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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 18, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Secretary of State George Shultz reacts to the White Houses’ plan to give lie detector tests to holders of classified information. “The minute in the government that I’m told that I’m trusted is the day that I leave.” He said that lie detector tests are not reliable and can implicate innocent people.

A federal judge declares a mistrial in the racketeering and fraud trial of Governor Edwin Edwards of Louisiana. The jury was deadlocked and could not reach a verdict.

A twin-engine light plane slams into a busy shopping mall in Concord, CA - exploding in flames and killing at least three and injuring 50 others.


Sports news - December , 18, 1985

In Fargo, baseball great Roger Maris is eulogized by some of his former Yankee teammates in snowy weather. Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Clete Boyer and Bill Skowron were some of the pallbearers. Marris died last Saturday at 51 of lymphatic cancer after a two-year battle.


Technology news – December 18, 1985

Great gift - AT&T PC 6300 with 10MB hard drive. Powerful 8086 16-bit processor executes at 8mhz, twice as fast as many other computers. Up to 7 expansion slots to grow as your needs grow. 256K is expandable to 640K.10MB hard drive provides storage equivalent to 2500 pages. - $2995.

Also - an AT&T Merlin Communications phone system. Model 820 has 2 lines and 5 phone capability and is expandable to 8 lines, 20 workstations. Save now on the control unit - just $1495.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 18, 1985

Walt Disney Productions announces that France will be the next Disneyland place. The location selected is Marne-la-Vallee, 16 miles east of Paris. Spain was in the bidding as well - with Disney considering four sites on the country’s eastern Mediterranean coast.

Howard Cosell (65) quits ABC television after 20 years. He’ll continue to do his sports commentaries on ABC radio.

Doug Llewelyn, senior vice-president of the Westgate group announces his production company will broadcast the opening of Al Capone’s Vault on live television, April 14. The vault is in the basement of a South Side hotel in Chicago and was discovered by a group renovating the building. “There could be bodies ... Capone was one of the kings of the underworld.”

It’s discovered that beloved movie and television actress Donna Reed (64) is hospitalized with pancreatic cancer. Doctors say they will release her in time for Christmas.

Actor Gary Coleman (17) is in good condition after being fitted with a dialysis pack to supplement his second transplanted kidney. He’ll carry the pack under his clothing. He’ll return to Diff’rent Strokes in January.

Neal Umphred of Scottsdale, AZ pays $3,900 for a rare Beatles 45rpm record. The record is “Anna” and “Ask Me Why” on Vee Jay Records. It’s the highest-known price ever paid for a Beatles 45.


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 18, 1985

CBS - Stir Crazy, Movie ... NBC - The A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele ... ABC - Who’s The Boss, Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Spenser-For Hire ...

On Who’s The Boss - Mona discovers that Tony is moonlighting.

On The A-Team - the boys go to the aid of BA’s mom - whose is roughed up outside her apartment.

On Moonlighting - a woman with a disfigured face hires David and Maddie to find the man responsible. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 18, 1985

Pop charts - “Say You, Say Me’ - Lionel Ritchie, “Party All The Time” - Eddie Murphy, “Alive & Kicking” - Simple Minds, “Small Town” - John Cougar Mellencamp, “Election Day” - Arcadia, “Sleeping Bag” - ZZ Top, “Perfect Way” - Scritti Politti, “Love Is The Seventh Wave” - Sting, “”That’s What Friends Are For” - Dionne & Friends, Emergency” - Kool & The Gang,, “Broken Wings” - Mr. Mister,  “You’re A Friend Of Mine” - Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne, 


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 18, 1985

Top Country - “Nobody Falls Like A Fool” - Earl Thomas Conley, “The Chair” - George Straight, “I Don’t Mind The Thorns (If You’re The Rose)’ - Lee Greenwood


Top movies – December 18, 1985

One Magic Christmas

Santa Clause - The Movie - Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston

The Jewel Of The Nile 

Out Of America - Robert Redford, Meryl Streep

The Color Purple - Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery introducing Whoopi Goldberg

Spies Like Us - Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest

101 Dalmatians (re-release)

Rocky IV - Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Enemy Mine - Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr.

Runaway Train - Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca deMornay

Fool For Love - Sam Shepard, Kim Basinger, Randy Quaid

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