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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 12, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka of Japan is found guilty of accepting of $1.8 million bribe from the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. It was the first time in Japan’s recent history that a politician had been convicted of a crime committed while serving as prime minister. 

President Reagan unexpectedly selects National Security Adviser William P. Clark to replace controversial James Watt as secretary of the Interior.

Snipers shoot and kill a U.S Marine and wound another while they were on patrol in their jeeps near Beirut airport, bringing the latest casualties to five Marines killed and 41 wounded in the last four weeks of peacekeeping operations. 

President Reagan appoints special Middle East envoy Robert C. McFarlane to succeed William P. Clark as his national security adviser.

A report released by the EPA this week - “Can We Delay a Greenhouse Warming?” says the Earth will begin warming in the 1990’s and that average temperatures will rise nearly four degrees Fahrenheit by 2040 and nine degrees by 2100.

A natural gas explosion and fire destroys a crowded grocery store in Charleston, South Carolina. A state trooper says, “there is no building left” and it’s estimated that around 70 are dead.  


Fascinating Busness news – October 12, 1983

Airbus Insustrie says that it has received a $225 million order from British Caledonian Airways for at least seven A320 jetliners. The company says it a “most significant” step toward the long-awaited formal launch of the all-new 150-seat plane. The A320 is seen as crucial to the future of Airbus, because it make it more competitive with Boeing and Mcdonnell Douglas which dominate the market for standard-bodied jets.. Airbus is aiming for a launch by December in order to make the A320 available for delivery in the spring of 1988.

The auto industry begins its 1984 model year with a 45% leap in the sales of new cars - a sharp contrast of the bleak results a year ago. Chevy was up 47%, Ford - 68%, Chrysler Corp - 11% with American Motors up 8.6%.


 Sports news – October 12, 1983

Vida Blue, the 1971 American League Cy Young Award winner, pleads guilty to a charge of possessing cocaine in a federal drug probe that brought guilty pleas from three of his former Kansas City Royals teammates.


Bestselling books – October 12, 1983

Hollywood Wives - Jackie Collins

Changes - Danielle Steel

Poland - James A. Michener

August - Judith Rossner

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

The Little Drummer Girl - John le Carre

Wicked Day - Mary Stewart

Who Killed The Robins Family? - Bill Adler, Thomas Chastain

Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession - Erma Bombeck

In Search Of excellence: Lessons From America’s Best run Companies - Thomas J. Peters

Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives - John Naisbitt

The Best of James Herriot - James Herriot

Out On A Limb - Shirley MacLaine.


Entertainment/Media/Movie/Celebrity news – October 12, 1983

The technical adviser to the movie “Eddie and the Cruisers” is John Lyon - better known as “Southside Johnny,” leader of the Asbury Jukes - a well-known rock band from Asbury Park,  New Jersey - just Southwest of New York City. . Eddie is played by Michael Pare’ - who was born and raised in North Tarrytown, NY - just north of New York City. Music on the film is actually performed by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Ironically, the Asbury Jukes and the John Cafferty Band have spent their careers dodging the same comparisons to another artist from the Asbury Park area - Bruce Springsteen.    

Ted Turner announces that he will purchase the rival Satellite News Channel for $25 million. The channel will cease operations with the acquisition. Turner’s Cable News Network and CNN Headline News will be offered to cable systems now carrying SNC, which is owned by ABC Video Enterprises and Westinghouse Broadcasting. The two competitors have been losing money - but SNC had been losing more money than the Turner Channels.    

This Sunday on NBC - “High School USA” with Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Tony Dow, Michael J. Fox and Elinor Donahue. The show pits the students of a Midwestern high school (played by young television stars of today) against their parents and teachers (played by the television stars of the late 50’s and 60’s). The special also features Nancy Mckeaon (Facts of Life), Todd Bridges and Dana Plato (Diff’rent Strokes). Also appearing - Angela Cartwright, Ken Osmond, David Nelson and Barry Livingston.

Barbara Walters says she loves her fame, but is sometimes irked when she hears people calling her “Baba Wawa” - the name of the fictional Gilda Radner character on “Saturday Night Live.” “What I mind sometimes is when I’m in a crowd or get in a plane and people say, “oh, there’s Baba Wawa - don’t they realize I heard? And is this what I am?

Passing - actor Pat O’Brien (83) - featured in more than 110 films. Appeared in the film “Knute Rockne - All American” with President Reagan.

Passing - actor Paul Fixx (81) - best remembered for the role of marshal Micah Torrance in the “Rifleman” television series starring Chuck Connors. 


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 12, 1983  

CBS - Cutter to Houston, Movie

NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, The Rousters, The Yellow Rose

ABC - T.J Hooker, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island


On T.J. Hooker - Hooker’s link to a beautiful Eurasion girl leads him to a crime ring that is funneling illegal weapons through Chinatown.

