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



In The News

Addressing an education summit meeting in Indianapolis, President Reagan declares that America’s schools must be “temples of learning, not drug dens,” and said he has ordered the Justice and education department to find ways of helping schools ‘enforce discipline.”

 Edwin Meese III – the White House counselor, who got slammed for comments that he has seen no “authoritative evidence’ that there are hungry children in American and that some people go to soup kitchens “because the food is free and that’s easier than paying for it” – is retreating and says he will study the extent of hunger in the country.

Kuwait - A dump truck packed with explosives crashes through the U.S. Embassy gates and blows-up, killing four people and injuring 14.

President Reagan tells the nation’s war heroes that America is finished with “turning our swords into plowshares, hoping others would follow,” ad that with his military buildup “our days of weakness are over."

The White House says that all U.S. combat and support troops will leave Grenada by next week. (Thursday).

Santa Barbara (CA) police apologized to three Christmas-shipping members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team after forcing them to lie spread-eagled on the ground and holding them at gunpoint before clearing them in a robbery investigation. One of the was Louis (Sweet Lou) Dunbar, who said – “If somebody pointed a revolver at your head, you don’t just shake that of.” The other two were Ovie Dotson and Jimmy Blacklock.

Two-minute ceremony - Martha Layne Collins becomes Kentucky’s first female governor.

President Reagan announces that David Gergen, his chief media adviser has decided to resign. He was known to be frustrated by white House infighting and upset by recent White House decisions regarding the news media – particularly the decision by James Baker to ban coverage of the U.S. invasion of Grenada.


Sports news – December 8, 1983

The NFL confirms that Commissioner Pete Rozelle has sent a letter to all 28 teams to warn players that the non-medical use of steroids could result in disciplinary action.

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., after just two seasons in the majors – is already named Major League Player of the Year. Of course, he’s also been an MVP. 

Available in Canada – Wayne Gretzky Doll From Mattel.


Technology news – December 8, 1983

IBM says it is ramping-up its PC production. Clones have had a nice run so far because there’s been a shortage in IBM PC’s, so customers purchase clones instead. That may change next year.

The Breakup of AT&T Begins January 1.


Music news – December 8, 1983

New movie coming out - Recently, Barbra Streisand was seen on the covers of Billboard, People and Life magazine. It’s the first time in Billboard’s history that an entertainment personality had been featured on its cover. Usually, Billboard is loaded with industry news on the front.

“”Purple Rain” starring artist Prince Rogers Nelson (Prince) is finishing shooting in Minneapolis. In the movie, love interest Vanity was replaced by Patty Kotero. Some say Vanity wanted too much money.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1983

 Passing - Slim Pickens who never fully recovered from pneumonia after brain surgery last year. He was 64.

Yul Brunner says doctors in September gave him only two months to live but he is determined to beat lung cancer. “I’m still here and still working.”

Passing – Actor David Rounds  - Tony-award winner. He was 53.

Mt. T joins First Lady Nancy Reagan at a preview showing of White House Christmas decorations.


Television news – December 8, 1983

ABC-TV’s “Nightline” with Ted Koppel is being trimmed back to 30 minutes from 60. 


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1983

CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – Smurfs Christmas special, A Chipmunk Christmas, Movie, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Benson, Webster, Lottery, Matt Houston

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week.

USA – Night Flight (videos)

WTBS – Night Tracks

HBO – Billy Joel In Concert: A Television First


Top movies – December 8, 1983

Sudden Impact


Here and Now


Terms of Endearment

Mr. Mom

Never Cry Wolf

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