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



In The News

Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan is indicted by a country grand jury in the Bronx on charges of grand larceny and false documentation in connection with a subway construction project. Donovan is the first Cabinet member to be indicted while in office.  

Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko meet to discuss nuclear arms control issues - the first time high officials of the two countries have held talks on the subject since the Soviets broke off talks on strategic arms reduction negotiations in Geneva last year. Nothing of substance was decided, but the meeting was said to be friendly and cordial. 

 On the campaign trail - Presidential hopeful Walter F. Mondale characterizes Ronald Reagan as a President who is out of touch, not in charge, unwilling to learn and unaware of what he believes. Meantime - President Reagan accuses his opponent of “defeatism, decline and despair” and charging that the Carter-Mondale Administration undermined neighborhoods, encouraged families to break up and increased crime. 

President Reagan says some blame of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut last week was due in part to President Carter’s policies - “We are feeling the effects today of the near destruction of our intelligence capability in recent years. We are trying to rebuild our intelligence to where you’ll find out and you’ll know in advance what the target might be and be prepared for it.” Although he didn’t mention Carter by name, President Reagan has often complained that the Carter Administration gutted the nation’s intelligence system. Regan said the only to guarantee against a repeat of such attacks  “Would be to close down our embassies and come back to ‘fortress America.'"

Later - former President Jimmy Carter declared that President Reagan should “face the reality of his own responsibility” and angrily rejected Reagan’s contention that CIA cutbacks during his administration paved the way for Beirut terrorist bombings.

Near Apopka, Fla - Mike Marham - just seven-years old, dies along with his dog, when they are stung more than 1,000 times by a swarm of yellow jackets. Apparently, the dog’s leash became tangled in a tree, trapping the screaming boy and his pet. Neighbors heard the boy’s screams, pulled him away and drove the bees off with a garden hose. 


Health news – September 25, 1984

Medicare patients who are hospitalized will pay a deductible of $400 beginning Jan 1 - an increase of 12.4% over the current fee of $356. In 1983, the deductible rose 17.1% from $304 according to the Health Care Financing Administration. The basic premium for the Medicare program covering doctors’ bills and other services will rise 6% from $14.60 to $15.50 monthly. Prolonged stays in hospitals - from the 21st day through the 100th day, patients will have to pay $50 a day instead of $44.50. 


Sports news – September 25, 1984

The Major league Umpires Assn calls a surprise strike on the eve of the National and American League playoffs, confronting Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth with a crisis his first day on the job. Through a spokesman, Ueberroth says the playoffs will continue.   

Passing - former Dodger manager Walter Emmons Alston (72). He led the Dodgers to seven National League pennants and four World Series championships in 23 years - four in Brooklyn, four at the LA Coliseum and 15 in Dodger stadium.


Best-selling books – September 25, 1984

First Among Equals - Jeffrey Archer

The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsythe

Strong Medicine - Arthur Hailey

Tough Guys Don’t Dance - Norman Mailer

Lincoln - Gore Vidal

... And Ladies of the Club - Helen Hooven Sanmyer

The Discovery - Steve Shagan

Eat to Win - The Sports Nutrition Bible - Robert Haas

Loving Each Other - Leo Buscaglia

The Bridge Across Forever - Richard Bach

That They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School - Mark H. McCormack

Nothing Down - Robert G. Allen

The Rest of us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews - Stephen Birmingham


Entertainment news – September 25, 1984

Passing - Actor Walter Pidgeon (87).

Doonesury returns to newspapers this week. Universal Press - who syndicates the comic strip to papers, now demands that it run at a size larger than all the other comics.


Television news – September 25, 1984

Passing - actor Neil Hamilton (85). He began as the face in print ads and was known as the “Arrow Collar Man” in the early 20’s. When sound came along in 1928, he was one of Paramount’s leading male star. He made more than 80 films during his career. Just as career was waning - he was cast as the pompous Commissioner Gordon in the ABC series “Batman” in 1966.

Michael Mann - the executive producer of “Miami Vice” says yes, the show is shot entirely on location in Miami. The show is different than others and has a “deco” look with splendid colors and well-dressed characters. It’s not something that looks like it was shot in the back lot of Universal.  “You won’t see our undercover guys hanging around in T-shirts. They’ll be in very hip stuff, $600 Versace suits. We have a whole color scheme based on tertiary colors - acid yellow or cobalt blue against shiny black, hot pastels against bright white. I told our art director, I don’t want any earth colors; I want a mint-green jacket against a peach-colored wall.” The show stars Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas as a pair of death-defying undercover cops.

American Movie Classics debuts this week. It’s part of a new two-channel package from Rainbow programming. 

Speaking of cable - because of the popularity of MTV - other music channels are scheduled for debut. MTV announced plans last month to launch Video Hits 1 (VH-1) in January. That’s the same time Discovery plans to launch its competing music channel aimed at the same audience. Ted Turner plans to launch a similar service at the end of next month called Cable Music Channel.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – September 25, 1984

Bill Cosby Show - 21.6

60 Minutes - 20.7

Highway to Heaven  20.6

Hunter - 20.4

The A-Team - 19.0

Movie - The Enforcer - 18.5

 Movie - Paper Dolls - 18.4

AfterMASH - 18.2

Three’s Company - 17.9

Jessie - 17.7

Family Ties - 17.5

20/20 - 17.3

Emmy Awards - 17.1

Hawaiian Heat - 16.9

Simon & Simon - 16.7

Webster - 16.6

TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes - 16.5

Movie - Burning rage - 16.5

NBC’s All Star Happy Hour - 16.5

Cageny & Lacy - 16.4

Matt Houston - 16.2

Hardcastle & McCormick - 15.9

NFL Football (CBS) - 15.8

St Elsewhere - 15.3

Benson - 15.3

Magnum, PI - 15.0

Newhwart - 15.0

Monday Night Football - 14.9

Love Boat - 14.8


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 25, 1984

CBS - Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC - Bob Hope Special, Hunter, Miami Vice

 ABC - Benson, Webster, Hawaiian Heat, Matt Houston.

