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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 8, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In a radio address broadcast by the shortwave service, Voice of America - President Reagan tells the soviet people that Americans “do not threaten your nation and never will” and called for increased contacts between the superpowers. 

Bloodbath in Columbia as troops and police officers overpower a guerrilla commando group holed up in the national Palace of Justice. 89 are dead.

Four American hostages in Lebanon appeal to President Reagan in a letter to negotiate with their Shia Muslim kidnapers to secure their freedom. 

The House, answering White House threats that the government will stop issuing new checks this week because of its credit crunch, passes a short-term hike in the Treasury’s borrowing limit by $80 billion and increasing the government’s $1,824 trillion borrowing power by that amount.  

Charles and Diana, the prince and princess of Wales arrive in Washington where they visited a hospice for the terminally ill and attended a dinner hosted by President Reagan. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana conclude their 5-day visit to the United States and head home.

Former boxer Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, whose triple murder conviction was overturned on grounds of racial prejudice, was ordered freed on his own recognizance by a federal judge. The judge said that it would be a “travesty” to hold Carter in jail any longer than the 19 years he has already served, despite prosecutors’ contentions that he is “frightening” and “violent.”

Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Arthur J. Walker is sentenced to three life terms plus 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his role in an espionage ring operated by his younger brother, John A. Walker.


Technology news – November 8, 1985

Sony introduces pre-recorded 8mm cassettes to go with its 8mm recorders introduced earlier this year. So far, only 15 titles are available and the cost ranges from $17 to $50. Sony says it will release at least two titles a month. 


Music news – November 8, 1985

Paul McCartney is leaving CBS Records after five years and signs a new long-term contract with Capitol Records. His first Capitol release will be the soundtrack album, “Spies Like Us.”

On MTV this week – Genesis in concert.


Sports news – November 8, 1985

 Bret Saberhagen (21) who won two games for Kansas City in the Royals’ World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Becomes the youngest pitcher in American League history to win the Cy Young Award.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – November 8, 1985

George Lucas files a federal suit charging that use of the term “Star Wars” to describe the Reagan Administration’s Strategic Defense Initiative constitutes trademark infringement. He is asking for a restraining order barring the Coalition for the strategic defense Initiative from further use of “Star wars” in a 30secon TV commercial now being broadcast in support of the Administration’s controversial plan for a space-based defense system. 

Marc Christian, Rock Hudson’s homosexual lover, files a $10 million claim against the actor’s estate and a separate $10-million lawsuit alleging that Hudson and others conspired to keep him from learning he was being exposed to AIDS.


Radio news – November 8, 1985

 Marlin Perkins, host of “Mutual Of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” for 23 years until he retired this year, will host a daily 60-second radio program produced by the National Wildlife Federation. Look for “Nature News Break” on a station near you.


Television news – November 8, 1985

On the syndicated Phil “Donahue” show this week, a look at the turmoil surrounding CBS with guests Morley Safer, Don Hewitt, Diana Sawyer, Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1985

CBS – Magnum, PI, Simon & Simon, Knots Landing

NBC The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court, Hill Street Blues, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – The Shadow Chasers, 20/20, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

PBS – Great Performances, Latenight America

MTV – Bring On The Night


Debut – The Shadow Chasers – the comedic adventures of a professor of anthropology and a tabloid writer and their attempt to unravel mysteries of the unnatural. Stars Dennis Dugan and Trevor Eve.

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