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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 8, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Soviet Union says it will not send its athletes to the Los Angeles Summer Olympic games because the U.S. government they say, cannot ensure their security and accusing the U.S. of “anti Soviet hysteria.” Will others follow? (see below).

 Gary Hart wins narrow victories in the Ohio and Indiana Democratic primaries.

President Reagan criticizes the Soviet Union for pulling out of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and said there was nothing he could do personally to lure them back. He expressed “a great feeling if disappointment” and called the action “unfair” to the athletes.

Canada - A gunman walks into the Quebec legislature and sprays the assembly with machine gun fire, killing three and wounding 14 others and taking a hostage before surrendering.  

The $350-million 1984 World’s fair opens in New Orleans.

Ceremony for educators on South Lawn - President Reagan says that his Administration’s push for tougher school standards in the last year has ended 20 years of academic decline and “changed our history by… putting education back on the American agenda.

Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger holds talks with top Japanese officials, urging them to increase defense efforts to meet the growing Soviet Asian military buildup.

Major banks raise their prime lending rate to 12.5% from 12%. Erked – the White house blamed the Federal Reserve Board and their hold on the nation’s money supply for the latest rise n the prime rate.

President Reagan says guerrillas fighting the government in El Salvador deserve credit for shooting at a helicopter carrying reporters covering Sunday’s presidential runoff election. “There’s some god in everyone” declared Reagan, who then turned to a group of reporters saying, “I really didn’t mean that.”

Speaking on foreign policy - Richard M. Nixon, addressing a group of newspaper editors for the first time since he left the presidency, refused to talk about the Watergate scandal or to criticize his vice president, Spiro Agnew, who Nixon said, has “suffered enough.”

On a Friday night - Fire sweeps through the Haunted Castle attraction at Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park killing eight persons – all teens and injuring seven others. Firefighters fought the blaze as children rode the adjacent Ferris wheel. Rock band Golden earring performed nearby as water was sprayed on the burning structure.


Fascinating Facts – Drug for Hairloss Discovered – May 8, 1984

For the first time, a drug has been found to help baldness. The drug, Minoxidil, when applied after a transplant surgery, inhibits temporary hair loss and ultimately provides a greater supply of hair. The drug is made by the Upjohn Co, but it’s used to treat high blood pressure. This may be another use.


Religion news – May 8, 1984

The United Methodist Church votes overwhelmingly to prohibit active, avowed homosexuals from being ordained as ministers in the church.

Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan at a speech in Chicago this week -
Thirty million black people need to do something for themselves… not sitting around waiting on white people to hand-me-down an old dress, an old pair of shoes or give you a little job as a maid. He don’t need you as a maid no more, black woman He got boat people from Europe now that we are cleaning his toilets. He got European boat people now making his nasty beds. They don’t need you any more…”


Technology news – May 8, 1984

Hewlett-Packard unveils a new briefcase-size computer, The Portable. The 9-pound model, priced at just under $3,000 was 272 kilobytes of RAM, more than double that of most desktop computers.

The FCC orders American Telephone & Telegraph Co to reduce its long-distance telephone rates by 6.1% beginning May 25. It’s the first across—the-board rate reduction in 14 orders and largest ever ordered by the agency. 


Sports news – May 8, 1984

Just out of a two-year retirement – Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Kevin Howard in a bout at Worcester, MA but Leonard has decided to go back into retirement. He says he’s just not into it anymore.

Walter Payton, who earlier passed on a big-bucks contract with the Chicago Blitz of the USFL, signs three-one year contracts with the Chicago Bears.

Olympic updates – More countries drop-out this week – Bulgaria, East Germany, Vietnam and Mongolia announce they’re dropping out of the LA Summer Olympics – the second, third, fourth and fifth communist nations to join the boycott. 


Music news – May 8, 1984

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will hit the concert trail – the first time in three years. Nobody knows who will replace guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who will be touring with his own band. The Springsteen tour, to support his new album “Born in the U.S.A.” begins July 1. 

Michael Jackson visits the White House – Michael Jackson is hailed by President Reagan for allowing his hit song “Beat it” to be used in commercial against drunk driving. Jackson wore his trademark sunglasses and single white glove for the brief ceremony on the White House South lawn. He kept his glove on when he shook hands with President Reagan. “Well, isn’t this a thriller,” said Reagan as he stepped on stage with his wife, Nancy and Jackson. “We haven’t seen this many people since we left China.” Jackson said only 13 words – “I’m very, very honored. Thank you very much. Mr. President and Mrs. Reagan.”


Now at bookstores – Music books

The Legend: The Illustrated Story of the Bee Gees” by David English. An illustrated look (lots of cartoons) of the Bee Gees biography.

“David Bowie: A Chronology” by Kevin Cann.

“Roy Acuff’s Nashville: The Life and Good Times of Country Music” by Roy Acuff and William Neely.


Sports news – May 8, 1984

Scores 39 points - Larry Bird leads the Boston Celtics to a 212-104 victory that eliminated the Knicks in the seventh and deciding game of their eastern Conference semifinal series.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1984

CBS – 60 Minutes, AfterMASH, The Four season, The Jeffersons, Alice, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – Doug Henning’s World of Magic, Knight Rider, Movie

ABC – Ripley’s Believe Or Not, ABC Theater

PBS – Living World, Masterpiece Theatre

MTV – London Calling

Showtime - Bizarre


On Special – Doug Henning - Henning performs 17 illusions. Also on the show – Ann Jullian, Bruce Jenner, Billy Crystal and the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders.

On ABC Theater – “The Dollmaker” – stars Jane Fonda as she fights for a new start with her family in the green hills of Kentucky.

On London Calling – A look at the clubs and concert venues of London town.

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