Week of April 15, 1987
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.
The Senate committee probing the Iran-contra
scandal votes to grant limited immunity to former
national security adviser
John M. Poindexter
move that would compel him to testify about what he
told President Reagan about the affair.
The Supreme Court rules that defendants who play a
major part in a crime, which results in murder that
they did not commit, may be sentenced to death if
they display a “reckless indifference” for human life.
The Panamanian government suspends plans to
allow accused Nazi war criminal Karl Linnas to be deported from the United
States to the Central American nation instead of to the Soviet Union. Where he
The Supreme Court refuses to block the deportation of Karl Linnas, pushing the
accused nazi death camp commander a step closer to execution in the Soviet
Union for war crimes.
Massacre in Sri Lanka - Tamil guerrillas waylaid three buses and two trucks
loaded with people celebrating a holiday, dragged passengers onto the jungle
road and killed at least 122 with machine guns and grenades.
opens a congress of the PLO’s parliament-
in-exile with a defiant speech calling for a Palestinian state
with Jerusalem as its capital.
U.S. marshals seize thousand of dollars from Democratic
presidential candidate Gary Hart’s Los Angeles fund-raising
parties to satisfy an unpaid campaign debt from 1984.
B. Dalton - the country’s second largest book chain - will no
longer be selling prerecorded videotapes. It just wasn’t