Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 1, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Norway expels five Soviet Embassy officials after the exposure of a top Norwegian diplomat as a KGB spy.
Lebanese Premier Shafik Wazzan and his Cabinet resign in hops that a new coalition government might have a better chance of bringing Lebanon’s sectarian conflict to an end.
President Reagan sends Congress a $25-billion budget plan for 1985 that includes a 14.5 % increase in Pentagon spending.
Marine helicopters evacuate 41 U.S. Embassy personnel and their dependents to Navy warships off the Lebanese coast as Muslim rebels seize government offices in Beirut.
A First - Donning jet-powered backpacks - Astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart unhook their lifelines and slowly rose up and away from Challenger. Earlier in the week, Challenger astronauts released an Indonesian satellite into space, but hours later, observed it was lost.
President Reagan, says withdrawing U.S. Marines from Lebanon now would be disastrous for American interests worldwide, and he declared that he is “not ready to surrender,” even if House Speaker Thomas P. (tip) O’Neill Jr. is.
Martin S. Feldstein, chairman of the President Council of Economic Advisers, already criticized by the Reagan Administration for publicly advocating tax increases to help reduce huge deficits, is not gratis again. Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan snips at Feldstein this week, saying Congress might as well “throw away” his latest economic reports. He was supposed to appear on NBC’s “Today” show, but that’s been axed.
Maureen Reagan, daughter of the President, named five months ago as her father’s adviser on women’s issues, says that some Administration sides “drive me to nausea,” with their reluctance to accept women.”
Fascinating Business news – February 1, 1984
General Motors reports that it earned a company record $3.7 billion in 1983.
America’s unemployment rate drops to an even 8%, its lowest level since October 1981.
Medical/Health news update – February 1, 1984
At UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles – For the first time, a baby has been born to an infertile woman after an embryo that had been fertilized in another women was transferred to her womb.
Technology news – February 1, 1984
Orwellian-style ad - Seems that everyone is talking about Apple Computer’s “1984” commercial, which introduces the Manintosh – first shown on the SuperBowl last month. In it, a menacing Big Brother figure harangues an auditorium full of shaven-headed clones, and big brother is on a screen. The commercial ends with an athletic woman racing into the hall, pursued by cops, before they reach her, she hurls a hammer at the screen, setting off an explosion. Only then do you know it’s an Apple Macintosh ad, as an announcer hails the arrival of the new computer. Ad agency Chiat/Day produced the ad.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 1, 1984
Actor Anthony Perkins is fined $142 for bringing a small amount of marijuana and LSD into Britain.
In a Barbara Walters interview this week. Howard Cosell tells her his sports casting may be ending and expressed his disappointment at not being allowed to anchor “The World News Tonight,” a promise he says he thought Roone Arledge, network news and sports president made to him.
Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 1, 1984
CBS – Empire, Empire Movie
NBC – Real People, Facts of Life, Night Court, St. Elsewhere, Johnny Carson
ABC – The Fall Guy, Dynasty, Hotel, Nightline
PBS – Live From The Met, Late Night America
Showtime – Steve Martin in “An Homage To Steve.”
USA - College Basketball, Pick the Pros, More College Basketball
On Real People – Sarah Purcell gets in some water skiing stunts.