Three, Two, One
A new year, a new style: Lyn Paul sings country. Lyn flies to Florida to appear on the Nashville Network's Church Street Station cable series. She sings two songs, Cry and Stand By Your Man, both of which are later released on DVD.
On Saturday, 15th November Lyn Paul appears on the popular TV show 3-2-1 (Yorkshire Television), hosted by Ted Rogers. Lyn gives a show-stopping rendition of Saving All My Love For You - a number 1 hit for Whitney Houston in December the previous year. Lyn takes the song and turns it into her own, transforming the lover's promise of the original into a flirtatious demand. Also appearing on the show that week are Gloria Gaynor and the Searchers.
To promote the show TV Times magazine features Lyn in a double page spread. Interviewed by Stewart Knowles, Lyn talks about touring with Jack Jones in 1975, about sharing a flat with Mike Nolan from Bucks Fizz and reveals her regrets about selling her story to the tabloids.
At Christmas Lyn stars alongside Roy Hudd and Bill Pertwee in the pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. The cast also includes Lambert & Ross and ventriloquist Roger de Courcey and Nookie Bear. The pantomime runs from 15th December to 17th January.
John Barry, who co-wrote and produced Lyn Paul's first solo single Sail The Summer Winds, wins an Oscar for 'Best Music, Original Score' for his soundtrack to the movie Out Of Africa.
Don Black, who composed the lyrics to Sail The Summer Winds, adds lyrics to two television theme songs and has UK hits with Anyone Can Fall In Love (Anita Dobson's recording of the Eastenders theme) and Always There (Marti Webb's recording of the Howard's Way theme).
Lyn's former flame Michael Crawford wins the 'Best Actor' Olivier Award for Phantom Of The Opera.
|In the News - 1986
Portugal and Spain become members European Community on 1st January.
Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy dies from a drug-related heart failure on Saturday, 4th January. He had been in a coma for eight days.
Christopher Isherwood, author of Christopher and His Kind and A Single Man, also dies on 4th January, aged 81.
The Defence Secretary, Michael Heseltine, resigns from the UK government on Thursday, 9th January, following disagreements over official policy towards the Westland helicopter company. On 24th January the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Leon Brittain, also resigns.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is launched at a gala event at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York on 23rd January. The first 11 inductees are: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.
On 25th January production of the News Of The World and the Sunday Times is transferred to the new News International plant at Wapping.
On Tuesday, 28th January the US space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take-off from Cape Kennedy, Florida. The seven astronauts on board are all killed, among them the first school teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, who had been selected as part of Nasa's teacher in space project.
President 'Baby Doc' Duvalier is exiled from Haiti on 7th February.
Two of the trade unions involved in the News International dispute, the NGA and Sogat '82, are each fined £25,000 for contempt of Court.
The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, is deposed on Tuesday, 25th February following three days of public demonstrations against his dictatorship. He flees Manila for exile in Hawaii. Cory Aquino is sworn in as the newly-elected President.
On 27th February fifteen women are ordained at Canterbury Cathedral, becoming the first officially-recognised female deacons in the Church of England.
The Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme, is assassinated on 28th February as he and his wife Lisbeth leave a cinema in Stockholm. Stefan Petterson, a drug addict, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder in 1989.
Queen Elizabeth II signs the Australia Bill on 2nd March, severing constitutional ties with Britain.
Today, a new colour tabloid, is published in the UK for the first time on Tuesday, 4th March.
On Thursday, 13th March rival tabloid The Sun appears on news stands with the bizarre front-page headline: 'Freddie Starr ate my hamster!' In the accompanying story model Lea La Salle claims that the comedian had put her pet hamster 'Supersonic' between two slices of bread and then eaten it. Her boyfriend Vince McCaffrey, coincidentally Lyn Paul's first husband, is quoted as saying: "It's hard to believe the guy actually did this." Freddie Starr's response: "You said it, Vince!" (Freddie Starr, Unwrapped, page 232)
Out Of Africa wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 58th Academy Awards ceremony on 24th March.
James Cagney dies on 30th March, aged 86.
The Greater London Council is abolished on Monday, 31st March, along with six other Metropolitan County Councils. Flags fly at half mast at County Hall as a huge fireworks display takes place on the South Bank.
The Prince and Princess of Wales open Heathrow airport's new Terminal 4 on 1st April.
