Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 15, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Responding to criticism of escalating U.S. military involvement in Lebanon, President Regan declares American Marines will be withdrawn fro Beirut if there is a “collapse of order” there.
Salvadoran armed forces vow to eradicate right-wing death squads, abdicating to U.S. military pressure.
Wholesale prices fell by .2% in November led by declining costs of fuel and food.
Italian ferry Appia, carrying 93 wounded Palestinian guerrillas and civilians, sails from Tripoli to begin the humiliating second evacuation from Lebanon of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization.
Israeli gunboats fire on Tripoli, forcing trapped PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and thousands of his guerrilla followers to cancel their evacuation by sea, at least for a day.
Two bombs explode minutes apart at French regional headquarters and at a hotel bar in west Beirut. A total of 12 are killed.
President Regan says that U.S. Marines will remain in Lebanon until they accomplish their peacekeeping mission, unless the Lebanese government undergoes a “complete change of course” and asks that they be withdrawn.
The Irish Republican Army says that its guerrillas planted a deadly car bomb outside Harrods department store without authorization from the IRA high command. The group apologized for the civilian casualties and said it has taken steps to prevent a repetition of “this type of operation.”
San Francisco – Fourteen Laotian refugees are critically ill in Bay Area hospitals after eating a deadly species of wild mushrooms of which there is no known antidote.
Right to die - Elizabeth Bouvia, the 26-year-old cerebral palsy victim who wants to escape what she considers a hopeless life, has no right to starve herself to death – a Superior Court judge ruled in Riverside, CA.
Secretary of State George Shultz complains that reporters always want to reveal information “that’s going to screw things up” and President Regan said the ban on the media during the Grenada invasion cut casualties. Interviewed, he delivered this explanation –“In World War II, reporters were involved all along. And on the whole, they were on our side. But today, it seems as though reporters are always against us… they’re always seeking to report something that’s going to screw things up.”
A car plows into a crowd of holiday shoppers on New York’s 5th Avenue, injuring at least 51, after a police officer told an occupant of a parked car to drive it away.
78 are killed when fire sweeps through a crowded disco in Madrid.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. passed the New York state bar on his second try.
Fascinating Business news – December 15, 1983
Fotomat – the film processor and developer, whose retail outlets are a fixture in shopping areas coast-to-coast, says it lost $13.6 million in the last quarter and is near default on $12.5 million in bank loans.
Sports news – December 15, 1983
Wayne Gretsky scores two goals Sunday night at Winnipeg and assisted tow others to reach 100 points – quicker than any player in NHL history (34 games).
Vita Blue – a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher and one of baseball’s biggest stars through the 1970’s, is ordered to spend three months in prison and fined $5,000 on a drug charge.
Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Dodgers pitcher Steve Howe for the entire 1984 season – after Howe was tested for cocaine and results came out positive.
Technology news – December 15, 1983
Home video tape sales doubled this year to 11 million.
First 71-minute CD – the most you can have on a compact disc is being offered by Denon It’s Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Radio news – December 15, 1983
The most fascinating radio station in the world is atomic time station WWV, near Ft Collins, CO. Scripps-Howard’s Deborah Frazier writes an article this month about this unique shortwave station, which can save lives… Thanks Scripps-Howard! You can hear WWV on your shortwave radio at 2.5, 5.0, 10.0, 15.0 and 20mhz depending on your location and time of day. Sister station is WWVH in Hawaii on the same channels. WWV’s time announcer is male.
More top-40 FM stations as WASH, Washington and KDWB, Minneapolis complete their switches.
Legendary New York personality Dan Ingram is returning to the air with a weekly countdown show . Ingram’s been off the air since WABC went talk May of last year. He says he’s been offered at least three morning and afternoon air shifts in New York, including Z-100 and WPLJ, which is owned by ABC, “but the money was never right.” His countdown show has a twist – in that the five CBS-FM affiliates signed to carry the show will participate in its music research. Ironically, the show has not yet cleared in Ingram’s New York City, where he held afternoons on WABC for 21 years.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 15, 1983
In Boston - Actress Jodi Foster is fined $100 by a U.S. Customs official for carrying what appeared to be a small amount of cocaine – and will face charges if lab tests prove that the substance was cocaine.
