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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 1, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

Unemployment slips to 5.8% - the lowest since 1979.

The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee sends Robert H. Bork’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor with a recommendation that he be rejected.

The Dow loses 91 points – the biggest loss ever in a day (so far). It was due to jitters in the bond market. 

The House votes to establish the Jimmy Carter National Historic site and Preservation district in Plains, GA – his home.

Dr. W. Eugene Mayberry and Woodrow Myers Jr. – the two top members of President Reagan’s controversial AIDS commission, quit after complaining about internal turmoil and lack of Reagan Administration support.

U.S. military helicopters sink three Iranian patrol boats in the northern Persian Gulf after they fired on an unarmed U.S. navy observation helicopter.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell and his board of directors resign from the beleaguered PTL. He was asked to assume control of PTL by founder James Bakker, who announced that he had sex with a church secretary, Jessica Hahn in 1980 and arranged to pay her money to keep the encounter quiet. Amid later disclosures of lavish salaries and bonuses given he and his wife, Tammy Faye Bakker, the Assemblies of God removed Bakker’s ministerial credentials in May for misconduct, including alleged bisexual activities. Falwell believes Bakker will soon return.

Robert H. Bork refuses to abandon his hopeless campaign to win approval in the Senate – saying, “I harbor no illusions” about his chances of being confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Former Ms. American Bess Myerson is indicted on federal conspiracy and mail fraud charges for allegedly giving a city job to the daughter of a judge to influence her companion’s divorce case.

Vice President George Bush apologizes for a remark suggesting that the expertise of Soviet military tank mechanics would be welcomed by U.S. automakers in Detroit. “I wish I’d never said it.” Bush said his comment, made in off-the-cuff remakes to reporters was meant to be humorous “but it’s not coming out right… so, hey, give me a break. I didn’t mean anything by it.” 

 

Business news – October 1, 1987

Hertz – the nation’s largest car rental firm will be sold to a group that includes Hertz management and Ford Motor Co. Price is $1.3 billion.

Passing – Clare Boothe Luce – author, playwright, former congresswoman and ambassador. She was 84. Widow of Henry R. Luce, founder of the Time-Life publishing empire.

 

Radio news – October 1, 1987

Transtar’s new format – “Niche 29” – signs-on with perhaps their biggest affiliate – KUTE-FM Los Angeles. Paraquat Kelly and Cynthia Fox do mornings – then the station is connected to the format which is satellite delivered. 

Talk radio – Sally Jessy Raphael moves to the ABC radio from NBC.  ABC says she and the new “Tom Snyder Show” will build the new network. Catch them both evenings. NBC Talknet personality Neal Meyers moves into Raphael’s 10pm-1am slot.       

 

Sports news – October 1, 1987

Davey Johnson of the New York Mets and Dick Williams of the Seattle Mariners say they will give up their jobs after the 1988 season.

 

Top TV shows/ratings/Nielsen – October 1, 1987

Cosby Show – 29.8

A Different World – 28.2

Growing Pains – 26.5

Cheers – 26.1

Moonlighting – 25.9

Golden Girls – 24.4

Who’s the Boss? – 24.0

Johnny Carson Anniversary – 23.8

 Murder, She Wrote – 22.8

Family Ties – 20.9

60 Minutes – 20.7

ALF – 20.3

Movie-Assault and Matrimony – 20.2

Amen – 18.7

My Two Dads – 18.6

Valerie’s family – 18.6

Movie-Case of the Murdered Madam – 18.1

227 – 17.6

Movie -Mistress – 17.5

Hooperman – 17.5

Dolly – 17.3

Head of the Class – 17.1

Hunter – 17.0

Dallas – 17.0

Thirtysomething – 16.7

Perfect strangers – 16.3

Miami Vice – 15.9

 

Sunday night television listings programming/TV guide – week of October 1, 1987

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Our House, Family Ties, My Two Dads, Movie

ABC – Movie, Spenser: For Hire, Dolly, Buck James

Fox – 21 Jump Street, Married With Children, Married With Children, Tracey Ullman, Mr. President

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theatre, All The World’s A Stage

A&E – Evening at the Improv, Buffalo Bill, Ray Charles

 

Married With Children – Al shoots Steve’s watchdog.

