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


In The News

The House on the 200th birthday of the Constitution passes a measure apologizing to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II and offered them $1.2 billion compensation for their lost civil liberties.

Over 63,000 see Pope John Paul II at Dodger Stadium, the largest crowd ever amassed in stadium history.

President Reagan, trumpeting a long-awaited breakthrough in arms talks, announces an ‘agreement in principle” to ban al U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missiles, setting the stage for the first superpower summit in America in 14 years this fall. It would be the first nuclear arms pact in Reagan’s presidency and the first ever to ban an entire class of nuclear weapons.

Skeptical senators - Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork ends five days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee – the longest such proceeding in the history of the high court.

Former church secretary Jessica Hahn, whose 1980 tryst with evangelist Jim Bakker led to his resignation from the PTL ministry, testifies before a federal grand jury investigating PTL, “just trying to be as truthful as I can be.”

Consumer spending, bolstered by brisk auto sales, jumped 1.5% in August, the largest increase in six months.


Entertainment news – September 15, 1987

Actor Sean Penn is released from Central Jail in Los Angeles after serving 32 days of a 60-day sentence imposed on him for reckless driving.


Music news – September 15, 1987

Farm Aid III is held in Lincoln, Nebraska, but organizer Willie Nelson admits the cost in time and money has been heavy. Like Live’ Aid’s Bob Geldof and USA for Africa’s Ken Kragen, who both swore off huge charity events last year, Nelson said he’s probably getting out. Some 70,000 fans paid $20 apiece to see artists such as Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and John Cougar Mellencamp perform.

Jamaica - An arrest warrant is issued in Kingston for an unemployed handyman sought in the fatal shootings of reggae star Peter Tosh and two others during a robbery.

Concert tour - Michael Jackson is in Japan and received a key to the city of Osaka. He brought his friend, Bubbles with him, leading one Osaka city official to comment – “We were surprised to see the chimpanzee, but we understand he is good friend.”


Radio news – September 15, 1987

Sally Jessy Raphael is no longer with NBC’s “Talknet” after six years. Her “Sally Jessy Raphael Show” airs on TV 107 stations. She says her radio talks stalled with new owner Westwood One. 


Saturday night television programming listings/TV guide – September 15, 1987

CBS – It’s an Adventure, Charlie Brown, Movie

NBC – Facts of Life, 227, Golden Girls, Debut - Mama’s Boy, Miss American Pageant, Saturday Night Live

ABC  - Debut-Once a Hero, Desperate

MTV – Thompson Twins in concert


Once a Hero – A comic strip hero and his sidekick leave the cartoon world to assist their burned-out creator. Stars Jeff Lester, Robert Forster and Milo O’Shea.


Top movies – September 15,  1987

Dirty Dancing


No Way Out

The Big Easy

La Bamba

The Big Easy

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