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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 19, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Regan announces an agreement with Congress for a resolution that permits the President to keep U.S. marines in Lebanon for 18 more months.

President Reagan, speaking on the shortwave service “Voice of America,” and, in a broadcast aimed at Russia, said of his desire for world peace. “I’m attempting to speak directly to the people of the Soviet Union. I’d like to talk about ideas and feelings all of us share which I intend to communicate to the United Nations…” We Americans are peace-loving people. We seek friendship not only with our traditional allies but with our adversaries, too…”

President Regan challenges his critics to examine his record on placing women in top government jobs and to stop “talking in generalities.”

Nightmare – Passengers shrieked and the pilot screamed “Get him off me!” after a passenger cut off fuel to one engine on a commuter plane carrying 17. The plane plunged about 700 feet until the aircraft was controlled. The plane was en route from Washington to Montreal. The passenger, Christopher Bradshaw might have been trying to commit suicide. 


Fascinating Business News – September 19, 1983

Erno Rubik, inventor of the famed “Rubik’s Cube” and now a millionaire at 39, is at it again. Rubik, from Hungary, is working on something called Rubik’s Cheese. The plastic cheese should be available for international marketing early next year, perhaps under another name. The Cheese is basically a cube in another shape. He just finished a 300-paye manuscript – a sort of autobiography for William Morrow & Co. He puts out a quarterly magazine – “Rubik’s” dealing with “logic and fantasy. And he has set up a foundation to offer grants to promising Hungarian inventors. 


Sports news – September 19, 1983

Joe Montana throws three TD’s in the first half as the 49ers score 2 more times on interceptions beating St. Louis 42-27. 


Radio news – September 19, 1983

Falling star – KMET-FM Los Angeles, once the darling of album rock radio is falling apart. Seems that rival KROQ’s ascendance in the ratings has hurt the station. Gone is longtime program director Sam Bellamy. She believes that KROQ’s New Wave music and format would not have been accepted by her KMET audience even if she had chosen that direction.

“Rock of the 80’s” programmer Rick Carroll is negotiating to bring his new hits format to New York (it will never happen).

Roz Frank, WNBC helicopter traffic reporter is filling in for afternooner Howard Stern. She did a good job while doing the same for Don Imus.

More New York as talker WABC splits morning team “Ross and Wilson.” Actually, Ross Brittain got his walking papers. He says his firing came as a complete surprise. “Now I’m a member of the Dan Ingram Home For Unemployed Disk Jockeys.”

WFIL Philadelphia is bringing back Jim Nettleton for mornings on the oldies-based station.

Jim Pewter is named program director of oldies KRLA Los Angeles. 

Sony introduces “Super Walkman.”


Music news – September 19, 1983

 Paul McCartney’s first single in a while “Wonderful Christmastime” will be out around the first of October. McCartney also has a new album coming out – “Pipes of Peace” which includes several duets with Michael Jackson – “Say Say Say” and “The Man.”

Chrysalis Records says it is re-issuing Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” – a tune that is three years old. Seems that MTV play of “White Wedding” has gained Idol acceptance in mainstream top-40 and the label hopes “Dancing” will continue the momentum. Besides, Idol’s next album isn’t quite ready.   

Asia has suddenly cancelled 35 tour dates. Geffen Records says that the band has become involved in a major project for MTV, but others believe it may be poorer than expected ticket sales. 

New book “Loving John,” by May Pang, currently the creative director at Famous Music. It’s the story of the relationship between John Lennon, Yoko Ono and May Pang.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 19, 1983

New Looks From An Old Lover – B.J. Thomas

Baby What About You – Crystal Gayle

Paradise Tonight – Charly McClain & Mickey Gilley

Night games – Charley Pride

How Could I Love Her So Much – Johnny Rodriguez

Flight 309 To Tennessee – Shelly West

Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget – Gene Watson

Nobody But You – Don Williams

What Am I Gonna Do – Merle Haggard


Top pop hit music in Britain – September 19, 1983

Wings Of a Dove – Madness

Red Red Wine – UB40

Give It Up – KC & The Sunshine Band

Mama – Genesis

Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

Gold – Spandau Ballet

I’m Still Standing – Elton John

Walking in the Rain – Modern Romance


Top Music Albums – September 19, 1983

Synchronicity – Police

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Alpha – Asia

Flashdance – Soundtrack

Lawyers In Love – Jackson Browne

Staying Alive – Soundtrack

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Pyromania – Def Leppard

Eliminator – ZZ Top

Speaking in Tongues – Talking Heads

The Principle of Moments – Robert Plant

Reach the Beach – The Fixx

The Wild Heart – Stevie Nicks

Keep It Up – Loverboy

Metal Health – Quiet Riot

Greatest Hits  - Air Supply

Cold Hearted – Rick James

She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer

Flick of the Switch – AC/DC

Frontiers – Journey

Rhythm of Youth – Men Without Hats


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 19 1983

The Safety Dance  - Men Without Hats

Maniac – Michael Sembello

Tell Her About It – Billy Joel

Every Breath You Take – Police

Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

Puttin’ On The Ritz – Taco

Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics

Don’t Cry – Asia

Human Nature – Michael Jackson

Making Love Out Of Nothing At All – Air Supply

(She’s) Sexy at 17 – Stray Cats

She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer

Lawyers In Love – Jackson Browne

Promises Promises – Naked Eyes

True – Spandau Ballet

(Keep Feeling) Fascination – Human League

It’s a Mistake – Men At Work

I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – Culture Club

Human Touch – Rick Springfield

How Am I Supposed To Live Without You – Laura Branigan


Top movies – September 19, 1983

Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Easy Money


The Final Option

Getting It On

Strange Invaders


The Final Option

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