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"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" - Wang Chung

bon jovi music news january 1986 history facts timeline mrpopcultureJanuary Columbia Pictures contends Arista Records no longer has the rights to market Monkee music. Columbia says it’s upset that Arista has released a new album that apes the Monkees previous performances but contains only two of the original Monkees… The Cure’s “Killing An Arab” is raising controversy – particularly by the Washington based American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee… They’re hot! Almost from know where, Bon Jovi’s “Slippery “When Wet” moves ahead of Bruce Springsteen’s live, five-record set and is #1 on the album charts… The Beastie Boys - a rap group with rock overtones, are getting hot airplay on MTV with their surprise hit “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To party!... Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie are the big winners at the American Music Awards…

"Open Your Heart" - Madonna 

paul simon 1987 grammy music news facts  mrpopcultureFebruary - The group “Quiet Riot” says it has fired lead singer Kevin DuBrow - who founded the band…The Beatles are finally coming out on compact disc!, re-introducing some 14 Beatles albums to the world via for format…  February Radio news - 94.7 “The Wave” - a new radio format being tried in Los Angeles is defining its position. It‟s positioning statement is “Music For A New Age”… 29th Grammy Awards - Best record - “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood…

At the 29th Annual Grammy Awards – Some Winners

Best record – “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood

Best song – “That’s What Friends Are for” - Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager

Best album – “Graceland” - Paul Simon

 "Livin' On A Prayer" - Bon Jovi

March - David Bowie and Tina Turner will appear in new Pepsi commercials.

David Bowie/Tina Turner Pepsi Ad

More March - David Bowie will soon begin his “Glass Spider Tour” of which Pepsi is a sponsor… David Bowie’s “Glass Spider” tour…  Boy George, who has one conviction for heroin possession, pleads guilty to possessing marijuana….  Radio - After a year in Philadelphia and WTRK, Ross Britain is returning to the Morning Zoo at Z-100 with Scott Shannon…

59th annual Academy Awards - Some Winners:

Best Picture - "Platoon"

Best Actor - Paul Neman - "Color Of Money"

Best Actress - Marlee Martin - "Children of a Lesser God" 

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship

bono 1987 music facts  history  mrpopculture photoApril - More than 3,000 people crowded St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a memorial mass for Andy Warhol, who died Feb. 22 of heart failure at age 58…. Elton John and his wife, Rennie separate… U2 lead singer Bono requires stitches in his chin after taking a fall during a rehearsal on Phoenix… Fox debuts “Married With Children” and The “Tracy Ullman Show”…The RIAA reports that 1986 was the U.S. recording industry’s biggest year in revenue - with more than $4.6 billion in sales and a lot of it had to do with the more expensive compact discs… May - CNN’s continuing coverage of the Iran-Contra hearings has paid off in a ratings boost of 229% over the channel’s normal audience… Bonafide fourth network - Fox Broadcasting will join the other three networks in Nielson’s national ratings beginning July 11… Elizabeth Taylor teams up with Japanese businessman Ryoochi Sasakawa in an alliance to bring her anti-AIDS crusade to that country…

"Looking For A New Love" - Jody Watley

madonna news may 1987 facts history music timelineMay - Madonna update - She’s set to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan next month and will star in the upcoming “Who’s That Girl” due out in July… Joan Rivers is forced out of her 7-month-old “Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” on Fox. Carole Bayer Sager will be the first guest host under Fox’s new revolving host format for the program… The cast has been picked for a Star Trek revival TV series. The new captain of the Enterprise will be played by Patrick Stewart - a Shakespearean-trained British actor… Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” becomes the fastest-selling megahit since Prince’s “Purple Rain” nearly three years ago. RIAA says the album has sold some 7 million copies in less than 8 months… Director John Landis is found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors killed on the “Twilight Zone” movie set…

"You Keep Me Hangin On" - Kim Wilde

brooke shields 1987 facts history celebrity news  mrpopcultureJune -  Brooke Shields graduates from Princeton University with honors… Michael Jackson drops out of The Jehovah’s Witnesses… Elton John says he’s going to take a year off of live performing to rest his voice… Three Saturday Night Live cast members are taking their acts on the road after the regular SNL TV season. Look for Dana Carvey (Church Lady), “Weekend Update” anchor Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon are assembling a national tour and it begins in July in St. Louis…. “Whitney” - Whitney Houston becomes the first female in pop history to debut an album at #1 on Billboard.

