Category Archives: 1980s

37 American sailors killed when Iraqi warplane attacks 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1977)


Video: 'Remembering USS STARK (FFG-31)'

(Sunday, May 17, 1987, 10:10 p.m. local time) — 37 American sailors were killed tonight when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf (click here to watch news reports at the time). Continue reading 37 American sailors killed when Iraqi warplane attacks 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1977)

‘King Lear’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1987)


Video: 'King Lear (Jean-Luc Godard, 1987)'

(Sunday, May 17, 1987)King Lear, a film about a wealthy corporate executive who arrives in Switzerland in search of a reclusive filmmaker to reaffirm his faith in the art form, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading ‘King Lear’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1987)

Woody Allen, other movie stars testify against film colorization 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 12 1987)

(Tuesday, May 12, 1987) — Woody Allen made one of his rare forays outside of Manhattan today to testify before a Congressional panel on what he called the “sinful” practice of coloring classic old black-and-white movies such as Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life, and new black-and-white ones like his own Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose (click here to watch video of the hearing).

‘Dirty Dancing’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 12 1987)


Video: 'Dirty Dancing' trailer

(Tuesday, May 12, 1987)Dirty Dancing, an American romantic dance drama film about a young girl vacationing with her parents in the conservative Catskills who falls for the hotel’s maverick dance instructor, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading ‘Dirty Dancing’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 12 1987)

Sex scandal forces Gary Hart out of Democratic presidential race this hour 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1987)


Video: 'Gary Hart campaign withdraw; Dan Rather, Geraldine Ferraro (May 8, 1987)'

(Friday, May 8, 1987, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. MDT) — Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, dropped out of the race today over allegations of an extramarital affair with Miami model Donna Rice and after the Washington Post threatened to run a story about a woman Hart had dated while separated from his wife. Continue reading Sex scandal forces Gary Hart out of Democratic presidential race this hour 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1987)

Democratic presidential front-runner Gary Hart linked to woman 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 3 1987)


Video: 'Almanac: The Gary Hart scandal'

(Sunday, May 3, 1987, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. MDT) — The Miami Herald said today its reporters had observed a young woman (later identified as Miami model Donna Rice) spending “Friday night and most of Saturday” at a Washington townhouse belonging to Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. Continue reading Democratic presidential front-runner Gary Hart linked to woman 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 3 1987)