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



In The News

State of the Union address – President Regan apples 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.

After weeks of holding his punches, House Speaker Thomas O’Neill Jr. goes on the attack, dismissing President Regan’s State of the Union address as generalities of “a kindly old man.” O’Neal said the President “hasn’t been honest with the American people. They haven’t asked him for honesty.”

President Reagan turns 74 and the First Lady arranged a private dinner to mark the occasion.

General Motors posts a 1984 net profit of $4.5 billion.

The Rockefeller family agrees to buy the 11.7 acres under Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. All this time, they only owned the building. Price is $400 million.

In Silver Lake Kansas – a 6-year-old girl is killed when her playful lab grabbed her scarf and dragged her through the snow, choking her to death. 

Seen more and more for business – 1-800 toll-free vanity numbers. Just like 1-800-Flowers.

Fender guitars - CBS is selling its Fender Musical Instruments unit to a group of outside investors.

Gannett Co wins the bidding war to purchase the Des Moines Register newspaper.

The nation’s unemployment rate increase slightly to 7.3% in January.


Entertainment news – February 1, 1985

Elizabeth Taylor cancels her eighth trip to the altar, breaking off her engagement to businessman Dennis Stein in an “amicable” split. 

Walt Disney Productions changes its mind and will allow the high-kicking Rockettes to appear in its summer show at Radio City Music Hall. Disney, which is renting Radio City for 10 weeks had rejected the use of the Rockettes as “inappropriate” in a show featuring Donald duck and Mickey Mouse.


Radio news – February 1985

Holy moly – Rick Dees of KIIS-FM Los Angeles is ticked-off. Apparently, someone at the station is using his custom show tapes, which include all kinds of voices and effects. Dees is by far the #1 morning man in Los Angeles. 


Television news – February 1, 1985

San Francisco – Independent KBHK-TV channel 44, offers KQED channel 9 some $50 million to swap channels!. Channel 9 is not interested.


Wednesday night television – All networks covered President Regan’s State of the Union in prime time.

CBS – Charles in Charge, E.R.

NBC – Highway to Heaven, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Fall Guy, Dynasty

PBS – Discover: The World of Science, Gold Lust, Latenight America

HBO – Bill Cosby: Himself


Top movies – February 1, 1985

Heavenly Bodies



The Falcon and the Snowman

The River

The Flamingo Kid

A Passage to India

Cotton Club

The Falcon & The Snowman

The Flamingo Kid

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