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



In The News

The United Nations and Cuba agree on a pact under which Cuba will accept the repatriation of 2,746 criminals and mental patients who entered the U.S. during the 1980 Mariel boatlift.

In London – Soviet Politburo member Mikhail S. Gorbachev says that Moscow is ready to take radical measures toward banning nuclear weapons and a top Soviet scientist warned of a runaway arms race if the United States continues its anti-satellite experiments. 

Dmitri Ustinov, Defense Minister and head of the Soviet military for the past eight years, dies of a heart attack after surgery to stop eternal bleeding.

FBI arrest a Northrop engineer Thomas Cavanagh on charges that he tried to sell stealth technology for concealing bombers from radar to the Soviet Union for $25,000.

The Commerce Department reports that factory orders rose 8.3% in November, the steepest monthly climb in more than for years.

Prince Harry – the-3-month-old son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, is christened at Windsor Castle in a ceremony snubbed by his aunt, Princess Anne.

Manufacturers Hanover Trust, the nation’s fourth largest bank cuts its prime rate to 10-3/4%. 


 Technology news – December 15, 1984

The FCC votes to increase residential telephone rates by $1 a month next June and by another dollar in June 1986. But those who use their home phones for lone-distance calls will se a reduction in the cost of out-of-state calls to help offset the new access charge, a fee designed to make the user pay for the line linking the home phone with the various long-distance networks. Before the breakup of American Telephone & Telegraph Co, part of the price of long-distance calls went to support the local lines that connected individual homes and offices with the nationwide system. 

The two millionth Apple II personal computer has rolled off the assembly line at its Carrollton, Tex. manufacturing plant.

IBM says it has curtailed shipments of its enhanced versions of its PC AT, because of continued technical problems with the machines.


Radio news – December 15, 1984

Rick Sklar ends his association with ABC Radio to form Sklar Communications. ABC calls the move “sudden” and terms it an early retirement. He already has clients including the new channel 66 (WDJD-TV) in Boston, which will play videos 24 hours a day.   

John Lander will remain as PD and morning man of KKBQ-FM Houston even though the station is being sold to Gannett from Harte Hanks.


Entertainment news – December 15, 1984

 An Appeals Court refuses to free Stacy Keach, television’s detective Mike Hammer – from a nine-month jail sentence for cocaine smuggling, despite a plea that he might never be able to work in television again. In his Dec. 7 trial, Keach admitted trying to smuggle 1 ¼ ounces of cocaine past customs officers at London’s Heathrow Airport last April 3 after flying into London on a break from filming “Mistral’s Daughter in France.”


Television news – December 15, 1984

 CBS is catching some flak for hiring Phyllis George for the CBS Morning News. George, will join the show when it gets a new format and set January 14. She replaces Diane Sawyer who is moving to “60 Minutes.” Sawyer is seen as a serious newswoman, but Ms. George has spent the past decade on “The NFL Today.” 

ChristmasTV specials to air this week – December 1984

“Perry Como’s Christmas In London” with guest Ann-Margret.

“A Christmas Dream” with Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis.

“Christmas in Washington” – Nell Carter, Donny and Marie Osmond, Hal Linden and the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club

The Gift of Song” -  - With Dick Van Patten and his wife Pat, Neil Sedaka, Marilyn McCoo, Gatlin Brothers.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1984

CBS – Movie, Mike Hammer

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Double Trouble, Gimme A Break, Spencer, Partners in Crime, Saturday Night Live

ABC – T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Perry Como’s Christmas In England

HBO – Not Necessarily The News, The Hitchhiker


On Saturday Night Live – Former cast member Eddie Murphy hosts with musical guest the Honeydrippers.


Music news – December 15, 1984

A federal grand jury finds CBS Inc. not guilty of copyright infringement in a $5 million suit filed by a songwriter over Michael Jackson’s hit song “The Girl is Mine.” The suit, filed by Fred Sanford, alleged that a song he had written, “Please Love Me Now,” was the basis of the hit song by Jackson and Paul McCartney. Jackson was not a defendant.

