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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 1, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Rather than being fired - Richard Allen resigns as national security adviser under pressure. He had been under investigation by the Justice Department since September for accepting a $1,000 payment intended as a “thank you” for an interview with First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Sen. Paula Hawkins of Florida is in fair condition after being knocked out cold when part of a television studio’s set fell on her during an interview at Orlando station WESH.

More dependent on Russia than ever before - The Soviet Union grants the Polish government a multibillion-dollar credit commitment. It includes funds Poland needs to make its final 1982 interest payment on its big debt to Western banks.

President Reagan extends the draft registration program in an about face – an action he use to criticize.

Winter storms rip through Northern California with 18 dead.

William Bonin, the S. California freeway killer, is convicted of 10 counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances for the murder of young men and boys.

For the first time in aviation history, the nation’s major airlines have gone at least two full years without a single fatal crash of a large passenger jet, so reports the FAA.


Sports news – January 1, 1982

Clemson becomes the 1981 college football champion – both AP and UPI #1 with a 12-0 season.

Bowl Games –

Sugar – Pittsburgh – 24 Georgia – 20

Fiesta – Penn State – 26  USC – 10

Orange – Clemson – 22  Nebraska – 15

Cotton – Texas – 14  Alabama – 12

Rose – Washington – 28  Iowa - O


Music news – January 1, 1982

Johnny Cash says yes – he and his family were robbed at their house in Jamaica on December 21 and he thought he would have a bullet in his head. The thugs broke into his home and present was his he, his wife June, their 11-year-old son, John Carter and his friend Doug Calwell another couple and three housekeepers. The thugs rummaged through the house for four hours while keeping everyone hostage at gunpoint. They took $50,000 worth of jewelry and cash. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 1, 1982

Passing – Great comic character actor Hans Conried. He was 64.

Passing – Victor Buono (43).


Television news – January 1, 1982

A new anchor crew takes over the “Today” show (see ad). With Jane Pauley is  Bryant Gumbel Chris Wallace. 

NBC cancels “Lewis and Clark,” staring Gabe Kaplan and will be adding “The Devlin Connection” starring Rock Hudson on Saturday nights.

New TV information service – It’s about a month old (Nov. 30) but Financial News Network (FNN) can already be seen on UHF stations in major markets such as New York (WWHT), Philadelphia (WWSG) and Los Angeles (KSCI).


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1982

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At A Time, Alice, Jeffersons, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Catalina C Lab, ChiPs, Movie

ABC – Code Red, Today’s FBI, Movie

PBS – Nova, Masterpiece Theater

HBO – Movie (Back Roads)


On Catalina C Lab – Adventures of a sea lab stationed on Catalina Island. Stars Gary Prendergast. 

On Alice – Alice pulls her son off the school basketball team after his grades drop.

On The Jeffersons – George needs a new advertising jingle for his business, or so he thinks.


Top movies – January 1, 1982

Time Bandits

Zoot Suit

Modern Problems

Sharkey’s Machine


Super Fuzz



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