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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 23, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher agree to adopt a four-point doctrine which will guide U.S. arms policies.

Caspar W. Weinberger says that President Reagan regards the 426-billion research program on space-based missile defenses as “the only real hope for preventing nuclear war” and is not willing to give it up.

Hundreds of police officers patrolled the city’s subways and have posted hundreds of flyers in their hunt for a man who walked up to four teen boys on a train, pulled a gun and shot them, saying they had tried to rob him. Two of the victims were hit in the chest and two in the back. One suffered a damaged spinal cord and is paralyzed.

President Reagan says that the give-year Soviet occupation of Afghanistan remains “a serious impediment” to improve U.S.-Soviet relations.

Surrenders in New Hampshire - A 38-year-old man surrenders to police and said he was the “death Wish” vigilante who opened fire on four teens who harassed him on a New York subway just before Christmas. New York police identified the man as Bernard Goetz. The shootings set off a wave of controversy with thousands supporting the gunman as a hero like the Charles Bronson character in “Death Wish.” Earlier in the week, New Yorkers were cheering for a middle-aged man with neat blond hair and a baby blue sweater and gold-rim glasses who coolly shot the four youths in the subway after being accosted. More than 1,500 callers flooded a special police hot line set up in the case to voice support for the still-unidentified gunman.    

Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres says that there has been a breakthrough in negotiations with Lebanon that could lead to a troop pullout soon.

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his ruling Congress I Party win a majority of seats in parliament in a landslide victory in national elections.

Passing – Gayelord Hauser – health food author. He was 89.

President Reagan patches things up with his son Michael, during a family reconciliation in his hotel suite in Los Angeles. Said first lady Nancy: “It was a nice visit. There are no differences: all is resolved.” It’s the first time the president has seen his 20-month-old granddaughter. 

An Eastern Airlines 727 disappears 11 minutes before it was to land in La Paz, South America. The plane disappeared with 29 aboard including Marion Davis, wife of U.S Ambassador to Paraguay Arthur H. Davis and one of eight Americans on board. There was no indication of trouble from the pilots. 

At least one person is killed as angry supporters of a defeated mayoral candidate burned the city hall and jail in Piedras Negras, Mexico - a border town about 125 miles southwest of San Antonio. The army moved in before dawn to enforce peace.

Not a good week of the Reagan Administration as 2 quit - Interior Secretary William P. Clark submits his resignation, saying he wants to return to his ranch in California ... Also resigning - White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael K. Deaver - one of the president’s most influent ional advisers.  

At the Philadelphia Zoo - Massa - the world’s oldest known gorilla (54) dies from a stroke caused by blockage of the arteries to the brain. Hours before, zookeepers had celebrated his birthday and gave him a whipped-cream covered sundae of bananas, grapes and apples. 


Technology news – December 23, 1984

The Charlie Chaplin character on those IBM ads is a fellow by the name of Billy Scudder. And, he doesn’t give interviews and like Chaplin, his lips are sealed. Well, he doesn’t give interviews without IBM’s permission. So far, he’s only opened his mouth once, in a Time Magazine interview about the success of IBM’s Chaplin campaign. Scudder was quoted as saying, “Nobody tires of the little Tramp. He creates instant sympathy. But not from me”

More computer news - Coleco Industries announces that it is discontinuing its Adam Personnel Computerline. The company, best known for Cabbage Patch dolls, says it is losing money on the computer side of the business. It has enjoyed major success with its ColecoVision video games.  


Radio news – December 23, 1984

Syndicated year-end countdown shows. The hottest coast-to-coast personalities countdown the year’s biggest hits - pick your favorite:

American Top-40 with Casey Kasem

Top30 USA with M.G. Kelly

John Leader’s Countdown America

Rick Dees’ Weekly top 40 Countdown

Most of these shows should be carried in your local area.


New Year’s Eve Music Television – For December 31, 1984:

On Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve – Priscilla Barnes and Adrian Zmed of T.J. Hooker host with Jermaine Jackson, Barry Manilow, Ronnie Milsap, Night ranger Scandal and John Waite.

Also New Year’s Eve on MTV – Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball.  

Over at CBS and CBS Happy New Year America – Andy Williams hosts with appearances by Lily Tomlin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Charlie daniels band, Louise Mandrell, Chaka Khan and Kool & The Gang.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 23, 1984

Time Magazine names Peter Ueberroth, organizer of the 1984 Olympics and now commissioner of major league baseball, its man of the year. As president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Ueberroth managed to make the games “one of the greatest athletic spectacles” despite the boycott by the Soviet Union and other Soviet Bloc countries.

