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



In The News

One week after Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules packed with cyanide are linked to deaths in the Chicago area, police still aren’t close to an arrest. The Chicago Sun-Times says the FBI is investigating a man who allegedly mailed a letter the manufacturers of Tylenol demanding $1 million, implying more poisonings would take place if the ransom wasn’t paid.

Unemployment hits its highest since 1940 - 10.1%... The Dow Jones Industrial average passes the 1000 mark for the first time... 4 banks slash their prime-lending rate by 1%. The 12% prime lending rate is the lowest figure in 25 months.

Stunning Japan’s political world, Zenko Suzuki (71) resigns as prime minister. Taking office in 1980, Susuki had decided not to run again for the sake of what he called “Party harmony.”

Dr Mark Goldgeier, a dermatologist at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center develops a way to measure the sun’s ultraviolet rays - the rays that cause sunburn. Dr Goldgeir says his ultraviolet index measures the sun’s strength in milliwatts per square centimeter. The reading is converted into sunburn potential on a scale ranging from very low to high. Someday, weather forecasters could include the index with their reports. 

The flagship of King Henry VIII, the Mary Rose is lifted from the English Channel, 437 years after it sank with a battle with the French. As the 108 ft boat broke the surface, it was welcomed by a cannon salute from nearby South Sea Castle, cheers from divers and about 2000 spectators including Prince Charles. The event was broadcast on live on television.

At the mart - a gallon of mill - $1.90... Leg of Lamb - $1.69lb... Frying Chicken - .49lb... Green Cabbage - .19lb

Up to 20 persons living on a communal farm in Charlestown, West Virginia may have watched as a 2 year-old boy is spanked to death by his father. The boy died in a hospital after being spanked by a wooden paddle for two hours. The father, Stuart Green is being held with bond.

Juanita Castro, sister of Fidel Castro agrees to pay $10 thousand for fines for selling $15 worth of tranquilizers with prescriptions at her Miami discount store. Castro (49) is owner of Mini Price Discount and Pharmacy. She was arrested by undercover Miami police for selling 70 capsules of the tranquilizer Traxene without a prescription.


Fascinating Medical news- October 8, 1982

A Yugoslav man who went to a Vienna hospital for treatment of rheumatism, falls on a freshly washed floor, breaks his leg, and because of a miscommunication, is operated on for the insertion of a pacemaker. After discovering the communication gaffe, the hospital removed the pacemaker.


Technology news – October 8, 1982

Speech recognition computer “Hal” makes its talking debut on the morning show at WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh. The voice told jokes and reported the weather on the Jimmy Roach and Steve Hansen show. “This is a world debut. This is a brand new product,” said Ron Cole, a research scientist at Carnegie-Mellon University who helped run Hal.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 8, 1982

Dies - actor Fernando Lamas (67) of cancer. Lamas was a star at MGM for most of the 50’s. The dashing star never took it all seriously: “I was the Technicolor boy. I was to fill the shoes of Valentino and John Gilbert. All I saw were horses, girls and guitars.” 

Actor Richard Dreyfuss is booked on drug possession and intoxicated driving after an accident that trapped him in his overturned car in Beverly Hills. A white substance was found on him at the hospital. He’s in good condition.

Singer Natalie Cole consents to have her mother appointed conservator of her estate. The singer has been ill for the past several months and is unable to take care of herself.

Johnny Carson pleads no contest to a drunk driving charge. He is placed on three years summary probation, fined $603 and ordered to complete either a driver’s education or alcohol treatment course by April of next year. His license is restricted to drive to and from work..


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

Monday Night TV (Begins at 8 eastern)...(CBS) Square Pegs, Private Benjamin, M*A*S*H, 15th annual Country Music Awards...(NBC) Little House: A New Beginning, Movie...(ABC) That’s Incredible, Movie


NBC Movie - “Touched By Love” (1980) Debra Raffin, Diane Lane, Clu Gulager

ABC Movie - “Starting Over” (1980) - Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh


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

 Pop charts - “Jack & Diane” - John Cougar, “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” - Chicago, “Who Can It Be Now” - Men At Work, “Eye In The Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project, “I Keep Forgettin’” - Michael McDonald, “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” - Melissa Manchester, “Somebody’s Baby” - Jackson Browne, “You Can Do Magic” - America, “I Ran (So Far Away)” - Flock  Of Seagulls, “Blue Eyes” - Elton John, “Gypsy” - Fleetwood Mac.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 8, 1982

 “Break It To Me Gently” - Juice Newton, “Put Your Dreams Away” - Mickey Gilley, “What’s Forever For” - Michael Murphy, “I Will Always Love You” - Dolly Parton, “Yesterday’s Wine” - Merle Haggard and George Jones, “He Got You” - Ronnie Milsap.


Top movies – October 8, 1982

My Favorite Year - Peter O’Toole, Jessica Harper

Lookin’ To Get Out - Jon Voight, Ann-Margret

An Officer And A Gentleman - Richard Gere, Debra Winger

The Sword & The Sorcerer - Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller

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