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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 22, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Chicago mayor Harold Washington, that city’s first black mayor, dies after suffering a major heart attack in his city hall office. He was 65. Mayor Washington was re-elected as mayor of Chicago and would have served a second term.

Miami’s Cuban-born mayor – Xavier Suarez, offers to take the place of hostages in the federal penitentiary in Atlanta while negotiators for rebellious Cuban inmates at the federal detention center in Louisiana returned to the table amid reports of an imminent end to a weeklong siege there.

Cuban detainees who controlled the Federal Detention Center at Oakdale, Louisiana for eight days – surrender and released all 26 hostages.

President Reagan tells an audience of conservatives that although his arms control negotiators are making progress toward reducing arsenals of strategic nuclear missiles, “we must never be afraid to walk away from a bad deal.” “On that point, there is no negotiation,” said the President.

President Reagan urges members of Congress to movie quickly on “the vital talks” of implementing the $75-billion budget-cutting deal he struck a week ago with their leaders. The President noted that on Nov. 20 he and congressional leaders had reached agreement on a two-year program of budget deficit cuts totaling $75 billion.

The U.S. economy expanded at a robust annual rate of 4.1% last summer, better than previously thought.


 Technology news – November 22, 1987

Frank Zappa gets credit for issuing the first commercial 3-inch compact disc – “Peaches in Regalia.” You’ll need a special adapter for your CD player. “Peaches” comes from Zappa’s 1970 “Hot Rats” album. The disc contains two other songs and should sell for around $4.95.   


Music news – November 22, 1987

Don’t miss Paul Simon’s Dec. 13 Madison Square Garden concert to benefit New York’s homeless children. Appearing- Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, James Taylor, Dion, Laurie Anderson and the Paul Schaffer band.

New on USA’s “Night Flight” show – SNUB. It’s hosted by Brenda Kelly. But most of the bands that appear on SNUB can’t be seen anywhere else. SNUB features bands MTV will not play.

 Madonna slaps her hot-tempered husband, actor Sean Penn with divorce papers following tow stormy years of marriage. The New York Daily News quoted the singer as saying she and Penn were “just not communicating anymore.” She was reportedly angered by Penn because he went four days without talking to her and then turned up at their New York home expecting to spend Thanksgiving with her.  Madonna told him he wasn’t having Thanksgiving dinner there.

This Saturday on Showtime – “Island Records: The All-Star Story” with Stevie Winwood, Robert Palmer and U2. 


Television news – November 22, 1987

CBS’ “The Morning Program” ends and in comes “CBS This Morning” with Kathleen Sullivan and Harry Smith.

NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage with Willard Scott and Mary Heart.

CBS features a three-hour “All-American Thanksgiving day parade featuring four different parades. Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy host.


Thursday night television (Thanksgiving) listings/TV guide – November 1987

CBS – Bugs Bunny Thanksgiving Diet, Daffy Duck’s Thanks-For-Giving, Movie

NBC –Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Mama’s Boy, This Is Your Life, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Sledge Hammer, The Charmings, Movie, Nightline

PBS – Mystery

HBO – Inside the NFL


CBS Movie – “Gandhi” Part 2 (1982) with Ben Kinglsey, Candice Bergen

Inside the NFL – With hosts Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti.  

On theTonight show – Guests actor Lane Smith, comedian Louie Anderson and singer Jack Jones.


Top movies – November 22, 1987


Cry Freedom

Fatal Attraction

The Running Man

Flowers in the Attic

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

Plains, Trains and Automobiles

Date with An Angel

Teen Wolf Too

Can’t Buy Me Love

Three Men and a Baby

Fatal Beauty

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