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
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.