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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 15, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan declares in his arrival remarks that “genuine give and take” are needed because U.S.-Soviet differences “run deep.” Casper Weinberger urged Reagan in a letter that he should avoid pledging continued U.S. compliance with the unratified SALT II arms control or affirm that the U.S. will follow interpretations of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty that might cripple his “Star Wars” program.

The United States and the Soviet Union agree to resume commercial air service between the two countries. Reagan suspended all U.S. bound flights by the Soviet Union national airline Aeroflot on December 29, 1981 as part of retaliation for the Kremlin-backed imposition of martial law in Poland.

 A woman shouting “U.S. out of Nicaragua!” hurls a roll of toilet paper at Secretary of State George Shultz, missing him by 10 feet. Shultz had just walked into the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva when the woman, standing in a balcony one floor above, began yelling and threw the roll towards Shultz.

In Bogota, Columbia - rescue workers lift survivors from dark, oozing mud that rushed down the slopes of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, destroying the town and burning thousands if its residents in the worst volcano disaster in over 80 years. The Health Minster estimates that between 17 and 20 thousand persons perished and at least 3 thousand are injured.

A group of 200 handicapped children and adults are cut from this year’s Thanksgiving parade in Detroit in an effort by officials to speed up the nationally televised event. Last year, the marching group contained some handicapped on wheelchairs and on crutches. Tom Adams, chairman of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation said that reducing the number of participants from last year’s 25 floats, 22 marching bands and 1,000 marchers was necessary for the parade’s survival. “We were criticized by (CBS) for the slowness and we decided the parade was too long and uncontrollable.”

Antonio Johnson (26) - a “master of disguise” who passed himself off as a woman and masked his age, gives up and surrenders to the FBI. Johnson’s three-year bank-robbery charade netted him about $350,000. Johnson (who is black) was linked to robberies in which witnesses described as a white woman, a white man of about 60 and a black woman in her 20’s. The FBI said Johnson used “superb makeup work - wigs, false beards, mustaches, eyelashes, rubber inserts to alter the shape of his nose - a whole bag of tricks.”

Donald Trump announces that he plans to build a giant development on Manhattan’s West side that would include the world’s tallest building at 1,910 feet, a 65 floor office tower, six 36 story luxury condominium buildings and a 1.7 million-square-foot retail center. “Television City” would cover a 13-block area from the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd streets. Trump will try to lure the three networks to use the site for at least part of their operations. NBC has already indicated it needs more room in the next 15 years and would consider the site. The 100-acre site is the largest undeveloped tract on Manhattan and is the former home of the Penn Central railroad yard. The project would take 10 years to complete.


Sports news – November 15, 1985

Boxing promoter Don King is acquitted of charges that he evaded income taxes on nearly $500 thousand he allegedly skimmed from his company, Don King Productions.

First baseman Don Mattingly of the Yankees who led the major leagues with 145 runs is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player receiving 23 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. Third baseman George Brett of the KC Royals is second in voting, outfielder Rickey Henderson of the Yankees was third, third baseman Wayne Boggs of the Red Sox is fourth and first baseman Eddie Murray of the Orioles is fifth.


Entertainment/Celebrity/TV news – November 15, 1985

The Harvard Lampoon chooses Pee-Wee Herman for its third-annual Elmer award. The award is named after a long-time janitor for the paper. Lampoon editor Ned Hodgeman says, “We think he is one of the best comedians around right now.” Herman, who stars and produces “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” on Saturday mornings, will be honored with a parade around the Harvard campus.

Thieves break into the home of James Hendrix, the father of the late rock and roller Jimi Hendrix and make off with fie of the rocker’s gold records.

France is awarded its first commercial television network. The award was given to friends of President Francois Mitterrand and an Italian television magnate who was accused by a cabinet minister of flooding his country’s channels with shoddy programs. French newspapers said Mitterrand made the decision personally, bucking strong opposition within his Socialist party. The new channel should be on the air by late February with an initial 45% penetration of population.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 15, 1985

 Bill Cosby Show - 31.7, Family Ties - 29.5, 60 Minutes - 25.3, Cheers - 24.7, Dynasty - 24.2, Movie- “An Early Frost” - 23.3, Golden Girls - 23.2, “Kane & Abel”-Part1 - 23.2, Dallas - 23, Miami Vice - 22.1, Night Court - 21.7, Movie - “Hostage Flight” - 21.5, Knot’s Landing - 21.3, Who’s The Boss - 21.2, Facts of Life, 20.8, A-Team - 20.1, Newhart - 20.0, Kate & Allie - 20.0, Monday Night Football - 19.9.


 Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 15, 1985

(CBS) Scarecrow and Mrs King, Kane & Abel Part II...(NBC) Movie, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes...Hardcastle & McCormick, Monday Night Football (reversed on west coast).


Singer Rick James appears on the soap “One Life To Live.”

Doug Henning and John Larroquette are practical joke victims on TV’s Practical Jokes.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 15, 1985

 “We Built This City” - Starship, “Separate Lives” - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin, “Broken Wings” - Mr. Mister, “Never” - Heart, “Election Day - Aracadia, “Lay Your Hands On Me” - Thompson Twins, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” - Aretha Franklin, “You Are My lady” - Freddie Jackson, “You Belong To The City” - Glenn Frey, “Head Over Heals” - Tears For Fears, “Sleeping Bag” - ABC, “Love Theme From St Elmo’s Fire” - David Foster


Top Country music hit singles – November 15, 1985

Top Country - “Too Much On My Heart” - The Statler Brothers, “Hang On To Your Heart’ - Exile, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” - Gary Morris, “I Don’t Mind The Thorns (If You’re The Rose) - Lee Greenwood, “Nobody Falls Like A Fool” - Earl Thomas Conlee.


Top movies – November 15, 1985

Kiss Of The Spider Woman - William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga

Once Bitten - Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey

Back To The Future - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

Death Wish 3 - Charles Bronson

King Solman’s Mines - Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom

White Nights - Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Geraldine Page

 Disney’s “One Magic Christmas” - Mary Steenburgen, Gary Gasaraba

Fever Pitch - Catherine Hicks, Giancarlo Gianni

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