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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 15,1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Both President Reagan and rival Walter F. Mondale speak at the Italian-American Foundation dinner in Washington. They suspended their attacks on each other long enough to stress family and moral values. 

The United Autoworkers union begins a selective nationwide strike against 13 GM plants.

President Reagan, championing the late President John F. Kennedy, urges democrats to abandon their party because their leaders have “decided to give us a dose of medicine that made us sick.” “By the end of the campaign, you may decide your home is with us. I hope you do. I hope you’ll walk with us down the new path of hope and opportunity.”

A suicide bomber drove a van loaded with explosive past concrete barriers and through gunfire to the doors of the U.S. embassy in Beirut killing 23 – two Americans. Commenting, President Reagan expressed his anger and sorrow and declared that “we can’t just withdraw in the face of this kind of terrorism.

House speaker Thomas (Tip) O’Neill says that it is an “absolute disgrace” that the Reagan Administration failed to provide better security for the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut. 

Consumer prices rise .5% in August pushing the annual rate of inflation to 4.2 – ahead of last year’s 3.8%.

Israel devalues the shekel by 9%.

Walter Mondale is getting heckled it seems, everywhere he goes. “I’m angry about it,” Said Mondale.  Asked if it was being done on President Reagan’s behalf, Mondale said, “I do not know, but I do know that every place we go we are receiving this now."

San Diego - Mayor Roger Hedgecock and three “close” political backers are indicted on charges of conspiracy and perjury after an investigation into the mayor’s personal and political finances.  The indictments charge all with 14 counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy to sidestep local campaign donation limits and conceal illegal contributions in connection with Hedgecock’s successful mayoral bid last year.


Sports news – September 15, 1984

Muhammad Ali has undergone tests for a neurological ailment that has slowed and slurred his speech. So far, physicians have ruled out Parkinson’s and a syndrome known as punch-drunkenness. They’ve also ruled out Alzheimer’s disease (it is in fact Parkinson’s). 

Reggie Jackson hits his 500th homer as the Royals beat the Angels 10-1. His of course, was the only run scored.


Entertainment news – September 15, 1984

Passing – Actor Richard Basehart (70).

J. Paul Getty tops the Forbes 400 as the richest in the world at $4 billion worth.   Sam Moore Walton is again $2 at $2.3 billion. David Packard is #3 at $1.8 billion.

Atlantic City - Sharlene Wells – Miss Utah, wins the Miss America crown. The event was hosted by Gary Collins.


Television news – September 15, 1984

Robb Weller is named co-host of “Entertainment Tonight” with Mary Hart. He replaces Ron Hendren.

“60 Minutes” returns for a new season. New addition Diane Sawyer will join Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Harry reasoned, Ed Bradley and Andy Rooney.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 15, 1984

CBS – Debut-E/R, Mash Finale

NBC – The A-Team, Debut-Hunter, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Three’s Company, Debut-Jesse, Nightline, Eye On Hollywood

PBS – Nova, The Constitution-That Delicate Balance


Mash Finale – The Korean conflict/war comes to and end and it’s goodbyes from the 4077th.

Debut – Hunter – Stars Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer as a detective team. 

Debut – Jessie – stars Lindsay Wagner as a police psychiatrist.


Top movies – September 15, 1984

Karate Kid

Purple Rain



Revenge of the Nerds


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom



Woman in Red


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