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Nickleodean Debuts "Nick at Nite"

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Soccer Riots In Brussels - England/Italy - 41 Dead

Thousands Dead After Mexico City Quake

AIDS Update September

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Microsoft Introduces Windows 1.0

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"The Wild Boys" - Duran Duran 

vh1 video channel 1985 history facts  mrpopculture imageJanuary -  Ron Wood (37) of the Rolling Stones marries his longtime girlfriend model Jo Howard (29)… VH-1 debuts - MTV Networks second 24-hour cable music channel is on the air (January 1)… Veteran top-40 DJ Dan Ingram joins WKTU-FM – New York’s struggling top-40 station… After car crash - Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard is improving but still unconscious after surgery to reattach his severed left arm and doctors don’t know if he’ll drum again… It looks like “Prince” may be the most covered contemporary artist. At least these days. Prince - who became 1984’s music sensation (along with Madonna) has had his music covered by LaToya Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Pointer  isters Chaka Khan and others… Carol Wayne - the full-figured wide-eyed blonde best-known as Johnny Carson’s matinee lady on “The Tonight Show” for many years, is found drowned in the Mexican resort of Manzanillo… “We Are The World” is recorded by pop superstars to aid the starving in Africa…

"Easy Lover" - Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey

VH1 Signature ID (Video)

jane fonda workout february 1985 facts history timeline February - CBS sells its Fender Musical Instruments unit to a group of outside investors… Radio - DIR debuts Scott Muni’s “Ticket To Ride”… Rolling Stone Magazine’s reader’s poll names WMMS (Cleveland) “radio station of the year” for the sixth straight year… Jane Fonda becomes the first artist to have three titles on Billboard’s Top Video cassettes sales top 10 at the same time including,  “Jane Fonda’s Workout”… British rock ‘n’ roll series “The Tube,” is picked-up by MTV for U.S. cablecast the first Sunday of each month. The 60-minute show is hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates… HBO has a video music show too! It's called "Video Jukebox". Here's a sample of HBO - here this month in 1985:

HBO Sample Into "Video Jukebox"

prince 1985 facts history music timelineFebruary - The song “New York, New York” is declared Gotham’s official song at a City Hall ceremony. New York Mayor Ed Koch presented a certificate of appreciation to the songwriters - John Kander and Fred Ebb… Prince, Linda Ronstadt and Pat Benatar are the first three artists set to contribute a track to the forthcoming “USA For Africa” album due in April… “Beat of a New Generation” - Pepsi- Cola kicks off its 1985 advertising campaign featuring singer Lionel Richie…

27th annual Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Record of the year/Song of the Year - “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” – TinaTurner

Best new artist - Cyndi Lauper

John Fogerty has his first album in 10 years and it looks like a hit - “Centerfold”…

"Careless Whisper" - WAM

March -  MTV says it has reduced heavy-metal videos by as much as 75%... Singer Rita Collidge will become VH-1’s first female VJ… The American Broadcasting Company and Capital Cities  Communications announce an agreement under which Capital Cities will acquire ABC in a deal valued at more than $3.5 billion… Steve Bochco, who co-created “Hill Street Blues says he is leaving the series soon because “I was invited to leave”…  Rupert Murdock buys 50% of 20 th -Century Fox for $50 million… Wendy’s International drops Clara Peller - the 80ish lady of “Where’s The Beef” commercials… Married - Singer-songwriter Billy frank sinatra 1985 news facts history  mrpopculture imageJoel to model Christie Brinkley…  Frank Sinatra files a $22 million lawsuit against the National Enquirer for an article claiming he went to a Swiss clinic for injections of youth serum made of sheep cells… Dee Snider , lead singer for “Twisted Sister, says he’s “out to prove to the world that heavy-metal music isn’t played by idiots for idiots.” “You don’t have to be stupid to like heavy metal.”

"One More Night" - Phil Collins

April - 57th Academy Awards – Some Winners:

Best Motion Picture - “Amadeus”

Best Actor - F. Murray Abraham - "Amadeus"

Best Actress - Sally Field - "Places In The Heart

hulk hogan mr t 1985 wrestlemania facts history timelineMore April - Hot pop – “Madonna”… Seen promoting the upcoming “Wrestlemania” on TV shows everywhere - Hulk Hogan and Mr. T…   April 5 - Radio stations around the world drop their programming for a simultaneous Good Friday airing of “We Are The World” the popular song aimed at helping African famine relief efforts… Seen promoting the upcoming “Wrestlemania” on TV shows everywhere - Hulk Hogan and Mr. T . The pair is TV’s hottest couple. They even appeared on “Saturday Night Live”…Commits suicide - The Singing Nun of the 1960’s who became famous for the #1 hit “Dominique” after a massive dose of sedatives. Jeanine Deckers (52) was also known as Soeur Sourire… Tops in TV Ratings – “The Cosby Show”… Madonna is hot. She has two singles in the top-5 this week - “Material Girl,” and “Crazy for You” each from separate albums. And, she has another single due out in several weeks - “Angel”… Actress Ann Jillian (35) recovers from double mastectomy surgery this week…Comic Soupy Sales will be joining WNBC radio middays, in between Don Imus and Howard Stern… After being in the ratings cellar, NBC-TV is now #2, thanks in part t the hit – the “Cosby” show… Radio -  Westwood One conducts a three-hour “Radio For Africa” all- star benefit broadcast to help alleviate African famine…

"Crazy For You" - Madonna

May - HBO debuts an hour-long special on the making of “We Are the World.” The “We Are The World” single is beginning a snowballing charity work effect, but is stalled at 4 million in sales after an initial unprecedented consumer demand…”

Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips… Columbia Records announces that his “Born in the U.S.A.” album is the biggest domestic seller in the label’s history - at 6.5 million… Actress Donna Reed loses a bid to regain her role as Miss Ellie on “Dallas” when a judge refused to halt production of the hit television series… Murray Head - the pop singer and actor has a new go gos 1985 music history facts  mrpopculture imagehit - “One Night In Bangkok” which he describes as quasi rap - nowhere near the New York style rap… The Go-Go’s announce they are breaking up. The decision was made by members Berlinda Carlisle and Charlotte Caffey…

