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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 20, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announces that he is retiring after more than 15 years in office. During his reign - he was able to give his fellow French-Canadians a more prominent role in the national government and kept the country together despite the separatist campaigns by the Parti Quebecois government.

In the New Hampshire primary this week - Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado scores an upset over Walter F. Mondale 40% to 29%. Runners-up: John Glenn - 13%, Jessie Jackson - 6%  and George McGovern - 5%.

At the Iowa caucuses, Walter Mondale wins big, followed by Gary Hart and George McGovern.

After 18 months, the last of the U.S. Marines pull out in Beirut on their fruitless peacekeeping mission - and at the same time, President Reagan suspends plans to send more U.S Army troop trainers to Beirut.


Health/Medical news update – February 20, 1984

After more than 12 years living in plastic isolation - David “The Bubble Boy” of Houston dies. David was released from his plastic bubble on February 7 to allow doctors to treat complications from a bone marrow transplant he received from his 15 year-old sister. It was then that his parents were able to hug their son for the first time. “To touch our son was overwhelming.”

The American Medical Association (AMA) sends letters to 390 thousand physicians urging them to freeze fees for one year beginning immediately and to accept reduced fees when warranted. “We are concerned that the cost of health care continues to rise. We are aware of the high level of anxiety among patients that they may find it difficult to pay for the care that they need."


Fascinating Business News – February 20, 1984

Chrysler Corp says it had its best year ever - reporting that it earned $700.9 million in 1983. Chairman Lee Iacocca: “It was a good year and I think we’ll have good reports in the next couple of quarters.”


Sports news – February 20, 1984

Rams cornerback Kirk Collins (25) dies of throat cancer. He had been in and out of the hospital since September. It was then a tumor was discovered in his throat during a routine physical examination after he pulled a groin muscle.


Notable Obituaries – February 20, 1984:

Passing (80) - Joe Berg - master of illusion. Started one of the first magic shops in the country.

Passing - Mikhail A. Sholokhov - Novel Prize winning author. Best known for “And Quiet Flows the Don.”

Engaged - Greek shipping heiress Christina Onassis (33) to Thierry Roussell - heir to the giant Roussel-Uclaf pharmaceutical firm of France. It could be her fourth marriage. 


Best-selling books – February 20, 1984

 “Pet Sematary” - Stephen King, “The Story of Henri Tod” - William F. Buckley, “Poland” - James A Michener, “Who Killed the Robins Family/” - Bill Adler/Thomas Chastain, “The Discovers” - Daniel J. Boorstin, “In Search of Excellence: Lessons From America’s Best Run Companies” - Thomas J. Peters/Robert H. Waterman, “Lines and Shadows” - Joseph Wambaugh, “Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession” - Erma Bombeck.


Top TV shows/Nielsen Ratings – February 20, 1984

“Master Of The Game Part III (28.2), Lace Part I (28.2), Master of the Game part II (27.7), Dallas (26.1), Star Wars (25.1), 60 Minutes  (24.3), Simon & Simon (23.9), Dynasty (23.0), Falcon Crest (21.7), Magnum, PI (21.7), The A-Team (21.5), The Fall Guy (19.9), Knots Landing (19.8), Hotel (19.4), Love Boat (19.3), Webster (19.2), Superman II (18.2), Benson (18.0), TV Bloopers, Commercials & Practical Jokes (17.9), 20/20 (17.4), Diff’rent Strokes (17.2), Cheers 917.2), Facts Of Life (16.4), Fantasy Island (16.1), TJ Hooker, (16.0), Dukes Of Hazzard (15.9), TV Censored Bloopers (15.7), Gimmie a Break (15.7), Sharky’s Machine (15.5), Dean Martin Special (15.1).


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 20, 1984

CBS - Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest ... NBC - Movie (The Blue Lagoon), TV’s Censored Bloopers ... ABC - Benson, Webster, Blue Thunder, Matt Houston... PBS - Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, The Nature Of Things, The Human Race


On Benson - Benson and the governor are forced to give the stork a helping hand when Denise’s baby decides to arrive while she becomes stranded in a hospital elevator.

On The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Linda Ronstadt and David Steinberg.

She's Back - On leave for three months after giving birth to twins - Jane Pauley returns as co-host of the “Today” show.


Music news – February 20, 1984

Grammy Awards:

Michael Jackson receives a record 8 Grammy awards - a record. Here’s the rundown:

Best album - “Thriller”

Best record - “Beat It”

Best rhythm and blues song - “Billy Jean”

Best pop vocalist

Best rock vocalist

Best rhythm and blues vocalist

Best Children’s album - “E.T. - the Extraterrestrial”

Best record producer (shared with Quincy Jones).

“This is a great honor ... I’m very happy.

Other key winners - The Police, Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Ella Fitzgerald and George Benson.


Singer Aretha Franklin develops a sudden, paralyzing fear of flying, forcing her to cancel concerts in Kansas City. She remains in Detroit under a physician’s care. The two concerts were nearly sold-out.  

The Pepsi-Cola commercial in which Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire will air on the Grammy Awards broadcast this week - but MTV will air the commercial as a world premiere earlier.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 20, 1984

“Jump” - Van Halen, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper, “Thriller” - Michael Jackson, “99 Luftballons” - Nena, “Karma Chameleon” - The Culture Club, “Nobody Told Me” - John Lennon, “Somebody’s Watching Me” - Rockwell, “Let The Music Play” - Shannon, “I Want A New Drug” - Huey Lewis and the News, “Wrapped Around Your Finger” - the Police, “Middle Of The Road” - The Pretenders, “Ya Mo B There” - James Ingram/Michael McDonald, “So Bad” - Paul McCartney, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” - Quiet Riot, “Send Me An Angel” - Real Life


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 20, 1984

Top Country - “Stay Young” - Don Williams, “Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown” - Ricky Skaggs, “Woke Up In Love” - Exile


Top music albums – February 20, 1984

“Thriller” - Michael Jackson, “1984” - Van Halen, “Colour by Numbers” - Culture Club, “Learning To Crawl” - the Pretenders, “Can’t Slow Down” - Lionel Richie, “Synchronicity” - The Police, “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” - Duran Duran, “90125” - Yes, “An Innocent Man” - Billy Joel.


Top movies – February 20, 1984 

Blame It On Rio - Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper, Demi Moore

Lassiter - Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton

The Right Stuff - Charles Frank, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Lance Henriksen, Scott Paulin, Dennis Quaid

Scarface - Al Pacino

Silkwood - Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher

Unfaithfully Yours - Dudley Moore, Nastassja, Kinski

Treasure Of The Yankee Zephyr - George Peppard

Broadway Danny Rose

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