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



In The News

The Senate kills a constitutional amendment to allow children to pray aloud in public schools by a vote of 56 to 44 - 11 votes short of the two-thirds majority required to send the measure to the house. President Reagan has made a constitutional amendment permitting school prayer a high point of his reelection effort and has been pushing it over the past several months. He argued the God should never have been “expelled from the nation’s classrooms” more than 20 years ago, when the Supreme Court outlawed state sponsored prayers in school.

 Primary news - Senator Gary Hart wins in Florida and Massachusetts, but former Vice President Mondale keeps the race tight with wins in Georgia, Alabama and Michigan. 

A judge in Rapid City, SD gives Robert F. Kennedy Jr. a two-year suspended sentence and places him on probation for possessing heroin aboard an airline flight from Minneapolis to Rapid City. The sentence includes 1,500 hours of community service.

Breaking a year’s silence - automotive engineer John DeLorean (59) declares his innocence and says he is a victim of an FBI frame-up on charges of conspiracy to smuggle 220 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. “They’re trying to take me away from my kids. I’m a Christian man very close to his family and this is a very nerve-racking awesome experience. I never in my life thought in this country with the contributions I’ve made to minorities and blacks and everyone else, I never believed I could be brought into a situation like this.” The process of jury selection is underway.

The Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and a Soviet submarine collide in darkness in the Sea of Japan. There was no apparent damage to either ship. Sources say the sub came to close while the carrier was in operations.

John Glenn ends his run for the 1984 Democratic presidential race. “I began this campaign, 16 months ago in Ohio and today in Washington I am reluctantly bringing it to a close. I would like nothing better than to stay in this race ... and win the nomination of my Party. But over the past few weeks it has become clear that in 1984 none of these things are likely to happen.” Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962.


Sports news – March 14, 1984

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson is injured and his brother killed in an auto crash. Drew Pearson was driving a car that went onto the shoulder of the LBJ Freeway in North Dallas and hit the rear of a parked tractor-trailer truck.

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain is indicted on charges of racketeering, extortion and drug violations. Six others were also involved in the charges. One of the acts alleged were that McLain at times with the others worked through a mortgage-lending firm lending money at a rate as high as 150% interest, collecting extended credit by extortion, interfered with commerce and took illegal bets on football and basketball games. 


Radio news – March 15, 1984

Singer Paul Simon and producer Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) agree to purchase radio station WWHB (107.1) in the Hamptons on Long Island, NY.   The sale price is $825 thousand. If all goes well, they may purchase other radio stations. Both have vacation homes in the area.


Best-selling books – March 15, 1984

“The Aquitaine Progressies” - Robert Ludlum, “Almost Paradise” - Susan Isaacs, “Pet Sematary” - Stephan King, “Smart Women” - Judy Blume, “Mayor” An Autobiography” - Edward Koch, “Lines and Shadows” - Joseph Wambaugh, “The Discoverers” - Daniel J. Boorstin, “Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession” - Erma Bombeck.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 15, 1984

The commercial “Where’s The Beef” from Wendy’s Restaurant is named the world’s best humorous commercial of 1983 and the world’s best 30 second live action English language commercial produced in the U.S. - at the 24th annual international Broadcast Awards for TV and radio commercials.

Rolling Stone Magazine reports that comedian Eddy Murphy is all too happy to be leaving “Saturday Night Live.” He was interviewed at his last taping of the popular weekly show. “I don’t like the show, I don’t think the show is funny. I hate it.” About movies: “It’s the business I want to be in for the rest of my life. When I go to the movies and see myself on the screen, the ultimate.”

Actor Yul Brynner has his shoes stolen after attending a Japanese Restaurant in Baltimore. It was after a final performance of “The King And I” where, by coincidence,  Brynner wears no shoes. His footwear - black leather size 11’s, are valued at $850.

Penny Marshall (Laverne and Shirley) trips up two burglars in her Hollywood home. Both were dressed as Japanese ninja warriors and threatened to killer her with a samurai sword, but the actress was not harmed. The teenagers were captured by police about an hour after fleeing her home.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – March 15, 1984

 Dynasty (24.6), Dallas (24.4), Magnum PI (23.6), 60 Minutes (23.5), A-Team (22.9), People’s Choice Awards (22.9), Hotel (22.0), TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes (21.6), Falcon Crest ( 21.0), Why Me (20.8), Second Sign: A Love Story (20.5), Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (19.9), Absence of Malice (19.4), The Jeffersons (19.2), The Love Boat (19.0), Alice (18.6), Hardcastle and McCormick (18.5), Facts of Live (18.5), Her Life As A Man (18.3), Hill Street Blues (18.2), Matt Houston (17.6), Webster (17.4), Hart to Hart (17.3), Fall Guy (16.9), Family Ties (16.9).


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – March 15, 1984

CBS - Lynda Carter Body and Shoulder, Dallas, Falcon Crest ... NBC - The Master, Legmen, The New Show ... ABC  - Benson, Webster, Blue Thunder, Matt Houston ... USA Network - Night Flight ... C-Span  (speech) - Senator Gary Hart ... PBS - Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, The Marx Brothers In A Nutshell.

 The New Show - Hosted by Buck Henry and Dave Thomas. Guests John Candy, Laraine Newman and Laurie Anderson.


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

 “Jump” - Van Halen, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper, “Somebody’s Watching Me” - Rockwell, “I Want A New Drug” - Huey Lewis & The News, “Footloose” - Kenny Loggins, “99 Luftballons” - Nena, “Automatic” - Pointer Sisters, “Adult Education” - Hall & Oates, “Here Comes The Rain Again” - The Euryrthmics, “Got A Hold On Me” - Christine McVie, “Thriller” - Michael Jackson, “Nobody Told Me” - John Lennon, “New Moon On Monday” - Duran Duran, “The Language Of Love” - Dan Fogleberg, “Give It Up” - KC, “Back Where You Belong” - 38 Special, “The Politics Of Dancing” - Re-Flex, “Red Red Wine” - UB-40


Top music albums – March 15, 1984


Top Albums - “Thriller” - Michael Jackson, “Colour By Numbers” - Culture Club, “1984” - Van Halen, “Footloose” - soundtrack, “Can’t Slow Down” - Lionel Ritchie, “Learning To Crawl” - The Pretenders, “Synchronicity” - The Police, “Sports” - Huey Lewis & The News, “Touch” - Eurythmics, “An Innocent Man” - Billy Joel.


Top Country hit music singles – March 15, 1984

Top Country - “Elizabeth” - The Statler Brothers, “Going, Going Gone” - Lee Greenwood, “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” - Alabama


Top movies – March 15, 1984

Footloose - Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne West, John Lithgow

The Right Stuff - Charles Frank, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris

The Dresser - Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay

 Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn” - Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, 

Splash - Tom Hanks, Daryl Dannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

The Hotel New Hampshire - Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe, Nastassja Kinski, Wilford Brimley

Tank - James Garner

The Ice Pirates - Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Michael D. Roberts

Mike’s Murder - Debra Winger, Mark Keyloun, Darell Larson, Paul Winfield

Blame It On Rio - Michael Caine

Harry & Son - Paul Newman, Robbie Benson

Lassiter - Tom Selleck

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