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



In The News

Braniff Airways - near bankruptcy for more than a year, suspends all passenger travel. It’s the first U.S. airline to shut down. The Dallas-based airline refused to say why it shut down, but only issued a statement which began like this: “This afternoon, Braniff Airways began suspending all flying operations domestic and foreign, We sincerely regret the inconvenience that this suspension of service is causing to our customers.”

A young man dressed as a priest lunges at Pope John Paul II with a 15inch dagger knife at the basilica of Portugal’s shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. The Pope was not hurt and his attacker was overpowered and taken away. The assailant was identified as Juan Fernandez Krohn (32).

Britain ends a lull in the South Atlantic conflict and strikes the Falkland Islands by air and sea. A fishing vessel carrying equipment to spy on the British task force was attacked. Argentina claims British Sea Harrier Jets sunk the vessel Narval and then machine-gunned survivors in its lifeboats. Defense Ministry spokesman described as “ludicrous” the charge that the lifeboats were strafed and that there were 24 survivors.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government concludes that an invasion will almost certainly be necessary to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentina, which seized them April 2nd. Estimates of a possible attack range from two days to two weeks.

Soviet spy Alexei Mikhailvoch Kozlov held by South Africa since July of 1980 is exchanged for eight “very important” Western agents and a South African soldier.

U.S District Judge William B. Bryant throws out all the criminal charges against former Rep Richard Kelly (R-Fla). Kelly was videotaped stuffing $100 bills into his pockets at a Washington DC townhouse in the FBI’s Abscam undercover investigation. He said he took the payoff only to conduct his own investigation of men he said he regarded as unethical. The judge called Abscam “a loose cannon rolling around on the deck of the criminal justice system.”    

“New Nissan Sentra -  You Need This Car - Only at your Datsun dealer - $4949”


Technology news – May 8, 1982

At Toys R Us - a Vic-20 Home Computer - designed so everyone in the family can operate it with ease and confidence. Yet, it can be expanded to meet you most sophisticated needs. A complete library of plug-in program cartridges is available for computer games - $237.97 ... Joystick controller - $10.97 ... Basic program cartridge - $21.97


Sports news – May 8, 1982

Divorcing - Golfer Nancy Lopez-Melton - the fourth-leading money winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Assn tour from her husband of three years - Houston sportscaster Tim Melton.


Best-selling books – May 8, 1982

"The Man From St Petersburg” - Ken Follett, “Celebrity” - Thomas Thompson, “The Parsifal Mosaic” - Robert Ludlum, “North and South” - John Jakes, “No Bad Dogs the Woodhouse Way” - Barbara Woodhouse, “Living, Loving and Learning” - Leo Buscaglia, “Years of Upheaval” - Henry Kissinger, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” - Jane Fonda, “The I Love New York Diet” - Bess Myerson and Bill Adler. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – May 8, 1982

Passing - actor Hugh Beaumont (72) - best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver on “Leave It To Beaver” in the late 50’s and early 60’s. He died of an apparent heart attack while visiting his son in Germany. Beaumont had overcome a stroke he suffered 10 years ago which left his face partially paralyzed.

Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel - now appearing on PBS television with their “Sneak Previews” will do a similar show for commercial television beginning in September. The weekly show will be called “Movie Views” and will originate from WGN-TV in Chicago. The show is set to debut on 80 stations. Ebert won a Pulitzer Prize for his film reviews at the Chicago Sun-Times and also reviews movies for WMAQ-TV. Siskel is the film critic for the Chicago Tribune and WBBM-TV. PBS will seek two new hosts for “Sneak Previews.”

Comedian Richard Pryor is in satisfactory condition in Louisiana where he is being treated for a “mild respiratory” condition. He’s working on the film “The Toy” with Jackie Gleason. 


Radio news – May 8, 1982

In radio news - WABC Radio (77-AM) switches to talk this week, ending an era for contemporary music on the AM dial. The station is the most-listened-to music station of all time, dominating the ratings for 10 years from mid 1969 to mid 1978. WABC is dumping top-40 in favor of the new format, despite the fact that two established New York stations WOR-710 and WMCA-570 already broadcast talk and despite the format’s higher costs. According to the National Association of Broadcasters - the expenses of full-time AM stations with talk and news formats averaged $1.7 million in 1980, compared with average expenses of $449,000 for all full-time AM stations. The announcement several months ago that WABC would adopt a talk format provoked widespread predictions that once powerful top-40 programming was washed-up on the AM dial.  At a period during the early 70’s, WABC radio could boast listenership of 6 million persons per week. The final show was performed by WABC veteran personalities Dan Ingram and Ron Lundy. Last song played was John Lennon’s “Imagine.”