 

winfrey daytime talk ratings 1987 history timeline mrpopcultureMore June - Kenny G.’s “Songbird” is in the top-10, making it the highest-charting instrumental that didn’t originate in a movie or TV series so far this decadeBattle of the daytime talkers – New Oprah Winfrey had an average 10.7 rating compared with Phil Donahue at 7.9 … The last two original MTV VJ’s are leaving early this summer. Say goodbye to Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman… Actor Sean Penn (26) is sentenced to 60 days in jail for reckless driving and for punching an extra on the set of his latest movie…

tiffany shopping mall tour july 1987 music timeline facts mrpopcultureJuly -  Don’t miss teen singer Tiffany’s Shopping Mall tour ’87 at a mall near your! She was just at the mall in Paramus, NJ… Oprah Winfrey not only hosted the daytime Emmy’s this week, she won another daytime Emmy - her second. She got a kiss on the cheek from her talkshow competitor - Phil Donahue… Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” tour… Epic Records announces that Michael Jackson’s new album, “Bad” will be released August 31 and that the album’s first single, “I Just Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” will begin radio airplay July 22… Since being introduced this year on the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, Dog Spuds MacKenzie has become popular… on the new Fox network - a one-hou special premier of “The New Adventures of Beans Baxter”… Moscow - Billy Joel opens a six-concert tour of the Soviet Union with a raucous show before 20,000 Soviet rock fans…

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Lookin' For" - U2

guns n roses 1987 music facts history  mrpopculture photoAugust - Passing -  Clara (Where’s the Beef?) Peller - the feisty TV commercial star. She was 86… CBS Inc. sues WHTZ (Z-100) New York for repeated airings of Michael Jackson‟s “I Just Can‟t Stop Loving You” before its official August 1 release… Los Angeles band Guns ‘N Roses is starting to make waves with their first album - “Appetite For Destruction.” Signed to Geffen Records, the album is unique in that it has three album designs - one for CD‟s, Cassettes and Records… First Monkees single in 18 years is out - On Rhino Records it‟s called “Heart and Soul.” And they have a new album - “Pool It.” All of this is based on the new Monkee interest…  Passing - actor Lee Marvin (63) - of a heart attack in Tuscon... Martha Raye files a $10 million lawsuit against David letterman claiming he defamed her by joking on the air that she used condoms… Now in its 35th season, Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” makes the Guinness Book of World Records as TV’s longest-running program…Passing - Director and actor John Huston (81) of emphysema. Huston had just completed directing “The Dead” which should be released in November...

peter tosh shot and killed september 1987 music history reggae timeline mrpopcultureSeptember - Peter Gabriel‟s video for “Sledgehammer” smashes its way to record-setting nine prizes at the MTV Video music Awards. Best female video went to Madonna for “Papa Don‟t Preach”…Jamaica Regae singer Peter Tosh is shot and killed  at his Kingston residence… Rap may be here to stay if the summer is any indication. Rap saw three major summer tours - Together Forever with Run D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys; Def Jam with LL. Kool J., Whodini, Doug E Fresh, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy and Stetsasonic and Fresh Fest and the Wipeout Tour with the Fat Boys, Salt-N- Pepa, Heavy Dee & The Boys and 4 by Four…

"I'm Bad" - LL Cool J

Looks like, "A-Ha" is the big winner at the 4th MTV Video Music Awards: 8 awards including best video for, "Take On Me."

"Take On Me" - A-Ha 

Run D.M.C./Aerosmith At MTV Video Music Awards

"I Need Love" - LL Cool J

More September - Debuting on TV The New Monkees -  The four New Monkees are Larry Saltis, Jared Chandler, Dino Kovas and Marty Ross… Concert tour - Michael Jackson is in Japan and received a key to the city of Osaka. He brought his chimp friend, Bubbles with him…  Songwriter Tommy James has two of his 1960’s songs in the national top-10 - “I Think We’re Alone Now” by tiffany 1987 music news facts  mrpopculture imageTiffany and “Mony Mony” is a hit again - this time by Billy Idol…

"Didn't We Almost Have It All" - Whitney Houston

bruce springsteen tunnel of love october 1987 music facts timeline mrpopcultureOctober - Michael Jackson postpones the last three concerts of his month long tour of Japan due to a cold.   Released – “Tunnel of Love” from Bruce Springsteen. It’s his first album of new material since 1984’s “Born in the U.S.A”… WPLJ New York which had Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” ahead of its scheduled Oct. 5 release date, began playing tracks as world premieres on Sept. 21 and 22… MTV changing - MTV is now adding top dance music to their video rotations, despite committing itself last year to a rock only format. One of the reasons – there seems to be success with “Club MTV” which features these kinds of videos… The Bee Gees single “You Win Again” is bombing on the charts. It’s from “ESP,” their first album in six years. It’s doing even worse on the national charts…

"I Think We're Alone Now" - Tiffany

November - Hasbro is pulls  its Barbie competitor doll - “Jem.” Hasbro introduced the doll in 1986 and her rock band, the Holograms to compete with Mattel’s Barbie…

HBO‟s “Comic Relief 87” raised an estimated $2 million during the 4-hour10-minute benefit telethon. Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal emceed…

Robin Williams Comic Relief '87

More November - Madonna slaps  Sean Penn with divorce papers following two stormy years of marriage… Ending months of negotiations – Sony will purchase the CBS record division for $2 billion…Shipping now – Bon Jovi’s 44-minute “Slippery When Wet” video – just 19.95. Great stocking stuffer...

