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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 19, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Reagan urges visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone to take further action to open Japan’s market to foreign goods.

President Reagan promises, “30 minutes of surprises” in his State of the Union Address.

Radioactive debris from a crippled Soviet satellite plunges enters the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean. It’s not known if any debris survived after striking the water. 

Consumer prices dipped .3% in December, holding inflation for 1982 to 3.9% - the smallest gain in a decade.

Retaliation- China has decided to stop buying American cotton, soybeans and man-made fibers in retaliation for U.S. quotas on Chinese textiles.

Two years in office – President Reagan gives himself high marks at his midterm, saying the nation is on the right course, but still suffers for “the political mistakes of the past.”


Medical/Health news – January 19, 1983

Medical – A man who paid to have a woman artificially inseminated and carry his baby rejects the infant after it was born with a birth defect and claims he could not be the father. But the surrogate mom doesn’t want the baby either. Ray Stiver, the surrogate mother’s husband says,” - We honestly, sincerely feel we did our half of the commitment. We feel we’ve been stabbed in the back.” 


Technology News – January 19, 1983

Apple Computer unveils “The Lisa” – the company’s entry into the top-of-the-line personal computer market. Also unveiled – the Apple model IIe  the latest version of the 5-year-old Apple II. The “e” is for enhanced.

Lawyers for Sony tell the Supreme Court that it would be unfair to penalize them for the copying of television programs by the millions who have purchased a Sony Beta VCR. It’s likely that the court will hand down a decision soon, but it could be a few months.


Sports news January 19, 1983  

Third Baseman Ron Cey of the Dodgers is dumped to the Cubs for two Class-A players.


Music news – January 19, 1983

Frank Zappa has filed a suit to halt production of the movie “Valley Girl,” saying the movie is unfair competition and will dilute his trademark. He says the public has come to know the term “Valley Girl” through his hit record, featuring his daughter Moon Unit. He has licensed the valley Girl trademark for clothing, cosmetics, key chains and greeting cards.

Passing – Don Costa. Began as an arranger and conductor, but produced many hit records in early rock/pop. He was 57. Of a heart attack.  


Television news – January 19, 1983

Cable TV –

Looks like plans for a second Satellite News Channel (SNC) have been shelved for now. SNC II was planned to deliver more in-depth news stories. SNC 1 is on the air, but like Group W’s all-news radio stations, is turning over stories quickly (You give us 18 minutes and we’ll give you the world.( SNC is jointly owned by Group W (Westinghouse) and ABC. See cable ad next page.

Nice start - Walt Disney Telecommunications announces that it has reached an agreement with cable operator TCI to carry the new Disney Channel when service begins April 1. TCI reaches about 1.3 subscribers on 175 cable systems around the country.

Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 19, 1983

CBS – Square Pegs, Filthy Rich, MASH, Newhart, Cagney & Lacey

NBC – Little House: A New Beginning, The 4th Annual TV Guide Special – 1982 – the Year in Television, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – That’s Incredible!, Movie, Nightline

PBS – Frontline, Great Performances

USA – College Basketball – Texas at Arkansas.

WTBS – All in the Family, Movie


TV Guide Special – Alan King and Carol Burnette host. Lucille Ball receives a lifetime achievement award.

Frontline – The Greensboro massacre in 1979 between the KKK and Nazi party which left five dead.

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