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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August  15, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The House and Senate approve compromise legislation authorizing the Defense Department to spend $178 billion in the next fiscal year – more than half of it for new weapons and research on such arms as space-based lasers.

Congress approves a $98.3 billion tax increase sought by President Reagan to help restrain federal deficit and promote economic recovery.

President Reagan fives approval to American participation in the multinational force that is to oversee the departure of Palestinian guerrillas from West Beirut.

Sparked by a further decline in interest rates, The Dow-Jones leaps some 38.81 points – the biggest one-day game in the history of the New York stock exchange – ending the day at 831.24

Passing – Neurosurgeon Dr. Loyal Davis, adoptive father of Nancy Reagan. He was 86.


Fascinating Facts – August 15, 1982

New Jersey’s highest court upholds the murder conviction of former boxer Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, twice convicted of killing three people some 16 years ago. The vote was 4 to 3.

Jean Harris tells McCall’s magazine at her New York prison that “prison is a terrible, terrible way to live” and that she’s learned such things as “six different ways to shoplift.” She’s serving a 15-year-to-life sentence for the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower, developer of the Scarsdale diet. 


 Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – August 15, 1982

(up and coming) Peter Gallagher (27). He’s appeared in his first film – “Summer Lovers” in which he and two actresses romp naked on a Greek Island. He’s currently appearing in a play titled “A Doll’s Life.”

Henry Fonda leaves the bulk of his estate to his widow, Shirlee and adopted daughter Amy, but nothing to Jane and Peter. “I have made no provision in this will for Jane or Peter, or their families, solely because in my opinion, they are financially independent.”


Playing in Las Vegas –

Bill Cosby – Hilton

Rich Little, Lynda Carter – MGM Grand

Shecky Greene, Debbie Reynolds – Riviera

Tom Jones - Caesars


Television news – August 15, 1982

For now – “Good Morning America” is beating the “Today” show in the morning ratings. The latter just added Bryant Gumbel to join Jane Pauley and Willard Scott.  

WABC-TV hires Tom Synder as anchor for its 11:00pm “Eyewitness News” cast. He was host of the NBC-TV latenight “Tomorrow” show from 1973 to 1981. His contract is for three years. He’ll replace Ernie Anastos in a newscast that pairs him with Rose Ann Scamardella.

Passing – Heart attack takes the life of actor Joe. E. Ross (68), whose trademark was “Oooooh, Ooooh” on “Car 54 Where Are You?” He was performing a comedy routine in a clubhouse for neighbors at his Los Angeles apartment complex. Everybody was clapping and laughing when he leaned over and said, “Something is wrong. I don’t feel good.”


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1982

CBS – Magnum P.I., Sixth Annual Circus of the Stars, Quincy (reruns), McMillan & Wife (reruns)

NBC – Born to the Wind, Diff’rent Strokes, Gimme a Break, Hill Street Blues, Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, News Overnight

ABC – Movie, 20/20, Nightline, Vegas (reruns)


ABC-TV Movie – “Rooster” with Paul Williams and Pat McCormack.

On Circus of the Stars – Ringmasters are Brooke Shields, Linda Evans, Elliott Gould and Bob Newhart. Includes a peformance by William Shatner. 

Hill Street Blues – Hill and Renko get new training partners.

On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers welcomes Suzanne Somers

On David Letterman – The Smothers Brothers, President Reagan’s barber, Milton Pitts, Bob Hope


Radio news – August 15, 1982

San Francisco - Alex Bennett leaves his morning show at KMEL-FM to join rival KQAK (The Quake) – a new album rock station.

Mary Turner will leave her night shift at KMET-FM after 10 years and will devote her time to syndication and other products. She hosts 3 syndicated radio shows: “Off The Record,” “Off The Record Specials” and “Rock ‘N Roll Never Forgets.”



Music news – August 15, 1982

 Disco-soul artist Cheryl Lynn. Her current album – “Instant Love” was produced by singer Luther Vandross.

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who tells a New York press conference that the group’s upcoming U.S. tour will “probably” be its last. He said the group is not breaking up and will continue to record together. Daltrey said the group had decided that touring was “getting too big” and that major circuit swings required too much time on the road “to make them profitable.” The Who are scheduled to kick-off their U.S. tour in Maryland in September.