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" - Tears for Fears

michael j fox 1985 movie facts june trivia timelineJune - Universal says it is moving up the date for, “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox. President and Chief Executive Officer Sidney Sheinberg says he really likes the movie. “Maybe I’ll be a fool, but I think it’s the most commercial movie since “E.T”… Nickelodeon expands to a 24-hour schedule - from 13 hours daily. “Nick at Nite” - the new nightime branding of the channel, officially will begin July 1, with a schedule of movies, old TV shows and new programming that will mean that Nickelodeon is now for kids and adults…

The New "Nick At Nite" (Call Your Cable Company!)

wham june 1985 facts history music trivia timelineMore June - Wham! has had two major hits in the U.S. and its confirmed, they will headline their first U.S. tour - six stadium dates this summer…Arista Records rising star is Whitney Houston . Her “You Give Good Love” hit the top of the black charts and is in the top-40…After 34 years - Yul Brynner says goodbye to playing the king of Siam in “The King And I.” Brynner, who will be 68 in several weeks, is suffering from lung cancer…

"We Are The World" Music Video

"Heaven" - Bryan Adams

willie nelson fourth of july picnic 1985 austin music trivia timelineJuly - Willie Nelson throws his annual Fourth of July picnic in Austin. On the bill this year - Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Neil Young, Ray Wiley Hubbard, June Carter Cash, David Allen Coe and Jessie Colter… More than 160,000 fans jam into stadiums in London and Philadelphia for the globally broadcast Live Aid Rock concerts held in hope of raising millions to fight Famine in Africa…

More than 160,000 fans jam into stadiums in London and Philadelphia for the globally broadcast Live Aid Rock concerts held in hope of raising millions to fight Famine in Africa. The driving force behind the extravaganza was Irish rocker Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats. The lineup included Queen, Joan Baez, Santana, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, U2, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, Billy Ocean, Bryan Adams, Neil Young Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Phil Collins, Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John and others. The broadcast was aired in its entirety in the United States by MTV, and ABC radio. About 100 TV stations aired all or part of the concert package.

Here's Queen At Live Aid - Wembley Stadium!

kenny rogers top touring 1985 music history facts trivia timelineMore July - Michael Jackson is teaming up with Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas and Francis Coppola to film “Captain EO” - a 3-D musical space fantasy…  Syndicated television - the big buzz is how well “Wheel of Fortune” does in early fringe around the country. It beats other syndicated biggies such as “MASH,” “Jeopardy,” “PM Magazine,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “People’s Court” and “Family Feud” with Richard Dawson. The program is hosted by former television weatherman Pat Sajak…Madonna has filed a lawsuit seeking to bar the release of a 5-year-old pornographic movie in which she is the star performer…Top touring acts of 1985 so farTop touring acts of 1985 so farTop touring acts of 1985 so far include - Kenny Rogers, Prince & The Revolution, Neil Diamond, Phil Collins, U2, Grateful Dead, Hall & Oates, Iron Maiden,  Bruce Springsteen & The EStreet Band, Pavoratti, Liberace...

"Shout" - Tears For Fears

August – Actor Anthony Michael Hall (17) says, “The so-called Brat Pack was the invention of some journalist and I don’t consider those people my peer group. I don’t like being lumped in with a heard of people… I have my own thing to say.” Hall’s fourth movie “Weird Science” is being released this week

At the Movies - "Weird Science" - Anthony Michael Hall

madonna sean penn marry 1985 facts history timeline triviaMarries - Madonna to actor Sean Penn It’s the hot phrase - “Darling, you look mahvelousand it comes from comedian Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live”…

"1985 You Look Mahvelous" - Billy Crystal w/George Steinbrenner

More August - Singer Michael Jackson pays between $40 and $50 million for ATV - a British music publishing company that controls the copyrights to nearly all songs written by the Beatles… Other places to get music on cable TV besides MTV and VH-1 - “Night Flight,‟ and “Night Tracks”… Buzz at video stores -  Faces of Death” Lots of college kids are renting it!... Bruce Springsteen concert at Giant Stadium this week:

WCBS-TV Bruce Springsteen Giants Stadium

More Bruce Springsteen Giant Stadium Concert Video

"St. Elmos Fire" - John Parr

rupert murdoch buys fox studio september 1985 timeline trivia September - Rupert Murdoch , who bought half of 20 th Century Fox Film Corp. six months ago for $250 million, agrees to buy the rest of the studio from Denver oilman Marvin Davis… Elizabeth Taylor announces the formation of a national AIDS foundation to raise private funds… This weekend - Willie Nelson’s “ Farm Aid” concert - it’s near Champaign, Illinois. The concert was inspired by the success of the July 13 Live Aid concert in London and Philadelphia. The 14-hour show will feature artists like Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, John Fogerty, Merle haggard, Don Henley, Bill Joel, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers and Neil Young. All 80,000 tickets have been sold. First reports after the concert - “Farm Aid” raised more than $9 million with more on the way 

Willie Nelson’s first “ Farm Aid” concert - it’s near Champaign, Illinois...

