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



In The News

The United States and the Soviet Union, in the latest sign of a thaw in superpower relations, agree to resume commercial air service between the two countries.

President Reagan tells his Cabinet that he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev “Cleared the air” during their two-day summit meeting, but he added, “There’s a lot still to be done.” “One of the first things I told him, and I think we are agreed on that, is that words are not enough to eliminate the must trust between our two peoples.”

President Reagan says he hops for progress toward arms control as a result of his repeated assurances to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev that the United States will not use “Star Wars” the space-based anti-missile defense research project – for offensive purposes.

Malta - 57 are killed when Egyptian commandos storm a hijacked Egypt Air jetliner with gunfire and explosives and the Arab terrorists on board detonated hand grenades in the crowded passenger compartment.

The State Department, indicating increasing impatience with Israel, rebukes Tel Aviv for failing to provide information it had promised about a Navy analyst accused of spying for Israel.

The FBI arrests Ronald W. Pelton, a former National Security Agency communications specialist and accuses him of selling “extremely sensitive” intelligence data on the Soviet Union. It was the fourth espionage arrest by the FBI in five days in the Washington area.

Random House agrees to pay $3 million for Ronald Reagan’s official presidential biography, outbidding seven others. The sum handily tops the $1 million that former President Jimmy Carter received for his memoirs.

The South African government returns Nelson Mandela, the Black Nationalist leader, to prison, unable once again to persuade him to accept its terms for his freedom. Mandela (67) is the former president of the now-outlawed African National Congress. The move ended nationwide speculation that Mandela was about to be released after 23 years in prison. 

Trouble in Philadelphia – Mayor W. Wilson Goode declares a state of emergency in a mostly white neighborhood saying that he would not allow demonstrations against blacks moving there to escalate into violence.


Medical/AIDs news update – November 22, 1985

AIDS update – The Pentagon has barred 66 civilians from military service during the last month because they tested positive for exposure to a virus associated with AIDS. 


Technology news – November 22, 1985

Steven Wozniak says he was bought $5 million worth of stock in Apple Computer, the company he co-founded nine years ago, because since its reorganization, it is “moving in the right direction.” Wozniak resigned from Apple in February of this year and sold much of his stock in the company to finance a new venture.


Sports news – November 22, 1985

Seeking his first Grand Slam title of 1985, John McEnroe unleashes a stinging (cursing) attack on the condition of the court during his second-round victory over South Africa’s Danie Visser in the $1.5 million Australian Open tennis championships. McEnroe was later fined $1,250. Attending – his fiancé, Tatum O’Neal.

Raiders’ Lyle Alzado, who was thought to have a bruised calf, instead has a torn left Achilles’ tendon and will be lost for the season.

Near Des Moines - A twin-engine plane carrying members of the Iowa State University women’s cross-country team crashes and bursts into flames in a residential neighborhood, killing all seven on board.

Baby On Board Stickers – November 22, 1985

Seen everywhere – “Baby On Board” placards. 


Music news – November 22, 1985

Passing – Big Joe Turner – 300-pound blues legend and early rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. He was 74

Bruce Springsteen has dropped out of sight after 15 months on the road.

Writing/producing - Steve Van Zandt had a lot to do with “Sun City – a blistering attack on racial apartheid in South Africa. On the single – Miles Davis, Bono Hewson, Ruben Blades, Afrika Bambaata and Bob Dylan.

Paul McCartney, who left Capitol Records six years ago for Columbia, returns to Capitol for the U.S. and Canada.


Radio news – November 22, 1985

Nov 18 - Howard Stern joins the new WXRK (K-Rock) 92.3 New York for afternoons. Current afternoon driver Meg Griffin movies to 10a-2p. Stern brings sidekicks Robin Quivers and Fred Norris with him. Says WXRK general manager Tom Chiusano – “He’s one of the most dynamic personalities in the country and he’s a veteran in this format as well.” Chiusano says Stern will play about six songs an hour. Meanwhile, the afternoon shift at Stern’s old station – WNBC, remains unfilled. Z-100’s Scott Shannon offered best wishes to Stern “and his new management” on his morning show. 

Speaking of Scott Shannon, Jack Murphy from WROQ Charlotte will be his new co-host on the Z-100 morning Zoo, replacing Ross Brittain.

Dan Ingram says he’s had a lot of offers, but won’t return to a regular air shift. He has it too well with voice overs and hosting (or voice tracking) “Top 30 USA.”

Top-40 program consultant Rick Sklar thanks all his consulting clients who labored to find him hotels near running areas when he came to town over the past year. For the second year, Sklar finished the New York marathon.

The recently formed Sillerman Communications Group is planning to buy Doubleday’s WLLZ Detroit, KDWB-Am/FM Minneapolis and KPKE Denver and Metromedia’s KHOW-AM in Denver for $38 million. Sillerman’s chairman and CEO is Robert F.X. Sillerman, who was “Cousin Brucie” Morrow’s partner in Sillerman-Morrow Broadcasting, which sold its nine radio and TV stations earlier this year. 

