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


In The News

President Reagan tells Congress that the Navy attack on an Iranian ship laying mines I the Persian Gulf was conducted under authority of Article 51 of the U.N. Charter and did not require notification of lawmakers under the war Powers Resolution.

The U.S. Navy ways it will sink the Iranian ship it caught planting mines in the Persian Gulf. The seized vessel is wired with explosives.

A B-1B Air Force bomber crashes in rolling farmland in southeastern Colorado, killing three crewmen, but three others parachuted to safety.

 Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, back at the Kremlin helm after a 7-week absence that sparked rumors in the West about his health or an assassination attempt, says he had taken a month’s vacation and “I can tell you, I earned it.”

President Reagan accuses Senate democrats of aiding Iran and undermining U.S. interests by pushing legislation that threatens co cut off funds need to escort Kuwaiti oil tankers flying the U.S. flag in the Persian Gulf.

Nancy Reagan decline to take the credit for pushing President Reagan to conclude an arms agreement with the Soviets, saying, “everybody wants it.”

Sen. Joseph Biden Jr. of Delaware, staggered by admissions of plagiarism and embellishing his academic record withdraws as a candidate for the democratic presidential nomination. 

Rep. Patricia Schroeder announces that she will not seek the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

Passing – Henry Ford II (70).


Business news – September 23, 1987

The DOW rockets 75.23 points – the best single-day surge in its history. The mystery move is unexplained. There’s nothing really to back the surge.


Technology news – September 23, 1987

Toshiba America announces the nation’s first portable personal computer using Intel’s fast 80386 chip. The T5100 will sell for $6,499 and has the computing power equal to some of the most advanced desktop computer systems.


Music news – September 23, 1987

Songwriter Tommy James has two of his 1960’s songs in the national top-10 – “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany and “Mony Mony” is a hit again – this time by Billy Idol.

Spin Magazine is back, some five months after Penthouse pulled its plug. It has new financing!

Don’t miss David Bowie in concert on his current Glass Spider Tour. 


Entertainment news – September 23, 1987

Richard Gere bows before the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet at a reception plans to create a Tibetan cultural center in New York.

Passing – actress Mary Astor (81). 

 Passing – Dan Rowan of the famed “Rowan and Martin” team. He was 65… of cancer. “Say Goodnight Dick.”

Jessica Hahn says she took an AIDS test after she hared food with her “good friend” Liberace, who died early this year of AIDS-related complications. 

Jessica Han’s mother, lashing out at her daughter for posing topless for Playboy magazine, says she doesn’t know how her daughter can live with herself and she’s afraid of community backlash affecting her family. Copies of the November issue of Playboy went on sale this week. “I don’t sleep, I don’t eat, it’s a wonder I’m down to 90 pounds, said Jessica Moylan.

Passing - Elizabeth Debbie Eden (41), the person whose desire for a sex-change operation prompted a homosexual lover to attempt a bank robbery – the basis for the movie “Dog Day Afternoon."


Television news – September 23, 1987

“Star Trek; the Next Generation” debuts as a two-hour TV movie this week.

 Variety show - ABC debuts “Dolly” starring Dolly Parton this Sunday.

Saturday Night Live will return Oct. 17 with the entire cast intact – the first since 1978. The cast includes Nora Dunn, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks,  Victoria Jackson, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon and A Whitney Brown.

Debuting in syndication: Star Trek The Next Generation. Two Hour World Premiere. The Most Eagerly Awaited Event In Television History Has Arrived.

CBS has given p on “The Morning Program” and will let the news division take the time period back beginning in December. Co-hosts Roland Smith and Mariette Hartley and producer Bob Shanks will not be involved in the new broadcast.

Lorne Greene, who died Sept 11, was set to reprise his role as Ben Cartwright in the new “Bonanza: The Next Generation” – a TV movie set to go into production.

Aaron Spelling Productions, for years associated with ABC-TV, will make TV programs for CBS. Only two Spelling productions were renewed by ABC for this fall – “”Hotel” and “Dynasty.”

The Tonight Show 25th Anniversary Show. On NBC-TV.  


Saturday night television programming listings/TV guide – week of September 23, 1987

CBS – Movie, Jake and the Fatman

NBC – Facts of Life, 227, Golden Girls, J.J. Starbuck, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Once a Hero, Movie

HBO – Howie from Maui (Mandel)

Showtime – Paris By Night With George Burns

CBS Movie – “Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge” – James Arness, Amanda Blake

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