Net proceeds of the Dionne Warwick recording, “That‟s What Friends Are For” will be donated to a national organization sponsoring AIDS research…

 

ken kragen 1985 september facts history timeline mrpopcultureMore September - Finally - a band out of Norway makes it big on the pop charts around the world. It’s “Take On Me” by the threesome called A-Ha…Ken Kragen of USA For Africa says he is meeting with Band Aid organizer Bob Geldof in an effort to “establish better communication between us” and “make sure there’s no duplication or waste of resources” in the coordination of ongoing and upcoming famine relief efforts…

"Money For Nothing" - Dire Straits

October - Howard Stern is fired from his afternoon show on WNBC, New York… DJ Tom Joyner’s daily 1,800 commute between the morning shift at KKDA Dallas and the afternoon slot at WGCI Chicago is in full swing… The recording industry agrees to place anthony michael hall 1985 celebrity news facts  mrpopculture photowarning labels or print lyrics on album covers… Glamour magazine names Don Johnson its Man of the Year, saying he typifies “postmodern macho,” describing him as “a vital, primal male with predatory eyes, a warm, seductive smile and a stubborn ‘I’ll do-whatever-I-damn- well-please’ three day stubble”… Ricky Skaggs wins the Country Music Of Association (CMA) entertainer of the year award... Male vocalist of the year went to George Straight ... The Judds received single of the year for “Why Not Me” and won vocal group of the year…  New Saturday Night Live Cast Debuts - Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downy, Joan Cusack, Jon Lovitz, Terry Sweeny, Nora Dunn and Danitra Vance…

"Part-time Lover" - Stevie Wonder

 November MTV presents Hall & Oates in concert this weekThe recording industry agrees to place warning labels or print lyrics on album covers to aid parents who want to know if their children are buying songs with explicit references to sex or violence. The inscription will read, “Explicit Lyrics - parental Advisory”… Paul McCartney is leaving CBS Records after five years televisions greatest hits 1985 history facts  mrpopcultureand signs a new long-term contract with Capitol Records… The Harvard Lampoon chooses Pee-Wee Herman for its third-annual Elmer award… Howard Stern joins the new WXRK (K-Rock) 92.3 New York for afternoons… “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” - the cult film classic, celebrates its 10 th anniversary by topping $60 million in film rentals… MTV takes its first shot at episodic programming with “The Young Ones,” a bizarre and loosely plotted British sitcom…

"Broken Wings" - Mr. Mister

springsteen born in the usa 10 million copies december 1985 music history timelineDecember - Van Halen has two new members - Steve Vai replaces guitarist Eddie Van Halen along with drummer Billy Sheehan…  Keyboardist Ian Stewart - an early member of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at the age of 47… Howard Cosell (65) quits ABC television after 20 years… Singer Rick Nelson (45) is killed with six others in the crash of a plane carrying his band to a New Year’s Eve concert in Dallas. The pilot and co-pilot of the   DC-3 survived. .. One of the surprises of the year comes from record label TVT that released “Television’s Greatest Hits.” The album, which hit #135 on the Billboard album charts has sold more than 200,000 copies… Bruce Springsteen‟s “Born in the USA” tops the 10 million mark…

 

The Year 1985 In News Headlines And Information

bernard goetz 1985 news trivia history  mrpopculture photoJanuary 1 - A man who walked into a police station and confessed to shooting four teens in a New York City subway, waves extradition, saying he will return voluntarily to New York to face attempted murder charges. Bernhard Hugo Goetz (37), dubbed the “subway vigilante,” nodded his head “yes” during a brief arraignment in Concord (NH)…

January 8 -  President Reagan announces that White House Chief of Staff James Baker III and Secretary of the Treasury Donald T. Regan will exchange jobs…

January 15 - President Reagan begins his second term and called on the nation to use the progress of his first term to “build an American opportunity society in which all of us - white and black, rich and poor, young and old - will go forward together arm in arm”… President Reagan launches his second term by calling for a new American economic “emancipation” as an arctic freeze hits Washington. He called on the nation to use the progress of his first term to “build an American opportunity society in which all of us - white and black, rich and poor, young and old - will go forward together arm in arm”…

Commercial For New Coke 

January 23 - President Reagan tells thousands of his top appointees that he intends to “change America forever” in the next four years and that, although his Administration played “great and beautiful music” during his first term, “from here on- it’s shake, rattle and roll”…

February 1 - State of the Union address - President Reagan rallies for a historic simplification of the nation’s income tax system, and he declared that new cutbacks in government would fuel economic growth and defended his “star Wars” anti-missile program…

Here's President Reagan's "1985 State Of The Union"...

February 8 - American Journalist Jeremy Levin, kidnapped 11 months ago in Beirut is free from captivity… The price of a first-class mail stamp goes up to 22 cents this week - the first rate increase in more than three years…

president reagan 1985 february news trivia facts  mrpopcultureFebruary 22 - President Reagan orders his agriculture secretary to rewrite a program aimed at easing the farm credit crisis… The reputed godfathers of New York City’s five Mafia families are indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of participating in a commission that governs mob operations prosecutors. The godfathers include Anthony (Tony Ducks) Corallo and Paul (Big Paul) Castellano…

March 1 - President Reagan vetoes a farm credit relief package hours after it was delivered to the White House from Congress, saying it was irresponsibly expensive and would not have helped farmer. “I will veto again and again until spending is brought under control.” President Reagan declares “I’ll take the heat” for budget cuts and urges Congress to give him the constitutional power to veto specific spending programs….

March 8 - A bomb explodes on a crowded Beirut street killing at least 62… President Konstantin U.  Chernenko of Russia, only 13 months in the Kremlin hierarchy, dies at 73. He’s the third Soviet leader to pass in less than 2 ½ years… Mikhail S. Gorbachev takes over the Soviet Union’s leadership…

March 15 - Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan , whose tenure had been troubled by unproven allegations of wrong doing as a former New Jersey contractor, resigns… South Africa - Police open fire on a crowd of more than 3,000 blacks, killing 17 and wounding at least 19 as they marched from their black township to a nearby town for a memorial service for three blacks killed in rioting 10 days ago…In a surprise move, President Reagan picks William Brock III, a Cabinet member who claims good relations with organized labor, to replace Raymond Donovan as secretary of labor...

