Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 15, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The number of bodies found in the charred ruins of a radical group’s stronghold rises to 11 – including 4 children. The armed confrontation at the house, occupied by MOVE, began Monday morning and by the evening, police tried to end the standoff by using a helicopter to drop a bomb on the roof. A fire that followed spread to 60 other houses. Mayor Wilson Goode vowed to rebuild the neighborhood.
Housing and Urban development secretary Sam Pierce Jr., touring the neighborhood where 270 people were left homeless after a confrontation between police and a radical group, pledged 41 million to help restore the homes that burned and announced that 49 properties will be made available as temporary housing.
Wildfires rage across Florida, destroying more than 150 homes as Gov. Bob Graham declares a state of emergency. A power failure sparked by the brush fires, blacks out a 200-mile stretch of the Florida Gold Coast, leaving 3.5 million residents without electricity.
President Reagan pounds his desk with his fist in impatience at congressional obstacles to his Nicaraguan policy, saying, “We have to get where we can run a foreign policy without a committee of 525 telling us that we can do.”
President Daniel Ortega announces on his return from a 14-nation tour that the Soviet Union has promised to supply Nicaragua with 80% to 90% of its oil needs this year.
Israel swaps 1150 prisoners for three captured Israeli soldiers in an exchanges supervised by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Americans, receiving their tax refund checks in significant numbers, saw their disposable personal income soar a record 2.9% last month.
The Federal Reserve lowers the lending rate it charges banks and other financial institutions to 7.5% - down from 8.0% - the lowest in 7 years.
Medical news – May 15, 1985
AIDS update – The Centers For Disease Control says the AIDS virus can remain in a person’s body for five years or longer without producing disease although it can still be transmitted to other people.
Sports news – May 15, 1985
In Reno, Larry Holmes and Carl (The Truth) go 15 rounds, but Holmes got the win.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is fined $500 for fighting with Denver’s Danny Schayes during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference final series between the Lakers and the Nuggets.
Baseball owners are looking at the concept of a partial salary cap in a proposal to the Major League Players Assn over a new collective bargaining agreement.
A 30-year-old Riverside (CA) woman gives birth to septuplets. The seventh, a girl, died in the uterus.
Technology news – May 15, 1985
MCI charges rival AT&T wit cheating in the war for long distance customers. In one area, AT&T submitted over 60,000 false orders to the local operating companies.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/TV news – May 15, 1985
In Portland (OR) - John Travolta joins thousands of other Scientology members and supporters in a “crusade for religious freedom” to protest a $39-million fraud judgment against the group. The $39 million judgment was awarded to ex-church member Julie Christofferson Titchbourne who charged that the church made fraudulent misrepresentations to her, claiming it would improve her study habits and eyesight.
Passing – Actress Margaret Hamilton – immortalized as the actress who played the famed Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz.” She was 82. Ray Bolger, the sole surviving star of the film said of the actress – “She was a terrifying villain in the picture, but an angel in life.” All in all, she appeared in 75 movies and as many stage productions, plus countless appearances on radio, then television. Recently, she was seen as the kindly Cora in the Maxwell House Coffee commercials.
Passing - Abe Burrows author and writer.
CBS Records President Walter Yetnikoff hands over a $6.5 million check to USA for Africa – the first installment of many more millions forthcoming fro the sales of “We Are The World.” To date, the single has sold 7, 382 million copies worldwide and the album has sold 4,435 million worldwide. The organization says that will bring its back balance to exactly $10,830.134.
Radio News – May 15, 1985
Ruth Meyer is now station manager of WHN, New York. Her boss is Gary Stevens, President of Doubleday, but she was once Gary’s boss when he was a WMCA Goodguy during the 1960’s. She programmed WHN when is switched to country in 1973.
Radio Marti is now on the air - Because of the new Radio Marti, Cuban President Fidel Castro cuts off immigration pact between Cuba and the U.S.
