Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 12, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Defense Department says it will test all 2.1 million military personnel in the U.S. armed forces for AIDS. Those found with the disease will be treated, but will not be forced to resign from the military.
Mayor Roger Hedgecock of San Diego announces his resignation, effective next week. He was convicted on charges that he accepted illegal campaign contributions in 1983. “I can no longer offer leadership for this task. It’s time for the people of this city to elect someone else who can.”
Franco Modigliani of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wins the 1985 Nobel Prize in economics for theories he developed for personal savings and the value of businesses.
Best-selling books – October 12, 1985
Bestsellers - “Texas” - James Michener, “Lucky” - “Skeleton Crew’ - Stephen King, “Dancing In The Light” - Shirley MacLaine, “Elvis and Me’ - Priscilla Presley.
Sports news – October 12, 1985
The Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays - producing an all Missouri World Series as they’ll now face the St Louis Cardinals.
Fascinating Business news – October 12, 1985
CBS says it has reached an agreement with Loews Corp, under which they will acquire up to 25% of CBS’s stock. Chief Executive Larry Tisch will join the CBS board.
A federal judge bars Eastman Kodak from manufacturing, selling or using its instant cameras and film, ruling that the product infringes on five patents currently held by Polaroid Corp. Kodak’s version of an instant camera was introduced in 1976.
Forbes magazine lists the wealthiest people in order: - Sam Moore Walton (67) of Wal-Mart - $2.8 Billion ... Henry Ross Perot (55) - $1.8 Billion ... David Packard (73) - $1.5 Billion
Entertainment/Celebrity/Music/Hollwyood news- October 12, 1985
A plane carrying Ray Charles and 27 others skids off a rain-slick runway while landing in Bloomington, IN. Charles was treated for minor injuries. A local concert had to be cancelled because the band instruments were trapped in the wreckage.
100 of Rock Hudson’s close friends gather to say a final farewell. The gathering, in the back of Hudson’s Beverly Hills estate included Elizabeth Taylor, Susan St James, Robert Wagner, Stephanie Powers, Carol Burnette, Lee Remick, Tab Hunter, Esther Williams, Angie Dickinson and Roddy McDowall. Hudson died last week.
Doris Day ends a 17-year battle with her former attorney Jerome Rosenthal. A high court upheld the decisions of a trial court that he acted improperly by investing several million dollars of hers in ill-fated gas and oil ventures and hotels.
Glamour magazine names Don Johnson its Man of the Year, saying he typifies “postmodern macho,” describing him as “a vital, primal male with predatory eyes, a warm, seductive smile and a stubborn ‘I’ll do-whatever-I-damn-well-please’ three day stubble.”
Actor Sean Penn is fined $100 and given a 90-day suspended sentence after pleading no contest to attacking two British journalists. He and wife Madonna were coming out of a Nashville hotel, when the pair approached for an interview.
Passing - Game show announcer and personality - Johnny Olsen (75) - “Come On Down - You’re The Next Contestant On The Price Is Right.” From a stroke. In 14 years, he never missed a taping of the program. Taped his last show October 2. Also announced for “The Jackie Gleason Show’ in the 60’s.
Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – October 12, 1985
The Cosby Show (30.7), Murder, She Wrote (24.9), Who’s the Boss/ (24.8), The Long Hot Summer. Part Ii (23.8), Dynasty (22.5), Dallas (21.8), 60 Minutes (21.8), Love, Mary (21.5), Growing Pains (21.5), Toughlove (20.6), Simon & Simon (20.2), Knots Landing (19.7), Crazy Like A Fox (19.6), NL Championship Game 1 (18.8), Moonlighting (18.7), NL Championship Game 2 (18.5), Newhart (18.5), Hotel (18.3), Falcon Crest (18.0), Monday Night Football (18.0).
Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 12, 1985
CBS - Airwolf, Movie ... NBC - Baseball Playoffs ... ABC - Hollywood Beat, Lime Street, The Love Boat
Airwolf - Hawke sets out to find two aircraft designers - a father and son.
Saturday Night Live - Eddie Murphy does Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson. Musical guests - Robert Plant and the Honeydrippers.
“60 Minutes” this week visits Mother Angelica - a Franciscan nun who operated the Eternal World TV Network.
Music news – October 12, 1985
Passing - Country-Western star Tex Williams (68). Biggest hit - “Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette.”
Ricky Skaggs wins the Country Music Of Association (CMA) entertainer of the year award... Male vocalist of the year went to George Straight ... The Judds received single of the year for “Why Not Me” and won vocal group of the year ... Ann Murray and Dave Loggins win for vocal duo of the year and Reba Mcentire is voted female vocalist of the year.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 12, 1985
“Take On Me” - A-ha, “Oh Sheila” - Ready For The World, “Saving All My Love For You” - Whitney Houston, “Dress You Up” - Madonna, “Lonely Ol’ Night” - John Cougar Mellencamp, “I’m Going Down” - Bruce Springsteen, “Money For Nothing” - Dire Straights, “Part-Time Lover” - Stevie Wonder, “Cherish” - Kool & The Gang, “Dancing In The Street’ - Mick Jagger/David Bowie, “Fortress Around Your Heart’ - Sting, “Sunset Grill” - Don Henley
Top Country Music Hit Singles – October 12, 1985
Top Country - “Meet Me In Montana” - Marie Osmond with Dan Seals, “You Make Me Want To Make You Mine” - Juice Newton
Top movies – October 12, 1985
Back To The Future - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Kiss Of The Spider Woman - William Hurt
After Hours - Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Thomas Chong
Jagged Edge - Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote
Silver Bullet - Gary Busey, Everett Mcgill
Agnes Of God - Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly
The Journey Of Natty Gann - Meredith Salenger, John Cusack
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