"Heaven Is A Place On Earth" - Belinda Carlisle

December - Dec. 7, MTV debuts “Remote Control.” MTV says “Remote Control” will be emceed by a young game-show fanatic who began his own program in the remodeled basement of his home at 72 Little Fox Lane…

MTV Remote Control Debuts

debbie gibson december 1987 music facts timeline mrpopcultureMore December -  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…  Fox debuts the “Wilton North report” which replaces its “Late Show”…

Seasons Greetings - Commercials Around Christmas 1987 

"Faith" - George Michael

The Year 1987 In News Headlines And Information

ronald reagan 1987 news facts history  mrpopcultureJanuary 1 – President Reagan emerges from prostate surgery in “excellent condition” telling “urological” jokes to his doctors… Fire rages through the San Juan’s Dupont Plaza luxury hotel packed with New Year’s vacationers. Officials believe 50 or more people have perished… President Reagan names Marlin Fitzwater to replace Larry Speakes as chief spokesman for the White House. He was press secretary to Vice President George Bush… The Supreme Court clears the way for banks to buy and sell stocks for customers in offices throughout the nation. . The ruling moves banks another step toward becoming all-purpose financial centers… The 100th Congress is here - Democrats control both the House and Senate! Here's ABC-TV News W/Peter Jennings - January 6, 1987:

January 8 - Weekly Radio - President Reagan tells the nation he fells “just fine” after Monday’s surgery and will soon be “suited up and back on the playing field” for a fourth-quarter defense of his program and the record 1988 budget he submitted to Congress...The House, feisty in its first legislative vote of the 100 th Congress, overwhelmingly approves a $20 billion clean water bill that President Reagan vetoed late last yard despite unanimous congressional support... Trouble with Israel and Palestinians... 

January 15 - Hu Yaobang, China’s #2 man, resigns as the head of the world’s largest Communist party after the party leadership announced he had confessed to “mistakes on major issues of political principles”… The Long Island Rail Road is shut down due to a strike with 11 unions, idling some 6,600 workers…

NBC News Digest

January 23 -  Mikhail Gorbachev calls for sweeping democratic changes in Soviet society – things such as giving voters a choice of candidates, allowing secret ballots and promoting non-Communist Party members to high-level job… President Reagan proposes a $1,024 trillion budget for fiscal 1988… President Reagan names Marlin Fitzwater to replace Larry Speakes as chief spokesman for the White House… The nation’s jobless rate fell to 6.7% in December (1986)…

1987 President Reagan State Of The Union

February 15 - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charges that the United States is out to “bust” the 1972 Anti-ballistic Missile treaty by planning early deployment of its strategic defense initiative… President Reagan says that political pundits are trying to bring down the curtain on his Administration “even before the show is over” but he is “saving the best stuff for the last act”… Wow – Ford beats General Motors for profit – the first time in 62 years! Thanks to a stringent cost-cutting program and booming sales of its new aerodynamic Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models, Ford said it earned a record $3.285 billion in 1986…

CBS Evening News W/Dan Rather

February 22 - The Tower Commission castigates President Reagan and some of his aides for the handling of selling arms to Iran. The commission, set by President Reagan  back in November, accused several of the President’s top aides of concealing 

fawn hall 1987 news facts history  mrpopculture photoevidence from investigators… Fawn Hall, former secretary to Oliver L. North has been granted immunity in the Iran-contra affair. She says she feels “nervous” but “famous” for her new role as a key figure in the Iran-contra scandal… Salerno, leader of the Genovese crime family and Colombo family Don Carmine (Junior) Persico were sentenced to 100 years in prison and fined $240,000… Mikhail Gorbachev calls for sweeping democratic changes in Soviet society - things such as giving voters a choice of candidates…  Ford beats General Motors for profit - the first time in 62 years!...

NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw

March 1 - President Reagan selects FBI director William Webster as the new director for the CIA…Regan Book - President Reagan “blows-up” and denounces reports as “despicable fiction” that his wife, Nancy, helped force Donald Regan from office. Regan was the White House Chief Of Staff...