NBC News Digest - March 20, 1985

March 22 - Bowing to President Reagan’s relentless lobbying, both the Senate, then the House approves the release of $1.5 billion for production of the controversial MX missile….  President Reagan declares that it is “high time” for a U.S-Soviet summit meeting and pledges not to deploy new strategic weapons in coming months in a way that might jeopardize changes for success at the arms control talks in Geneva…

More South Africa news here on an ABC-TV News Brief for March 24, 1985:

April 1 -  President Reagan says that Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev has responded to his invitation for a summit in the U.S… President Reagan calls for a cease-fire in Nicaragua and promises that if Congress will release $14 million in aid to rebels battling Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government the money would not be used for armaments…

April 8 - The space shuttle Discovery thunders into space. The crew includes Sen. Jake Garn (R-Utah) - the first elected official to ted turner 1985 news facts history  mrpopculture  phototravel into space… Cable television magnate Ted Turner (the mouth of the South), saying he always wanted to own his ownnetwork, launches a hostile bid totaling nearly $3 billion to take over CBS…

April 22 - Weekly radio address - President Reagan makes an impassioned last-minute bid to salvage his request for $14 million in aid to the Nicaraguan rebels… East coast drought - Mayor Ed Koch declares a drought emergency in New York City, triggering mandatory water conservation measures for residents….

May 1 - President Reagan leaves for West Germany, where he’ll visit the Bitburg war cemetery and the economic summit... E.F. Hutton the nation’s fifth largest investment firm, pleads guilty and is fined $2 million for a massive mail and wire fraud scheme that netted the company millions of dollars on interest-free loans… West Germany - President Regan warns 10,000 cheering German young people of the threat “on the other side of the wall” and calls for the reunification of Germany…

May 8 - President Regan talks to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, arguing that his “Star wars’ program offers the best promise of perpetuating the 40 years of peace since V-E Day… Philadelphia police drop a bomb on the roof of a row house in an attempt to displace members of a radical group barricaded inside. A resultant fire took out as many as 60 other row houses 270 were left homeless with 11 dead…

May 15 -  AIDS update - The Centers For Disease Control says the AIDS virus can remain in a person’s body for five years or longer without producing disease although it can still be transmitted to other people…

margaret thatcher 1985 may news facts history  mrpopculture image May 23 - At least 40 are dead and hundreds injured in Brussels in a riot between English and Italian fansbefore the beginning of the European soccer cup final. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying her “blood was boiling” at the sight of British soccer fans in a riot that left 41 dead, pledged $317,000 to a disaster fund for the victims. But a spokesman said British soccer teams would be barred from Belgium where the carnage occurred and may be banished from all of Europe. The disaster, apparently, was caused by rioting British soccer fans…

NBC News - Soccer Rioting in Brussels/Tom Brokaw

June 1 - The Supreme Court rules that states cannot set aside a daily moment of silence for the purpose of encouraging prayer in the classroom… Government regulators close a record seven (financially troubled) banks, setting a 50-year record. The banks are located in Nebraska, Oregon, Arkansas and Minnesota…

June 8 - Two Arab Gunmen seize a TWA jetliner with more than 100 Americans and forced it on a terror-filled odyssey… Dies - Karen Ann Quinlan , who lapsed into a coma a decade ago, prompting an historic right-to-die court decision after her parents sought to have her disconnected from a respirator, is dead of pneumonia at her hospital bed in New Jersey…

June 15 - Arab hijackers who seized a TWA jet and killed one in an ongoing ordeal fly back to Algiers and free another 64 people, keeping aboard three crew members and as many as 46 other American men…President Reagan, condemning  the slaying of six Americans in El Salvador, says that “our limits have been reached” and pledged whatever military assistance is needed to strike back at the terrorists…

June 22 - President Reagan cancels his 10-day Fourth of July vacation in California as long as American hostages are held in Beirut….  An Air India Boeing 747 jumbo jetliner flying at 31,000 feet dives into the North Atlantic about 120 miles southwest of Ireland. A bomb is suspected. All 329 aboard are believed to be dead… The 39 hostages are finally released and headed for home. They were part of a TWA hijacked between Athens and Rome by fundamentalist Muslim gunmen. One American Passenger was murdered - a navy diver. Vice President Bush was on hand to greet the hostages as they landed in Frankfurt, Germany…

July 8 - In his weekly radio address - President Reagan says “Americans will be the greatest fools on Earth” of they fail to press forward with research on the “Star Wars” space-based missile defense program. .. After a three-hour surgery, doctors remove a large precancerous polyp from President Reagan’s colon… 

coca cola classic 1985 news facts history timeline image mrpopcultureCoca-Cola - stung by grassroots consumer resistance to its new, sweeter taste - says it will bring back the original Coke under the new name “Coca-Cola Classic.” The old Coke will join the new Coke in a few weeks. In 1984 Coke held 36.4% of the soft drink market with all of its products - but held a 21.7% share for Coca-Cola alone, down from 24.5% a year earlier. Pepsi gained market share in 1984 - to 18.8% from 18.2%...

July 15 - Toyota Motor Co says it will build its own manufacturing plant in the United States by 1988 to produce “about 200,000” cars a year… It’s announced that Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire social studies teacher will fly on the space shuttle in January… President- Ronald Reagan is recovering from an operation for colon cancer…

July 22 - President Milton Obote of Uganda is overthrown in a coup led by rebellious elements of the army…

August 1 - A Delta L-1011 jetliner bound for Los Angeles crashes on approach to Dallas/Ft. Worth - killing 122… Claiming that the economy’s batteries have been recharged, President Reagan says he intends to launch a “major fall offensive” for tax reform, a balanced budget amendment and a line-item veto… AIDS - In Kokomo, Indiana - officials bar 13-year-old Ryan White from school after learning that he had contracted AIDS during treatment for hemophilia, saying the school cannot cope with the necessary precautions and that other pupils could be at risk…

August 8 - A terrorist car bomb explodes at the U.S. Air Force’s Rhein-Main Air base as servicemen arrived for work, killing an American airman and his wife and injuring 17 others… In Japan - a packed JAL jetliner carrying524 people on a domestic flight slams into a mountain…

August 15 - Medical - The virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in the teardrops of a patient suffering from the disease, according to researchers of the National Institutes of Health… The Rev. Sun Moon, the Korean evangelist who heads the Unification Church, is released from a Brooklyn halfway house after serving 13 months of an 18-month sentence for tax evasion…

