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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 23, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A car loaded with explosives explodes on a Beirut street, killing 60.

President Reagan declares a House-passed budget “unacceptable to me and to the American people” and said a large part of its claimed $56 billion in deficit cuts “could only be charitably described as phantom cuts.”

The Senate votes to lift a moratorium on the testing of  (space) anti-satellite (weapons) technology.

Bangladesh cyclone - The death toll rises to 3,000 with thousands still missing.

Americans will be able to learn exact details of President Reagan’s tax reform proposal next week. To get a copy of the 400-page proposal, you’ll have to pay $18 at a government bookstore. 

President Reagan says that in spite of “Washington sophisticates” and special interest lobbyists “firing every weapon in their arsenal,” ordinary citizens are supporting his new tax pan with ‘a tidal wave of mail’ to the White House.

The State Department of Banking and Finance closes four banks in Nebraska, citing problem farm loans at each.

At least 40 are dead and hundreds injured in Brussels in a riot between English and Italian fans before the beginning of the European soccer cup final.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying her “blood was boiling” at the sight of British soccer fans in a riot that left 41 dead, pledged $317.00 to a disaster fund for the victims. But a spokesman said British soccer teams would be barred from Belgium where the carnage occurred and may be banished from all of Europe. The disaster, apparently, was caused by rioting British soccer fans.

The Pentagon, in swift action to the disclosure that the Navy paid $1,800 for two ashtrays for an airplane, relieves a rear admiral and two officers of their duties in San Diego. 

The board of directors of Trans World Airlines (TWA) vote to put the company on the auction block after a federal judge refused to block financier Carl Icahn’s $600-million buyout bid. The board felt Icahn’s $18-per-share offer did not reflect full value for the company.


Sports news – May 23, 1985

It’s the Celtics Vs. The Lakers in the NBA championship series. The Lakers win the first game 109-102 in Boston Garden. Abdul-Jabbar scored 30 points.

Danny Sullivan places first in the Indy 500. Mario Andretti comes in second. They were followed by Roberto Guerrero, Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford.

Jimmy Connors joins John McEnroe in boycotting the U.S. Davis Cup team’s second-round match against West Germany in August because of a requirement that team members sign a good-conduct pledge.


Fascinating Entertainment News – May 23, 1985

“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau agreed not to send newspapers six comic strips involving the anti-abortion movie “Silent Scream” because of their controversial nature. In the strip series, a fetus is aborted within 12 minutes of conception. Trudeau’s cartoons include a 12-minute-old fetus named Timmy and refer to the pregnant woman as “the murderess.” “Silent Scream” was funded by anti-abortion groups and backed by Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell. In the movie, an abortion is performed on a 15-week-old fetus. Doctors in the film allege that the fetus seems to scream silently as it recoils from the procedure.   


 Music news – May 23, 1985

Bruce Springsteen, whose wedding to actress Julianne Phillips lands him on the cover of “People” magazine this week. And guess who’s on the cover of “Time” magazine this week?  Madonna. She’s been hot with her “Like a Virgin,” album.

Sting’s debut single “If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free” is getting a lot of radio airplay. Sting is performing in Paris this week.


Sunday night television listings/programs/Tv guide – May 23, 1985

CBS – 60 minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Crazy Like a Fox, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, Scene of the Crime, Movie

ABC – Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Goldie and Bears, Indy 500 coverage (taped)

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theatre

MTV – Cutting Edge


Goldie and the Bears – Pilot about three former Chicago Bears players who team up with their late coach’s daughter to solve cases. Stars Terry (Hulk) Hogan, Stephanie Faracy, Ben Davidson and Julious J. Carry III.

IRS Records’ The Cutting Edge – Depeche Mode, Chris Isaak and Lords of the New Church. Interviewed – Los Lobos.


Top movies – May 23, 1985

Lost in America

Beverly Hills Cop

Rustler’s Rhapsody




A View to Kill



Breakfast Club

Code of Silence

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