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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 8, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan welcomes Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to the White House with an expression of firm support for Indian efforts to maintain national unity in the face of a powerful Sikh separatist movement.

American oil magnate J. Paul Getty Jr. gives $63 million to Britain’s National Gallery - the greatest individual endowment in the history of British public collections.

A bacterial infection linked to contaminated Mexican-style cheese made in the Los Angeles area is linked to 30 deaths since February. The deaths occurred in Los Angeles and nearby Orange County, Calif.

Two Arab Gunmen seize a TWA jetliner with more than 100 Americans and forced it on a terror-filled odyssey. Returning it to Beirut, the pilot said they killed an American passenger, reportedly to be a U.S. Marine. Later, Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri frees a Greek singer and two Americans.

President Reagan says that the hijackers of the TWA airliner should “for their own safety,” release their mostly American hostages: “They’d better turn these people loose.”

All remaining American passengers are taken from the hijacked TWA jet at Beirut airport to one or more secret locations in the city, according to Shia leader Nabih Berri... Later, the hijackers free another 64 hostages. 

 Dies - Karen Ann Quinlan, who lapsed into a coma a decade ago, prompting an historic right-to-die court decision after her parents sought to have her disconnected from a respirator, is dead of pneumonia at her hospital bed in New Jersey.

Passing - Vic Tanny - millionaire owner of the nation’s first chain of gymnasiums (73). Says fitness guru Jack LaLanne - “Tanny was the first to reshape the concept of a gymnasium from a room where grubby men simply sweated under barbells into one where chromium-plated, controlled weights were set in carpeted suites with adjacent spas, tennis courts and swimming pools.” 


Technology news – June 8, 1985

Computer news - Hot software - “Topview” from IBM. It’s been out nearly a year. The program is designed to turn the IBM PC into a “multitasking” machine, allowing you to run more than one program at a time. If you’re doing word processing, you can, for example, access a spreadsheet at the same time. You press a button on the keyboard or the mouse and, you’re using the other program!

Wow - a Macintosh 512K with external 2nd disk Drive, Image Writer Printer Plus Free Ergometric Stand, Exciting new jazz software package - $3880.


Television news – June 8, 1985

Bill Cosby is set to appear in a series of 3-minute videotaped messages about missing children.

Universal says it is moving up the date to “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox. President and Chief Executive Officer Sidney Sheinberg says he really likes the movie. “Maybe I’ll be a fool, but I think it’s the most commercial movie since “E.T.” ... we have the potential to catch lightening in a bottle.” The movie is the second of two summer movies from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment (the first is “Goonies.”) “Back to the Future” - was supposed to come out in July, will be moved up to June 21st.  

 Breach-of-contract-lawsuit - Actress Donna Reed loses a bid to regain her role as Miss Ellie on “Dallas” when a judge refused to halt production of the hit television series. Reed signed a three-year contract in October 1984 to play Miss Ellie, but Lorimar informed her in April that the company had decided to reinstate Bel Geddes in the role. Lorimar is paying what it owes which is $17,250 a week for the next two years. Reed believes when she signed the contract that she would be appearing as Miss Ellie and not sitting back and collecting her salary. Reed said in the lawsuit that her exposure on “Dallas” was worth far more than the wages.


Cable television update – June 8, 1985

 Nickelodeon expands to a 24-hour schedule - from 13 hours daily. “Nick at Nite” - the new nightime branding of the channel, officially will begin July 1, with a schedule of movies, old TV shows and new programming that will mean that Nickelodeon is now for kids and adults. The channel has been operating in the black for about a year. The new schedule, according to Geraldine Laybourne, VP of programming:

8-9pm - “Camp Nickelodeon” - old TV series beginning with “Dennis the Menace” and “Donna Reed.”

 9-11pm - “Nick Flicks” - Classic movies programmed into themed weeks.

11-1am - “Turkey television”  - a comedy hodgepodge featuring two talented performers whose careers have been nurtured by Nickelodeon: - Fred Newman, former host of “Livewire” and Christine McGlade of “You Can’t Do That.’

1-2am - “Route 66” - the early 60’s TV series starring Martin Milner and George Maharis. 


Actor Robert Conrad - best known as Jim West in the series “Wild Wild West” is set to host a sports magazine show. He’ll emcee “Stroh’s Circle of Sports” to air on the USA Network on some independent stations. Guest will include Willie Mays, Joe Namath, and baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – June 8, 1985

Cosby Show - 21.9

Family Ties - 20.0

Miami Vice - 18.8

 Remington Steele - 17.7

Simon & Simon - 17.6

NBA Championship (Wed) - 17.0

Dirty Work - 17.0

Cheers - 17.0

Riptide - 16.9

Kate & Allie - 16.8

A-Team - 16.3

Trapper John, MD - 16.0

Cagney & Lacey - 16.0

Newhart - 16.0

Movie - Mothers Against Drunk Drivers - 15.7

Highway to Heaven - 15.4

Crazy Like a Fox - 15.4

NBA Championship (Fri) - 15.3

Facts of Life - 14.9

60 Minutes - 14.8

Who’s the Boss? - 14.7

Murder, She Wrote - 14.7

Movie - Goodbye Charlie - 14.6

Double Trouble - 14.5


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 8, 1985 

CBS - Cover Up, Airwolf, Mike Hammer

NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, It’s Your Move, Gimme A Break, Mama’s Family, NBC White Paper, Saturday Night Live

