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


In The News

A Continental Airlines DC-9 with 82 people on board slid off a runway while taking off from Denver’s airport in a snowstorm, flipped over and split into pieces as it skidded along the runway. At least 26 are dead and 56 injured.

In a ceremony featuring a fly-over and 19-gun salute, President Reagan bid “a bittersweet” farewell to retiring defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger. “Cap Weinberger started as a buck private and he never forgot his origins, said the President.

President Reagan bears ultimate responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair that plunged his Administration into crisis because he allowed a “cabal of the zealots’ to seize control of policy and bypass the law, congressional investigators said in their final report. 

After four weeks of negotiations, President Reagan and congress agree on a plan to pare the federal deficit by $30 billion this year.

Cuba agrees to reinstate an immigration agreement with the U.S. that will allow the return to Cuba of almost 3,000 criminals and mentally ill persons who came to the States among the thousands of refugees.

The National Organization for Women breaks from the cautious approach of liberal groups toward Judge Anthony M. Kennedy’s Supreme Court nomination vowing to oppose a nominee NOW considers “a disaster’ on women’s issues.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 15, 1987

HBO’s “Comic Relief ‘87” raised an estimated $2 million during the 4-hour10-minute benefit telethon. Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal emceed with more than 50 comedians participating.  Others included Elayne Boosier, Dudley Moore, Bob Bodthwait, Steve Allen, Judy Tenuda, Dick Gregory and Paul Rodriquez. 


Radio news – November 15, 1987

The Q-Zoo – on WRBQ-FM Tampa can be seen on cable every morning in the Tampa area. Cleveland Wheeler is the main talent. It’s a radio show on TV.

Mick Jagger Live on a special “Rockline.”


Music news – November 15, 1987

Ending months of negotiations – Sony will purchase the CBS record division for $2 billion.

Shipping now – Bon Jovi’s 44-minute “Slippery When Wet” video – just 19.95. Great stocking stuffer.

“The Night Belongs To Michelob” beer campaign - Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are the latest artists to have their music featured in television commercials for Michelob beer.

Sting launches his second solo tour with two dates at New York’s Ritz club.

Beatle George Harrison, producer of the movie “Shanghai Surprise” described working with Sean Penn and Madonna not that good. He told Woman magazine that he considered himself lucky to have broken even financially on the project. “We got the wrong script, the wrong director and the wrong stars” calling the Penn’s “pretty bad.”


Television news – November 15, 1987

This week on NBC-TV – Perry Mason – "The Case Of The Scandalous Scoundrel."

On Saturday Night Live – Candice Bergen hosts with music guest Cher.

Friday on Oprah Winfrey – Meet Kenny Rogers! On Phil Donahue, the subject is “”Not Tonight Dear” (The Yuppie Disease)


Tuesday night television listings/programming/TV guide – week of November 15, 1987

CBS – Houston Knights, Jake and the Fatman, the Law and Harry McGraw

NBC – Poor Little Rich Girl – The Barbara Hutton story, Tonight Show

ABC – Who’s The Boss? – Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Thirty Something, Nightline

PBS – Nova, The Ring of Truth


On the Tonight Show – Jay Leno and George Miller join Johnny Carson


Top Rock Album Music Tracks – November 15, 1987

Cherry Bomb – John Cougar Mellencamp

Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen

Got My Mind set On You – George Harrison

One Slip – Pink Floyd

Showdown At Big Sky – Robbie Robertson

Time Stand Still – Rush

Farm on the Freeway – Jethro Tull

Love Will Find A Way – Yes

I Don’t Mind At Al – Bourgeois Tagg

Farm on the Freeway – Jethro Tull

Rhythm of Love – Yes

Crazy – Icehouse

Rain in the Summertime – The Alarm


Top Hit Music Singles in Britain – November 15, 1987

China In Your Had – T-Pau

Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

Barcelona – Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe

Got My Mind Set On You –George Harrison

You Win Again – Bee Gees

Whenever You Need Somebody – Rick Astley

Faith – George Michael

Never Can Say Goodbye – the Communards

Love in the First degree – Bananarama

Top Black Music Singles – November 15, 1987

Angel – Angela Windbush

Don’t go – Marlon Jackson

 I Wonder Who She’s Seeking Now – the Temptations

Skeletons – Stevie Wonder

You and Me Tonight – Deja

Baby Tell Me Can You Dance – Shanice Wilson


Top Country Music Hit Singles – November 15, 1987

I Won’t Need You Anymore – Randy Travis

Somebody Lied – Ricky van Shelton

Lynda – Steve Wariner

The Last One To Know – Reba McEntire

Only When I Love – Holly Dunn

She Couldn’t Love Me Anymore – T. Graham Brown

Do Ya – K.T. Oslin

If There’s Any Justice – Lee Greewood

One For The Money – T.G. Shepard 


Top pop hit music singles – November 15, 1987

Heaven’s A Place On earth – Belinda Carlisle

Mony Mony – Billy Idol

I’ve Had The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Breakout – Swing Out Sister

Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen

I’ve Been in Love Before – Cutting Crews

Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

We’ll Be Together – Sting

Faith – George Michael

Should’ve Know Better – Richard Marx

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

The One I Love – R.E.M.

I Won’t Forget You – Poison

Shake Your Love – Debbie Gibson

It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys

Is This Love – Whitesnake

Don’t You Want Me – Jody Watley

Hourglass - Squeeze


Top Music Albums – November 15, 1987

Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen

Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack

Whitesnake – Whitesnake

A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd

The Lonesome Jubilee – John Cougar Mellencamp

Nothing Like the Sun – Sting

The Joshua Tree – U2

Whitney – Whitney Houston

Permanent Vacation- Aerosmith

Vital Idol – Billy Idol

Tango in the Night – Fleetwood Mac

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Bad – Michael Jackson

Document – R.E.M.

Big Generator – Yes

Bad Animals – Heart

Tiffany - Tiffany


Top movies  - November 15, 1987

The Running Man


Hello Again

Fatal Attraction

Baby Boom, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

Cross My Heart

Like Father Like Son

Baby Boom

Hiding Out

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