Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 24,1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Republican convention in Dallas – Ronald Reagan accepts the republican nomination with a partisan attack on the Democratic Party. “We’re accused of having a secret. Well, if we have, it is that we’re going to keep the mighty engine of the nation revved up,” said Reagan.
India – Two states are crippled by general strikes and more than a million people stage rallies across the nation to protest Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s dismissal of an opposition state government.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee says that Iran has the capability to temporarily blockade the Persian Gulf oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, but that such a move would be a desperation act.
President Reagan orders NASA to conduct a nationwide search for a schoolteacher to be the first citizen-passenger to ride a space shuttle.
After weeks of not-so-good news, Walter F. Mondale wins the unequivocal support of 50 of the nation’s black Democrats beginning with Jesse Jackson.
John Anderson, former Illinois Republican who made a run in the 1980 campaign, endorses Democrat Walter Mondale.
A mother and her three small children are among seven dead when a car careened onto a sidewalk near a crowded bus stop in Washington. The driver of the car, Robert Williams was charged with six counts of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He’s listed in serious condition.
A French cargo ship, carrying 450 tons of radioactive material to the Soviet Union, collides with a ferry off the Belgian coast and sinks.
New at McDonalds – A bacon-double-cheeseburger; Chicken McSwiss and Cheddar Melt.
Technology news – August 24, 1984
Atari Corp says it will begin selling more powerful computers for the home and office at “rock bottom prices” in 1985 and expects a return to profitability by the end of this year.
AT&T says it will eliminate 11,000 management and blue collar jobs nationwide by early next year as part of its continuing effort to control costs.
Sports news – August 24, 1984
Keith Hernandez doubles in Danny Heep from first with none out in the ninth to give the New York Mets a 3-2 victory and a three-game sweep over the Dodgers.
Looks like the USFL will play its third and final spring season in 1985, then switch to a fall slate in 1986 and competing directly with the NFL. Good luck!
Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 24, 1984
Passing – Novelist Truman Capote (59)
Jim Backus appears on the “Today” show to plug his book “Backus Strikes Back” his book about his anxiety attacks that have kept him more or less a prisoner in his home for six years.
Harper’s Bazaar’s list of the 10 most beautiful women in America includes Phoebe Cates, Kate Capshaw, Ann-Margret, Linda Evans, Lee Remick, Bernadette Peters, Jacqueline Bisset, Sigourney Weaver and Candice Bergen.
Vanessa Williams says she also posed nude for another photographer. Now Bob Guccione, Penthouse publisher, says he does intend to publish the second set of pictures in the magazine’s January, 985 issue. Ms. Williams acknowledged that she had signed a model’s release before she posed for the second photographer, Greg Whitmarr. She denied, however, that she had signed such a form for Tom Chiapel, whose pictures of Williams appeared in the September issue of Penthouse. Both sets of pictures were taken during the summer of 1982.
Music news – August 24, 1984
John Waite portrays himself in three episodes of ABC-TV’s “Paper Dolls” as a love interest for Nicollette Sheridan.
Passing – Actor Billy Sands, best known for “McHale’s Navy” and “The Phil Silvers Show.”
One up – Just as soon as Ted Turner announced he was launching a video channel, MTV announces it is launching a second music channel.
Television news – August 24, 1984
New on CBS-TV – “Comedy Zone” with Mariette Hartley, Dabney Coleman and Jane Curtin.
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 24, 1984
CBS – AfterMASH, Domestic Life, Movie
NBC – A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele, Tonight, David Letterman
ABC – Foul Ups, Bleeps and Blunders, Three’s Company, Movie, Nightline
PBS - Nova
HBO –The Who Tour
CBN – Here Come The Brides, Gentle Ben, 700 Club, My Little Margie, Another Life, Best of Groucho
On AfterMASH – Mrs. Potter leaves town, leaving her husband alone on a Saturday night.
On Riptide – Smugglers use porpoises to transport drugs.
Top movies – August 24, 1984
Revenge of the Nerds