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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 15, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Supreme Court rules that the government generally may not be sued for negligence in commercial air disasters.

216-210 vote  - The House barely passes passed the Simpson-Mazzoli immigration bill and it must now before a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators. The bill grants amnesty to millions of aliens living illegally in the United States.

The gross national product is growing at a strong 5.7% annual rate after roaring ahead far beyond expectations in the first quarter.

President Reagan opens the 1984 International Games for the disabled, being held in the U.S. for the first time. “You’re proving that a disability doesn’t have to stand in the way of a full and active life,” said the President.

House and Senate tax writers agree to limit the tax breaks for luxury cars used in business and tighten business deductions allowed for the home use of personal computers and other items.

President and Mrs. Reagan announce that their daughter, Patti Davis will marry yoga instructor Paul Grilley on Aug. 14 at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles.


Medical /Health news – June 15, 1984

The government has granted approval for the world’s second implant of a permanent artificial heart.


 Sports news – June 15, 1984

Al Unser Jr. holds on to win the Rose Festival 200 at Portland, OR – his first Indy-car victory. He’s the 22-year-old son of 37-time Indy car winner Al Unser.

Swale, winner of the 1984 Kentucky Derby and the Belmont stakes, collapses and dies suddenly in his stall after a workout at Belmont park racetrack.


Radio news – June 15, 1984

KHJ AM Los Angeles is gearing to go what it calls “Car Radio.” Look for a lot of traffic along with music.

Alan Berg, a combative radio talk show host at KOA radio in Denver dies of multiple gunshot wounds after being ambushed outside his condominium. Berg (50) had reported death threats to police several times.

More LA - Robert W. Morgan is now at KMGG (Magic 106) doing mornings. Jim Lang is now doing mornings at Morgan’s former station – KMPC.

KIQQ (100.3) was heard to play “State of Shock” for 23 hours straight. – It’s the first single off of Michael Jackson’s new unreleased album – “Victory.” Michael Jackson shares vocal with Mick Jagger.  


Entertainment/Movie news – June 15, 1984

Passing – Sunny Johnson – she portrayed the frustrated skater in “Flashdance.” Apparently, a blood vessel in her brain burst. She was only 30.

A made-for-TV movie is coming – “The Ewok Movie,” George Lucas will serve as executive producer.


Television news – June 1984

Martin Short of SCTV will join the cast of “Saturday Night Live” next season.

New to ABC-TV daytime – “The Love Report.” It’s produced by KABC-TV Los Angeles with anchors Chuck Henry and Tawny Schneider. 

Gina Lollobrigida has signed to be a regular on CBS’ “Falcon Crest” next season.

Trapper John Mod – 20th Century-Fox Licensing & Merchandising has entered into a contract for the manufacture and distribution of designer nurses clothing under the name of the TV series “Trapper John, M.D.” The outfits will retail for between $26 and $52.

Actor Dan Haggerty – better known as TV’s “Grizzly Adams, has been arrested after selling cocaine to an undercover narcotics officer. The 42-year-old actor sold an officer about a half an ounce on one occasion and approximately an eighth of an ounce another time.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 15, 1984

CBS – 60 Minutes, AfterMASH, Four Seasons, The Jeffersons, Alice, Trapper John, MD

NBC – Father Murphy, Knight Rider, Movie

ABC – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Hardcastle & McCormick, Movie

PBS – Living Wild, Masterpiece Theatre

ESPN – Superbouts of the ‘70’s

USA – Don Drysdale

CNN – Style With Elsa Klensch

MTV – I.R.S. Records presents “The Cutting Edge.”


AfterMASH - Radar is getting married!


Music news – June 15, 1984

Dates for the first leg of Bruce Springsteen’s tour are set. It all begins June 29 in St. Paul.

On MTV this week – The Pretenders in concert.

The Jacksons’ tour has announced that ticket prices will be $30.

While in Chicago – don’t miss “Music Video 60” over WPWR Channel 60. It airs two hours each weekday afternoon and is tops in the ratings among teenagers. 

“Cabbage Patch Dreams” – the first album from the Cabbage Patch Dolls. From Parker Brothers Music.

CBS, RCA, MCA and Geffen have reached agreement with MTV for exclusive broadcast rights to selected video clips for periods ranging from one week to 30 days. One record company, Elektra, says there will no such deal.

 Passing – Meredith Wilson – composer of the Broadway smash – “The Music Man.” He was 82.


Top pop hit music singles  In Britain – June 15, 1984

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham!

Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Only When You Leave – Spandou Ballet

Pearl in the Shell – Howard Jones

Dancing With Tears In My – Ult

High Energy – Evrnes


Top Music Albums – June 15, 1984

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

Footloose – Soundtrack

1984 – Van Halen

Heartbeat City – The Cars

Street Talk – Steve Perry

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Love At First Sting – Scorpions

Rebel Yell – Bill Idol

Colour By Numbers – culture Club

Seven and the Ragged Tiger – Duran Duran

Breakin’ – Soundtrack

She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

Eliminator – ZZ Top

Grace Under Pressure – Rush

Madonna – Madonna

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Break Out – Pointer Sisters

Jermaine Jackson – Jermaine Jackson


Top Country Hit Music Singles – June 15, 1984

When We Make Love – Alabama

You’ve still got A Place In My Heart – George Jones

I Don’t Wanna Be A Memory – Exile

I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight) – Vern Gosdin

I Got Mexico – Eddy Raven

Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody – Conway Twity

Between Two Fires – Gary Morris

Just Another Woman in Love – Anne Murray

I’m Not Through Loving You Yet – Louise Mandrell


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 15, 1984

Oh, Sherrie – Steve Parry

The Reflex – Duran Duran

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

Let’s Heart If For The Boy – Denise Williams

Self Control – Laura Branigan

Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen

The Heart of Rock and Roll – Huey Lewis & The News

Borderline – Madonna

It’s A Miracle – Culture Club

Hello – Lionel Richie

Eyes Without A Face – Billy Idol

Jump (For My Love) – Pointer Sisters

Sister Christian – Night Ranger

Almost Paradise… Love Theme From Footloose – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson

Who’s That Girl – Eurythmics

Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

Run Runaway – Slade

Breakdance – Irene Cara

Legs – ZZ Top

Stay the Night – Chicago

Magic – The Cars

Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Doctor! Doctor! – Thompson Twins

Infatuation – Rod Stewart


Top movies – June 15, 1984



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