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



In The News

In his weekly radio address - President Reagan says “Americans will be the greatest fools on Earth” if they fail to press forward with research on the “Star Wars” space-based missile defense program. He said that the United States has the right under the SALT I treaty to proceed with research on the multibillion-dollar program, formally known as the Strategic Defense Initiative.

After a three-hour surgery, doctors remove a large precancerous polyp from President Reagan’s colon. He’s expected to be in the hospital for 10 days.

Sharon Scranage (29) - a CIA clerk at the U.S Embassy in Accra, Ghana is arrested after admitting to the FBI that she revealed the names of CIA agents in Ghana including the station chief to her Ghanaian friend. Both were arrested on spying charges.  


Fascinating Business news – July 8, 1985

Coca-Cola - stung by grassroots consumer resistance to its new, sweeter taste - says it will bring back the original Coke under the new name “Coca-Cola Classic.” The old Coke will join the new Coke in a few weeks. In 1984 Coke held 36.4% of the soft drink market with all of its products - but held a 21.7% share for Coca-Cola alone, down from 24.5% a year earlier. Pepsi gained market share in 1984 - to 18.8% from 18.2%. In April, Coke announced it was altering the formula of its 99 year-old flagship product to try to stop the decline.  

Boston Properties agrees to buy the New York Coliseum for $455 million - the largest real estate deal in city history (to date). Boston Properties will demolish the Coliseum at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Circle and build two towers, one 72 and one 57 stories tall. The Coliseum was made obsolete by construction of the Jacob Javits Convention Center scheduled to open next year.

The Newest Chapter In Dental History begins this week.. Introducing Tartar Control Crest Toothpaste.” Reduces tartar build-up. Fights cavities.


Sports news – July 8, 1985

Joanne Barrett (34) of the Bronx sues the New York Yankees for $50 million. She was shot in the hand at Yankee stadium July 4 while she was sitting with her husband during a game with the Minnesota Twins. The bullet passed through her hand and ended up in her purse. Papers filed say the slug broke a bone in Barrett’s hand, causing her severe physical and emotional injuries.


Television news – July 8, 1985

 ABC announces that Joe Namath will replace Don Meredith in the booth on “Monday Night Football.” Namath who will join Frank Gifford and O.J. Simpson, has signed a five-year contract. Two years are guaranteed with three the others option years. ABC says Meredith did not want to continue. Meredith joined “Monday Night Football” its first year in 1970, but left to go to NBC in 1974 and returned to ABC in the 1977 season. The “Monday Night Football’ ratings have been down the last two seasons. Namath was asked if he had any broadcasting experience and he replied “no.” He said he’d been watching “Monday Night” and said the key to his being successful would be preparation. “I’ll certainly be prepared.” “As a quarterback, I found out early how important that is-preparing, doing your homework. I want to feel comfortable. I don’t like to go on the stage with six days’ rehearsal, but you’ve got to do that sometimes. I want to be ready and start practicing.”

Returning from a six-month jail sentence in England for smuggling cocaine, actor Stacy Keach will return as television’s “Mike Hammer.” He’ll reprise the roll in a two-hour TV movie that will probably air in January. 


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 8, 1985

CBS - Pilot-The Recovery Room, Movie

NBC - All-Star game

ABC - Three’s A Crowd, Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders, Who’s The Boss?, Hail To The Chief, MacGruder and Loud

PBS - Nova, Survival, Disappearing World


The Recovery Room - pilot about a resident doctor and a nurse who leave the medical profession to open a bar/restaurant across the street from the hospital. Stars Mark Linn-Baker, Kelly Bishop, Eileen Heckart.

Who’s The Boss? - Tony bolsters Angela’s when a scheming executive tries to oust her from her job by buttering up the company’s new chairman of the board.

The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Martin Mull, Jerry Seinfeld, Scot Morris


Music news – July 8, 1985

More than 160,000 fans jam into stadiums in London and Philadelphia for the globally broadcast Live Aid Rock concerts held in hope of raising millions to fight Famine in Africa. The driving force behind the extravaganza was Irish rocker Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats. The lineup included Joan Baez, Santana, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Beach Boys, David

Bowie, Paul McCartney, U2, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, Billy Ocean, Bryan  Adams, Neil Young Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Phil Collins, Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John and others. The broadcast was aired in its entirety in the United States by MTV, and ABC radio. About 100 TV stations aired all or part of the concert package. 


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

Raspberry Beret - Prince

A View To Kill - Duran Duran

You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston

The Search Is Over - Survivor

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting

Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young

Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen

Shout - Tears For Fears

Never Surrender - Corey Hart

Would I Lie To You? - The Eurythmics

Get It On  - Power Station

The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News



Top Music Albums – July 8, 1985

Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears

Reckless - Bryan Adams

No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

Like A Virgin - Madonna

Invasion Of Your Privacy - Ratt

The Power Station - the Power Station

Around the World In A Day - Prince

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

Beverly Hills Cop - soundtrack

Be Yourself Tonight - The Eurythmics


More Top Music  Albums- July 8, 1985

Theater Of Pain - Motley Crue

Little Creatures - Talking Heads

Valotte - Julian Lennon

Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

Dream Into Action - Howard Jones

Wishes - Night Ranger

World Wide Live - The Scorpions

The Dream Of Blue Turtles - Sting

Fly On The Wall - AC/DC

Some Great Reward - Depeche Mode

Hold Me - Laura Branigan

Heart - Heart

Fables of the Reconstruction - R.E.M.

Emergency - Kool & The Gang

Last Mango In Paris - Jimmy Buffett

Southern Accents - Tom Petty

Empire Burlesque - Bob Dylan

Hard Line - The Blasters

 King of Rock - Run-D.M.C.

Shaken ‘n’ Stirred - Robert Plant

Lone Justice - Lone Justice

Do You Wanna Get Away - Shannon

Steady Nerves - Graham Parker and the Shot

Boys and Girls - Bryan Ferry

The Confessor - Joe Walsh

Building The Perfect Beast - Don Henley

Five-O - Hank Williams Jr.


Top movies – July 8, 1985

Back To The Future - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Cocoon - Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon

The Goonies - Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy

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

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

Prizzi’s Honor - Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner.

Silverado - Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Linda Hunt

Mad Max Beyond Thuderdome - Mel Gibson, Tina Turner

Rambo First Blood, Pt 2 - Sylvester Stallone

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