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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

Trading Places

War Games


Mr. Mom

Never Say Never Again

Risky Business

Easy Money

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Star Chamber


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

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