President Speaks Out On Iran Contra Scandal

March 8 - Near Chicago - Two depressed young women kill themselves by filling a garage with auto exhaust. This follows the suicide death of four teens in New Jersey, who died the same way... Britain’s Prince Charles flies over the site of Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster, saying his country owes a debt of gratitude to Belgium for its rescue operation after a British ferry capsized in the North Sea. The disaster claimed 134 lives. 534 were aboard, mostly British passengers…

john gotti 1987 news facts history update  mrpopculture imageMarch 15 -   John Gotti , reputed boss the largest Mafia family in the U.S. gets acquitted of all counts of racketeering and conspiracy… The House agrees by a narrow margin to allow states to raise the speed limit to 65mph on rural interstate highways…  The FDA grants final approval for the prescription sale of AZT, the first drug known to be effective in treating AIDS patients… Funerals are held for three of four teens that died in a suicide pact in Bergenfield, NJ. The four had requested in a suicide note that they be buried together but the families arranged separate services… President Reagan emphatically denies that he had any prior knowledge that funds from the Iran arms-and-hostages deal were to be diverted to aid the anti-Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua…

March 22 - Dies - Dean Paul Martin (35) son - of Dean Martin dies when his F-4C Phantom jet on a routine exercise for the California Air National Guard.  after unaccountably dropping down from 9,000 to 5,500 feet, his plane slammed into the top of a ravine at 400 mph, killing both men. The plane took off from March Air Force Base near Riverside, CA and slammed into the San Bernadino mountains not far away.   

Dino Martin, Desi & Billy on the Dean Martin Show 1969

April 1 - It’s disclosed a Marine spy ring at the U.S. embassy in Moscow has enabled the Soviet Union to intercept and read virtually al the embassy’s coded communications to Washington for as long as a year, maybe longer…  President Reagan defends his Administration’s efforts in fighting the AIDS and says, “We’ve thrown everything we have into it. “I’m convinced we’ll find a cure for AIDS”… President Reagan says that if the new American Embassy being built in Moscow cannot be made secure from Soviet spying, the U.S. may have to destroy it and build another… President Reagan visits Canada where he and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney talked about acid rain - a big problem in Canada. Also, they talked about trade disputes. See this video:

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - April 6, 1987

gary hart 1987 facts history news   mrpopculture  aprilApril 8 - President Reagan imposes tariffs of 100% on medium-sized Japanese color TV’s, lap-top and desk computers and hand power tools, to retaliate for Japans failure to allow more American products into its markets… Gary Hart suspends his Democratic presidential campaign in the midst of the continuing uproar over his weekend encounter with Donna Rice… Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (39) says he will enter the 1988 democratic  presidential contest…

April 15 - President Reagan imposes tariffs of 100% on medium-sized Japanese color TV’s, lap-top and desk computers and hand power tools, to retaliate for Japans failure to allow more American products into its markets and to halt the under priced ‘”dumping” of Japanese semiconductor computer chips in other nations…

April 23 - President Reagan pokes fun at journalists at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner. “I’ve got a great news item for you. We have a spin-off from our ‘star wars” research. It’s a helmet for me to wear at press conferences. All I do is push a button and it shoots down incoming questions,” said the President…

May 1 - Diana Rice - Gary Hart concedes that he made “a mistake” by behaving in a way that could be misunderstood, but he says he “absolutely did not” do anything “immoral”… A few days later, Hart withdraws from the presidential race.

Iran-Contra congressional hearings - retired Air Force Maj. Gen Richard Secord testifies that the Nicaraguan rebels received only $3.5 million of the $18 million from Iran arms sale profits - less than originally estimated... Public relations executive Richard Miller becomes the second person to plead guilty to charges in the Iran-contra scandal, admitting he conspired with fired White House aide Oliver L. North and conservative fund-raiser Carl R. Channell to illegally use a tax-exempt foundation to raise money to arm the Nicaraguan rebels More Iran-Contra News - Here's Iran Contra CBS News W/Dan Rather this week. Also - update on AIDS:

oliver north may 1987 news facts history  mrpopcultureMay 15  - In his fourth and last day of testimony in the Iran-contra hearings, Robert C. McFarlane said he did not have the ‘guts” to tell President Reagan his contra policy was an ineffective way to fight Soviet influence in Central America, because he feared he would be called some kind of commie. McFarlane is the former national security advise... Fawn Hall (27), former White House secretary who told prosecutors that she helped Lt. Col. Oliver North shred documents when the Iran-contra affair was unraveling, testifies before a special federal grand jury… The death toll rises to 37 aboard the Navy ship (frigate) USS Stark, struck by an Iraqi missile…

May 23 - President Reagan said he wants Iranians to, “Go to bed every night wondering what me might do.” “I doubt that Iran would ever declare war on the United States knowing what the inevitable consequence would be”… The average price of gasoline should climb back above the $1-a-gallon mark this summer, slowing the growth of driving…

June 1 - President Reagan backs routine testing for the AIDS virus saying “we have a moral obligation not to endanger others ... If a person has reason to believe he or she may be a carrier, that person has a moral duty to be tested for AIDS. Human decency requires it…

