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


In The News

In Moscow, tens of thousands pay their last respects to President Yuri V. Andropov.

 Konstantin U. Chernenko (72), a Siberian peasant and a lifelong protégé of President Leonid I. Brezhnev is chosen as the new leader of the Soviet Union. . He replaces President Yuri V Andropov, who died last week at the age of 69 after 15 months in office.

President Regan signs an order to withdraw the U.S. Marine contingent from the Beirut airport within 30 days and base it on Navy ships offshore.

Syria rejects an 8-oint Saudi Arabian peace plan and says that only by unconditionally scrapping its troop-withdrawal and security agreement with Israel could Lebanon take the first step toward ending the factional conflict.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pleads guilty to felony heroin possession involving an incident on an airline flight to Rapid City. Kennedy will be sentenced on March 16.

The Justice Department says it would file suit, if necessary, to block the proposed merger of LTV Corp. and Republic Steel Corp. – the nation’s third and fourth largest steel firms, unless they abandon or “significantly modify” their proposal.  

Housing starts hit a 5-year high as factories operate at 79.9% - their highest capacity in more than two years.

Princess Diana (22), wife of Prince Charles, is expecting the couple’s second baby in late September.


Sports news – February 15, 1984

Olympics – Debbie Armstrong gets a gold medal for skiing.

Sugar Ray Leonard undergoes preventive surgery on his right eye.


Medical /Health news update – February 15, 1984

In Pittsburgh - Stormie Jones A 6-year-old girl suffering from life-threatening levels of fat in her blood receives a new heart and liver in a 16-hour operation that doctors said was the world’s first such double transplant.


Technology news – February 15, 1984

IBM unveils a portable version of its Personal Computer. The 30-pound IBM Portable Persona Computer will be available March 1 in limited quantities at a price of $2,795.


Entertainment/Media news – February 15, 1984

Walt Disney Pictures unveils Touchstone Films, its new division for movies that will be more “adult, mature and provocative” than the usual Disney family fare.

Passing – Ethel Merman (75) – Queen of the musical stage.


Television news – February 15, 1984

Jimmy McNichol joins the cast of “General Hospital” where he’ll portray Josh – a bellboy.

ABC runs third to the other tow major television networks in the ratings with prime-time programming consisting almost entirely of the Winter Olympic Games from Sarajevo.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1984

CBS – Disney’s All-Star Valentine party, Movie

NBC – A-Team, Celebrity, Tonight Show

ABC – XIV Winter Games, Nightline

PBS – Nova, American Playhouse, Latenight America

HBO – Billy Crystal: A Comics Line


Winter Olympics Events include Alpine skiing, men’s figure skating.   


Radio news – February 15, 1984

ABC Watermark cancels “Soundtrack of the 1960’s” which is hosted by Gary Owens. The show debuted in 1980 with the late Murray the K.

Dan Ingram and Ron Lundy, long associated with WABC when it played music, sue WHTZ for $5 million in a civil suit that says the station used their names, voice and styles in the context of a promotional endorsement for the station.

Country WKHK New York goes Light FM and WLTW

KSDO-FM San Diego will begin using “Hot Hits” on the air, same as sister Gannett station KIIS-FM just north in Los Angeles.

WZKS (96.3) Nashville goes top-40 with a Hot Hits sound.

WZUU Milwaukee goes top-40.


Music news – February 15, 1984

Marries - Pop star Elton John to Renate Blauel, a sound engineer. The British singer, born Reg Dwight, declared several years ago that he was bisexual, but Blauel said in an interview – “He’s the nicest guy I’ve ever met.” “I’ve heard all sorts of stories about Elton and that he’s supposed to be bisexual but that doesn’t worry me.”

MTV says it banned the Rolling Stones “She Was Hot” video because it used a can of Tab cola (blatantly too commercial) and because of a scene which contained a man becoming excited watching dancer Anita Morris’ body gyrations. MTV asked the band to edit the offending scenes and they’ll air the video. 

The Tubes are touring!

Arriving in LA for a press conference, the five members of Duran Duran insist that their popularity is due as much to musical values as to their video presence or fashion-conscious image. They insist they are not just a video band. 

WTBS – the Atlanta Superstation is pulling the country video clip show “America’s Music Tracks” after 15 weeks on the air. One of the reasons, not enough country videos are being made.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – February 15, 1984

Radio Ga Ga – Queen

Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

Girls Just Want To have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

That’s Living Alright – Joe Fagin

My Ever Changing Moods – Style Council

New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran

Love Theme From “The Thorn Birds – Juan martin

Holiday – Madonna


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – February 15, 1984

Jump – Van Halen

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Let The Music Play – Shannon

Joanna – Kool & The Gang

Talking in Your Sleep – The Romantics

That’s All – Genesis

New Moon On Monday  - Duran Duran

Nobody But Me – John Lennon

Think Of Laura – Christopher Cross

Running With The Night – Lionel Richie

Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes

Yah Mo Be There – James Ingram With Michael McDonald

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

I Want A New Drug – Huey Lewis & The News


Top Music Albums – February 15, 1984

Colour By Numbers – Culture Club

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Learning to Crawl – Pretenders

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

1984 – Van Halen

Seven and the Ragged Tiger – Duran Duran

90125 – Yes

Oh-Huh - John Cougar Mellencamp

Milk and Honey – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Eliminator – ZZ Top

In heat – Romantics

Sorts – Huey Lewis & The News

Synchronicity – The Police

Touch – Eurythmics

Defenders of the faith – Judas Priest

Metal Health – Quiet Riot

Genesis – Genesis

Rock ‘N’ Soul Part 1 – Hall & Oates

What’s New – Linda Ronstadt

Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue

Pyromania – Def Leppard


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1984

Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown – Ricky Skaggs

Two Car Garage – B.J. Thomas

Stay Young – Don Williams

Why Lady Why – Gary Morris

Elizabeth – Statler Brothers

Going Going Gone –Lee Greenwood

I Never Quite Got Back (From Loving You) – Sylvia

Lonely Women Make Good Lovers – Steve Warnier

That’s The Way Love Goes – Merle Haggard

Woke Up In Love – Exile

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