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