Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 8, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
On a directive from President Reagan, Secretary of State Alexander M. Hair Jr. flies to London and then on to Buenos Aires to press Britain and Argentina for a peaceful solution of the Falkland Islands crisis.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared that Argentine withdrawal from the Falkland Islands is an “absolute requirement” before there can be any negotiation or solution to the crisis.
British officials on the Falkland Islands appeal to London for evacuation of the Argentine-occupied islands before any hostilities breakout. 1,800 British citizens occupy the island.
Argentina’s military leaders approve a proposed solution to the Falkland crisis. It would grant the British islanders a measure of self-government but would give Argentina sovereignty over the disputed area.
Wholesale prices edged down by .1% last month for the second month in a row.
President Regan admonishes the Soviets to “butt out” of the Falkland Islands crisis. There are reports that Russia is giving Argentina intelligence data on the movement of the British fleet toward the disputed islands.
Banking officials predict that thousands of financial institutions with 25 million customers will eventually be tied into a new nationwide network of electronic banking terminals. Several have already begun such as the Plus System, Cirrus and other regional networks.
A fire in the overcrowded Hudson County Jail (NJ) kills seven prisoners whose partly charred bodies were found huddled in a corner of their dormitory cell on the eighth floor. The fire was believed to have started in a mattress.
Music news – April 8, 1982
XTC’s American tour is cancelled after member Andy Partridge collapsed from nervous exhaustion.
Technology news – April 8, 1982
The price on videocassette rentals has dropped to a $1 a day from $2.50 last year – at many outlets.
Atari’s new Pac-Man home video game is selling like hotcakes. It’s $34.95.
Sports news – April 8, 1982
Tracy Caulkins, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Florida, wins the 400-yard individual medley at the U.S. short course championships in Gainesville, FL for her 37th major victory – beating legend Johnny Weissmuller who had 36.
Television news – April 8, 1982
The body of a women, believe to be the intended target of a gunman who shot and killed three Good Samaritans – all CBS employees when they tried to stop her abduction, was found in an alley. She was the fourth victim of the unidentified killer who gunned down the CBs employees – two engineers and a technician when they tried to stop him from kidnapping her from a lonely rooftop garage on a Hudson River pier. The men were slain while returning to their cars after work at nearby CBS. They saw the killer trying to force the resisting woman into a white van. They tried to intervene and the man turned to the and said, “what did you see.” He then pulled out a .22-caliber pistol and shot one of the men behind the ear. The other two turned to run and he shot them in the back.
Three television networks boycotted a White House luncheon address by President Reagan to protest new rules on media coverage of the President. ABC, CBS and the Independent Network News decided against covering the event because only one television correspondent was allowed into the State dining Room, while all cameras were permitted.
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1982
CBS – Magnum P.I., Cagney & Lacey, Knots Landing
NBC – Fame, Diff’rent Strokes, Gimme a Break, Hill Street Blues, Tonight, Late Night
ABC – No Soap, radio, Mork and Mindy, 9 to 5, Taxi, 20/20, Nightline
CBS Cable – Botanic Man, Movie
HBO – Movie, Heroes, Movie
On Taxi – Louis doesn’t want his mother to remarry.
On the Tonight Show – Robert Blake, James Galway and Charlie Callas.
On Late night with David Letterman – Jann Wenner and author Hunter Thompson.
Saturday night television listings – April 8, 1982
CBS – Walt Disney, Country Comes Home (late night) – Fight of the Month
NBC – Harper Valley PTA, One of the Boys, Movie
Saturday Night Live
ABC – T.J. Hooker, Love Boat, Fantasy Island
PBS – Great Performances
On Country Comes Home – Hosted by Glen Campbell with special guests Roy Acuff, Alabama, Chet Atkins, Rose Carter, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Crystale gayle, Earl Klugh, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Young, Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams and more.
On Fight of the month – Curt Gowdy comments.
On Saturday Night Live – Dan Travanti hosts.