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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 25, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In a videotaped message, hostage Terry A. Anderson (40) - an American journalist says he is well and pleads with the government to do what it can to free him. Anderson was kidnapped by Muslim extremists in West Beirut on March 16, 1985. He is the longest-held hostage in Lebanon. “Mr. President, I say again this cannot continue. This is my third Christmas as a hostage. Others have been held nearly has long. Surely it’s enough? It has to be. Our condition is not great. There’s a limit for how long we can last and some of us are approaching their limit very rapidly.” In addition to Anderson, there are seven other Americans and at least 12 other foreigners known to be held captive. Anderson was on assignment for the Associated Press when he was captured.  

In Arkansas - suspect R. Gene Simmons (47) is ordered held without bond and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation in one of the worst killing sprees this decade. 16 bodies have been found in an Ozark Mountain killing spree - including 14 from one family.

The Commerce Department says the barometer of economic trends took a plunge in November - falling 1.7% - a drop a little bigger then expected. Most of it was due to the stock market crash at the end of the month - and it’s the largest plunge in six years. 

 Federal agents issue a nationwide alert for Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme (39), who was discovered missing from her room at the Alderson Federal Prison for Woman in West Virginia. Fromme is serving a life term for attempting to assassinate President Ford in 1975. She is described as a follower of convicted murderer Charles Mason.

Later on this week - Lynette Fromme is recaptured in a remote area two miles south of the prison. She offered no resistance.

Mikhail Gorbachev is named Time magazine’s 61st man of the year. “A symbol of hope for a new kind of Soviet Union.”

In Washington - a woman missing for seven days is found at the Lord & Taylor’s store in which she was dropped off. Brigitte Pierre (71) was found in a little -used stairway and told her rescuers she was waiting for her husband. Her husband says she was becoming very forgetful and that recently, she was found to be suffering from shrinkage of the brain. She’s being treated for dehydration. 


Best-selling books – December 25, 1987

 “The Tommyknockers” - Stephen King, “Kaleidoscope” - Danielle Steele, “The Bonfire of the Vanities” - Tom Wolfe, “Time Flies” - Bill Cosby, “Family” - Erma Bombeck, “Trump: The Art of the Deal” - Donald Trump, “Perestroika” - Mikhail Gorbachev.


Television news – December 25, 1987

Marries - Former “Starsky and Hutch” costar David Soul to actress Julia Nickson. She appeared in “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” It’s his fourth marriage.

TV mogul Merv Griffin purchases the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Bevery Hills for $100.2 million. Hilton Hotels will continue to manage the 592-room facility under a long-term contract with Griffin. 


Top television shows/Nielsen Ratings – December 25, 1987

NFL Football (Sunday-NBC) (28.3), The Golden Girls (25.4), Murder, She wrote (25.2), Rose Bowl Football-NBC (22.5), 60 Minutes (22.0), Once Upon A Texas Train (21.2), Orange Bowl Football (20.8), The Cosby Show (19.8), Amen (19.60, My Two Dads (19.5), Family Ties (19.4), 227 (18.8), Growing Pains (18.5), Who’s The Boss? (18.4), Movie-An Officer and a Gentlemen (18.3), A Different World (17.50, Scared Sexless (17.5), Matlock (17.50, Unsolved Mysteries (17.5), Movie-Roman Holiday (17.0), Valerie’s Family (16.9), Facts of Live (16.40, Hunter (16.4), ALF (16.4), Head of the Class (16.3), Cheers (15.9), JJ Starbuck (15.9), Perfect Strangers (15.4).  

December 31, 1987  Thursday Night TV listings/TV guide (New Years Eve) - CBS - Bugs Bunny’s Mad World of Television, The Romance Of Betty Boop? Movie ... NBC - The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Night Court, King Orange Jamboree Parade ... ABC - Sledge Hammer! Movie ... PBS - Live From Lincoln Center, Happy New Year U.S.A

Live From Lincoln Center - New Year’s Eve celebration w/ the New York Philharmonic.