August 22 - Thousands of South Africans defy the law by marching to demand freedom for jailed black leader Nelson Mandela. Police broke it up with whips, tear gas and rubber bullets… Police detain Trevor Tutu, the eldest son of black Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu for allegedly swearing at a white policeman and then announce they will hold him in prison for 14 days… Samantha Smith - the little schoolgirl whose wish for peace led to a highly publicized tour of the Soviet Union in 1983 as the guest of Yuri V. Andropov, is killed along with her father and six others in a plane crash in Maine. She was 13-years-old… Police in Los Angeles issue an all-points bulletin for the so-called “Night Stalker” whose seven-month rampage of murder is the talk of Southern California…

richard ramirez 1985 september stalker news facts  mrpopcultureSeptember 1-  Captured - Richard Ramirez - a 25-year-old drifter identified as the Night Stalker is captured by angry citizens as he allegedly tried to steal a car in East Los Angeles… Coca-Coca Classic, which debuted in July (under the old 99-year-old formula) is sitting besides new “Coke” in supermarkets...

September 8 - … Weekly radio address - President Reagan, vowing to get “a fair shake abroad,” for U.S. products, announces unprecedented investigations of alleged unfair trade practices in Japan, South Korea and Brazil. Currently, U.S. firms cannot sell tobacco in Japan, life and fire insurance in South Korea and computers in Brazil. In his radio address, the President said he has ordered  acceleration’ of current efforts to open Japanese markets to leather goods and to challenge Europe’s canned-fruit subsidies…

September 15 -  Oleg Gordievsky - chief of the Soviet KGB spy operation in London defects to the West, exposing a major espionage network… Star Wars - The first ASAT weapons test is successful - An Air Force projectile is launched from an F-15 fighter and soars 300 miles above Earth and slams into a small, orbiting American satellite. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger called the test “a great step forward”… In Detroit, a federal grand jury issues a 15-count criminal indictment charging john delorean 1985 news update facts history auto  mrpopculture photothat former auto maker John DeLorean set up a complex scheme to defraud the private investors in his defunct auto company out of $18 million beginning in 1978…

TV Report - Mexico City Earthquake

A major earthquake and several major aftershocks in Mexico City bring the estimated death toll to be 3000 people. The toll is sure to go up. The quake had a 7.4 Richter scale rating. Rescue crews made-up of everyone from Girl Scouts to paratroopers, dug frantically at building wreckage listening for any signs of life...

September 22, 1985 ABC News Brief 

September 22 - The confirmed death toll from Mexico City’s twin earthquakes stands at 4,596. Nancy Reagan toured the rubble of the earthquake-shattered city and delivered $1 million as a down for U.S. aid... Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze unveils what he describes as a plan for “Star Peace” that would save the world from the Reagan Administration’s sinister plans of “Star Wars.” He said the Strategic Defense Initiative is the main stumbling block to a new U.S.-Soviet arms control agreement…A powerful bomb hidden in a sports bag rips through the offices of British Airways in Rome, injuring at least 14 people in the second terrorist attack in the busy Via Veneto area in 10 days…AIDS update - the federal Centers for Disease Control conservatively estimates the cost of caring for the first 9,000 AIDS patients in the U.S. at more than $1.25 billion and $4,38 billion in “lost productivity” from the disability and deaths of so many young people. The disease is likely to increase strains upon the health care system in cities and counties with a large number of cases...

October 1 - Israeli warplanes bomb and destroy the PLO headquarters in Tunis, killing as many as 60 people and injuring 100 others in retaliation for the Yom Kippur slayings of three Israelis in Cyprus… Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrives in France on his first trip to the West since he took office in March and said he hoped the visit will help lead to a return to détente. He was greeted by President Francois Mitterrand when he arrived to a state welcome…

October 8 - The Defense Department says it will test all 2.1 million military personnel in the U.S. armed forces for AIDS. Those found with the disease will be treated, but will not be forced to resign from the military…

October 15 - At the United Nations, President Reagan, foreshadowed a touch approach to next month’s summit meeting, declaring that a “central issue” in the talks will be a U.S. initiative aimed at resolving regional conflicts involving the Soviet Union, Asia, Africa and Central America… The senate votes to more than double spending in the fight against AIDS…

October 22 - The Soviet Union agrees to a U.S. demand for an interview with KGB spymaster Vitaly Yurchenko to prove he is not being coerced into returning to his homeland after three months in the hands of American intelligence agents… “The Living Memorial” a park named for the assassination of JFK is dedicated in Cambridge. It’s located next to Harvard. Attending - jackie kennedy onasis 1985 news facts history  mrpopculture photoJacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr…A federal judge rules that former middleweight boxing contender Rubin (Hurricane) Carter can be released from jail, saying his 1977 triple murder conviction was based on “racial stereotypes” and errors by the prosecution…

November 1 – President Reagan says that defection controversies over three Soviets including a top KGB official who has returned to the Kremlin fold, “might have been a deliberate play” in pre-suit maneuvering. Nonetheless, Reagan said he is eager to get down to business with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbechev later this month, declaring, “It’s time we stop this futzing around”…

November 8 -  Prince Charles and Princess Diana conclude their 5-day visit to the United States and head home…

November 15 - President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev . Reagan declares in his arrival remarks that “genuine give and take” are needed because U.S.-Soviet differences “run deep”… The United States and the Soviet Union agree to resume commercial air service between the two countries. Reagan suspended all U.S. bound flights by the Soviet Union national airline Aeroflot on December 29, 1981 as part of retaliation for the Kremlin-backed imposition of martial law in Poland…

November 22 - President Reagan tells his Cabinet that he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev “Cleared the air” during their two-day summit meeting, but he added, “There’s a lot still to be done.” “One of the first things I told him, and I think we are agreed on that, is that words are not enough to eliminate the must trust between our two peoples”… The South African government nelson mandela 1985 news history mrpopculture review returns Nelson Mandela , the Black Nationalist leader, to prison, unable once again to persuade him to accept its terms for his freedom…Malta - 57 are killed when Egyptian commandos storm a hijacked Egypt Air jetliner with gunfire and explosives and the Arab terrorists on board detonated hand grenades in the crowded passenger compartment...

