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



In The News

The Supreme Court rules that states cannot set aside a daily moment of silence for the purpose of encouraging prayer in the classroom.

 The Senate approves a White House backed package of $38 million in humanitarian aid for rebels seeking to overthrow Nicaragua’s leftist government.

The Death toll rises to 90 in the wake of tornadoes in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario.

Government regulators close a record seven (financially troubled) banks, setting a 50-year record. The banks are located in Nebraska, Oregon, Arkansas and Minnesota.


Fascinating Business news – June 1,1985

General Motors announces that it's buying Hughs Aircraft for $5 billion in stock and cash.

On sale at the bookstores - “Subliminal Persuasion” - self-hypnosis cassette tapes. Tapes are filled with suggestions to help you lose weight, stop smoking and relieve stress. Side one is your subliminal message. Side two is the same message in a self-hypnosis format. 


Technology news – June 1, 1985

On sale - a compact disc player - lowest price ever! Just place CD in the drawer and press the open/close button for automatic play. There’s no wear on the disc, so the sound quality never deteriorates - $259.00 (from $399.00).

Apple Computer reorganizes - Steven Jobs surrenders his key operational role but will remain chairman. The reorganization merges two of the company’s production divisions - Apple II and Macintosh.

In a move to increase competition with AT&T, the FCC orders local phone companies to “randomly” assign a long-distance carrier to business and residential customers who do not choose on themselves. The current practice automatically assigns AT&T when no preference is given... separately, phone bills go up $1 a month for long distance network access.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 1, 1985

“Big River,” gets seven Tony awards including best score by Roger Miller in his Broadway debut. Yul Brenner, completing a farewell engagement in “The King and I,” receives a special award. After 22 plays, Neil Simon wins his first Tony for “Biloxi Blues.”

Best actor goes to Derek Jacobi in “Much To Do About Nothing” and best actress goes to Stockard Channing in “Joe Egg.”

On TV - Jacques Cousteau and the men of the Calypso take a look at the Mississippi River in another special. On NBC Wednesday night - “Highway To Heaven,” Facts Of Life,” “Double Trouble,” and “St. Elsewhere.” Joan Rivers guests hosts on the Tonight show with John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey.

Stacey Keach returns to the U.S. after serving six months in a British prison for cocaine smuggling.  “I can’t tell you enough how great it is to be alive, to be home in New York City... It was great to fly in and seen that lady with the torch.”

Joan Rivers attacks NBC by saying the network left her off the list of potential “permanent” Tonight show successors when Johnny retires. Rivers had seen the list from a network VP and it showed 10 names including David Brenner and David Letterman. Brandon Tartikoff, President of NBC Entertainment, said, “I have never seen such a list. If there were such a list, Joan Rivers’ name would be the first one on it.”

Passing - Richard Greene - TV’s Robin Hood in the 50’s, at his home in England. He was 66.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 1,1985

Pop music this week in 1985 -  Bryan Adams - “Heaven,” Tears For Fears - “Everybody Wants to Rule The World,” Harold Faltermeyer -  “Axel F,” Howard Jones - “Things Can Only Get Better,” Mary Jane Girls - “In My House” and  Wham - “Everything She Wants” Katrina & The Waves - “Walking On Sunshine,” Sade - “Smooth Operator” ,  Billy Ocean - “Suddenly”.


Top country hit music singles – June 1, 1985

Country - Charley McClain - “Radio Heart,” George Straight “The Fireman,” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Modern Day Romance,” Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Kris - “Highwayman” and Roseanne Cash - “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me.”


Top movies – June 1, 1985

Premiering this week - John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis in “Perfect” and Steven Spielberg’s “Goonies.”

Now playing - Roger Moore as James Bond in “A View To A Kill” with Tanya Roberts and Grace Jones and Chevy Chase in “Fletch.”

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