Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 15, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tells an emergency session of Parliament that “through diplomatic economic and, if necessary military means, we shall persevere until freedom and democracy are restored to the people of the Falkland Islands.”
A freestanding section of a highway bridge (under construction) collapses in a tangle of steel in East Chicago – 15 are dad with dozens hurt.
In Cairo - Five Muslim fanatics are executed at dawn at a remote army base for the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
Falklands – Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr. meets privately with Argentine officials for more than 11 hours of talks.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tells Parliament that the latest Argentine proposals to avert war over the Falkland Islands “fall short in some important respects” but she is leaving the door open for further diplomatic efforts to solve the Falkland crisis.
Breaking a long self-imposed silence, FBI Director William Webster strongly defends the FBI’s controversial Abscam investigation and has made clear that he will use the same undercover tactics again if necessary.
In Anaheim, CA, a Santa Ana wind-whipped fire levels 300 apartments, leaving hundreds homeless. The fire, about a mile from Disneyland, did at $50 million in damage.
Passing – Archibald MacLeish – playwright, poet and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes. He was 89.
Technology news – April 15, 1982
Phillips/Sony are set to debut a new playback technology – the compact disc on April 27.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 15, 1982
Playing in Las Vegas –
Diana Ross – Caesars Palace
Redd Foxx – Hacienda
Sha Na Na – MGM Grand
Television news – April 15, 1982
KHJ-TV horror host Elvira will preside over the KHJ-TV showing of “The Mad Magician” – a 1954 3D movie starring Vincent Price. You’ll have to pick-up 3D glasses at 7-11 stores.
Cagney and Lacy will get one more shot at trying to build ratings. The show, which premiered in March, will air one more episode on Sunday. The series stars Tyne Daly and Meg Foster. Will it be back next season?
Phil Donahue, who has decided to leave NBC’s “Today” show next month, signs with ABC to become a contributor to a new late-night news program.
Debuting on the NBC Nightly news last week – Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd. Ratings say they came in second behind the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.
Soap “Days of Our Lives” just isn’t the same after last week’s suicide of actress Brenda Benet, who portrayed Lee Williams in the series. Many say she was pre-occupied with the death of her son – Christopher Sean Bixby, who died of acute epiglotitis at age six – almost a year ago on March 1 1981. She was once married to actor Bill Bixby.
Cable TV – Qube is the word – the two-way cable system is introduced in Pittsburgh this week. So far, it has been in Columbus and Cincinnati. Qube is owned by Time-Warner.
NBC-TV will expand its hit “Smurfs” show from an hour to 90 minutes and add three new children’s programs. One is the “Gary Coleman Show” adapted from Coleman’s recent “The Kid With The Broken Halo” made-for-TV-movie.
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1982
CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At A Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John, MD
NBC – Father Murphy, ChiPs, Special-Dean Martin at the Wild Animal Park, Special-Loretta Lynn: The Lady, The Legend
ABC – Inside America, Sunday Night Movie
PBS – Nova, Masterpiece Theater
Inside America – Dick Clark hosts. Rod Stewart talks about the spiraling costs of the music business. Also, Katherine Helmond talks about relationships with older woman and younger men. Contributing reporters – Michael Damien, Rex Reed, Lyn Swann, and Ms. Universe (Shawn Weatherly).
Dean Martin at the Wild Animal Park – With guests Barbi Benton, Jerry Reed and Dom deLuise.
Radio news – April 15, 1982
Dr. Don Rose, mornings at KFRC San Francisco (A top-40 AM station still doing well in the ratings) – celebrates his 2000th show on the station. Says Rose, “After 2,000 shows, it’s still a challenge. Any competent deejay can be good for a couple months, but the real test is to constantly keep your audience entertained and stimulated.” Rose describes his show as “rock and talk or talk and rock with eight songs per hour, 12 commercial minutes and the rest me.”
WBBM-FM Chicago is changing over to consultant Mike Joseph’s “Hot Hits” top-40 format. Apparently, the format is doing well at sister CBS-FM station WCAU-FM in Philadelphia.
Music news – April 15, 1982
David Crosby is arrested in a backstage dressing room at the Dallas rock club Cardi’s after police discovered a large quantity of cocaine and a .45-caliber pistol on him.
After a disappointing second album, U2 is auditioning new producers.
Ex-Eagle Randy Meisner is making a new solo album with ex-Heart producer Mike Flicker.
Billy Joel fractures his right wrist and breaks his left thumb in a motorcycle accident on Long Island. As part of his physical therapy, doctors say he will begin piano-exercises with his right hand in about a week. The other car ran a red light when Joel’s 1978 Harley plowed into it.
Rita Marley, widow of reggae star Bob Marley, decides to cancel her first North American tour.
Record retailers are saying MTV is having a positive effect on artists not normally played on tightly formatted album rock or top-40 radio formats. Two artists cited – Atom & The Ants and Human League, Duran Duran and Classics Nouveaux. People are coming in and buying more of these artists because of MTV airplay.
Top albums – April 15, 1982
Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Beauty and the Beast – The Go-Go’s
Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet – Rick Springfield
Freeze Frame – J. Geils Band
Physical – Olivia Newton John
Asia – Asia
Ghost In the Machine – Police
The Dude – Quincy Jones
Great White North – Bob and Doug McKenzie
Mountain Music – Alabama
Shake It Up – The Cars
Something Special – Kool and the Gang
Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic
4 – Foreigner
Top movies – April 15, 1982
Some Kind of Hero
Chariots of Fire
On Golden Pond
Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip
Quest For Fire
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Death Wish II
A Little Sex