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

 

In The News

Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan, whose tenure had been troubled by unproven allegations of wrongdoing as a former New Jersey contractor, resigns from the Cabinet.

The Senate votes to release $1.5 billion for production of 21 additional MX missiles. President Reagan was all smiles at the vote, saying it would prove America’s military resolve to the Soviet Union.

In a surprise move, President Reagan picks William Brock III, a Cabinet member who claims good relations with organized labor, to replace Raymond Donovan as secretary of labor.

Two French diplomats and a French Embassy employee are kidnapped in Beirut and the pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility, saying the abductions were aimed at stopping an arms deal between France and Saudi Arabia.

Surrounded by green-clad Girl Scouts and pink magnolia blossoms, President Reagan, who is of Irish decent, dons a shamrock to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

The economy grows at a sluggish rate of 2.1% so far this year, down sharply from the pace set in 1984. Inflation heats up to 5.4%.

Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste orders 70 Ohio savings and loan institutions insured by a private company to close for three days after depositors made runs on several of the s&l’s.

South Africa – Police open fire on a crowd of more than 3,000 blacks, killing 17 and wounding at least 19 as they marched from their black township to a nearby town for a memorial service for three blacks killed in rioting 10 days ago.

President Reagan declares that it is “high time” for a U.S-Soviet summit meeting and pledged not to deploy new U.S. strategic weapons incoming months in a way that might jeopardize chances for success at the arms control talks in Geneva.

President Reagan, who has worn a hearing aid in his right ear for the past 18 months, now is using a similar device in his left ear, “to achieve balance.’

 

Sports news – March 15, 1985

Three-time Cy Young Award-winner Tom Seaver of the White Sox will mark his 15th opening-day start – setting another record.

Former New York Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone is arrested in Brooklyn and charged with possession of heroin and cocaine worth $70,000 and a loaded .22-caliber Derringer.

Martina Navratilova breaks Chris Evert Lloyd’s serve and wins a $150,000 Virginia Slims tournament at Dallas.

Going out in style - Larry Holmes stops David Bey in 10 rounds. It will be Holmes’ last professional fight. Holmes is undefeated in 47 fights at the age of 35.

 

Technology news – March 15, 1985

IBM says that it plans to halt production of its PCjr home computer indefinitely because supplies will be ample to meet weakened demand> Last week, Apple announced that it would halt production of its personal computers for one week to bring inventories in line with sluggish demand. 

 

Business/Media News – March 15, 1985

Big week for media deals –

1) The American Broadcasting Company and Capital Cities Communications announce an agreement under which Capital Cities will acquire ABC in a deal valued at more than $3.5 billion. ABC has been rumored as a possible takeover target for months. Capitol Cities owns 7 TV stations, 12 radio stations and 50 cable television systems in 16 states. In addition, it also owns the Fairchild Publications business newspaper group. It was founded 30 years ago by a group of investors which included commentator Lowell Thomas and CIA director William Casey. 

2) Rupert Murdock buys 50% of 20th-Century Fox for $50 million.

3) A group of investors say that it will seek control of Storer Communications Corp. in order to liquidate the Miami-based cable-television operator of its 7 owned and operated TV stations. The group believes the liquidation value of Storer to be substantially above the market value. The stations are WJBK-Detroit, WJKW-Cleveland, WITI-Milwaukee, WAGA-Atlanta, WTVG-Toledo, WSBK-Boston & KCST-San Diego.

 

Music news – March 15, 1985

There’s a sort of heavy metal backlash. MTV cut back on heavy-metal video clips by as much as 75% a few weeks ago, and some FM album rock stations are getting rid of heavy metal. They’re chucking artists such as Motorhead and Twisted City.

 

Radio news – March 15, 1985

 Scott Shannon has started something incredible. There’s now a morning “Zoo” labeled show in just about every major market and it’s spreading.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 15, 1985

 Passing – Sir Michael Redgrave, the British film and stage actor and patriarch of the Regrave acting dynasty. He was 77 and suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 12 years.

Look for “Just Say No,” a music video made by the federal government deglamorizing drug abuse. The video will be distributed to schools and broadcasters and will be shown on MTV. It focuses on peer influence and is aimed at inner city youths.

 

Television news – March 15, 1985

Steve Bochco, who co-created “Hill Street Blues says he is leaving the series soon because “I was invited to leave.” The program has helped NBC build ratings in its 4 ½ seasons, plus has earned 25 Emmy awards.

Hollywood writer’s strike ends – Movie and television writers vote to end their 2-week-old strike, but a Writer’s Guild president said the new contract was a “defeat” on a key issue: videocassette revenue-sharing.

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – George Carlin hosts with musical guest Frankie Goes to Hollywood. 

 

Wednesday night television listings-programs/TV guide – Mach 15,1985

CBS – Snoopy’s Getting Married Charlie Brown, The Romance of Betty Boop, Movie

NBC – Highway to Heaven Facts of Life, Sara, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show

ABC – The Fall Guy, Dynasty, Hotel, Nightline

PBS – Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music

HBO – All The Rivers Run (Australian adventure  miniseries)

USA – Radio 1990, Make It Microwave

 

CBS quick feature, “An American Portrait at 8:58p – Anna Mary Robertson.

Highway to Heaven – Jonathan and Mark console a grieving mother facing the death of her only son.

 

Saturday night television listings-programs/TV guide – March 15, 1985

CBS – Otherworld, Airwolf, Cover-up

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Candid Kids, Gimme a Break, It’s Your Move, NBC White Paper, Saturday Night Live

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

MTV – Fleetwood Mac concert

USA – Night Flight

WTBS – Night Tracks

 

Saturday Night Live – George Carlin hosts with musical guests Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

 
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