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



In The News

President Reagan, joking in testing a microphone before a taping a radio address on Saturday says – “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Later, Russia called the remark “unprecedentedly hostile” and said it showed the insincerity of U.S. calls for improved relations with Moscow.

John Z. DeLorean is acquitted on all eight counts in a $24-million cocaine conspiracy indictment. At issue was what was perceived as a case of entrapment by the jury, in relation to the government’s sting operation against DeLorean.

In Dallas - Republicans open their 33red national convention with a ringing denunciation of Democratic “doom and desperation” and a promise of “competent and confident leadership” under President Reagan.

Nina Patrovna Khrushcheva (spelled in the Russian fashion) - the widow of ousted Soviet leader Nikita s. Khrushchev who died earlier this month is buried next to the grave where he husband was laid to rest 13 years ago.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine A Ferraro announces that her husband has agreed to release his income tax returns and that she and her husband will pay $65,000 in back taxes and interest. Apparently, some real estate profit was understated.

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Jaycees chapters in one state to admit women, the national organization votes to discard its 65-year-old male-only policy and accept female members.

Olympic Parade in New York – America’s Olympic medal winners are greeted in a ticker tape parade in Manhattan. The parade was halted for 30 minutes after the rail of a 10-foot scaffold collapsed, injuring 87 spectators.

Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan challenges Walter F. Mondale to make public his own budget and economic projections rather than attack the Reagan Administration’s newly released forecast as “garbage.”

 President Reagan presents his 31-year-old daughter, Patti Davis in marriage to her yoga instructor, Paul Grilley. The ceremony was very private.

The other guy’s fault – Sen. Edward Kennedy and his 17-year-old son Patrick are injured slightly in a two-vehicle collision near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis. Jack Bell, a local plumber and the driver of the second vehicle, a pickup truck, was treated for a leg injury. He was later cited for failure to stay in his own lane.


Technology news – August 15, 1984

IBM unveils a more powerful and lower-priced version of its popular Personal Computer – the PC-AT. It will force clones or “PC compatibles” to respond with more than price cuts – they’ll have to match the product.


Sports news – August 15, 1984

The Soviet Union, which led a communist boycott of the Olympic Games, opens its alternative games this week.

Nancy Lopez rallies to win the World Championship in Women’s Golf and $65,000 after being six shots behind JoAnne Carner.

Pete Rose, baseball’s “Charlie Hustle” is returning to the Cincinnati Reds as player-manger. 


Entertainment news – August 15, 1984

Rocker Gene Simmons (Kiss) is in Vancouver making his acting debut as the villain in the next Tom Selleck movie, “Runaway.”

A woman run over by a truck leased to Dustin Hoffman’s production company during the filming of the movie “Tootsie” will receive a $1.75-million settlement. Linda Shafarman (28), a Manhattan social worker was walking home fro work April 26, 1982 when she was run over by the truck in Manhattan. The truck was transporting movie equipment during the Manhattan filming of “Tootsie.” The victim’s legs were broken and her skin and muscles were torn. She is permanently disfigured and has trouble walking.


Television news – August 15, 1984

Tom Snyder is leaving his news anchor job at WABC-TV New York to pursue other interests. His 5pm newscast was the lowest rated of his two competitors. 

Cristina Ferrare DeLorean, whose husband has just been acquitted of cocaine-trafficking charges, will join KABC-TV Los Angeles as co-host of “AM Los Angeles” where she’ll join Steve Edwards. Her husband, Jon DeLorean was arrested in October, 1982 on charges of conspiring to smuggle 220 pounds of cocaine into the U.S., but was acquitted of those charges last Thursday.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1984

CBS – Magnum, PI, Simon and Simon, Knot’s Landing

NBC – Gimme a Break, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court Hill Street Blues, Tonight show, David Letterman

ABC – 20/20, Preseason NFL game

PBS – Walter Cronkite’s Universe, Mystery!, Latenight America


On the  Tonight Show – Joining Johnny Carson – Michael Landon, Rosalind Chao and A. Whitney Brown.


