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 Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 10, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Gannett’s “USA Today” celebrates is first anniversary. The paper is already in 16 major markets and growing. This week, it’s being launched in New England and the Great Lakes region

Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel submits his formal resignation. The move clears the way for Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir to form a new government.

For the first time, President Reagan authorizes the use of American forces to protect the Lebanese army. It’s part of a series of moves to protect the defenses of the 1000 plus U.S Marines stationed in Beirut.

Japanese searchers find the first American ID in the Korean airliner, which was shot out of the sky last week by the Russians. 269 perished in the waters of the north sea of Japan, including 61 Americans.


Best-selling books – September 10, 1983

Top Books - “Poland” - James A. Michener, “August” - Judith Rossner, “Hollywood Wives” - Jackie Collins, “The One Minute Manager” - Kenneth Blanchard/Spencer Johnson, “Creating Wealth” - Robert G. Allen.


Sports television – September 10, 1983

 Jimmy Connors wins the U.S. Open Men’s championship and Martina Navratilova wins on the woman’s side at Flushing Meadow NY.


Technology news – September 10, 1983

IBM announces that it has developed a new chip with twice the storage capacity of anything on the market. The chip uses something called “plate pushing” to read data on its output. The chip has 512K dynamic RAM.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 10, 1983

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (29) is charged with possession of heroin after his bag is searched after a flight. Kennedy was traveling to South Dakota on a flight from Minneapolis when he became sick. Ironically, he was on his way to Black Hills to seek help for drug dependency.

Vanessa Williams (20) - Miss New York, becomes the first black to be crowned Miss America. She’s from Millwood, NY in Westchester County.   

Barbara Bel Geddes who plays matriarch Ellie Ewing on “Dallas” is back at work on the series. The actress suffered a heart attack in March. She’s missed the first 12 episodes of the new season.

Elena Holley Diaz, Buddy Holly’s widow - proclaims September 10 “Buddy Holly Memorial Day” at a ceremony in Lubbock, TX.


Television news – September 10, 1983

NBC says it’s adding two games shows to the daytime schedule beginning in October. One is “Go” with emcee Kevin O’Connell... The other actually pairs two older game shows - “The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.” In an unusual idea - three contestants play “The Match Game” the first half hour. Two high scorers of that game get to sit in a square on “The Hollywood Squares” airing the next half hour. The winner on “The Hollywood Squares” in turn, gets to play “The Match Game” once again in a bonus round.... WOW!

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger gets his U.S citizenship in Los Angeles.

Time Inc. drops its “TV-Cable Week” magazine after only five months. It’s the company’s first failure in launching a magazine in 61 years. The company spent $50 million so far on the project.


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 10, 1983

CBS - Magnum PI, Simon and Simon, Knots Landing ... NBC - Gimmie A Break, Mama’s Family, We Got It Made, Cheers, Hill Street Blues ... ABC - Football, Too Close For Comfort.


 HBO premieres an original movie - “Between Friends” - Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett. “One wants to catch a rich husband the other to cath up on the sexual revolution. They have a friendship you’ll never forget.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 10, 1983

“Maniac” - Michael Sembello, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” - Eurythmics, ”Puttin’ On The Ritz” - Taco, “The Safety Dance” - Men Without Hats, “Human Nature” - Michael Jackson, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” - Culture Club, “Lawyers In Love” - Jackson Browne, “Total Eclipse Of The  Heart” - Bonnie Tyler, “Tell Her About It” - Billy Joel, “She’s) Sexy + 17” - Stray Cats, “Don’t Cry” - Asia.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 10, 1983

Country Charts - “I’m Only In It For The Love’ - John Conlee, “A Fire I Can’t Pout Out” - George Strait, “Night Games” - Charley Pride. 


Top movies – September 10, 1983

Risky Business - Tom Cruise

Trading Places - Eddie Murphy

Smokey And The Bandit III - Burt Reynolds

Wargames - Mathew Broderick

“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - David Bowie, Tom Conti

Return Of The Jedi

Strange Invaders - Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Searwid

Final Option - Lewis Collins, Judy David, Richard Widmark

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