Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 23, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Supreme Court rules that the federal government may deny tax breaks to schools that practice racial discrimination.
The ninth annual economic summit gets underway as President Reagan and President Mitterrand hold a meeting in what is described as calm.
House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill saying President Reagan “broke the law,” adamantly opposes Administration efforts to make a deal with Congress allowing U.S. covert operations in Central America.
President Reagan tells Washington area high school valedictorians that he feels very strongly about voluntary prayer in the schools and declares, “I don’t know anyone who was hurt by it.”
Mayor Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco says she plans this week to pledge more than $2 million in city funds for AIDS patient care, research, counseling and community education. The city, with its large homosexual population, has recorded the highest number of AIDS cases per capita in the nation.
Love triangle - Mayor Vincent Cianci of Providence says he will be cleared of charges that he kidnapped, beat and threatened to kill “another man” in the life if his estranged wife.
Prompted by three hijackings this month, the FAA orders sky marshals onto commercial aircraft in hopes of deterring potential air pirates.
The Reagan Administration asks Cuba to take back some of the convicted criminals who came over with the Mariel boat lift in 1980.
President Reagan denies he has wrecked U.S.-Soviet détente and said he envisions better relations ahead with the Soviets because of “a ore realistic view of them.”
Some 18,000 marchers parade across the Brooklyn Bridge at the beginning daylong festivities marking the bridges’ 100th anniversary.
Sports news – May 23, 1983
Indianapolis 500 – Al Unser Sr. wins, as Al Unser Jr. (21) – drives in his first Indy.
17-year-old Kathy Horvath of Florida defeats Martina Navratilova in the French Open.
Yankee manager Billy Martin is named in another assault complaint. He’s accused of throwing a barroom punch, but owner George Steinbrenner says he believes Martin.
The USFL touched off a furor by signing halfback Hershel Walker while he was still a junior at Georgia. The NFL has a rule against raiding undergrad ranks, but says they’re relaxed sometimes.
The United States Football League, which angered college officials and lawmakers by signing Herschel Walker while he was still eligible to play at the University of Georgia, says that it has imposed a moratorium on collegiate raids.
Herschel Walker scores two td’s for the New Jersey Generals, but the Chicago Blitz beat the Generals 19-13.
Larry Holmes says he will retire by Christmas. He just earned a split decision in a bout with Tim Witherspoon in Las Vegas.
Los Angeles Laker coach Pat Riley is fined $3,000 by the NBA for comments concerning the offciating following championship game 2 against Philadelphia.
Music news – May 23, 1983
The second US Festival is held in San Bernardino, CA. One day was devoted to heavy-metal bands such as Ozzy Osbourne. On Sunday, a man was beaten fatally after an argument.
David Bowie, once sort of a recluse, is giving more interviews now than ever. He’s currently on a tour which will bring him to the US Festival where he plays on Monday.
Religion TV – May 23, 1983
TV preacher W. Eugene Scott loses his S. California TV station – KHOF (Channel 30). He vowed the shutdown will not silence him and raised some $1 million in pledges before the sign-off. The FCC claims Scott was engaged in financial irregularities in broadcast fund appeals. He refused to cooperate with commission investigators, who then took revocation action.
Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – May 23, 1983
“Return of the Jedi” grosses $6 million its first day – a record.
Fascinating – Operators of the Pacific 6 Theatres in National City, CA near San Diego get caught with the pants down. Tying in with their grand opening – they debuted “Return of the Jedi,” but the problem was, they didn’t have the movie’s fourth reel. Instead, they had two #2 reels and began showing #2 after #3. Management thought reel #4 would arrive by plane from Los Angeles in plenty of time. They began showing the movie to a sold-out audience, hoping that fourth reel would make it on time. Said one patron – “One minute we were right in the middle of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo trying to get away on flying motorcycles in a redwood forest and the next thing – you know – boom – Luke is sitting there talking to Princess Leia. “I knew something was wrong and that’s when everybody started screaming.” After missing a first flight out of Los Angeles, the reel was placed aboard another airplane heading for san Diego, “We thought we had enough time, but the second plane was delayed,” said a Pacific 6 manager. “I’ve been with this company 35 years and never have I seen anything like this, and I hope I never will again.”
Passing – Kay Gable, widow of Clark Gable. She was 65.
Television news – listings/programs/TV guide – May 23, 1983
May sweeps – CBS finishes first, NBC second and ABC third. Good news for NBC which has been in the doghouse.
NBC says it will replace SCTV with “Friday Night Videos” and will air following “The Tonight Show” on Fridays at 12:30am. It begins July 30.
Top movies – May 23, 1983
Star Wars Return of the Jedi
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial