Category Archives: Television 1980s

’60 Minutes’ profiles ‘patient zero’ Gaëtan Dugas 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1987)


Video: '"Patient Zero" Randy Shilts Interview, 1987 - HIV AIDS'

(Sunday, November 15, 1987, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST)Gaëtan Dugas, a Canadian flight attendant, was profiled tonight on the CBS newsmagazine television program 60 Minutes as “patient zero” for AIDS epidemic in the United States. Continue reading ’60 Minutes’ profiles ‘patient zero’ Gaëtan Dugas 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1987)

‘Home Is The Sailor’ episode airs on ‘Cheers’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 24 1987)


Video: 'Cheers Ep 601 Home Is The Sailor'

(Thursday, September 24, 1987, 9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT) — Sam returns to Cheers six months after he sold it to a large corporation to pursue a life of leisure on board a new boat on tonight’s episode of the Fox teen drama television series Party of Five. Continue reading ‘Home Is The Sailor’ episode airs on ‘Cheers’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 24 1987)

‘L.A. Law,’ ‘The Golden Girls’ big winners at Emmy Awards 30 years ago this hour (Sep 20 1987)


Video: 'Bruce Willis wins an Emmy for Moonlighting (1987)'

(Sunday, September 20, 1987, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. EDT)L.A. Law picked up four awards at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, including Outstanding Drama Series. Continue reading ‘L.A. Law,’ ‘The Golden Girls’ big winners at Emmy Awards 30 years ago this hour (Sep 20 1987)

First ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ promo video mastered 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 10 1987)


Video: 'George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You (Version I)'

(Thursday, September 10, 1987) — The first of two videos to promote “Got My Mind Set On You”, the first single (released Oct. 12, 1987) off former Beatle George Harrison’s forthcoming album Cloud Nine, was mastered today. Continue reading First ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ promo video mastered 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 10 1987)

FCC votes down Fairness Doctrine in unanimous decision 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 4 1987)


Video: 'WHAT IS THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE?'

(Tuesday, August 4, 1987) — The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 today to abolish its Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues, on the ground that it unconstitutionally restricts the free-speech rights of broadcast journalists. Continue reading FCC votes down Fairness Doctrine in unanimous decision 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 4 1987)

‘The Simpsons’ debut on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1987)


Video: 'The Simpsons Shorts Episode 1 - Good Night'

(Sunday, April 19, 1987, 8:30 p.m. EDT)The Simpsons, an animated satirical depiction of working-class life epitomized by the Simpson family, first appeared tonight as a series of shorts on the Fox network’s television variety show The Tracey Ullman Show, starting with “Good Night.” Continue reading ‘The Simpsons’ debut on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1987)

Nike launches advertising campaign using The Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1987)


Video: '1987 Nike Revolution'

(Friday, March 27, 1987) — In America, the footwear manufacturers Nike began using The Beatles’ 1968 recording of “Revolution” today in a highly publicized television advertising campaign. Continue reading Nike launches advertising campaign using The Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1987)