 

December 1 -   Weekly radio address - Reacting to a wave of espionage arrests, President Reagan says his Administration is approaching the increasing threat to national security “with a new degree of realism.” And vows to “root out and prosecute the spies of any nation”… President Reagan accepts the resignation of Robert C. McFarlane as his national security adviser and appoints McFarlane’s deputy, Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter to succeed him…

December 8 - A DC-8 charger jet bringing U.S. troops home for Christmas from the Middle East, crashes and burns on takeoff from Newfoundland, killing all 250 soldiers and 8 crew members… The nation’s unemployment rate fell a tenth back to 7% in November…

December 15 - Secretary of State George Shultz reacts to the White Houses’ plan to give lie detector tests to holders of classified information. “The minute in the government that I’m told that I’m trusted is the day that I leave.” He said that lie detector tests are not reliable and can implicate innocent people…

December 22 - South Africa - 53 people die in fierce fighting between thousands of feuding Zulu and Pondo tribesmen armed with spears, machetes and homemade guns…

Year 1985  In Technology News And Information

cordless phone 1985 tech history facts  mrpopculture imageJanuary – Some 9 million are using cordless telephones, but many don’t know their transmissions are plain language and available to listeners if the tune just above the AM radio dial - above 1600 khz. The phones have  been around several years… Up 20% - IBM posts hits highest profit ever for any firm in quarter - earning a record $2.17 billion on the final quarter of 1984… The compact disc is growing - Here’s a scorecard since its Spring/1983 debut - 1983 - about 350,000 players and 5.5 compact discs were sold. 1984 - about 850,000 players and 17 million compact discs were sold. 1985 predictions - 1.5 million+ players with 35 million compact discs sold….

Radio - WLS-FM Morning Show 

February - Computer News - In San Jose, a 15 year-old boy becomes the first person cited under a new California law against computer trespassing. The youth allegedly attempted to get into Stanford University’s system with a home computer. Authorities say he was not formally arrested, but was cited for an infraction….  Xerox announces that it is getting out of the personal computer market. Analysts say that, although the company was first with a PC model, the company failed to cash in “on crucial lead time”…

Cher Appears On The Phil Donahue Show

March - IBM says that it plans to halt production of its PCjr home computer indefinitely because supplies will be ample to meet weakened demand. Last week, Apple announced that it would halt production of its personal computers for one week to bring inventories in line with sluggish demand… Sharp introduces a double-cassette VCR - where you can record tapes from tapes… disney channel 1985 news history tv  mrpopculture Disney says its Pay-TV “Disney Channel” with 1.8 million subscribers has broken even…   AT & T unveils its second personal computer - the PC-7300 in an effort to challenge IBM. Some analysts believe the 7300 must have the ability to run software programs on the same operating system used by IBM in order to compete…. Compact discs are being played on the air, by more radio stations, especially those in the Urban and Adult Contemporary formats. KMGC Dallas, says it is now playing as many as 5 CD titles an hour! KMGC buys most of its CD library through a discount deal with a local distributor. KMGC is tagging each CD and airing promos in the evening that advise listeners to “sit back, adjust your stereo balance and enjoy this Compact Disc recording”…

April - AT&T gets permission to raise rates by up to 26.7% for long-distance interstate calls between parties less than 55 miles apart. For a call of one to 10 miles, the day rate for the initial minute would increase to 38 cents from 30 cents. Each additional minute would increase to 19 cents from 15 cents. For a call from 11 to 22 miles - the day rate for the initial minute climbs to 46 cents from 38 cents. Additional minutes would now be 25 cents each - up from 21 cents For a call from 23 to 55 miles - the day rate for the initial minute would rise to 51 minutes from 45 cents. Initial minutes would be raised to 30 cents from 26 cents…  AT & T unveils its second personal computer - the PC-7300in an effort to challenge IBM… Sony expanding - Sony electronics looks to Compact disc players, an expanded line of Walkman personal stereos, dual cassette decks and audio racks to complement color television and the early introduction of 8mm VCR’s as major income producers over the next few years…

May – (Beyond copiers) Xerox unveils a new line of office automated systems. The new gear includes printers, personal computers, word processors, software and other accessories, which the company hopes, will give it a foothold in the office-automation business. The new computers and word processors are based on the same personal computer that is made by Italian manufacture ring. Co Olivetti and marketed by American Telephone & Telegraph as its model PC6300. Xerox’s strategy is to offer departmental office systems that exploit the appeal of Xerox’s copiers - especially the successful laser copiers and their larger cousins…

June - In a move to increase competition with AT&T, the FCC orders local phone companies to “randomly” assign a long-distance carrier to business and residential customers who do not choose on themselves. The current practice automatically assigns AT&T when no preference is given... separately, phone bills go up $1 a month for long distance network access… Apple Computer reorganizes - Steven Jobs surrenders his key operational role but will remain chairman. The reorganization merges two of the company’s production divisions - Apple II and Macintosh… On sale - a compact disc player - lowest price ever! Just compact disc player 1985 news tech history  mrpopcultureplace CD in the drawer and press the open/close button for automatic play. There’s no wear on the disc, so the sound quality never deteriorates - $259.00 (from $399.00)…  Hot software - “Topview” from IBM. It’s been out nearly a year. The program is designed to turn the IBM PC into a “multitasking” machine…Get a Macintosh 512K with external 2nd disk Drive, Image Writer Printer Plus Free Ergometric Stand, Exciting new jazz software package - $3880… n sports - in the longest game of the year so far in Atlanta - The Mets score five runs in the top of the 19th inning,  defeating the braves 16-13. A post gameFourth of July fireworks show got underway at 4 in the morning…

