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



In The News

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev accuses Josef Stalin of “enormous and unforgivable” crimes and announces formation of a commission to resume the rehabilitation of Stalin’s victims.

A U.S. Navy frigate mistook an unarmed Emirates fishing skiff for an Iranian gunboat when it fired on the vessel, killing an Indian crewmember.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega agrees to indirect negations with U.S.-backed Nicaraguan rebels to end six years of war.

The New York Times reports that Maj. Roger Miranda Bengoechea, a Nicaraguan military officer believed to have access to highly sensitive information, has defected to the United States.

Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger officially submits his resignation to President Reagan and issues a farewell warning that adequate funding for a strong national defense cannot take a back seat to reduction of the federal budget deficit.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell says he is resigning as president of the Moral Majority and will no longer play an active role in stumping for political candidates or lobbying for causes of the religious right.

Barbie Has A New Competitor – November 1,1987:

Hasbro is pulling its Barbie competitor doll – “Jem.” Hasbro introduced the doll in 1986 and her rock band, the Holograms to compete with Mattel’s Barbie. About the same time, Mattel, created a rock band for Barbie that resulted in a record-breaking Barbie sales last year. 


Technology news – November 1, 1987

 At the Comdex show in Las Vegas, IBM announces it had gone over the 1 million in its PS/2 sales. IBM and Microsoft are jointly developing Operating System/2 which will increase the amount of memory a program can address by a factor of 25. Indications are there is a growing acceptance of PC’s based on Intel’s top 80386 microprocessor as the office standard. The big buzz at the show was Lotus Agenda - a product, says the company, “that will help people manage textual data more intelligently.”


Music news – November 1, 1987

The Cars’ Rick Ocasek blasts groups that allow their songs to be made into TV jingles. ZZ Top just sold the rights to their hit, “Legs” for use in L’Eggs Pantyhose commercials.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – November 1, 1987

Warner Bros. files a $10 million lawsuit against Rodney Dangerfield claiming the comedian breached a contract to reprise the obnoxious character Al Czervit in a sequel to “Caddyshack,” the popular 1981 comedy.

“Dynasty” star Joan Collins wins another round in her divorce battle with ex-husband Peter Holm as a judge threw out his unusual request for reconsideration of $80,000 a month in support payments.


Television news – November 1, 1987

New in syndication – “The D.C. Follies” with Fred Williard and a series of puppets. The show was inspired by the popular British TV series “Spitting Image.”

ABC is planning a TV movie about Donna Rice and former presidential hopeful Gary Hart.

On the Phil Donahue Show this week – “Shirley MacLaine – Reborn Again?”

On the Oprah Winfrey Show this week – “Wives of criminals! How much do they know about the crimes… and why do they stand by their man? Is it…

Seen on PBS – The Old “Dark Shadows” soap opera.


Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of November 1, 1987

CBS – Echoes in the Darkness

NBC – ALF, Valerie’s Family, Movie

ABC – Monday Night Football, MacGyver

PBS – The First Eden

A&E – Lovejoy

TV News - The Fashion Channel – America’s New Shopping Style


Top movies – November 1, 1987

Fatal Attraction

Baby Boom


Fatal Beauty

Prince of Darkness

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