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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 8, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A bomb goes off about 30 feet from the Senate chamber entrance at the U.S. Capitol.  The blast blew the doors off a reception room - no one was injured. The force of the blast was estimated to be between 2 to 5 sticks of dynamite. A group opposed to U.S. involvement in Grenada claimed responsibility.

President Reagan’s handling of the October 25 invasion of Grenada wins widespread public and congressional support allaying concern for his conduct on foreign affairs. Before the Grenada invasion, Americans had become increasingly concerned about tensions in Lebanon and Central America, U.S-Soviet relations including the Soviet’s downing of a South Korean Jetliner. 

A Republic Airlines pilot loses an eye and suffers cuts from broken glass when a goose crashes through the windshield of his plane as it was approaching the airport in Sioux City, South Dakota. The co-pilot landed the craft with 30 passengers aboard, despite a hole in the windshield the size of a football.

Hustler magazine Publisher Larry Flynt is forcibly removed from court after shouting obscenities at 9 justices. “F#@% this court. You denied me the counsel of my choice.” Officers surrounded him and rolled his gold-plated wheelchair out of the courtroom. He was arrested and charged with contempt of court. The outburst occurred after arguments were heard in a libel case with Penthouse Magazine.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis goes to court to kill an advertisement running in several magazines depicting her with critic Gene Shalit, actress Ruth Gordon and model Shari Belafonte-Harper. The ad shows and real Shalit, Gordon and Harper and implies that the other model is Onassis. The ad depicts shows the double peeking over Shalit’s shoulder and was “an embarrassment and injurious to my reputation because it makes it appear that I am acting as a photographic model” said Onassis.

A wealthy Long Island businessman kisses his wife and then shoots her to death while she was riding her exercise bike. Stephan Hoffman confessed to the killing after attempting to make it look like a burglary. Hoffman said his wife insisted on moving to $400 thousand condominium and he couldn’t afford it.

House speaker Tip O’Neill writes a letter of apology to Nancy Reagan for remarks he made about her in the New York Times. In the interview, O’Neil said, “President Reagan could quit tomorrow and she would be queen of Beverly Hills.”


Supermarket prices – November 8, 1983

At the mart - a 4-pack Lipton Cup-A-Soup - .66...2 ply Kleenex towels - 100 - .65...409 Cleaner - 220z -$1.29... New at the mart - Donky Kong cereal.


Technology news – November 8, 1983

Microsoft will begin of offer programs that make it easier for a PC user to handle several programs on their screens simultaneously. Its new “Windows” will let independent software companies develop these products - dubbed “integrated software packages.” Microsoft says that 23 PC makers will offer Windows with their systems including HP, Compaq, Tandy, Wang, DEC, Apple and Eagle. Windows will compete with the recently released Visi-on from VisiCorp and with

Lisa (Apple Corp). Lisa relies on a device called a mouse, which lets a viewer point a click from a menu of choices on a screen and integrating one task with another.


Sports news – November 8, 1983

Larry O’Brien resigns as commissioner of the NBA. ...Marvelous Marvin Hagler defeats Roberto Duran in a 15 round decision to retain his middleweight title.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 8, 1983

The Frank Sinatra concert scheduled at the St Paul Civic Center in Minnesota is cancelled due to a sore throat. A new date will be set sometime between 2 and 12 weeks.

Trying to keep a low profile, John F. Kennedy Jr. arrives in New Delhi, India for six months of independent study. “I have never given interviews and I don’t see why I should start now.”

Arriving in Japan, a reporter asks singer Rick Springfield if he wears underwear. Showing his purple jockeys he replied “yes I do."


Television news – November 8, 1983

Dies - Deadpan comedian Junior Samples (56). Best known for his appearances on “Hee Haw.” Samples most famous skit on the show was a parody on used car commercials. Samples was from the rural community of Cumming, Georgia and said his TV appearances “just ‘bout ruint me” because his neighbors always wanted him to pay their bills thinking he was rich.


Tuesday night Television listings/programs/TV guide  November 8, 1983

(CBS) Mississippi, Movie...(NBC) The A Team, Remington Steele, Bay City Blues...(ABC) Just Our Luck, Happy Days, Three’s Company, Madeline, Hart To Hart.

Terri Garr host Saturday Night Live with Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo as musical guests this week.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 8, 1983

Dallas (26.8), Stir Crazy (26.7), 60 minutes (24.6), Falcon Crest (23.3), Magnum, PI (23.2), The A-Team (23.1), Simon & Simon (23.0), Dynasty (22.1), Hotel (20.8), Love Boat (20.4), Knots Landing (20.3), Hart to Hart (19.7), Facts of Life (19.7), Newhart (19.7), AfterMASH (19.5).


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 8, 1983

“All Night Long” - Lionel Ritchie, “Islands In The Stream” - Kenny Rogers/ Dolly Parton, “Uptown Girl” - Billy Joel, “True” - Spandau Ballet, “One Thing Leads To Another” - The Fixx, “Cum On Feel The Noize” - Quiet Riot, “Delirious” - Prince, “Telefone (long distance love affair)” - Sheena Easton, “Modern Love” - David Bowie, “If Anyone Falls” - Stevie Nicks, “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” - Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack, “Crumblin’ Down” - John Cougar Mellencamp.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 8, 1983

“Lady Down On Love” - Alabama, “Holding Her And Loving You” - Earl Thomas Conley, “One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools” - Barbara Mandrell, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You” - Lee Greenwood


Top movies – November 8, 1983

Star 80 - Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson

The Right Stuff - Charles Frank, Ed Harris

Never Cry Wolf - Charles Martin Smith, Brain Dennehy

The Dead Zone - Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt

Deal Of The Century - Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines

Never Say Die Again - Sean Connry As James Bond

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