King Orange Jamboree Parade - Leslie Uggams and Joe Garagiola host from the festivities in Miami.

Later on - CBS - “Happy New Year, America” - hosted by Gladys Knight and the Pips from The Waldorf Astoria.

Later on - ABC - “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve ‘88” - John Stamos and Heather Locklear join Dick. Performances by Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Los Lobos, Barry Manilow, Restless Heart, The Temptations and Jody Whatley.


Music news – December 25, 1987


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 25, 1987

Pop charts - “Faith” - George Michael, “Is This Love” - Whitesnake, “Shake Your Love” - Debbie Gibson, “Don’t You Want Me” - Jody Whatley, “Catch Me (I’m Falling)” - Pretty Poison, “Should’ve Known Better” - Richard Marx,  “Valerie” - Steve Winwood, “So Emotional” - Whitney Houston, “Cherry Bomb” - John Cougar Mellencamp, “Got My Mind Set On You” - George Harrison, “Animal” - Def Leppard


Top Country hit music singles – December 25, 1987

Top Country - “Do Ya’ - K.T. Oslin, “Somewhere Tonight” - Highway 101, “I Can’t Get Close Enough” - Exile. 


Billboard Magazine top pop hit music singles for 1987:

“Walk Like an Egyptian” - The Bangles 

“Alone” - Heart

“Shake You Down’ - Gregory Abbott

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” - Whitney Houston

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” - Starship

 “C’est La Vie” - Robbie Nevil

“Here I Go Again” - Whitesnake

“The Way It Is’ - Bruce Hornsby And The Range

“Shakedown” - Bob Seger

“Livin’ On A Prayer” - Bon Jovi


Billboard top albums for 1987:

“Slippery When Wet’ - Bon Jovi

“Graceland” - Paul Simon

“Licensed To Ill” - Beastie Boys

“The Way It Is’ - Bruce Hornsby And The Range

“Control” - Janet Jackson

“The Joshua Tree” - U2

“Fore!” - Huey Lewis and the News

“”Night Songs” - Cinderella

“Rapture’ - Anita Baker

“Invisible Touch” - Genesis.


Billboard top country albums for 1987:

“Storms Of Life’ - Randy Travis

“Ocean Front Property’ - George Straight

“Wheels’ - Restless Heart

“The Touch” - Alabama

“Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc” - Dwight Yoakam


Billboard top country singles for 1987:

“Give Me Wings” - Michael Johnson

“Half Past Forever” - T.G Shepard

“What Am I Gonna Do About You” - Reba McEntire

“Fishin In the Dark” - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

“The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder’ - Michael Johnson.


Billboard top black singles for 1987:

“Stop To Love” - Luther Vandross

“Always’ - Atlantic Starr

“As We Lay” - Shirley Murdock

“Victory” - Kook and the Gang

“Control” - Janet Jackson.


Billboard top Black/R&B albums for 1987:

“Just Like The First Time” - Freddie Jackson

“Give Me The Reason” - Luther Vandross

“Rapture’ - Anita Baker

“Word Up” - Cameo

“Control” - Janet Jackson


Billboard top dance singles for 1987:

“Only In My Dreams’ - Debbie Gibson

“Brand New Love’ - Dead or Alive

“Fascinated” - Company B

“Come Go With Me’ - Expose

“Someone Like You” - Sylvester


Top movies – December 25, 1987

“Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night” - featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Lana Beeson, Tom Bosley, Linda Gary, Scott Grimes, Jonathan Harris, James Earl Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Don Knotts, Frank Welker, William Windom.

 “Three Men And A Baby” - Tom Selleck, Steve Gunnenberg, Ten Danson

“Raw” - Eddie Murphy, Richard Tienken

“Throw Mamma From The Train” - Danny DiVito, Billy Crystal

“Broadcast News” - William Hurt, “Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter

“Wall Street” - Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen

“Good Morning Vietnam” - Robin Williams

“Plains, Trains and Automobiles” - Steve Martin, John Candy

“Overboard” - Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

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