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


In The News

Israeli warplanes bomb and destroy the PLO headquarters in Tunis, killing as many as 60 people and injuring 100 others in retaliation for the Yom Kippur slayings of three Israelis in Cyprus.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrives in France on his first trip to the West since he took office in March and said he hoped the visit will help lead to a return to détente. He was greeted by President Francois Mitterrand when he arrived to a state welcome.

In Paris - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev discloses details of a new three-point Soviet plan for reducing superpower strategic arsenals by 50% and offers to talk directly with France and Britain on reducing their independent nuclear forces.

In face of a bomb threat, the Soviet embassy in Beirut is evacuated. Some 135 people, most of them women, departed in a convoy of four buses and four small cars.

Islamic Jihad terrorists announce the execution of U.s. Embassy official William Buckley, but the White House cannot confirm the report. 

A policeman is fatally slashed with a machete and 58 other officers are wounded in London street battles with hundreds of rampaging youths in the racially mixed Tottenham section of North London.

From Cape Canaveral - Atlantis, the newest shuttle, vaults into orbit on a secret maiden voyage, carrying a crew of five and two jam-proof nuclear-hardened military communications satellites.

The unemployment rate rose slightly in September to 7.1%.

Passing – Spy novelist Helen MacInnes (77) – whose 21 novels of international intrigue sold more than 23 million copies.

Passing – Charles F. Richter (85) – whose name is known for the earthquake scale he helped develop.

New York City is equipping all classrooms with alcohol-dipped swaps and providing custodians with rubber gloves to reduce the chances that AIDS will be spread from infected children, the city’s schools chancellor says.

California’s lotto starts this week. Part of the proceeds will help public schools. 


Technology news – October 1, 1985

The FCC refuses to force cellular telephone manufacturers to include a switch on each phone so customers could use either of the two competing cellular systems serving a city. The ruling was seen as helping the first cellular company to establish service n a community keeps its customers once its competition arrives. Cellular systems are operating in many of the 90 largest communities in the United States.


Sports news – October 1, 1985

 Boring game! - Darryl Strawberry homers in the 11th inning as the Mets beat the Cardinals 1-0.


Music news – October 1, 1985

Starship’s “We Built This City” has a spoken-word passage where a deejay touts a local San Francisco rock station. That’s the voice of Les Garland, now one of the programming chiefs at MTV. RCA has supplied special tracks without Garland’s voice so local deejays can insert their own spiels.

The recent farm Aid benefit at the Univ. of Illinois in Champaign raised $10 million. Organizer was Willie Nelson, who hopes mail-in pledges and retail sales of farm Aid merchandise will bring in much more. Nelson notes that the toll-free 1-800-FARMAID phone lines will remain operational for once year.

Cable WTBS debuts a new video show. “Powerplay” is an hour-long compilation of the hottest new clips of the week.

Net proceeds of the Dionne Warwick recording, “That’s What Friends Are For” will be donated to a national organization sponsoring AIDS research, according to Arista Records. The track, which will appear on Warwick’s upcoming LP, features vocals by Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight. The Song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, who also produced the recording. The single version is scheduled for release in a few weeks.


 Radio news – October 1, 1985

Howard Stern is fired from his afternoon show on WNBC, New York. Stern, who was making $5,000-a-week, held a press conference with his agent Don Buchwald, which Stern prefaced by saying, “I have a reputation for nobody knowing how I feel. I am genuinely upset over this, mostly because I didn’t know it was coming.” “Had I known it was in the works, I could have sat down with management and worked things out.” WNBC radio v/p and general manager John Hayes Jr. said, “Over the course of time, it became obvious that there were a number of areas where we disagreed on the direction of his show.” “There were plenty of opportunities (for Stern) to understand our position on different elements.” Stern joined WNBC in August 1982 from WWDC-FM Washington.  Asked whether a listener campaign of any size could reinstate Howard Stern on WNBC, Hayes said “no.” Stern said his immediate plans include writing a diet book, possibly to be titled “Dirty Howie.”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 1, 1985

Passing  - Rock Hudson (59) – First celebrity to reveal he had AIDS.

