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


In The News

Captured – Richard Ramirez – a 25-year-old drifter identified as the Night Stalker is captured by angry citizens as he allegedly tried to steal a car in East Los Angeles. He is suspected of killing 16 people plus 21 assaults. 

An exhausted group of scientists suspend their survey of the remains of the Titanic after finding the hull in such good condition that their leader called it “a museum piece.”

The space shuttle Discovery makes a perfect landing at Edward Air Force Base.

Due to political pressure, President Reagan, backs off from his previous opposition and orders limited economic sanctions against South Africa in a move “aimed against the machinery of apartheid.”

Thailand – government forces crush a coup attempt masterminded by a former prime minister, a former general and a disgruntled ex-colonel. Hundreds of rebels had commandeered tanks and attacked key army installations, It was crushed, with 4 dead including two members of an NBC News crews – Bangkok bureau chief Neil Davis and American soundman Bill Latch.

President Reagan apologizes – saying he was careless after he gave the impression that he believed segregation had been eliminated in South Africa.

After a six-month stagnation – the nation’s unemployment fell sharply to 6.9% in August, the lowest level in more than five years.

A 19-hour fire in Passaic, NJ wipes out the jobs of up to 3,000 workers and leaves 500 people homeless in the city’s industrial center.

Bonn – Chancellor Helmut Kohl, facing the gravest spy scandal of his administration, rejects demands for the ouster of his interior minister despite opposition claims that the minister bungled the affair from the start.

Weekly radio address - President Reagan, vowing to get “a fair shake abroad,” for U.S. products, announces unprecedented investigations of alleged unfair trade practices in Japan, South Korea and Brazil. Currently, U.S. firms cannot sell tobacco in Japan, life and fire insurance in South Korea and computers in Brazil. In his radio address, the President said he has ordered ‘acceleration’ of current efforts to open Japanese markets to leather goods and to challenge Europe’s canned-fruit subsidies.

BBC radio - Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth, becomes the first leading member of British royalty to appear on a radio call-in program, answering questions about her childhood nervousness and her some times thorny relationship with the press.


Fascinating Business news – September 1, 1985

Coca-Coca Classic, which debuted in July (under the old 99-year-old formula) is sitting besides new “Coke” in supermarkets. 


Medical/Health news update – September 1, 1985

Doctors transplant a human heart into the chest of Michael Drummond, the youngest man to receive an artificial heart, after the Jarvik-7 pump had kept him alive for nine days.


Sports news – September 1, 1985

New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez testifies that he used “massive amounts of cocaine” during the second half of the 1980 season and played a game under the influence of the drug. He was testifying at a federal trial of a suspected drug dealer.

The second game of the world chess championship match between titleholder Anatoly Karpov and challenger Gary Kasparov, ends in a draw. Kasparov won the first game and now has 1 ½ points to Karpov’s half point.


Music news – September 1, 1985

Last month – the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a politically connected group of Washington wives, won a record industry promise to include albums-jacket stickers warning pop music fans of potential explicit or offensive material.

Richard Ramirez, who is being held for the Night Stalker murders, is said by friends to be a huge AC/DC fan. He left an AC/Dc cap in the home of one of his victims and one of Ramirez’s high school friends said the suspect is obsessed with the group’s “highway to Hell’ album which includes a song called “Night Prowler.’

Passing – Crooner Johnny Desmond (65).

USA for Africa has about $35 million in the bank, ready to disperse. Founders are manager Ken Kragen, Quincy Jones and Harry Belafonte.

More pop charity – A&M Records releases a benefit album for Greenpeace. Artists appearing – the Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby, the Pretenders, Tears for Fears, and Howard Jones. All proceeds go to Greenpeace. Look for a single from the album – “Push and Shove.”


Entertainment news – September 1, 1985

Rock Hudson is writing a book about his life – including his battle with AIDS – and proceeds of the autobiography will go toward fighting the killer disease. Hudson stunned the world in July when he announced he had the deadly disease.


Television news – September 1, 1985

More original sitcoms being added to cable channels - USA is debuting its first original sitcom with “Check It Out” starring Don Adams. HBO has already begun “1st & Ten,” and WTBS adds a third original sitcom to its sked with “Rocky Road.”

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Howard Cosell hosts with musical guest Greg Kihn.

Phyllis George is leaving the “CBS Morning News.” She had been hired last January, but the network says it just didn’t work out. 

Don’t miss the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1985

CBS -  60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, Crazy Like a Fox, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – Punky Brewster, Silver Spoons, OceanQuest, Movie

ABC – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Movie

PBS – Evening at Pops, Masterpiece Theatre


Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Featured – How modern brains surgery was created, Jet engine art.

Crazy Like A Fox – An old friend of Harry leaves him an old film, old baseball cards, but Harry soon learns they are very valuable.


Top movies – September 1, 1985


Year of the Dragon

Compromising Positions


Teen Wolf

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Back to the Future

European Vacation


Year of the Dragon

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