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



In The News

The Reagan Administration will seek still more funds next year in a bid to double the size of the contra army and build it into a fighting force capable of threatening the Managua leftist regime. Congress just approved some $27 million in aid for Nicaragua’s anti-Sandinista rebels.

Seven persons including a lieutenant colonel attached to the Army’s materiel command in Washington are charged with conspiracy to illegally export missiles in an alleged nationwide scheme to sell thousands of sophisticated U.s. and French weapons to Iran for $140 million.

A Delta L-1011 jetliner bound for Los Angeles crashes on approach to Dallas/Ft. Worth – killing 122 with at least 27 survivors. The plane was going through a thunderstorm. Later, it’s determined wind shear caused the accident.

Claiming that the economy’s batteries have been recharged, President Reagan says he intends to launch a “major fall offensive” for tax reform, a balanced budget amendment and a line-item veto.

President Reagan tells reporters that a pimple removed from the side of his nose last week turned out to be skin cancer, a “basal cell carcinoma,” the most common form of cancer. He’ll require no further treatment. 

The FBI reports that 43 persons including 12 doctors and 13 pharmacists are indicted on fraud charges in an alleged international scheme to obtain prescription drugs at discounted prices and resell them for substantial profits. The low cost drugs were “obtained’ from manufacturers by claiming that they were intended for use in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, Third World and other foreign countries.

Thousands of law enforcement officers in all 50 states begin a series of raids on marijuana fields in remote areas in the nation’s largest effort to eradicate domestic cultivation of the crop.

Gunmen kidnap Shakib Humaidan, a veteran Lebanese worker for ABC News in Beirut.


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – August 1, 1985

AIDS – In Kokomo, Indiana – officials bar 13-year-old Ryan White from school after learning that he had contracted AIDS during treatment for hemophilia, saying the school cannot cope with the necessary precautions and that other pupils could be at risk. “I’m pretty upset about it. I’ll miss my friends mostly,” said the young teen.

More AIDS - Federal, state and local public health officials meeting this week to evaluate the effectiveness of the new AIDS blood screening test, overwhelming declare it a success in protecting the nation’s blood supply.


Fascinating Business news – August 1, 1985

The nation’s unemployment rate stays at 7.2% for the sixth straight month.

Montgomery Ward, the nation’s sixth-largest retailer announce that it is ending its famous catalogue and going out of the mail-order business, bringing and end to an era that began in 1872, when the store was founded.

CBS Inc says that it has successfully concluded its offer to buy back 21% of its common stock under a financial reorganization, ending Ted Turner’s hostile takeover bid.


Technology news – August 1, 1985

Apple Computer Inc says it is suspending sales to South Africa because of the nation’s apartheid policy and political pressure on it in the United States.


Sports news – August 1, 1985

Negotiators reach an agreement to end the baseball strike – less than 24 hours after it officially began. It was the second baseball strike in the history of the game.

Rod Carew of the California Angels gets his  3000th hit of his career. 

New advertising campaign – pairs Dr. Pepper with Godzilla – leading up to the Aug. 23 release of “Godzilla 1985.” The soft drink makes a cameo (product placement) appearance in the movie.


Radio news – August 1, 1985

Malrite Communications is spending $75.5 million to purchase three radio stations from Capital Cities/ABC. They are – KZLA and KLAC Los Angeles and KSRR-FM Houston. It’s a record price paid.

More Los Angeles – as KIQQ (100.3) switches out of top-40 and into “Lite-100.” LA still has 3 other top-40 stations – KIIS-FM, KKHR and KMGG. Gone is the morning team of Bruce Chandler and Tony St. James, program director Paula Matthews and general manager George Wilson. The last ratings period for KIQQ saw a dismal 1.5% of the total audience.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 1, 1985

Elizabeth Taylor visits longtime friend Rock Hudson at the UCLA Medical Center, where he is being treated for AIDS.

Everyone is talking about the Aug. 16 marriage of Madonna to actor Sean Penn. How will it be covered by the media?

Speaking of Madonna – she files a lawsuit seeking to bar the release of a 5-year-old soft-core porn movie in which she stars. “A Certain Sacrifice” features lady Madonna in an orgy scene. She also is seen being raped in a coffee shop restroom. This comes less than a month after nude pictures of her appeared in Playboy and Penthouse magazines. She said she had no objection to those pictures and that she was “ashamed of nothing.” The movie is a different story. She said it was a poor quality film with an even poorer plot. She contends that if producer Jon Lewicki releases the film with her identified as Madonna, it will damage the image that she has fought to create. Made in 1980, Madonna was paid $100 for her performance.   

Actor Anthony Michael Hall (17) says, “The so-called Brat Pack was the invention of some journalist and I don’t consider  those people my peer group. I don’t like being lumped in with a heard of people… I have my own thing to say.” Hall’s fourth movie “Weird Science” is being released this week.

Passing – Movie and television actor Grant Williams (57).  


Music news – August 1, 1985

Some six months after “We Are The World” hit the top spot on the record charts, USA for Africa – the organization that it spawned, decides to disburse $17 million it has earned from records sales to 8 drought-ravaged African nations. With record sales and merchandising, the organization has some $30 million (total) in the bank.  

Opening for Ratt in their latest concert tour – A New Jersey rock band called Bon Jovi.

Wham! – Make It Big Tour ’85 with special guest star Chaka Kahn.


Television news – August 1, 1985

“Dance Fever” judges this week – Casey Kasem, Marla Gibbs and Charles Nelson Reilly. Denny Terrio hosts.

On MTV this week – Don’t miss the Dire Straits concert!


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1985

CBS – Airwolf, Movie

NBC – Out Time, it’s Your Move, Gimme a Break, mama’s family, Hunter, Saturday Night Live Film Festival

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

HBO – 9th Annual Young Comedians Special – Hosted by Rodney Dangerfield.

ESPN – Sportscenter – National Sports Festival VI


Our Time – Guest – Donna Prescow, Troy Donahue, Tippi Hedren, Desi Arnaz Jr., Jon Provost.

T.J. Hooker – Hooker discovers that a protégé has become a cocaine addict.


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

Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free – Sting

Shout – Tears For Fears

You Give Good Love =- Whitney Houston

Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

Never Surrender – Cory Hart

The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News

Get it On (Bang a Gong) – Power Station

Who’s Holding Donna Now -  DeBarge

Sentimental Street – Night Ranger

A View To Kill – Duran Duran

People Are People – Depeche Mode

Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin

Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

Raspberry Beret – Prince & The Revolution

You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) – dead or Alive

St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr

We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner

19 – Paul Hardcastle

Sussudio – Phil Collins

Rock Me Tonight – Freddie Jackson

The Search is Over – Survivor

Just As I Am – Air Supply

Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday

You’re Only Human – Billy Joel

Would I Lie To You? – Eurythmics

Don’t Lose My Number – Phil Collins

Mystery lady – Billy Ocean

Invincible – Pat Benatar

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