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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 15, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A survivor of the fatal 747 crash in Japan last Monday said that about half an hour before the jumbo jet slammed into a mountain with 524 people aboard, she heard a loud “bam” sound overhead near the tail, the air in the cabin turned ‘white” and parts of the ceiling collapsed. Soon after the first sign of trouble, the plane began to say and weave wildly and went into ‘a steep descent.” It’s beginning to look like debris flew off the aircraft and hit the airplane’s tail, causing the plane to be uncontrollable.

A car bomb blows up in Tripoli, killing 50 in the fourth such attack in Lebanon in four days.

Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell, fresh from a meeting with South African President Pieter W. Botha says that Nobel Peace prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu was “a phony as far as representing” black.

With violence in nine black townships, Bishop Desmond Tutu demands immediate international economic sanctions to counter president Pieter Botha’s refusal to ease South Africa’s apartheid race laws.

AT&T announces it has eliminated about 24,000 jobs in its information systems groups, about 20% of the work force in its computer ad business equipment arm.

In Miami - Jay Halaise, angered over his rejection by a woman in a singles bar, felled several utility poles with a chain saw and plunged about 2,000 homes into darkness.

The Rev. Sun Moon, the Korean evangelist who heads the Unification Church, is released from a Brooklyn halfway house after serving 13 months of an 18-month sentence for tax evasion.


Medical/Health/AIDS news update –August 15, 1985

The virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in the teardrops of a patient suffering from the disease, according to researchers of the National Institutes of Health. 


Media news – August 15, 1985

Rupert Murdock debuts a new fashion magazine called “American Elle.’


Technology news – August 15, 1985

Two new computers with great color graphics are now on the market – particularly for gaming – The Commodore Amiga and Atari’s 520ST. The Amiga is designed as a serious business computer as well as an entertainment computer. Both use Motorola’s 68000 microprocessor chip.

Stereo TV update – Hardly any shows are broadcast with stereo sound, but this week, NBC begins stereocasts of “the Tonight Show” and “Late Night With David Letterman.” “Miami Vice” will be in stereo sound in the fall. Some TV sets made by Sony and Zenith in the past few years are “stereo-ready, but you have to purchase an optional decoder. Some newer models of Beta HiFi VCR’s can pick up TV stereo, and need to be hooked to a stereo amplifier.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 15, 1985

Married – Pop singer Madonna to actor Sean Penn – at Malibu Beach at the home of Penn family friend Kurt Unger. Seen attending – Rosanna Arquette, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Judd Nelson, Martin Sheen, Chris Penn, David Letterman. Also seen Diane Keaton, Cher, Andy Warhol, David Geffen, Carol Kane, and Christopher Walken. There were 200 guests all together.


Music news – August 15, 1985

Singer Michael Jackson pays between $40 and $50 million for ATV – a British music publishing company that controls the copyrights to nearly all songs written by the Beatles.

Other places to get music on cable TV besides MTV and VH-1 – “Night Flight,’ and “Night Tracks.”


Radio news – August 15, 1985

Ken Webb rejoins WBLS New York after two years of mornings on WRKS (Kiss). WKTU changes calls to WXRK (K-rock) and is going rock against WNEW-FM. The station has had promotion spots cut by recording artists saying, “Hello this is… at K-Rock, New York’s number two rock station, but not for long.” WNEW-FM program director Charlie Kendell says if artists cut those promos, then they don’t need his station to pay their music (sour grapes).

Meantime, Dan Ingram has left WKTU/WXRK.. 


Television news – August 15, 1985

Actress Donna Reed will receive her full salary over the next two seasons and has complete freedom to do other shows under an out-of-court settlement of her lawsuit against  Lorimar, the company that replaced her as Ms. Ellie in “Dallas.”

On Saturday Night Live this week – George Carlin hosts with music guests Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Joe Namath is joining the Monday Night Football gang as a commentator. “I’m excited to get back into football. I’m comfortable with football, maybe not in a booth with a headset on, but just being around the game and the players, I’m getting back into something I know, something I have confidence in,” said Namath.

CBS’s “West 57th debuted last week – with mediocre ratings – a 10.5 rating and a 19 share and coming in third in its timeslot to NBC and ABC.

Dick Clark to debut another show – syndicated “Nitetime.” It will air on stations against NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Clark and a co-host, yet to be decided will man the show. The format will include studio performances by two different contemporary artists, a standup routine, a comedy improvisation by a four-member in-house improv team, audience dancing to several current hits, interviews and other features. 

Sports TV – CBS Sports kicks off its NFL preseason coverage. Teamed are former Raider’s coach John Madden with Pat Summerall


Top Pop Music Hit Singles In Britain – August 15, 1985

Into The Groove – Madonna

We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner

You Must Be An Angel – Eurythmics

Money for Nothing – Dire Straits

White Wedding – Billy Idol

I Got You Babe – UB40

Cherish – Kool & The Gang

Don Quixote – Nik Kershaw

Round and Around – Jaki Graham

Live is Life – Opus

Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 15, 1985

Highwayman – Jennings, Nelson, Cash, Kristofferson

She’s Single Again – Janie Fricke

Real Love – Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers

The Fireman- George Strait

Modern Day Romance- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Love Is Alive – The Judds

Used To Blue – Sawyer Brown

Carolina In the Pines – Michael Martin Murphy

Have I Got A Deal For You – Reba McEntyre


Top Music Albums – August 15, 1985

Reckless – Bryan Adams

Songs From The Big Chair – Tears For Fears

No Jacket required – Phil Collins

The Dream of the Blue Turtles – Sting

Born in the U.S.A – Bruce Springsteen

Theatre of Pain – Motley Crue

The Power Station – Power Station

Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

Around the World In A Day – Prince & The Revolution

Invasion of Your Privacy – Ratt

Be Yourself Tonight – Eurythmics

Greatest Hits Vol. I & II

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

7 Wishes – Night Ranger

Like a Virgin -  Madonna

Make It Big – Wham!

Secret of Association – Paul Young


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 15, 1985

Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News

Shout – Tears for Fears

Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin

St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr

Everytiime You Go Away – Paul Young

Who’s Holding Donna Now – DeBarge

Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin

If You Love Somebody set Them Free – Sting

Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead Or Alive

Never Surrender – Corey Hart

Get It On (Bang A Gong) – Power Station

Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

What About Love? – Heart

People Are People – Depeche Mode

Cherish – Kool & The Gang

Don’t Lose My Number  - Phil Collins

Invincible – Pat Benatar

Rock Me Tonight – Freddie Jackson

State of the Heart – Rick Springfield

Top Dance Music Tracks – August 15, 1985

Dancin’ In The Key of Life – Steve Arrington

Shout – Tears For Fears

Unexpected Lovers – Lime

I’m Only Shooting Love – Time Bandits

Wild and Crazy Love – Mary Jane Girls

All Fall Down – Five Star

History – Mai Tai

Eight Arms To Hold You – Goon Squad


Top Album Rock Music Cuts – August 15, 1985

St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr

Money For Nothing – Dire straits

Fortress Around Your Heart – sting

Invincible – Pat Benatar

Smokin’ In The Boys Room – Motley Crue

The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News

No Looking Back – Michael McDonald 


Top movies – August 15, 1985

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Year of the Dragon

Return of the Living Dead

European Vacation



Summer Rental


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