Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 18, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In the worst mass slaying episode in U.S. history, James Oliver Hubert (41) picks off 20 people inside and outside a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California - just south of San Diego. As he entered the restaurant, he was heard to say, “I killed thousands in Vietnam, and I want to kill more.” Most of the victims were killed within minutes, including a boy on a bicycle in the restaurant’s adjoining playground. Huberty was killed by police sniper when it was learned he had no hostages. One man said he was just driving by the location when “bullets just started flying,” shattering his windshield and right headlight.
McDonalds Corp of Oak Brook, IL pulls all commercials off of radio and television. “We are shocked and grieved by the tragic incident which took place. It was a bizarre, isolated and very tragic incident. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and we share in their grief.”
Vanessa Williams - Miss America 1984 and the first black woman ever to win the crown resigns under pressure from pageant officials after nude photographs of her appear in Penthouse magazine. The magazine issue is selling at a torrid pace. “I never consented to the publication or use of these photographs in any manner.” With her announcement, Williams’ crown goes too the first runner-up, Suzette Charles, Miss New Jersey.
At their convention in San Francisco - The Democratic Party nominates former Vice President Walter F. Mondale to run for President in November. Later on, Geraldine A Ferraro is nominated as his running mate - the first woman ever to run for Vice President.
In a South Lawn ceremony attended by relatives of POW’s and former prisoners, President Reagan announces that Laos has agreed to a joint excavation of the site of a combat aircraft crash during the Vietnam War in an effort to find the remains of some U.S. soldiers. “Four times in this country we have been forced painfully and reluctantly to send our men and woman to fight in wars on foreign shores.” “Some of them made the supreme sacrifice of their lives. Some others made sacrifices in many way equally grave - they were imprisoned by the enemy.”
The French Communist Party, dissatisfied with the economic policies of the nation’s new premier, announced that it is quitting the government of Socialist President Francois Mitterrand and Premier Laurent Fabius announces a new Cabinet to carry out his economic policies to reconstruct industry.
Poland’s Communist government approves a sweeping amnesty that is expected to free all of the country’s political prisoners and end preliminary legal moves against hundreds of other dissidents. The move is viewed as an inducement for the West to remove economic sanctions.
Steroids may cause heart disease ... A team of researchers at Washington University in St Louis says that their research indicates that steroids reduce blood levels in high-density lipoprotein (also known as HDL) ... HDL is believed to help prevent heart disease by acting as a transporter to clear cholesterol from the bloodstream.
Two Amtrak passenger trains crash head-on on a trestle suspended above a New York City street. 125 people are injured.
Media Business news – July 18, 1984
Minneapolis financier Irwin Jacobs and four associates buy a 5.8% stake in Walt Disney Productions for nearly $90.5 million. Jacobs is renowned for launching takeovers and occasionally liquidates the companies he acquires. He says there is no present intention to seek control of the company.
Passing - Samuel J. Popeil (69) - introduced the Veg O matic and Pocket Fisherman to late night television audiences across the United States. The family was rocked by a conspiracy in 1974 when Popeil’s wife, Eloise and her admitted boyfriend, Daniel Ayres, were charged with trying to pay $25 thousand to two men to kill Popeil. He said his wife “wanted the security of being a married couple with the freedom of being a single girl.” He said he knew of the boyfriend, but because of his deteriorating marital relationship “was kind of happy to have him take her off my hands.” Sam and Eloise later remarried. His son Ron continues the tradition with his “Ronco” and its famous infomercials.
Sports news – July 18, 1984
Retires - Quarterback Terry Bradshaw (35) who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. “It’s not a one-year retirement. It’s forever.” Bradshaw had been suffering a severe shoulder injury that limited him to one game last year. He’ll work for CBS Sports as a commentator.
Tennis champ Chris Evert Lloyd is back with her husband John Lloyd after a trial separation of nearly six months.
Dies - Jogging authority Jim Fixx (52), who wrote the best seller “The Complete Book of Running” collapses and dies of a heart attack while jogging in rural Vermont. Fixx thought that running could help him avoid the hereditary heart disease that had killed his father.
Technology news- July 18, 1984
Chicago television station WTTW (PBS-Channel 11) becomes the first in the nation to broadcast in stereo. PBS has been broadcasting many programs in stereo including “Austin City Limits,” and “Live from the Met.” Some new television sets offer stereo audio and most manufacturers will offer stereo adapters if they don’t already. The FCC approved stereo TV on March 29.
Sony introduces “The Sony Voyager. The only watchman TV you can watch in 64 countries.”
Best-selling books –July 18, 1984
... And Ladies of the Cub - Helen Hooven Santmyer
Full Circle - Danielle Steel
Lincoln - Gore Vidal
The Walking Drum - Louis L’Amour
The Aquitaine Progression - Robert Ludlum
Eat to Win: The Sports Nutrition Bible - Robert Haas
Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi - Bob Woodward
In God’s Name - David A. Yallop
The Kennedy’s: An American Drama - Peter Collier, David Horowitz
Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing The Sale - Zig Ziglar
Radio news – July 18, 1984
KPLZ Seattle becomes the 11th station to license Mike Joseph’s “Hot Hits” phrase. Seems that top-40 is back!
Radio Ratings – July 1984
New York – (Spring book) Z-100 hits a high of 7.4 in the ratings! The station had been off a bit – down to a 5.5 in the last book, after a 6.2 debut last fall. Rival WPLJ also showed a nice increase as the top-40 station hit a 4.4 share.
