Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 1, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Soul singer Marvin Gaye is shot and killed at the Los Angeles home he shared with his parents His father, Marvin Gaye Sr., (71), a retired minister, is booked on suspicion of murder. The singer was to turn 45 the next day. Police say the singer became involved in a verbal dispute with his father. The next day, arguing resumed and there was “some pushing and shoving” in an upstairs hallway. At a point, Gaye’s mother, Alberta, interceded in an effort to stop the fight. The elder Gaye, subsequently armed himself with a five-shot .38 caliber handgun – opened fire on his son in the younger man’s bedroom.
The largest concentration of Soviet warships seen in years has been entering the North Atlantic Ocean from bases in the Barenta and Baltic seas. Meanwhile Soviet aircraft carrier Minak fired eight signal flares at the U.S. navy frigate Harold Holt in the South China Sea, hitting the Holt with three of the flares. A little damage was reported with no injuries.
Three terrorists firing automatic rifles and throwing hand grenades, would 48 in a daylight attack near the busiest intersection in West Jerusalem.
Campaign back into high gear - Former Vice President Walter Mondale moves closer to the Democratic presidential nomination with a win in the New York primary. Gary Hart is second, Jessie Jackson - third.
Doctors at Cornell Medical School say they may be close to an effective treatment against AIDS. By giving a patient a daily dose of Gamma Interferon, doctors believe they can prevent the series of infections that quickly kill AIDS victims. So far, no one has reported testing the substance on AIDS victims, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said limited tests on humans could begin immediately. More than 3,200 people have contracted AIDS since 1981.
President Reagan announces that a comprehensive U.S. proposal to ban the “production, possession and use” of chemical weapons around the world will be submitted to the U.N Committee on disarmament in Geneva. Attending will be Vice President George Bush, who will submit the proposal.
The Senate approves $61.8 million in emergency military aid for El Salvador and $21 million in support for right-wing rebels in Nicaragua. The vote is considered a major victory for the Reagan administration.
An apparent arson blaze guts a classroom at the McMartin Pre-School in Manhattan Beach (Calif). The school is the target of a massive child molestation investigation involving its 76-year-old founder and six teachers. It’s been closed since January.
Major banks boost their prime-lending rate from 11 1/2% to 12%, the highest level in more than a year.
Space shuttle Challenger roars into space to the highest shuttle orbit ever (to date) in pursuit of a crippled satellite. Said commander Robert Crippen “The view from here is as fantastic as ever.” Also on board - Frances Scobee, George Nelson, James Van Hoften and Terry Hart.
Prices for Levi’s Jeans – April 1, 1984:
For Women - Levi’s 501’s - $19.99 ... Levi’s Bendover Pants - $19.99 ... Polo shirts - $10.99.
Bestselling books – April 1, 1984
The Aquitaine Progression
Smart Women - Judy Blume
The Danger - Dick Francis
Almost Paradise - Susan Isaacs
On More Sunday - John D. MacDonald
The Journeyer - Gary Jennings
Pet Sematary - Stephen King
Lord of the Dance - Andrew M Greeley
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam - Barbara W. Tuchman
Eat to Win: The Sports Nutrition Bible - Robert Haas
Lines and Shadows - Joseph Wambaugh
Mayor: An Autobiography - Edward I. Koch
Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession - Erma Bombeck
Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do - Robert Schuller
Technology news – April 1, 1984
RCA says it will stop making and marketing videodisc players after three years. The company spent millions trying to win over customers to the format. RCA says it will continue to produce discs for a while, for the more than 500,000 players now in use by consumers. Even after RCA dropped the price of its disc players from the original price of $499 to today’s $199, sales continued to be sluggish.
Top computer games –
Flight Simulator II is hot followed by Lode Runner and Zork 1, Beach-Head and Julius Erving and Larry Bird Go One-on-One.
Computer news - Commodore says it will begin to offer IBM PC clones in mid-1985. One of the units will use the Intel Corp 8088 microprocessor.
IBM unveils a color monitor for the company’s PCjr. – a simpler home version of the Personal Computer. It’s priced at $429.00.
New York City is about to get a second area code. Under the plan, Manhattan and the Bronx would keep the familiar 212 prefix. Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island will be relegated to 718. But some are voicing concern that their prefix will no longer be the same as Manhattan. Politicos and businessmen claim would cost small business millions, hamper economic development in the boroughs outside Manhattan and inflict psychological pain on the millions who live in the 718 boroughs.
Media Business News – April 1, 1984
Representatives for Ted Turner say he is ready to make a bid for ESPN. “Texaco has stated publicly that it is interested in selling and we are in the process of preparing materials for a bid.” Turner’s cable holdings including Superstation WTBS (Seen in 29.3 million homes), CNN - (25.1 million homes), CNN Headline News (10.5 million homes). Turner also owns the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – April 1,1984
Barbra Streisand dedicates a building at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University in her father’s name. “I’m so glad that at the Emanuel Streisand School of Jewish Studies women will be able to study Jewish thought and Taimud without having to disguise themselves as men.” The building includes lecture halls and rooms for both research and seminars. Some of the money to finance the building was donated by Streisand, her friends and her associates.
