Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 1, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Secretary of State George Shultz meets with leaders of Nicaragua’s leftist government and announces that the two governments plan to hold regular talks in an effort to reduce tensions in Central America.
Minneapolis - Nearly 6,000 registered nurses walk off their jobs at 15 hospitals in the largest such strike in U.S. history, forcing the hospitals to transfer some patients and turn away persons not in need of emergency care.
European tour - President Reagan receives a warm welcome in historic Galway, Ireland. In Dublin, President Reagan offers to reconsider U.S. opposition to a proposal by Moscow for an agreement on the “non use of force’ in Europe if the soviets will reciprocate by taking “concrete steps” to reduce the risk of war.
President Reagan, declaring, “America is prepared for peace,” announces that he will consider a Soviet proposal to renounce the use of force in Europe if Moscow agrees to consider specific Western proposals to reduce the chance of war on the continent.
Saudi Arabian jet fighters shoot down tow Iranian fighter-bombers in Saudi airspace in the first armed clash between the two States in the widening Persian Gulf War.
Walter F. Mondale claims the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination and pleads with his rivals to end hostilities.
Vice President George Bush doesn’t like the “doom and gloom” messages the democrats, particularly Walter F. Mondale, are putting out. “”We want to deliver an uplifting, upbeat message about America, rather than gloom and doom.”
In Normandy France, President Reagan describes the heroes and horrors of D-Day to thousands of World War II veterans and to others who flocked the French coast to view the activities marking the 40th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi occupied France.
President Reagan calls on fellow Western leaders gathered for the 10th annual economic summit to map out a contingency plan for joint action in the event the Persian Gulf conflict ignites a new oil crisis.
Sen. Gary Hart is facing pressure from leaders to end his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and begin pitching to help Walter F. Mondale unseat President Reagan in the fall.
The Navy says it has abandoned plans to bury old nuclear submarines at sea and will dispose of their reactors on land at two federally owned atomic waste sites in Washington state and South Carolina.
U.S. unemployment falls to 7.5% - the lowest in 3 years.
Sports news – June 1, 1984
Steve Howe – Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher announces that he has decided not to press for reinstatement this season and will serve the rest of his suspension for drug use.
Technology news – June 1, 1984
IBM getting more into the software game. IBM announced last month (May 14) that it would carry under the IBM log, new versions of five popular software programs published b Software Publishing Corp. of Mountain view, CA. The PFS series programs that will reappear as the new IBM Personal Computer assistant series are priced at between $60 and $149 and are designed for word-processing, filing, graph-making, report-writing and financial analysis. Some small software companies say they are a little nervous about the IBM move.
“AT&T Opportunity Calling” - AT&T announces that dollars spent on long distance calls over AT&T lines can now be applied to a broad range of merchandise and services. The program offers $1 of purchasing power for every dollar of long-distance call totaling at least $15 a month.
Sports news – June 1, 1984
Olympic President Peter Ueberroth says he will fly to Havana to ask Cuban President Fidel Castro to reverse Cuba’s decision to boycott the Los Angeles games.
Steve Young, the $36-million quarterback signed by the Los Angeles express of the U.S. Football League, is picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the top choice in a special draft that the National Football League hopes will someday siphon off the USFL’s best talent.
Music news – June 1, 1984
Bruce Springsteen’s latest album –“Born in the USA” is due in stores on Monday of this week.
The Jackson’s tour, the most anticipated pop music tour since the Beatles, will begin June 30 in Lexington, KY. Ticket prices for all concerts will be $30.
The Beach Boys, banned from last year’s outdoor Fourth of July concert by Interior Secretary James Watt, will return to the nation’s capital for this year’s festivities. Watt banned the group from the 1983 concert program in favor of Wayne Newton, saying the band’s previous appearances attracted “the wrong element.”
Television news – June 1, 1984
Richard Pryor will be hosting “Pryor’s Place” a children’s show on CBS Saturday mornings.
Donna Reed will take mover the “Miss Ellie” roll in “Dallas.” She replaces Barbara Bel Geddes after she suffered a heart attack in March 1983.
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 1, 1984
CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Movie
NBC – The Master, Movie, Tonight Show
ABC – Benson, Webster, Blue Thunder, Matt Houston, Nightline, eye on Hollywood
PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week
USA – Night Flight
Showtime – Rock of the ‘80’s
ESPN – Full Contact Karate, Speedweek.
On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers hosts with John Davidson, Sid Caesar and Betty Thomas.
Top movies – June 1, 1984
Romancing the Stone
Streets of Fire
Moscow on the Hudson