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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 24, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The 134 year-old Philadelphia Bulletin ceases publication. Publisher Buddy Hayden gathered 300 of the paper’s 1,700 employees and let them know the paper will cease operations after Friday’s edition. “This will be the last meeting of the staff. I really don’t know that to say. It was nothing you did or didn’t do.” Circulation for the paper peeked in 1963 with 715,000 and recently dropped below 400,000. The paper lost more than $23 million in an 18-month period. The owners tried to sell the ailing daily and had interviewed four potential buyers.

A World Airways DC-10 with 208 persons aboard skids off the end of an icy runway at Boston’s Logan field. Two are dead with no serious injuries.

President Reagan calls on Congress to transfer $47 billion to states and local governments for AFDC, food stamp and other programs. “Let us solve this problem with a single, bold stroke - the return of some $47 billion in federal programs to state and local government together with the means to finance, them and a transition period of nearly 10 years to avoid unnecessary disruption. The president said that such grant programs have grown so far and rapidly since 1960, that neither the president nor Congress can properly oversee or implement them.

Flames destroy the upper floors and attic of President Franklin D Roosevelt’s family mansion in Hyde Park, NY. The site is a national historic site and park service employees saved most of its priceless historical items. 

Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan is assassinated by a gunman who riddled his car with bullets as he drove alone near the Los Angeles Country club - not far from Wilshire Blvd. 

For about three minutes - bursts of radioactive steam are released into the atmosphere after a generator tube ruptures at the Ginna nuclear power plant in Ontario, NY. A utility spokesman said there is no danger to the public. The site is 18 miles northeast of Rochester.

U.S Brig. General James Dozier is rescued from kidnappers after being held for 42 days in the northern Italian city of Padua. Police commandos raided the apartment where he was held.

A fire rages through the top floors of the uncompleted Trump Tower in Manhattan. The fire was sparked by a workman’s kerosene heater. It took about an hour to bring the flames under control. No one working in the building was injured. 


 Supermarket news/prices – January 24, 1982

New at the mart - Kraft Velveeta slices - 16 singles. “Now the great taste of Velveeta process cheese spread is only an unwrapping away! Cause each new Velveeta slice comes individually wrapped for freshness.”

New at the mart - Kellogg’s Banana Frosted Flakes.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 24, 1982

Passing - Actor Stanley Holloway (91) - played dustman Alfred P. Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” - both on Broadway and in the 1964 movie.


Sports news – January 24, 1982

The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI. It’s the first Super Bowl played on artificial turf at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. Winning coach is Bill Walsh. Afterwards - 49er quarterback Joe Montana spoke about interest in a new contract. He was also the game's Most Valuable Player. Of his present contract “I would imagine they will renegotiate.” Montana earns less than $100 thousand a season. 

Super Bowl coverage on CBS - Pat Summerall and John Madden report. It’s Madden’s first time as an analyst. Between plays - “The NFL Today” - hosted by Brent Musburger, Phylllis George, Irv Cross and Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder.


Best-selling books – January 24, 1982

“The Hotel New Hampshire” - John Irving, “An Indecent Obsession” - Colleen McCullough, “Noble House” - James Clavell, “Spring Moon” - Bette Bao Lord, Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly” - David Niven, “Cujo” - Stephen King, “Pathfinders” - Gail Sheehy, “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” - Andrew Rooney, “A Light In The Attic” - Shel Silverstein, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” - Jane Fonda


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – January 24, 1982

 Super Bowl XVI-CBS (50.4) Postgame (39.6), Dallas (34.4), One Day At A TIme (26.4), Archie Bunker’s Place (26.3), Dukes Of Hazzard (24.8), The Jeffersons (24.8), Fantasies (24.1), Falcon Crest (23.6) The Love Boat (23.6) Fantasy Island (23.2), Three’s Company (22.3), Real People (22.3)


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 24, 1982

CBS - special-A Conversation With The President, Movie ... NBC - Real People, The Facts Of Life, Love Sidney, Quincy ... ABC - Greatest American Hero, The Fall Guy, Dynasty ... PBS - The Kennedy Center Tonight, special-Write On! ... CBS Cable - Cabaret Times Three, Style, Napoleon Conquers America.

A Conversation With the President - Dan Rather talks with President Reagan after his State of the Union address.

CBS Movie - “Tom Horn” (1980) - Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth.

Quincy ... investigates a fire in a high rise and discovers a pyromaniac.  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 24, 1982

Physical - Olivia Newton-John  

Centerfold - J. Geils Band                         

Hooked On Classics - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Daryl Hall & John Oates

Turn Your Love Around - George Benson                     

Through the Years - Kenny Rogers                                 

Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

Waiting On A Friend - The Rolling Stones

Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks (with Don Henley)

That Girl - Stevie Wonder

I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World - Ronnie Milsap

Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates                   

She's Got a Way - Billy Joel 

Cool Night - Paul Davis

Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Diana Ross

Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner


Top Country music singles - January 24, 1982

“Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night” - Conway Twitty, “Lonely Nights’ - Mickey Gilley, “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” - Juice Newton


Top movies – January 24, 1982

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Harrison Ford

On Golden Pond - Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda

The Border - Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Warren Oates

Sharkey’s Machine - Burt Reynolds

Taps - Timothy Hutton

Ragtime - James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern

Absence Of Malice - Paul Newman, Sally Field

Reds - Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton

The Seduction - Morgan Fairchild, Andrew Stevens

Venom - Sarah Miles, Susan George, Sterling Hayden

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