Suzy Mallery - president of Man Watchers Inc gives the “10 most watch able men  in the world” in their ninth annual poll:

President Reagan

Mel Gibson

Ed McMahon

Kirk Douglas

Michael Douglas

David Haselhoff

Jackie Jackson (Michael’s Brother)

Dean Martin

Joe Montana

Chuck Woolery


Ms. Mallery says each man has a unique trademark or appeal. About President Reagan: He’s the great communicator because he uses body language. His smile and wave can’t be matched for endearing him to everyone. Do you think people voted for him just because they like his foreign policy? .. and Jackie Jackson - “He sings and swings and the audience swoons. He should be more n the spotlight because he’s so cute.”

Passing - director Sam Peckinpah (59), writer and director of “Straw Dogs” and “The Dirty Dozen.”

Passing – Peter Lawford (61) – of cardiac arrest a day after he was put onto life support. His fourth wife, Patricia Seaton (26) was with him at bedside.

Jane Fonda tells Cosmopolitan magazine that for many years, she suffered from bulimia, in which she would gorge herself with food, vomit, and then eat again. She said she did this between the ages of 12 to 35. “I spent most of every day either thinking about food, shopping for it or binging and purging.


Television news – December 23, 1984

Bill Cosby has been a spokesman for Jell-O Pudding, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and… NBC News!


Television news – December 23, 1984

Debuting in syndication - “Out of Our Mind” - with David Steinberg and Sherry Miller. The program uses true facts from surveys as a basis for spoofing everyday

attitudes, opinions and behavior.

(Thumbs down) - After negotiating with the CBS Morning News – Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, stars of their successful syndicated program have pulled the plug.

TV music man Mike Post has six shows he’s producing music for – “A-Team,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Hunter,” Hardcastle,” Magnum PI” and “Riptide.”


Television listings/programs/TV guide - Christmas Day (Tuesday) – December 25, 1984

CBS – The Looney, Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Kennedy Center Honors

NBC – A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele, Tonight Show

ABC – Three’s A Crowd, Who’s The Boss?, Glitter, Paper Dolls, Nightline, eye on Hollywood

PBS – Nova, Christmas At Pops, Latenight America

A&E – Woman in Jazz, Arts at Sotheby’s, Bloodlines: 1915, Arts Playhouse


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 23, 1984

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Debut-Crazy Like A Fox, Trapper John, MD

NBC - Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, Knight Rider, Movie

ABC - Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Movie

PBS - All Creatures Great and Small, Nature, Masterpiece Theater, Mark Russell’s ‘84

Disney Channel - DTV(music), Wonderful World of Disney, Movie-Three Lives of

Thomasina, EPCOT Magazine

USA - Lancer, Bridget Lives Bernie, Make Me Laugh, Kung Fu Theater


On Silver Spoons - Pearl Bailey guests as a longtime family friend, who returns after years of traveling.

ABC Movie - Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Debut - Crazy Like A Fox - Jack Warden stars as Harry Fox - a private eye/con.

artist, who drags his son - an upward- attorney, into his crazy cases.

NBC Movie - On Golden Pond


Music news – December 23, 1984

Julian Lennon will guest-host “The News that Rocked ’84,” – a syndicated special set to air before New Years. The program will feature a year-end review of albums, videos, tours and movies. 

Way to go Huey Lewis & The News. Their “Sports” album has been on the charts for 15 months, sold 5.3 million copies and yielded 4 top-10 singles – “I Want A New Drug,” Heart and Soul,” “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll and “If This Is It.” Huey and the group live in Mill Valley, not far from San Francisco. 

Look out! David Geffen has hired Gary Gersh – one of the industry’s top talent scouts. Gersh will be hunting for new artists for Geffen Records. Gersh had been with EMI.

In Los Angeles, jurors decide that insurers for teen rock and television star Leif Garrett (23), must pay $3.9 million to Roland Winkler, a passenger who was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in November of 1979. The singer was driving under the influence when he struck the rear of another car. Garrett, five days under the legal adult age of 18 at the time was tried as a juvenile and given one year’s probation with a one-year suspension of his driver’s license.

Drummer Rick Allen of the rock n roll band Def Leppard is improving after surgery to reattach his severed left arm after a New Year’s Eve car crash. Doctors won’t say if he’ll drum again. Def Leppard’s LP “Pyromania” has sold 6 million copies


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 23, 1984

Like A Virgin - Madonna

Out of Touch - Hall & Oates

The Wild Boys - Duran Duran

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers

Cool It Now - New Edition

We Belong - Pat Benatar

Run To You - Bryan Adams

No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney

Do They Know It’s Christmas - Band Aid

I Can’t Hold Back - Survivor

All I Need - Jack Wagner

You’re The Inspiration - Chicago

Valotte - Julian Lennon

Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Do What You Do – Jermaine Jackson

Understanding - Bob Segar

Hello Again - The Cars

Pride (In The Name of Love) - U2

Penny Lover - Lionel Richie


Top movies – December 23, 1984

Beverly Hills Cop


City Heat


Johnny Dangerously

Flamingo Kid



The Cotton Club

Mick and Maude


The Terminator

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