NBC Movie – Perry mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam.” With Raymond Burr and Ann Jillian.

 

Music news – October 1, 1987

Michael Jackson postpones the last three concerts of his month long tour of Japan due to a cold.

Released this week – “Tunnel of Love” from Bruce Springsteen. It’s his first album of new material since 1984’s “Born in the U.S.A.”

MTV’s “Club MTV” goes into a new season next month. The dance music show is taped at New York’s Palladium.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – the Pet Shop Boys say they will not tour in support of their latest album “Actually.” They decided the venture would be far too expensive, because of the lavish production planned. Sales of their first album – “Please” which featured their huge hit “West End Girls” took the group by surprise. One of the new album’s highlights is “What Have I Done To Deserve This” with guest singer Dusty Springfield.

 

Top music albums  – October 1, 1987

Bad – Michael Jackson

Whitesnake – Whitesnake

La Bamba – Soundtrack

Whitney – Whitney Houston

A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd

The Lonesome Jubilee – John Cougar Mellencamp

Hysteria – Def Leppard

 The Joshua Tree – U22

Bad Animals – Heart

Bigger and Deffer – LL Cool J

In the Dark – Grateful Dead

Crushin’ – The Fat Boys

The Final Countdown – Europe

Duotones – Kenny G.

Who’s that Girl – Soundtrack/Madonna

Spanish Fly – Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam

Document – R.E.M.

Hold You Fire – Rush

Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue

Lost Boys – Soundtrack

Door to Door – The Cars

Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi

Rapture – Anita Baker

Once Bitten – Great White

Coming Around Again – Carly Simon

Richard Marx – Richard Marx

 

Top pop hit music singles – October 1, 1987

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Carrie – Europe

Lost In Emotion – Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam

U Got The Look – Prince

I Heard A Rumour – Bananarama

Who Will You Run To – Heart

Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston

Bad – Michael Jackson

Paper In Fire – John Cougar Mellencamp

Casanova – Levert

Jump Start – Natalie Cole

 Let Me Be The One – Expose

Causing A Commotion – Madonna

One Heartbeat – Smokey Robinson

Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

Mony Mony – Billy Idol

You Are The Girl – The Cars

Breakout – Swing Out Sister

It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys

In My Dreams – REO Speedwagon

When Smokey Sings – ABC

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 1, 1987

The Way We Make A Broken Heart – Roseanne Cash

I Want To Know You Before We Make Love – Conway Twitty

Fishin’ In the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Right From The Start – Earl Thomas Conley

 Love Me Like You Used To – Tanya Tucker

Shine, Shine, Shine – Eddy Raven

Crazy Over You – Foster and Lloyd

Little Ways – Dwight Yoakam

Am I Blue – George Straight

 

Top Videocassette  movie rentals – October 1, 1987

Crocodile Dundee

An American Tail

Black Widow

The Bedroom Window

From The Hip

Mannequin

The Mission

Light of Day

 

Top Movies - October 1, 1987

Dirty Dancing

The Principal

Dancers – Mikhail Baryshnikov

Stacking – Megan Follows, Frederic Forrest

Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll – Chuck Berry

Near Dark – Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright

 Man On Fire – Brooke Adams, Danny Aiello, Joe Pesci

Surrender – Michael Caine, Sally Field, Steve Guttenberg

Someone To Watch Over Me – Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco

Like Father Like Son

Fatal Attraction

In The Mood

Stakeout

Baby Boom – Diane Keaton

Best Seller – James Woods

Near Dare

The Princess Bride – Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Andre the Giant

Three O’Clock High – Casey Siemaszko, Anne Ryan, Richard Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor

 
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