PBS - Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, American Playhouse


The Bob Hope Special - Hope hosts 30 years of outtakes from his TV shows. Appearances bye Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin, Phyllis Diller, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Don Rickles

On Dallas - In the seventh season opener, J.R. panics when he realizes that the bullets that brought Bobby down were meant for him and he pushes the police to investigate. Will Bobby Live?

On The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Tom Jones, Bobby Kelton, Donny Mills.

Don’t miss “Friday Night Videos” after the Tonight Show on NBC.


Music news – September 25, 1984

Passing - Shelly Manne (64) - legendary jazz drummer. Performed with Stan Kenton’s band and Woody Herman’s. Operated the famous Shelley’s Mann Hole in Hollywood from 1960 to 1972.    

Shawn Love (19), widow of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, petitions Los Angeles Superior Court to name her and their two-year old son as heirs to his estate. At the same time, she is suing Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance for more than $20 million for refusing to pay them benefits. Dennis Wilson (39) - died last December 23 after diving in 58-degree water in Marina del Rey, CA - 5 months after he married Shawn. Wilson’s 1977 will made no mention of her or his youngest son (Gage) - but they were named equal beneficiaries of his 1983 $1-million life insurance policy along with his three other children - Michael Dennis, Carl and Jennifer by his two former wives. Dennis Wilson’s estate was left to the three older children and “any other child of mine may hereafter be born.” Toxicological tests showed he had a blood alcohol level of .26 - more than twice the legal limit in California. Transamerica says it refuses to pay any benefits on the grounds that Wilson’s death was caused by his drug and drinking habits and was not accidental. Shawn Love Wilson is the daughter of Beach Boy Mike Love and suffers from stomach cancer. 


More MTV News - September 25, 1984

Tthe Justice Department is looking into controversial contracts the network has with five major record companies, granting it exclusive rights to rock video clips. MTV says, “We are confident that our agreements with the record companies do not violate the antitrust laws.” MTV holds contracts with the record divisions of RCA, MCA, Polygram, CBS and Geffen. Under the terms, rock video clips from the five companies appear exclusively on MTV for 30 to 60 days before they are available to other music programs. The agreement also grants MTV up to a full year’s exclusivity before the clips can appear on any other 24-hour music network.  

Country singer Barbara Mandrell is released from a Nashville hospital after her automobile accident September 11. A spokesman said the singer suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery to have a metal pin placed in right thigh. Doctors say she is expected to be on crutches for three or four months and full recovery is expected to take eight months.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 25, 1984 

Let’s Go Crazy - Prince

Drive - The Cars

Missing You - John Waite

I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

Hard Habit To Break - Chicago

Lucky Star - Madonna

The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.

Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen

The Warrior - Scandal featuring Patty Smyth

She Bob - Cyndi Lauper

Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean

I’m So Excited - The Pointer Sisters

Blue Jean - David Bowie

Out of Touch - Hall and Oates

If This Is It - Huey Lewis and the News

Some Guys Have All The Luck  - Rod Stewart

When You Close Your Eyes - Night Ranger

We’re Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

Flesh For Fantasy - Billy Idol

Are We Ourselves? - The Fixx

Torture - Jacksons


Top Music Albums – September 25, 1984

Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen

Purple Rain - Prince

Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie

Heartbeat City - The Cars

Madonna - Madonna

Eddie and The Cruisers - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

1100 Bel Air Place - Julio Iglesias

Private Dancer - Tina Turner

Sports - Huey Lewis

Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie

Break Out - The Pointer Sisters

Out of the Cellar - Ratt

Ghostbusters - soundtrack


Other top music albums -  Septembe 25, 1984

She’s So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper

Suddenly - Billy Ocean

Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads

Ignition - John Waite

No Brakes - John Waite

Phantoms - The Fixx

Lights Out - Peter Wolf

Out of the Celler - Ratt

Unforgettable Fire - Us

Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Swept Away - Diana Ross

The Woman in Red Soundtrack - Stevie Wonder

City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson

Victory - Jacksons

Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister

Right by You - Stephen Stills

Wild Animal - Vanity

Disguise - Chuck Mangione

Suddenly - Billy Ocean

All Over The Place - Bangles

Tonight - David Bowie

Riff Raff - Dave Edmunds


#1 Top Country Hit Single - “Turning Away” - Crystal Gayle - September 25, 1984


Top movies – September 25, 1984

The Woman In Red - Gene Wilder, Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna, Michael Huddleston, Gilda Radner

All Of Me  - Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Richard Libertini

The Wild Life - Christopher Penn, Lea Thompson, Rick Moranis, Jenny Wright, Randy Quaid

Purple Rain -

The Karate Kid -

Star Trek III -

The Bear - Gary Busy, Paul W. Bryant

Ghostbusters - Bill Murray

Until September - Karen Allen

Impulse - Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn

Heartbreakers - Peter Coyote

Irreconcilable Differences 

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