WKTU falls to a 3.3, from a 4.0. AOR WNEW-FM is up to a 3.1, from 2.6. WNBC is up to a 3.0, from 2.9.. Talk WABC is up to a 2.6, from a 2.3 WNEW-AM is up to a 3.1, from a 2.9. Rock WAPP dips from a 3.3 to a 2.9. Country WHN is up to a 2.9 from 2.3. All-news WINS gets a 4.6.
Los Angeles Radio Ratings – July 1984 - Top-4- KIIS-FM jumps to a 9.7 share, from its former 7.8. Talk KABC is up to a 7.6 from a 5.7. Top-40 KKHR is up to a 2.9, from 2.6. KOST is down to a 2.7, from a 3.3, KIQQ lips from a 2.7 to a 2.6. KRTH (Oldies) – 2.8. KROQ is down to a 2.1 from a 3.0. KMET is down to a 3.4 from a 3.9. KFI is down to a 1.4.
Chicgo Radio Ratings - July 1984 – WGN-AM leads with an 8.8 and Urban WGCI-FM is up to a 6.1. WBBM (all-news) – 4.6. Easy WLOO – 5.6. B-96 (WBBM-FM) dips to a 4.6 from 5.0. WLS-AM dips to a 3.2 from 3.7 and WLS-FM is up to a 3.5 from 2.9. WCLR (A/C) is up to a 4.1 from 3.4. Country WMAQ scores a 4.1. WLUP up from a 3.0 to 3.4. WLAK (Nothing but love songs) is down to a 3.2 from a 3.9.
Programmer Randy Kabrich resigns from Doubleday’s WAVA Washington to form his own consultancy group.
Capital Cities buys Metromedia’s KLAC-AM in Los Angeles. They’ll continue to operate KZLA-FM and spin-off KZLA-AM. Both are country.
WGAR-AM Cleveland goes country as FM sister KWKSW goes WGAR-FM. Jay Clark is the program director.
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 18, 1984
CBS - 60 Minutes, Goodnight Beantown, The Four Seasons, The Jeffersons, Alice, Trapper John, MD
NBC - Summer Sunday USA, Knight Rider, Movie
ABC - Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Hardcastle and McCormick, Movie
PBS - National Geographic, Masterpiece Theater, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Summer Sunday USA - A look at the week ahead in the news with a major focus on politics. Linda Ellerbee and Andrea Mitchell host.
Music news – July 18, 1984
CBS Records pulls all commercial copes of what was to be its second Willie Nelson/Julio Iglesias single, “As Time Goes By.” CBS just shipped an Iglesias/Diana Ross duet, “All Of You.” Some believe it was Julio Iglesias himself who wanted the other single pulled.
First MTV Video Music Awards – Hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Akroyd.
Jacksons' fans get a special treat in Dallas at Texas Stadium. Eddie Van Halen, who did the guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” gets on stage with the group and reprises his riff. Also in the crowd - Prince.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 18, 1984
When Doves Cry - Prince
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
State of Shock - Jacksons
Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol
Sad Songs (Say So Much) - Elton John
Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters
Infatuation - Rod Stewart
Almost Paradise - Love Theme From Footloose - Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
Legs - ZZ Top
Doctor! Doctor! - The Thompson Twins
Magic - The Cars
Breakin’ ... There’s No Stopping Us - Ollie & Jerry
Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung
No Way Out - Jefferson Starship
I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man) - Kenny Loggins
Romancing The Stone - Eddy Grant
Boys Do Fall In Love - Robin Gibb
Top music albums – July 18, 1984
Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
Purple Rain - soundtrack by Prince & The Revolution
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Sports - Huey Lewis & The News
Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie
Eliminator - ZZ Top
Breakin’ - soundtrack
Footloose - soundtrack
Heartbeat City - The Cars
1984 (MCMLXXXIV) - Van Halen
Victory - The Jacksons
Seven and The Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran
Ghostbusters - soundtrack
Streets of Fire - soundtrack
Bananarama - Bananarama
Dancin’ On The Edge - Lita Ford
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Goodbye Cruel World - Elvis Costello
Camouflage - Rod Stewart
Out Of The Cellar – Rat
Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 18, 1984
Angel In Disguise – Earl Thomas Conley
Just Another Woman In Love – Anne Murray
Burnin’ Up With Love – Eddie Rabbit
That’s The Thing About Love – Don Williams
Atlanta Blue – Statler Brothers
Mama He’s Crazy – The Judds
I Don’t Wanna Be A Memory – Exile
If The Fall Don’t Get You – Janie Fricke
Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – July 18, 1984
Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
I Won’t Let The Su Go Down On Me – Kershaw
Hole In My Shoe – Nell
Breakin’ – Ollie and Jerry
When Doves Cry – Prince
White Lines – Grandmaster and Melle Mell
Jump – Pointer Sisters
Top movies – July 18, 1984
Ghostbusters - Bill Murray
Electric Dreams - Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield
Best Defense - Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Kate Capshaw
Revenge of the Nerds - Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley, Berney Casey
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom - Harrison Ford
The Karate Kid - Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, Elisabeth Shure
Bachelor Party - Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, William Tepper, Tawny Kitaen
The Last Starfighter - Lance Guest, Dan O’Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Preston
The NeverEnding Story - Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronch, Patricia Hayes, Gerald McRainey, Moses Gun
Star Trek III - The Search For Spock - William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Merritt Butrick, Christopher Lloyd
Romancing The Stone - Michael Douglas