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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 19, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Toyota Motor Co says it will build its own manufacturing plant in the United States by 1988 to produce “about 200,000” cars a year and will expand production at its joint venture in Fremont, Calif to provide 50,000 cars to its American dealers beginning in the fall of this year.

The United States calls for an end to the week-old state of emergency in South Africa, noting the suspension of civil liberties has failed to end the violence in black townships.

It’s announced that Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire social studies teacher will fly on the space shuttle in January. She was chosen from over 1,000 applicants.

“Pepsi - the choice of a new generation.”


Best- selling books – July 19, 1985

The Hunt For Red October - Clancy

Lonesome Dove - McMurtry

Skeleton Crew - King

The Cider House Rules - Irving

It Tomorrow Comes - Sheldon

Iacocca - Iacocca with Novak

Smart Women, Foolish Choices -Cowan and Kinder

Nothing Down - Allen

Dr Berger’s Immune Power Diet - Burger

Loving Each Other - Buscagha  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 19, 1985

Buzz at video stores - At least one video tape has been sitting around the stores for a while - until its distribution company stirred up some controversy about it. The tape - “Faces of Death.” Now all the publicity has made people curious.  You can rent it - or purchase it for $59.95.

 It’s announced that Michael Jackson is teaming up with Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas and Francis Coppola to film “Captain EO” - a 3-D musical space fantasy. The science-fiction extravaganza will debut sometime n 1986 as a permanent new attraction at Epcot Center at Disney World and at a new theater in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

It’s announced that actor Rock Hudson, whose recent frail appearance stunned a public, has AIDS and has had the disease for more than a year. Hudson, whose continuing popularity was enhanced last season by television appearances in the prime-time soap “Dynasty” is the first international celebrity revealed to have the killer disease.

Rock Hudson gets a phone call at the American Hospital in Paris from an old friend who just happens to be president - Ronald Reagan. Recovering from an operation for colon cancer, Reagan called to wish him well. Later it’s announced that Hudson is being treated with the experimental drug HPA-23 developed by the scientists at the Institute Pasteur to combat AIDS. 

More  Hollywood news - Actor Sean Penn and his pop-singer-fiancée Madonna are targets of a $1 million damage suit filed by Laurence Cottrell - a free-lance photographer. He says Penn attacked with a rock and his own camera in a Nashville, Tenn. hotel car park last month.

Passing - Kay Kyser - the “Old Professor” on radio’s beloved “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge at 79. 


Technology news – July 19, 1985

Compact Disc Update -  right now, there are 3,000 titles of compact discs. Demand is exceeding supply since there are only six large CD record plants in the world today. As new plants come online, don’t expect CD prices to fall either. So, if you see a CD you want, grab it. It may be months or even years before it is pressed again.

So, should you buy a Beta or VHS machine? - Industry watchers estimate the Beta share of the market to be 14% to 16% and dropping. A big problem continues to be availability of prerecorded tapes. Most stores have meager Beta selections.


Bestselling computer software games – July 19, 1985

F-15 Strike Eagle

Flight Simulator II

Flight Simulator

The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy


Beachhead II

Summer Games II


Top Video Movie Rentals - July 19, 1985 

The Karate Kid

The Terminator


The Flamingo Kid

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Places In The Heart

Missing in Action

Nighmare on Elm Street

Micki & Maude



Radio news – July 19, 1985

New York -  WKTU-FM (92.3) changes call-letters and formats this week. The hit station is now WXRK (K-Rock) and is now an album rocker. It kicked off the format with ABC’s coverage of the Live Aid concert, followed by a Bruce Springsteen salute. (Beginning on November 18, Howard Stern will begin mornings here. As of this week, Stern is still with rival station WNBC. He’ll  be fired on September 30).   


Television news – July 19, 1985

Syndicated television - the big buzz is how well “Wheel of Fortune” does in early fringe around the country. It beats other syndicated biggies such as “MASH,” “Jeopardy,” “PM Magazine,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “People’s Court” and “Family Feud” with Richard Dawson. The program is hosted by former television weatherman Pat Sajak.

More television news - NBC is phasing out its “N” logo over the coming months and introducing a new symbol that combines a redesigned version of the peacock with all three letters of NBC’s name. NBC says “the peacock is round and sort of playful while the N is rigid and geometric and they don’t work together. Instead of 11 feathers, the new peacock has six with each feather being a different color.

Religious television - going stronger than ever is Dr Gene Scott and his ministry. He’s based out of Glendale, California. You can catch his “University Network” on a local UHF outlet. Scott recently lost a television license to operate KHOF-TV (channel 30) in Southern California due to FCC problems.

Cable television - a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturns longstanding federal regulations that require cable systems to carry the signals of all major broadcast stations in their communities. They ruled that the “must carry” rules are “fundamentally at odds” with the Constitution’s free speech guarantees.  