A bomb explodes on board a TWA Boeing 727 on 2nd April as the plane flies over Greece on its way to Athens. Four people, including a baby, are killed when they are sucked through a hole in the side of the plane.
A bomb explodes at the La Belle disco in Berlin on 5th April, killing three people and injuring more than 200 others. Two of the dead and many of the injured are American soldiers.
After losing millions when the Sinclair C5 electronic tricycle flopped, Sir Clive Sinclair announces on Monday, 7th April that he is selling his computing business to Amstrad.
Clint Eastwood is elected Mayor of the Californian town of Carmel on 8th April.
Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan on 10th April after eight years in exile.
Simone de Beauvoir dies on Monday, 14th April, aged 78.
At 0100hours on the same day the USA launches an air strike against Libya in retaliation for alleged Libyan terrorist attacks on American targets, including the bomb attack at the La Belle disco in Berlin.
The British World Wide Television News (WWTN) journalist, John McCarthy, is abducted in Beirut on Thursday, 17th April.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her sixtieth birthday on 21st April.
The Duchess of Windsor, formerly Mrs. Wallis Simpson, dies on 24th April, aged 89. On 29th April her body is buried next to her husband, the abdicated King Edward VIII, at Frogmore in Windsor.
On Saturday, 26th April there is an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, north of Kiev. Four hundred times more radiation is released into the atmosphere than at Hiroshima. The Soviet Union admits to the disaster two days later.
On the television soap opera Dallas, Bobby Ewing (played by Patrick Duffy) returns from the dead to discover that the previous episodes have just been a bad dream!
Twenty-one people are killed and forty-one injured in Sri Lanka on Saturday, 3rd May, when a bomb explodes on board an Air Lanka Tristar at Colombo airport.
On the same day the News International dispute turns nasty. Around 300 people (including 175 police officers) are injured when violence erupts on the picket lines at Wapping.
At the Eurovision Song Contest (held in Bergen on 3rd May) Sandra Kim wins for Belgium with J'aime La Vie. The UK entry, Runner In The Night by Ryder, finishes in seventh place.
In Argentina on 16th May the former President, General Galtieri, is sentenced to 12 years in prison for his part in the Falklands war.
On Saturday, 24th May Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British Prime Minister to visit Israel.
On 29th May the new EEC flag (a circle of 12 gold stars on a blue background) is raised for the first time at the offices of the European Commission in Brussels.
Former SS officer Dr. Kurt Waldheim is elected President of Austria on 8th June.
On Tuesday, 10th June Patrick Magee is found guilty of planting the bomb which exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the 1984 Conservative Party Conference.
Derek Hatton, the Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council, is expelled from the Labour Party on Thursday, 12th June for being a member of Militant Tendency.
Faced by growing unrest in South Africa, President P.W. Botha declares a state of emergency. On 16th June black South Africans mark the 10th anniversary of the Soweto uprising by staying away from work.
Dolly Parton opens her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee on Wednesday, 16th July.
On Tuesday, 22nd July UK MPs vote by 231 votes to 230 to abolish corporal punishment in state schools.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson get married at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, 23rd July.
On 24th July, in recognition of his work to raise funds for famine relief in Africa, Bob Geldorf receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Suzy Lamplugh, a 25-year-old estate agent, disappears on Monday, 28th July, after meeting an unknown client, "Mr. Kipper", outside a property in Fulham.
On 29th July Boy George is found guilty of possessing heroin. He is fined £250.
Michael Rudetsky, who played keyboards for Culture Club, is found dead at Boy George's home in Hampstead on 5th August.
On 11th August 152 Sri Lankan refugees are found drifting in two lifeboats off the coast of Newfoundland, having been cast adrift from a ship carrying them from West Germany,
On 27th August South African police open fire on rioting crowds in Soweto.
A collision on 31st August between a cargo ship and a passenger liner in the Black Sea leads to the loss of at least 319 lives.
Sculptor Henry Moore dies on the same day, aged 88.
Prince Charles admits on TV that he talks to his plants.
Japanese car manufacturers Nissan open a new factory in Sunderland.
Desmond Tutu is enthroned as the Lord Archbishop of Cape Town on Sunday, 7th September.
On 8th September the President of Chile, General Augusto Pinochet, describes to reporters how he survived an attack upon his motorcade by rebel fighters armed with machine-guns, rifles, bazookas and grenades.