At the 58th Annual Academy Awards held this week (hosted by Johnny Carson) – Some winners:
Best Picture - “Terms of Endearment”
Best Actor - Robert Duvall - “Tender Mercies”
Best Actress - Shirley MacLaine - “Terms of Endearment”
Best Supporting Actor - Jack Nicholson - “Terms of Endearment”
Best Supporting Actress - Linda Hunt - “The Year of Living Dangerously
Director - James L Brooks - “Terms of Endearment
Original Song - “Flashdance” - Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara
Top Videocassette movie rentals - April 1,1984
Never Say Never Again
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Television news – April 1, 1984
It’s announced that the romance between Sam Malone and Diane Chambers on “Cheers” will end at the conclusion of a two-parter in May.
Stacey Keach of TV’s “Mike Hammer,” pleads innocent in a British court to charges of attempting to smuggle $75,000 worth of cocaine into England. He was released on $100 bail.
Top Television shows/Nielsen ratings – April 1, 1984
Dynasty - 25.2
Simon & Simon - 24.0
A Team - 24.4
Magnum PI - 23.6
Knots Landing - 23.3
60 Minutes - 22.6
Newhart - 21.0
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1, 1984
CBS - Scarecrow & Mrs King, Movie
NBC - TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Movie, Tonight Show, Late Show
ABC - Academy Awards, Barbara Walters Special
PBS - Frontline, Great Performances
HBO - Fraggle Rock, Movie-Padding Goes to the Movies, Country Jukebox
A & E - The Onedin Line, Now In Paperback, Interior Design, Nanny, World War II: Secret Army- Series
On TV Bloopers - David Hasselhoff and Robert Mandan, Robert Klein surveys opinions about movies and theaters on the streets of New York. Shirley Jones is the center of a practical joke.
On CBS Movie - “Still The Beaver” (1983) with Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond, Richard Deacon.
Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1,1984
CBS – The American Parade, Miss Teen USA
NBC – The A-Team, Riptide, Reemington Steele, Decision ’84, Tonight Show, Late Night With David Lettermen
ABC – Foul-Ups, Bloops and Blunders, a,k.a. Pablo, Three’s Company, Shaping Up, Hart to Hart
PBS – Nova, American Playhouse, Rockin’ & Rollin’ With Phil Spector
A&E - Joseph Papp Presents
Lifetime – Mother’s Day, Cable Health World Report, Human Sexuality, American Adventure
On Miss Teen USA – hosted by Michael Young and Heather Thomas. Guests – Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band.
On Three’s Company – Larry takes on Jack’s identity for a date with Janet’s friend.
On Shaping Up – Shannon thinks her acting career is about to get a boost when Buddy recruits a famous playwright to join the health club.
On the Tonight Show – Robin Williams, Phyllis Newman join Johnny Carson.
On David Lettermen – John Cleese, Kathleen Turner
Phil Spector – Documentary
Radio news – April 1, 1984
Scott Shannon of Z-100 is giving away a Duran Duran tour jacket because it’s ugly.
TV commercials seen for Z-100 are about to be syndicated and used by other stations. Titled “Destroyer” – the commercials uses a series of tough characters and scenes. Commercial uses John Camerson Swayze at the end saying “Z-100 – it takes a knockin’ and keeps on rockin’”
Ronald Reagan Jr. makes his radio debut. He covered the Academy Awards for NBC’s “Source” rock radio network.
Music news – April 1, 1984
Near Hollywood, an estimated 10,000 stand in a mile-long line to say goodbye to singer Marvin Gaye where his body lay in an open casket. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed a day of mourning for the slain singer. His father is brought to court for arraignment on charges of having murdered him.
A jury rules that Yoko Ono must pay $3 million to record producer-engineer Jack Douglas for work he did on the couple’s “Double Fantasy” album. The jury also ruled she must pay Douglas a percentage of the earnings from the more recent album “Milk and Honey.”
Millionaire singer Boy George of “The Culture Club” tells London’s Dailey Mirror that there are some things money won’t change. “I still argue about the price of clothes in shops and I’m always trying to get a discount.” Boy George made his first million pounds in 18 months - faster than the Beatles, Elton John and Rod Stewart. The singer has a reputation for fancying women’s garments.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” a two-record album containing every word of the film’s dialogue. Recorded live at a packed revival house in New York City, the audience is a big part of the soundtrack. Grab your rice!
HBO presents Culture Club in concert. The stereo soundtrack simulcast will be offered to FM stations by way of Westwood One radio.
