Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 8, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Conservative republicans launch a filibuster against President Reagan’s highway jobs bill and senate GOP leader Howard J. Baker Jr. immediately files a cloture petition to shut off debate.
Premier Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski tells a nationwide television audience that martial law will be suspended in Poland before the end of the year. He declared, “The worst is behind us.”
The Fed lowers its discount rate to 8.5%, down from 9%.
Bandits cut through the roof of an armored car company in the Bronx, handcuff a guard and escape with $5.3 million in what police say is the largest cash robbery in the nation’s history.
Several maximum strength Anacin III capsules in a bottle purchased by a San Jose (CA) woman.
The Law of the Sea Convention is signed by 118 countries, triggering steps to form an international sea Bed authority to regulate mining of rich mineral deposits on the ocean floor.
The death toll in the terrorist bombing of a crowded discotheque in Northern Ireland reaches 16.
A daredevil dangling a third day on a cable high above the Colorado River denies he is a nut trying to destroy a national monument. He says he wants to raise money for needy senior citizens because President Reagan is ignoring them.
Health/Medical/AID’s News Update – December 8, 1982
After seven years of delay, the U.S. food and Drug administration reverses its position and grants approval for use of chymopapain, an inject able drug widely used in other countries to treat slipped spinal discs.
What Is AIDs?
AIDs - A new and deadly disease which attacks the immune system and first discovered among homosexual men, has spread to children in blood transfusions, according to the Centers for disease Control in Atlanta. A 21-month-old San Francisco child, who had several blood transfusions has contracted the disease, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). .
Sports news – December 8, 1982
National Football League players ratify by a 3-1 margin the five-year $1.6 billion collective bargaining agreement that ends their 57-day strike, but negotiators for both sides disagree on whether final agreement had actually been reached.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1982
Actress Katherine Hepburn is in good condition after undergoing corrective surgery to set a fractured right ankle suffered when her car veered off a snow-covered road a struck a utility pole in Connecticut.
Actress Raquel Welch (42), starring on Broadway in “Woman of the year,” will leave the show next month to await the birth of her third child Andre Weinfield (34), the fourth husband of the actress, says the baby is due in August.
Passing – Will Lee, the kindly shopkeeper on “Sesame Street. He was 74.
Passing – Freeman Gosden – half of the original “Amos ‘n’ Andy” – at 83.
Music news – December 8, 1982
Passing – Country great Marty Robbins. He had undergone quadruple bypass surgery a week ago after suffering his second major heart attack. He was 57.
Miami Steve Van Zandt, the guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band fronts the “Disciples of Soul” – a new 10-man, multi-ethnic band.
Television news – December 8, 1982
After just 18 months, CBS Cable is going off the air. The mostly “arts” channel featured such programs as “”Bernstein on Beethoven,” “The Quiz Kids” and “Signature.”
RKO General gets to keep WOR-TV, that is – because it is moving the New York station to New Jersey.
Filmation is turning the new Mattel line – “He Man and Masters of the universe” into a cartoon. The muscular characters were introduced earlier this year.
Next week on the “Today” show – Paul Newman and Richard Pryor.
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1982
CBS – Walt Disney, Movie-Cry For The strangers
NBC – Diff’rent strokes, Silver Spoons, Gimme a Break, Love Sidney, Devlin Connection
ABC – T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat
T.J. Hooker – Hooker comes to the aid of an old racing friend who is wrongly arrested.
Top movies – December 8, 1982
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
An Officer and a Gentleman
E.T The Extra-Terrestrial