Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 8, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Reagan talks to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, arguing that his “Star wars’ program offers the best promise of perpetuating the 40 years of peace since V-E Day.
New York – Vietnam vet parade - More than 25,000 former servicemen, some on crutches and others in Wheelchairs, march in lower Manhattan before a crowd of 1 million.
In France, President Reagan says he will work for stable, peaceful relations with the Soviet Union. He warned that because of the Soviet nuclear build-up, the U.S. and its Western allies must maintain a survivable nuclear capability.
More than 2,000 lineup to watch First lady Nancy Reagan take a 10-minute boat ride through old Strasbourg.
The Senate votes to keep Amtrak going.
Philadelphia police drop a bomb on the roof of a row house in an attempt to displace members of a radical group barricaded inside. A resultant fire took out as many as 60 other row houses. Later, Mayor W. Wilson Goode took responsibility for the police bombing of the headquarters of the radical group MOVE and pledged that the neighborhood where the homes were destroyed will be rebuilt with city funds.
Fascinating Business News – May 8, 1985
General Electric is fined $1 million after admitting fraud on a missile project.
Sports news – May 8, 1985
Craig MacTavish, a NHL player is freed from jail after serving a one-year sentence for vehicular homicide. He said he would never forget his “fatal mistake” which killed a woman motorist.
Music news – May 8, 1985
Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. He met Phillips backstage at a concert six months ago in Los Angeles. It’s the first for both. Columbia Records just announces that his “Born in the U.S.A.” album is the biggest domestic seller in the label’s history – at 6.5 million. Back in 1975, Springsteen told Melody Maker that al his energy was devoted to his work and that a family was simply out of the question. “I couldn’t bring up kids. I couldn’t handle it… A kid like you better be ready for them. I’m so far out of line that it would be disastrous. I just don’t see why people get married.”
Murray Head – the pop singer and actor has a new hit – “One Night In Bangkok” which he describes as quasi rap – no where near the New York style rap. Head now lives in London and has had hits in Europe. His only other States’ hit was “Jesus Christ Superstar” early last decade.
The National Enquirer interviews Chick Huntsberry, Prince’s former bodyguard, who revealed some bizarre details about his four-year stint with Prince. The article was co-written by Sam Rubin, who stands by its accuracy. The article quotes Chick Huntsberry quoting Prince saying – “I’ve always wanted to be really famous – but now I’m a prisoner… My life’s dream has turned into a nightmare.
Passing – Actor Edmond O’Brien. He was 69.
Television news – May 8, 1985
CBS was the most profitable network, but ABC took in the most money from the sale of network TV commercials last year. And NBC made more profit last year from the five local television stations that it owns than it did on the entire NBC Television Network.
Passing – Actress Selma Diamond who played a court matron in NBC’s “Night Court.” She was 64. Of lung cancer.
In the season ending of “Remington Steele” we find Steele walks out on his Miss Holt and their detective agency.
Anita Bryant, who sparked controversy in the 1970’s with her outspoken opposition to homosexual rights, is dropped from WAGA-TV’s (Atlanta) “PM Atlanta” because of negative reaction from viewers.
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1985
CBS – Bugs Bunny’s Mother’s Day Special, Bugs Bunny: All-American Hero, Dallas, Falcon Crest
NBC – The Best Times, Half Nelson, Miami Vice, Tonight, Friday Night Videos
ABC – Webster, Benson, Just Married, Me and Mom, Nightline, ABC Rocks (Videos).
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week ,
On Miami Vice – Crockett and Tubbs protect a crime boss.
On the Tonight Show – David Letterman and the Manhattan Transfer join Johnny Carson
Top movies – May 8, 1985
The Breakfast Club
Just one of the Guys
Beverly Hills Cop
Lost in America
Code of Silence