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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 8, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan orders the indefinite continuation of the draft registration begun by President Carter in 1980. He once called the draft immoral and destructive of American values

A Florida-bound jetliner truing to take off in a snowstorm slams into a bridge then plunged into the Potomac River. 77 are dead 4 on the plane survived.  

President Reagan pronounced himself blameless for the current national recession, saying “our Administrating is a cleanup crew for those who went on a non-stop binge and left the tab for us o pick up.”

Poland’s martial law authorities lift censorship of news reports for foreign correspondents.

AT&T will break-up as the U.S. ends its anti-trust action against AT&T and also abandons its 13-year effort to break-up IBM. AT&T will be broken up into 22 local operating companies.

Boeing unveils its new 757-twin jet with 178 to 220 seats – the most fuel-efficient standard body jetliner in service.  

The U.S. jobless rate rises to 8.9%, the highest since 1975.

Weather – a blast of arctic air has killed at least 65 and threatens Florida’s citrus crops. The temperature hit 18 degrees in DeLand Fla.

A rescue team searched for auto racer Mark Thatcher – son of the British prime minister – who has been stranded in the Sahara desert in southern Algeria since his car broke down four days ago during he Paris-to-Duka Senegal motor rally.


Sports news – January 8, 1982

Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Quarterback Joe Montana drives the 49ers to a place in the Super Bowl as the 49ers beat the Cowboys 28-27.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – January 8, 1982

Comic actor Paul Lynde is found dead in bed in his Beverly Hills home. He was 55. His manager said Lynde suffered a fatal stroke.


Music news – January 8, 1982

After seven years – Connie Francis is attempting a comeback. She’s booked on several TV shows including Merv Griffin.


Television news – January 8, 1982

New cable channel – Look for The Entertainment Channel (RCTV) – a joint venture of RCA Cable and Rockefeller Center Cable. RCTV has purchased 5,000 hours of BBC programming, movies and family entertainment.

CBS News says it will purchase several bulletproof vests for camera crews, correspondents and others who cover President Reagan.

On ABC-TV’s “Fridays” – special musical guests, The Cars.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1982  

CBS – Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown, Bugs Bunny Special, MASH, House Calls, Lou Grant

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – That’s Incredible, Movie, Nightline, Late Movie

PBS – Great Performances, World Special

CBS Cable – Signature, Mixed Bag

HBO – Movie (Breaker Morant)


On MASH – Hot Lips is heading to Tokyo for some r&r – or is she?

On Tomorrow – Joanne Woodward, Rex Reed, Rocky Graziano, Art Buchwald.

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