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


In The News

President Reagan declares that the United States is not trying to overthrow the Nicaraguan government and says his Administration is only attempting to sever the supply of arms from Nicaragua to leftist guerrillas in U.S. backed El Salvador.

A suicide driver’s explosive-laden truck blows up in front of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 29 and injuring 100. President Reagan denounced the bombing as “a vicious, cowardly act” and vowed that it will not disrupt his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. A high-ranking CIA analyst was one of the victims. 


Fascinating Business news – April 15, 1983

Auto maker John Z. DeLorean is in critical need of cash to rescue him from the brink of financial ruin while he awaits trial on cocaine trafficking charges. This according to his attorney Howard Weitzman. DeLorean was arrested lat October on charges of conspiracy to smuggle 220 pounds of cocaine into the U.S.

Chrysler Corp announces that it earned $172.1 million in the first quarter, the highest quarterly profit in the No. 3 auto maker’s history and a solid comeback from its brush with bankruptcy some two years ago.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 15, 1983

Playing in Las Vegas –

Sammy Davis Jr. – Aladdin

Diana Ross – Caesars Palace


Tokyo Disneyland opens. It’s a replica of the park at Anaheim at a cost of $630 million. The park is managed, financed and operated by Oriental land Co., a Japanese real estate firm. Walt Disney Productions receives 10% of the entrance fees and a 5% royalty on sales of foods and merchandise.

Passing – Peter Potter – famous west coast DJ of the 1950’s. Known for the TV show “Juke Box Jury. He was 78.


Sports news – April 15, 1983

Alan King Tennis Tournament - John McEnroe falls victim to his own temper. In the ninth game of the third set with a 4-4 score, McEnroe missed a shot and promptly blasted the ball into the stands. The ref gave Trey Waltke a penalty point and eventually, Waltke captured the set.

The FAA charges “Twilight Zone” helicopter pilot Dorsey Wingo with 11 counts of violating FAA regulations during last summer’s ill-fated crash – including operating an aircraft in a “careless and reckless manner” and moves to revoke Wingo’s pilot’s license.


Technology news – April 15, 1983

Seiko introduces the first of its kind – a wrist television. The 1.2-inch diagonal screen picks up VHF/UHF channels and should sell for around $495.00.

Video game industry in flux as several companies file for bankruptcy, despite that consumers spent a record $1.5 billion on cartridges in 1982, up from $855 million in 1981. Data Age is the latest. They recently shipped some 12,000 cartridges, only to have 11,400 return, unsold.  The problem, consumers tend to buy the top games. The top 20 titles account for 45% of the business, but currently, some 300 titles are in the marketplace. A game’s popularity is determined in just four to six weeks, according to distributors and manufacturers. Here are the top 15 video games…

Centipede (Atari)

Ms. Pac-Man (Atari)

River Raid (Activision)

Phoenix (Atari)

 Pitfall (Activision)

Frogger (Parker Bros.)

Vanguard (Atari)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Coleco)

Dragon Fire (Imagic)

Donkey Kong (Vanguard

Pac-Man (Atari)

Spider Fighter (Activision)

Seaquest (Activision

Swords & Serpents (Imagic)

Zaxxon (Coleco)


Radio news – April 15, 1983

San Francisco’s KQAK is now a Rick Carroll “Rock of the 80’s” station as is WIFI-FM in Philadelphia. The top-40 station has been in the ratings cellar, dropping from a 1.3 to a 1.1 in the last ratings.   

CBS enters into an agreement to purchase AM powerhouse KRLD (1080) in Dallas from Metromedia. The deal includes the Texas State Networks for a total purchase price of $27 million.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – April 15, 1985

Academy Awards – 38.0

60 Minutes – 24.8

Dallas – 24.0

Barbara Walters Special – 24.0

Magnum, PI – 23.7

Dynasty – 23.2

The A-Team – 22.2

Trapper John, M.D. – 21.5

Movie-Summer Girl – 20.5

Simon & Simon – 20.2

Love Boat – 19.5

Fall Guy – 10.0

Alice – 18.8

Matt Houston – 18.4

Country Music Association Anniversary – 18.3

The Mississippi – 18.2

The Jeffersons – 17.7


Television news – April 15, 1983

Disney’s “The Disney Channel” begins this week. The pay channel will be 16 hours-a-day of pure Disney. Old Disney shows – “Zorro,” “Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier” and “The Mickey Mouse Club” will be part of things. 

