This is the most current list of probable future topics for "It Was 20 Years Ago Today."  Listings in strikeout type indicate a show that has been written and recorded, but not yet uploaded.

I make no guarantee that just because a topic is on this list, that I will do a show about it, but this is my best plan at the moment.

 

June 1987

  • 6/12 - Reagan's "Tear down this wall" speech
  • 6/17 -- Journalist Charles Glass captured in Lebanon; he escapes in August
  • 6/19 -- Edwards v. Aguillard decided by Supreme Court 

July 1987

  • 7/6 – In the Dark released
  • 7/31 – The Living Daylights released

August 1987

  • 8/5 -- FCC kills Fairness Doctrine
  • 8/11 -- Donald Harvey confesses to 33 murders over 17 years
  • 8/17 – Rudolf Hess dies
  • 8/27 -- after one month, FCC drops charges against Allan Weiner and Radio New York International, broadcasting off Long Island
  • 8/29 – minor league catcher Dave Bresnahan fired after "The Great Potato Play? the day before
  • 8/30 -- US Army officers complete their first ever observation of a Soviet Union miliary exercise

September 1987

  • 9/1 – peace activist Brian Willson run over by a train at Concord Naval Weapons Station
  • 9/4 – Richard Marquand dies
  • 9/13 – Tifton City Hall and Myon Complex dedicated in Tifton, GA
  • 9/16 – US signs Montral Protocol, first CFC ban
  • ~9/16 – WNET (Channel 13) begins 24/7 broadcasting; its 25th anniversary
  • 9/18 – Hellraiser released (USA; 9/11/87 UK)
  • 9/30 – Alfred Bester dies

October 1987

  • 10/6 – Works of Marcel Proust enter public domain
  • 10/13 – George H.W. Bush declares candidacy for President
  • 10/17 – Stock market crash
  • 10/23 – Robert Bork rejected as Supreme Court nominee
  • 10/31 – Joseph Campbell dies

November 1987

  • 11/2 – William Sessions sworn in as new FBI director
  • 11/4 – Rhyme Pays released
  • 11/11 – U2 plays free show in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza
  • 11/23 – Perestroika reviewed in NYT
  • 11/25 – Harold Washington dies
  • 11/29 – The Tommyknockers  reaches #1 on NYT bestseller list

December 1987

  • 12/7 – PSA 1771 crashes, fmr employee David Burke shot pilots
  • 12/29 – Prozac approved by the FDA
  • 12/31 – Randall Garrett dies

February 1988

  • 2/24 – Decision in Hustler Magazine v. Jerry Falwell

March 1988

  • 3/13 – John Holmes dies

April 1988

  • 4/1 – Beetlejuice released

May 1988

  • 5/14 – Wimbledon beat Liverpool for the FA Cup, one of the biggest upsets in English football history
  • 5/20 – Willow released

June 1988

  • 6/24 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit? released

July 1988

  • Discovery Channel runs its first “Shark Week?
  • 7/15 – A Fish Called Wanda released
  • 7/18 – Akira released in Japan (comes to America a year or two later)

August 1988

  • 8/12 – The Last Temptation of Christ released

September 1988

  • 9/23 – Dead Ringers released
  • 9/29 – Shuttle Discovery launches; STS-26 mission is first since the loss of Challenger in Jan. 1986

October 1988

  • The Queen of the Damned reaches #1 on NYT bestseller list

November 1988

  • 11/8 – George H.W. Bush elected President of United States
  • 11/24 – First episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" airs on station KTMA in Minneapolis

March 1989

  • The Satanic Verses reaches #1 on NYT bestseller list

April 1989

  • 4/15 – Hillsborough stadium disaster; 96 people killed in crush

May 1989

  • 5/4 – Magellan spacecraft launched; explores Venus 1990-1994

June 1989

  • 6/15 – NYT publishes article about new computer game, SimCity

July 1989

  • 7/18 – Rebecca Schaeffer murdered by stalker

 October 1989

  • 10/18 – Galileo spacecraft launched; arrives at Jupiter in 1995
  • 10/20 – Loma Prieta earthquake

 

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