On 16th September 177 miners are killed in an underground fire at the Kinross gold mine, near Johannesburg.
Nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu is abducted in Rome on 30th September, after revealing details of Israel's nuclear weapons programme. He is taken back to Israel to face treason charges.
El Salvador is hit by a series of earthquakes. 1,500 people are killed.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit China. While in Beijing Prince Philip tells a group of British students: "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed."
On Thursday, 6th November 45 oil rig workers are killed when a Chinook helicopter crashes into the North Sea on its way from the Brent oilfield to Shetland. Two of the 47 on board are rescued by coastguards.
The Independent newspaper is launched in the UK on 7th October. The editor, Andreas Whittam Smith, receives a wreath from Max Hastings, the editor of the Daily Telegraph. In its first month the new paper achieves an average daily circulation of 332,957.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom Of The Opera opens at Her Majesty's Theatre in London on 9th October.
President Samora Machel of Mozambique is killed on Sunday, 19th October when the plane flying him back from an international meeting in Zambia crashes in the Lebombo mountains. 24 members of his staff were also killed in the crash.
24-year-old Jeremy Bamber is jailed for life on 28th October for killing five members of his family at their farmhouse in Essex.
Margaret Thatcher opens the final section of the M25 motorway on Wednesday, 29th October.
TV presenter Esther Rantzen launches Childline on 30th October, a new telephone helpline for children.
The High Court rules that a ban on News International newspapers by public libraries in three London Boroughs is illegal.
The UK government sets up a Cabinet Committee on AIDS, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, William Whitelaw. It meets for the first time on 11th November.
The head of the Renault car company, Georges Besse, is shot dead outside his home in Paris on Monday, 17th November.
On 20th November, after receiving new information from Myra Hindley, police begin a search of Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, for more victims of the Moors murderers.
Gilbert & George win the Turner Prize. The artists are presented with their award by the author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg at a reception at the Tate Gallery on 25th November.
Cary Grant dies on 29th November, aged 82.
The "Irangate" scandal breaks when it emerges that a US hostage in Iran was freed in exchange for arms.
The Musée d'Orsay in Paris, housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, is officially opened by the French president François Mitterrand on 9th December.
On Thursday, 11th December Anglican and Catholic bishops condemned the BBC's 'Play safe" campaign, which recommended the use of condoms to combat AIDS.
Murderer Myra Hindley returns to Saddleworth Moor on 16th December to assist police in their search for the bodies of missing children.
On 21st December student demonstrators in Shanghai call for democracy in China.
Dick Rutan and Jena Yeager complete the first non-stop flight around the world on Tuesday, 23rd December. Their plane Voyager touches down at Edwards Air Force Base in California, having flown 25,000 miles around the world without stopping to refuel. The flight took 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds.
Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet Union's most prominent dissident, returns to Moscow on Tuesday, 23rd December, after almost seven years of internal exile in the closed city of Gorky.
Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, dies on Monday, 29th December, aged 92.
On Tuesday, 30th December the UK government announces that the use of canaries to detect harmful gasses in coal mines is to be brought to an end. The birds are replaced by modern hand-held gas detectors.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Blow Monkeys
- Janet Jackson
- Run D.M.C.
|UK Best-selling Singles
The Sun Always Shines On TV
Too Good To Be Forgotten
Take My Breath Away
- Nick Berry
Every Loser Wins
- Blow Monkeys
Digging Your Scene
- Bon Jovi
Livin' On A Prayer
- David Bowie
- James Brown
Living In America
- Bucks Fizz
New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
Don't Leave Me This Way
- Cutting Crew
(I Just) Died In Your Arms
- Chris de Burgh
The Lady In Red
- Jim Diamond
Hi Ho Silver
- Dire Straits
Walk Of Life
- Anita Dobson
Anyone Can Fall In Love
- Dr. and the Medics
Spirit In The Sky
The Captain Of Her Heart
The Final Countdown
Rock Me Amadeus
- Samantha Fox
Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
- Boris Gardiner
I Want To Wake Up With You
- Bruce Hornsby and the Range
The Way It Is
Caravan Of Love
- Janet Jackson
What Have You Done For Me Lately
- Grace Jones
Poll Up To The Bumper / La Vie En Rose (re-issue)
- Patti LaBelle and Malcolm McDonald
On My Own
- Level 42
Lessons In Love
- Huey Lewis and the News
The Power Of Love / Do You Believe In Love (re-issue)
Papa Don't Preach
- Man To Man
- George Michael
A Different Corner
- Mr. Mister
- Nana Mouskouri
- Alison Moyet
Is This Love?
