Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 1, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Four bombs explode within an hour outside a police headquarters building and at three federal buildings in New York City. 3 officers were hurt.
Rep. Phil Gramm, the Texas Democrat booted off an important committee for supporting President Regan, resigns from Congress and announces he will run for his old seat as a Republican.
The Israeli army believes that Syria is building bases inside its territory for soviet-made long-range Sam-5 missiles that could threaten Israeli air supremacy over Lebanon and northern Israel.
An arrest warrant is issued for a man suspected of being the anonymous caller who claimed responsibility on behalf of a Puerto Rican terrorist group of for four New Year’s bomb blasts.
Queen Elizabeth II coaxes Princess Diana of Wales back into the saddle despite the princess’ childhood vow that she would never ride again after breaking her arm in a fall from a pony. She was photographed astride a gray mare, but rode the horse into a thicket!
A giant explosion results when gasoline spills from a ruptured tank - killing one and injuring twenty-three in the Jersey Meadowlands - near Jersey City, NJ. The blast was reportedly felt 120 miles away. Looting was reported in Jersey City after the explosion took out a number of windows downtown. Three gasoline tanks caught fire with a total of 19 million gallons of fuel.
President Reagan names Elizabeth Dole - wife of Kansas senator Bob Dole as secretary of transportation. She succeeds Drew Lewis. “Welcome to the Cabinet” said Reagan. “I can’t say welcome to the family - you’ve been part of it for so long.”
A federal judge approves a tentative $75 million settlement of more than 450 personal injury, wrongful death and property damage suits against the MGM-Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. A November 1980 fire at the hotel killed 85 persons and injured 591.
The Reagan administration predicts a slow recovery - the slowest recovery from a recession since WWII. Forecasts indicate the economy will grow at an annual rate of 1.4% average for 1983, with unemployment hovering at 10%.
Ginny Foat (41), - the president of the California chapter of the National Organization for Woman (NOW) is arrested in connection with the tire iron slaying of a man 17 years ago in Louisiana. The murder warrant also listed Foat’s name as Virginia Galluzo.
Best-selling books – January 1, 1983
“Mistral’s Daughter” - Judith Krantz, “Space” - James A. Michener, “Master Of The Game” - Sidney Sheldon, “The Valley Of Horses” - Jean Auel, “Different Seasons” - Stephen King, “And More” - Andy Rooney, “Living, Loving and Learning” - Leo Buscaglia, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” - Jane Fonda, “Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives’ - John Naisbitt
Technology news – January 1, 1983
American Telephone & Telegraph Co’s new unregulated offspring, American Bell Inc., opens its doors in the first step toward what should be a flourishing business despite early losses. Baby Bell, as the unit is nicknamed, was spawned by a 1980 FCC ruling ordering AT&T to segregate certain competitive businesses into a new unit. Those businesses include the sale of telephone equipment and the marketing of computer-related services and products. That order was unrelated to AT&T’s settlement last January of a federal antitrust suit under which AT&T proposes to divest its 22 local telephone companies by next January 1.
Sports news – January 1, 1983
Rams owner Georgia Frontiere fires coach Ray Malavasi after a 5-year run with the team. He had a year remaining on his contract - at about $100 thousand per year. He’s the only coach ever to take the Rams to the Superbowl - in 1979.
Billy Martin is named by Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner - to manage the team again for the third time! Martin played for the Yanks in the 50’s - was hired to manage the club in the 1975 baseball season, but was fired in the summer of ‘78 for remarks he had made about Steinbrenner and slugger Reggie Jackson. He was brought back as Yankees manager in June of ‘79, but was fired on October 28 of the same year, after getting into a fight with a marshmallow salesman in Minnesota.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil resigns after seven years with the team. “I’m going to get out of it to find if I can live with myself. If I can’t, I will be back in it.”He’s replaced by Marion Campbell.
Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Assn. Robinson played third base for the Baltimore Orioles and Marichal pitched for the San Francisco Giants.
Bowl Games –
Cotton SMU - 7…. Pittsburgh - 3
Orange Nebraska – 21… LSU – 20
Rose UCLA - 24… Michigan – 14
Fiesta Arizona State - 32… Oklahoma – 21
Sugar Penn State – 27… Georgia - 23
Television news – January 1, 1983
After 20 months - television talk show host Mike Douglas leaves Ted Turner’s Cable News Network. The network decided not to renew his two-year contract, partly because of ratings. Douglas went to the cable channel after his long-running syndicated show was terminated by Group W in May of 1981.
In order to compete with giant Home Box Office (HBO) - five companies come together to jointly operate two pay-TV channels. Viacom, American Express, MCA, Warner Communications and Paramount Pictures agree in principle to form a single company to operate Showtime and The Movie Channel. Sources say it will strengthen both channels in their competitive situation with HBO- which operates two pay-TV networks and can be seen in half of the nation’s cable households. HBO just signed a controversial exclusivity deal with Orion Pictures and other producers. Last year, the pay-TV channel joined CBS and Columbia pictures to form a new motion-picture studio in Hollywood.
Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – January 1, 1983
60 Minutes - (32.6), NFL Playoff Game-CBS (32.4), NFL Playoff Postgame show-CBS (30.2), Dallas (25.7), The Jeffersons (25.6), Alice (25.3), Monday Night Football (24.2), Gloria (23.4), Trapper John MD (23.3), Falcon Crest (23.2), Magnum PI (23.2), Dynasty (22.50, The Love Boat (21.8), The Fall Guy (21.7), Simon & Simon (21.5), MASH (21.1), Newhart (20.6), Archie Bunker’s Place (20.5), TV Censored Bloopers (20.1), Three’s Company (18.9), Laverne & Shirley (18.7), Happy Days (18.6), Hart to Hart (18.3), Hill Street Blues (18.0), Fantasy Island (17.9), Knots Landing (17.9), Little House New Beginning (17.9), Benson (17.9), Real People (17.6), That’s Incredible (17.4)
Saturday night television (New Years) listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1983
CBS – Walt Disney’s Mickey and Donald, Movie
NBC – Orange Bowl, Saturday Night Live
ABC – Sugar Bowl
CBS Movie – “The Black Stallion” (1980) With Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Kelly Reno.
On Saturday Night Live – Repeat with host Lou Gossett Jr., with Mr. T. and the Destroyers.
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – week of January 1, 1983
CBS - Magnum PI, Simon & Simon, Knots Landing ... NBC - Fame, Gimme A Break, Cheers, Hill Street Blues ... ABC - The Greatest American Hero, Too Close For Comfort, It Takes Two, 20/20
On The Greatest American Hero - Ralph and Pam finally tie the knot.
On Fame - Doris finds a guy she really likes.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 1, 1983
“Down Under” - Men At Work, “Dirty Laundry” - Don Henley, “The Girl Is Mine” - Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, “Sexual Healing” - Marvin Gaye, “Baby, Come To Me” - Patty Austin, “Rock The Casbah” - The Clash, “Maneater” - Hall and Oates
Top movies – January 1, 1983
The Toy - Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Tersa Ganzel
Tootsie - Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Bill Murray
ET - Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas Elliott
Best Friends - Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy, Barnard Hughes Audra Lindley
Kiss Me Goodbye - Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges
Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal”
The Verdict - Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason
An Officer and a Gentlemen - Richard Gere, Debra Winger
Enigma - Martin Sheen