On  Silver Spoons - Ricky is “taken” after skipping a boring Boy Scout convention for a couple of “older” girls

On CBS Movie - “Trackdown - Finding the Goodbar Killer” (1983) - George Segal, Shelly Hack.

On Saturday Night Live - Guest hosts - Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito


Sunday televison news programs – week of October 12, 1983

Face the Nation (CBS) - James Baker III talks about President Reagan’s 1984 Presidential plans.

This Week With David Brinkley (ABC) - Edward Rollins, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and Sen. James R Sasser (D-Tenn) discuss the ‘84 Presidential campaign.

Meet The Press (NBC) - Frank Borman - chairman of the financially troubled Eastern Airlines discusses the industry.


#1 Country Hit Single – October 12, 1983

Lady Down On Love - Alabama


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 12, 1983

Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Ritchie

Making Love Out of Nothing - Air Supply

Delirious - Prince

Burning Down The House - Talking Heads

One thing Leads To Another - The Fixx

Telefone - Sheena Easton

True - Spandau Ballet

Far From Over - Frank Stallone

How Am Supposed To Live Without You - Laura Branigan

If Anyone Falls - Stevie Nicks

She’s Sexy +_17 - Stray Cats

Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

Tonight, I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack

Promises Promises - Naked Eyes

This Time - Bryan Adams

Sitting At The Wheel - The Moody Blues

Dr Heckyll & Mr Jive - Men at Work

Everyday I Write The Book - Elvis Costello & The Attractions


Top Top Albums – October 12, 1983

Synchronicity - The Police

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Flashdance - soundtrack

Reach the Beach - The Fixx

In Innocent Man - Billy Joel

Greatest Hits - Air Supply

The Principle of Moments - Robert Plant

Pyromania - Def Leppard

Metal Health - Quiet Riot

Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler

Rhythm Of Youth - Men Without Hats

Greatest Hits Vol. II - Eddie Rabbit

Try It out - Klique

Hello Big Man - Carly Simon

No Frills - Bette Midler

Voice of the Heart - The Carpenters

The Completion Backward Principle - The Tubes

Born To Love - Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack

 The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks

The Net - Little River Band

Lick It Up - Kiss

The Present - The Moody Blues

One particular Harbour - Jimmy Buffet

Numbers With Wings - The Bongos

Bent Out Of Shape - Rainbow

Cookin’ On The Rood - Roman Holliday



More Albums - From CBS Records and Cassettes - October 12, 1983

Introducing The Style Council - Style Council

Little Robbers - The Motels

What’s New - Linda Ronstadt

The Crossing - Big Country

Cargo - Men at Work

Frontiers - Journey

Colour By Numbers - Culture Club

Punch The Clock - Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Passionworks - Heart

Live From Earth - Pat Benatar

Drastic Measures - Kansas

True - Spandau Ballet

Fantastic - Wham! U.K.

Pancho & Lefty - Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson

Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown - Ricky Skaggs


Top Pop Music Hit Singles in Britain – October 12, 1983

Karma Chamelon – Culture Club

Dear Prudence – Siouxsie & The Banchies

Modern Love – David Bowie

Red Red Wine – EB 40

New Song – Howard Jones

They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman

Blue Monday – New Order

In Your eyes – George Benson

Tahiti – David Essex

This Is Not A Love Song – Pil


Radio News  - October 12, 1983

WPLJ lets long time DJ Carol Miller go. The station just made a transition to Top-40 and apparently, the rock album jock wasn’t cutting it.


Music News – October 12, 1983

Vestron Video will release “Michael Jackson: Making of the Thriller Video” before Christmas. Price of the 1-hour video – $29.95.

In Concert – Little River Band!

Look for a concert by Pat Benatar to be broadcast by HBO November 5.

Sony says it will begin marketing a Compact Disc player with a $700 price tag next month. It’ll be $200 cheaper than the current Sony model CDP-101 CD player. 

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson with over 14 million copies sold worldwide, is the biggest selling album in CBs’ history, surpassing Simon & Garfunkel’s Great Hits at 13 million.

More video music is being produced now than ever. There’s a trend with radio station and DJ’s to produce their local video shows on local stations. Look out. 


Top movies – October 12, 1983

Never Say Never Again - Sean Connery As James Bond, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max Von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Bernie Casey

Revenge of the Ninja - Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye

Eddie And The Cruisers - Tom Berenger, Michael Pare’

Beyond The Limit - Michael Caine, Richard Gere

Mr. Mom - Michael Keaton, Teri Garr

Return of the Jedi -Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

Brainstorm - Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson

Wavelength - Robert Carridine, Keenan Wynn

The Big Chill - Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Cline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, Jobeth Williams

Risky Business - Tom Cruise, Rebecca de Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Maser

Romantic Comedy - Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Sternhagen, Janet Eilber

Making Out (How to score and more) - Jessie St Clair, Nona Phillips, Sandra Gayle


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