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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 1, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Prime Minister Menachem Begin, in an appeal for national unity says Israel has no intention of attacking the Syrians and vows before the Knesset to “bring out boys home.”

23 people are dead after an air Canada DC-9 jetliner catches fire in flight and makes an emergency landing in Cincinnati. One of the dead was TV manufacturer Curtis Mathes Jr. The pilot landed the plane even though he could not see. The fire apparently began in a restroom. The plane was on its way to Toronto from Dallas. 41 passengers and 5 crewmembers were on board. All those who died where in the first class compartment. 

The nation’s unemployment edges down to 10.1% from 10.2%.

Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai denounce a new book about the early years of the Nixon Administration as a “slimy lie” and “a sheer mad story.’ “The Price of Power,” by Seymour Hersh says that Kissinger commissioned a secret study in 1969 that called for using nuclear weapons to destroy Communist supply lines in Vietnam and for a U.S. ground invasion of North Vietnam.

Authorities break-up a Hare Krishna sect in Moscow and punish two of its leaders, according to a weekly magazine report.

Two Rikers Island prisoners have died from the incurable disease AIDS and others in city prisons are suffering from the fatal illness. The illness, first identified in 1981, primarily strikes homosexuals, intravenous drug users and hemophiliacs. It subverts the body’s immune system and prevents a person from warding off diseases. Half of the 1,450 AIDS cases reported nationwide since June 1981, have occurred in New York City and 38% of those victims have died.

More New York – An unidentified man jumps to his death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. At least 27 people have jumped to their deaths from the upper floors of the landmark since it opened in 1931.

President Regan’s eldest son, Michael, says that he is disappointed over not being invited to the White House since the inauguration. “The problem is I have to share him with 200 million people,” said Reagan in a CBS Morning News interview.

The government bans the sale of synthetic hair fibers for scalp implants, branding the practice dangerous and unproductive and ordering it halted immediately. The band does not apply to a surgical procedure in which a person’s own scalp hair and surrounding tissue are grafted onto another part of the scalp.

 Ride Sally Ride – She’s getting a lot of attention. The first space flight of an American woman  - astronaut Sally Ride, is scheduled June 18 aboard the space shuttle Challenger.


Sports news – June 1, 1983

About 1.75 million line the streets of Philadelphia to salute the NBA champion 76ers during a ticker=-tape parade through the city.

Howard Cosell returns to the Monday Night Baseball announcing booth. Cosell will be teamed with Al Michaels and Earl waver on the primary games.

Passing – Boxing great Jack Dempsey (87).


Entertainment news – June 1, 1983

In Philadelphia – A group of brain-damaged people, some I tears, abruptly leave a dinner theater after Zsa Zsa Gabor refused to keep performing unless they moved from tables near the stage. Gabor said she never asked that the people move and that the theater was too dark for her to see who was in the audience.


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