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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 25, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

South Africa - 53 people die in fierce fighting between thousands of feuding Zulu and Pondo tribesmen armed with spears, machetes and homemade guns.

President Reagan plans a traditional Christmas at the White House and telephones holiday greetings to give servicemen stationed overseas and orders the lights of the national Christmas tree dimmed in honor of Americans held hostage in Lebanon.

Terrorists hurling hand grenades and firing Soviet-made assault rifles turn Christmas-decorated airports in Vienna and Rome into carnage. 18 are dead and 117 wounded.

The U.S. warns Israel not to retaliate for terrorist killings in the Rome and Vienna airports, warning against “an escalation of violence on either side.”

President Reagan receives a sport coat from Nancy during the first Couple’s fifth Christmas day inn the White House.

In Johannesburg – police pull over black activist Winnie Mandela’s car and arrested her for the second time in eight days, whisking her of into custody as she tied to return to her Johannesburg home in defiance of a state order expelling her from the city.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff send President Reagan a list of possible military options to use against terrorists in the Mideast, including U.S. air strikes at Libya, government sources reveal.


Sports news – December 25, 1985

For only the second time in the 26 seasons they have co-existed – the New York Jets and New York Giants are in the National Football League playoffs.


Music news – December 25, 1985

One of the surprises of the year comes from record label TVT that released “Television’s Greatest Hits.” The album, which hit #135 on the Billboard album charts has sold more than 200,000 copies. Not bad for a new independent label. 

The Hooters, Starship Charlie Sexton and others are slated to appear at MTV’s fifth annual New Year’s Eve bash.

In its first departure from adult contemporary, r&b and country videos, VH-1 will launch a multi-hour weekly video program titled “Quiet Storm. It all begins early next year.  Says Kevin Metheny, vice president of VH-1 – the show will spotlight videos from “alternative music” and or new age.

Overkill of lingerie – that’s how some describe Madonna’s wardrobe this year.

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” tops the 10 million mark.


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 31, 1985

CBS – Stir Crazy, Movie, Happy New Year America

NBC –King Orange Parade A-Team, Remington Steele, Johnny Carson

ABC – Who’s The Boss?, Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Spenser for hire, Dick Clark’s New Year’s  Rockin’ Eve


CBS’ Happy New Year America – With Al Jarreau, Sheila E., Kool and the Gang, Louise Mandrell, Manhattan Transfer

On the Tonight Show – Laura Branigan, B.B. King, Bill Maher, Marti Pollio


 Dick Clark Rockin’ New Year’s Eve – With Emma Samms and Ted McGinley. Also -  The Four Tops, the Judds, Barry Manilow, the Motels, Tears for Fears, the Temptations.  


Top Christmas Hits – December 1985

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen

White Christmas – Bing Crosby

Christmas Time – Bryan Adams

Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley

Jingle Bell Rock -  Bobby Helms 

Silent Night – Temptations

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

Christmas In Dixie – Alabama

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon


Top Music Albums  – December 25, 1985

Miami Vice – Soundtrack

Heart – Heart

Afterburner – ZZ Top

Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp

The Broadway Album – Barbara Streisand

In Square Circle – Stevie Wonder

Brothers in Arms – Dire straits

Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Power Windows – Rush

Greatest Hits – The Cars

Songs From the Big Chair – Tears For Fears

Rock Me Tonight – Freddie Jackson

The Dream of Blue Turtles – Sting

Knee Deep in the Hoopla – Starship

Who’s Zoomin’ Who – Aretha Franklin

Once Upon A Time – Simple Minds

Rock a Little – Steve Nicks

Reckless – Bryan Adams

Live After death – Iron Maiden

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

Here’s To Future Days – Thompson Twins


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 25, 1985

Say You Say Me – Lionel Richie

Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds

Broken Wings – Mr. Mister

Election day – Arcadia

Separate Lives – Phil Collins/Marilyn Martin

I Miss You – Klymaxx

That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick

Sleeping Gag – ZZ Top

Small Town – John Cougar Mellencamp

Tonight She Comes – The Cars

Never – Heart

Talk To Me – Stevie Nicks

We Built This City – Starship

Burning Heart – survivor

Emergency – Kool & The gang

Love in the Seventh Wave - Sting


Top Rock Music Album Cuts – December 25, 1985

Alive & Kicking – Simple Minds

Tonight She Comes – The Cars

Talk to Me – Stevie Nicks

Face the Face – Pete Townshend

Small Town – John Cougar Mellencamp

Silent Running – Mike & The Mechanics

Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top

The Big Money – Rush

Go – Asia

Sex As A Weapon – Pat Benatar

Top Pop Hit Singles in Britain – December 25, 1985

Saying All My Love For You – Whitney Houston

I’m Your Man – Wham!

See the Day -  Dee c Lee

Separate Lives  Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

Dress You Up – Madonna

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin Stevens

A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 25, 1985

The Chair – George Strait

Morning desire – Kenny Rogers

Have Mercy – The Judds

Betty’s Bein’ Bad – Sawyer Brown

Somebody’ Else’s Fire – Janie Fricke

Never Be Your – Rosanne Cash

Bop – Dan Seals

Only In My Mind – Reba McEntire

Home Again In My Heart – Nitty Gritty dirt Band

Lie To You For your Live – Bellamy Brothers

Memories To Burn – Gene Watson

(Back to The) Heartbreak Kid – Restless Heart

Stand Up – Mel McDaniel

A World Without Love – Eddie Rabbit


Billboard Top New Pop Music Artists of 1985 

Whitney Houston

The Power Station


Freddie Jackson

Katrina & The waves

Jesse Johnson’s Revue


‘Til Tuesday

John Paar

The Hooters


Billboard Top Pop  Music Artists Of 1985 


Bruce Springsteen

Prince & The Revolution

Phil Collins

Bryan Adams


Tears For Fears

Tina Turner

Billy Ocean

The Pointer Sisters

Hall & Oates


Kool & The Gang

Don Henley


REO Speedwagon

Billy Joel


John Fogerty

Huey Lewis & The News

Whitney Houston

Lionel Richie


New Edition

Dire Straits

Talking heads

Steve Wonder

Julian Lennon

Glenn Frey

John Caferty & The Beaver Brown Band

The Power Station



Duran Duran

Cyndi Lauper


Top movies – December 25, 1985

The Color Purple

Out of Africa

Enemy Mine

101 Dalmatians

Rocky IV

The Newel of the Nile

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