ABC - T.J. Hooker, Love Boat, Finder of the Lost Loves

 MTV - Video Music - Nik Kershaw & Til Tuesday: Live From The Ritz, Video Music

A & E - Movie, Movie


A & E - Movie - Black Orpheus ... A & E Movie - The Emperor Jones 



Music news – June 8, 1985

Winners of the Music City News country music awards - the Statler Brothers take six awards - entertainer of the year, best comedy act, bet vocal, group, top video recording, No 1 album and top country music television special. Barbara Mandrell sang publicly for the first time since being seriously injured in a traffic accident in September. 

Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Bob Prinze is eulogized as “no saint, but a fiercely independent soul with a heart as big as a center field, who cut a wide, exciting swath though Pittsburgh and in places from here.” Prince was the voice of the Pirates for nearly 3 decades. He died last Monday of complications following cancer surgery.

Jann Wenner - founder of Rolling Stone magazine, takes over “Us” magazine. He and a partner just paid $30 million for celebrity magazine. He’ll be a full-time editor and driving force for the new acquisition. Rolling Stone magazine just hit the million mark in circulation. Jann also co-starrs in the new movie “Perfect” with John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie is based on a Rolling Stone cover story; the film’s ad campaign depicts its stars on a mock cover of the magazine. “Us” has been publishing for eight years and considered a distant #2 to competitor “People” magazine.

 Hot Jazz - David Sanborn’s “Straight To The Heart” LP has been topping the jazz charts. It’s his ninth album, but Sanborn (39) says he doesn’t consider himself a jazz player. “I started to play the saxophone for therapy, because I’d contracted polio when I was 3. I spent a year in an iron lung and was paralyzed from the neck down for a year after that. I did recover pretty much completely, but I have some residual music atrophy in my left arm and right leg, which kid of interferes with my left-hand articulation. I always told myself that was the reason I couldn’t play bebop. Too demanding.”

“The Mary Jane Girls” -  backup singers and now, opening act for Rick James. They are Joanne (JoJo) McDuffie, Candice (Candy) Ghant, Kim (Maxi) Wuletich and Yvette (Corvette) Marine. Even though they had a 1983 best-selling album, their “In My House” is in the top-10 and getting attention.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 8, 1985

Heaven - Bryan Adams

 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

In My House - Mary Jane Girls

The Search Is Over - Survivor

A View to a Kill - Duran Duran

Angle - Madonna

Raspberry Beret - Prince

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

Sussudio - Phil Collins

Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones

Smuggler’s Blues - Glenn Frey

Would I Lie To You? - Eurythmics

Voices To Carry - Til Tuesday


Top Music Albums – June 8, 1985

Around The World In A Day - Prince & The Revolution  

Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

 No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

Diamond Life - Sade

Like A Virgin - Madonna

The Power Station - The Power Station

Make It Big - Wham!

Songs From the Big Chair - Tears for Fears

Reckless - Bryan Adams

Beverly Hills Cop - soundtrack

Dream Into Action - Howard Jones

Be Yourself Agai - Eurythmics

Other Albums

Invasion Of Your Privacy - Ratt

Air Supply

You’re Under Arrest - Miles Davis

Fables of the Reconstruction - R.E.M.

Perfect - soundtrack

Some Great Reward - Depeche Mode

Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits

Glow - Rick James

Night Shift - Commodores

Brother Where You Bound? - Supertramp

Two Hearts - Men At Work

Private Dancer - Tina Turner

Limahl - Don’t Suppose (he use to be with KajaGooGoo).

Only Four You - Mary Jane Girls


Top Country Hit Music Singe #1 – June 8, 1985

Natural High - Merle Haggard


Top movies – June 8, 1985

Perfect - John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anne De Salvo, Marilu Henner, Laraine Newman, Mathew Reed, Jann Wenner

The Goonies

D.A.R.Y.L. - Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker, Colleen Camp, Josef Sommer, Barret Oliver

Rambo First Blood Part II - Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Naper, Steven Berkoff

Secret Admirer - C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Fred ward, Dee Wallace Stone, Leigh Taylor Young, Cliff DeYoung

Code of Silence - Chuck Norris

The Hit - John Hurt, Tim Roth, Laura Del Sol, Terence Stamp

Fletch - Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Matheson

St Elmos Fire - Rob Lowe, Mare Winningham, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Martin Balsam, Andie MacDowell

A View To Kill - Roger Moore as James Bond, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Walken

Petit Con -  Guy Marchand, Caroline Cellier, Bernard Brieux

Brewster’s Millions (An American excess story) - Richard Pryor 

Prizzi’s Honor - Jack Nicholson, Kathleen turner,

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