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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 1, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Commerce Department predicts the economy will grow 4.3% this year, well behind 1984’s 6.7%. But, we’ll see. 

Final instructions - President Reagan meets with Secretary of State George Shultz before the Secretary leaves to meet Soviet foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko for nuclear arms talks.

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) District Court. Earlier, Goetz had said he would fight extradition to New York. He was ordered held without bail.

House Democrats vote to remove 80-year-old Rep Melvin Price as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, then install Re. Les Aspin. 

Interior secretary William P. Clark submits his resignation to President Reagan. He says he wants to return to his ranch in California by March.

The IRS proposes that employers begin withholding money next summer from the paychecks of employees who receive such fringe benefits as the use of company cars and company aircraft.


Sports news – January 1,1985

AT&T Challenge of Champions in Las Vegas – John McEnroe beat Jimmy Connors. McEnroe will meet Guillermo Vilas in his next round. Winner will get $200,000.

Bowl Games –

Fiesta – UCLA – 39   Miami - 37

Rose Bowl – USC – 20    Ohio State - 17  

Orange Bowl – Washington – 28   Oklahoma – 17

Cotton Bowl – Boston College – 45   Houston - 28


Music news – January 1, 1985

Ron Wood (37) of the Rolling Stones marries his longtime girlfriend model Jo Howard (29). They have two children – Leah (6) and Tyrone (16). 

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.  

Singer Tom Rush is selling his own records now by his own mail order record company. The album, titled “New Year” on the New Light label, has sold 15,000 copies and Rush says he has made about a $44,000 profit so far. He was dropped from Columbia about 10 years ago.


Television news – January 1, 1985

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 facing more than 200 molestation charges involving 42 children.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 1, 1985

Playing in Las Vegas –

Joan Rivers – Caesars Palace

Neil Sedaka, Marilyn McCoo – Desert Inn

Dean Martin and the Golddiggers – MGM Grand

Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis – Sahara

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