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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Episode #74 -- Sir Peter Medawar/Anniversary Show For October 5, 2007.  Twenty years ago this week, Nobel laureate Sir Peter B. Medawar died at the age of 73.  I share a few facts about this man, who contributed a great deal to our understanding of the human immune system, including a quote which says a lot about the purpose of this podcast.  I also discuss, on the occasion of this show's first anniversary, my hopes for the show.

For those of you interested in the idea of how your perspective on the world is shaped by your age, I encourage you to check out the Beloit College Mindset List.  This list, now in its tenth annual edition, paints a picture of the world as it appears to college freshmen.  As it happens, Beloit College is where I spent my freshman year -- and Tom McBride, one of the list's authors, was one of my professors.

Today's episode music is from "Inspiration," by Victor Stellar.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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