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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 23, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In Geneva – Soviet delegates walk out of U.S.-Soviet talks on reducing medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe and set no resumption date.

Israel exchanges more than 4,000 Palestinian prisoners for six Israeli soldiers.

 President Reagan orders a Justice Department investigation of his senior White House staff, Cabinet and foreign policy advisers on leaks.

Convicted murderer Robert Sullivan is executed in Florida’s electric chair, ending a 10-year fight against death that won the attention of Pope John Paul II.

A blizzard paralyzes the middle of the nation with 56 deaths so far.

Joe Elliott makes an apology for a racial remark. He referred to El Paso, Tex as “where all the greasy Mexicans are.” And said later the remark was an “act of ignorance.”

Passing – author Leonard Wibberley “The Mouse that Roared” and 100 other books.

Holiday shopping – As the first big Christmas shopping spree in four years hits the stores. “They’re buying everything,” said one mall manger.


Technology news – November 23, 1983

American Telephone and Telegraph unveils a new telephone charge card that can be inserted into special coinless pay phones. The new cards will be mailed to AT&T’s 47 million current credit-card customers


Sports news – November 23, 1983

 Navy 42, Army 13.


 Music news – November 23, 1983

Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler is back on the charts and she is now a two-hit wonder with “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Many remember her earlier 1978 hit with “It’s a Heartache.”


Radio news – November 23, 1983

Don’t miss Ringo Starr’s “Ringo’s Yellow Submarine” – which will run for 26 weeks on the ABC-FM network. The show is full of interviews. In the first show, Ringo took live callers.


Television news – November 23, 1983

Passing – TV actor Christopher George (54) who was married to actress Lynda day George. Doctors say they won’t reveal cause of death, but it was very sudden.

 Passing – TV actor Michael Conrad – Best known as Sgt. Phillip Freemason Esterhaus of “Hill Street Blues.” He was 58 and was battling cancer of the ureter for several months. Some 10 segments of “Hill Street Blues” involving the actor had been filmed for the 1983-1984 season and so far, 6 have aired.

James Garner, long the spokesperson for Polaroid, is no longer in that role.

A television ad campaign that asks viewers to imagine life without the boy Scouts, then shows an adult ripping merit badges off a youngster, has been rejected by CBS as too controversial, a Boy Scouts of America official said in an interview.


Thanksgiving day parades –

 Macy’s Parade on NBC – Bryant Gumbel and Sarah Purcell.

“All American Thanksgiving Day Parade Special” on CBS with parades in Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto and Hawaii and New York. Larry Hagman and Linda Gray anchor.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell calls off his threat to boycott products advertised during “The Day After,” – ABC-TV’s movie depicting the aftermath of a nuclear attack in Kansas.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – week of November 23, 1983

CBS – Magnum, PI, Simon & Simon, Knots Landing

NBC – Animals Are the Funniest People, We got It Made, Cheers, Hill Street Blues Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Private Home Movies of Stars Part II, Trauma Center, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Nature of Things

USA – Auto Racing, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Radio 1990, Pick the Pros

Showtime – Dean Martin in London


On Animals Are the Funniest People – Loretta Swit and Bill Burrud co-host.

On Private Home Movies of Stars Part II – Tim Conway and Ken Murray co-host.

On the Tonight Show – Robert Blake and comedian Jim Carrey guest. 

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