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



In The News

A terrorist car bomb explodes at the U.S. Air Force’s Rhein-Main Air base as servicemen arrived for work, killing an American airman and his wife and injuring 17 others.

Arthur J. Walker is convicted on seven counts of helping his brother pass military secrets to the Soviet Union.

In Japan – a packed JAL jetliner carrying 524 people on a domestic flight slams into a mountain and explodes in flames, shortly after the pilot reported that a door seal had burst, suddenly depressurizing the cabin.

Vietnam presents crates containing remains of 26 soldiers killed during the Vietnam War to U.S. officials.

Police have found the black boxes of the JAL airliner that crashed killing 520 people. Japan Air Lines said the jumbo jet that crashed rolled “all over the sky” after sections of its tail were ripped away.  Four passengers survived. All were seated in row 54.

Johannesburg - Police report that a firebomb damaged the home of Winnie Mandela, wife of Black Nationalist leader Nelson Mandela. She was not hurt.

Violence flares near Johannesburg as riot patrols fatally shot a 12-year-old black girl and police whipped black and white students urging a consumer boycott.


Fascinating Business news – August 8, 1985

Coca-Cola gulped first, declared victory over Pepsi in the great space race. NASA says Coke was the first to be enjoyed in space until astronauts popped a Pepsi can.  The astronauts completed an evaluation form on how the soft drink containers worked in space. Coke had a screw-top container while Pepsi went with a pop-top lid.


Sports news – August  8, 1985

The USFL confirms that quarterback Steve Young is the highest paid player in the game at $2.4 million.


Music news – August 8, 1985

MTV influence - MTV celebrates its fourth year and there’s a new novel called “Less Than Zero” riddled with MTV references. The first novel to do so.  The author, Bret Easton Ellis says he finds the spread of MTV “worrisome” though. Also, besides ‘Miami Vice” – look for new prime time shows this season to have an MTV influence.

Bruce Springsteen brings a temporary halt to a strike when he said he would not cross a Cleveland picket line to play at a concert this week. A spokesman for the union representing ushers and ticket sellers at Cleveland stadium said management agreed to pay the workers an extra 41.50 per hour for the night after Springsteen threatened to cancel his concert at the stadium.


Television news – August 8, 1985

 Lorne Michaels who created and originally produced “Saturday Night Live” is returning as executive producer for its 11th season. He left the show back in 1980 to work in film and other television projects. The program’s previous producer, Dick Ebersol, resigned from SNL last spring.

MTV says it is considering a $469-million offer to take the company private again. The group is offering $31 a share for all 15.2 million MTV shares. The stock was first offered August of last year for $15. MTV can now be seen in 27 million homes. In the first six months of 1985, MTV Networks reported a profit of $7.15 million on revenue of $64.6 million. MTV is 2/3-owned by Warner Amex.

Billy Crystal being ripped off? - It’s the hot phrase – “Darling, you look mahvelous” and it comes from comedian Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live.” Look for a new dance record written by him and Paul Schaffer called,  “You Look Mahvelous,” which is now getting played on some radio stations. The record had to be rushed out because something called “You Look Mahvelous,’ by John Cygan, imitates Crystal’s “Fernando” inflection and routine on that record. Crystal doesn’t dig it. “I don’t mind someone parodying my routine – in fact, there’s already an answer record that’s getting paid in Miami called ‘You Look Terrible’ that’s done in the voice of an old Jewish man, but this Cygan song is a complete rip-off. It’s infuriating.”

Continues Crystal – “What really makes it sleazy and insulting is that before I singed with A&M (records), I talked to Columbia, so they knew what I was doing. Then they called me and said that they had a music track and asked me to listen t it and do the vocals. I asked them to sent it over and I’d listen to it, but instead, they just rushed out this rip-off version. It’s a terrible impression, a crummy music track and they’ve had the nerve to call it, ‘You Look Mahvelous."


Top movies – August 8, 1985

European Vacation


Weird Science

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Real Genius

Back to the Future

My Science Project

Summer Rental

The Emerald Forest

The Black Cauldron

Rambo First Blood

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