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



In The News

The death toll continues to rise from a poisonous gas leak from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. Tens of thousands - many blinded or racked by nausea - packed hospitals or huddle sick and dying in the streets. Almost 2000 are confirmed dead and the toll is sure to rise.

Officials of Union Carbide India, Ltd say they believe that enormous pressure in a storage tank forced the release of poison gas that killed and injured hundreds, but they do not know what caused the pressure buildup.

Chairman Warren Anderson of Union Carbide Corp is arrested on a charge of causing death by negligence when he arrived in Bhopal. Anderson was detained at the airport when he arrived to carry out an inspection of the American-owned plant.

Testifying In a $45 million lawsuit against Flynt publishing, Reverend Jerry Falwell  said that he had “never been as angry as when he saw a Hustler magazine parody of him.” The Hustler parody which ran twice including once last March is called “Jerry Falwell Talks About His First Time.” In it, it quotes Falwell as saying he had sex with his mother in an outhouse and “always gets sloshed” before preaching. A disclaimer did say the cartoon was a parody. 

In London, police search for a gang of highway robbers who used the claw of a mechanical digger to rip off the roof of an armored truck to take an estimated $360 thousand in cash. The gang of 8 to 10 men hijacked a tow truck and a flatbed with an earthmover. Handcuffing three men, they locked them in the back of a stolen van with a full bottle of scotch. When found, the bottle was half empty. The gang, staging an accident, hemmed-in an armored car. Starting the digger - they used its heavy scoop to tear the security van’s roof, terrifying three unarmed guards inside. The buildup of traffic behind the staged accident made them nervous and they left before taking more of the loot. 

 Dies - Dr John Rock - Roman Catholic Physician who helped develop the first birth control pill.

Dies - Harry Sukman - Oscar-winning composer who wrote the theme to TV’s “Dr Kildaire - “Three Stars Are Shinning.” The song was a pop hit for Richard Chamberlain, the show’s star, in 1962.

President Reagan leads a star-studded audience in saluting five of America’s top performing artists at the Kennedy Center Honors of 1984 - for lifetime achievements in music, acting and drama. Toasted were singer-actress Lena Horne, actor-singer Danny Kaye, opera composer Gian-Carlo Menotti, playwright Arthur Miller and Violinist Isaac Stern.

In Chicago, Pop Singer Michael Jackson takes the stand in a $5 million copyright infringement suit and testified he was the composer of “The Girl Is Mine.” “I woke up from my sleep and wrote the song and I went over to the tape recorder and sang it into the tape recorder and wrote what was in my head.” The suit was filed by Fred Sanford contending Jackson stole his song “Please Love Me Know” and turned it into “The Girl Is Mine.”

The sale of a handwritten 14th-Century Bible for $825 thousand sets a record for the sale of such religious objects says Sotheby’s of New York. The previous record was in 1975 for $455 thousand for a work by the 14th century scholar Maimonides auctioned in Zurich.

General Motors says that it will discontinue U.S. production of diesel engines for passenger cars by next spring. The company said that it will continue to import small diesel engines from Japan for its Chevrolet Chevette subcompact and will continue to build diesels in this country for its pickup trucks. GM is currently the only automaker that builds diesel engines in the U.S.

FBI agents arrest Herbert Gefvert for threatening to kill Caroline Kennedy by blowing up the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she works. FBI officials said Gefvert phoned the museum, gave his name and address and said the bomb had been planted in the museum.


Supermarket prices And News – December 1, 1984

At the mart - Mr. T Corn and Oats Cereal ... six pac of 7-up in 12oz cans - $1.59 ...Pork Chops - $1.69lb ... 6 roll pkg of Charmin Bathroom Tissue - $1.59

For the first time - Soda and beer replace coffee and milk as the favorite beverage in the United States. The report attributes some those changes to shifts in the age distribution of the population; for example, the proportion of the population in the peak milk-drinking years - ages 6 to 18 has decreased.

For Christmas - Michael Jackson Sing A Long Phonograph - $19.75 ... Tyco A-Team ace Set - $29.70 ... Kenner Star Wars Figure Assortment - $1.70 each.


