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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 20, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Weekly radio address – President Reagan makes an impassioned last-minute bid to salvage his request for $14 million in aid to the Nicaraguan rebels. He accused his Democratic opponents in Congress of advocating a “shameful surrender” to the Marxist-led regime in Nicaragua. 

The United Nations formally rejects a new peace offer from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, describing it as a call for the surrender of opposition forces and a last minute ploy to influence the upcoming vote in Congress.

Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger says that the Soviets are “lying” and the White House said Moscow must respond to the death of Maj. Arthur Nicholson Jr. “in a responsible and reciprocal fashion” or face “adverse consequences.”

American and Soviet World War II veterans embrace, shake hands and slap each other on the backs, vowing “never to wage war again” in a reunion marking the historic linkup of their armies at the Elbe River 40 years ago, that sliced Nazi Germany in half.

Reagan setback – Even though the Senate approved - The House effectively kills all current legislative efforts to provide $14 million in aid of any type to rebels fighting the leftist Nicaraguan government.

 President Reagan goes on television and appeals for bipartisan support for his controversial deficit-reduction package, saying it is “our best assurance of avoiding painful hardship down the road.”

A copy of the Magna Carta, the 13th-Century document on which much English and American law is based, will go on display at the National Archives for a year beginning May 2.

Some 80 senators urge President Reagan to reconsider his planned visit to the Bitburg cemetery in West Germany, where 49 members of Adolf Hitler’s Ss are buried. Reagan has planned to lay a wreath at the cemetery May 5 during a state visit to West Germany, but what he intended as a gesture of reconciliation 40 years after Germany’s defeat in WWII has become a political nightmare.

Leaders of the Soviet Block sign an agreement extending for two decades, the Warsaw Pact, the 30-year alliance that binds the Eastern European nations to the Soviet Union.

East coast drought - Mayor Ed Koch declares a drought emergency in New York City, triggering mandatory water conservation measures for residents.

Nancy Reagan, convening a “first ladies summit” amid White House pomp, asks her 17 guests to share their experiences and search for a common solution to keep drugs from “maiming” children around the world. Some attending included Mila Mulroney of Canada, Rosa Helena Alvarez de Betancur of Columbia, Joan Fitzgerald of Ireland, Anne-Marie Willoch of Norway and Anna Maria Crazi of Italy. 


Fascinating Business - Coca-Cola Changing Its Recipe - April 20, 1985

Big Coca-Cola news – Coca-Cola – the world’s top-selling soft drink for almost a century is changing it recipe to make it “smoother and sweeter.” The movie is an effort to hold onto Coke’s share of the cola market Pepsi-Cola has been gaining in the regular cola market. Coca-Cola says the new formula was discovered by Chemists when they were doing research four years ago on diet Coca-Cola. The new Coke will have three calories more. Some 200,000 consumers had been tested and the results were overwhelmingly in favor of the new Coke test, said a Coke representative.

Princess Diana, displaying the strong will for which she is known, upset Italian officials by insisting on seeing top-secret NATO equipment aboard an Italian navy frigate. She and Charles were on the second day of a tour of Italy.

The board of CBS Inc. unanimously rejects Ted Turner’s hostile multibillion-dollar bid for the company, calling it “grossly inadequate” for the shareholders of the nation’s leading television network.

United Airlines says it plans to buy Pan American World Airways pacific division for $750 million – about one-quarter of Pan Am’s system. It’ll give Chicago-based United a leg into routes in the Far East that it has long sought. 

Passing – District Judge Sarah T. Hughes who became famous when she swore in Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One as President after the assassination of John F. Kennedy She was 88.


Technology news – April 20, 1985

Sony expanding – Sony electronics looks to Compact disc players, an expanded line of Walkman personal stereos, dual cassette decks and audio racks to complement color television and the early introduction of 8mm VCR’s as major income producers over the next few years.


Radio news – April 20, 1985

Radio ratings

Great era for album rock stations!

Album rocker WNEW-FM hits the 4’s for the first time, getting a 4.1 in the ratings. In L.A. – all the album rock stations are up – KLOS – 3.7 to a 4.2; KMET from a 3.2 to a 4.1 and KRQ from a 2.5 to a 2.9.  WMMR-Philly – 5.9 to a 7.6. WYSP 2.9 to a 3.2.

Comic Soupy Sales will be joining WNBC radio middays, in between Don Imus and Howard Stern.

Radio programmer Rick Sklar has a new service to radio stations called “Power Hits” to be distributed by Dallas-based Century 21 Programming. “I’m a believer in live, local personalities to get ratings, but I’m also a believer in national hits,” says Sklar.  “I have always tried to observe the public and reflect what they like. I watch people’s behavior. I don’t want to publicize any specifics beyond that, but what I’m doing always seems to work. I have tremendous faith in the public.”

Stations will receive prerecorded cartridge libraries and proposed rotation patterns customized for each market Stations also have the option of retaining Sklar for individualized consulting.

