders bought the block of 5,884,500 shares at $52.30 a share, down $3 from the previous close. IBM closed 25 cents higher at $166.50. The 12-month price-range for Intel is $18.00-$55.50. The recession in the semiconductor industry took its toll on Intel in 1986, but the company is expected to be profitable in 1987. 

 After losses in its computer operation - AT & T says it is still in the game and this week, unveils its new 6386 Workgroup system PC, based on Intel’s powerful 80386 microprocessor. The machine accommodates both UNIX and MS-DOS operating systems - the two main standards in personal computers and will be able to handle OS/2, a new IBM standard, when it is released next year. AT&T says that McDonald’s restaurant chain has contracted to install the 6386 machines at each of 1,800 company-owned outlets. Each will be linked to a  network. AT&T says its computer operation lost $800 million last year and is expected to lose another $400 million this year. 

GTE says it is installing its “Airfone” telephones at a rate of one per day on airplanes. Right now, the passenger telephones are available on 475 planes of 16 major carriers. Calls from the air are directed to one of the nation’s 68 ground stations. Cost is $7.50 for the first three minutes and $1.25 for each additional minute. GTE says you can talk between 30 and 40 minutes before the connection begins to fade.


Sports news - August 25, 1987

Canada’s Ben Johnson stuns the track and field world as he covers 100 meters in 9.83 seconds to set a world record in the World Championship meet in Rome. Carl Lewis was right behind, clocking-in at 9.93 seconds.


Music news – August 25, 1987

Look for Michael Jackson’s new album “Bad” to debut next week. Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” album is set to debut early October. A lot of rumors are floating around about the new Springsteen album. Columbia says it’s not a country album and yes, the E Street band plays on it.

For the first time - Long play vinyl records (LP’s) have slipped behind compact discs and cassettes and are now the # 3 configuration for recorded music


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – August 25, 1987

Whoopi Goldberg files a $5 million breach of contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against film director Rip Torn and New World Pictures over editing over the film “The Telephone,” which she starred.  Still unreleased, Miss Goldberg contends that she had a contractual right to edit her version of the film. The suit also claims that New World Pictures preferred to cut her out of the film. The latter issue has already gone through arbitration with the decision favoring New World. 

Passing - Director and actor John Huston (81) of emphysema. Huston had just completed directing “The Dead” which should be released in November. His films include “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” The Asphalt Jungle,” “Beat The Devil,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Key Largo” “Red Badge of Courage,” “The African Queen.” “Night of the Iguana,’ “Fat City,” and “The Man Who Would Be King.”

Passing - actor Lee Marvin (63) - of a heart attack in Tuscon. Hit his career peaked after winning an Oscar for the 1965 film “Cat Ballou.” Marvin was born in New York City, the son of a wealthy Madison Avenue executive and his socialite-fashion editor wife. Actress Jane Fonda, who starred with Marvin in “Cat Ballou”, said that the actor “taught me a very important thing, which is that when you’re a movie star, you have the responsibility to think of the crew. For all his seeming hard-living and gruffness, he had a big heart.”

Passing -  Singer/country comic Archie Campbell (72) of kidney problems and other complications from a heart attack suffered in June. Member of the Grand Ole’ Opry - Campbell west best-known as the barber who recited a country bumpkin form of pig Latin called “spoonerisms” on TV’s “Hee Haw.” Campbell use to have his own radio, then television show and is credited with helping to launch the careers of Chet Atkins, Carl Smith and Flatt and Scruggs.


Television news – August 25, 1987

Geraldo Rivera debuts “Geraldo” - a syndicated hour blending topical reportage with studio-audience discussion. Rivera says that unlike “Oprah Winfrey” and “Phil Donahue,” he wants things hot, controversial and visual. Says Rivera - “The danger of a pure studio show is that is becomes like broadcast radio” and that his show “takes advantage of the fact that pictures speak louder than words.” The show can be seen on 60 stations, including most major markets

Now in its 35th season, Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” makes the Guinness Book of World Records as TV’s longest-running program. The show has played more than 65,000 records, has been host to more than 10,000 musical guests and presented more than 600,000 dancing teen-agers on camera. 

