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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 23, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Talking to anti-abortion marchers in Washington, President Reagan calls for a constitutional amendment to protect the unborn. The protesters were marking the 12th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing most abortions

Former Israeli defense Minister Ariel Sharon loses his $50-million libel suit against Time Inc. when a federal jury found that the magazine acted without malice in falsely linking him to a 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees.

Pope John Paul II announces he is calling an extraordinary worldwide bishops conference to review the second Vatican Council which vastly revised the workings of the Roman Catholic Church 20 years ago.

Space shuttle Discovery lifts-off from Cape Kennedy with a military spy satellite as cargo.

Opec ministers clash as they begin an emergency session and discussed a pair of proposals that could lead to a cut in the cartel’s base price for only the second time in its history.

Infiltrated the White House – A tourist from Denver carrying an overnight bag, walked into the White House with the Marine Corps orchestra on President Reagan’s Inauguration Day and wandered freely until he reached the First Family dining room. Someone noticed he wasn’t wearing a uniform and called a Secret Service agent. 

U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick announces she is quitting the Administration after a sometimes stormy tenure and is returning to teaching and writing. 

Seen on more grocery bags – photos of missing children.

Pep talk in Washington - 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.”

Greek shipping Heiress Christina Onassis-Roussel gives birth to her first child in the America Hospital in Paris. 

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher let the term “Japs” slip out when referring to the Japanese on television. Her office said she had been “under stress” during the live broadcast interview.


Technology news – January 23, 1985

It’s clear that last year’s shakeout in personal computers has left only Apple and IBM as serious players in the PC market. Apple this week announces that soon, Apple computers will be able to talk to IBM’s.


Sports news - January 23, 1985


Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Doug Flutie of Boston College, spurning the National Football League says he will sign a multimillion dollar contract with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. 

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, quarterbacks Joe 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.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news - January 23, 1985

Golden Globe Awards – Some winners - 

Best picture – Amadeus

Best actor – F. Murray Abraham – Amadeus

Best actress – Sally Field – “Places In the Heart.”

Best drama television series – “Murder She Wrote

Best comedy television series – “Bill Cosby Show.”


 Carrie Nye, wife of Dick Cavett is mugged as she entered her Manhattan apartment building and was punched in the face by her assailant when she ran after him. . She most recently played a villain on “The Guiding Light” but her character was killed-off.


Music news – January 23, 1985

“We Are The World” is recorded by pop superstars to aid the starving in Africa. It’ll be released in early March. The single will be followed several weeks later by a double album. The undertaking was inspired by Bob Geldof’s successful gathering of English pop stars for “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” Harry Belafonte approached Ken Kragen to organize a similar effort. Kragen then contacted Lionel Richie, who got Quincy Jones and Jones contacted Michael Jackson. Among those on the song – Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, bob Dylan, Sheila E., Daryl Hall, James Ingram, Jackie, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy, Tito and Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, Steve Perry, Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and Steve Wonder. The session took place after The American Music Awards. Proceeds from the project, titled “USA For Africa” will go to emergency food, medical relief and self-help programs to stricken area of Africa.

The actual session went smoothly. The music tracks had already been completed and only the vocals were left. The session lasted from about 10pm to 7am. Bob Dylan could be seen practicing his parts while Steve Wonder accompanied him on piano.

Two bodyguards of Prince are arrested after allegedly attacking two photographers who were trying to take pictures of the musician after an appearance on the awards ceremony.

New movie “Mask” which was supposed to feature four Bruce Springsteen songs, will now feature songs from Bob Seger. Actually, Springsteen gave permission by Universal and CBS Records were at odds over compensation.

Boy George is sporting a totally new look. No more locks. Check this out!

Zak Starkey (19) marries the 25-year-old daughter of a hairdresser. She’s Sarah Menikides the ceremony was private. 


Radio news – January 23, 1985

If you’re in Los Angeles – Don’t miss KROQ’s “Love Doctors” – Dr. Drew Pinsky, The Poorman and Scott Mason on the late-night teen-sex advice show – “Lovelines.”


Television news – January 23, 1985

The “Dukes of Hazzard” is leaving the CBS schedule where it had been on since January 1979.

Is Sci-Fi back in? CBS is adding “Otherworld – a sci-fi fiction fantasy show and a revival of “The Twilight Zone.”  

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