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



In The News

President Reagan decides to impose a total trade embargo against Nicaragua.

President Reagan leaves for West Germany, where he’ll visit the Bitburg war cemetery and the economic summit.

E.F. Hutton the nation’s fifth largest investment firm, pleads guilty and is fined $2 million for a massive mail and wire fraud scheme that netted the company millions of dollars on interest-free loans.

Arriving in Madrid - President Reagan plans to use propose before the European Parliament – a direct military communications link between the Soviet Union and the United States.

President Regan warns 10,000 cheering German young people of the threat “on the other side of the wall” and calls for the reunification of Germany.

After taking a walk at a death camp, President Reagan laid a wreath at the Bitburg cemetery where the German war dead include 4 U.S. combat soldiers and said it opened old wounds.

Economic summit in Bonn – President Regan’s struggle to persuade the economic summit to set a date next year for beginning a new round of global trade talks ends in failure when France refused to budge from its opposition to starting the talks in 1986.

More Bonn – Allies are not so hot and run cool toward President Reagan over Nicaragua and his “star wars” plan.

Hilton Hotels Corp has sold its unopened and nearly complete Atlantic City hotel casino to New York real estate magnate Donald Trump for about $300,000,000 in cash.

Rebel leaders report that rearmed Nicaraguan contra rebels are moving back into Nicaragua from their bases in Honduras to renew their campaign against the Sandinista government.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says that Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi is giving him a $5 million interest-free loan to help him begin a self-contained economic system for blacks in America, the Caribbean and Africa.

President Reagan accuses the senate of an “irresponsible act” for dismantling his latest budget plan, and Secretary of state George Shultz said the senators’ “no-growth” proposal for defense spending could hamper arms negotiations.

Passing – Leonard Ross – child prodigy who graduated from high school at 14, college at 18 and law school at 20. He was a kid participant in two 1950’s quiz TV shows where he won a total of $164,000 dollars. He was 39. 


Technology news – May 1, 1985

(Beyond copiers) Xerox unveils a new line of office automated systems. The new gear includes printers, personal computers, word processors, software and other accessories, which the company hopes, will give it a foothold in the office-automation business. The new computers and word processors are based on the same personal computer that is made by Italian manufacture ring. Co Olivetti and marketed by American Telephone & Telegraph as its model PC6300.  Xerox’s strategy is to offer departmental office systems that exploit the appeal of Xerox’s copiers – especially the successful laser copiers and their larger cousins.


Television news – May 1, 1985

MTV Networks reports net income of $2.468,000 on revenue of $29,933,000 for the first quarter of 1985 – up 46% over 1984.

Johnny Carson (59) signs a multi-year contract to continue with the “Tonight” show.

HBO debuts an hour-long special o the making of “We Are the World.” The “We Are The World” single is beginning a snowballing charity work effect, but is stalled at 4 million in sales after an initial unprecedented consumer demand. The song was recorded in Los Angeles by 45 rock and pop music stars in a 10-hour session. 

The Playboy Channel plans to offer more features and less skin in an attempt to broaden its appeal. It’s been plagued by a lack of new subscribers and some operators, including Group W, refuse to carry the channel.

Australian Rupert Murdoch reaches an agreement to buy the seven Metromedia television stations for $2 billion – including WNEW-TV in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles. According to FCC rules, he’ll have to become a U.S. citizen. How will he get around it?

HBO has taken another step to scramble its signal. It has begun filed testing the encryption process on its Cinemax eastern feed and the HBO eastern feed. HBO plans full scramble implementation by September.


Radio news – May 1, 1985

The Children’s Radio Network which went on the air with its first station last December (WEXI-AM Jacksonville) is making plans to buy 12 AM stations.  The network began airing on a second AM station April 1 with KAAR-AM Portland, Ore and will debut in Phoenix this month on KSUN-AM.

CBS will buy 5 Taft radio stations – WLTT-FM Washington; KTXQ-Fm Dallas, KLTR-FM Houston and WSUN-AM and WYNF-FM Tampa.


Music news – May 1, 1985

Alabama once again emerges as the big winner in the Academy of Country Music Awards – getting album of the year, entertainer of the year and group of the year. 

Talking Heads’ David Byrne is previewing his new solo album, “The Knee Plays” on some radio stations.

“Simple Minds” has a big hit with “Don’t You” which is featured in “The Breakfast Club.” Lead Jim Kerr has recorded seven Simple Minds albums since 1978. Although big in their native England, most American fans are only aware if its last two albums, “New Gold Dream” and “Sparkle in the Rain.”

Madonna has been considerably aided by taped background vocals during her concerts. In the past, most pop fans accepted the use of tapes by bands such as Queen and ELO to reproduce elaborate instrumental and choral effects. 

Look for Tippi Hedren and other stars from original Hitchcock films on NBC’s all new “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1985

CBS – Double Dare, Movie

NBC – Highway to Heaven, facts of Live, Sara, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show

ABC – Anything for a Laugh, Miss Hollywood 1985

PBS – discover The World of Science, The Complete Gilbert S. Sullivan

HBO – Coming Attractions, Movie-Police Academy, USA For Africa: The Story of We Are The World


(New series) Double Dare – They’re crooks now working for the cops. Tonight the boys expose a gold medal scam. Stars Billy Dee Williams and Ken Wahl.

CBS Wednesday night movie – “Knockout!” with Robert Blake.

Chuck Barris hosts “Anything for a Laugh,” featuring clips from some of the shows he’s produced over the years.


Top movies – week of May 1, 1985

Code of Silence

Just One of the Guys


Police Academy 2

Desperately Seeking Susan





Beverly Hills Cop

Lost in America

The Last Dragon

Moving violations

Purple Rose of Cairo



Julie darling

The Gods Must Be Crazy

The Company of Wolves

Breakfast Club

The Care Bears Movie

A Private Function




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