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


In The News

President Reagan accepts the blame for the security breach that allowed the Oct 23 truck bombing of the Beirut Marine barracks. No disciplinary action will be taken against U.S. military commanders. 

President Reagan says that U.S. Marines should remain in Lebanon, despite increasing demands in Congress that they be withdrawn soon.

Disarmament conference - Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko agrees to meet secretary of state George P. Shultz in Stockholm on January 18.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher makes a surprise Christmas visit to Northern Ireland and vowed that the province will remain under British rule.

Princess Caroline of Monaco is married to Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi. It’s her second marriage. She’s 27 and he’s 23.

Record cold temperatures hit the mid-west and as far south as Texas and Arkansas.

The government’s main economic forecasting gauge fell .4% last month in its first decline in 15 months, the government reports.


Sports news – December 23, 1983

Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn imposes the heaviest fin in baseball history, penalizing the New York Yankees $250,000 for comments made by team owner George Steinbrenner about the controversial pine-tar game. The fine centered on a game between the Yankees and Royals back in July that was halted in the top of the ninth after George Bret’s two-run homer gave Kansas City a 5-4 lead with two out. Two umpires ruled Bret had excessive pine and tar his bat. The Yankees were declared the winners but American League President Lee MacPhail ruled the game had to be resumed and Brett’s homer counted.


Music news – December 23, 1983

Dennis Wilson (39) of the Beach Boys, drowns at Marina Del-Rey after he went diving. Wilson had been drinking and the water was a bit cold – around 60 degrees. 

This week, Time Magazine highlights the video revolution and that MTV is leading the pact. That the channel along with the video explosion in music, has re-kindled music sales.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 23, 1983

Passing – Actor William Demarest (91) best known as “Uncle Charley” on the long-running “My Three Sons.”

Bob Hope entertains troops in Beirut, aboard several Navy ships including the USS Guam.


Technology news – December 23, 1983

On the eve of AT&T’s breakup – The company estimates that around 15 million of its 110 million leased telephones have been purchased. In Akron Ohio, many customers turned-in their leased telephones for a $5 credit.


New Year’s Eve Music Television – December 31, 1983

“CBS Happy New Year America” hosted by Andy Williams and featuring Michele lee and the Pointer Sisters.

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Culture Club, Rick James and Barry Manila

“New Year’s Eve with Bill Lombardo & His Orchestra” with Bobby Vinton and Steve Allen

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