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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 22, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Federal Reserve Board lowers the interest rate it charges banks and other financial institutions from 9% to 8.5%

A Soviet defector who ran across the demarcation line between North and South Korea - sets off an exchange of gunfire, killing at least two Communist northerners, one South Korean and wounding a U.S. Army private.

After a 17-year break - President Reagan resumes diplomatic ties with Iraq, to take effect immediately. A senior Administration official said the move was not aimed at Iran, with which Iraq has been fighting a four-year war. “In fact, we are prepared today to discuss an improvement in relations with Iran if it ceases its support for international terrorism.”

For the second time in history - an artificial heart is successfully implanted - this time to William Schroeder (52) of Jasper Indiana. So far the patient is doing well.

Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas is elected Senate majority leader, defeating Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. Dole said - “I get along well with the President” and noting he share’s the President’s view that tax increases should be used only as a last resort to reduce the deficit.

President Reagan’s son Michael asks the First Lady to apologize for saying he has been estranged from his father for three years. The feud began after First Lady Nancy made the remark in a published newsletter. “I feel like somebody knocked the air out of me ... Nancy is the type of person who is very beholden to my father through all the years. Sometimes she doesn’t understand that everybody doesn’t line up like a duck.” Aside from an occasional “squabble-type thing,” the younger Reagan says he feels no estrangement from his father.  

Can’t drive 55 - A federal panel urges to keep the national 55m.p.h. speed limit, saying it is one of the most effective highway safety policies ever adopted. A research council says that public support for the speed limit has declined and violations by motorists are increasing. Much of the opposition to the limit has come from rural Western states with its long stretch of lonely highways. Some members of the review panel are favoring raising the speed limit on such rural highways.

Capitol Air suspends all flights and its director’s meet to reorganize the airline. The carrier hopes to resume service in time for the Christmas and New Years holiday season.


Hot Christmas/Holiday Toys For December/Christmas 1984

Toy & Hobby World’s hit list for Christmas giving for advertised toys:

1) Coleco’s Cabbage Patch Kids

2) Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Action figures

3) Tonka’s GoBots line

4) Habro’s GI Joe action figures

5) Hasbro’s Transformers

6) Hasbro’s My Pony

7) Kenner Care Bears

8) Mattel’s Barbie Doll line (including Crystal Barbie and Great Shape versions)

9) Mattel’s Rainbow Brite doll line

10) Kenner’s Super Powers Action figures


For non-TV advertised toys:

Trivial Pursuit Game, Fisher-Price roller skates and Nerf items; Lego construction toys, Galoob’s Black Star and Wham-O’s Frisbee.

A special holiday gift for your little girl from Mattel - Free - One year’s subscription to Barbie Magazine - a year-round gift of fun for your little girl, with proof of purchase for Barbie dolls or accessories. A $5 value. The Barbie Magazine is full of stories, fashions, interviews and fun ideas. And the first issue automatically enrolls her in the Barbie Fan Club! 


Best-selling books – November 22, 1984

The Tailisman - Stephan King/Peter Straub

The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsyth

Love and War - John Jakes

Strong Medicine - Arthur Hailey

Superior Woman - Alice Adams

Loving Each Other - Leo Buscaglia -

Iacocca - Lee Iacocca/William Novak

Pieces of my Mind - Andrew A. Rooney

What They Don’t Teach you At Harvard Business School - Mark H. McCormack

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews - Abba Eban

The One Minute Salesperson - Spencer Johnson/Larry Wilson


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 22, 1984

About 1,500 show-up in Las Vegas to bid on thousands of toys, gadgets and memorabilia belonging to actor Steve McQueen, who died in 1980. One of the first items to go was a firefighter’s hat he wore in “The Towering Inferno” which went for $1,900.


Television news – November 22, 1984

Actor Gary Coleman (16) is released from the hospital after undergoing a kidney transplant November 10th. The “Diff’rent Strokes” star is expected to continue his recovery for a few months before returning to filming. It’s his second kidney transplant.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 22, 1984

