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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 12, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Polish authorities order the expulsion of United Press International Warsaw correspondent Ruth Gruber, after releasing her from nearly 24 hours of detention.

 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher secretly leaves the Falkland Island after a triumphal five-day tour that she described as a “personal pilgrimage” to sovereign British territory.

President Reagan nominates former Rep Margaret Heckler to succeed Richard Schweiker as head of the Health and Human Services Department.

Memphis - Police firing tear gas storm the home of a religious zealot in a futile effort to rescue an officer taken hostage. All seven men holding the officer prisoner were killed in a gun battle. The officer was also found dead.

President Reagan says widespread reports that he is not in charge of the government and that his staff is in disarray are “not based on fact.”

Gov. George C. Wallace, who was elected to a fourth term by appealing to black voters, pledges “mercy and justice” after taking the oath of office on the spot where 20 years ago, he promised “segregation forever.”

President Reagan moves to ease the worst economic pinch that farmers have felt in years and announces a “crop-swap” program to trim surpluses of grain and cotton. Also included are two measures to increase agricultural exports. He also warned foreign competitors that American farmers “aren’t going to… be plowed under” by what he called unfair trade practices. “Our competitors should know that we’re pursuing all avenues for redressing unfair trade practices. They are through raiding the henhouse.’ said the President.

Evangelist Oral Roberts is sending out letters saying that Jesus appeared to him and told him god had chosen Roberts to find a cure for cancer.

Peter Robers (37) of Red Bank Tennessee loses the Sears, Roebuck patent case involving a quick-release socket wrench. Roberts was 18 and working at a sears store in Gardner, Mass when he devised the wrench in 1964.

The London Sun reports that photographers covering the skiing holiday of Prince Charles and Princess Diana yelled “stupid” and “spoiled child” at her because of her reluctance to be photographed. The Sun said on one stage, Prince Charles begged her to hold her head up and stop hiding.

Inflation for all of 1982 was 3.5%, the smallest gain since a 3.2% increase 11 years ago.

A Harris poll says that President Reagan’s overall approval rating has slipped from 45% to 38% in the last 5 weeks.


Sports news – January 12, 1983

Running back Craig James of SMU signs with the Washington Federals of the USFL.

Billy Martin is re-hired by George Steinbrenner as Yankee manager.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 12, 1983

Passing – Comedian-character actor Doodles Weaver of an apparent suicide.

Britain gets a morning show as the BBC kicks off “Breakfast Time.” Jane Pauley of the “Today” show was brought in to explain how it works.

Music news – Don’t miss the 10th Annual “American Music Awards.” Hosted by Mac Davis, Aretha Franklin and Melissa Manchester.  On CBS-TV.


Television news – January 12, 1983

A federal appeals court rules that CBS may broadcast on schedule a segment of “60 Minutes” about alleged brutality by New Orleans police during an investigation into an officer’s murder.

First Lady Nancy Reagan will appear in an anti-drug cameo role on the NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes. It’ll be broadcast on March 16.

Passing – Tex Antione (59) at one time, one of the nation’s most successful weather broadcasters.

MASH shoots its final scene this week. Viewers will get to see the finale on February 28.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 12, 1983

 CBS - 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, Gloria, The Jeffersons, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – The Voyagers, ChiP’s, Movie

ABC – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Matt Houston, Celebrity Daredevils

PBS – Masterpiece Theater,

USA – Sportsprobe, Men’s Gymnastics


Ripley’s – A look at the world’s smallest, largest and strangest coins.


Top movies – January 12, 1983

Time Walker

One Down Two To Go

One Dark Night

E.T. The Extraterrestrial


The Dark Crystal


The Toy

48 Hours

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