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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 15, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan gives his first public blessing to a multibillion-dollar package of emergency jobs and recession relief while Republican congressional leaders caution that any effort by democrats to add more expensive provisions to the $4.3 billion emergency jobs program would jeopardize the legislation’s speedy passage.

The United States has sent radar surveillance planes to Egypt and has moved the aircraft carrier Minitz and three escort ships to counter a Libyan aircraft build-up apparently aimed at Sudan.

Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Khadafy vows to turn the Gulf of Sidra into a “red gulf of blood’ if the U.S. aircraft carrier Nimitz and his battle group dare to enter the disputed bay in the southern Mediterranean.

12 men and a woman were hog-tied and shot in the head in a mass execution during what was apparently a robbery at a high-stakes gambling den in Seattle’s Chinatown.

India - At least 500 villagers are killed by frenzied tribesman in central Assam state.

U.S. marines will begin expanding their patrols in East Beirut in support of Lebanese troops who have moved in there.

Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) formally enters the 1984 presidential contest, pledging to replace ‘tired assumptions” with fresh ideas’ and to speak for “the vast unorganized majority’ instead of the “narrow interests” with their powerful Washington lobbies.

California feminist leader Virginia Foat is ordered extradited to Louisiana to stand trial for the 1965 killing of an argentine businessman.

President Reagan says he has ordered the Justice department to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of its billion-dollar hazardous waste clean-up program and that he would “never insist on invoking executive privilege to cover up wrongdoing.”


Sports news – February 15, 1983

More than half of the USFL players have signed union cards. So far, there is no union in the league.

Dodgers pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela, who two years ago was paid $42,000 has been awarded a record $1 million salary for the 1983 season.

At least 2 million people have been executed in 39 countries in the last 15 years without fair trials, a United Nations report says.

Herschel Walker says he never signed anything with the New Jersey General of the United States Football League. The NCAA says it believes Walker and will not investigate, so unless his USFL contract signature is produced, the NCAA says he’ll be eligible to play his senior year at the University of Georgia.


Technology news – February 15, 1983

International Telephone & Telegraph Corp says it had asked the U.S. district court to strip American Telephone & Telegraph Co. of the right to use the “Bell” name for marketing purposes and also to prohibit centralized purchasing by the Bell operating companies after divestiture. ITT says the actions would reduce confusion and the appearance of continued affiliation between AT&T and the Bell operating companies targeted for divestiture next Jan. 1.


Entertainment news – February 15, 1983

Actor Raymond Vitte, who played Cody Johnson on the TV series “The Quest,” dies in a confrontation with police who had bee called by neighbors complaining about his incessant religious chanting.


Television news – February 15, 1983

Quincy marries Dr. Emily Hanover in this week’s episode. 

Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1983

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, Gloria, the Jeffersons, One day at a Time, trapper John, M.d.

NBC – Voyagers! Movie

ABC – Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Matt Houston, Movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theater.


On Archie Bunker’s Place – Archie balks at attending a restaurant convention until one of the association’s attractive representatives pays him a visit.

On  Matt Houston – A crazed man is out to get Matt.

ABC Sunday Night Movie – Star Trek.


Top movies – February 15, 1983  

48 Hours

Sting II

Lords of Discipline

Table for Five

Without a Trace




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