Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 1, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Eight U.S. Marines are killed and two wounded after the Marine encampment at Beirut’s international airport was hit by heavy artillery, rocket, ground-based anti-aircraft and small arms fire.
In Madrid – to Spanish jetliners collide in fog as they accelerated to take off. 93 are known dead.
Domestic automakers say new car sales rose 18.7% in late November compared to a year ago.
President Reagan believes he suspects leftist guerillas of carrying out the death squad executions that rightists are being blamed for in El Salvador and the reason – to show the government is making little progress on human rights.
Unemployment hits a 2-year low – at 8.4%.
Top selling toys – December 1983 –
Top selling kids toys for Christmas according to Toy and Hobby World:
Masters of the Universe
Cabbage Patch Kids
Care Bears by Kenner
The Jedi line of toys.
Cabbage Patch Doll Mania – December 1, 1983
Rock Coffman, managing editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a doll named Jacob was taken from the locked trunk of his car. Later, he received a ransom note, “We’ve got the kid. If you want Jacob back by Christmas, be prepared to pay. Our demands will follow. Don’t call the cops or your Cabbage Kid will be coleslaw.” He later received a call from the nappers, but he thinks it’s now a gag from someone at the paper he works for. Nonetheless, Coffman said he bought the doll hoping to resell him before Christmas.
More Cabbage Patch – So far, at least 10 people have been injured and two arrested as melees have broken out in stores among buyers scrambling to get their Cabbage Patch kid. A recent Wall St. Journal editorial asked whether most American families are more concerned about nuclear war or getting a Cabbage Patch Kid.
More Cabbage Patch –
Ed Pannington - a Kansas City mailman leaves for home after a $900 flight to London to pick up five Cabbage Patch Dolls he could not get at home. He said he made the trek because his 5-year-old daughter was “almost in tears” when area stores ran out of the dolls. He said he took the $900 from his savings. But, he was met by reporters from the Daily Star tabloid in London and, after hearing his plight, had all five dolls on the ready with what turned-out to be – a nice gift.
Technology news – December 1, 1983
Tandy now joins the ranks in making P/C’s patterned after IBM’s top selling machines. Look for the new Tandy TRS 80 Model 2000 personal computer at your Radio Shack store.
Sports news - December 1, 1983
Rookie John Elway completes 16 of 24 passes or 284 years and two TD’s as the Denver Broncos best the Cleveland Browns 27-6.
Entertainment news – December 1, 1983
Passing – Charlie Brown, the inspiration for the famous comic/cartoon character, dies after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 57. Both he and “Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz met in an art class and became friends. Then Schulz had an idea called “Good Old Charlie Brown” – about a character that struggled and tried to do well, sort of like the real Charlie Brown.
Music news – December 1, 1983
This week, catch “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” benefiting the United Negro College Fund. Lou Rawls, Ed McMahon and Marilyn McCoo host with guests Robert Flack, Tom Schneider, Dick Clark, Lionel Richie Sister Sledge, Andrae Crouch, Thelma Houston, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and others.
Did you catch Boy George on the Tonight Show this week? Joan Rivers it seems, did a terrific interview with him.
Television news – December 1, 1983
“NBC News Overnight” leaves the air this week. It had been a part of overnights since July of last year.
Unprecedented – After a slew of save-the-show mail, CBS is bringing back Cagney and Lacey starring Tyne Daly and (now) Sharon Gless as two police officers. Gless replaces Meg Foster as the co-star. CBS has never done this. Hopefully, the ratings will go up.
After 255 episodes - “Happy Days” shoots its last show of the season and perhaps of the series. In it, Fonzie adopts a son and Joanie and Chachi get married. But the show’s been clobbered by “The A-Team” and probably won’t be back.
NBC has ordered more episodes of “St. Elsewhere” even though it’s #59 in the weekly ratings. The network believes in the show. But, ABC is pulling “Trauma Center” from its schedule.
“Creative differences” - Speaking of “The A-Team” – looks like Melinda Culea, who played Amy has been dropped from the series.
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1983
CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest
NBC – Mr. Smith, Jennifer Slept Here, Movie, Tonight Show
ABC – Benson, Webster, Lottery, Matt Houston, Nightline
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week
On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers hosts with Andy Gibb, Marilu Henner and Susan Sullivan.
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1983
CBS – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Movie
NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Manimal, Big John, Saturday Night Live
ABC – T.J. Hooker, Love Boat, Fantasy Island
On Manimal – Moves to Saturday. This crime fighter can change himself into various animals.
On Saturday Night Live – The Smothers Brothers host with musical guest Big Country