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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 15, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Under increasing fire from Democrats over his handling of U.S.-soviet relations, President Reagan abandons his tough anti-Communist rhetoric and calls for resumed arms reduction talks and “a realistic working relationship” with Russia.

Standard Oil of Ohio says it is abandoning its $1.5 billion well at Mukluk Island in Alaska because the most expensive oil well ever drilled turned out to be a dry hole.

The economy grew at an annual rate of 4.5% during the fourth quarter of 1983 – a rate considered healthy.

President Reagan, with the help of three military bands and a 25-minute slide show, holds a pep rally for his appointees and said “doing what’s good for the people also turns out to be good politics.”

 President Reagan comments on the SuperBowl: “You know, I’ve been asked a few times who I’m rooting for since both teams playing are from my current home towns. And since none of the Democrats who are interested in this job have declared their preferences, I see no reason to be recklessly courageous. May the best team win.”

A federal grand jury accuses Sears, Roebuck of filing false statements with the U.S. customs service to avoid paying extra fees on imported television sets and to hide a “secret rebate” of nearly half a million dollars that it received from a Japanese TV set manufacturer.


Technology news – January 15, 1984

The Supreme Court rules that use of videocassette recorders for taping television shows for private use is legal. Sony Corp. was the defendant and it’s a major victory for everyone!


Sports news – January 15, 1984

Sports-TV -  SuperBowl coverage on CBS – Pat Summerall and John Madden call the action. Don’t miss the two-hour pre-game show with Brent Musberger, Phyllis George, Irv Cross, Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder, Pat O’Brien, Dick Vermeil, Tom Brookshier, Hank Stram, John Tesh and Charles Osgood. 

Wayne Gretsky gets a hat trick in the first period at Edmonton to lead the Oilers to a 7-5 victory over Vancouver.

Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson, dropped from several NFL teams because of drug abuse and disciplinary problems, wants to sell his three Super Bowl rings to pay for his defense on charges of sexually abusing two teen-age girls.

Tim Belcher, the No. 1 pick in last June’s summer baseball draft of amateur free agents, is picked by the Yankees as the first choice in the secondary phase of the winter draft. 


Radio news – January 15, 1984

Another radio consultant - With eight client radio stations, WBBG/WMJI (Cleveland) station manager Mike McVay resigns to form McVay Media, a full-service consultancy based in Cleveland. 

Transtar, which feeds radio formats by way of satellite, is adding a new format – country.

Wolfman Jack returns to the Los Angeles airwaves this week and can be heard on KRLA (1110) at night.


Music news – January 15 1984

Michael Jackson sweeps the 11th annual American Music Awards picking up seven awards plus the special Award of Merit.

Diana Ross presents a $250,000 check to New York City to renovate a playground in Central Park, fulfilling a promise made last summer. Mayor Edward Koch, in accepting the check said, “Diana Ross cares too much about New York and its people to let that stand in the way of fulfilling her commitment to this city.” The “Diana Ross Playground,” will be in the park’s west side.

Musician Paul McCartney’s wife, Linda is arrested at Heathrow Airport and charged with possessing marijuana, Scotland Yard reports. The arrest came after the couple cut short a holiday in Barbados because of marijuana convictions there. She was arrested as she, her husband Paul and their three children returned from the Caribbean island. She was not held after he arrest.

MTV is undertaking an extensive promotion campaign with the Pretenders and their 52-date U.S. tour. MTV will provide a national on-sale ticket date and a Pretenders concert to air on the channel in March. The national tour begins February 15. The MTV/Pretenders campaign begins this week with the premier of the Pretenders latest video – “Middle of the Road.”

More MTV – MTV and Ohlmeyer Communications pact to produce a series of music and entertainment programs for distribution in all media. The first project will be the “Annual MTV Music Video Awards Show,” scheduled for airing on MTV in June.

Even more MTV – The channel is still looking to hire its sixth VJ, but hasn’t made any decisions yet. The five MTV VJ’s are – Mark Goodman, JJ Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter. Says Hunter about his job – he does a lot of homework: “it’s hard to keep up with all the new bands. You’re always in school. I have a three-ring notebook and I watch as much of MTV as I can without feeling like it’s the only thing in my life.” 

Soon to be available – The making of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.’ It’s airing on MTV this month, but will be available in retail for $29.95.


Entertainment news – January 15, 1984

Crazy about Jerry Lewis in France – The French bestow the award of Commander of Arts and Letters on Jerry Lewis – their highest cultural tribute. In March, France will induct Lewis into the Legion of Honor, thus awarding him the highest decoration that it can give to anyone, soldier or civilian.


Television news – January 15, 1984

On “Saturday Night Live” – Michael Palin hosts with musical guests the Motels.

Phil Donahue wants the rules changed. He had to yank a show segment featuring Jesse Jackson because he is a declared  presidential candidate in some states and stations are afraid they will be besieged with equal time requests. 


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 15, 1984

CBS – Magnum, PI, Simon & Simon, Knot’s Landing

NBC – Gimme A Break, Family Ties, Cheers, Buffalo Bill, Hill Street Blues, Tonight, David Letterman

PBS – Mystery!, Nature

HBO – Movie (Billy Jack)

MTV – The Making of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”


Top Music Albums – January 15, 1984

Thriller – Michael Jackson

What’s New – Linda Ronstadt

Colour By Numbers – Culture Club

90125 – Yes –

Rock ‘N Soul Part 1 – Hall & Oates

Synchronicity – Police

Metal Health – Quiet Riot

Seven and the Ragged Tiger – Duran Duran

Uh-Huh – John Cougar Mellencamp

Eliminator – ZZ Top

Genesis – Genesis

Pyromania – Def Leppard

In Heat – Romantics

Yentl – Barbra Streisand

1984 – Van Halen

Eyes The See In The Dark – Kenny Rogers

The Big Chill – Soundtrack

Greatest Hits – Air Supply

Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News


Top Hit Music Singles In Britain – January 15 1984

Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney

That’s Living Allright – Joe Fagin

A Rockin’ Good Way – Shakey and Bonnie

Bird of Paradise – Snowy White

Tel Her About it – Billy Joel

What is Love – Howard Jones

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