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



In The News

The White House declares that the United States has a “strong strategic interest” in ensuring that Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is not able to overthrow governments or intervene militarily in countries such as Chad.

The Guatemalan government of President Efrain Rios Montt is overthrown by forces led by defense Minister Oscar Mejia Victores, who was proclaimed chief of state.

Ten young men die and one was fatally injured after a hay truck slammed into their speeding sedan near Coachella, CA. Apparently, they were fleeing the border patrol. 

President Reagan says that he foresees no situation that would call for the United States to intervene militarily in Chad and said France is primarily responsible for the besieged African nation.

A 12-inch water main breaks in Manhattan flooding streets and setting off a fire that blacked out the heart of the busy garment district and closed hundreds of stores including Macy’s and Gimbels. The main broke early in the morning, flooding a Con Ed substation 40 beet below the street.

Wholesale prices rose just .1% in July, according to the Labor Department.

Major banks across the nation boosted the prime lending rate to 11% from the 10.5% level that has prevailed for nearly 6 months.

The slain boyfriend of Robert Redford’s daughter had been selling cocaine and “may have gotten into something over his head,’ one of his roommates said. Sidney Wells, longtime boyfriend of Shauna Redford was fund shot to death Aug. 1 by his brother Samuel, who also lived at the same condominium near the University of Colorado.

Glenn E. Watts, the president of the Communications Workers of America declares he sees no end to the nationwide strike against AT&T. Bell Systems officials continue to assert that customers were experiencing no problems – that the phone network is sufficiently automated that most calls are going through normally.  


Sports news – August 8, 1983

The American League orders the New York Yankees to resume the pine-tar game against Kansas City August 18, but owner George Steinbrenner says he’s back his players 100% of the vote against it. The controversy stems from a July 24 game in which George Bret hit a two-run homer to give Kansas City a 5-4 lead with two out in the top of the ninth inning. When the Yankees protested that Brett’s bat had pine tar too far up the barrel, the umpires called Brett out, giving the Yankees a 4-3 win. 

Quarterback Doug Williams, unable to agree on a contract with the National football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers says that he as singed a five-year contract with the USFL’s Oklahoma Outlaws expansion team. 

Carl Lewis sets his first world record at the Helsinki world track and field championship. Lewis anchored the United States 400-meter relay team to a time of 37.86 seconds, breaking 38.03 set by an American team in 1977.

The Boston Celtics are sold by Harry Mangurian to three businessmen.


Music news – August 8, 1983

Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” video casts him on “The Ed Sullivan Show” of yesteryear.

They’re hot - Def Leppard’s “Photograph” video has won MTV’s “Friday Night at the Fights” phone-in contest three weeks running. “Pyromania” has sold nearly 4 million copies.

Wham, which just released their debut album in the States, has changed its name to Wham U.K. after a legal dispute with a stateside group. 

The Hotel Royal Plaza in Walt Disney World is planning a Michael Jackson suite. Those who stay their get to see framed platinum albums signed by Jackson.  

Video rock serial? Look for “Nah!” this fall. It’s being billed as the first rock video adventure serial. In 15 parts, in will combine the escapades of a gang of teen roustabouts with rock videos scored by the likes of Duran Duran, Thomas Dolby, Stray Cats and others. Explains an EMI spokesperson – “Rock videos have already made an enormous impact on TV commercials and feature films like “Flashdance.” So now we’re going to try to use the talents of the best young bands to create a whole new visual form.”

Did you know that MTV’s Nina Blackwell appeared in Playboy magazine? Yes – back in the August, 1978 edition, you’ll see Ms. Blackwell in a sexy secretaries pictorial title “The Girls You Wished You Worked With.”  


Television news – August 8, 1983

Tom Selleck, star of “Magnum P.I.” and his stepson suffered cuts and bruises when their Jeep crashed through a parking structure railing, plunged 20 feet and landed on a trailer. Police said Kevin Selleck (15) was driving when the accident occurred at a three-tier parking structure at the outrigger canoe club in Waikiki. 


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1983

CBS – Magnum P.I., Simon and Simon, Knots Landing

NBC – Gimme a Break, Mama’s Family, Cheers, Hill St. Blues, Tonight, 1983 World Championships of Track and Field, News overnight

ABC – Eye on Hollywood, Too Close For Comfort, Reggie, It Takes Two, 20/20, Nightline

ESPN – 2nd Annual Pocket Billiard’s Stars

 HBO – Billy Joel In Concert


On Cheers – Coach has been taken by a hustler and Sam offers to help in revenge.

On the Tonight Show – Maureen Stapleton and Tanya Tucker join Johnny Carson.

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