Sklar says as far as oldies, he won’t go back that far. “There was a lack of good music from the lat ‘70’s through the early ‘80’s. You didn’t have the big hits and you really can’t reach back behind that gulf because the music recorded before that sounds dated. The recording techniques have changed so radically that you’ve to go rely on more recent material.”


Music news –April 20, 1985

 British pop stars, who raised about $10 million for Africa’s starving with “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” have sponsored a shipping service to take relief supplies to famine victims in Ethiopia and Sudan. A ship renamed Band Aid 1 will sail from Britain for Port Sudan and Assab on the Red Sea this week.

Local but big Cajun hit – “My Toot Toot” by Rockin’ Sidney on the tiny Maison De Soul label out of Ville Platte, LA. The label says some 60,000 singles have been sold. Cover versions are hitting the market too – one by Jean Knight and another by Denise Lasalle.

Steve Ray Vaughn performs the National Anthem at the Houston Astros home opener.

Radio’s  Westwood One conducts a three-hour “Radio For Africa” all-star benefit broadcast to help alleviate African famine. Anchors Scott Shannon, Dick Clark, Mary Turner and Casey Kasem (and others – see ad) interviewed a plethora of music people and urged listeners to send letters of support to the USA for Africa Foundation.


Entertainment news – April 20, 1985

Passing – Character actor Richard Haydn.


Television news – April 20, 1985

A pilot for a new Cindy Williams series called “Joanna” airs this week. Will it make it? Her character “Joanna” runs a loading dock. Catch it on ABC.

After being in the ratings cellar, NBC-TV is now #2, thanks in part t the hit – the “Cosby’ show. Out of the past 10 years, NBC has been about last, but this past TV season, NBC is a solid #2. Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC’s entertainment division for the past five years his happy, but isn’t making any forecasts for next season. ABC’s “Dynasty” edged out CBS’ “Dallas” as the top show for the past TV season.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 20, 1985

CBS – Charles In Charge, E.R. Airwolf, Cover Up

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Gimme a Break, Hunter, NBC White paper, SNL

T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Finder of Lost Lives

MTV – MTV Presents The Tubes, The Cars Live 1984-1985, Videos

HBO – Not Necessarily the News, Movies

USA – Night Flight


On Charles in Charge – Douglas falls in love.

On The Love Boat – Gopher and Isaac believe Judy’s new love has a shady past.

On Saturday Night Live (repeat) – Kathleen Turner hosts with musical guest John Waite.


Top pop hit music singles In Britain – April 20, 1985

Easy Lover – Philip Bailey and Phil Collins

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears

 We Are The World – USA For Africa

Move Closer – Phyllis Nelson

Welcome to The Pleasure Dome – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Clouds Across The Moon – Reh Band

One More Night – Phil Collins

Pie Jesu – Sarah Brightman & Paul Miles Kingston

Could It Me I’m Fallin In Love – David Grahm and Jaki Grahm

The Heat Is On – Glenn Frey

Spend the Night – Cool Notes


Top rock music album tracks – April 20, 1985

That Was Yesterday – Foreigner

 Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Forever Man – Eric Clapton

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Lonely At The Top – Mick Jagger

Rock & Roll Girls – John Fogerty

Talk To ME – Fiona

Trapped – Bruce Springsteen

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears

Along Comes A Woman – Chicago

That Was Yesterday - Foreigner

Top Music Albums – April 20, 1985

Centerfield – John Fogerty

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Make it Big – Wham!

We Are The World – USA For Africa

Diamond Life – Sade

Like A Virgin – Madonna

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

Agent Provocateur – Foreigner

She’s The Boss – Mike Jagger

Vision Quest Soundtrack

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack

Building The Perfect Beast – Don Henley

New Edition – New Edition

Southern Accents – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 20, 1985

Nightshift  - Commodores

We Are The World – USA For Africa

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Crazy For You – Madonna

Obsession – Animotion

Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge

One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head

Missing You – Diana Ross

One More Night – Phil Collins

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley

Lover Girl – Teena Marie

Along Comes A Woman – Chicago

Some Like It Hot – Power Station

Somebody – Bryan Adams

Smooth Operator – Sade

Everything She Wants – Wham!

Material Girl – Madonna

That Was Yesterday – Foreigner


Top Country Hit Music – April 20, 1985

There’s No Way – Alabama

Time Don’t Run Out On Me – Anne Murray

The Cowboy Rides Away – George Strait

Girls Night Out – The Judds

Warning Sign – Eddie Rabbitt

Radio Heart – Charly McClain

Fallin’ Love – Sylvia

Step That Step – Sawyer Brown

In A New York Minute – Ronnie McDowell

Somebody Should Leave – Reba McEntire

Don’t Call It Love – Dolly Parton


Top movies – April 20, 1985

Just One of the Guys

Lost In America



Moving Violations

Girls Just Want To Have Fun





Police Academy 2


Fraternity Vacation

Beverly Hills Cop

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