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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 8, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Defiant - Robert H. Bork refuses to abandon his hopeless campaign to win approval in the Senate for a seat on the Supreme Court.

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

More than 200,000 gays, lesbians and their political supporters march on the White House to demand increased funding for AIDS research and federal anti-discrimination legislation.  

Vice President George Bush, saying America needs strong and stable leadership instead of “radical new directions,” declares his candidacy for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination. “For seven years now, I have been with a President and I have seen what crosses that big desk. And who should sit at that desk? I am that man.”

President Reagan complains bitterly that the battle used to cripple the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court was ‘an ugly spectacle marred by distortions and innuendoes and casting aside the normal rules of decency and honesty.”

Racing the clock - 18-month-old Jessica McClure gets trapped some 22 feet down an abandoned backyard well in Midland, Texas as exhausted rescuers drill to within inches of her after pounding their way through solid rock with jackhammers.

Labor Secretary William E. Brock announces his resignation to head Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign.

President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica wins the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for developing and promoting a peace plan to end the guerrilla wars in Central America.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell and his board of directors resign from the beleaguered PTL empire. Falwell cited Jim Bakker’s leadership of PTL as “the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years.” He believes the Bakkers will return soon.

Tass reports that a Soviet space capsule carrying a monkey returned to Earth as scheduled but missed its designated landing place by thousands of miles.

Former Miss America Bess Myerson, her millionaire convict boyfriend and the divorce court judge they are accused of illegally influencing all pleaded innocent to federal conspiracy, mail fraud and bribe-related charges. 

John Zaccaro, husband of 1984 democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro is acquitted of shaking down a cable television company for the Queens cable franchise.

Democratic presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson apologizes to Mayor Edward Koch for saying uncomplimentary things about New York City in a television interview. On a taping of “60 Minutes,” Jackson was asked if he had ever lived in New York. “No, wouldn’t eve try it,” said Jackson. Why? “Because people steal. There’s no sense of neighborhood, consciousness and stuff.”

In Chicago – A blast of exhaust from a DC-9 jet blows down a temporary wooden wall, shatters a window and bowls over two travelers inside a Midway Airport terminal. Airport officials say one man was trapped briefly under the collapses wall and another who had been using a telephone attached to the wall was pushed across a corridor into a nearby waiting room. Neither was reported injured.


Sports news – October 8, 1987

The Baltimore Orioles name Frank Robinson as their next general manager.

John McEnroe defeats Paul Annacone to win the AT&T Challenge at Atlanta.

Another week lost as the NFL players continue to strike. 


 Music news – October 8, 1987

Hazel Jackson, wife of Jermaine Jackson, files for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. She’s the daughter of Motown king Berry Gordy.

This week - The 21st Annual Country Music Association Awards on CBS-TV. Kenny Rogers hosts with T Graham Brown, Rosanne Cash, Holly Dunn, Emmylou Harris, The Judds, Barbara mandrell, Kathy Matea, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap,Anne Murray, The Oak Ridge Boys, The O’Kanes, Charley Pride, Restless Heart, Dan Seals, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, George Strait, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam and more!

Apparently, The Who will try a comeback next year, so reports the London Daily Express, because, some of the members need the money.

Fans of the Fat Boys threw rocks and bottles at police and beat up a concert promoter as he tried to leave in his 1985 Mercedes with the receipts after canceling a performance by the rap group in Bakersfield, CA. The cream-colored car was crushed and overturned. Looters pulled money and stereo equipment from the car while several concertgoers beat the promoter – Marvin Adams of Hollywood. It was unknown why the concert at kern County fairgrounds was canceled, but it took 90 minutes after it was supposed to begin, to make the announcement.  

New music show on CBS-TV – “Top of the Pops” – an adaption of the successful British music series, debuted on Sept 25. Appearing so far, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Mr. Mister, Loverboy and Los Lobos. Look for Sting, Belinda Carlisle and Santana this and next week. The music acts perform live on the program.


Television news – October 8, 1987

 ABC says it will air its final “Max Headroom” this week. The series aired for six episodes last season and was picked-up for fall, but not for long. 

USA Today reports Ted Turner is beginning another cable channel – TNT – in March.

On HBO Saturday night – the 11th Annual Young Comedians show as John Larroquette introduces new comics.

CBS debuts “Popeye and Son” on Saturday mornings. Well blow me down!


Wednesday night television listings programming/TV guide – October 8, 1987   

CBS – The Oldest Rookie, Head of the Class, Magnum, P.I., the Equalizer

NBC – Highway to Heaven, A Year in the Life, Bronx Zoo, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Hooper, Dynasty, Late night – Capital to Capital (Special) replaces “Nightline.”

PBS – Live from Lincoln Center

ESPN – Scholastic Sports America, Sports Karate

MTV  - Closet Classics Capsule


Slap Maxwell – Slap suffers from a lack of confidence in this episode. 

HBO – Movie – “Out of Africa” – Meryl Streep.

Late Night With David Lettermen – Elayne Boosler and animal handler Jack Hanna.


Top movies – October 8, 1987

Fatal Attraction

The Princess Bride


Dirty Dancing

Someone to watch Over Me


Man on Fire

Baby Boom

In the Mod

The Big Town

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