Rockwell (Kennedy Gordy) says “I never wanted anyone to know that Berry Gordy was my father. I knew that once it was known, rumors would spread that he was responsible for any success I had. And I’ve already heard people saying that I’m just a poor little rich boy whose daddy gave him the key to the store. That’s just not true.” Rockwell claims his dad didn’t know he was making the record.
“The Stars On 45” is issuing a “King of Soul” record – a tribute to James Brown. Included is “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “Get on The Goodfoot,” “Sex Machine,” “Hot Pants” and “Lickin’ Stick.”
Top Pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 1, 1984
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell
Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
Miss Me Blind - Culture Club
I Want A New Drug - Huey Lewis and the News
Adult Education Daryl Hall/John Oates
Automatic - Pointer Sisters
Got A Hold On Me - Christine McVie
Eat It - Wierd Al Yankovic
The Language Of Love - Dan Fogelberg
Girls - Dwight Twilley
Radio Ga-Ga - Queen
Red Red Wine - UB40
One In A Million - The Romantics
Back Where You Belong - 38 Special
Give It Up - KC
They Don’t Know - Tracey Ullman
New Moon On Monday - Duran Duran
You Might Think - The Cars
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
Love Me Somebody - Rick Springfield
Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - Phil Collins
MTV Videos – Top Rotation – April 1, 1984
A Fine, Fine Day – Toney Carey
You Might Think – Cars
Miss Me Blind – Culture Club
New Song – Howard Jones
Nobody Told Me – John Lennon
New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
Adult Education – Hall & Oates
Middle of the Road – Pretenders
I Want A New Drug – Huey Lewis & The News
Illegal Alien – Genesis
Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurythmics
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
She Was Hot – Rolling Stones
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman
Eat it – Weird Al Yankovic
Radio GaGa – Queen
Give – Missing Persons
The Runner – Manfred Man From Yesterday
Authority Song – John Cougar Mellencamp
Top Music Albums – April 1,1984
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Colour By Numbers - Culture Club
Footloose - soundtrack
1984 - Van Halen
Sports - Huey Lewis & The News
Touch - Eurythmics
Learning To Crawl - The Pretenders
Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie
She’s So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
Synchronicty - The Police
Other Music Albums – April 1,1984
Authority Song - John Cougar Mellencamp
Milk and Honey - John Lennon
Lipstick Lies - Pat Benatar
Love Life - Berlin
Heartbeat City - The Cars
Flat Earth - Thomas Dolby
Talk Show - The Go-Go’s
The Works - Queen
Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell
Sparkle in the Rain - Simple Minds
My Ever Changing Moods - The Style Council
Into the Gap - The Thompson Twins
My War - Black Flag
Let The Music Play - Shannon
Bark At The Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Windows and Walls - Dan Fogelberg
99 Luftballons - Nena
Midnight Madness - Night Ranger
Love At First Sting - Scorpions
She’s Strange - Cameo
The Politics of Dancing - Re-Flex
Rhyme & Reason - Missing Persons
Animal Grace - April Wine
Hard to Hold - Rick Springfield
Rock ‘n’ Soul Part 1 - Hall & Oates
About Face - David Gilmour
Top hit music singles in Britain – April 1, 1984
Hello – Lionel Ritchie
It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls
Robert de Niro’s waiting – Bananarama
It’s A Miracle – Culture Club
What Do I Do” – Phil Fearon & Galaxy
You Live Is King – Sade
A Love Worth Waiting For, Shakin’ Stevens
Steet dance – Break Machine
People Are People – Depeche Mode
Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 1, 1984
Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It – Janie Frickie
Thank God For The Radio – The Kendalls
I’ve Been Wrong Before – Deborah Allen
The Yellow Rose – Johnny Lee with lane Brody
Right Or Wrong – George Straight
Will It Be Love By Morning – Michael Martin Murphy
Happy Birthday dear Heartache – Barbara Mandrell
Sweet Country Music – Atlanta
If I Could Only Dance With You – Jim Glasier
Top movies – April 1, 1984
Moscow on the Hudson - Robin Williams, Alejandro Rey, Maria Conchia Alonso, Cleavant Derricks
Police Academy - Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith, George Gaynes
Romancin’ The Stone - Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny De Vito, Zack Norman, Alfonso, Arau, Manuel Ojeda
Where The Boys Are - Lisa Hartman, Russell Todd, Larna Luft, Wendy Schaal, Howard McGillin, Lynn-Holly Johnson
Terms of Endearment - Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Danny De Vito, John Lithgow
Footloose - Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne West, John Lithgow
The Stone Boy - Robert Duvall, Frederick Forrest Glenn Close, Wilford Brimley
Spinal Tap - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby.
Racing With The Moon (music by Dave Grusin) - Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage
Up The Creek - Tim Matheson, Dan Monahan, Stephen Furst, Jeff East, Sandy Helberg, Blaine Novak
Hard to Hold - Rick Springfield
Against All Odds- Jeff Bridges
Splash - Darryl Hannah, Tom Hanks