Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 1, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Johnson & Johnson say that five people have died because of allergic reactions to its prescription painkiller Zomax. Last year, the company recalled its Tylenol capsules because of tampering. Neither the FDA nor the manufacturer plans to remove the product from the market.
Hecklers harass and interrupted Pope John Paul II as he tried to conduct mass in Managua, Nicaragua. The service had to be halted several times. Men and Woman in the crowd screamed demands for “prayers for our martyrs.” The Pope was there on an eight-nation tour in an effort to promote peace and church unity in Central America. The Pontiff is known to be critical of the Sandinistas.
China announces the discovery of a new section of the great wall. The section adds 62 miles to the structure’s 3,600-mile length. The New China News Agency says archeologists unearthed the wall in the southern part of Shaanxi province in northern China. The section is estimated to be 2,700 years old.
Dies - playwright Tennessee Williams (71) in his Manhattan hotel room. He choked to death on a bottle cap of the type used in nasal spray or eye solution dispensers. Williams skyrocketed to fame with “The Glass Menagerie” at the end of World War II. Other works include “A Streetcar named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
House speaker Thomas (Tip) O’Neil (70) says he will run for reelection next year. The Massachusetts Democrat made the announcement to quell rumors of his retirement.
Fascinating Business news – March 1, 1983
Omaha magazine drops its “most eligible woman” list for 1983 after the feature was used last year by a rapist to select victims. Only one woman agreed to be named in the feature. A request for nominations in November brought fewer than six responses.
MasterCard International says that beginning next month - new credit cards will be issued displaying a rectangle on the front lower right hand corner with rainbow holograms that change colors when angled differently toward light. The three-dimensional (hologram) design is an attempt to reduce counterfeiting.
Supermarket prices/Toys – March 1, 1983
At the mart - Chocks Bugs Bunny Vitamins btl of 60 - $3.79 ... Coors Beer - 12 pac - $4.59 ... Mild Cheddar Cheese - $1.99lb ... Klondike Ice Cream bars - pkg of 6 - $2.19
At Toys R Us - E.T. 2 1/2” wind-up fiqure - his head bobs up & down as he walks - $2.48 ... E.T game from Parker Brothers - help E.T get back to his ship safely - $8.97 ... Milton Bradley Pac-Man game - Arcade game is now a board game - $9.97
Sports news – March 1, 1983
The Philadelphia Phillies sign pitcher Steve Carlton to a $1.5 million contract for the 1983 season. He’ll receive another $1 million per year thereafter. That makes him the highest paid pitcher in major league baseball.
Best-selling books – March 1, 1983
“Space” - James Michener, “Master Of The Game” - Sidney Sheldon, “2010: Odyssey Two” - Arthur C. Clarke, “Mistral’s Daughter” - Judith Krantz, “In Search of Excellence: Lessons From America’s Best Run Companies’ - Thomas J. Peters and Robert Waterman, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” - Jane Fonda, “Megatrends” Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives” - John Naisbitt, “The One Minute Manager” - Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 1, 1983
Murdered - Peter Ivers (36) - the host of “New Wave Theater” on cable-TV’s “USA Network” is found beaten to death in his downtown Los Angeles loft apartment. So far, there are no suspects. On the program, Ivers often wore bizarre costumes and wigs.
Bette Davis (74) tells Parade Magazine that “Men aren’t as pretty as woman, but they’re more interesting.” She says her biggest regret is never finding the right man to live with.
Raquel Welch (42) suffers a miscarriage while vacationing in the Caribbean. It would have been her third child. Welch is married Andre Weinfeld - her third husband.
Television news – March 1, 1983
WSM Inc. in Nashville debuts “The Nashville Network” on cable this week. It’s a new 18-hour network available in 7 million cable homes. WSM says it has committed $50 million to the new advertising-supported network. The main feature of the channel so far will be “Nashville Now” - being billed as cable’s first nightly live entertainment show. Chairman Bud Wendell says “We’ve been in the business of country music for more than 50 years. We feel we know our market. Cable is a very viable, logical direction for us.”The debut comes on the heels of a failure in cable - RCA announced last week that it be ending “The Entertainment Channel” at the end of next month. Officials hope to raise the Pay-TV channel as a commercial service later this year. Other programs on “The Nashville Network” will include “Fandango” - a country-oriented game show, “Yesteryear in Nashville” - hosted by Hee Haw’s Archie Campbell, “Tumbleweed Theater” - old Western movie serials, “Dancin’ USA,” “I-40 Paradise” - a sitcom and “Country Sportsman.”
Atlanta superstation WTBS (available over-the-air on Channel 17 in Atlanta plus cable systems coast to coast) - is set to air “The Man From Atlanta - Ted Turner” next month. The special was produced by the BBC and has already aired there. Ted started WTBS under different call letters (WTCG). The Indy began as a struggling UHF station. It was Turner’s idea to put the independent station on satellite and make it available to cable systems. The station originally filled a void in areas where there was no independent station.
Thursday Night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 1, 1983
- CBS - The Waltons, Simon & Simon, Knot’s Landing ... NBC - Special-The Kids From Fame, Gimmie A Break, Cheers, Hill Street Blues ... ABC - Condo, Amanda’s, Too Close For Comfort, It Takes Two, 20/20 ... PBS - Sneak Previews, Mystery!
The Kids From Fame - George Burns hosts as the “Fame” kids headline a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. With Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray, Lori Singer, Lee Curreri, Erica Gimpel and Carlo Imperato. It’s their first appearance on stage before a live audience.
Simon & Simon - AJ and Rick are hired to take a classic car to San Francisco, but innocently pick up an escaped murderer as a passenger.
On Monday - The final episode of MASH aired on CBS. Overnight ratings of the two-and-a-half hour special say the finale was an overwhelming hit.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – March 1, 1983
“Billie Jean” - Michael Jackson, “”Baby Come To Me” - Patti Austin with James Ingram, “Shame On The Moon” - Bob Seger, “Stray Cat Strut’ - The Stray Cats, “You and I” - Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle, “You Can’t Hurry Love” - Phil Collins, “Pass The Dutchie” - Musical Youth, “Goody Two Shoes” - Adam Ant, “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” - Sammy Hagar, ”All Right” - Christopher Cross, “Allentown” - Billy Joel, “Back On The Chain Gang” - The Pretenders, “Hungry Like The Wolf” - Duran Duran, “Separate Ways” - Journey, “The Other Guy” - Little River Band
Top country hit singles – March 1, 1983
“Faking Love” - T.G. Sheppard & Karen Brooks, “Why Baby Why” - Charlie Pride
Top movies – March 1, 1983
Lovesick - Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern
The Sting II - Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis, Teri Garr
Table For Five - Jon Voight, Marie Christine Bairault
Ghandi - Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox
Frances - Jessica Lang, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley
Sophie’s Choice - Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline
ET - Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote