One of the best remakes of all time debuts this week in 1986, while the Cryptkeeper tells a tale of Dennis Miller versus demons. Then 2006 brings us monkey fightin’ snakes on a Monday to Friday plane, plus Final Fantasy VII gets its first big spin-off game.
Other topics covered include:
–Howard Stern’s radio show is syndicated for the first time, airing on WYSP-FM Philadelphia
-Half Moon Street, starring Michael Caine and Sigourney Weaver, releases
-EA releases “Starflight,” an early sandbox-ish space sim
-Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” releases
-MC Hammer’s “Feel My Power” debuts, paving the way for hits throughout the rest of the 1980s
–Reel Big Fish’s “Turn the Radio Off” debuts, including “Sell Out.” Cypress Hill and Better Than Ezra also have albums out this week
–Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois. After a three year old boy falls into the deep gorilla enclosure, Binti Jua, a female silverback gorilla sits with the injured boy until his rescue. Video of the ape’s actions make her world famous.
-The San Jose Mercury-News newspaper begins running “Dark Alliance,” a series by Gary Webb alleging a connection between the CIA, Nicaraguan Contras and the crack epidemic in black neighborhoods. A Dept. of Justice investigation found parts were exaggerated, but did find many allegations against DEA agents were true. A movie about Webb, “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, came out in 2014.
–The Fan, Tin Cup and House Arrest release in theaters
-Peter, Bjorn and John’s “Writer’s Block” debuts, which includes “Young Folks.” If it’s not ringing any bells yet, it will soon enough!
-Accepted, The Illusionist and Material Girls all release in theaters
–Final episode of the reality series DMX: Soul of a Man airs on BET
–Dirge of Cerberus, Ninety Nine Nights and XBO shooter Xyanide all release
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