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



In The News

President Reagan admonishes the PLO to get out of Beirut immediately asks Israel to maintain a strict cease-fire.

Israeli forces hit Beirut with a firestorm of artillery and President Reagan sends a personal message to Prime Minister Menachem Begin demanding that a strict cease-fire be restored around the Lebanese capital.

Seven of the nation’s largest banks cut their prime lending rates to 15% to match the one-half percentage point initiated by the Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh.

More than 200 unemployed union members demonstrate outside the White House marking the first anniversary of Reaganomics. The 200 unemployed and retired auto and steel workers chanted, “wake up, Mr. President, we want some work.”

President Reagan gets stuck in a White House elevator. “I don’t know just how to approach this and tell you why we are late,” the president said, a little sheepishly, to representatives of the National Health Fair programs.

The Mexican peso loses almost 36% of its value the government decides to let it float against the U.S. dollar.

Unemployment rises to 9.8% in July – a 41-year high.


Sports news – August 1, 1982

 Hank Aaron – baseball’s all-time home run king and Frank Robinson, its first black manager, enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


Technology news – August 1, 1982

Seen in ads – RCA’s new VideoDisc Player… See and hear it today, take it home tonight. Now stereo sound capability is yours on the new RCA stereo Videodisc Player. Attaches to any standard or projection TV.


Entertainment Media/Movie/Celebrity news – August 1, 1982

“E.T. the extra Terrestrial” so far has grossed $171 million in ticket sales – all in less than 60 days after its release. Parent company MCA is said to be cash rich – no debts at this time. 

Passing – Cathleen Nesbitt – created the role of Henry Higgins’ mother in “My Fair Lady.” She was 93.

The parents of one of the two children killed on the Twilight Zone movie set file a $200 million lawsuit against Warner Brothers, co-producers Steven Spielberg and John Landis and others. 


Music news – August 1, 1982

Carole King announces she has married Rick Sorensen, foreman of King’s Robinson bar Ranch on the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho.


Television news – August 1, 1982

The FCC gives ABC the go-ahead to develop its Home View Network, described as a mix of movies and other programming. It’ll debut on ABC owned TV stations and later to ABC affiliates. 

The first made-for-cable TV movie has been made and ready to air. Look for “Enormous Changes at the Last Minute” to debut early next year on ABC’s ARTS cable channel.

Late night syndication – “Evening At the Improv” as young comedians try to get discovered. It’s co-hosted by Budd Friedman from the famous Hollywood night spot.    


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1982

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At A Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – The Flintstones, Scamps, ChiPs, Movie

ABC –Code Red, Movie

PBS – Nova, Masterpiece Theater

ARTS – Nightcap, Call Me Flicka

ESPN – CFL Football

CBS Cable – Strumpet City, The Song Writers, Signature


On Scamps – Stars Bob Denver as a comedy writer.

On ChiPs – Ponch is accused of brutality by a juvenile delinquent. 

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