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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 8, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The United States and the Soviet Union agree to resume full-scale arms control talks. 

Unexpected - President Reagan announces that White House Chief of staff James Baker III and Secretary of the treasury Donald T. Regan will exchange jobs.

Both blacks and whites react to Sen. Edward Kennedy’s criticism of their apartheid policies of racial segregation.

Treasury Secretary Don T. Regan says that he will not be a “yes man” to President Reagan as chief of staff and that nobody at the White House will be fired but “there will be personnel changes” possibly including a new job for departing U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick.

Wholesale prices rose .1% in December for a total of 1.8% in all of 1984.

Vice President George Bush looks back on the 1984 campaign as a not-so-pleasant experience in which democratic rival Geraldine A. Ferraro had an unfair advantage and some reporters covering him actually were cheerleaders for her. “It wasn’t too pleasant. It was one of the most people concede it was pretty bad in terms of the mood out there.” “I’ve a better frame of mind about it than I had a few weeks ago. The campaign was grueling. That’s fading into the sunset.”

USA Today, Gannett’s national newspaper signs on as an official sponsor of President Reagan’s inauguration and has given inaugural planners free space for 12 full-page advertisements in its pages.


Sports news – January 8, 1985

Wayne Gretzky becomes the youngest player to score 400 goals in NHL history. He’ll be 24 later this month.


 Music news – January 8, 1985

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 Sisters Chaka Khan and others. Most of the covers have been more obscure selections from Prince’s early albums. The biggest cover is “I Feel For You” which Chaka Khan took to #1. 


Television news – January 8, 1985

 Lifetime shifts its prime-time focus on entertainment beginning this week. One of the programs being added  - “American Talks Back” with Stanley Siegal. Another is “Smart Money” hosted by Fran Tarkenton.  They join shows by Dr Ruth and Regis Philbin.  

O.J. Simpson of ABC will be assigned the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. He will not be in the announcer’s booth come SuperBowl time.


Friday night television listings-programs/TV guide – January 8, 1986

CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – V, Hunter, Miami Vice, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Benson, Webster, Street Hawk, Matt Houston, Nightline, ABC Rocks (Videos)

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week.

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