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



In The News

The Soviet Union agrees to a U.S. demand for an interview with KGB spymaster Vitaly Yurchenko to prove he is not being coerced into returning to his homeland after three months in the hands of American intelligence agents.

President Reagan says that defection controversies over three Soviets including a top KGB official who has returned to the Kremlin fold, “might have been a deliberate play” in pre-suit maneuvering.  Nonetheless, Reagan said he is eager to get down to business with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbechev later this month, declaring, “It’s time we stop this futzing around.”

The Potomac River surges over its banks into Georgetown flooding a shopping strip and leaving tourist areas of Washington, closed.

A federal judge rules that former middleweight boxing contender Rubin (Hurricane) Carter can be released from jail, saying his 1977 triple murder conviction was based on “racial stereotypes” and errors by the prosecution. U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin granted Carter a writ of habeas corpus, in effect, overturning his conviction in the retrial of his case along with that of alleged accomplice John Artis in the 1966 shooting of a bartender and two patrons in a Paterson tavern. 

Speaks for the first time in six years – Soviet dissident Andrei D. Sakharov tells family members in the United States he has ended a previously unreported hunger strike in a Gorky hospital.

“The Living Memorial” a park named for the assassination of JFK is dedicated in Cambridge. It’s located next to Harvard. Attending – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr.

Moscow - Gary Kaspanov the chess prodigy teaks the lead over titleholder Anatoly Karpov in Moscow. Looks like he’ll win the tournament.

Passing – Retired four-star Army Gen. John H. Michaelis (Iron Mike) of the Korean War. He was 73.

New York City and Connecticut settle a simmering dispute over a 17 ½-cent Connecticut Turnpike token that just happened to fit the city’s 90-cent subway turnstiles. The controversy began in 1982 when it was discovered that the Connecticut tokens, costing $7 for a roll of 40, worked in the city turnstiles. At the time the fare was 75 cents and it has since been increased to 90 cents. The use of the Connecticut tokens should trail off as that state has discontinued tolls on the Turnpike. Connecticut has agreed to pay 17 ½ cents for each of 2 million turnpike tokens that ended up in MTV coffers.


Technology news – November 1, 1985

The FCC gives the go-ahead for AT&T to offer several new long distance telephone services to large business owners. The new services, says AT&T, will allow firms to streamline their private long-distance communications networks and reduce costs. For the first time, it’ll allow room to bypass the local telephone companies and hook up directly to AT&T.


Sports news – November 1, 1985

The 9th-inning call that helped the Kansas City Royals win game 6 of the World Series and eventually take baseball’s championship was a bad one so says Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. The Royals won game 6, 201 last Saturday, and then best the Cardinals 11-0 on Sunday to win the World Series – four games to three.


Music news – November 1, 1985

Paul McCartney, in a “Woman” magazine article, said about the late John Lennon, “He could be a maneuvering swine, which no one ever realized. Now since the death, he’s become ‘Martin Luther’ Lennon. But that wasn’t really him either. He wasn’t some sort of holy saint. He was really a debunker.” McCartney said Lennon was insecure, jealous, suspicious and sometimes paranoiac about McCartney’s songs. “For 10 years together, he took my songs apart. He was paranoiac about my songs. We had great screaming sessions about them,” said McCartney. “I saw somewhere that he says he helped on Eleanor Rigby. Yeah, abut half a line.” “No one ever goes on about the times John hurt me. When he called my music Muzak. People keep on saying I hurt him, but where’s their examples? When did I do it?” said McCartney.

Michelle Philips, with an assist by Derek Taylor is penning a book about “The Mamas and Papas.” Look for “The Music, the Madness, The Magic That Was… California Dreamin’” due out this May.

MTV presents Hall & Oates in concert this week.

The recording industry agrees to place warning labels or print lyrics on album covers to aid parents who want to know if their children are buying songs with explicit references to sex or violence. The inscription will read, “Explicit Lyrics – parental Advisory.” Record companies may skip the special advisory if they print the exact words on the album cover.


Entertainment/Celebrity/TV/Movie news – November 1, 1985

Actress Patty Duke is elected as president of the Screen Actors Guild. She’ll replace Ed Asner.

Tom Laughlin says he’s going to make another Billy Jack movie (after all these years). “The Return of Billie Jack” which goes into production next month, and the first of five new pictures. Laughlin will spend $12 million of the new picture and another $12 million for promotion. 

Laughlin, ever the promoter, will put up $1 million in cash prizes for theater owners and everybody who works in a movie theater – including ushers – who come up with the most innovative ways to help sell the movie. Laughlin told the press that the “Billy come latelies” – an allusion to the characters associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and others, lack the humanity at the core of Billy Jack.

Joan Collins of “Dynasty” marries Swedish businessman Peter Holm in a private ceremony at a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s her fourth marriage. She’s 52 and he’s 38. 

Bette Midler and Mikhail Baryshnikov were among the stars that appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House to raise $1.3 million in the fight against AIDS. Also appearing – Brooke Shields, Lily Tomlin, the Count Basie Orchestra, Victor Borge and others.    


Media business news – November 1, 1985

Westinghouse says it will purchase KHJ-TV Los Angeles for $313 million from Gencorp.


Television news – November 1, 1985

“The McLaughlin Group” – now seen on 205 TV stations, celebrates its 3rd anniversary. It’s, as TV critic Tom Shales says, “where the panelists insult each other, the moderator insults the panelists and the panelists claim privately to be conspiring to have the moderator overthrown.”

Saturday Night Live kicks-off its 11th season with a new cast and, former executive producer Lorne Michaels, who left in 1980, is back.  NBC Entertainment president appeared on the show as a part of a parody on the nation’s wave of drug testing, saying that all NBC shows would submit to random urine analysis tests. The host was Madonna with musical guests Simple Minds. Gone are Martin Short and Billy Crystal. One of the new cast members is Dennis Miller, who is also seen doing “weekend update.” The cast also includes Randy Quaid and Anthony Michael Hall.

MTV Pilot – Hosted by artist-turned-talkshow host – Andy Warhol. It’s called “Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes.” MTV is still deciding on a timeslot. In the pilot, Warhol interviewed Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes.  

WWF Pro wrestling on Saturday Night’s Main Event on NBC:

Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd. Also, Junkyard Dog vs. Terry Funk, Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat vs. Magnificent Muraco.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 1, 1985

CBS – Dinosaur, Movie

NBC – The A-Team, Amazing Stories, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Riptide, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Who’s The Boss? Growing Pains, North and South, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

PBS – Nova, War: A Commentary by Gwynne Over, Latenight America

MTV – Bring on the Night, music videos

ESPN – Highschool cheerleaders championship.


The A-Team – Funk/soul/rock singer Rick James guest stars.

On the Tonight Show – Peter Strauss, comedian Teddy Ergeron and MVP pitcher Brett Saberhagen join Johnny Carson.

MTV – Bring on the Night – Premiere party for Sting’s new movie.


Top movies – November 1, 1985

 Remo Williams

Silver Bullet

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Death Wish III

Jaged Edge

After Hours


Back to the Future

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