Radio news – August 15, 1984

Pyramid Broadcasting, owner of WXKS-AM/FM is acquiring eight stations in for markets from Associated Communications.

Sillerman-Morrow is purchasing the Knoxville-based SunGroup of five radio stations for $13 million.


Music news – August 15, 1984

Julian Lennon, eldest son of the late John Lennon, signs a contract with Atlantic Records. His debut album is set for release this fall.

Interesting – Is it as big a secret as MTV thinks? - MTV recently signed exclusivity contracts reportedly with CBS, RCA, MCA and Geffen records. The channel’s veejays though, are promoting these so-called exclusives as “Sneak Preview Videos.” They run one per hour for a maximum of six times a day on MTV. What’s interesting is – MTV will not divulge just who the exclusivity agreements are with, but it doesn’t take a lot of sleuthing after you see “Sneak Preview Videos” to know who’s getting what.

Two more competitors to MTV - Wait a minute. Ted Turner has just sent a letter to more than 8,000 cable operators, informing them of his intention of adding a 24-hour rock video music channel much like MTV. The letter, dated August 7, asks operators to respond within two weeks regarding the total number of subscriptions their systems would guarantee the new service, which has a possible launch date of December 5. Turner says the video channel will be offered free for five years to all cable operators who commit before the cutoff date of Aug. 24. This news comes after another video channel – the Los Angeles based Discovery Music Network, plans to make its debut before the New Year.

Discovery is the brainchild of Glen and Karen Tyler, founders of cable’s Financial News Network and it looks like it has plenty of financial backing. Plans call for Discovery to program a playlist of 50 to 60 current music clips in pop, rock, country and black and a mix of oldies.

More interesting MTV – The timing of Ted Turner’s new 24-hour video music channel was bad timing for MTV. It came just before the first public offering of MTV stock. The 5-million-plus shares drew an initial bid of $15 each, down from $16-$18 it might have received if Turner wasn’t in the picture. MTV is expected to turn a profit this year. 

There may be a problem for both these new channels, a sort of “rule of one.” After the death of a number of competing networks offering similar programming, the cable industry has concluded that only one network can exist in any given format. At least for now. “The rule of one I terms of specialized programming holds for the new network, even though its musical format will be different from MTV’s,” suggests Bob Alter, head of the Cable Advertising Bureau. Alter says that cable operators have virtually no understanding of the meaning of different music formats.


Top Music Albums – August 15, 1984

Purple Rain – Prince

Heartbeat City – The Cars

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News

Out of the Cellar – Ratt

Ghostbusters – Soundtrack

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

1984 – Van Halen

Break Out – Pointer Sisters

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

Condition Critical – Quiet Riot

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

She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

Stay Hungry – Twisted Sister

Signs of Life – Billy Squier

Breakin’ Soundtrack

Breaking Hearts – Elton John

Camouflage – Rod Stewart

Rebel Yell – Billy Idol

Midnight Madness – Night Ranger


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

When Doves Cry – Prince

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.

Missing You – John Waite

Stuck On You – Lionel Richie

What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

She Bop – Cyndi Lauper

State of Shock – Jacksons

I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman

The Warrior – Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth

If Ever You’re In My Arms Again – Peabo Bryson

Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart

Round and Round – Ratt

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince and the Revolution

Sexy Girl – Glenn Frey

Drive – The Cars

Lights Out – Peter Wolf

Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Elton John

The Glamorous Life – Sheila E.

Rock me Tonight – Billy Squier


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

What's Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Careless Whisper – George Michael

Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Agadoo – Black Lane

Hole In My Shoe  - Nell

It’s A Hard Life – Queen

Whatever I Do – Hazell Dean

White Lines – Grandmaster & Melle Mel

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