June 8 - Berlin – President Reagan, standing before the barbed-wire and concrete barrier cutting through Berlin challenged soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” … Iran Contra testimony - Fawn Hall tells the congressional Iran-contra committees that Oliver North ordered her to alter certain documents and that files and logs of telephone calls from the offices of the former national security aide were shredded when the scandal broke last November…

President Reagan In Berlin

bernard goetz june 1987 update facts history news  mrpopculture photoJune 15 - Subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz is acquitted of all major charges…  President Reagan vetoes legislation to turn into law the 38- year-old “fairness doctrine”… Gannett’s USA Today turned a profit in May for the first time…. Weekly radio address - President Reagan lashes out against a $1 trillion spending plan proposed by Congressional democrats, saying the budget “is as bad as they come”… 

June 23 - The American Medical Association adopts its first comprehensive report on AIDS and calls for more leadership in dealing with the epidemic and a cautious approach to screening anyone with the virus….In his weekly radio address - President Reagan took a jab at the Iran-contra hearings, referring to them as “sideshows and hoopla”… 

July 1 - Ending months of silence, Oliver North testifies that he never personally discussed the diversion of Iranian arms sales profits to contra rebels with President Reagan, but assumed, without being told, that Reagan had approve…ZZZZ Best Co, the Los Angeles carpet-cleaning firm founded by Barry Minkow, the 21-year-old wiz kid, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…

July 8 - President Reagan, taking his tax and spend battle with Congress on the road, asserts that his administration has not run out of steam and that “all that lame duck talk is for the birds...Oliver North said he had been fully prepared to be a scapegoat for President Reagan over the Iran-contra scandal and described how he and other Administration officials worked to shield Regan from political damage as the affair unraveled last fall. He also admitted spending traveler’s checks from the Iran-contra operation on personal expenses but said he was only paying himself back after using his own money for the operation and insisted, “I never took a penny that didn’t belong to me”... The congressional Iran-contra committees, hoping to quickly finish their questioning of Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, instead spent about 1-½ hours arguing over whether he should give a 15-minute slide show on the contras. Also, there's now huge public support for Oliver North... More on Oliver North Iran/Contra here: 

ABC News W/Peter Jennings - July 13, 1987

john poindexter 1987 news update facts history  mrpopcultureJuly 15 - Testifying - John M. Poindexter said he never told President Reagan about using Iranian arms sales money for the contras because he wanted to insulate the President from political embarrassment if the plan leaked out…Lt. Col. Oliver North , it seems, the nation’s newest television star, will soon be featured on at least two videocassettes. One is, “Oliver North: Memo to History”… Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announces that he would not run for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation…

July 23 - Road rage climbs - An angry driver shoots a motorist to death during a quarrel and then kills a pedestrian who may have intervened in the ninth traffic related shooting in southern California since mid-June…  French explorers bring back the first objects ever recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic, dishes scattered on the ocean floor when the luxury liner sank 75 years ago…  General Electric - The oldest name in American consumer electronics is saying goodbye. The company says it will sell its $3 billion-a-year consumer electronics business…

August 1 - The Iran-contra hearings end - bringing to a close a three-month public inquiry into high-level chicanery that found no evidence of wrongdoing by President Reagan... Surgeons remove a small patch of cancerous skin from the tip of President Reagan’s nose in a two-hour procedure... Goodbye Fairness Doctrine For Good - The FCC repeals its 38- year old policy requiring broadcasters to air all sides of controversial public issues… Five assassins ambush and kill Jaime Ferrer, one of President Corazon Aquino’s most influential Cabinet members as he rode home from church in Manila…Good buy AMC - American Motors - the company that gave such autos as the Pacer and the Gremlin, ceases to exist…United Arab emirates - An American operated supertanker carrying Iranian oil hits an underwater mine in the Gulf of Oman. The blast blew a three-foot-long hole in the ship’s left side just below the waterline. The ship had taken on a full load of crude oil from Iran’s Larak Island terminal. CBS News Reports This Story And Other Iran Action:

ronald reagan president august 1987 contra news facts mrpopculture photo August 8 - President Reagan accepts full responsibility for the Iran-contra scandal saying he is “ultimately accountable to the American people” and should not have been shielded by aides from what was happening… The nation’s overall jobless rate fell to 5.9% in July, the lowest level since December 1979…

President Reagan Comments On Iran-Contra Affair

August 15 -  A Northwest Airlines MD-80 with 153 on board, crashes in a fireball on a busy highway as it was taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport bound for Phoenix…

August 23 - Troops loyal to President Corazon Aquino crush the gravest coup attempt against her 18-month-old government after 20 hours of vicious street fighting… Pope John Paul II begins a 10-day visit to the United States and tells thousands at the Miami airport, “god bless America”… . The House on the 200 th birthday of the Constitution passes a measure apologizing to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II… Unemployment slips to 5.8% - the lowest since 1979… More Philippines - Thousands of pro-government troops, using fighter planes, helicopter gunships, howitzers and bazookas – dislodge nearly 1,000 rebellious soldiers from key military camps and broadcast stations throughout the country. President Corazon Aquino addresses her nation on television and radio.

