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



In The News

Moving aggressively to avert the failure of one the nation’s largest banks, US regulators and major banks announce a $7.5 billion loan package for Continental Bank, the largest bank bailout in US history.

Underdog Gary Hart, Democratic presidential hopeful, scores a landslide victory over Walter Mondale and Jesse Jackson in the Oregon and Nebraska primaries. Assembling with his wife and son said the day’s results showed voters had “turned their backs on negative attack politics.

A judge orders Disneyland to stop enforcing a policy against same sex dancing. A gay couple was removed from the Tomorrowland Terrace in 1980 and challenged the park’s policies.


Fascinating Business news – May 15, 1984

Proctor & Gamble returns to the feminine hygiene market with a national rollout of “Always.” The product has already been test-marketed for a little more than a year.


Technology news – May 15 1984

On sale, the average price for one T-120 (6 hr) videocassette is $6.29.  A six-hour (chrome) Beta Video Cassette is $8.29. At the mart, a 6 pack of Thomas’s English muffins - 99 cents. 


Sports news – May 15, 1984

Veteran pitcher Jim Palmer, 38, bids an emotional farewell to the Baltimore Orioles after he was placed on unconditional release waivers. “I still think I can pitch and I have a desire to do that.” Cutting his final press conference short, Palmer continued: “I am going to leave. Thank you very much for coming.”

Former St Louis Cardinals cornerback Eric Washington shoots and kills himself when officers go to question him at his home in connection with two recent bank robberies.   Washington played for the Cardinals from ‘72 to ‘74. A man identified as Washington was caught on camera during a St Louis bank robbery. 

Poland becomes the 10th country to join the Soviet-led boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics. Romania is now the only Soviet Bloc nation that has not joined the pullout.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Television/Movie news – May 15, 1984

Dies - Andy Kaufman, 36, of Lung Cancer in Los Angeles. Kaufman, best known as the shy and innocent immigrant, Latka Gravas in “Taxi,” was diagnosed last January but continued to perform.

 Dies - Irwin Shaw (71) in Switzerland. For over half a century, Shaw was known for his many novels, short stores, dramas, essays, and screenplays - for over half a century. His “The Young Lions” was the definitive novel for many returning WWII GI’s.

On ABC’s “Wide World Of Sports” Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Kevin Howard “in Ray’s final fight.” The actual event took place last week at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. 

This Tuesday - “Regis Philbin’s Heath Styles” on Lifetime and “Culture Club In Concert’ on HBO.


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

Denise Williams - “Let’s Hear It For Boy,” Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time,” Steve Perry - “Oh Sherrie” and Thompson Twins “Hold Me Now”... Lionel Ritchie - “Hello”...Night Ranger - “Sister Christian”...Huey Lewis & The News - “The Heart Of Rock & Roll”...Billy Joel - “The Longest Time”... 


Top music albums – May 15, 1984

“Thriller” - Michael Jackson, “Colour By Numbers” - Culture Club, “Footloose” - soundtrack, “Sports” - Huey Lewis & The News, “She’s So Unusual” - Cyndi Lauper, “Can’t Slow Down” - Lionel Ritchie.


Top Country hit music singles – May 15, 1984

 “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” - Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, “Honey (Open That Door)” - Ricky Skaggs, “As Long As I’m Rockin’ With You” - John Conlee, “I Got Mexico” - Eddie Raven, “Someday When Things Are Good” - Merle Haggard, “Man Of Steel” - Hank Williams Jr., “When We Make Love” - Alabama, “God Must Be A Cowboy” - Dan Seals. 


Top movies – May 15, 1984

 Premier Steven Spielberg’s Gremlins

The Karate Kid -  “The Natural” - Robert Redford

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