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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 22, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan orders his agriculture secretary to rewrite a program aimed at easing the farm credit crisis.

President Reagan declares that the U.S. supports the removal of Nicaragua’s leftist regime unless it joins with its rebel enemies to form a truly democratic government.

The senate confirmed Edwin Meese III as attorney general of the United States.

Poland orders the expulsion of the U.S. military attaché Col. Frederick Myer after accusing him of taking photos of military installations.

The reputed godfathers of New York City’s five Mafia families are indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of participating in a commission that governs mob operations prosecutors. The godfathers include Anthony (Tony Ducks) Corallo and Paul (Big Paul) Castellano.

The Senate narrowly approves more relief for debt-strapped farmers.

President Konstantin U. Chernenko, wheezing and holding onto a chair for support, is shown on Soviet television, officially acknowledging a new mandate to govern and speaking to election officials. The appearance was the soviet leader’s second public appearance in five days, after an absence of tow months due to illness.

William Carter Spann, the jailed nephew of former President Jimmy carter and the self-described “bad peanut’ of the Carter family, is credited with helping rescue a fellow inmate who apparently tried to hang himself in a cell.

Bernhard H. Goetz, who admitted shooting four youths on a subway train last December, appears on court to show his support of a man charged in a stabbing death during a theft of candy.

Subway vigilante, Bernhard Goetz says that he will move out of New York City after he is tried on gun possession charges stemming from his shooting of four teens who asked him for 45.

Passing – Ex senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (82).

Nutritionist Nathan Pritikin, who advocated a controversial low-cholesterol diet to prevent heart disease, commits suicide in a New York City hospital after fighting leukemia for months. He was 69.

Tina Marie Machado loses her Miss Hawaii USA crown after less than a week. Pageant officials say she is too old at 25 and won by mistake. Entrants must be under 25, but Ms. Machado – who turned 25 in November, was allowed to enter.


Fascinating Business news – February 22, 1985

Baskin-Robbins files suit against Haagen-Dazs charging they infringed on a Baskin-Robbins trademark and engaged in unfair competition by introducing a flavor under the name Pralines & Cream at about 300 stores. Baskin-Robbins’ most popular flavor is Pralines ‘N Cream – a vanilla ice cream laced with caramel ribbon and toffee-coated pecans.

“Big Boy” who has been Big Boy restaurants mascot for some 49 years, is at a crossroads. The company is deciding whether to keep him, give him a diminished roll or get rid of him all-together.


Health/Medical news – February 22, 1985

A simple five-year contraceptive that is injected just beneath the skin of a woman’s upper arm has been found safe and effective by World Health Organization experts, The injection contains progestin, which has been used in birth control pills for years, but the implant appears to be safer and even more effective. The FDA will be asked to approve the drug for use in this country in a few months.


Technology news – February 22, 1985

Sharp introduces a double-cassette VCR – where you can record tapes from tapes. It’ll be sold only in Japan for now. Hollywood hates the idea and believes it’ll be easy to pirate videotapes.


Sports news – February 22, 1985

Exhibition game for charity - USFL commissioner Harry Usher challenges the NFL and suggests that the USFL’s Express play either the raiders or the Rams this summer. “I think such a game would be really fun for the fan, the viewer, the Coliseum and the environment.

USFL season is underway as ABC telecasts a game between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham stallions. The Generals have Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. The USFL till make instant replay video pictures available to officials working the game, something not yet done in the NFL.

Leon Spinks stops Lupe Guerra 43 seconds into the fourth round of their Detroit bout.

Former Coach John McKay is heavily fined by the NFL for ordering Tampa Bay to allow the New York Jets to score at will so his star tailback could try for an NFL record.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 22, 1985

$22 million suit - Frank Sinatra files suit against the National enquirer for an October article that claimed the entertainer went of a Swiss clinic for injections of a youth serum made of sheep cells.

Passing – Alexander Scurby. He was 71.

Passing – Efrem Zimbalist Sr., one of the century’s great violinists. He was 95.

“Beat of a New Generation” - Pepsi-Cola kicks off its 1985 advertising campaign featuring singer Lionel Richie in a three-minute television spot – the longest product-oriented television commercials aired to date. The commercial is described as a mini-rock video and will air during the Grammy Awards telecast on CBS.

Playing in Las Vegas –

Willie Nelson – Caesar’s Palace

Desert Inn - Jerry Lewis and Shirley Jones

Maxim – Allen & Rossi

MGM Grand - Rich Little and Ann Jillian


Music news – February 22, 1985

John Fogerty has his first album in 10 years and it looks like a hit – “Centerfold.” 

She’s Helen Folasade Adu and was born in Nigeria. But she calls herself Sade – a nickname derived from Folasade.

27th annual Grammy Awards (hosted by John Denver) – some winners:

 Record of the year – “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” – Tina Turner

Song of the year – “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” – Written by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten

Album of the Year – “Can’t Slow Down” – Lionel Richie

Best new artist – Cyndi Lauper

Best male pop vocalist – Phil Collins – “Against All Odds.”

Best female pop vocalist – Tina Turner – “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

Pop instrumental – “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker Jr.

Male Rock vocal – “Bruce Springsteen – “dancing in the Dark.”

Female rock Vocal – Tina Turner – “Better Be Good to Me.”


Saturday night television listings-programs/February 22, 1985

CBS – Otherworld, Airwolf, Cover-up

NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, Double Trouble, Gimme a Break, Gimme a Break, Berrenger’s, Saturday Night Live

ABC – T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Finder of Lost Loves

PBS – Austin City Limits

WTBS – Night Tracks


Double Trouble – Identical twin girls begin their careers while living with the New York aunt.


Top movies – February 22, 1985

1984 – John Hurt, Richard Burton

The Falcon and the Snowman

Witness – Harrison Ford

Turk 182 – Timothy Hutton

Beverly Hills Cop – Eddie Murphy

Breakfast Club

Heaven Help us


The Killing Fields

Mean Season – Mariel Hemingway

Mass Appeal

Breakfast Club

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