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


In The News

A bomb explodes on a crowded Beirut street killing at least 62.

President Konstantin U. Chernenko of Russia, only 13 months in the Kremlin hierarchy, dies at 73. He’s the third Soviet leader to pass in less than 2 ½ years. His predecessor, Yuri V. Andropov, held office for only 15 months before dying in February, 1984.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev takes over the Soviet Union’s leadership. He is considered highly intelligent and during a several trips abroad, charmed his hosts with a polished manner. He is 54.

The Soviet Union buries Konstantin Chernenko in a hero’s grave on Red Square in an elaborate state funeral and new leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev quickly began meeting with world leaders who attended the ceremony, including Vice President George Bush.

The United States secretly evacuates an undisclosed number of American officials from war-torn Lebanon, reports the White House.

President Reagan will be eating more fiber and doing without rare steaks and orange juice for a while to help doctors do further tests on his medical condition after discovering blood in his stool and a new, non-cancerous lesion in his lower intestine.

The nation’s unemployment rate drops to 7.3% from 7.4% in January.

CBS Chairman Thom Wyman says he does not consider Ted Turner a serious bidder to take over CBS or any other television network.


Fascinating Business News – March 8, 1985

A man who changed his name to Coke-Is-It because his old one was frequently mispronounced has reached an agreement with Coca-Cola Co., which holds the trademark. Fred Koch of Vermont changed his name legally to Coke-Is-It saying he was tired of hearing people pronounce his name as “Kotch” or Cook.”

Former President Richard M. Nixon is dropping his Secret service protection, opting instead for private security agents in what he says is an effort to save the government about $3 million a year.


Medical news – March 8, 1985

Dr. William Pierce at Hershey (Pa) Medical Center receives federal approval to use an artificial heart that he and others developed as a means to keep patients alive until a donor heat can be obtained Meantime in Louisville, artificial heart recipient William Schroeder will not be able to go home for a son’s wedding this weekend as he had hoped, because of medical crisis.”


Cabbage Patch Dolls Update – March 8, 1985

Coleco reports that revenue jumped 36.9% for the quarter on its hot-selling Cabbage patch kids line of dolls and accessories, but the company overhaul lost money in 1984 and has abandoned its failed Adam home computer.


Sports news – March 8, 1985  

The New Orleans Saints is purchased for $64 million from John Mecom Jr., who purchased the team for $8 million in 1967.  Buyer is a group of businessmen headed by Tom Benson.

Pitcher Dave Stieb signs baseball’s longest playing contract, keeping him with the Toronto Blue Jays through 1995 and making him one of the highest-paid players on the game. The 11-year contract will payout $16.6 million in salary.


Entertainment news – March 8, 1985

 Passing – Character actor Edward Andrews. He was 70.


Television news – March 8, 1985

“Dynasty” will have a spin-off. Look for the Colby’s next TV season. John James who plays Jeff Colby will star in the new show.

Disney says its Pay-TV “Disney Channel” with 1.8 million subscribers has broken even. Subscribers pay between $7 and $15 a month to receive the channel.

National resurgence of professional wrestling is underway and out front is a quirky show called “Wrestling TNT” on the USA Cable network. It’s a Baltimore-based wrestling talk show hosted by WWF promoter Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes. You never know who’s going to be on the program – Paul (The Butcher Vachon, George (The Animal) Steele, Capt. Lou Albano, Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka, Iron Shiek, Andre the Giant, Mad Dog Vachon, Big John stud, Sgt. Slaughter or the Samoan Tonga Kid. They’ve all been on the program. 

Did you catch the MTV broadcast of the Madison Square garden rematch between Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper? It ended when Mr. T. came out of the crowd to defend Cyndi Lauper (what was she doing in the ring?) Hilarious. 

Next time – It’s Rowdy Roddy and Paul (Mr. Wonderful) Orndorf facing Hulk Hogan. Catch it March 31 on pay-TV.

More wrestling – Recently,  20/20 reporter John Stossel, while interviewing Dr. D., got decked by him. He got up, only to be decked again by Dr. D. The reporter has pain in his ears and is considering legal action.  Dr D. was fined $3,000 by the WWF and suspended for three months.

Friday night television listings-programs/TV guide – March 8, 1985

CBS – Magic of David Copperfield, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – Code Name: Foxfire, Miami Vice, Johnny Carson

ABC – Benson, Webster, Street Hawk, matt Houston, Nightline, ABC Rocks

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

USA – Night Flight


ABC Rocks – Video show. This week – videos from Pat Metheny, the Commodores and David Bowie.

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