July - So, should you buy a Beta or VHS machine? - Industry watchers estimate the Beta share of the market to be 14% to 16% and dropping. A big problem continues to be availability of prerecorded tapes. Most stores have meager Beta selections… Compact Disc update - right now, there are 3,000 titles of compact discs. Demand is exceeding supply since there are only six large CD record plants in the world today. As new plants come online, don’t expect CD prices to fall either. So, if you see a CD you want, grab it. It may be months or even years before it is pressed again…

August - Apple Computer Inc says it is suspending sales to South Africa because of the nation’s apartheid policy and political pressure on it in the United States… Two new computers with great color graphics are now on the market - particularly for gaming - The Commodore Amiga and Atari‟s 520ST. The Amiga is designed as a serious business computer as well as an entertainment computer. Both use Motorola‟s 68000 microprocessor chip… Stereo TV update - Hardly any shows are broadcast with stereo sound, but this week, NBC begins stereocasts of “the Tonight Show” and “Late Night With David Letterman.” “Miami Vice” will be in stereo sound in the fall… 

September - Apple Computer files a $5 million lawsuit against co-founder and former chairman Steven Jobs, charging that he breached his fiduciary responsibility and that his planned new company would use confidential information…

microsoft windows 1.0 november 1985 tech history timeline mrpopcultureOctober - HBO  will begin  scrambling of all four of its HBO and Cinemax satellite feeds beginning Jan. 15. This will prevent those with satellite TVRO systems from receiving the signals and they will have to subscribe… HBO plans to market its signal to TVRO viewers. HBO will charge $12.95 for one channel or $19.95 for both…

November - The FCC gives the go-ahead for AT&T to offer several new long distance telephone services to large business owners. The new services, says AT&T, will allow firms to streamline their private long-distance communications networks and reduce costs. For the first time, it’ll allow room to bypass the local telephone companies and hook up directly to AT&T…Sony introduces pre-recorded 8mm cassettes to go with its 8mm recorders introduced earlier this year… Steven Wozniak says he steve wozniak 1985 apple news facts tech history  mrpopculturewas bought $5 million worth of stock in Apple Computer, the company he co-founded nine years ago, because since its reorganization, it is “moving in the right direction… Bill Gates of Microsoft introduces Windows 1.0. The price is just under $100.00. Gates stresses that Windows integrates with popular programs such as Lotus 1-2-3. 

Microsoft WIndows 1.0 TV Commercial

December - Cell phone update - Tandy Corp introduces a hand-held cell phone that weighs a much lighter 11-lbs and will sell for $1,199… Great gift - AT&T PC 6300 with 10MB hard drive. Powerful 8086 16-bit processor executes at 8mhz, twice as fast as many other computers. Up to 7 expansion slots to grow as your needs grow. 256K is expandable to 640K.10MB hard drive provides storage equivalent to 2500 pages. - $2995…

Year 1985 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

January - ABC’s 20/20 does a piece on the McMartin preschool molestation case. The segment seems to support the case against school director Virginia McMartin and six teachers… At 24, Wayne Gretzky becomes the youngest player toscore 400 goals in NHL history…  Karel Soucek , the Canadian daredevil curled up inside a specially designed barrel, plunges from the roof of the Astrodome to his death before 35,000 spectators as the barrel missed the water tank meant to cushion his fall… CBS-TV’s “Alice” starring Linda Lavin ends production after its 200 th episode. In the final show, Alice finally obtains her fantasy. Mel sells the diner and she decides to take the plunge and move to Nashville to join a country and Western band…Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Doug Flutie of Boston College, says he will sign a multimillion dollar contract with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League… NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, quarterbacks roger staubach nfl hall of fame january 1985 sports trivia history  mrpopcultureJoe Namath and Roger Staubach, running back O.J. Simpson and old-timer Frank Gatski are named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton… The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl 19.

 

February - Passing - actor Nicholas Colasanto (61) - best known for his role on the television series “Cheers”… Tug McGraw (40) - Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher, announces his retirement from baseball… Tina Marie Machado loses her Miss Hawaii USA crown after less than a week. Pageant officials say she is too old at 25… Nutritionist Nathan Pritikin , who advocated a controversial low-cholesterol diet to prevent heart disease, commits suicide in a New York City hospital after fighting leukemia… USFL season is underway as ABC telecasts a game between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham stallions. The Generals have Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. The USFL till make instant replay video pictures available to officials working the game, something not yet done in the NFL… Leon Spinks stops Lupe Guerra 43 seconds into the fourth round…

"1985 Wrestlemania" coming up - Hulk Hogan/Mr. T.  

March - The New Orleans Saints get purchased for $64 million from John Mecom Jr., who purchased the team for $8 million in 1967. Buyer is a group of businessmen headed by Tom Benson…  Coleco reports that revenue jumped 36.9% for the quarter on its hot-selling Cabbage patch kids line of dolls and accessories… Did you catch the MTV broadcast of the Madison Square garden rematch between Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper? It ended when Mr. T. came out of the crowd to defend Cyndi cyndi lauper 1985 facts news history music  mrpopcultureLauper (what was she doing in the ring?) Hilarious…  Former New York Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone is arrested in Brooklyn and charged with possession of heroin and cocaine… Larry Holmes stops David Bey in 10 rounds. It will be Holmes’ last professional fight. Holmes is undefeated in 47 fights at the age of 35…

At the movies - "The Breakfast Club" - Anthony Michael Hall/Molly Ringwald

April  - Major upset as Villanova beats Georgetown 66-64 to win the NCAA basketball championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington KY… Barbara Bel Geddes - after leaving “Dallas” several years ago is returning. The question is - what’s going to happen to her replacement - Donna Reed?...Passing - Sir Michael Redgrave (77)… Frank Sinatra files a $22 million lawsuit against the National Enquirer for an article claiming he went to a Swiss clinic for injections of youth serum made of sheep cells… Passing - actor Scott Brady (60)… Actress Ann Jillian (35) recovers from double mastectomy surgery… Coca-Cola - the world’s top-selling soft drink for almost a century is changing it recipe to make it “smoother and sweeter”…