September 1 - President Reagan, announces an agreement in principle” to ban all U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missiles, setting the stage for the first superpower summit in America in 14 years this fall…

September 8 - The House on the 200 th birthday of the Constitution passes a measure apologizing to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II and offered them $1.2 billion compensation for their lost civil liberties…

September 23 - President Reagan tells Congress that the Navy attack on an Iranian ship laying mines I the Persian Gulf was conducted under authority of Article 51 of the U.N. Charter and did not require notification of lawmakers under the war Powers Resolution… The U.S. Navy ways it will sink the Iranian ship it caught planting mines in the Persian Gulf. The seized vessel is wired with explosives…

george h bush 1987 october facts history news  mrpopculture imageOctober 1 - Vice President George Bush apologizes for a remark suggesting that the expertise of Soviet military tank mechanics would be welcomed by U.S. automakers in Detroit. “I wish I’d never said it”… The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee sends Robert H. Bork’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor with a recommendation that he be rejected…

October 8 - 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...   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… 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….

October 15 - The Dow Jones plummets 108.36 in the heaviest trading in history (so far). Over the past two weeks, the Dow has lost 393 points and is at 2,248.73…

October 23 - President Reagan announces that Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev will visit Washington for a summit beginning Dec. 7 to sign a historic treaty to abolish intermediate-range nuclear missiles… The Senate rejects President Reagan’s nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court by a 58-42 vote... 

caspar weinberger 1987 november news facts history  mrpopculture photoNovember 1 -  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...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... Big changes in China as they pick a new politburo... 

CBS News Reports On Russia/China And Changes/Dan Rather

November  8 - President Reagan says that the United states is ready to reopen substantive discussions with Nicaragua’s leftist government once "serious negotiations” begin between the Sandinistas and the U.S.-backed Contra rebels on reaching acease-fire… Boris N. Yelstin , a protégé of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev who had criticized the slow pace of reform, is removed as Moscow party boss. He’s been replaced by Politburo member Lev N. Zaikov…

November 15 - A Continental Airlines DC-9 with 82 people on board slid off a runway while taking off from Denver’s airport in a snowstorm, flipped over and split into pieces as it skidded along the runway. At least 26 are dead and 56 injured.

November 23 - 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…

December 1 - 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.

mikhail gorbachev 1987 december news update facts   mrpopcultureDecember 8 - President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev sign a historic treaty to eliminate intermediate-range missiles and together vowed to work toward a more ambitions arms control pact during their three days of summitry… Bus accident – in Cairo – more than 50 are killed after a bus is struck by a train.

NBC News W/Tom Brokaw On Reagan/Gorbachev Meeting

A Pacific Southwest airlines commuter jet carrying 43 crashes near San Louis Obispo. An investigation says there was a crime scene aboard the plane and that a former USAir employee may have caused the crash by firing a .44 magnum at the boss who fired him…

December 15 - Stock speculator Ivan F. Boesky is sentenced to three years in prison and no fine for masterminding the biggest insider trading scandal in Wall Street History. Boesky also faces a score of civil lawsuits…Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were derailed by a sex scandal earlier this year, re- enters the Democratic presidential race in a stunning turnaround. “Let’s let the people decide,” he said...

terry anderson hostage december 1987 facts history timeline mrpopcultureDecember 23 - Mikhail Gorbachev is named Time magazine’s 61st man of the year. “A symbol of hope for a new kind of Soviet Union”…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…

Year 1987  In Technology News And Information

 January-February - JVC says a Super-VHS tape is on the way. It’s supposed to deliver a taped picture comparable to that of wider one-inch broadcast-use recorders. It provides more than 400 lines of resolution, compared to the 240 lines on current VHS decks. But, you’ll need a new VCR…Another compact disc format as CD-V (compact disc video) is ready to roll. It combines video and audio. Prototypes of the new CD-Vs were demonstrated this week at the National Assn. of Recording  merchandisers convention in Miami… Disposable cameras ready to roll - Kodak and Co. and rival Fuji Photo announce they will sell cheap cameras that are used to shoot just one roll of film. The Kodak disposable camera will list for $6.95 and use 110 Kodacolor film and a 25-milimeter wide-angle lens…

March -  Apple Computer rolls out its two newest machines - The Macintosh SE and The Macintosh II. The SE features a Motorola 68000 microprocessor (32-bit w/7.8 mhz) Two 3 1/2” floppy disc drives and and 20 meg hard disc drive (optional)…

