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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 25, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan first promises, then hedges that he will not raise taxes next year if re-elected.

Reversing an earlier decision, the House passes and sends to President Reagan a bill to allow student religious meetings in public schools.

In South Carolina - An Amtrak train carrying 360 passengers rams a pickup truck at a crossing with no warning lights, killing a woman in the truck and injuring her husband. It was Amtrak’s fifth fatal accident in 22 days.

American, Venezuelan and Netherland Antilles security agents storm a hijacked Venezuelan jetliner killing the tow hijackers and rescuing the 79 people held hostage on board.

The Soviets call for an international conference on the Middle East at which the United States, the Soviet Union, Israel and its Arab neighbors and the Palestine Liberation Organization would take part.


Sports news – July 25, 1984

President Reagan flies to Los Angeles to open the 1984 Summer Olympics, urging the athletes to do their best for themselves, their families, their country and “For the Gipper.”

Summer Olympics in Los Angeles – Ticket sales are picking up. Bruce Hayes of Dallas gets a gold medal for swimming.


Trend - A record $17.8 billion in home mortgages were issued last month.


Notable Obituaries – July 25, 1984:

Passing – George Gallup – creator of the famous Gallup Poll (82).

Passing – conductor Fred Waring, “the man who taught America to sing” during 68 years of concerts and workshops. He was 84.

Passing – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (57).

Passing – Rev. C.L. Franklin, civil rights activist and father to singer Aretha Franklin (69).


Vanessa Williams Fall-out news update – July 25, 1984

The 10 photos of Vanessa Williams that will appear in Penthouse’s September issue were only a small percentage of what was offered to the magazine by photographer Tom Chiapel, but Penthouse says it has no plans to publish the remaining photos. 

Appearing on the “Today Show” last week, Hugh Hefner, who publishes Playboy magazine, implied that competitor Bob Guccione had displayed something less than “a moral set of values” in running the nude Penthouse-Vanessa Williams pictures that cost her the Miss America crown.  

More Vanessa – She and her replacement, Suzette Charles appear on the “Today Show” this week, but not together.

Kellogg’s pulls a limited edition Corn Flakes box featuring Miss USA Vanessa Williams. 


Music news – July 25, 1984

Annette Funicello is back recording, but this time – she’s country. Look for “The Annette Funicello Country Album” on Starview Records. Annette says that back in Utica during her childhood, her parents listened to Country and Western music, which was and still is big in upstate New York. 

The FCC raises the number of radio and television stations that a company may own from a total of 14 radio stations and 7 TV stations to a new ceiling of 24 radio stations and 12 TV stations.

Don’t have cable and you live in the Chicago area? Check out this video show weekday afternoons over WPWR-TV Channel 60.


Television news –July 25, 1984

 Beaver Cleaver and the gang are back in “Still the Beaver” being produced by Disney for the Disney Channel. Wally is now an attorney and Beaver is an accountant like his father. Also returning – Eddie Haskell and Barbara Billingsley.

Looks like WTTW (channel 11) in Chicago, that city’s PBS station, will become the nation’s first fulltime stereo television station. Look for it next month. Plans are to begin with such full stereo music programming as “Great Performances,” “Soundstage” and country music specials, and then add dance and drama.

 Rising star – Deborah Norville is named co-anchor of WMAQ-TV’s (Channel 5) 4:30pm weekday newscast. She replaces Linda Yu who has moved to rival WLS-TV. Hired as an anchor-reporter in January 1982, She’s been anchoring weekend newscasts at the station.

Jim McKay hosts ABC-TV’s coverage of the 1984 summer Olympics.

Interesting – “Jeopardy” – which has been seen on-and-off daytime television since the mid-1960’s is coming back – this time a night time version is being readied for syndication. The show will be produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises which recently sent around a pilot and Jeopardy’s new host, Alex Trebek to talk about it. The new Jeopardy will be splashier and supped-up – a different look and feel then its predecessors. Look for brighter flashing lights and high-tech TV monitors among other things. 

Mimi Kuzyk and Robert Hirschfeld are added to NBC’s “Hill Street Blues” roster, bringing the total to 17 regulars who will appear on the series this fall.

Changes on “Newhart” this fall – goodbye to Steven Kampermann and hello to Peter Scolari.

The Phil Donahue Show is moving from Chicago to New York.


Top movies – July 25, 1984

Muppets Take Manhattan

Purple rain

The Corsican Brothers

Meatballs II

The Karate Kid

The Never Ending Story

Bachelor party

Electric Dreams



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