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



In The News

President Reagan challenges Walter Mondale to spell out how he would increase taxes. Reagan says he vows to veto any measure that would raise personal income tax rates.

President Reagan, applauding Poland’s recent amnesty for political prisoners, drops two of the lesser sanctions imposed after Warsaw’s 1981 crackdown on the Solidarity union movement but will continue for now to oppose Poland’s membership in the International Monetary Fund.

Atty. Gen. William Smith charges that the Soviet KGB fabricated Ku Klux Klan threats sent to Asian and African countries planning to participate in the Olympic Games.

Jesse Jackson announces that he will not run for the South Carolina Senate seat held by Republican Strom Thurmond, but instead will campaign around the country for democrats this fall.

Dissident Andrei Sakharov ends his hunger strike, but remains hospitalized.


Sports – August 1, 1984

Olympics in Los Angeles – Mary Lou Retton scores a 9.8 to win a gold medal in gymnastics…. The U.S wins its 17th Gold as Steve Hegg wins the 4,000 meter cycling race. 

Carl Lewis wins his first two 200-meter heats. He’ll try for his second Olympic gold medal.


Music news – August 1, 1984

In the New York rap-hip-hop scene – Run D.M.C. is the hottest Joseph Simmons (Run) is a Sociology graduate from St. John’s. Member Jay Mizell is also known as Jam Master Jay a master mixer and scratcher. The other member is Daryll McDaniels.

The Cars new video “Drive” debuts this week on MTV. Actor Timothy Hutton directs the video.


Entertainment/movie news – August 1, 1984

Passing – Actor Richard Burton, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at a hospital in Geneva. He was 58. Family friends say he became ill at the modest villa in the countryside village of Celigny, outside Geneva, where he had been living for several weeks with his fourth wife, Sally.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1984

CBS – Crossroads, Movie

NBC – Double Trouble, Jennifer Slept Here, Facts of Life, At Your Service, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show

ABC – Summer Olympic Games

PBS – Smithsonian World, Latenight America

HBO – Rich Little

USA – Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Radio 1990, Tales of the Unexpected, Seeing Stars, Japan Today


Top movies – August 1, 1984

Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom

Never Ending Story


Best Defense



Joy of Sex

Grandview USA 

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