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



In The News

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

 In Moscow - Dissident Andrei Sakharov ends his hunger strike. Now friends say, he and his wife have been charged with anti-Soviet slander.

At Egypt’s request – The United States begins airlifting special navy helicopters to conduct a search-and-destroy hunt for suspected mines threatening shipping in the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea.

Fed Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker calls for a new approach in dealing with Third World debt problems. He said countries showing adequate economic progress should be permitted to voluntarily restructure foreign debt to stabilize their economics.

Wholesale prices, after holding steady since April, edge up .3% in July.

The House and Senate vote to provide el Salvador with $70 million in additional military aid this year – a compromise that brings the 1984 total to more than double last year’s figure.

Interior Secretary William Clark, intending to resolve conflicts over offshore wells, offers to give the states more than $890 million to settle their claims.

The House gives final congressional approval to a bill designed to give women equal pension rights with men. President Reagan is expected to sign it.

Immigration officials detain 59 people from the tiny Polynesian kingdom of Tonga in what officials charge is an attempt to smuggle illegal aliens in by portraying them as tour guides.


Sports news – August 8, 1984

Record set - Summer Olympic attendance in Los Angeles tops 4.5 million, with several days to go.

Long Jump - Carl Lewis hits just over 28 inches and gets another gold medal.

The 1984 Olympics end with the closing ceremony produced by David L. Wolper (who produced the opening ceremony).

A 12-½ foot alligator grabs an 11-year-old boy in its draws and drags him down the St. Lucie River in Florida and kills him. It’s the fifth verified fatal alligator attack in the state since 1948.  

Ling-Ling – the giant panda, gives birth to a stillborn male cub at the National Zoo, thwarting scientists in their decade-long quest to produce the nation’s first healthy panda cub.


Fascinating Facts – McDonalds – August 8, 1984

Nationwide promotion - McDonald’s restaurants are awarding Big Macs and other food items every time a U.S. athlete wins a medal. Business is way up. No doubt, they’ve given away a lot of food because of a number of U.S gold medals.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – August 8, 1984

Yakov Smirnoff has come a long way in his seven years here in the States. He’s working on his third movie – “Brewster’s Millions” with John Candy. 

Passing – Richard Burton of cerebral hemorrhage at a hospital in Geneva. He was 58. His death was very sudden.

Richard Burton is buried after a private funeral service in Celigny, Switzerland. “The play is over, the curtain shut, but it is not the end.” Said the Rev. Arnold Mobbs.

Shares of MTV Networks Inc go on the market for the first time. The 5.125 million shares drew an initial bid of $15 each.

Although she’s out as Ms. America – Vanessa Williams gets her first TV part. She’ll play a rock singer who hires private detectives Lynda Carter and

Loni Anderson in a new NBC series – “Partners in Crime” this fall. 

Passing – Character actor Richard Deacon (62) – best known for his role as Mel Cooley on the Dick Van Dyke show. Some say he was a master at deadpan. 

Dies – Cartoonist Virgil Partch, creator of the “Big George” comic strip in a car crash. Known for years by his “VIP” signature. 


Top TV Shows/Nielsen Ratings – August 8, 1984

Positions 1-7 Olympic Coverage various nights 27.0-23.3 ratings

A-Team – 13.8

Cagney & Lacey – 13.0

Remington Steele –13.0

Simon & Simon – 11.7

Newhart – 1.5

 Movie-wait Till Your Mother Gets Home – 1.4

One day at a Time (Mon.) – 11.2

60 Minutes – 1.1

Facts of Life – 11.0

Trapper John, M.D. – 10.7

Jennifer Slept Here – 10.6

Family Ties – 10.5

Scarecrow & Mrs. King – 10.4

Alice – 10.3

Gimme a Break – 10.1

Double Trouble – 10.1

Movie-At Your Service – 9/9

Mama’s Family – 9.3

Jeffersons – 9.2

Magnum, P.I – 9.1


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1984

CBS – AfterMASH, Movie

NBC – The A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele, Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman

ABC – Olympic Games From Los Angeles

PBS – Nova, Vietnam: A Television History


On AfterMASH – Dr. Pfeiffer has had it with a demanding patient, who apparently has no ailments.

On Nova – Alcoholism: Life Under the Influence.

On the Tonight Show – Guest host Joan Rivers with The GoGos, Ron Leibman, Wil Shriner

On  David Letterman – Don Rickles, author Amy Wallace and airplane etiquette.


Music news – August 8, 1984

ABC is using “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics in promos for a new primetime soap – “Paper Dolls.”

 Passing – Blues singer “Little” Esther Phillips from complications of liver and kidney ailments. She was 48. 

The Jacksons perform at Madison Square Garden, where tickets topped at $30. Attending their opening night post concert bash – Andy Warhol, Richard Pryor, Steven Spielberg, David Lee Roth, Bill Murray, Magic Johnson, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, David Bowie and Donna Summer.

New Frank Sinatra album – “LA Is My Lady” – produced by Quincy Jones.


Top movies – August 8, 1984

Gremlins – Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

Purple Rain - Prince

Bachelor Party

The Neverending Story

Joy of Sex

Karate Kid – Ralph Macchi, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita

Ghostbusters – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Cloak and Dagger – Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy

Red Dawn

Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book

Grandview U.S.A. – Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze

The Philadelphia Experiment – Michael Pare, Nancy Allen

Revenge of the Nerds – Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai – Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin

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