Susan Saint James hosts “Saturday Night Live.”

ESPN, the mostly sports cable network which is now in 23.3% of American homes, says it delivers young 18-49 males with more education and higher income at a rate beyond its competitors.  


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1983

CBS – Gun Shy, Now We’re Cookin’, Movie

NBC – The A Team, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show, Late Night W/David Letterman

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, 9 to 5, Hart to Hart, Nightline, Last Word

PBS – Nova, American Playhouse


On Happy Days – Fonzie pledges his love to Ashley, but may lose her after he lets an old girlfriend spend the night at his apartment. 

On Remington Steele – A corpse is found in Remington’s apartment.

On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers welcomes David Steinberg, Betty White.


Music news – April 15, 1983

Paul McCartney is ordered to pay a young German woman about $290 a month, retroactive to last September, while a West German court decides whether his is her father. The girl, Bettina Huebers (20), filed a paternity suit against McCartney last year.

Paul McCartney says he will challenge a West German court order that he make temporary monthly payments to the daughter of a woman who has filed a paternity suit against him. He’s also offered to taken another blood test to support his contention that he is not the young woman’s father.

Todd Rundgren will produce the next Cheap Trick album and he’ll be producing a new album for Laura Nyro – her first in years.

MTV adds another black artist to their rotation – Sylvester’s “Hard Up” from his “All I Need” album. It almost didn’t make it and took weeks for MTV to make the decision. It almost wasn’t “rock” enough.

In a Nielsen poll of 12-34 year-olds – MTV viewers are more influenced by the cable music video channel than by radio, concerts or commercial TV when they buy records, and they buy more records than they did before they had the channel.

Country music lovers will two cable networks to choose from – The Nashville Network and the newer CMTV (Country Music TV), although CMTV is not yet available on cable systems. CMTV is an all music video channel, unlike The Nashville Network.  

No more new 8-Tracks for RCA Records – the last of the big majors to release any new 8-Track product. Columbia says it will release older albums on the format, but for a very limited run. Polygram says, “our research indicates a lot of stores are selling cassette converter systems. It’s been a faster (8-track) demise than anticipated.”  

EMI Music jumps on the CD bandwagon with initial releases slated for mid-1983. EMI is making CD’s in Japan and many CD’s found in the States are imported.


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – April 15, 1983

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club

Breakaway – Tracey Ullman

Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran

Words – F.R. David

Ooh To Be Ah – Kajagoogoo

Speak Like A Child – Style Council

Shot Rap – Kenny Everett

Boxerbeat - Joboxers

Fields of Fire – Big Country


Top pop music hit singles(top-40)  April 15, 1983

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Mr. Roboto – Styx

 Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Jeopardy – Greg Kihn Band

Separate Ways – Journey

Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

Der Kommissar – After the Fire

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby

You Are – Lionel Richie

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

I Know There’s Something Going On – Frida

Even Now – Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band

Back On the Chain Gang – Pretenders

Little Red Corvette – Prince 


Top music albums – April 15, 1983

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Frontiers – Journey

Business as Usual – Men At Work

Kilroy was Here – Styx

Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie

Rio – Duran Duran

Toto IV – Toto

The Distance – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

The Final Cut – Pink Floyd

Pyromania – Def Leppard

The Closer You Get – Alabama

Powerlight – Earth, Wind & Fire

Jane Fonda’a Workout Record – Jane Fonda

Kissing To Be Clever – Culture Club

Too Rey Ay – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

War – U2

Another Page – Christopher Cross

Blinded By Science – Thomas Dolby


Top movies  – April 15, 1983



Lone Wolf McQuade


The Outsiders

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Max Dugan Returns

The Evil Dead

Bad Boys

High Road to China

48 Hours

Sophies Choice

E.T – The Extra Terrestrial

Spring Break

The Black Stallion Returns

Local Hero

The Verdict

My Tutor

The King of Comedy

Joy Sticks


Man Woman and Child


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