Passing - Nelson Riddle (64) – arranged for singers such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and scored hits on his own including “Route 66.”

Passing –Simone Signoret (64) – one of the great actresses of the French cinema. Of cancer.

Passing – Charles Collingwood (68) – CBS newsman.


Television news – October 1, 1985

On CBS Saturday mornings – “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N Roll Wrestling.” The series presents cartoon version of Hulk Hogan and other caricatured stars of the World Wrestling Federation in confrontations. Other regular characters include Rowdy Roddy Piper, Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff and Mr. Fuji. 

“Spenser For Hire” starring Robert Urich, is the first TV series shot entirely in Boston. The series is based on the suspense novels by popular Boston author Robert Parker.

Tom Snyder joins KABC-TV Los Angeles as a “special correspondent” for its non-news programs.

New Fall Season – NBC is on top with a 19.3, beating CBS by 1.9 rating points.

HBO is sticking to its announcement of last May, and will begin scrambling of all four of its HBO and Cinemax satellite feeds beginning Jan. 15. This will prevent those with satellite TVRO systems from receiving the signals, but once scrambled, HBO plans to market its signal to TVRO viewers. HBO will charge $12.95 for one channel or $19.95 for both.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1,1985

CBS – Twilight Zone, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – Misfits of Science, Miami Vice, Tonight Show

ABC  Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Diff’rent Strokes, Benson, Spenser For Hire, Nightline

HBO – Phil Collins: No Jacket Required concert, Pee Wee Herman Show

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


On the Tonight Show – Loni Anderson, Tim Thomerson and animal trainers Delia and Mark Owens.


Top Rock Music Album Cuts – October 1, 1985

You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey

We Built This City – starship

Lonely O’ Night – John Cougar Mellencamp

After the Fire – Roger Daltrey

Lovin’ Every Minute Of it – Loverboy

One Night Love Affair – Bryan Adams

And We Danced – The Hooters

Broken Wings – Mr. Mister

One World – Dire Straits


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

Money For Nothing – Dire Straits

Take On Me – A-Ha

Oh Sheila – Ready for the World

Part-Time Lover – Stevie Wonder

Dancing in the Street – Mick Jagger & David Bowie

Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston

Miami Vice Theme  -Jan Hammer

Dress You Up – Madonna

Lonely O’ Night – John Cougar Mellencamp

Cherish – Kool & The Gang

I’m Goin’ Down – Bruce Springsteen

Fortress Around Your Heart – Sting

Freedom – Wham!

Cry – Godley & Crème

Don’t Lose My Number – Phil Collins

Lovin’ Every Minute Of It – Loverboy

I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down – Paul Young

Four in the Morning (I Can’t take anymore) – Night Ranger

One Night Love Affair – Bryan Adams

The Way You Do The Things You Do/My Girl – Hall & Oates



Top Music Albums – October 1,1985

Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

Songs From The Big Chair – Tears For Fears

The Dream of Blue Turtles – Sting

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Reckless – Bryan Adams

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II – Billy Joel

Heart – Heart

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Back to the Future – Soundtrack

Make It Big – Wham!

Theatre of Pain- Motley Crue

Emergency – Kool & The Gang

Like a Virgin – Madonna

Hunting High and Low – A-Ha

Who’s Zoomin’ Who – Aretha Franklin

Boy in the Box – Corey Hart

Ready for the World – Ready for the World

Rock Me Tonight – Freddie Jackson

Secret of Association – Paul Young

World Wide Live – Scorpions

7 Wishes – Night Eanger

Around the World In A Day – Prince & The Revolution


Top movies – October 1, 1985

The Jagged Edge

Agnes of God

Invasion USA

Back to the Future


After Hours


Kiss of the Spider Woman

Compromising Positions

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Ten Wolf


The Journey of Natty Gann

The Gods Must Be Crazy


The Stuff


Day of the Dead


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