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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 15, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

On the eve of his second term, Ronald Reagan builds a snowman with his grandchildren, attends a private lunch and spends the evening at a gala featuring Frank Sinatra.

Ronald Reagan takes the presidential oath of office for a second term, but inside due to bitter cold. The inaugural parade was canceled due to the weather.

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.”

President Reagan names Washington lawyer Max M. Kampeiman, a democrat, to head a team of arms negotiators.

President Reagan, seeking to boister the government of President Jose Napoleon Duarte will ask Congress for more than $172 million in additional aid for El Salvador this year.

 Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of New York said the he sympathized with Bernhard Goetz, the man accused of shooting four teens on a New York subway and would “be glad to testify that the subway is a dangerous place inhabited by threatening thugs.

The Israeli Knesset kills a controversial bill aimed at narrowing the legal definition of “who is a Jew” after Prime Minister Shimon Peres warned the move would have insulted Jews around the world. . The 62-51 Parliament vote ended at least temporarily a 15-year battle by the Orthodox religious lobby to restrict the definition of a Jew to one born of a Jewish mother or converted by Orthodox rabbis.

American’s disposable personal income rose a strong 6.8% in 1984 after subtracting taxes and inflation – almost double that of 1983 and the best in more than a decade.

Airlines are slashing fares in a major air war. Some up to 74%.   

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. Soucked who last July was the first person in 23 years to go over Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls in a barrel, had planned the 150-foot drop as part of a Thrill Show and Destruction derby. 

The U.S. Postal Service, seeking to ensure adequate supplies of stamps when postage rates rise Feb. 17, says it will issue stamps bearing the letter “D” and carrying no denomination. The D stamps will be on sale starting Feb. 1, as will embossed envelopes bearing the D postage designation. They will represent the new 22-cent rate for first class letters.

Trends – Seen on milk cartons – faces of missing children as more and more companies are jumping on the concept.


Technology news – January 15, 1985

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.


Entertainment news – January 15, 1985

A helicopter being used in filming of the TV series “Airwolf” crashes and burns on a hillside north of Los Angeles, killing a stuntman and injuring the pilot.


Music news –  January 15, 1985

VH-1 debuts – MTV Networks second 24-hour cable music channel is on the air (January 1). According to Bob Pittman, MTV Networks executive vice president, the launch of VH-1 saw the new service carried by 215 cable systems – a total of 3.3 million subscribers. The channel is for older music fans and includes VJ’s who are star radio personalities – Don Imus, Frankie Crocker and Scott Shannon. The fourth is Sha Na Na’s Jon Bauman.

Prince is on his “Purple Rain” tour.

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. 

Steve Casey who was fired as WLS-AM/FM operations director recently, assumes the role of director of music programming for MTV’s new VH-1 channel. Casey served as in what he called “the start-up crew” for MTV – from Oct. 1980 until the music channel’s debut in 1982. 

Eddie Van Halen quote: “People say it’s tough to make videos Well, we were watching a football game on television, so I turned off the sound and put on a Black Sabbath record, And it made perfect sense. My road manager walked in, I told him it was the new black Sabbath video, and he walked out believing me.”


Radio news – January 15, 1985

Veteran top-40 DJ Dan Ingram joins WKTU-FM – New York’s struggling top-40 station. Ingram left WABC when it went talk in 1982 and has spent the interim years working for HBO, doing voice-overs and hosting CBS Radio’s “Top 40 Satellite Survey” which WKTU airs on Saturdays. Meantime, Paco who had that shift, returns to Spanish WJIT-AM as music director and afternoon drive man. Paco had established his U.S. career at the AM station during his first run – 1970-1978, (When it was WHOM) and then joined legendary “Disco 92” WKTU.  

WMET Chicago (95.5) shifts from rock to adult contemporary.


Television news – January 15, 1985

Found dead – 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. Her second husband, photographer Barry Feinstein said an autopsy disclosed she had been drowned and she was last seen on the beach. She could not swim.  He body was found Sunday (Jan. 13). She was married three times. Her most recent ex was TV producer Burt Sugarman. 

CBS-TV’s “Alice” starring Linda Lavin ends production after its 200th 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.

CBS says it will not blacklist actor Stacy Keach, who plead guilty to a cocaine charge and is serving a nine-month sentence in a British prison. The network is thinking about renewing his Mike Hammer series.

Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, in a hurried pre-dawn interview by new CBS anchorwoman Phyllis George, is cut short while he tried to reassure cancer victims that his Vitamin C treatment really works. He provided an initial response to a widely reported Mayo Clinic study issued this week that found his theory advocating large doses of Vitamin C as a cancer treatment to be ineffective.


Monday night television listings-programs/TV guide – January 15, 1985

CBS –  My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn, (late night) Simon and Simon

NBC – TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Movie, Tonight

ABC – Hardcastle and McCormick, Movie, Nightline

PBS – Wonderworks, American Playhouse


CBS two-minute “An American Portrait” features the story of Joseph Maddy, music professor who fought for the inclusion of music in the public school curriculum. Sarah Vaughan narrates. At 8:58pm.

ABC Movie – “Scandal Sheet” (1985) – Burt Lancaster, Lauren Hutton, Robert Urich. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 15, 1985

Like a Virgin – Madonna

All I Need – Jack Wagner

You’re The Inspiration – Chicago

Easy Lover – Philip Bailey

I Want To Know What Love Is – foreigner

Run to You – Bryan Adams

The Wild Boys – Duran Duran

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Sea of Love – Honeydrippers

Careless Whisper – Wham Feat. George Michael

Cool It Now – New Edition

The Boys of Summer – Don Henley

Jamie – Ray Parker Jr.

Valotte – Julian Lennon

Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters

I Would Die 4 U – Prince & The Revolution

Solid – Ashford & Simpson

Method of Modern Love – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Understanding – Bog Seger & The Silver Bullet band

Out of Touch – Daryl Hall & John Oates


Top Rock Music Cuts – January 15, 1985

The Boys of Summer – Don Henley

Call to the Heart – Giuffria

I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

The Old Man Down the Road – John Fogerty

Do It Again – Kinks

Naughty Naughty – John Parr

It’s Only Love – Bryan Adams

Knocking At Your Back Door – Deep Purple

Hot video games – January 15, 1985

Pitfall II



Donkey Kong



Donkey Kong Jr.

Mario Brothers

Star Trek


Jungle Hunt

War Room

Top Black Hit Music – January 15, 1985

Gotta Get You Home Tonight – Eugene Wilde

Operator – Midnight Star

Treat Her Like a Lady -Temptations

Love Light in flight – Stevie Wonder

Misled – Kool & The Gang

Top videocassette  movie rentals – January 15, 1985

Purple Rain

The Empire Strikes Back

The Natural

Romancing the stone

Police Academy

The Last Starfighter


Conan the Destroyer


Top movies – January 15, 1985

Beverly Hills Cop

The Flaming Kid

Avenging Angel

The Cotton Club

Micki & Maude




The River

Johnny dangerously

City Heat


Passage To India

Breakin 2 electric Boogaloo


The Mutilator

Tuff Turf

The Killing Fields

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Sunday in the Country

The party Animal

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Mrs Sofel

Stranger than Paradise

Stop Making Sense

The Terminator

Paris Texas

Night Patrol

A Soldier’s Story



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