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…
Ms. Pac-Man (Atari)
River Raid (Activision)
Frogger (Parker Bros.)
Donkey Kong Jr. (Coleco)
Dragon Fire (Imagic)
Donkey Kong (Vanguard
Spider Fighter (Activision)
Swords & Serpents (Imagic)
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
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
Max Dugan Returns
The Evil Dead
High Road to China
E.T – The Extra Terrestrial
The Black Stallion Returns
The King of Comedy
Man Woman and Child