- Billy Ocean
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
- Pet Shop Boys
West End Girls
- Psychedelic Furs
Pretty In Pink (re-recording)
A Kind Of Magic
- Cliff Richard and the Young Ones
- Diana Ross
- Run D.M.C.
Walk This Way
- Simply Red
Holding Back The Years
- Frank Sinatra
Theme from 'New York, New York'
- Spitting Image
The Chicken Song
- Status Quo
In The Army Now
- Marti Webb
The Edge Of Heaven
- Kim Wilde
You Keep Me Hangin' On
- Jackie Wilson
|One Hit Wonders
- Grange Hill Cast
Just Say No
- Stan Ridgway
- Jackson Browne
Lives In The Balance
- Eric Clapton
- Culture Club
From Luxury To Heartache
- Cutting Crew
- Peter Gabriel
- Nanci Griffith
Last Of The True Believers
- Bruce Hornsby and the Range
The Way It Is
- Pet Shop Boys
A Kind Of Magic
- Chris Rea
On The Beach
- Paul Simon
- The Smiths
Queen Elizabeth II Is Dead
- Talking Heads
- Ruby Turner
Women Hold Up Half the Sky
- Steve Winwood
Back In The High Life
|At the Movies
- Absolute Beginners
- Beadle's About
- Betty Blue
- Brighton Beach Memoirs
- The Color Purple
- Crocodile Dundee
- Death In A French Garden
- Down and Out In Beverly Hills
- Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
- Jagged Edge
- The Jewel Of The Nile
- Kiss Of The Spiderwoman
- Manon des Sources
- The Mission
- Mona Lisa
- Out Of Africa
- Parting Glances
- Pretty In Pink
- Rocky IV
- A Room With A View
- Ruthless People
- Top Gun
Tony Award for Best Musical:
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
Award for Musical of the Year:
The Phantom Of The Opera
- Alas, Smith and Jones
- 'Allo 'Allo
- Blackadder Parte the Seconde
- Comic Relief
- Doctor Who (Season 23)
- The Golden Girls
(USA: Series 2)
(Series 6 and 7)
- In Sickness and In Health
- LA Law
- The Life and Loves of a She Devil
- Only Fools And Horses
- The Singing Detective
- Spitting Image
(Series 4, 5 and 6)
- Three Up Two Down
- Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV
- Yes, Prime Minister
of the Year:
Football: Liverpool win the Football League First Division and the FA Cup, beating hometown rivals Everton 3-1 in the final.
Argentina beat England in the World Cup Quarter-Finals in Mexico (with a little help from Diego Maradona's controversial "hand of God" goal).
Alex Ferguson is appointed manager of Manchester United.
Golf: Jack Nicklaus wins his sixth US Masters, having trailed Seve Ballesteros by six shots with ten holes to play.
Greg Norman wins the Open Championship at Turnberry.
Snooker: Joe Johnson beats Steve Davis in the final of the World Snooker Championship (18-12). Davis wins the UK Championship for the third year in a row, beating Neil Foulds 16-7 in the final.
Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her seventh women's singles title at Wimbledon, beating Hana Mandlikova in the final (7-6, 6-3). She wins the US Open for the third time, beating Helena Sukova in the final (6-3, 6-2).
Boris Becker proves that his surprise win in the 1985 men's singles final was no fluke. He retains his title with a three sets win over Ivan Lendl (6-4, 6-3, 7-5).
Cricket: England's cricket tour of Bangladesh is canceled at the last minute in a row over ties with South Africa.
Ian Botham is banned from first class cricket for two months, following his admission in a newspaper interview that he had smoked cannabis. Upon his return he sets a new world record of 356 Test wickets and equals the batting record of 24 runs in one over.
Boxing: At the age of 20 years and four months Mike Tyson beats Trevor Berbick in two rounds in Las Vegas to become the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion in history.
Motor Racing: Alain Prost wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second year in a row.
Man Booker Prize
The Old Devils