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


In The News

It’s Peter Ueberroth’s first day on the job as commissioner of baseball – but look – The Major League Umpires Assn. call a surprise strike on the eve of the baseball playoffs! Ueberroth says without the umps, the games will go on.  

Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan is indicted by a county grand jury in New York on charges of grand larceny and false documentation in connection with a subway construction project there.

Speaking in Texas, President Reagan charges that a “lynch atmosphere” has dogged officials of his Administration throughout his term and says he considers Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan “innocent until proven guilty.”

The Senate kills Civil Rights legislation that would have reversed a Supreme Court decision narrowing the application of federal anti-discrimination laws.

Debate – President Reagan meets Walter F. Mondale in Louisville as they clash on domestic issues.

The space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral and its crew will study the forces that make life possible on earth. 

Almost Assassin John Hinckley Jr. loses a plea for phone calls and outdoor exercise in the hospital. He told a judge: “I am getting well. I am not the same person I was two years ago… a sick young man.”

Campaigning - President Reagan will abandon his presidential jet Air Force One to make an old-fashioned whistle-stop train trip on the same railway car that was used by Harry S. Truman.

Richard Miller, an FBI agent for more than 20 years becomes the first agent ever accused of espionage and is arrested in California. 

The nation’s unemployment rate edges down to 7.4% last month, the lowest since June.


Fascinating Business news – October 1, 1984

Catching on – DeLorean car clubs. There are five such clubs around the country. Of more than 8.600 DeLoreans built, about 6,000 of them have been identified on dealer sales lists, which car clubs use to solicit members. The DeLoreans had an original sticker price of about $26,000.


Sports news – October 1, 1984

San Diego Padre Steve Garvey hits a homer and 5 RBI’s against his old team – the Dodges as the Padres win 7-5.

Muhammad Ali’s physician says that the former heavyweight champ’s physical disorder probably has its roots in the punches he took in the ring. Ali underwent tests last month at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and apparently, the cause of Ali’s slurred speech and stumbling gait was Parkinson’s syndrome. Another doctor said Ali was hospitalized at the UCLA Clinics in 1982 ‘for very early signs of Parkinsonism,” and was diagnosed as having the disorder a year ago.  

Passing – Manager Walter Emmons (Walt) Alston – Who led the Dodgers  to seven National League pennants and four World Series championships in 23 years – four in Brooklyn. 


Entertainment Media news – October 1, 1984

Jeffrey Katzenberg (33) is named president of motion pictures and television for Walt Disney Productions. He is currently president of movie production for Paramount Pictures.


Music news – October 1, 1984

Actor Leonard Nimoy plays a cab driver in the Bangles video “Going Down To Liverpool.”

The Justice department has launched a preliminary antitrust investigation of MTV. Apparently, they are looking into the music channel’s controversial contracts with five major record companies granting MTV exclusive rights to rock video clips. Under the terms of its contracts, rock-video clips from the record companies appear exclusively on MTV for 30 to 60 days before they are available to other music programs such as NBC’s “Friday Night Videos.” The contracts cover just over 40% of the videos airing on MTV. 


Television news – October 1, 1984

Saturday Night Live begins its 10th season this week. Back from last year are Jim Belushi, Mary Gross, Gary Kroeger and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Gone are Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. Added this year – Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Rich Hall, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Pamela Stephenson.

CBS wins the overall ratings with a 17.5 rating, compared to NBC at 1 16.1 and ABC with a 14.5.

Passing – Actor Neil Hamilton (85) best known as “Commissioner Gorden” in the Batman TV series.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1984

CBS – Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Movie

NBC – TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Tonight Show 22nd Anniversary, Latenight With David Letterman

ABC – Call to Glory, Monday Night Football, Nightline

PBS – Wonder Works, Heritage: Civilization and The Jews, Latenight America

HBO – Joe Piscopo Special

Showtime – D.C. Beach party: A Musical Celebration

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