Sports news – December 1, 1984

The Atlanta Braves sign free agent relief pitcher Bruce Sutterto a six-year $10 million contract that extends through the 1990 season.

Sports-TV - Brent Musburger becomes the highest paid sports broadcaster by signing a five-year $2 million-a-year CBS contract. Musberger’s contract calls him to continue as anchorman of CBS’ “NFL Today” on Sundays. He’ll take over from Gary Bender as the chief play by play man for college basketball, call some pro basketball, work the Masters golf tournament and remain on CBS radio’s baseball broadcasts.


Best-selling books - December 1, 1984

“The Sicilian” - Mario Puzo, “The Talisman” - Stephan King and Peter Straub, “Love And War” - Fredrick Forsyth, “Iacocca” - Lee Iacocca with William Novak, “What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School” - Mark McCormack


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – December 1, 1984

(special) - Kenny & Dolly - 27.5, Dallas - 25.9, Dynasty - 25.2, special-Circus of the Stars, 25.1, Simon & Simon - 24.5, 60 Minutes - 23.6, Cosby Show - 23.2, A-Team - 22.7, NBC NFL Football - 22.3, Magnum, PI - 21.6, Family Ties - 21.5, Knots Landing - 21.4, Falcon Crest - 21.1, Hotel - 21.0, Cheers - 20.5.


Television news – December 1, 1984

Stacey Keach pleads guilty to importing 1.3 ounces of cocaine into Britain and immediately starts serving a nine-month prison sentence. He told the court he was “terribly sorry” and “deeply humiliated.”

Thinking she was off the air, Jayne Wallace says “I couldn’t give a sh@# about any of this” on the CBS morning news. Wallace was doing a segment on the action toys inspired by the movie “Dune” when a technical foul-up forced her to fill time before a commercial. Wallace apologized about the remark before the close of the show. The network did say the remark drew more than the usual viewer phone-in reaction but no disciplinary action would be taken against the correspondent. 

Phyllis George agrees to a multi-year contract to serve as co-host of the CBS morning news. George replaces Diane Sawyer who left the program last summer to become a correspondent on 60 minutes.

Saturday Night TV - (CBS) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Mike Hammer, Cover-Up ...(NBC) Different Strokes, Double Trouble, Debut-Spencer, Partners In Crime ... (ABC) T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat.

Mike Hammer - a cub reporter is killed after revealing a source to Mike in relation to stolen property by criminals and government agents. Stacy Keach stars.


Music news – December 1, 1984

Music trend - Some artists prefer to give exclusives to their “B” sides on 45 records. You have to buy the single to get the songs. Currently, there are 17 “B” sides available only on 45 that are not available on albums from those same artists. It’s the most ever in the history of rock. To get the song, you have to buy the single. Here is a partial list: Bruce Springtsteen - “Turn Out The Light’ - flip side of “Born To Run” /”Jersey Girl” - flip side of “Cover Me” .... R.E.M - “Catapult” - flip side of “Don’t Go Back” ... Bangles - “Where Were You When I Needed You” - flip of “Hero Takes A Fall” .... Prince - “17 Days” - flip of “When Doves Cry.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 1, 1984

“Out Of Touch” - Hall & Oates, “Like A Virgin” - Madonna, “The Wild Boys” - Duran Duran, “Purple Rain” - Prince, “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, “Strut” - Sheena Easton, “Penny Lover” - Lionel Ritchie, “I Can’t Hold Back” - Survivor, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” - Band Aid, “It Ain’t Enough” - Corey Hart, “Walking On A Thin Line” - Huey Lewis & The News. 


Top Country Music Hit Singles – December 1, 1984

Top Country -  “You Could Have Head A Heart Break” - Johnny Lee, “Your Heart’s Not In It” - Jane Fricke, “Chance Of Lovin’ You” - Earl Thomas Conlee, “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do” - Ann Murry/Dave Loggins.


Top movies – December 1, 1984

Beverly Hills Cop - Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

Falling In Love - Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep

City Heat - Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds

A Soldier’s Story - Howard Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar

Supergirl - Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow

Places In The Heart - Sally Field

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