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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 1,1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Col. Moammar Kadafi says that Libyan soldiers are fighting in Nicaragua for that country’s Marxist-led Sandinista regime and vows to establish a “wide front” to confront the U.S. near its borders.

Two-decade liberal party domination ends -  Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative party sweeps to a landslide victory in Canada’s national election.

Walter F. Mondale condemns President Reagan and his conservative religious supporters for trying to wrap the republican campaign in the robes of religion, saying “most Americans would be surprised to learn god is a Republican."

Walter F. Mondale renews his pledge to order a temporary moratorium on the testing of all nuclear weapons and said that on his “very first day as President he would contact soviet leaders to propose a summit meeting on arms control.

In Chicago - President Reagan defends his commitment to civil rights by saying his parents raised him to believe “that here’s no sin greater than prejudice or bigotry.’ “I was fighting for civil rights before they called it civil rights.’ “I know that there’s been a lot of criticism that somehow I am opposed to civil rights.”

Disney President Ron Miller resigns amid criticism of his company from investors and analysts who claim the company botched the handling of a recent unfriendly takeover attempt.

Pope John Paul II warns Roman Catholic couples that even the rhythm method of natural birth control can be morally wrong if it is used for “unworthy reasons."


Sports news – September 1, 1984

Dan Marino throws five touchdown passes as Miami beats the Washington Redskins 25-17. Marino passed for 311 yards. 

Phil Simms becomes only the second giant quarterback in the club’s 60year-history to pass for 400 years in a game as he threw four TD’s to lead New York to a 28-27 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.


Entertainment news – September 1, 1984

 Passing – Arthur Schwartz (83), wrote “That’s Entertainment” and “Dancing In The Dark” among other songs.


Music news – September 1,1984

Singer Cat Stevens files a $5 million suit for damages stemming from a story in the Globe magazine rag alleging he had become a discipline of Ayatollah Khomeini. “When I converted to Islam I devoted myself to God and not to any human being.”

Passing – Ernest Tubb, the pioneer of country music’s ‘honky-tonk” sound. He was 70.

No sooner does Ted Turner enter the Music video channel business than MTV says it will begin a new channel aimed at older video viewers – just like Turner. “MTV II” as it’s been called will be “softer.” Turner’s channel (MVN) for “Music Video Network” is set to debut Oct. 26. Turner recently labeled MTV “a sleazy operation.” But MTV’s Bob Pittman says there’s only room for one – his channel. “I think the television audience has found the place for music with us and I really can’t see them looking anywhere else.” Pittman’s biggest fear though, isn’t a competitor, but a poorly executed video channel – one that could affect, spoil the market. “If someone got into the market first (with a video channel geared toward an older audience0 and it didn’t work, it could make it extremely difficult for us to come in afterward and convince the cable operators, advertisers and the record industry that the new format could be a success.”  Pittman admits that the Turner launching simply accelerated plans for the new MTV channel and that it was already in the works. 

On MTV this week – “The Tubes” in concert.

Toto has a new lead singer – Dennis Frederiksen, who replaces bobby Kimball who left the group earlier this year.

Michael Jackson’s manager Frank Dilco calls a press conference at his client’s request, to deny “once and for all” he was gay. The statement by Jackson, who was not present, also said the following –

“I’ve never taken hormones to maintain my high voice.”

“I’ve never had my cheekbones altered in any way.”

I’ve never had cosmetic surgery on my eyes.” 

“One day in the future I plan to get married and have a family. Any statements to the contrary are simply untrue.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Joan Rivers hosts with musical guests Musical Youth.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide  September 1, 1984

CBS – Crossroads, Movie

NBC – Double Trouble, Jennifer Slept Here, facts of Life. St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – The Fall Guy, Dynasty, Hotel, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

PBS – Walk Through The 20th Century, Latenight America

ESPN – Legendary Pocket Billiards Stars, Hydoplane Racing

HBO – Everly Brothers Reunion Concert

USA – Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Radio 1990, Tales of the Unexpected, Seeing Stars


On Facts of Life – Highlights from the first five seasons.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1984

CBS – 60 Minutes, One Day At A Time, Goodnight Beantown, The Jeffersons, Alice, Trapper John, MD

NBC – Summer Sunday, USA, Knight Rider, The Streets

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

PBS – Survival, Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Masterpiece Theater

Disney Channel – DTV, Movie, Epcot Magazine

CNN –Style with Elsa Klensch


On Knight Rider – Michael and KITT along with two others probe the murder of a government lawyer.

On The Jeffersons – Louise and Helen are paying attention to their self-defense instructor while George and Tom find a way to get back their attention.


Top movies – September 1 1984

Under the Volcano


Red Dawn

Woman in red




Exford Blues



Purple Rain

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