Television news – May 15, 1985
WNBC-TV New York will not air a Phil Donahue show dealing with male strippers. It will also be blacked-out in Las Vegas. A spokesman for the Phil Donahue show said, “The stations have the right not to show it, but we feel it was a fun show and that, in 1985, nothing happened that would make the country upset.”
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1985
CBS – Cover Up – Airwolf, Mike Hammer
NBC – Diff’rent strokes, Gimme A Break, Hunter, Saturday Night Live
ABC – TJ Hooker, Love Boat
MTV – Concert Featuring The Firm, Videos
HBO – The Hitchhiker, Not Necessarily The News
Showtime – Huey Lewis & The News Concert
Mike Hammer – Mike investigates a series of murders targeting runaway girls.
Music news – May 15, 1985
Don Johnson is set as a guest MTV veejay in September, following the steps of Eddie Murphy, Hulk Hogan and Liberace.
Last week - a four-alarm fire gutted the headquarters of concert promoter Bill Graham in San Francisco. He employs about 40 people. Graham believes the arson to be an anti-Semitic response to his highly public objection to President Regan’s recent visit to the Bitburg cemetery in West Germany. Graham took out a full-page ad in San Francisco dailies saying so. He had lost his mother and a sister in the German concentration camps and had himself fled Europe as an orphan at the outset of WWII.
The Go-Go’s announce they are breaking up. The decision was made by members Berlinda Carlisle and Charlotte Caffey.
With U.S. sales approaching 6.5 million copies, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” become the biggest-selling album in the history of Columbia Records.
Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 15, 1985
Step That Step – Sawyer Brown
Fallin’ In Love – Sylvia
Radio Heart – Charley McCLain
In A New York Minute – Roddy McDowell
Warning sign – Eddie Rabbit
Working Man – John Conlee
Don’t Call Him A Cowboy – Conway Twitty
Sometimes When We Touch – Mark Gray & Tammy Wynette
Natural High – Merle Haggard
Country Boy – Ricky Skaggs
You’re Going out of My Mind – T.G. Sheppard
Top Pop Music Hit Singles In Britain – May 15, 1985
19 – Paul Hardcastle
Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears
Move Closer – Phyllis Nelson
We Are The World – USA For Africa
Feel So Real – Steve Arrington
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge
I Feel Love – Bronksi Beat & Mark Almond
Walls Come Tumbling Down – Style Council
Top Music Albums – May 15, 1985
We Are The World – USA For Africa
No Jacket Required – Phil Collins
Like A Virgin – Madonna
Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
Around The World In A Day – Prince & The Revolution
Reckless – Bryan Adams
Centerfield – John Fogerty
Make It Big – Wham!
Southern Accents – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Diamond Life –Sade
Nightshift – Commodores
The Power Station – The Power Station
Crazy From The Heat – David Lee Roth
Private Dancer – Tina Turner
Wheels Are Turning – REO Speedwagon
The Breakfast Club – Soundtrack
Break Out – Pointer Sisters
Agent provocateur – foreigner
Songs From The Big Chair – Tears For Fears
Vision Quest – Soundtrack
Dream Into Action – Howard Jones
Building The Perfect Beast – Don Henley
The Night I Fell In Love – Luther Vandross
Suddenly – Billy Ocean
TAO – Rick Springfield
The Firm – The Firm
Emergency – Kool & The Gang
Big Bam Boom – Hall & Oates
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 15, 1985
One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
Don’t You (Forget Abut me) – Simple Minds
Crazy For You – Madonna
Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge
Some Like it Hot – Power Station
Smooth Operator – Sade
Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
Everybody wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
Obsession – Animotion
Suddenly – Billy Ocean
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones
All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley
Heaven – Bryan Adams
New Attitude – Patti LaBelle
Fresh – Kool & The Gang
In My House - Mary Jane Girls
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Angel – Madonna
Nightshift – Commodores
One Lonely Night - REO Speedwagon
Top movies – May 15, 1985
Code of Silence
Out of Control
Police Academy 2
Beverly Hills Cop