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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

Terminal Choice

Code of Silence

Out of Control

Rustler’s Rhapsody




Breakfast Club



Police Academy 2

Beverly Hills Cop

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