Week of May 23, 1986
A car bomb rigged with 200 rounds of TNT explodes between a school and a
crowded vegetable market in Christian East Beirut, killing at least nine and
injuring 84 people.
President Reagan changes his mind and decides to join Hands Across America
on Sunday. Apparently, his daughter Maureen, talked him into it.
Millions of Americans join hands - singing songs in “Hands Across America.”
“This is just the beginning,” said Ken Kragen, an entertainment entrepreneur who
organized the spectacle said. “When today is over, roll up your sleeves and go
out to work in your community. We have to move from the big event to the
person on the street.”
Soviet news agency Novosti indicated that 1,000 people were injured in the
Chernobyl nuclear accident, more than three times the previous official figure.
The Reagan Administration expels army Brigadier Alexander Potgetter - senior
defense attaché of the South African Embassy. The Administration is outraged at
South Africa’s military raids on three neighboring black-ruled nations.
Family says -
Andrei D. Sakharov
has offered to
cut back his activities as a human rights campaigner
and promised not to talk to Westerners if the
Kremlin will agree to end his internal exile and let
him return to Moscow.
The government’s main gauge of future economic
activity shot up 1.5% in April - it’s best showing in
nearly three years and the third solid gain in a row.
A tourist bus traveling a mountain road near
Yosemite plunges into a fast-flowing river and at
least 17 are dead.
The nation’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed
sharply in April to 12.1%.
The State Department says that the Soviet Union has agreed to settle 36 divided
family cases by permitting 117 people to immigrate to the United States to join
family members here.
Week of May 23, 1986
President Reagan denounces a sweeping revision of the nation’s trade laws,
approved by the House, as ‘kamikaze legislation’ that would throw millions of
Americans out of work and “send our economy into the steepest nose-dive since
the Great Depression.”
Ismail al faruqui - a Temple University religion professor specializing in Islamic
studies and his wife, an art scholar, are found stabbed to death in the suburban
Passing - Fashion designer Perry Ellis (Perry Ellis Sportswear). He was 46.
War resister League, a peace group picketed
the stockholder meeting of Coleco Industries
claiming that the company’s new Rambo toy
line and cartoons are racist and exist and
promote violence among children.
Millions of motorists are ignoring the 55-mph
speed limit, according to the Federal Highway
Administration and 10 states are facing loss of
federal highway money for failing to crack
down on them.
From Pocket Books - An official “Hands Across
America” book will be published
commemorating in what they are calling “the
world’s largest participatory event.’
The Baltimore News American, one of the oldest daily papers in the U.S.,
presses its final edition this week. “So Long Baltimore” was the headline.
(TREND) Business - Atlantic Richfield says it has adopted poison pill anti-
takeover measures but stressed that it doesn’t know of any effort to acquire the
company. Poison Pills are being used more and more by large public ally-owned
corporations these days.
Kodak introduces the first 9-volt Lithium-powered
battery for the consumer. You can get “Ultralife” at
stores for about $6.00.
Week of May 23, 1986
Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird is named the Most Valuable Player in the NBA
for the third consecutive year.
Entertainment news -
Passing - Actor Sterling Hayden. (70).
- On MTV Saturday - Fine Young Cannibals.
More MTV - the channel is in a ratings slump and it
looks like VJ’s like JJ Jackson are about to
is also leaving.
On Saturday Night Live - Jay Leno hosts with
musical guests the Neville Brothers. Also appearing-
Mike the Dog.
Friday night television -
CBS - Charlie & Company, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills,
NBC - Knight Rider, The Last Precinct, Miami Vice, Tonight
Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Movie, Night Line
PBS - Washington Week, Wall St. Week.
Knight Rider - A scientist reprograms KITT in a diabolical plot.
Tonight - Dolly Parton and Jackie Mason.
At the movies -
Poltergeist IIK The Other Side
Hollywood Vice Squad