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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 1, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The largest corporate breakup in business history goes into effect this week (as of January 1) – the breakup of AT&T. The company begins the New Year by spinning of its 22 local operating companies and reorganizing them into seven independent regional telephone companies. Today’s AT&T has about one-third of the total $156 billion in assets of its predecessor. AT&T retains its long-distance operations.  

San Salvador - Leftist Guerrillas blow up the largest bridge in El Salvador, possibly heralding a new series of offensive for 1984.

Jesse Jackson lends an assist in getting Navy Lt. Robert Goodman Jr. released from Syria. President Reagan thanked Jackson, saying – “You don’t quarrel with success."

President Reagan says he would be willing to meet with Syrian President Hafez Assad and that Assad’s decision to release a captured U.S. Navy flier may lead to such an encounter. 

Unemployment hits a 26-month low at 8.2%.


Fascinating Business news – January 1, 1984

The mid-sized Oldsmobile Cutlas bumps the subcompact Ford Escort out of first place as the nation’s top-selling car in 1983. Rounding out the list were the compact Chevrolet Cavalier; Chevrolet Caprice, Buick Regal and Oldsmobile, all full-sized models. Next – the Honda Accord, Nissan Sentra, Oldsmobile Clera and the Chevrolet Chevette.

Wall Street trading volume hits a record for a day as volume on the New York Stock Exchange reached an estimated 161.49 million shares, surpassing the record of 149.35 million in November of 1982. 


Sports news – January 1, 1984

In a Parade Magazine interview - Tennis star Billie Jean King says she and her husband, Larry, have lost more than $2 million because of the reaction to her seven-year lesbian affair with her secretary Marilyn Barnett. 


Media Business news – January 1, 1984

Australian publisher Rupert Murdock declares his intention to acquire up to 49.9% of Warner Communications voting stock. Murdoch is Warner’s largest shareholder with a 7% stake acquired in recent months.


Sports news – January 1, 1984

Phil Niekro signs a 2-year contract with the New York Yankees, ending a long association with the Atlanta Braves that began in 1959. 

Bowl Games –

Sugar – Auburn 9  Michigan 7

Cotton – Georgia 10  Texas 9

Orange Miami (Fla) 31 Nebraska 30

Rose – UCLA 45  Illinois 9

Fiesta – Ohio St. 28  Pittsburgh 23


Radio news – January 1, 1984

Top-40 KIIS-FM Los Angeles is on fire. They’re up to an 8.1% of the total audience – up from 7.4% the last ratings period. 


Television news – January 1, 1984

ABC is readying an experimental pay-TV service called “Telefirst," a video recording service offering recent motion pictures on a pay-per-view basis. The service depends on subs using the service to record to VCR. ABC is suing its WLS-TV (channel 7) to transmit the movies and other original programs from 2 to 5:30am each morning. 


Tuesday night television  listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1984

CBS – Special-Andy Rooney Takes Off, Movie

NBC – The A-Team, Riptide (debut), Tonight, Late Night With David Letterman

ABC – Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments, Three’s Company Madeline, Hart to Hart, Nightline

PBS – The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

ARTS – Hugh Downs Spotlight.

ESPN – Sportscenter, NFL’s Greatest Moments, Big East Basketball

USA - Wrestling


Special-Andy Rooney Takes Off – Andy’s take on our country from a helicopter.

On Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments – John Ritter hosts with guests Kathy Lee Crosby, bob Eubanks, Eugene Roche, Garo Yepremian, Phil Esposito, Pat O’Brien

Riptide (debut) 

On Madeline – Madeline and Charlie go on a canoeing expedition, but wind up in jail.

On the Tonight Show – Martin Mull, Stephanie Zimbalist and Jane Goodall join Johnny Carson.

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