April - IBM introduces a new line of personal computers with key proprietary components that the company hopes will be far harder for encroaching “clone” imitators to duplicate Apple Computer says it is creating an independent software company to develop, publish and market applications software for its Macintosh and Apple II personal computers…

gte airphone 1987 tech news history  mrpopculture imageJune - The Justice Department, citing potential misleading advertising,orders the seven regional Bell telephone companies to stop promoting their credit cards for long distance. Why? Because calls made on either card are routed over the AT&T network, even if the regional firm’s customer subscribes to another communications company for long distance service… Super VHS tape is debuting. An S-VHS VCR will run $1,200 and blank tape - $20 each. But, the picture is high quality…

July Through December –

IBM - in a bid to expand in the educational, home and small business markets, announces a small low priced personal computer - the Personal System/2 Model 25. It is expected to compete with Tandy and Apple… Technology - It looks like Marantz will be the first to sell digital audio tape recorders (DAT). This would be the first time consumers could record to a digital format, something that makes the music industry nervous. But, It could be delayed on the controversy over the right to tape music. The debate over DAT recorders on one side involves the recording industry, which wants laws preventing unauthorized home taping of compact discs… 

Toshiba America announces the nation’s first portable personal computer using Intel’s fast 80386 chip. The T5100 will sell for $6,499 and has the computing power equal to some of the most advanced desktop computer systems After losses in its computer operation - AT & T says it is still in the game and this week, unveils its new 6386… Workgroup system PC, based on Intel’s powerful 80386 microprocessor…

microsoft releases windows 2.0 tech history facts timeline mrpopcultureAt 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”…GTE says it is installing its “ Airfone ” telephones at a rate of one per day on airplanes… 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… 

More December - Bill Gates and Microsoft introduce Windows 2.0. 

Windows 2.0 Explained In Today's Terms!

Year 1987 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

Spuds McKenzie The Dog For Budweiser

January - The current version of the low-rated CBS Morning News signs off. Saying goodbye were co-anchors Charlie Rose m & m red 1987 candy news update history  mrpopcultureand Sandy Will, weatherman Steve Baskerville and newsman Douglas Edwards… Mars announces that red M&M’s are coming back after an absence of 11 years. The return of the little candy was prompted by a national outcry that included thousands of letters to the manufacturer and the formation of college campus societies. Red M&M’s were discontinued in 1976 because of “confusion and concern” over Red Dye No. 2, which was banned by federal regulators as a health risk… New York Rangers’ General Manager Phil Esposito will coach the National Hockey League team the rest of the season… Super Bowl XXI – The New York Giants defeat the Denver Broncos 39- 20 as QB Phil Simms led four straight scoring drives in the second half…  New at Disneyland - “Star Tours. It features characters from “Star Wars” - the first time a Disneyland attraction has used imagery from a non- Disney movie… Mars announces that red M&M’s are coming back after an absence of 11 years… Passing - Ray Bolger (83) - Best-known as the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz…

Super Bowl 21 Highlights

February - Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio undergoes heart surgery in Miami and ends up with a pacemaker… The NBA All-Star game - the West wins 154-149. Tom Chambers scored 34 points and was named MVP. It was Dr J’s last All-Star game. He’ll be retiring at the end of this season. Irving scored 22 points… Under pressure for months to provide air time to the critics of its “Amerika” miniseries,” ABC announces that it will devote a late-night “viewpoint” show to the andy warhol 1987 news history facts  mrpopculture  imagedrama… The NCAA says it will begin testing basketball players for drugs as soon as possible… Passing - Andy Warhol (58)… Passing – TV talkshow pioneer David Susskind (66)...

March - Passing - Danny Kaye (74)… Jed Duvall replaces Steve Bell as the Washington-based news anchor on “Good Morning America”… The NFL announces a new three-year television contract what will include a package of games on cable’s ESPN – the first time it has reached out to cable-TV…  The Walt Disney Co. opens its first store - near Los Angeles… Passing - Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes (74)… Passing - Actor Robert Preston (68)…

April -  Passing – Drummer Buddy Rich… Al Campanis - the Los Angeles Dodgers’ vice president in charge of player personnel, resigns under fire for comments he made on ABC-TV’s “Nightline.” He said that blacks lack the “necessities” to become field-mangers and top-level club executives…  NBA Expansion - Both Miami and Orlando are awarded franchises and you can add those to Minneapolis and Charlotte…

