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



In The News

Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev warns “hotheads” in the West that any aggression against the Soviet Union would inevitably bring “a crushing retaliatory strike.” His remarks were delivered at a Kremlin reception marking the 65th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Up to 2,700 civilians and Soviet soldiers in a convoy die after a fiery collision in an Afghanistan mountain tunnel what was jammed with buses and trucks. Many died from asphyxiation.

Poland – Thousands of Poles shouting “Solidarity Lives,” and “Down with the junta” battle riot police in Warsaw. But tough measures by the martial law regime apparently stymied nationwide work stoppages called by the union’s underground leaders. A short time later, Poland’s Communist government said it would release Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, saying he has agreed to terms with the martial law regime.

Passing – Soviet President Leonid I Brezhnev, of a heart attack. Brezhnev, who launched détente with the West and the largest Soviet military build-up in its history, led the Communist nation for 18 years. He was 75.

The Soviet Union pledges to continue the basic foreign and domestic policies laid down by Leonid I. Brezhnev.

Condolences from President Reagan – as he calls for “better understanding” and improved and expanded relations between the superpowers, stressing the Administration’s commitment to “a stable balance of forces, a mutual reduction of weapons and a better understanding between the Soviet Union, the United States and all nations.” In an official message sent to the Kremlin, Reagan called Brezhnev “one of the world’s most important figures for nearly two decades.”

Beginning with Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Washington’s large diplomatic crops filed through the soviet embassy to sign a book expressing official condolences on the death of President Leonid I. Brezhnev.

Tens of thousands of Russians stand for hours in a mile-long line to pay their last respects to President Leonid I. Brezhnev. Brezhev’s body lay on an elevated bier to be viewed for three days by soviet citizens. He was wreathed in flowers so only his face could be seen.  

Former KGG chief Yuri Andropov is elected to succeed Leonid I. Brezhnev as Communist party leader. He vowed to safeguard the Soviet Union with “the uncrushable might of the soviet armed forces.”

Democrats unveil a $5-billion plan to create 700,000 new jobs and aid the housing industry. Republicans are said to be struggling with a new jobs program without pushing federal deficits higher.

President Reagan lifts the economic sanctions imposed against the natural gas pipeline between the Soviet Union and Western Europe.


Fascinating Business news – November 8, 1982

Johnson & Johnson announces that it will begin returning Tylenol capsules in “triple safety-sealed, tamper-resistant packaging” to store shelves immediately.


Sports news – November 8, 1982

 Duk Koo Kim – the South Korean lighweight is near death in a Las Vegas hospital after a bout with Ray Mancini at Caesars Palace. Kim has terminal brain damage. He was KO’d in the 14th round.


Technology news – November 8, 1982

Eastman Kodak introduces Datakode – a new product the company says can greatly speed the handling of film in the movie and TV business and cut production time as much as 50%. It’s designed for 16 and 35mm film.

MCA Records was supposed to send a promotional 45 (single) record to radio stations from its forthcoming “The E.T. Storybook” spoken word album – with the words coming from superstar Michael Jackson. Jackson also recorded two new songs for the package, but Jackson’s record company, Epic has a soon-to-be-released Jackson album coming out and may threaten MCA. CBS has launched a legal review of the situation. 


Television news – November 8, 1982

Walter Cronkite says that television reporting in the United States has deteriorated and that many journalists are drawn more by the glamour of being on TV than any desire to report news.

Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1982

CBS – Movie (3 Hours), late night reruns of Quincy

NBC – Father Murphy, Gavilan, St. Elsewhere, Tonight, Late Night

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, 9 to 5, Hart to hart, Nightline, Last Word

PBS – Nova, Mystery!


On Gavilan – Gavilan is taken hostage after pirates discover he has taken treasure from a sunken ship.

On St. Elsewhere – Dr Morrison has to treat a terrorist, whose victim is lying in another bed in a comma.


Top movies – November 8, 1982

Creep Show

An Officer and A Gentleman

The Man From Snowy River

Rocky III

They Call Me Bruce

Time Bandits

Love Child

Rambo First Blood

The Chosen

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