Ace Young rejoins Metromedia’s KMET Los Angeles, as the cohort with Jeff Gonzer on the station’s morning zoo.

More LA – In an effort to remain a music competitor – AM station KFI introduces a weekday game show from 6 to 9pm.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – November 22, 1985

Bob Geldof, whose Live Aid pop campaign has raised more than $60 million for famine victims in Ethiopia, has been dropped by Columbia Records. The label failed to exercise its option on Geldof’s band, the Boomtown Rats.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – the cult film classic, celebrates its 10th anniversary by topping $60 million in film rentals. And, it shows no signs of letting up. Lou Adler, who co-produced the film with Michael White, reports that it is currently being screened in 210 theatres, up from 178 a few months ago. He adds that the film continues to gross between $7 million and $8 million each year. Adler adds that the film has grossed more than $70 million to date, counting film exhibition, licensing and TV and cable sales. While the film failed at first, it flourished by being exhibited mainly after midnight. And there it sits.


Television news – November 22, 1985

Ted Turner turns down an offer of about $250 million from NBC for one-half interest in his CNN, complaining that NBC’s insistence on taking over editorial control of the 24-hour news channel was unacceptable.

Wants to start competitor - NBC says it was not seeking any partners for its proposed competitor to Turner Broadcasting Systems Cable News Network.

Raymond Burr is back as Perry Mason, this time in a new two-hour TV movie to be broadcast on NBC-TV this week. Back is Barbara Hale and aiding in the detective work is Paul Drake Jr., played by William Katz. If this clicks in the ratings, will there be more Perry Mason TV movies?

MTV takes its first shot at episodic programming with “The Young Ones,” a bizarre and loosely plotted British sitcom based on the antics of four strange housemates in London. The program was picked up from the BBC and began on a trial basis this past August.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 22, 1985

CBS – Airwolf, Movie

NBC – Gimme a Break, Facts of Life, Golden Girls, 227, Hunter, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Hollywood Beat, lady Blue, Love Boat

MTV – Yes in Concert

Showtime – Tender is the Night (miniseries)


Facts of Life – Jo and Blair stage a live newscast from the store.

Hollywood Beat – McCarren and Rado discover a smuggling ring using new cars to import illegal drugs.

Saturday Night Live – Pee Wee Herman with musical guest Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band.


Top pop music hit singles In Britain – November 22, 1985

Nikita – Elton John

Power of Love – Jennifer Rush

Take on Me – A-Ha

Trapped – Colonel Abrams

A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey

Nikita – Elton John

Don’t Break My Heart – UB-40

Something About You – Level 42

Gambler – Madonna

St. Elmos Fire – John Paar

Election day – Arcadia


Hot Rock Album Music Cuts – November 22, 1985

Tonight She Comes – The Cars

Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top

Small Town – John Cougar Mellencamp

Walk of Life – Dire Straits

Face the Face – Pete Townshend

Broken Wings – Mr. Mister

Alive & Kicking – Simple Minds

The Big Money – Rush

Under A Raging Moon – Roger Daltrey

This Time - INXS

Never – Heart

Go – Asia

We Belong To The City – Glenn Frey

Motorcycle Girl – Cruzados

Top Country hit music singles – November 22, 1985

I Don’t Mind The Thorns (If You’re The Rose) – Lee Greenwood

I’ll Never stop Loving You – Gary Morris

This Ain’t Dallas – Hank Williams Jr.

Too Much On My Heart – Statler Brothers

Lie To You For Your Love – Bellamy Brothers

Nobody Falls Like A Fool – Earl Thomas Conley

The Chair – George Strait

Gave Mercy – The Judds

Doncha – T.G. Sheppard

You Make Me Feel Like A Man – Ricky Skaggs

Stand Up – Mel McDaniel


Top Music Albums – November 22, 1985

Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

Miami Vice Soundtrack

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

Heart – Heart

Songs From the Big Chair – Tears For Fears

Reckless – Bryan Adams

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

In Square Circle – Stevie Wonder

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

The Dream of the Blue Turtles – Sting

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

Rock Me Tonight – Freddie Jackson

Lovin’ Every Minute Of It – Loverboy

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 – Billy Joel

Power Windows – Rush

Who’s Zoomin’ Who – Aretha Franklin

Hunting High and Low – A-Ha

Knee Deep In The Hoopla – Starship

Ready for the World – Ready for the World

Asylum – Kiss

Make It Big – Wham!

Emergency – Kool & The Gang

Little Creatures – Talking Heads

Here’s To Future Days – Thompson Twins

Secret of Association- Paul Young



Top movies – November 22, 1985

Death Wish 3

One Magic Christmas

Once Bitten

Bad Medicine

That Was Then, This is Now

To Live and Die in L.A.

Fever Pitch

Back to the Future

Rainbow Brite

Jagged Edge


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