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



In The News

About 2,700 Cuban criminals and mental patients will be sent home under an agreement reached by the Reagan Administration with the Castro government. In return for taking back the unwanted “boat people,” Cuba was granted regular emigration visa rights even the 23-year break in diplomatic relations was not repaired.

Iranian security men overpower four Arab hijackers who commandeered a Kuwait Airlines jetliner almost six days earlier. Nine hostages were rescued at the Tehran airport. Two were Americans. 

A fresh surge in food prices pushed wholesale prices up .5% in November, the biggest increase since January and the first of any kind since July.

President Reagan asks Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger to recommend some savings in his $324.8-billion budget request for the next fiscal year. 

November - The unemployment rate falls to 7% from 7.3%

Treasury Secretary Donald Regan sharply attacks the Federal Reserve Board, accusing it of being “penurious” in restricting the money supply and warning that the Treasury is studying possible ways to restrict the board’s independence.


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – December 8, 1984

A medical technician caught AIDS after being exposed to high-risk blood in a laboratory and experts attempted to learn whether he got the disease from on-the-job contact, a form of transmission never before documented.


Sports news – December 8, 1984

Eric Dickerson of the Rams tops O.J. Simpson’s single season in yards rushing. Dickerson now has 2007 in his short career. Simpson had 2003.

Chris Evert Lloyd wins her 16th grand slam title of her career in the final of the Australian Open tennis tournament


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1984

Actor Stacy Keach, who portrays the detective Mike Hammer on CBs television, admits in court that he tried to smuggle about 1 ¼ ounces of what he termed “diabolical” cocaine into Britain, He was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Elizabeth Taylor announces that she plans to get married for the eighth time – this time to Dennis Stein – a public relations consultant. They met while attending a Breeder’s Cup race at Hollywood Park last month. Both are 52. Taylor’s latest engagement comes several months after she broke off an engagement of almost a year to Mexican lawyer Victor Luna. 

A federal grand jury indicted boxing promoter Don King and an assistant on 23 cunts of evading more than $300,000 in federal income taxes, U.S. Atty. Rudolph Giuliani said. King was also the present of Michael Jackson’s recently concluded “Victory Tour.”


Music news – December 8, 1984

Vincent Neil Wharton, lead singer of Motley Crue, is arrested on vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving charges after a head-on collision in Redondo Beach near Los Angeles. The accident took of the life of his passenger – Nicholas Dingley.

Don’t miss The Fresh Festival – a caravan of top New York rappers, breakers and deejays – touring some 29 cities. Touring are Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow, Whodinia and Newcleus and the Fat Boys.

On MTV this week – Dire Straits concert.


Television news – December 8, 1984

Look for three hours of holiday fun on NBC primetime on Sunday –

Mt. T and Emmanuel Lewis in a Christmas Dream.

Bob Hope Christmas show with Shirley Jones, Mary Lou Retton and the Associated Press All-American Football Team

Christmas in Washington – performing will be Donny and Marie Osmond, Nell Carter, The Osmond Brothers, Hal Linden, soprano Frederica von Stade and others.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1984

CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – V, Miami Vice, Hot Pursuit, Tonight Show, David Letterman

ABC – Benson, Webster, Football, Nightline 

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week

USA – Night Flight


On "V" - Donovan and Ham raid the Mother ship as they try to kidnap an alien genius who developed a deadly force field.

On the Tonight show – Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) and actress Helen Slater.


Top movies – December 8, 1984


City Heat

Beverly Hills Cop

Falling in Love

Missing in Action

Oh God! You Devil

The Terminator

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