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


In The News

President Reagan says that Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev has responded to his invitation for a summit in the U.S. and some in the Administration say the response was positive.

The FBI and four federal banking regulatory agencies agree on cooperative steps to speed and sharpen detection of fraud by bank officials. Insider crimes are being blamed for about half of all bank failures.

You better open those markets - A special envoy of President Reagan tells Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone that a set of government ordinances implemented by Japan threatens to spur passage of a retaliatory legislation by Congress.

The U.S. State Department says Israel’s transfer of 1,200 Lebanese prisoners to Israeli territory is a violation of international law as the 752 remaining captives in the Ansar detention camp in southern Lebanon were released.

President Reagan calls for a cease-fire in Nicaragua and promises that if Congress will release $14 million in aid to rebels battling Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government the money would not be used for armaments – at least for 60 days while a peace settlement is sought.

Unemployment remained at 7.2% in March.

The armed forces seizes power in Sudan, announcing the ouster of President Jafaar Numeiri and his government, the suspension of the constitution and the declaration of a state of emergency throughout the nation.

A team of auditors orders to scrutinize the administrative expenses of General Dynamics Corp, has concluded that the Pentagon paid a total of $24 million in excess overhead claims to the giant defense contractor.

President Reagan charges that Democrats who accuse him of breaking a campaign promise by agreeing to reduce cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients are “lying in their teeth.”

The ASPCA calls for a boycott of the Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus because four animals – billed as “living unicorns”” appear to be farm goats with surgically implanted horns. A spokesman for the circus declined to say whether the “unicorns” are goats, but said they came to the circus “magically.”


Sports news – April 1, 1985

Tulane University in Louisiana, rocked by point-shaving scandal and the discovery of NCAA violations say it pans to drop men’s basketball immediately and permanently. 

Eddie Sutton, saying he couldn’t have left Arkansas for any other job, is hired to succeed Joe B. Hall as basketball coach at the University of Kentucky.

Major upset as Villanova beats Georgetown 66-64 to win the NCAA basketball championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington KY.  


Entertainment/Wrestling – April 1,1985 

Seen promoting the upcoming “Wrestlemania” on TV shows everywhere – Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. The pair is TV’s hottest couple. They even appeared on “Saturday Night Live”.

There has been a resurgence of professional wrestling, led by the World Wrestling Federation headed by Vince McMahon. USA has a talk-and-rant series hosted by McMahon called “Wrestling TNT.” NBC is planning a May 11 special tentatively called “Saturday Nights/Main Event” that, if successful, may evolve into a monthly series alternating with “Saturday Night Live” during the summer.


Radio news – April 5, 1985

Radio stations around the world drop their programming for a simultaneous Good Friday airing of “We Are The World” the popular song aimed at helping African famine relief efforts. MTV played the clip at the same time. In Air Force One, President Reagan requested to hear the song as it played on the radio. A signal was picked up. Reagan had never heard the song before, but was moved as he listened to it. Radio and Records magazine reports that 5,000 stations participated. In any city, you could run the radio up and down the dial, and hear the song. Recorded by U.S. artists after last month’s American music Awards show, “We Are The World,” has netted an estimated $8 million for the USA for Africa relief fun. 


 Music news – April 1, 1985

The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde has given birth once again, this time to a daughter. It’s her first child after her marriage to Simple Minds’ leader Jim Kerr. Her eldest daughter, Natalie was fathered by Ray Davies of the Kinks. 

Madonna is hot.  She has two singles in the top-5 this week – “Material Girl,” and “Crazy for You” each from separate albums. And, she has another single due out in several weeks – “Angel.” If as if that weren’t enough, Madonna has a new song “In The Groove” from her movie “desperately Seeking Susan” whose video is getting played on MTV. To be sure, her record label, Warner Brothers, fearing over video exposure, has killed plans for a video of her next single (Angel) because MTV is crowded with a pair of her clips already.

 Commits suicide – The Singing Nun of the 1960’s who became famous for the #1 hit “Dominique” after a massive dose of sedatives. Jeanine Deckers (52) was also known as Soeur Sourire or “Sister Smile.” Ms. Deckers was a novice in a Dominican convent in Belgium and for some time did not learn of her fame. Not until the 1966 film – “The Singing Nun.” Friends believe she was upset by government spending cuts that forced closure of a children’s home she had been involved with.  


Television news – April 1, 1985

New This Week – Lucille Ball’s Daughter Takes Her Sitcom Shot With “The Lucie Arnaz Show.” On CBS-TV.


Friday Night Television listings-programs/TV guide – April 1, 1985

CBS – Detective in the House, Movie

NBC – Knight Rider, Half-Nelson, Miami Vice, Tonight Show

ABC – Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Benson, Off the Rock, Me and Mom, Nightline, ABC Rocks

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

USA – Friday night boxing, Night Flight 


Night Rider – Michael turns KITT into a high-powered projectile which crashes through a sound barrier to escape a trap by survivalists who hijacked high-tech equipment. 

Johnny Carson – Joan Collins, Whitney Houston guest.

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