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 19, 1985

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Crazy Like A Fox, Trapper John, MD

NBC - Punky Brewster, Silver Spoons, Knight Rider, Movie

ABC - Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Movie

PBS - Evening At Pops, Masterpiece Theater

MTV - Videos, Rock Influences with Karla Devito


Punky Brewster - Punky and a friend try to produce a Jane Fonda-type aerobics cassette but they end up in trouble.

Silver Spoons - When Rick starts a child-care business he discovers that one of his children is the victim of parental kidnapping.

 Evening at Pops - Flutist James Galway, singer Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Quartet perform with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.


Music news – July 19, 1985

Washington DC - Tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert go on sale for an August 5 show and 53,000 tickets are sold in 97 minutes. Phone lines were tied-up throughout the area, including the White House. So far, Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” album has spurned 5 hit singles.

Music - Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate 25 years and perform once again at The Bitter End coffee house in Greenwich Village. Lucky patrons got a 2-hour treat.

The USA For Africa album “We Are The World” debuts. The concert could be heard on radio stations coast to coast. 

Top music touring acts of 1985 so far:

Kenny Rogers

Prince & The Revolution

Neil Diamond

Phil Collins


Grateful Dead

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Luciano Pavarotti


Johnny Mathis

Iron Maiden

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


Top country hit music singles – July 19, 1985

Old Hippie - The Bellamy Brothers

Love Don’t Care - Earl Thomas Conley

40-Hour Week (For a Livin’) - Alabama

Real Love - Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers

Highwayman - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson

I Don’t Think I’m Ready For You - Ann Murray

She’s Single Again - Janie Frickie

The Fireman - George Straight

Dixie Road - Lee Greenwood

Love Is Alive - The Judds


Top black music tracks – July 19 1985

Hangin’ On A String - Loose Ends

Who’s Holding Donna Now - Debarge

Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin

Save Your Love (For #1) - Rene & Angela

Rock Me Tonight - Freddie Jackson

Rasberry Beret - Prince & The Revolution

Attack Me With Your Love - Cameo

19 - Paul Hardcastle

Glow - Rick James

I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa-Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force 


Top Music Albums – July 19, 1985

Reckless - Bryan Adams

No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears

Invasion of Your Privacy - Ratt

Beverly Hills Cop - Soundtrack

Around The World In A Day - Prince & The Revolution

7 Wishes - Night Ranger

The Dream Of Blue Turtles - Sting

Like A Virgin - Madonna

The Power Station

Theatre of Pain - Motley Crue

Whitney Houston

Dream Into Action - Howard Jones


More Top Albums – July 19, 1985

Emergency - Kool & The Gang

Brothers in Arms - Dire Straights

Make It Big - Wham

Brother Where You Bound - Supertramp

Little Creatures - Talking Heads

Fables of the Reconstruction - R.E.M.

Empire Burlesque - Bob Dylan

Air Supply

Voices Carry - ‘Til Tuesday

Vital Signs - Survivor

Maverick - George Thorogood

Fly On The Wall - AC/DC

7800 Fahrenheit - Bon Jovi

Katrina and the Waves

Building The Perfect Beast - Don Henley

Heart - Heart

Centerfield - John Fogerty

Southern Accents - Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers

Shaken ‘N Stirred - Robert Plant   


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 19, 1985

Shout - Tears For Fears

The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting

Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin

Summer of ‘69 - Bryan Adams

What About Love? -  Heart

Get It On - Power Station

You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) - Dead or Alive

People are People - Depeche Mode

Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen

St Elmo’s Fire - John Parr

Who’s Holding Donna Now - Debarge

You Give Good Live - Air Supply

Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young

The Search Is Over - Survivor

Getcha Back - The Beach Boys

Not Enough Live in the World - Don Henley

Find A Way - Amy Grant

Cherish - Kool & The Gang

Your Love Is King – Sade


Top movies – July 19. 1985 

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

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

“Back To The Future” - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Golver

 Fright Night - Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Goeffreys, Roddy McDowall. 

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

Steve Spielberg presents The Goonies. Music by Dave Grusin

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - Mel Gibson, Tina Turner

Walt Disney’s The Black Cauldron

Prizzi’s Honor - Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner,

Pale Rider - Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgrass, Christopher Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel, Doug McGrath, John Russell

The Heavenly Kid - Lewis Smith, Jane Kaczmarek, Jason Gedrick, Richard Mulligan

The Man With One Red Show - Tom Hanks, Dabney Coleman, Lori Singer, Charles Durning, Jim Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Edward Herrmann

The Emerald Forest - Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Charley Boorman

The Legend of Billie Jean - Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Christian Slater, Peter Coyote

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