May - Australian Rupert Murdoch reaches an agreement to buy the seven Metromedia television stations for $2 billion – including WNEW-TV in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles… Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is fined kareem abdul jabbar 1985 may news facts sports trivia history  mrpopculture$500 for fighting with Denver’s Danny Schayes during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference final series between the Lakers and the Nuggets…Actress Margaret Hamilton - immortalized as the actress who played the famed Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz.” She was 82… CBS Records President Walter Yetnikoff hands over a $6.5 million check to USA for Africa - the first installment of many more millions forthcoming fro the sales of “We Are The World.” To date, the single has sold 7, 382 million copies worldwide and the album has sold 4,435 million worldwide…Danny Sullivan places first in the Indy 500. Mario Andretti comes in second. They were followed by Roberto Guerrero, Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford…. Jimmy Connors joins John McEnroe in boycotting the U.S. Davis Cup team’s second-round match against West Germany in August because of a requirement that team members sign a good-conduct pledge…  “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau agreed not to send newspapers six comic strips involving the anti-abortion movie “ Silent Scream ” because of their controversial nature…

June - Stacey Keach returns to the U.S. after serving six months in a British prison for cocaine smuggling…  Jann Wenner - founder of Rolling Stone magazine, takes over “Us” magazine… Coca-Cola is still getting tons of complaints from those who describe the New Coca-Cola as lacking the old formula’s bite and zing… Coca-Cola - stung by grassroots consumer resistance to its new, sweeter taste - says it will bring back the original Coke under the new name “Coca-Cola Classic”… Toys R Us, the country‟s largest toy store, now has 198 U.S. and a few foreign stores…Coca-Cola says it will now sell its Cherry Coke nationwide…

July - ABC announces that Joe Namath will replace Don Meredith in the booth on “Monday Night Football”… Joanne Barrett (34) of the Bronx sues the New York Yankees for $50 million. She was shot in the hand at Yankee stadium July 4 while she was sitting with her husband during a game with the Minnesota Twins. The bullet passed through her hand and ended up in her purse… It’s announced that actor Rock Hudson, whose recent frail appearance stunned a public, has AIDS and has had the disease for more than a year…

Radio - WPLJ-FM NY Commercial

August - Negotiators reach an agreement to end the baseball strike - less than 24 hours after it officially began. It was the second baseball strike in the history of the game….  Rod Carew of the California Angels gets his 3000 th hit of his career… Elizabeth usfl football 1995 news steve young mrpopculture imageTaylor visits longtime friend Rock Hudson at the UCLA Medical Center, where he is being treated for AIDS… The USFL confirms that quarterback Steve Young is the highest paid player in the game at $2.4 million…

September - A&M Records releases a benefit album for Greenpeace. Artists appearing – the Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby, the Pretenders, Tears for Fears, and Howard Jones. All proceeds go to Greenpeace… Passing - Actress Ruth Gordon (88) … Pete Rose clinches Ty Cobb’s record for the most hits. In a game against the San Diego Padres, Rose hit # 4,192 …Passing - Fashion designer Laura Ashley (60). She never came out of the coma she slipped into nine days ago after falling down the stairs at her daughter’s home…

37 th annual Emmy Awards held this week -

Outstanding comedy - “The Cosby Show”

Outstanding drama - “Cagney & Lacey”

Lead actor - comedy - Robert Guillaume - “Benson”

Lead actress - comedy - Jane Curtin, “Kate & Allie”

Supporting actor - comedy - John Larroquette, “Night Court”

Supporting actress - comedy - Rhea Perlman - “Cheers”

Lead actor - drama - William Daniels, “St. Elsewhere”

Lead actress - drama - Tyne Daly - “Cagney & Lacey”

Supporting actor - drama - Edward James Olmos, “Miami Vice”

Supporting actress - drama - Betty Thomas - “Hill Street Blues

October - Passing - Spy novelist Helen MacInnes (77)… Passing - Rock Hudson (59) – First celebrity to reveal he had AIDS… Passing – Songman Nelson Riddle (64)… Passing – Actress Simone Signoret (64)… Passing – CBS Newsman Charles Collingwood (68)… Passing - Game show announcer and personality – Johnny Olsen (75)…New idea - Fighting “Compassion fatigue” - USA for Africa organizers unveil “Hands Across America” - a human chain that would stretch from New York to Los Angeles on May 25 and would raise between $50 million and $100 million. It follows the successful fundraising pattern set by the 1984 Olympic torch relay… On David Letterman’s show - William (The Refrigerator) Perry. Perry is Chicago’s rookie defensive tackle/running back. The crowd yelled “Fridge! Fridge”… Fiery reporter Geraldo Rivera says he is resigning from ABC in November…

Kansas City Royals defeat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.

geraldo rivera 1985 news tv history facts abc  mrpopculture photoNovember - Fiery reporter Geraldo Rivera says he is resigning from ABC… Bret Saberhagen (21) who won two games for Kansas City in the Royals’ World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Becomes the youngest pitcher in American League history to win the Cy Young Award… First baseman Don Mattingly of the Yankees who led the major leagues with 145 runs is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player receiving 23 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America...

December - Michael Jordan thinks he’ll be back playing with the Bulls around Christmas. He’s been keeping a low profile since he broke a bone in his left foot October 29… On trial, Dolly Parton denies she copied the hit song “9 to 5” from a husband-wife songwriting team. She said she worked on the song at her hotel. Parton was sued in 1983 by Neil and Janice Goldberg of Los Angeles… John McEnroe begins serving a 42-day suspension for exceeding the allowable limit of fines in a year…… Passing - Big Joe Turner - blues legend and early rock ‘n’ roll pioneer (74)… Passing - Roger Maris - who hit 61 homers in 1961 (51)…

 

 

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