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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 22, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze unveils what he describes as a plan for “Star Peace” that would save the world from the Reagan Administration’s sinister plans of “Star Wars.” He said the Strategic Defense Initiative is the main stumbling block to a new U.S.-Soviet arms control agreement.

Hurricane Gloria with 150mph winds bears down on North Carolina as more than 100,000 residents stream inland, then heads to the New York/New England area. 

General Foods says it has agreed to be taken over by Philip Morris for about $5.7 billion in one of the largest acquisitions in history (so far).

A powerful bomb hidden in a sports bag rips through the offices of British Airways in Rome, injuring at least 14 people in the second terrorist attack in the busy Via Veneto area in 10 days. A Palestinian youth caught fleeing the scene confessed to the bombing.

Following Farm Aid organizer Willie Nelson’s personal lobbying effort, the senate Agriculture Committee votes to renew federal farm price supports and income protection scheduled to end soon.

The confirmed death toll from Mexico City’s twin earthquakes stands at 4,596.  Nancy Reagan toured the rubble of the earthquake-shattered city and delivered $1 million as a down for U.S. aid.

 Colorado Gov. Richard D. Lamm says giving expensive, heroic medical treatment to AIDS victims is inappropriate because the disease is always fatal. “There are two types of AIDS patients. Either you’re dying or you’re dead,” so says Lamm. “If there’s no chance of any (successful) outcome, then you can’t order up every possible (medical) service. 

Official French sources announce that the government has arrested two French intelligence agents – not for bombing the anti-nuclear protest ship Rainbow Warrior, but for leaking the truth about the case to journalists.

West Coast “nightstalker” Richard Ramirez is arraigned on 13 new murder counts and 47 additional felony charges. The new charges bring to 15 the number of killings in which Ramirez is formally accused.

Media news - September 22, 1985

Rupert Murdoch, who bought half of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. six months ago for $250 million, agrees to buy the rest of the studio from Denver oilman Marvin Davis. Murdoch will pay $325 million to Davis’ holding company, TCF Holdings for the remaining 50% of the studio and its valuable film history. 


Sports news – September 22, 1985

Peter Ueberroth, warning that Congress may act if baseball doesn’t, sends a personal letter to all major league players, asking each to participate voluntarily in a drug-testing program.

Yankee manager Billy Martin suffers a broken right arm in a fight with pitcher Ed Whitson at a Baltimore hotel.

Raiders QB Jim Plunkett will be out for six weeks after he dislocated his shoulder.


Technology news – September 22, 1985

Apple Computer files a $5 million lawsuit against co-founder and former chairman Steven Jobs, charging that he breached his fiduciary responsibility and that his planned new company would use confidential information.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – September 22, 1985

American Foundation for AIDS Research - Elizabeth Taylor announces the formation of a national AIDS foundation to solicit private donations and funnel the money to researchers hunting for a cure.

First Lady Nancy Reagan is honored by the Entertainment industry in Hollywood for her leadership role in the fight against drug abuse.

Coca-Cola Co. says it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of its recently acquired Embassy Pictures unit to movie producer Dino De Laurentiis. 


Radio news – September 22, 1985

Westwood One signs a letter of intent to buy the Mutual Broadcasting System’s network’s operating assets. The purchase more than doubles Westwood One’s programming inventory according to Chairman Norm Pattiz.

Doubleday Broadcasting sells its Chicago FM – WMET (95.5) to Heritage Broadcasting of San Diego for $12 million.


Music news – September 22, 1985

This weekend – Willie Nelson’s “Farm Aid” concert – it’s near Champaign, Illinois. The concert was inspired by the success of the July 13 Live Aid concert in London and Philadelphia. The 14-hour show will feature artists like Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, John Fogerty, Merle haggard, Don Henley, Bill Joel, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers and Neil Young. All 80,000 tickets have been sold.  First reports after the concert – “Farm Aid” raised more than $9 million with more on the way.

John Hammond who is 74, has just signed a new contract as a consultant with CBS Records. It’s the same guy who, as a producer, discovered Billie Holiday, Count Basie and later, brought to Columbia -  Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Hammond is excited about a new discovery – somebody named Ned Massey, a 25-year-old songwriter who walked into Hammond’s office in February. But for now, Columbia has passed on this one. Hammond predicts another label will sign Massey before the year is out.  

Frank Zappa has been making the rounds – on such shows as “Entertainment Tonight” and numerous radio interviews against the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) and other consumer groups determined to flag offensive lyrics through printed warnings on packages.

Finally – a band out of Norway makes it big on the pop charts around the world. It’s “Take On Me” by the threesome called A-Ha.

According to CBS International, sales of “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen have topped 12 million worldwide.

Ken Kragen of USA For Africa says he is meeting with Band Aid organizer Bob Geldof in an effort to “establish better communication between us” and “make sure there’s no duplication or waste of resources” in the coordination of ongoing and upcoming famine relief efforts. He told a crowd at a radio convention that on Oct. 22, he would be unveiling “a spectacular event” set for November, designed to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help eradicate poverty and hunter in America. Kragen further announced that as a result of meetings with cartoonists Garry Trudeau and Charles Schulz, the creators of “Doonesbury’ and “Peanuts,” there will be a special thanksgiving event in the comic sections of the nation’s newspapers.