Top TV Shows/Nielsen ratings – December 15, 1983
60 Minutes – 29.4
Dallas – 27.3
The A-Team – 27.1
Dynasty – 25.7
Simon & Simon – 24.7
Falcon Crest – 24.4
Magnum, P.I. – 24.4
All Star Party – 23.0
Hotel – 22.0
Knots Landing – 21.8
Love Boat – 21.5
Monday Night Football – 21.2
Remington Steele – 20.7
Movie-Through Naked Eyes – 20.2
Barbara Walters Special – 19.7
Hill Street Blues – 18.9
Best Christmas Pageant ever – 18.9
AfterMash – 18.7
Knight Rider – 18.6
Jeffersons – 18.3
Newhart – 19.2
T.J. Hooker – 18.0
Fantasy – Island – 17.7
Television news – December 15, 1983
Former President Gerald Ford, his wife Betty and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger make $330 each for their cameo appearances on this week’s “Dynasty” on ABC-TV.
Anthony Geary is leaving his role of Luke Spencer on General Hospital at the end of the year. He had been with the afternoon soap for five years.
Seen in syndication – Dick Clark’s Salute! This week features Jerry Lee Lewis.
Don’t miss Perry Como’s Christmas In New York featuring Michele Lee of Knot’s Landing. On ABC-TV.
Another holiday special – “John Schneider’s Christmas Holiday” which finds the “Dukes of Hazzard” star singing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Christmas Waltz” and others.
Sunday night television – December 15, 1983
CBS – 60 Minutes, Alice, One Day At A Time, Circus of the Stars
NBC – First Camera, Knight Rider, Movie
ABC – The Pope and the Vatican, Hardcastle & McCormick, Movie
PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theater
HBO – Fraggle Rock, Movie-Six Weeks w/Dudley Moore, The Hitchhiker
USA – Countdown to ’84, PBA Bowling, Pro Boxing
MTV – The Kids Are Alright/Film on The Who, Music videos
On First Camera – With anchor Lloyd Dobyns.
On Knight Rider – Michael and KITT rescue a Gypsy con artist who stole a piece of important evidence in a stick-up.
NBC Movie – “National Lampoon’s Animal House” with John Belushi, Tim Matheson and John Vernon.
ABC Movie – “Goldfinger” with Sean Connery as James Bond.
Music news – December 15, 1983
Music quotes –
Boy George – “We don’t ask people at the door, “hey are you a fat? It doesn’t matter. Pop music is popular, and popular is everyone. As long as people enjoy our music, that’s what we are there for.”
Thanksgiving record and tape sales were the strongest since 1979 with gains of 5-30% reported by retailers.
Pepsi Cola’s deal with the Jacksons for their 1984 tour sponsorship is $10 million.
New artist – Cyndi Lauper. Originally from Brooklyn. In 1977, she joined keyboardist/saxophonist John Turi to form Blue Angel Records. Her “Girls Just Want To have Fun,” written by Robert Hazard, looks like a hit.
MTV – At a video music conference, MTV head Bob Pittman offered some reasons why the video music business is growing:
“The TV babies are now of age and they have different expectations of their TV set. We don’t know life without TV. The set is part of our lives. TV babies will accept new forms, but broadcast TV still programs in a linear form, with a beginning, a middle and end. TV babies hunger for new forms; video games and video music television.”
Continues Pittman – “We hear a lot today about kids not passing tests, but those tests measure linear comprehension. Kids today process information in a different way. They can pick up information from different sources and process it. They process information in clusters. You can see this influence in the movies, as in ‘Flashdance,’ and on MTV. Music videos are not based on plot and continuity. Video music is the hottest new development in the entertainment industry.”
Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists For 1983:
Men At Work
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Bob Seger & The Sliver Bullet Band
Flock of Seagulls
Little River Band
Top pop hit singles in Britain – December 15, 1983
Only You – Flying Pickets
Love Of The Common People – Paul Young
My Oh My – Slade
Hold Me Know – Thompson Twins
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
Calling Your Name – Marilyn
Move Over Darling – Tracey Ullman
Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner
Please Don’t Fall In Love – Cliff Richard
Top pop hit singles(top-40) – December 15, 1983
Say Say Say – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
Twist of Fate – Olivia Newton-John
Union of the Snake – Duran Duran
Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club
Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Undercover of the Night – Rolling Stones
Whey Me? – Irene Cara
Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes
Major Tom (Coming Home) – Peter Schilling
Crumblin’ Down – John Cougar Mellencamp
Cum On Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot
I Guess That’s Why The Call It The Blues – Elton John
Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder
Synchronicity II – The Police
In A Big Country – Big Country
Ain’t Nobody – Rufus With Chaka Khan
Souls – Rick Springfield
Joanna – Kool and the Gang
Time Will Reveal – DeBarge
Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
Read ‘Em And Weep – Barry Manilow
If I’d Been The One – 38 Special
That’s All - Genesis