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) unveils a softer-focus “700-Club” this week. The show now features Tim Robertson (son of the Rev. Pat Robertson) as co-host. The new set now has a Southwestern motif. CBN just layed-off 470 employees and predicts a 28-million loss by the end of this year. Tim Robertson is also CBN’s president.


Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – August 25, 1987

CBS - Summer Playhouse, Dallas, Adderly

NBC - Rags To Riches, Miami Vice, Crime Story

ABC - Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Max Headroom, Starman

PBS - Washington Week In Revue, Wall Street Week, American Masters

The Nashville Network (TNN) - Videocountry, You Can Be Star, Fandango, Nashville Now, New Country, Crook & Chase.

WTBS - Baseball, Night Tracks


Max Headroom - Framed on criminal charges by the security service he is investigating, Edison goes into hiding while Theora, Murray and Bryce attempt to clear him. Series stars Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, George Coe, Chris Young and Jeffrey Tambor.       

Starman - part 2 of 2 - George Fox moves in as Starman plans a reunion for Scott and Jenny. Robert Hays stars.


Top TV shows/ratings/Nielsen – August 25, 1987

The Cosby Show - 24.0

Movie-The Art of Being Nick - 23.3

Cheers - 21.4

Night Court - 20.1

Growing Pains - 17.8

60 Minutes - 16.3

 Moonlighting - 15/9

Designing Woman - 15.9

20/20 - 15.7

Newhart - 15.6

Who’s The Boss? - 15.0

Murder, She Wrote - 15.0

ALF - 14.9

Movie - Blind Justice - 14.5

Valerie  14.3

The Equalizer - 14.1

Spenser For Hire - 14.0

Cagney & Lacey - 13.9

MacGyver - 13.8

My Sister Sam - 13.8

Head of the Class - 13.7

Miami Vice - 13.4

Golden Girls - 13.2

Perfect Strangers - 13.2

Kate & Allie - 13.0

Movie - Return To Mayberry - 12.8

Family Ties - 12.7

Movie - Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 12.7

Magnum, P.I. - 11.8


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 25,  1987

La Bamba - Los Lobos

Who’s That Girl - Madonna

Don’t Mean Nothing - Richard Marx

Only In My Dreams - Debbie Gibson

Can’t We Try - Dan Hill/Ronda Sheppard

Rock Steady - Whispers

It’s Not Over (Til It’s Over) - Starship

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson

Love Power - Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

Luka - Suzanne Vega

When Smokey Sings - ABC

Doing It All For My Baby - Huey Lewis & The News

Back In The High Life Again - Steve Winwood

Living In A Box - Living In A Box

Seven Wonders - Fleetwood Mac

Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead

Who Found Who - Jellybean/Elisa Fiorillo

Give To Life - Sammy Hagar


Top Music Albums – August 25, 1987

Whitesnake - Whitesnake

La Bamba - soundtrack

Whitney - Whitney Houston

In The Dark - Grateful Dead

Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue

Beverly Hills Cop II - soundtrack

Bad Animals - Heart

The Joshua Tree - U2

Hysteria - Def Leppard

Duotones  Kenny G

Bigger and Deffer - L.L. Cool J


Other top music albums – August 25, 1987

Crushin’ - The Fat Boys

Coming Around Again - Carly Simon

The Final Countdown - Europe

One Bitten - Great White

Stories Without Words - Spyro Gyra

The Lonesome Jubilee - John Cougar Mellencamp

Solitude Standing - Suzanna Vega

No Protection - Starship

Bad Animals - Heart

Bigger and Deffer - L.L. Cool J

Alphabet City - ABC

Another Step - Kim Wilde

Just Like The First Time - Freddie Jackson

Reservations For Two - Dionne Warwick

Collaboration - George Benson/Earl Klugh

Wildside - Loverboy

Franks Wild Years - Tom Waits


Top movies – August 25, 1987

Stakeout - Richard Dreyfuess, Emilio Estevez

 No Way Out - Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

Dirty Dancing - Patrick Swayze

Hamburger Hill -

The Living Daylights -

The Lost Boys -

Beverly Hills Cop II -

House II: The Second Story - Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Bill Maher

The Fourth Protocol - Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned  Beatty, Ian Richardson, Joanna Cassidy

The Big Easy - Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin

The Living Daylights - Timothy Dalton as James Bond

La Bamba - Esai Morales, Rosana DeSoto, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Pantoliano, Lou Diamond Phillips

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