Week of May 23, 1985
A car loaded with explosives explodes on a Beirut street, killing 60.
President Reagan declares a House-passed budget “unacceptable to me and to
the American people” and said a large part of its claimed $56 billion in deficit cuts
“could only be charitably described as phantom cuts.”
The Senate votes to lift a moratorium on the testing of (space) anti-satellite
Bangladesh cyclone - The death toll rises to 3,000 with thousands still missing.
Americans will be able to learn exact details of President Reagan’s tax reform
proposal next week. To get a copy of the 400-page proposal, you’ll have to pay
$18 at a government bookstore.
President Reagan says that in spite of “Washington sophisticates” and special
interest lobbyists “firing every weapon in their arsenal,” ordinary citizens are
supporting his new tax pan with ‘a tidal wave of mail’ to the White House.
The State Department of Banking and Finance closes four banks in Nebraska,
citing problem farm loans at each.
At least 40 are dead
and hundreds injured in
Brussels in a riot between English and Italian fans
before the beginning of the European soccer cup
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying her
“blood was boiling” at the sight of British soccer
fans in a riot that left 41 dead, pledged $317.00 to a
disaster fund for the victims. But a spokesman said
British soccer teams would be barred from Belgium
where the carnage occurred and may be banished
from all of Europe. The disaster, apparently, was
caused by rioting British soccer fans.
The Pentagon, in swift action to the disclosure that the Navy paid $1,800 for two
ashtrays for an airplane, relieves a rear admiral and two officers of their duties in
Week of May 23, 1985
The board of directors of Trans World Airlines (TWA) vote to put the company on
the auction block after a federal judge refused to block financier Carl Icahn’s
$600-million buyout bid. The board felt Icahn’s $18-per-share offer did not reflect
full value for the company.
It’s the Celtics Vs. The Lakers in the NBA championship series. The Lakers win
the first game 109-102 in Boston Garden. Abdul-Jabbar scored 30 points.
Danny Sullivan places first in the Indy 500. Mario Andretti comes in second. They
were followed by Roberto Guerrero, Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford.
Jimmy Connors joins John McEnroe in boycotting the U.S. Davis Cup team’s
second-round match against West Germany in August because of a requirement
that team members sign a good-conduct pledge.
“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau agreed
not to send newspapers six comic strips involving
the anti-abortion movie “
of their controversial nature. In the strip series, a
fetus is aborted within 12 minutes of conception.
Trudeau’s cartoons include a 12-minute-old fetus
named Timmy and refer to the pregnant woman as
“the murderess.” “
” was funded by
anti-abortion groups and backed by Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell. In the
movie, an abortion is performed on a 15-
week-old fetus. Doctors in the film allege
that the fetus seems to scream silently as
it recoils from the procedure.
Music news -
Bruce Springsteen, whose wedding to
actress Julianne Phillips lands him on the
cover of “People” magazine this week.
And guess who’s on the cover of “Time”
magazine this week? Madonna. She’s
been hot with her “Like a Virgin,” album.
Sting’s debut single “If You Love
Somebody, Set Them Free” is getting a
lot of radio airplay. Sting is performing in
Paris this week.
Week of May 23, 1985
Sunday night television -
CBS - 60 minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Crazy Like a Fox, Trapper John, M.D.
NBC - Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, Scene of the Crime, Movie
ABC - Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Goldie and Bears, Indy 500 coverage (taped)
PBS - Nature, Masterpiece Theatre
MTV - Cutting Edge
Goldie and the Bears -
Chicago Bears players who team up with their late
coach’s daughter to solve cases. Stars
Stephanie Faracy, Ben Davidson and Julious
J. Carry III.
IRS Records’ The Cutting Edge - Depeche Mode,
Chris Isaak and Lords of the New Church. Interviewed
- Los Lobos.
At the movies -
Lost in America
Beverly Hills Cop
A View to Kill
Code of Silence