May - The San Diego Padres dump Steve Garvey from their lineup. He’s only batting .186 and the team needs to do something - it’s in last place… Magic Johnson is selected as Player of the Year by his National Basketball Assn peers… CNN’s continuing coverage of the Iran-Contra hearings has paid off in a ratings boost of 229% over the channel’s normal audience… Passing - actress Rita Hayworth (68)… Al Unser wins the Indy 500 for the fourth time… Tom Brookshier ends his association with CBS-TV, where he began as a pro-football commentator in 1975…

pat robertson 1987 news history facts  mrpopculture June -  Passing - Sammy Kaye (77) – bandleader… Passing -  Indian actor Will Sampson (43)… Pat Robertson of CBN and the 700 Club says the Jim Bakker PTL scandal, along with the recent Oral Robertson life and death plea for money “hit the evangelical world like a bombshell” and that he must lay off 500 workers at his religious network… Joe Namath joins NBC as an NFL foot analyst. He’ll be paired with Marv Albert on NFL telecasts beginning next season… Wayne Gretzky who led Edmonton Oilers to their third Stanley Cup in four seasons, wins the Hart Trophy given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, for a record eighth consecutive time…Passing - Actress Geraldine Page (62)… Passing - Dick Howser - beloved manager of the Kansas City Royals. He was 51… Passing - dancer/actor Fred Astaire (88)… Passing - Jackie Gleason “The Great One” - (71) of cancer… Marries - late night talkshow king Johnny Carson (61) - for the fourth time - to Alexis Maas …

July - “USA Today” reported its first profit - of about $1 million… Mark McGuire of the Oakland A’s hits his 39 th homer at Seattle  - a record in the major leagues record for rookies…  

August - Mark McGuire of the Oakland A’s hits his 38 th homer at Seattle to tie the major league record for rookies… An administrative law judge at the FCC denies renewal of 14 RKO General radio and television stations…… Passing - director John Huston (81)… “Dynasty” star Joan Colllins wins a divorce from former rock star Peter Holm and then tells reporters she never will lee marvin 1987 passing news facts  mrpopculture triviamarry again… Passing - actor Lee Marvin (63) - of a heart attack…Trending down - Granola Bars - after zooming in sales during the early 1980’s, have tumbled in sales - by nearly a third. Many say food companies are to blame - while trying to broaden their appeal - they turned granola bars, a health food, into candy bars - some covered with chocolate.

September - An arbitrator rules that baseball management conspired to restrict free agency, a landmark decision certain to upset the sport‟s power structure… MGM Grand announces it has purchased the Desert Inn and Sands hotel/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip for $167 million… Chris Evert is upset by Lori McNeil in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships - the first time in 17 years she failed to make the semifinals in the tournament… Ben Johnson stuns the track and field world as he covers 100 meters in 9.83 seconds to set a world record in the World Championship meet in Rome… Passing - Lorne Greene (77)…  Passing - Henry Ford II (70)… Passing - Dan Rowan (65)…

October - Passing – Clare Boothe Luce – author, playwright, former congresswoman and ambassador. She was 84…. John pete rose 1987 sports baseball history  facts  mrpopculture McEnroe defeats Paul Annacone to win the AT&T Challenge at Atlanta… Another week lost as the NFL players continue to strike…. The Baltimore Orioles name Frank Robinson as their next general manager

The Minnesota Twins take the World Series, finally beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in game seven

November - 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...New in TV 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"...Beatle George Harrison , producer of the movie “Shanghai Surprise” described working with Sean Penn and Madonna not that good. He told Woman magazine that he considered himself lucky to have broken even financially on the project. “We got the wrong script, the wrong director and the wrong stars” calling the Penn‟s “pretty bad."

Around Thanksgiving - Howard Stern is a guest VJ on MTV (Video)... W/Downtown Julie Brown

pete rose retires baseball december 1987 facts history timeline sports mrpopcultureDecember - Pete Rose confirms his retirement as a player: “I will not bat again. I’m 46 years old and if I’m not retired, I should be”… The Supreme Court rules unconstitutional a law requiring some girls under 18 who sought abortions to wait 24 hours after telling their parents or a judge… Mia Farrow gives birth the Woody Allen’s first child. The 9-pound boy is named  Satchel…  Passing - Comedian Jackie Vernon (63)…   Gayle Sierens , a local Tampa, Fla anchor, is chosen by NBC to become the first woman in broadcasting history to do play-by-play for an NFL game…. Paul Simon the singer and Paul Simon the senator make an appearance Saturday Night Live. The pair will spoof their shared name…

Top Nielsen TV Show – December 15, 1987  The Cosby Show (30.0), A Different World (27.9), 60 Minutes (23.5), Cheers (23.1), Barbara Walters Special (21.9), Murder She Wrote (21.9), Growing Pains (21.1), The Golden Girls (21.0), Who’s The Boss (20.3), Foxfire (19.3), LA Law (18.9), Dr Seuss Special (17.9), Matlock (17.5), Hunter (17.3), Monday Night Football (17.3), Family Ties (17.3), ALF (17.2), Charlie Brown Christmas (16.9), Sunday NFL Football (16.8).

 

"Fatal Attraction" Starring Michael Douglas And Glenn Close Was A Top 1987 Movie

 

U2's "With Or Without You" Was A Top 1987 Pop Hit Music Single

 

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