VH-1 – the sister music channel to MTV is ready to roll on January 1. Programming for VH-1is described as falling into the r&b, “soft rock,” contemporary and country music categories and is designed to attract the 25-to54 year-old audience. Don Imus and Scott Shannon have been signed as VJ’s. “We were looking for personalities who could bring a point of view about topical issues that is relevant to the 25-54 age range,” explains Bob Pittman, executive vice president of MTV. The new music service will duplicate MTV’s format of mixing video clips with news and feature stories.

Update – Ted Turner’s Cable Music Channel went off the air Nov. 30 and its assets will be sold to MTV (boy that was quick). It only operated for 34 days. The channel promised advertisers it would be available in to 10 million subscribers, but the actual number was closer to 400,000. The channel originally signed-on 25 charter advertisers before its Oct. 26 debut, and promised them a number substantially higher than that they got. Turner Broadcast Systems Inc announce the shutdown shortly after reaching an agreement with MTV Networks Inc that had MTV purchasing “certain assets” of the cable music channel for $1 million in cash and a promise for the purchase of $500,000 in advertising on the company’s surviving channels.


Hot Video Games – December 15, 1984




Mario Brothers

Jungle Hunt



Star Trek

Billboard’s Top New Pop Music Artists For 1984 

Cyndi Lauper

Steve Parry


Wang Chung

Bon Jovi

Corey Hart

Sheila E.

Hoard Jones

John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

Peter Wolf


Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists For 1984 

Lionel Richie

Michael Jackson

Culture Club


Duran Duran

Huey Lewis & The News

Billy Idol

Van Halen

The Police

Billy Joel

Cyndi Lauper


Pointer Sisters

John Cougar Mellencamp

Night Ranger

Kenny Rogers

The Cars

Motley Crue


Quiet Riot

ZZ Top

Daryl Hall & John Oates


Def Leppard


Elton John

Bruce Springsteen

Tina Turner

Linda Ronstadt

Jeffrey Osbourne

Thompson Twins


Top Album Rock Music Tracks – December 15, 1984

Run to You – Bryan Adams

The Boys of Summer - Don Henley

Do It Again – The Kinks

I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

Call To The Heart – Giuffria

It’s Only Love – Bryan Adams

We Belong – Pat Benatar

Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1984

Why Not Me – The Judds

I Love Only You- Nitty Gritty dirt Band

She’s My Rock – George Jones

The Best Year Of My Life – Eddie Rabbitt

America – Waylon Jennings

Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? – George Strait

Nobody Loves Me Like You Do – Anne Murray & Kenny Loggins

How Blue – Reba McEntyre

All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – Hank Williams Jr.

Top pop hit music singles in Britain – December 15, 1984

Do They Know Its Christmas – Band Aid

Last Christmas – Wham!

The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Like A Virgin – Madonna

We All Stand Together – Paul McCartney & Frog Chorus

I Should Have Known Better – Jim Diamond

Teardrops – Shakin’ Stevens

Sexcrime – Eurythmics

The Riddle – Nnik Kershaw

Fresh – Kool & The Gang

I Won’t Run Away – Alvin Stardust


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

Like a Virgin – Madonna

Sea of Love – Honeydrippers

The Wild Boys – Duran Duran

Out of Touch – Hall & Oates

Cool It Now – New Edition

We Belong – Pat Benatar

I feel For You – Chaka Khan

No More Lonely Nights – Paul McCartney

Valotte – Julian Lennon

All I Need – Jack Wagner

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

All Through The Night – Cyndi Lauper

You’re The Inspiration – Chicago

I Can’t Hold Back – Survivor

Run to You – Bryan Adams

Penny Lover – Lionel Richie

Hello Again – The Cars


Top Music Albums  – December 15, 1984

Purple Rain – Prince & The Revolution

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

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

Arena – Duran Duran

Like A Virgin – Madonna

The Woman in Red Soundtrack – Stevie Wonder

17 – Chicago

Volume One – Honeydrippers

Big Bam Boom – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

Reckless – Bryan Adams

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News

Tropico – Pat Benatar

She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

The Unforgettable Fire – U2

Heartbeat City – The Cars

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

1100 Bel Air Place – Julio Iglesias

Break Out – Pointer Sisters


Top movies – December 15, 1984

City Heat



Johnny Dangerously

Beverly Hills Cop

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