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



In The News

Weekly radio address - Reacting to a wave of espionage arrests, President Reagan says his Administration is approaching the increasing threat to national security “with a new degree of realism.” And vows to “root out and prosecute the spies of any nation.”

President Reagan accepts the resignation of Robert C. McFarlane as his national security adviser and appoints McFarlane’s deputy, Vice Adm. John. M. Poindexter to succeed him.

James Beggs, NASA Director is indicted along with three other executives of General Dynamics Corp. on charges of trying to hide overrun losses on the Army’s ill-fated Sgt. York anti-aircraft gun.

Black Nationalist leader Winnie Mandela defies the South African government’s orders banning her from all political activities to tell mourners at a funeral for 12 people killed in an anti-government protest, “The blood of our heroes will be avenged.”


Sports news – December 1, 1985

The Buffalo Bills announce that they have waived Vince Ferragamo, their starter quarterback for the first nine games this season. The Bills have only won one game with Ferragamo at the helm. He was replaced by Bruce Matheson on Nov. 10.   

Michael Jordan thinks he’ll be back playing with the Bulls around Christmas. He’s been keeping a low profile since he broke a bone in his left foot October 29.

Padre owner Joan Kroc wants to rehire fired coach Ozzie Virgil  and vows Dick Williams will not be forced out as Padre manager. She says her employees made some bad decisions. 


Music news – December 1, 1985

On trial, Dolly Parton denies she copied the hit song “9 to 5” from a husband-wife songwriting team. She said she worked on the song at her hotel. Parton was sued in 1983 by Neil and Janice Goldberg of Los Angeles. They testified earlier that in 1978, they had sent two albums containing a song called “Money World” to actress Jane Fonda and her husband Tom Hayden. They never heard back, but when  they learned Fonda’s production company was involved in the film “9 to 5,” they believed somehow, Parton’s version was derived from the album.

Connie Francis, booked on trespass and battery charges after she refused to put out a cigarette aboard a delta jetliner, called crewmembers “big jerks” and kicked a policeman, is released.


 Television news – December 1, 1985

Louis Rukeyser presides over one of the most popular programs on public TV each week – “Wall Street Week.” In addition to the show, Rukeyser is a sought-after lecturer and also writes a weekly economies column and has written two best-selling books on financial matters.

“The Hitchhiker” is HBO’s most popular show. It’s been on the network for a year.


Wednesday night television listings/programs – December 1, 1985

CBS – A Charlie Brown Christmas, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Charlie & Co. George Burns, The Equalizer

NBC – Highway to Heaven, Hell Town, St. Elsewhere, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – The Insiders, Dynasty, Hotel. Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

Showtime – Honeymooners Lost Episodes, Brothers, Washintoon.


On St. Elsewhere – Fiscus uses a new device to start the heart of a patient.

On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers guest hosts with Howard Cosell and Whitney Houston and Charlton Heston.  


Top movies – December 1, 1985

Once Bitten

Back to the Future



Remo Williams

One Magic Christmas


King Solomon’s Mines

Death Wish

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