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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 8, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Reagan Administration asks Congress to give banks and S&L’s new powers including the right to sell insurance, offer mutual funds and act as real estate brokers and developers.

Chrysler Corp has recovered enough from its financial woes to pay off the last $800 million of $1.2 billion in federally guaranteed loans seven years early reports Chairman Lee Iacocca.

A major power blackout hits the whole island of Oahu as five major circuits serving the island failed.

The nation’s unemployment rate dips to 10% - the lowest in 10 months.

11-year-old Samantha Smith who wrote a letter to Soviet President Yuri V. Andropov because of her concern about the possibility of nuclear war, arrives in Russia with her parents by invitation of the Soviet government. Samantha said she felt “great” about fulfilling her dream of traveling to the Soviet Union but said there are no firm plans for meeting the ailing Andropov.

President Reagan says he will take “whatever action should be taken” – including firing members of his staff – if the Justice Department finds “any evidence of wrongdoing” in its investigation of political espionage during his 1980 presidential campaign.

Old Pictures of Nancy Reagan uncovered - People Magazine says in this week’s issue that it had shown pictures found at a flea market 10 years ago, to relatives of Kenneth Robbins, who was the First Lady’s natural father. He confirmed they were authentic pictures of a very young Nancy Davis. 

Broadway actress Julie Ridge swims two laps round Manhattan. “I’m fine. Now, I think I will go and take a bath.”


Sports news – July 8, 1983

Million-dollar quarterback John Elway reports to the Denver Broncos training camp at Greeley. A coach declared him “great” in practice.

The Philadelphia Stars rally from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the score in regulation – but the Stars beat the Chicago Blitz 44-38.


Music news – July 8, 1983

Bee Gees are back - The sequel album to “Saturday night Fever’ is out – “Staying Alive.” Four songs are composed and performed by Frank Stallone, whose brother Sylvester directed, co-wrote and co-produced the movie which opens this week. An edited version of the hit “Staying Alive” is also on the album. The movie stars John Travolta.  


Television news – July 8, 1983

Superstation WTBS is set to air “The Good News” weeknights beginning in August. Anchored by Liz Wickersham, the program focuses on the “positive, healthy and creative side of human events.”

Judy Woodruff, reporter for NBC’s “Today’ show joins “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” on PBS.

We love Chris Berman, a sportscaster at ESPN Sports Center. He has pop middle names for the players he describes. There’s (Pink) Floyd Bannister, Cliff (Brothers) Johnson and Julio (Won’t You Let Me take You on a Sea) Cruz) to name a few. 

Lorraine Downes of New Zealand is crowned Miss Universe of 1983.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 8, 1983

CBS – On The Road With Charles Kuralt, Our Times With Bill Moyers, Movie, Nightwatch

NBC – The A Team, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Tonnight, David Letterman, News Overnight

ABC – The ½ Hour Comedy Hour, Joanie Loves Chachi, Masada, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Lifeline

HBO – Gabe Kaplan as Groucho

ESPN – CFL Football

USA – Radio 1990


On Remington Steele – Remington and Laura investigate the murder of an artist.

On Late Night With David Letterman – Boxer Randy (Tex) Cobb and reporter Sidney Zion. 


Top movies – July 8, 1983


Star wars Return of the Jedi

Twilight Zone

Trading Places

Porky’s II


Superman II

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