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 Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 1, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan winds-up a six-day visit to China, heading to Alaska. In Shanghai, more than a million greeted his motorcade. He declared his journey in China – “Leaves me confident U.S.-China relations are good and getting better.”

Poll projections say moderate candidate Jose Napoleon Duarte has won El Salvador’s presidential election.

The Reagan Administration agrees to a $13.9 billion reduction after pressure by Congress and the record-breaking federal budget deficit.

Shaken by his last flight on his “Rainbow express” propjet plane, Jesse Jackson says he will fly in a Lear. The plane dropped hundreds of feet in seconds numerous times. Only later did passengers learn they had flown through a tornado field and that 30 tornadoes had touched down underneath the plane’s flight path.

Walter Mondale wins in the Texas caucuses, while Jesse Jackson triumphed in Louisiana.

Nearly half of all Americans in mid 1982 lived in the 36 metro area with populations of 1 million or more.

President Reagan, saying he has “no tolerance” for what the Ku Klux Klan represents, repudiates the group’s two-week-old endorsement in a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse,” said the President.” 

The nation’s unemployment rate remains at 7.8% for the third straight month.


Reagan – The Teflon President – May 1, 1984

Vice President Bush loves it that President Reagan has been labeled  the “man in the Teflon suit.” The handle was given to him in a recent speech by Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-CO) who said nothing sticks to the President. “He is responsible for nothing – civil rights, Central America, the Middle East, the economy, the environment. He is just the master of ceremonies at someone else’s dinner.” Said Vice President Bush – “Ronald Reagan does have a very good way of taking firm leadership positions but of not getting down into the mire and trying to respond to lots of silly charges.”


Sports news – May 1, 1984

The United States will meet the Soviet Union at the Rose Bowl on July 31 in the 1984 Olympic Games soccer Tournament. 

John McEnroe says every time he argues with an official, he’s striking his own little blow for the betterment of tennis. “A lot of linesmen have no idea what’s going on. When I insult one of them, I’m getting blamed, but I should be getting thanked. I’m only pointing out what everybody else knows – that these people should not be out on the court anyway.”


Entertainment /Celebrity news – May 1, 1984

Passing – Actress Diana Dors, the sex symbol once billed as Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe… after a long battle with cancer. She was 52. 

Paramount says it’s releasing “Terms of Endearment” which recently one several Oscars, to video tape and video-disc. Suggest retail price will be $39.95.


Music news – May 1, 1984

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” just passed the 20-million sales mark in the U.S and 33 million worldwide. The album was released in December, 1982. What’s interesting, it has had more #1 weeks in 1984 than last year. Jackson’s “Victory” tour should enhance sales even more.

Perhaps not competent to stand trial for the murder of his son – Marvin Gaye Sr. is suffering from a brain tumor the size of a walnut. His lawyer says if not treated, it could render Gaye blind within a few months.

Don’t miss the Culture Club in concert on HBO this week.


Television news – May 1, 1984

Jack Barry, veteran TV game show personality and producer dies after jogging in New York. He was the longtime host of “The Joker’s Wild” and other game shows.

In syndication – “The American Video Awards” hosted by Casey Kasem. With appearances by Lionel Richie and Toni Basil.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1984

CBS – 60 Minutes, AferMASH, The Four Seasons, The Jeffersons, Alice, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – Animals Are the Funniest People, V The Final Battle, You Are the Jury

ABC – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, The Last Days of Pompeii

MTV – An Encore of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

PBS – Living Wild, Masterpiece Theater

Showtime – Paperchase

HBO - More Unexpurgated Benny Hill, And Now For Something Completely Different.


On The Final Battle (miniseries) – part 1 of three. Alien invaders take over Earth to enslave humans. Stars Marc Singer, Sarah Douglas, Richard Herd, Jane Badler.

On The Last Days of Pompeii (miniseries) – First of three parts. Stars Laurence Olivier, Olivia Hussey, Franco Nero, Lesley-Anne Down, Linda Purl.

And Now For Something Completely Different – Monty Python excerpts.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1984

CBS – The American parade, Movie

NBC – A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele, Tonight Show

ABC – Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders, Happy days, Three’s Company, Oh, Madeline, Hart to hart, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

PBS – Nova, American Playhouse

CNN – News with Patrick Emory and Beverly Williams in Atlanta. Also reports from Kirsten Lindquest in Los Angeles


Top movies – May 1, 1984

Romancing The Stone

Alphabet City


Police Academy

Moscow on the Hudson

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