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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 1, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Grenada – Three hundred U.S. Marines landing in ships and helicopters captured the tiny Grenadine island of Carriacou and took 17 Grenadian soldiers prisoner without firing a shot.

Six Navy men are killed and 35 injured early when flames race through an engine room aboard the aircraft carrier ranger in the Arabian Sea. 

With the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Loretta) at his side, President Reagan signed legislation that honors the slain civil rights leader with a national holiday. Reagan and King had “stirred our nation to the very depths of its soul” in battling racial discrimination.

Troops loyal to Yasser Arafat are driven from one of their last Lebanon strongholds, But Arafat vows to continue the fight against Syrian-backed POL rebels.

A truck filled with explosives levels the Israeli military headquarters in southern Lebanon, killing 29 Israelis.  

Israeli pilots bomb Syrian-held positions east of Beirut in retaliation for a suicide car-bomb attack on an Israeli military headquarters in Southern Lebanon.

East bloc diplomats expelled - More than 150 Cuban, Soviet and Libyan diplomats and their families fly to Havana after being expelled from Grenada and taken U.S. military planes to Mexico.  

 President Reagan names former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, a moderate republican who heads a major pharmaceutical firm, to be his new special envoy to the Middle East.

Speaking at a Marine base in North Carolina, President Regan honored American servicemen killed in Lebanon and Grenada and said he is prepared to use force again “to prevent humankind from drowning in a sea of tyranny.

The unemployment falls to 8.8% in October the lowest level in 20 months.

President Reagan, declaring the U.S. military action in Grenada was not an “invasion” as he once called it but an act of “liberation,” said that all hostilities have ended on the island and that U.S. commanders are being told to start withdrawing their forces within a few days.

In Los Angeles. Angelo Buono Jr., aka the Hillside Strangler is found guilty of a second murder under special circumstances.


Fascinating Business news – November 1, 1983

Also in Los Angeles – Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is arrest in his Bel-Air mansion and brought to court after a judge’s order to appear at a hearing with original of a taped conversation involving the John Z. DeLorean case.

The Chicago Sun-Times, the nation’s seventh-largest daily paper is sold to Australian Rupert Murdoch’s publishing company for $90 million cash. Seller is Field Enterprises.


Sports news – November 1, 1983

Tony LaRussa of the Chicago White Sox and Tom Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers are named the Mangers of the year by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America.

Passing – George Halas (88) “Papa Bear” of the Chicago Bears and the winningest coach in the history of pro football.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 1, 1983

Singer/actress Cher files a $5 million libel lawsuit against the National Enquirer, claiming that a story in the Nov. 1 issue of the tabloid that said her Benedict Canyon home is haunted was a “willful effort to malign” her. The article was titled “evil Curse Drives Cher Out of Her House” and claimed the entertainer’s home is plagued by ratline windows, strange noises and fog-like mists as a result of an Egyptian curse.


Radio news – November 1, 1983

Passing – Don Sherwood (58) – once a top DJ in San Francisco. Back in the 1960’s, his KSFO morning show reached 25% of the audience. He died of emphysema contracted by a huge smoking habit.


Television news – November 1, 1983

Steve Sabol does the “NFL Week in Review” and “NFL Magazine” seen weekends. He also does an NFL show for HBO and is also seen on ESPN cable.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 1, 1983

CBS – Whiz Kids, Movie

NBC – Real People, Facts of Life, Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, Tonight, David Lettermen

ABC – The Fall Guy, Dynasty, Arthur Hailey’s Hotel, Nightline

PBS – The Chemical People: A Chemical Society


CBS Movie “Rita Hayworth - The Love Goddess” starring Linda Carter.


Top movies – November 1, 1983

Educating Rita

All The Right Moves

The Big Chill

Here and Now

Mr. Mom

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