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


In The News

The Soviet Union has given the United States missile information required to close an arms control treaty, so says a high-ranking U.S official. 

More than 200,000 American Jews and supporters gather on the Mall in Washington and demanded that the Soviet Union end suppression of religious freedom and allow the emigration of an estimated 400,000 Jewish refuseniks.

Next day – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Washington for a third summit with President Reagan as the American side talked cautiously of the outcome and the Soviets raised  “great expectations.”

One engine fell off a twin-engine USAir Boeing 737 five minutes after take-off on a flight to Boston, forcing the plane to return to Philadelphia International Airport. No one was injured and the plane landed fine.

Converse Inc files suit to prevent Magic Johnson of the Lakers from jumping to a competitor.  The company says Johnson’s contract has several more years.

A new book, “Behind the Scenes,” by former White House aide Michael K. Deaver, portrays Nancy Reagan as a powerful force in the White House who prods President Reagan into moderating his right-wing views. In one instance Deaver writes – “She lobbied the President to soften his line on the Soviet Union to reduce military spending and not push “Star Wars” at the expense of the poor and dispossessed.”

Chicago - Eugene Sawyer, a black alderman with ties to the old guard Chicago Democratic machine, is elected by the City Council to succeed the late Mayor Harold Washington.

Due to violence - The State Department says it is withdrawing all U.S. employees regarded as non-essential from the American Embassy in Haiti as well as all dependents of U.S. personnel.

The dollar plunges to record lows against the Japanese yen and West German mark.

The nation’s unemployment rate returned to a decade-low 5.9% in November.

Passing – Novelist James Baldwin (63).


Fascinating Facts – Spuds McKenzie – December 1, 1987

The Ohio Department of Liquor Control orders Anheuser-Busch to halt shipments of Bud Light because it depicts Spuds MacKenzie wearing a Santa Clause suit. Spuds, an English terrier, appears wearing a Santa-like jacket and cap with a bag full of beer. Advertising rules for liquor in Ohio prohibit anything Santa Clause. 


Entertainment news – December 1, 1987

Joan Rivers says an article about her and her late husband is a pack of evil, vicious sick lies and she plans to sue Gentlemen’s Quarterly for it.


Music news – December 1, 1987

Eddie Van Halen is fined $644 and ordered to fun a $3,5000 Mothers Against Drunk Driving scholarship after he plead no contest to drunken driving in Los Angeles.

Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn joins the staff of “Fan Club,” the newly syndicated video magazine hosted by Olympian Mitch Gaylord. She left MTV back in January.

Frank Sinatra cancels a sold-out concert in Rutherford, NJ with Liza Minnelli just before it was to begin because the sheet music he planned to use was lost in transit. 

Teen artists are back on the pop charts with the likes of Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Shanice Wilson, Glen Madeiros and Charlie Sexton.


Television news – December 1, 1987

On “Saturday Night Live” – Danny DeVito hosts with musical guest Bryan Ferry.


Tuesday night television listings/programming/TV guide – December 1, 1987

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

NBC – Matlock, America’s Future: A Presidential Debate, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Moonlighting, ThirtySomething, Nightline

Fox – The Late Show

PBS – Nova

HBO – Comic Relief ’87 Highlights


Presidential debate – Tom Brokaw moderates the first debate of the 1988 political season. 12 Republican and Democratic candidates will debate.

On the Tonight Show – Guest host Jay Leno with Patrick Swayze, Tracey Ullman and Sheila E. 


Top movies – December 1, 1987

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Baby Boom

The Trouble With Spies

Fatal Attraction

Flowers in the Attic

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