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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 23, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Britain breaks diplomatic relations with Libya and orders all those inside the Libyan embassy to leave the country by April 29.

A minor earthquake centered in Pennsylvania sends shock waves along the East Coast from Washington to New York. No injuries or damage were reported.

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that courts cannot award child custody on the basis of race after a case involving a white woman who lost her daughter when she married a Blackman.

David Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy is found dead on the floor of his hotel room in Palm Beach. Later, sheriff’s chemists discover traces of cocaine and Demerol in the body of David Kennedy.

The White House proposes rewards as high as $500,000 for informing on terrorists and asks for new federal penalties against those helping officially labeled terrorist governments and organizations.

Four churches in Mannford, Oklahoma, all filled with parishioners, are hit by a tornado, sending some worshipers into closets and under pews and leaving at least one dead.

President Reagan In Peking –

President Regan arrives for a six-day visit which will hopefully, bring new stability to U.S.-Chinese relations.

President Reagan assails aggressions and expansionism by the Soviet Union in his first major speech in China, and, at the same time, lectured his communist hosts on the virtues of individual liberty and free enterprise.

President Reagan signs a new cultural accord and an income-tax agreement with China and witnesses the initialing of agreements on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and the expansion of an American management training program.

Consumer prices on March rose only .2 percent, providing evidence that strong economic growth in the first quarter wouldn’t push inflation as high as some had expected.

Campaigning in Austin - Gary Hart calls Walter Mondale part of “a failed leadership that is hostage to entrenched interests and mortgaged to the status quo.”


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – April 23, 1984

Government scientists say they have found the virus that probably causes AIDS, a discovery that has led to a blood test for potential victims. 


Music news – April  23, 1984

Did you know the members of the Thompson Twins hale from separate countries? – Lead singer Tom Bailey is British; percussionist Alannah Currie is from New Zealand and synthesizer player Joe Leeway is South African. They’re described as a synth-pop dace band, which is the current trend in England. They’ve already had three hits over there – “Lies,” “Love on Your Side,” and “We Are Detective.”

Radio news –

Radio Ratings in Chicago –

WGN-AM 8.6

WGCI-FM (Urban) – 5.8

WLOO (easy) – 5.8

WBBM-FM – Hot Hits – 5.0

WBBM-AM (all news) – 4.9

WBMX – 4.8

WKQX – 4.3

WLAK – 3.9

WLS-AM (top-40) – 3.7

WCLR – 3.4

WMET – 3.4

WIND – 3.4

WXRT – 3.2

WFYR – 3.0

WLUP 3.0

WJJD – 2.9

WLS-Fm – 2.9

WMAQ – 2.9

WUSN – 2.7 WOJO – 2.5

WJEZ – 1.8

WAIT – 1.8

WFMT – 1.5

WJPC – 1.3

WCFL - .9


Entertainment news – April 23, 1984

Actress Shirley Jones and producer Marty Ingels announce a settlement with the National Enquirer in a $20 million libel lawsuit filed over an article asserting that the couple suffered marital and drinking problems.


Television news – April 23, 1984

NBC will debut “Welcome to the Fun Zone” on June 2. Three unknown comedians – Rusty Cundieff, Charles Zucker and Tawny Moyer are guest hosts on the shot which will also feature comedy, variety music videos and live musical performances. John Candy will appear in a comedy tame. Also look for Howie Mandel. Dr. Demento is the show’s announcer.

Another local video show – Don’t miss “Rock On Chicago” over WLS-TV (Channel 7) on Friday nights.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 23, 1984

CBS – Whiz Kids, Jennifer Slept Here, Movie

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, People Are Funny

Mama’s Family, Saturday Night Live

Movie-The Yellow Rose

ABC – T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island


On  Diff’rent Strokes – Arnold is disappointed to learn that his favorite teacher also moonlights as a cocktail waitress. Jayne Kennedy guest stars.

On Saturday Night Live – Don Rickles hosts with musical guest Billy Idol. 


Top movies – April 23, 1984


Police Academy



Moscow on the Hudson

Swing Shift

Romancing the Stone


Sleepaway Camp

Friday the 13th: Final Chapter

Love Letters

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