Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 8, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Out-of-court settlement – the largest of its kind is agreed, as some 1,357 will divide $140 million as a result of the MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas.
Health advisory issued - More Dioxin – A trailer park in Gray Summit Missouri contains nearly four times the level of dioxin found in Times Beach, so say federal officials.
Economy - U.S. factories churn out goods in April at the fastest pace in nearly eight years while wholesale prices decline once again.
President Reagan defends his Administration’s trade policies and says he opposes any “quick fix” efforts to protect U.S. business against foreign imports. “We and our trading partners are in the same boat. If one partner shoots a hole in the boat, it makes no sense for the other partner to shoot another hole in the boat."
The Republican-controlled Senate defies both President Reagan and its own GOP leadership, voting to reject a 1984 budget plan calling for nominal tax increases and a deficit of more than $190 billion.
The wife of Andrei D. Sakharov says the exiled human rights leader is willing to leave the Soviet Union, but soviet authorities said he must stay for national security reasons.
Pope Jon Paul II tells an international group of scientists that the Roman Catholic Church made the astronomer Galileo suffer 350 years ago and indicated that the church had overstepped its rights in condemning him for conducting scientific research.
President Regan blames 1960’s Great Society programs and noisy liberal political groups for the nation’s economic ills.
Sports news – May 8, 1983
John Rutherford – three-time winner of the Indy 500 escapes serious injury when he smashed his new Wildcat racer into a wall during practice for the May 29 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Gary Anderson a University of Arkansas running back-wide receiver and a first-round pick of the Dan Diego chargers, signs to play with the Tampa bay Bandits of the USFL.
Entertainment news – May 8, 1983
A helium balloon carrying four people, including the wife of comedian Flip Wilson, crashes in northwest Missouri, injuring her and another woman aboard. Husband Flip was in another balloon, but they landed safely.
Television news – May 8, 1983
A Denver jury awards $5.9 million to Willow Lynn Cramlet who sued Phil Donahue’s production company for refusing to divulge the whereabouts of her former husband and her young son after Donahue interviewed the man about child snatching. A spokesman for the production company, multimedia, said they were shocked. Members of Donahue’s staff disguised her former husband, Wayne Anderson so that he would not be recognized on the show, arraigned a hotel room for him under an alias, mutilated his airplane ticket to eliminate the name of the city he came from, cared for him during the taping and laundered through a staff member’s personal bank account for expense money for Anderson. Cramlet saw the show, and despite the disguise, recognized him.
She was given custody of her son, Eland when the couple divorced in 1979. During one of his visits, the boy was not returned to his mother.
Television news – May 8, 1983
CBS cancels “Archie Bunker’s Place” and it will be the first time since 1971 that Archie Bunker will not be seen on prime time television.
Elton Rule who guided ABC to the top of the rating during the late 1970’s says he will resign as vice chairman of ABC.
Los Angeles news anchor Connie Chung says she is leaving KNXT (Channel 2) in July.
It’s announced that actor Herve Villechaize, who quit Fantasy Island earlier this year, will be replaced by British character actor Christopher Hewett.
(Country Music Association) CMA Awards on CBS-TV this week. Hosted by John Schneider, Jerry Reed and Tammy Wynette. With Alabama, Chet Atkins, Bellamy Brothers, Roseanne Cash, Roger Miller, Willie Nelsen Charlie Pride, T.G. Sheppard, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard, Kieran Kane, Larry Gatlin, Barbara Mandrell and many more!
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1983
CBS – Wizards and Wafflers, Movie
NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Mama’s Family, Teachers Only, Monitor, Saturday Night Live, Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonight
ABC – T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island
On Wizard and Wafflers – Prince Erik and Wizard Vector take refuge during a storm.
On Teachers Only – Sam gets mugged after working late.
Top movies – May 8, 1983
An Officer and a Gentleman
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
Max Dugan Returns