Movie - Fatal Vision Part II - 32.7

Movie - The Ewok Adventure - 24.9

Dynasty - 24.3

60 Minutes 23.0

Dallas - 22.6

Hotel - 21.2

A-Team - 20.2

TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes - 19.7

Murder She Wrote - 19.7

Simon & Simon - 19.5

Falcon Crest - 18.8

The Jeffersons - 17.4

Johnny Carson Special - 17.3

Hardcastle & McCormick - 17.3

Riptide - 17.2

Scarecrow & Mrs King - 17.0

World’s Funniest Commercial Goofs - 16.8

The Cosby Show - 16.7

Love Boat - 16.7

Alice - 16.6

Fall Guy - 16.5

Knots Landing - 16.3

Benson - 16.3

Webster - 16.1

Magnum, PI - 16.0

Trapper John, MD - 15.9

Remington Steele - 15.8

Hill Street Blues - 15.7

Facts of Life - 15.7


Friday  Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 22, 1984

CBS - Airwolf, Mike Hammer, Cover-Up

NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, Gimme A Break, The National Off-The-Wall People’s Poll, Partners

ABC - T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat

A&E - Great Painters, Dreams of Leaving, At The Met, Focus on the Arts.

Lifetime - Nature of Things, Weekend Athlete, Susan Noon, Regis Philbin’s Health Styles, Good Sex, Nature of Things, Stretch With Priscilla


Diff’rent Strokes - Arnold becomes judge of the student court.

The National Off-the-Wall People’s Poll - Sarah Purcell and Liberace host this tongue-in-cheek salute to the American survey craze. Boy George and Barry Manilow also appear. 

Later on - NBC - Best of Friday Night Videos.


Music news – November 22,1984

It’s announced that Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats will go into the studio to record a solo album. Meanwhile, the Stray Cats management team is being dissolved. Setzer will also appear on “Saturday Night Live” next month as a guest of the Honeydrippers. The Stray Cats were one of the hottest bands in the early 80’s.

MTV Networks agrees to pay $1 million for “certain assets” of its competitor - Turner Broadcasting’s Cable Music Television channel - which goes off the air this week. Turner’s channel has only been on the air a month. The agreement also calls for MTV to purchase $500 thousand of advertising time on other Turner networks. MTV, launched in 1981, can now be seen in 24.2 million homes.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 22, 1984

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates

Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean

The Wild Boys - Duran Duran

Like A Virgin - Madonna

Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner

All Through The Night - Cyndi Lauper

No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney

Desert Moon - Dennis DeYoung

Strut - Sheena Easton

Blue Jean - David Bowie

The Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers

Cool It Now - The New Edition

We Belong - Pat Benetar

Penny Lover - Lionel Richie

I Can’t Hold Back - Survivor

What About Me? - Kenny Rogers/Kim Carnes/James Ingram

It Ain’t Enough - Corey Hart

Walking On A Thin Line - Huey Lewis & The News

Who Wears These Shoes? - Elton John

The War Song - Culture Club

Teacher Teacher - 38 Special

I Can’t Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar

Sugar Don’t Bite - Sam Harris


Top Country Hit Singles – November 22, 1984

Give Me One More Chance - Eile

You Could’ve Heard A Heart Break - Johnny Lee


Top Music Albums – November 22, 1984

Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution

Private Dancer - Tina Turner

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

Sports - Huey Lewis & The News

Suddenly - Billy Ocean

Volume One - The Honeydrippers

She’s So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper

Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie

Big Bam Boom - Daryl Hall & John Oates

The Woman In Red - Stevie Wonder

Heartbeat City - The Cars

1100 Bel Air Place - Julio Iglesias

17 - Chicago


More Top Music Albums – November 22, 1984

What About Me? - Kenny Rogers

Reckless - Bryan Adams

Tropicao - Pat Benatar

Welcome to the Pleasure zone - Franki Goes to Hollywood

Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple

Arena - Duran Duran

Valotte - Julian Lennon

Beautiful Feelings - Rick Springfield

Greatest Hits - John Anderson

1100 Bel Air Place - Julio Iglesias

Emotion - Barbara Stresand

Emergency - Kool and the Gang

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

New Edition - New Edition

Waking Up With The House On Fire - The Culture Club

Camouflage - Rod Stewart

Breaking Hearts - Elton John

Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister

Out of the Cellar - Ratt

Wild Animal - Vanity

Swept Away - Diana Ross

Heartbeat City - The Cars

Animalize - Kiss

Tonight - David Bowie

Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash

Wheels Are Turnin’ - REO Speedwagon

Rebel Yell - Billy Idol

Give My Regards To Broad Street - Paul McCartney

Steeltown - Big Country


Top movies – November 22, 1984

Revenge of the Nerds

Night of the Comet

All of Me

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


Oh God! You Devil -

Missing In Action - Chuck Norris


Falling In Love

Just The Way You Are

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