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


In The News

Thousands of Chinese throng bookstores as the first quotations of chairman den Xiaoping, China’s new “Big Yellow Book,” go on sale, supplanting the late Mao Tse-tung’s “Little Red Book” as the bible for modern China.

The Supreme Court rules that it is illegal for a company to provide lower retirement benefits to women employees than to men after both sexes have made equal contributions toward a retirement or pension plan.

The Supreme Court, without explanation, fails to decide its most controversial case this term – whether millions of Americans break the law when they videotape copyrighted television programs. A San Francisco appeals court threw the $3 billion-a-year home video industry into disarray when it ruled that taping TV programs without permission violates copyright laws, even if the tapes are replayed only for a family’s personal use in the privacy of the home.

Federal financial regulators vote to remove interest rate ceilings on most savings accounts except passbook accounts. It all goes into effect October 1.

Sixth U.S. airline hijacking since May 1 – A successful-looking “all-American guy” who claimed to have a bomb hijacked an Air Florida jet to Cuba and is arrested when the plane touched down. 

Seven of the first 16 space shuttle astronauts had symptoms of space motion sickness and NASA says the mysterious malady has “the potential to seriously reduce the efficiency of shuttle crew members.”

In a Gallup survey – 43% believe acquired immune deficiency syndrome will become an epidemic.

The Mexican government imposes a 41% price hike for corn tortillas and doubles the price of white bread despite fears that impoverished Mexicans cannot afford higher costs for staple goods.


Health news – July 1, 1983

The FDA approves the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in soft drinks.



Sports news – July 1, 1983

All-Star game – American League beats the National League 13-3. California Angels center fielder Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star history.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Dickie Noles begins serving a 16-day jail term after pleading no contest to a charge of assaulting a Cincinnati police officer.

Yankee Dave Righetti pitches a no hitter against the Boston Red Sox and the final score – 4-0. 

Buddy Baker wins the 25th annual Firecracker 400 stock car race at Daytona Beach. 

USFL – Looks like the Chicago Blitz will play Philadelphia in the Atlantic division playoffs.


Entertainment news – July 1, 1983

Passing  -Trumpeter Harry James (67).


Music news – July 1, 1983

 Michael Jackson severs ties with the management team of Ron Weisner and Fred deMann. Joe Jackson said they were officially “fired” last week. “Those people are gone and that’s the way it’s gong to stay,” said papa Jackson.


Radio news – July 1, 1983

KNX-FM – Soft rock in Los Angeles changes calls and format to KKHR (Hit Radio). Looks like it’ll be direct competition for KIIS-FM.


Television news – July 1, 1983

Some 9 public television stations end an 18-month experiment with commercial advertisements on the stations. The experiment was authorized by Congress in 1981 in the midst of fund-cutting for PBS.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1983

CBS – 60 Minutes, Alice, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Newhart, Trapper John, MD

NBC – Voyagers, ChiPs, Movie

ABC – The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour, Matt Houston, Movie

PBS – Cosmos, Masterpiece Theater

TBS – The Week In Review, Sports Page

MTV – Fast Forward (interviews), Video Music


On Cosmos – Dr. Carl Sagan explores the possibility of life on other planets.

On Newhart – Reluctantly, Dick opens his dining room to an entertainer.


Top movies – July 1, 1983


Superman II

The Man With Two Brains

The Twilight Zone

Star wars Return of the Jedi

Trading Places

Blue Thunder

Stroker Ace

Psycho II

Porky’s II

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