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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 24, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Launching of the space shuttle Discovery is aborted with only 4 seconds left in the countdown when a computer reported a malfunctioning valve in the propellant system.

Jesse Jackson is heading home after winning the freedom of 48 jailed Americans and Cubans and says he wants to meet with President Reagan to discuss his talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro. So far, no word from the White House.

Meanwhile, The Supreme Court reinstates the Reagan Administration’s authority to drastically limit travel by Americans to Cuba.

The Reagan Administration says it has accepted a Soviet proposal for reopening negotiations aimed at banning anti-satellite weapons.

President Reagan denounces Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan’s recent statements saying, “We have no room for hate and we have no place for haters.”

Walter F. Mondale gains a long-sought endorsement from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

The Senate approves an anti-drunk driving package aimed at forcing states to raise their minimum drinking age to 21 and enticing them to get tougher on drunk driving.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank agrees to guarantee more than $500 million in loans for a pipeline that would carry Iraqi oil directly to Red sea tankers, bypassing the Persian Gulf, where attacks on oil tankers have become part of the four-year-old Iran-Iraq war.

The Iraqi government announces that its air force planes hit and damaged four ships near Iran’s oil-loading terminal at Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf. 

Major banks increase the prime lending rate to 13% - the highest since October 1992.

Burying the hatchet – Gary Hart meets with Walter Mondale, and they declare themselves united by what hart termed a “profound fear of a second Reagan term.”


Technology news – June 24,  1984

Deskpro series - Campaq Computer Corp unveils a new line of desk-top PC’s. Priced between $2,495 and $7,195, they’ll all run software written for the IBM personal Computer but operate on a faster microprocessor, the Intel 8086.

American Telephone & Telegraph enters the personal computer wars and unveils the AT&T PC6300.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – June 24, 1984

 PG-13 – a new movie rating becomes effective this week. The category “strongly cautions” parents to give special guidance to their children under 13.

Coming up – Pee Wee Herman who is seen more and more on shows such as “Late Night With David Letterman.” He’s already had a successful six-month run of his own mock kiddie comedy. Said the real Paul Rubins – “I think part of my appeal is that it’s so borderline that people can never tell whether Pee Wee’s for real or not.” He’s writing a movie, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” for Warners.


Music news – June 24, 1984

Boy George gets his likeness installed at Madam Tousaud’s waxworks museum.

Word has it that four record companies have signed exclusive deals MTV -  whose videos will be seen on MTV first – for 30 days – before anybody else. MTV will not divulge which companies they are. David Benjamin, producer of NBC’s “Friday Night Video” says they are a little upset. “Only 20% of the country gets MTV, so all the rest of the loyal fans, who buy the group’s records and T-shirts, are now suddenly second-class citizens when it comes to seeing their videos.”


Sports news – June 24, 1984

John Madden says he’d love to coach again, but with his TV and commercial work he can’t afford to take that kind of pay cut.

The Supreme Court breaks the National Collegiate Athletic Assn’s exclusive grip on televised college football games. The Court freed individual colleges to make their own television deals, which will mean more games on television possibly in prime time. 


Television news – June 24, 1984

 Bob Keeshan and his “Captain Kangaroo” will be leaving the CBS network after 30 years. He’s moving to PBS and is now looking for corporate sponsors to underwrite the show. The show was broadcast on weekday mornings from 1955-1982, when it moved to CBS weekends. He’s leaving the network in December.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV Guide – June 24, 1984

CBS – Movie

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

ABC – Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders, Three’s Company, Hotel, Hart to Hart, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

PBS – Nova, American Playhouse, Latenight America

ESPN – Sportscenter Horseshow Jumping, Racquetball


CBS Movie – Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls (1981) With Lisa Hartman, Catherine Hicks, Veronica Hamel, Jean Simmons.

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