Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 8, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
After a 10-year - $150 million study - for the first time medical researchers (conclusively) reveal that the chance of suffering or dying from a heart attack can be reduced by lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood.
The United States establishes full diplomatic relations with the Vatican. President Reagan nominates William Wilson his personal representative and the first ambassador to the Vatican.
In Los Angeles - Angelo Buono Jr. and Kenneth Bianchi (The Hillside Stranglers) are sentenced to prison with no chance of parole. Buono was convicted of the murders of nine young woman from 1977 to 1978. Bianchi - a cousin of Buono - plead guilty to seven murders.
A judge in New York bars Dior of New York Inc. from resuming an ad campaign that used a model with a likeness to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
A New Delhi hotel employee quotes Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on her arrival - “I have come to India on a holiday. I don’t want to be bothered by anyone.”. She’s accompanied by her son - John Jr., a history graduate from Brown University.
Supermarket prices – January 1984
At the mart - Whole Top Sirloin - $1.89 ... Pork Chops - $1.69lb ... Tropicana Orange Juice - 1/2 gal - $1.39 ... Veal Roast $2.49lb.
Sports news – January 8, 1984
Pitcher Don Drysdale, shortstop Luis Aparicio and slugger Harmon Killebrew are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Assn of America.
Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson who played linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in the ‘70’s wants to sell his three Super Bowl rings to pay his lawyers. He’s up on charges of sexually abusing two teen-age girls. Henderson was fired from the Cowboys in 1979 for making funny faces at television cameras while the team was losing to the Washington Redskins.
Fascinating Business News – January 8, 1984
Bendar Wu and Joseph Spano are arrested on charges of copyright and trademark infringement after the FBI raids their offices and warehouse, seizing thousands of counterfeit Cabbage Patch dolls. Stanley Birch - general counsel for Appalachian Original Artworks in Cleveland, GA - the makers of the real dolls said, “Kids know the difference but many adults, who do the buying, don’t”
Passing - Ray Kroc (81) - milkshake machine salesman who eventually built the McDonalds hamburger chain. Opened his first McDonald’s in 1955 at Des Plaines, IL. Plagued in recent years with increasingly serious illnesses including diabetes and a major stroke. Kroc also owned the San Diego Padres baseball team.
Fascinating Facts – January 8, 1984
In Tucson - county judge Jack Arnold declares Carl Whitehead (19) ‘braindead” from watching too much television and for his probation - must read books and provide a monthly list of those he reads to his probation officer. Whitehead was convicted of theft.
Entertainment news – January 8, 1984
Passing - actor Jack La Rue (81) - known for his gangster roles in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s.
Acted in more than 150 films. His last was “Robin and the Seven Hoods” in 1964.
Actor Peter Lawford checks into the Betty Ford Center for alcohol treatment in Palm Springs. Elizabeth Taylor is there too - checking in last month. Trade paper Daily Variety says that in addition to medical treatment - the stars get to take out the garbage and vacuum the carpets.
Engagement - Actress Amanda Blake (52) (Kitty on Gunsmoke) to Mark Spaeth (44). He’s a real estate investor. “She wants a horse instead of an engagement ring.”
Top television shows/Nielsen ratings – January 8, 1984
Television ratings - Special-Something About Amaka (31.6), 60 Minutes (26.6), Dynasty (25.7), The A Team (25.3), TV’s Bloopers, Commercials and Practical Jokes (25.0), Dallas (24.2), Simon & Simon (24.1), Hotel (23.0), Falcon Crest (21.5), Magnum PI (21.5), Knots Landing (20.9), Fall Guy (20.8), Foul Ups, Bleeps & Blunders (20.1), Riptide (19.8), The Jeffersons (19.6), License To Kill (19.3), Trapper John MD (19.3), Webster (18.8), Three’s Company (18.3), Bob Hope Special-USO Christmas In Beirut (18.1), One Day At A Time (17.8), Hill Street Blues (17.7), Love Boat (17.7), Benson (17.7), Scarecrow & Mrs King (17.5), The Horseman (17.4), Alice (17.4) Bugs Bunny Special-How Bugs Won The West (17.4), Cheers (17.3), Matt Houston (17.1), Goodnight Beantown (17.1).
Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1984
CBS - Domestic Life, Empire, Movie ... NBC - Real People, Facts Of Life, Night Court, St Elsewhere ... ABC - The Fall Guy, Dynasty, Hotel ... PBS - National Geographic Special, Debut- Walk Through the 20th Century With Bill Moyers
On The Fall Guy - Terri sends Colt after a deadly hit lady who skipped bail on a murder-for-hire charge.
On Dynasty - Blake shocks Adam with his reaction to the truth of Kirby’s pregnancy.
On Night Court - A strange man comes before judge Stone claiming to be Santa Clause.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 8, 1984
“Owner Of A Lonely Heart” - Yes, “Say, Say Say” - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson. “Say It Isn’t So” - Daryl Hall/John Oates, “Union Of The Snake” - Duran Duran, “Talking In Your Sleep” - The Romantics, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ - Elton John, “Twist Of Fate” - Olivia Newton-John, “”Undercover Of The Night” - The Rolling Stones, “Karma Chameleon” - Culture Club, “Synchronicity II” - The Police, “Major Tom (Coming Home)” - Peter Schilling, “The Curly Shuffle” - Jump “N” The Saddle
Top Country hit music singles – January 8, 1984
Top Country - “You Look So Good In Love” - George Straight, “Slow Burn” - T.G. Sheppard. “In My Eyes” - John Conlee,
Top movies – January 8, 1984
Angel - Cliff Gorman, Susan Tyrrell, Dick Shawn, Rory Calhoun
Yentl - Barbra Streisand
Silkwood - Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher
Gorky Park - William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen
The Right Stuff - Charles Frank, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris
Surf II - Eddie Deezen, Linda Kerridge, Cleavon Little Morgan Paull, Ruth Buzzi.
Sudden Impact - Clint Eastwood
Scarface - Al Pacino