Television news – September 22, 1985

 New to Saturday mornings – “The Gummi Bears” on NBC. Produced by Walt Disney studios. Also – “Ewoks and Droids” from Lucasfilm – characters adapted from “The Return of the Jedi.” On opposite “The Gummi Bears” on CBS – another Disney production – “The Wuzzles.” Also debuting – “Hulk Hogan’s Rock and Wrestling.”

Brandon Tarkitoff strategy paying off as NBC wins its 17th of the last 18 weekly ratings battles. NBC’s top show – “The Cosby Show” is shot in studios at Brooklyn, NY.

On a repeat of “Saturday Night Live” – Mr. T and World Wrestling Federation champ Hulk Hogan host with musical guests the Commodores. Also Saturday night (21) – HBO – Boxing – Larry Holmes Vs. Leon Spinks.

37th annual Emmy Awards held this week –

Outstanding comedy – “The Cosby Show”

Outstanding drama – “Cagney & Lacey”

Lead actor – comedy – Robert Guillaume – “Benson”

Lead actress – comedy – Jane Curtin, “Kate & Allie”

 Supporting actor – comedy – John Larroquette, “Night Court”

Supporting actress – comedy – Rhea Perlman – “Cheers”

Lead actor – drama – William Daniels, “St. Elsewhere”

Lead actress – drama – Tyne Daly – “Cagney & Lacey”

Supporting actor – drama – Edward James Olmos, “Miami Vice”

Supporting actress – drama – Betty Thomas – “Hill Street Blues”


An imposter who went on stage to accept an Emmy Award for a member of “Hill Street Blues” winds-up behind bars. He’s identified as Barry Breman of Michigan. Emmy telecast was hosted by David Letterman.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 22, 1985

CBS – Hometown, Movie

NBC – The A-Team, Remington Steele, Tonight Show

ABC – Who’s The Boss? Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Our Family Honor, Nightline

PBS – Nova, The People Vs. Dan White, Latenight America

USA – Wanted; Dead or Alive, Gong Show, Make Me Laugh, Edge of Night, Heartlight City, Wrestling TNT, Motoworld.


The A-Team – two-hour season premiere – the team travels to Italy to rescue a judge’s daughter being held by the mob.

Debut – Growing Pains –Stars former talkshow host Alan Thicke as a psychiatrist who works out of his home.   


Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 22, 1985

Drinkin’ and Dreamin’ – Waylon Jennings

Lost in the Fifties Tonight – Ronnie Milsap

With Just One Look In Your Eyes – Charly McClain

You make Me Want To Make You Mine – Juice Newton

Between Blue Eyes and Jeans – Conway Twitty

Love Talks – Ronnie McDowell

Touch A Hand – Make A Friend – Oak Ridge Boys

If It Weren’t For Him – Vince Gill

Some Fools Never Learn – Steve Wariner

Meet Me in Montana – Marie Osmond/Dan Seals


Top Album Rock Music Tracks – September 22, 1985

Lovin’ Every Minute Of It – Loverboy

Lonely Ol’ Night – John Cougar Mellencamp

Fortress Around Your Heart – Sting

Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears

We Built This City – Starship

One Night Love Affair – Bryan Adams

I’m Goin’ Down – Bruce Springsteen

And We Danced – Hooters

After the Fire – Roger Daltrey

Four in the Morning – Night Ranger

One World – Dire Straits

Broken Wings – Mr. Mister

Every Step of the Way – John Waite

Kayleigh – Marillion

Dancing In The Street – David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 22, 1985

Cherish – Kool & The Gang

Money For Nothing – Dire Straits

Dress You Up – Madonna

Don’t Lose My Number – Phil Collins

Lonely Ol’ Night – John Cougar Mellencamp

Oh Sheila – Ready For The World

Freedom – Wham!

Dancing In The Street – Mick Jagger/David Bowie

Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston

St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr

Fortress Around Your Heart – Sting

Dare Me – Pointer Sisters

Pop Life – Prince & The Revolution

Cry – Godley & Crème

C-I-T-Y – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner

The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News

Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer

I’m Goin’ Down – Bruce Springsteen

Take On Me – A-Ha

Every Step of the Way – John Waite


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – September 22, 1985

Part-Time Lover – Stevie Wonder

Dancing In The Street – David Bowie & Mick Jagger

I Got you Babe – UB40 & Chrissie Hynde

Holding Out For a Hero – Bonny Tyler

Knock On Wood – Amii Stewart

If I Was – Midge Ure

Body and Soul – Mai Tai

Lavender – Marillion

Drive – The Cars

Angel - Madonna


Top music albums – September 22, 1985

The Dream of the Blue Turtles – Sting

Born in the U.S.A – Bruce Springsteen

Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

Reckless – Bryan Adams

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II – Billy Joel

Theatre of Pain – Motley Crue

Heart – Heart

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

7 Wishes – Night Ranger

Around the World in a Day – Prince & The Revolution

Make it Big – Wham!

Back to the Future Soundtrack

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

Invasion of your Privacy – Ratt

Be Yourself Tonight – Eurythmics

World Wide Live – Scorpions

Hunting High and Low – A-Ha

Like A Virgin – Madonna

Secret of Association – Paul Young

Boy in the Box – Corey Hart

Little Creatures – Talking Heads

Rock Me Tonight – Freddie Jackson


Top movies – September 22, 1985

Back to the Future

American Flyers

Invasion USA

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure


Teen Wolf

The Mutilator

Savage Island

Beverly Hills Cop

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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