Television news – May 8, 1982

Saturday Night Live’s Eddie Murphy (21) is just finishing a comedy album, then will fly to San Francisco to make his first movie “48 Hours” with Nick Nolte. Murphy says the current edition of “Saturday Night Live” doesn’t have the same spark as the original show. Some say Murphy and Joe Piscopo are carrying the show. 

This week on “Saturday Night Live” - The entire cast of the ABC series “Taxi” will appear. The series was just canceled by ABC.

 “All this week on ABC’s “Good Morning America” - Join David Hartman and Joan Lunden as an expert family counselor shows you how to break down the barriers that can break up your family.”


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1982

CBS - 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At A Time, Movie-CaddyShack ... NBC - Father Murphy, CHiPS,  Movie-Mother’s Day On Walton’s Mountain ... ABC - Counterattack: Crime In America, Special-Inside The Third Reich (Part 1)


On Archie Bunker’s Place - Barney takes on an antagonistic boarder (played by Don Rickles). Carol O’Connor stars.

On CHiPS - Jon and Ponch learn about how a CHIPs dog can solve crimes.

Mother’s Day On Walton’s Mountain - reunites the cast sans John-Boy. Mary Ellen’s fighting for her life, Ben’s fighting for his wife’s love, Aimee’s fighting to grow up and Olivia’s fighting to keep all together. 


Music news – May 8, 1982


Passing - recording executive Neil Bogart (39) - responsible for the success of Bubblegum music in the late 60’s and Disco in the 70’s. At the time of his death, he was chairman of Boardwalk Entertainment Co. He had been hospitalized off and on since April. He made stars out of Kiss, Donna Summer and the Village People on his “Casablanca” Record label. After a stint as head of Cameo-Parkway Records in the late 60’s, he became president of Buddah Records and worked with such “Bubblegum” acts such as the 1910 Fruitgum Co. and Ohio Express. In 1973, he formed Casablanca and watched it blossom with the disco boom of the late 70’s. He is survived by his wife, Joyce and four children.    


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 8, 1982

We Got The Beat - The Go-Gos

Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder                                           

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Chariots of Fire-Titles - Vangelis 

Don't Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield

867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone

The Other Woman - Ray Parker Jr.

It's Gonna Take a Miracle - Deniece Williams

I've Never Been to Me - Charlene

'65 Love Affair - Paul Davis

Did It In A Minute - Hall & Oates

Get Down On It - Kool & the Gang

The Beatles' Movie Medley - The Beatles

Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) - Elton John

Hang Fire - The Rolling Stones

(Theme From) Magnum PI - Mike Post

Since You’re Gone - The Cars

Shanghai Breezes - John Denver

Key Largo - Bertie Higgins


Top music albums – May 8, 1982

Chariots of Fire -  Vangelis

Beauty and the Beat - The Go-Go’s

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Diver Down - Val Halen

Tug Of War - Paul McCartney

Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson

Aldo Nova - Aldo Nova

Asia - Asia

Freeze-Frame - The J. Geils Band

Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet - Rick Springfield

Blackout - The Scorpions

Get Lucky - Loverboy

Dare - The Human League

Ghost In The Machine - The Police

Picture This - Huey Lewis & The News

The Other Woman - Ray Parker Jr.

Escape - Journey  

Reel Music - The Beatles


Other top pop albums – May 8, 1982

Jump Up - Elton John

Windows - The Charlie Daniels Band

Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks

Niecy - Deniece Williams

Hot Space - Queen

Below The Belt - Franke And The Knockouts

King Cool - Donnie Iris

Physical - Olivia Newton John

My Favorite Person - The O’Jays

Live On The Sunset Strip - Richard Pryor

The Dude - Quincy Jones 

Non-Stop Exotic Cabaret - Soft Cell

Toto IV - Toto

Annie - Original Motion Picture soundtrack

Original Musiquarium - Stevie Wonder

All Four One - The Motels

The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

I’ve Never Been To Me - Charlene


Top movies – May 8, 1982

Dino De Laurentiis’ “Conan The Barbarian” - Arnold Schwarzeneggar, James Earl Jones, William Smith, Oliver Stone.

Wrong Is Right - Sean Connery, Robert Conrad, George Grizzard, Hardy Druger, Ron Moody Leslie Nielsen, Katharine Ross, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Robert Webber.

(Produced by Edie and Ely Landau) “The Chosen” - Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Robby Benson

Let There Be Rock - AC/DC

Paradise - Willie Ames, Phoebe Cates

Private Lessons - Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Eric Brown

Some Kind Of Hero - Richard Pryor

Porky’s - Kim Cattral

Partners - Ryan O’Neal

Diner - Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Ellen Barkin

Victor, Victoria - Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Blake Edwards, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras

On Golden Pond - Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda

 Chariots Of Fire

A Music War - featuring 28 bands and 30 songs: Dead Kennedys, Klaus Nomi, Surf Punks, Joan Jett, Chelsea, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Wall of VooDoo, Echo and the Bunnymen, Cramps, Fleshtones and more.

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