 Johnny Lydon (former Sex Pistol) is back to work on a new album for Stiff Records. His band is Public Image ltd.

Linda Ronstadt’s new album – “Get Closer” is due out next month.

Bruce Springsteen’s next album – “Nebraska” will be without the E Street Band. With 10 original songs, the album is described as a “folksy, Woody Guthrie-type record. It’s unlikely that Springsteen will tour solo. He’s already back in the studio the E Street Band making another album. 

Singer Tony Sheridan, for whom the Beatles briefly worked for as a backup band, files a $1 billion fraud suit against the group, the estate of John Lennon and various record labels. At contention – 1960-1961 recordings which have been reissued around the world billed as Beatles records, even though the Beatles did not perform on the 19 songs in question.

Roy Orbison files a $50 million lawsuit against his longtime manager Wesley H. Rose contending he has suffered “severe monetary damage” because his career was mismanaged. Orbison lives with his wife, Barbara in Hendersonville, Tenn.

MTV will mark its first anniversary with a month-long promotion and says a spokesman, will give the channel to finally air some special programming instead of just videos. This month, you’ll see exclusive interviews with members of Fleetwood Mac, a premiere concert by the Go-Go’s, interviews with Mick Jagger and Robert Plant and more.

The channel says it now has over 500 videos in their library and more and more clips are being provided in stereo. The channel says it will have about 7 million viewers by the end of this year. They’ve just hired radio consultant Rick Carroll to consult. He joins another radio consultant Lee Abrams and Sebastian Casey.

Passing – Joe Tex, who was rarely off the Soul charts during the mid-1960s. He was 49.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 15, 1982

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Hurt’s So Good – John Cougar

Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac

Even the Nights Are Better – Air Supply

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

Keep the Fire Burnin’ - REO Speedwagon

Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

Wasted on The Way – Crosby, Stills and Nash

Take It Away – Paul McCartney

Love Is In Control – Donna Summer

Vacation – Go-Go’s

You Should Hear How She Talks About You – Melissa Manchester

Love Will Turn You Around  - Kenny Rogers

Jack and Diane – John Cougar

Think I’m In Love – Eddie Money

American Music – Pointer Sisters

Only the Lonely – Motels

Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project

You Can Do Magic – America

Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work

Rosanna – Toto

Out of Work – Gary U.S. Bonds


Top Music Albums  – August 15, 1982

Mirage – Fleetwood Mac

American Fool – John Cougar

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Pictures At Eleven – Robert Plant

Asia – Asia

Abracadabra – Steve Miller

Daylight Again – Crosby, Stills and Nash

Good Trouble – Reo Speedwagon

Three Sides Live – Genesis

 Vacation – Go-Go’s

Emotions in Motion – Billy Squier

Chicago 16 – Chicago

Get Lucky – Loverboy

Dreamgirls – Original Cast

Gap Band IV

Now and Forever – Air Supply

Still Life – Rolling stones

Eye In the Sky – Alan Parsons Project

Ship Arriving Too Late to Save A Drowning Witch – Frank Zappa

All Four One – Motels

Combat Rock – The Clash

Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest

A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls


Top hit music singles in Britain – August 15, 1982

Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Fame – Irene Cara

 Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Strange Little Girl – Stranglers

It Started With A Kiss – Hot Chocolate

Driving In My Car – Madness

Don’t Go – Yazoo

My Girl Lollipop – Bad Manners

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Boystown Gang


Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 15, 1982

Nobody – Sylvia

Fool Hearted Memory – George Straight

Women Do You Know How To Carry On – Waylon Jennings

Love Will Turn You Around – Kenny Rogers

She’s Not Really Cheatin’ – Moe Bandy

She Got The Goldmine, I Got The Shaft – Jerry Reed


Top movies  – August 15, 1982

E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial

Friday the 13th Part 3

An Officer and A Gentleman

Things Are Tough All Over

The World According To Garp

Star Wars

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas


Fast Time At Ridgemont High

Night Shift

The Pirate Movie

Sword and the Sorcerer

Young Doctors in Love

Rocky III

Summer Lovers



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