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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 22, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan cancels his 10-day Fourth of July vacation in California as long as American hostages are held in Beirut.

An Air India Boeing 747 jumbo jetliner flying at 31,000 feet dives into the North Atlantic about 120 miles southwest of Ireland. A bomb is suspected. All 329 aboard are believed to be dead.

President Reagan, ruling out “a violent rescue mission,” considers slapping economic sanctions on Lebanon and closing the Beirut airport to step up the pressure on Shia Muslims holding 40 American hostages.

The White House insists on the immediate and unconditional release of all 46 Americans held hostage in Lebanon, including the seven kidnapped before the hijacking of TWA flight 847.

The release of the 39 American hostages in Beirut from TWA flight 847 breaks down. The hostages and U.S. negotiators were convinced the 16 day crises was at an end. Jaafar Shalabi, an official in Muslim leader Nabih Berri’s militia - says that there is now a demand for a no-retaliation pledge because of a speech President Reagan delivered in Chicago. In that speech, the president said, “Terrorists and those who support them must and will be held to account.” One Navy diver on the plane has been killed so far.    

The 39 hostages are finally released and headed for home. They were part of a TWA hijacked between Athens and Rome by fundamentalist Muslim gunmen. One American Passenger was murdered - a navy diver. Vice President Bush was on hand to greet the hostages as they landed in Frankfurt, Germany. 

10 schoolteachers make the final cut as finalists for a ride on the space shuttle as the first woman in space. The winning teacher will ride the space shuttle Challenger on January 22. The 10 finalists are: Kathleen Anne Beres of Baltimore, Robert Foerster - West Lafayette, Indiana, Judith Garcia - Alexandra, Virginia, Peggy lathlaen, Friendswood, Texas, David Marquart - Boise, Idaho; Sharon McAuliffe - Concord, New Hampshire, Michael Metcalf - Hardwick, Vermont, Richard Methia - New Bedford, Mass; Barbara Morgan - McCall, Idaho, Nici Wenger - Parkersburg, West Virginia.


Sports news – June 22, 1985

In the longest game of the year so far in Atlanta - The Mets score five runs in the top of the 19th inning, defeating the braves 16-13. A post game Fourth of July fireworks show got underway at 4 in the morning. 

Pitcher Joe Niekro wins his 200th game has the Houston Astros defeat the San Diego Padres 3-2.


Fascinating Business news – June 22, 1985

Gamble? -  Coca-Cola is still getting tons of complaints from those who describe the New Coca-Cola as lacking the old formula’s bite and zing. One says it’s thrown the whole company into disarray. One employee said – “They’re yanking people of other positions and off of other products trying to close the floodgates. They’re going to have to short-shuffle everything.”

Coca-Cola says it will now sell its Cherry Coke nationwide...

CBS says it will buy 21% of its outstanding shares in cash and securities for $150 each. The effort is to take a counteroffensive against Ted Turner’s takeover bid.   


Entertainment/Music news – June 22, 1985

Rock star Madonna is planning to marry actor Sean Penn in August after shooting on his current movie ends in Atlanta.

A federal appeals judge in Kansas City overturns a jury award of $320 thousand in damages to TV anchorwoman Christine Craft. In August of 1981, Craft was removed from the anchor desk of KMBC-TV (a Metromedia station) after nine months, but was offered a position as a reporter. Craft contended that she was demoted because of her looks. “I’m really demoralized ... I’m shocked. I haven’t read the full decision, but what I do know of it, it flies in the face of fact.”

After 34 years - Yul Brynner says goodbye to playing the king of Siam in “The King And I.” Brynner, who will be 68 in several weeks, is suffering from lung cancer. He and his actress wife will retire to their chateau in France. 

Willie Nelson throws his annual Fourth of July picnic in Austin. On the bill this year - Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Neil Young, Ray Wiley Hubbard, June Carter Cash, David Allen Coe and Jessie Colter.

John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce is sold to Canadian businessman Jim Pattison for $2.3 million in an auction at Sothebys. The Beatles used the auto in the late 60’s. The Rolling Stones and Moody Blues also used it for touring.


Television news – June 22, 1985

“Miami Vice” producer John Nicolella says he’s not worried and knows others will be copying his show this season. “If anybody tries to imitate the show, they will be imitating last season’s. We’re going to try to continue to top ourselves, to not repeat ourselves, to reach limits.” The show moves into different locations next season including New York for a two-hour special. 

Mary Tyler Moore will be returning in a sitcom titled “Mary” in September.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 22, 1985

CBS – Cover Up, Airwolf, Mike Hammer

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, It’s Your Move, Gimme a Break, Mama’s Family, Hunger, Saturday Night Live

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

HBO – The Detroit Comedy Jam

Showtime-  Gallagher: The Bookeeper, Joan Rivers (And Friends) Salute Heidi Abromowitz, Steve Martin in a Homage to Steve, Superstars of Comedy Salute the Improv.


Saturday Night Live – Ed Asner hosts with musical guests The Kinks. 


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 22, 1985

 CBS - Dukes Of Hazzard, Movie ... NBC - Michael Nesmith In Television Parts, Spencer, Miami Vice ... ABC - Webster, Comedy Factory, Benson, People Do The Craziest Things, Matt Houston

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts  - Garry Shandling and Jimmy Buffet guest

Benson - Benson and Kraus spend a night at a truck stop when their car breaks down.

Johnny Carson (late night) - Howie Mandel and Estelle Parsons guest.

60 Minutes this Sunday features a profile of Yul Brynner.

Face The Nation looks at the plight of the American hostages in Lebanon. Vice President George Bush is the guest.

NBC says it will take Michael Nesmith’s “Television Parts” off the schedule after next week. President Brandon Tartikoff says he isn’t giving up on the show and wants to give the program a better showcase. NBC will air a late night version of the show in late July.   


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) - June 22, 1985

“Heaven” - Bryan Adams, “A View To Kill” - Duran Duran, “Angel” - Madonna, “Sussudio” - Phil Collins, “Axel F” - Harold Faltmeyer, “The Search Is Over” - Survivor, “Would I Lie To You?” - Eurythmics, “In My House” - The Mary Jane Girls, “The Goonies R Good Enough” - Cyndi Lauper, “Smuggler’s Blues’ - Glenn Frey, “”Getcha Back”- The Beach Boys, “Everytime You Go Away” - Paul Young, “Rasberry Beret” - Prince & The Revolution.


Top country hit music singles -June 22, 1985

“Little Things” - The Oak Ridge Boys, “She’s A Miracle” - Exile, “She Keeps The Home Fires Burning” - Ronnie Milsap, “Forgiving You Was Easy’ - Willie Nelson.


Top movies – June 22, 1985


 Pale Rider - Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Christopher Penn.

St Elmo’s Fire - Rob Lowe, Marc Winning ham, Emilio Estevez

Walt Disney’s “Return To Oz” - Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh

Rambo - First Blood Part II - Sylvester Stallone

Back To The Future - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

The Goonies - Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy

A View To Kill

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