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



In The News

A federal judge in Washington orders John W. Hinckley Jr. indefinitely committed to a mental hospital, acting on doctors reports that Hinckley remains “an unpredictably dangerous person” obsessed with actress Jodie Foster.

President Reagan tells Prime Minister Menachem Begin that his country’s shelling of West Beirut has stymied U.S. efforts to get PLO guerrillas out of Lebanon and the action had brought “more needless destruction and bloodshed.”

The Federal Reserve Board reduces its basic lending rate to banks to 105% from 11%. Several major banks then cut back their prime lending rates from 15% to 14.5%.

Not for tax bill - President Reagan fails to sway rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY) leader of the conservative forces opposing his $98.9-billion tax boost. The President said the tax increase would have little negative effect on the average American.

Sally Ride, the first American woman scheduled to go into space, says she is married to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley. Married July 24, she said, “We don’t want to make a big deal of it. We only told a few friends.”

President Reagan nominates Lt. Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr., a decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars to four-star general – the first black four-star general.

The Census Bureau reports that one of every five children in America in 1981 lived in a single-parent family – a 54% increase since 1970.


Entertainment news – August 8, 1982

Passing – Henry Fonda (77) – a true legend in Hollywood.  

Passing – Actor Tom Drake (64).

Music Hot Streak – Rick Springfield, who portrays Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital” and his “Working Class Dog” album is a best seller with over 2 million sales. 


Sports news – August 8, 1982

14 year NFL vet Greg Landry is signed by the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League. He was recently released by the Baltimore Colts.

The Oakland Coliseum, which lost the Raiders to Los Angeles, will host the USFL’s team there – The Invaders.

Merlin Olson, Doug Atkins, Sam Huff, and George Musso enter the Football Hall of Fame at Canton. Olson is now a well-known TV actor who portrays “Father Murphy”

Granny Goose potato chip company is including baseball cards with their chips and collectors are hoarding them. The small company is out of Northern California and only distributes in that area.


Television news – August 8, 1982

CBS Cable says its advertising revenues are expected to reach less than one-half the $20 million anticipated. Total spending for advertising on cable television this year is expected to be $250 million. 

Ted Turner overprotecting his turf – The story is – On June 21, a cable system in Independence California cancelled to carry Turner’s CNN and instead, replaced with new rival SNC (Satellite News Channel). Three weeks later, Turner responded with an advertisement in the local paper telling subscribers to “let your cable operator know how you feel and contact your cit council or mayor to.” It could end up in court, as Turner is known to be litigious. About the switch. SNC could have good timing as Turner’s original three-year contracts with local cable systems across the country begin expiring next June. But, Turner could tie those up in court. He’s also said he wants the Justice department to look at SNC for possible anti-trust violations.

Visidep – a new 3-D picture process which requires no glasses, has been developed by three University of South Carolina professors. The new process will give viewers a more accurate look at player positions in sporting events and will enhance any kind of viewing including ads. The inventors are Porter McLaurin, Edwin Jones and LeConte Cathey.

On “Good Morning America: - Wanted: A Job. A look at the job market, high unemployment and tips.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1982

CBS – Private Benjamin, WKRP in Cincinnati, MASH, Filthy Rich, Cagney and Lacey

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Movie, Tonight, Late Night

ABC – Baseball, Best of the West, Nightline

PBS – Evening At Pops, Great Performances

HBO – Beach Boys In Concert, Movie


On  WKRP in Cincinnati – A client wants Herb fired.

Debut – Filthy Rich – Has to do with the videotaped last will of a land baron and its effects on surviving family members. Stars Delta Burke and Dixie Carter.

On Late Night With David Letterman – Billy Carter, Errol Morris, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Murray. 


Top movies – August 8, 1982

The World According To Garp

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Rocky III


An Officer and A Gentleman

Night Shift

Young Doctors In Love

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

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