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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August  22, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Pan American games in Venezuela – Some 13 members of the U.S. track and field team are withdrawn from the Pan Am games and four weight lifters are stripped of their medals.  It’s being called the largest drug scandal in international amateur competition history.

Soviet President Yuri V. Andropov says that if the U.S. will accept Moscow’s terms for limiting medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe, it will destroy any missiles that it removes under the agreement, rather than re deploy them elsewhere.

Biggest anti-government protest in Manila’s history - More than 500,000 Filipinos pour through streets in Manila  behind the casket of slain opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Aquino was gunned down last week. Aquino’s widow, Corazon, called on President Ferdinand E. Marcos to release all political prisoners.

In San Diego – President Reagan, in speaking to a cheering crowd of 400 Republican women – charged that too many activists in the feminist movement are demagogic, politically biased and treat women as stereotypes.

Maureen Reagan agrees to take a job to help President Reagan overcome his poor standing with women. “My father came to me and said, ‘I seem to have this problem and I don’t think I’m such a bad guy.’” “I don’t think he’s such a bad guy either, and I agreed to help,” said the daughter of the President.

Some 250,000 (mostly minorities) march on Washington. They were united to defeat President Reagan in next year’s election. Said Benjamin Hooks – executive director of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People – “We have come in the name of peace to declare war – war, if you please on the Reagan Administration. We are not here to live in the past and simply sing, ‘We shall overcome.’ We are here to obliterate Reaganism from the face of the Earth.”

Menachem Begin affirms he is resigning as prime minister of Israel, throwing his ruling coalition into turmoil over the search for a successor.

In Beirut – American, French and British peacekeeping troops come under attack in fighting between Muslim militiamen and government troops that engulfed Beirut.

The space shuttle Challenger lifts-off from Cape Canaveral after a 17-minute delay.

Manhattan - A broken water main floods streets and knocks out a major subway link to Manhattan’s financial and government districts, disrupting the morning rush hour for about 400,000 commuters.

Bad luck – An Amtrak train bound from Miami to New York with 413 passengers hit and killed a woman in Savannah, struck a pickup truck in South Carolina and was derailed in North Carolina after ramming a disabled tractor-trailer.  Three accidents in 4 ½ hours! Some passengers were injured in the derailment. A spokesman for Amtrak said the accidents were “an incredible coincidental series of occurrences.”


Sports news – August 22, 1983

Olympic crackdown - U.S. athletes will face mandatory, random tests for drugs before representing the country in future international competition, the executive director of the U.s. Olympic Committee said. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 22, 1983

Southhampton (NY) - Truman Capote (58) pleads guilty to charges of drunk driving and was scolded by the judge for wearing shorts in court. Judge Mercator Kendrick also told the author of “In Cold Blood” that he can never again drive in New York State.



 Music news – August 22, 1983

Another version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” is on the charts. A group called “Slingshot” features that song in a medley with “Do It Again,” the Steely Dan tune.

CBS Records announces a long-term contract with the Rolling Stones for worldwide distribution of their records – a deal worth $28 million and the richest in the music business (so far). 

AC/DC has a new drummer – Simon Wright. He replaces Phil Rudd.


Television news – August 22, 1983

Jessica Savitch is sticking with NBC after signing a new deal. Back in May, she considered herself a free agent.

Passing – Actress Jan Clayton – better-known as the fist mom for Lassie back in 1954. 

Christina Craft, recently awarded $500,000 in her sex discrimination suit against Metromedia, resigns as a news anchorwoman at KEYT (channel 3) in Santa Barbara. She said she plans to right a book and accept an offer for a lecture tour. 


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 22, 1983

CBS – On the Road w/Charles Kuralt, Movie

NBC – The A-Team, Remington Steele, The Firm, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Debut-Two Marriages, Nightline

USA – Women’s Gymnastics, Celebrity Tennis


On Debut – Two Marriages – Contrasts the life style of a traditional family with that of a household created out of second marriages. Stars Michael Murphy and Janet Ellber.

On the Tonight show – Guest host David Brenner with guest comedian Richard Lewis.


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