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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 1, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Vietnam says it will withdraw a significant number of its estimated 200,000 occupation troops from Cambodia this month as a goodwill gesture.

In Spain – 25 Polish soccer fans who followed their team to the World Cup matches have defected, with many more to follow – some estimates say as many as 300. 

The Supreme Court gives states broad authority to combat child porno, ruling that authorities may ban the production, sale or distribution of such material whether it is legally obscene or not.

Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach says that Vietnam will let all Amerasian children living in the country go to the United States if Congress and President Reagan agree to take them.

President Reagan will send a contingent of American troops to Beirut to help evacuate 8,000 Palestinian guerrillas surrounded by Israeli forces.

Over half-a-million people, including President Reagan and First Lady Nancy see the space shuttle Columbia land at Edwards Air Force Base in California. “TK and Hank,” you’ve given the American people a Fourth of July present to remember” said the President to astronauts Thomas Mattingly and Henry Hartsfield. 


Fascinating Business news – July 1, 1982

The nation’s unemployment holds steady at 9.5% in June.

Singer Wayne Newton sells his 50% interest in the Aladdin to his partner, Ed Torres. Apparently, there had been a rift between them, as Torres refused to continue hiring Newton as a performer in the hotel’s showroom. Newton in fact, has been appearing at Caesars Palace.


Sports news – July 1, 1982

Wimbledon – Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe to win the title after 8 years.

Martina Navratilova outplays Chris Evert Lloyd to take the women’s title at Wimbledon.

Hal McRae hits a grand slam in the first inning at Kansas City to propel the Royals to a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan expects to be the father of the nation’s fourth test-tube baby next week. He’s a Cy Young Award winner. Baby is expected next week.

Carl Peterson is named v/p and general manager and George Peries is named head coach of the Philadelphia franchise of the USFL.


Entertainment news – July 1, 1982

Murder-Suicide - Catherine Reilly, the model who appeared as the “Blue Nun” in the TV wine commercials,  has shot her boyfriend – a police officer – during a lover’s quarrel in her Manhattan apartment and then turned the gun on herself.


Music news – July 1, 1982

CBS temporarily halts all production of the Clash’s latest album, “Combat Rock,” after a suit is filed complaining by Flushco Inc, that CBS illegally included the sound track in a TV commercial, “2000 Flushes.”


Television news – July 1, 1982

Saturday morning cartoon “The Smurfs” is hitting huge ratings on NBC, drawing audience shares around 40%. NBC says it is expanding the hour cartoon to 90 minutes in the fall. It’s based on a European comic strip, “Les Schtroumpfs,” created in 1957 by Pierre Culliford, a Belgian cartoonist.

This version was developed a few years ago after one of the daughters of then NBC program chief Fred Silverman, saw a Schtroumpf doll in a shop. Hanna-Barbera produces.

He’s catching on – “The Uncle Floyd Show,” once the province of New York/New Jersey as seen on UHF Channel 68, is being broadcast late night on several NBC owned and operated TV stations. The show has had a sort of cult following with Uncle Floyd videotapes being circulated around the country, mostly by college students. Floyd Vivino.

“ABC News This Morning” with Kathleen Sulivan and Steve Bell. Catch it before Good Morning America on ABC-TV stations.


Top movies – July 1, 1982



The Thing

Star Trek II

Secret of Nimh

Blade Runner

The Thing

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