Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 8,1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Ronald Reagan and Walter F. Mondale will debate each other twice next month.
Speaking in Philadelphia – Walter F. Mondale unveils a package of planned tax increases and spending cuts and says he would slash by two-thirds the federal government’s budget deficits by the end of the decade.
President Reagan admonishes schoolchildren that “time given to a television show that ought to be given to a school book is time badly used.” “TV is entertaining and sometimes educational,” but “watching TV is passive – it’s not living life.” Said Reagan during his weekly paid political radio broadcast.
Hurricane Diana moves into the North Carolina coast.
The nation’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.5% in August.
Off Belgium – divers retrieve the first of 30 drums of radioactive material aboard a freighter that sank off Belgium and snapped in two during a North Sea storm. It is not known if the drum is still intact.
Vanessa Williams News Update – September 8, 1984
Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione claims that he has 350 color slides of one of this year’s Miss America contestants posing in the nude and will publish them if she wins. The publisher did not say which of the 51 contestants appeared in the photographs which Guccione said were taken 18 months ago. Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams, stepped down when nude photos of her and another woman appeared in the September issue of penthouse.
Sports news – September 8, 1984
Michael Jordan signs a seven-year contract with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan, who left North Carolina after three years, was the third player selected in the 1984 collegiate draft. Reports estimate the contract calls for between $650,000 to $850,000 per year.
Officials of the Los Angeles summer games say they have a $150 million surplus – 10x their original estimation. About $75 million will be sent to the U.S. Olympic Committee to endow future American Olympic teams.
Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert Lloyd for the U.S. Open title.
Former University of Miami coach Howard Schnellberger says he is no longer interested in coaching a United states Football League franchise in Orlando or anywhere else because of the league’s uncertain future due to its switch to a fall schedule.
Music news – September 8, 1984
Barbara Mandrell, her life apparently saved by her seat belt when her silver Jaguar was struck head-on and crumpled “like an accordion’ is reported in stable condition with a broken leg and concussion. The other driver, who was not wearing a safety harness, was killed. The injuries will keep her off the stage for six to eight months. Her son, Matthew (14) is being held for observation. Her daughter, Jamie (8) was treated and released. Seconds earlier, she told them to put their seat belts on.
Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce is back – Bruce Springsteen was just on the cover of People Magazine and was interviewed on “Entertainment Tonight.” MTV has a Bruce contest – win a week on tour as a Bruce roadie “if you earn it.”
Elton John’s hit “Sad Songs (say So Much) is being used in the latest Sasson advertising blitz. MTV premiered the ad late last month between videos. Sasson is also sponsoring John’s current 44-city American tour.
Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – September 8, 1984
Passing – 1930’s actress Janet Gaynor – first actress to win an Oscar. She was 77.
Barry Diller - Paramount studio chief will resign sept.30 to become chairman of rival 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
Walt Disney Productions President Ronald Miller, the company founder’s son-in-law resigns under fire.
Television news – September 8, 1984
On Showtime this week – Cher: A Celebration at Caesars.
Disney is planning “Still the Beaver” featuring Jerry Mathers reprising his role as “The Beaver.” Returning are all favorites Barbara Billingsly and Tony Dow.
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 8, 1984
CBS – Paid Political, AfterMash, Movie
NBC – Paid political, A-Team, Marco Polo, Tonight Show, David Letterman
ABC - Paid political, Three’s Company, Movie, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood
PBS – Nova, Latenight America
Showtime – The Young At Heart Comedian’s Special
Paid Political half-hour – All three networks - Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Top movies – September 8, 1984
Woman in Red
Sugar Cane Alley
Under the Volcano
Ninja In The Domination