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July 27, 1986, is a Sunday. Greg Lemond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France. Investors in a potential NBA franchise in Orlando, Florida, announce that if they are granted the franchise, the team will be called the Magic. For only the third time in baseball history, two pitchers who have won 300 games face each other in the same game. Don Sutton and the California Angels beat Tom Seaver and the Boston Red Sox, 3-0. Several people in Malaysia report seeing a red sphere hovering over a field. A three-foot-tall humanoid gets out of it and walks around, leaving footprints behind. In Texas, the Clear Lake High School Class of 1976 holds its 10-year reunion. By presidential proclamation, it’s the first day of National Nuclear Medicine Week. President Reagan also signs the Commercial Vehicle Motor Safety Act, which tightens the licensing requirement for commercial drivers. For the fifth time since they were adopted in 1970, the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society amends its bylaws.
Queen plays in Budapest, and Stevie Nicks plays in Portland, Maine. Miles Davis plays in Italy. Howie Mandel guests on Dr. Demento’s syndicated radio show. Rock critic Cameron Crowe and Heart co-leader Nancy Wilson get married. The Ramones play in Minneapolis, and Lou Reed plays in Philadelphia. The Cure plays in San Francisco. During the show, a fan climbs on stage and repeatedly stabs himself in the chest; the crowd cheers, believing it’s part of the show. Richie Havens plays Santa Cruz, California. Bob Dylan plays Denver. On the Cash Box singles chart this week, with “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel dethrones his old bandmates, Genesis, whose “Invisible Touch” had topped the listing the previous week. Other hot records on the chart include Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach,” which blasts to Number 9 from 16 and Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling,” which debuted in the Top 100 at Number 39 last week and is up to Number 32 this week. Farther down the chart, the Swiss duo Double is up to Number 50 with “The Captain of Her Heart.” At WKAI in Macomb, Illinois, the program director/music director/morning-show host digs it.
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