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U.S. Embassy Bombing In Beirut

U.S Barracks Bombing In Beirut

The Recession Is Over

Soviet Union Shoots Down Korean Airliner

U.S. Invades Grenada

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"Maneater" - Hall & Oates

princess diana 1983 facts history timelineJanuary - In a Gallup Poll - the most admired woman by Americans in 1982 are (top to bottom): British Prime  Minister Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa,  Nancy Reagan, Jane Fonda, Princes Diana , Barbara Walters…First Lady Nancy Reagan will appear in an anti-drug cameo role on the NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes. It’ll be broadcast on March 16… MASH shoots its final scene this week. Viewers will get to see the finale on February 28… Frank Zappa has filed a suit to halt production of the movie “Valley Girl,” saying the movie is unfair competition and will dilute his trademark. He says the public has come to know the term “Valley Girl” through his hit record, featuring his daughter Moon Unit…Tony Basil says her hit “Mickey” was re-written from a song called “Kitty.” “It was a teeny-bopper song with a wonderful rhythm. It had sassy, smart-alecky lyrics. All I had to do was change the name from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Mickey’ and write a cheerleader riff for it, the part that goes, ‘Oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you blow my mind’”

"Africa" - Toto

mtv 1983 news facts blacks videos music history mrpopculture photoFebruary - Passing - Karen Carpenter (32) , the Grammy Award-winning singer who, along with her brother Richard, became one of the most successful pop music duos ever, dies of heart failure brought on from years of anorexia-nervosaSeems that George Lucas has quietly changed the name of the third Star Wars installment to “Return of the Jedi” instead of “Revenge of the Jedi”…

Goodbye Karen Carpenter. Here's 1975's "Mr. Postman" 

More February - Peter Frampton is dropped from A&M Records after a slew of poor selling recordsRick James , angered by MTV’s restrictive program policy, accuses the channel of racism. “I’ve sold 10 million albums over the past few years and I still can’t get my videos played on MTV. It’s a terrible crime. I’m a pop musician and so is Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and I don’t see MTV playing any of our videos. Instead, every time I turn on the station - and I’ve watched it a lot lately - I see all these white groups I haven’t even heard of and who certainly haven’t sold anywhere near as many records as I have”… A recent survey of 2,000 MTV viewers conducted by Nielsen. Most of its audience - 85% falls in the 12-34-age range. When asked if there were artists the viewer first heard of on MTV, 81% said yes, up from 45% in January…Murdered - Peter Ivers (36) - the host of “New Wave Theater” on cable-TV’s “USA Network” is found beaten to death in his downtown Los Angeles loft apartment… 

"Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson

disney channel facts history 1983 timeline tv March - Walt Disney is pulling its weekly series off CBS because it is starting its own channel – a pay channel on cable. Look for the “Disney Channel” beginning April 18. The channel will operate 16 hours a day, 7 days a week with a variety of programming. Disney says it will contain 15 original series and old classics… Radio news – Passing - B. Mitchel Reed, legendary top-40, then album rock personality. He was 56…Major Trend – More And More Video Shows Over Regular TV - More (national) video TV shows are announced… All these will use record company supplied video clips as part of their mix…

We’re Dancin” – syndicated half-hour show

Radio 1990” – Five half-hour shows on the USA Network from the folks who bring us “Night Flight.” Lisa Robinson will host.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonight” – Follows “Saturday Night Live” in four major markets where NBC owns its stations. 90 minutes in length.

“Breakout” – Based on the British rock scene. 60 Minutes

“The Rock “n” Roll Show” – 60 minute video show produced by Somach/Nelson Productions. Hosted by MTV’s Mark Goodman.  

Black Music Today” – 30 minutes.

FM-TV” – 2-hour specials

Houghton-Worth Show – Music Magazine. 30 minute show with clearance on some 60 stations (so far).

More March - MTV is airing “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. It’s a big breakthrough some say, because MTV doesn’t usually play videos by black artists… 

Diana ross motown 25 march 1983 timeline trivia musicMore March - Motown’s 25th anniversary concert – an incredible assemblage of talent is held at the Pasadena (CA) Civic Auditorium. Performing – Michael and all the Jacksons, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and others. The show will be broadcast by NBC in May… Passing  - Arthur Godfrey - a Radio/TV giant during the 1950's...

"Come On Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners

April - Hot videos on MTV - “Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood . Features Bo Diddley and a cameo by Willie Mosconi. Also hot - “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” but MTV isn’t showing the original video, because it’s too controversial. The one you see is a Culture Club performance video from the British TV show “Top of the Pops”…

55th annual Academy Awards – Some Winners:

Best Picture - "Ghandi"

Best Actor - Ben Kingsley - "Ghandi"

Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and A Gentleman) – Best Supporting Actor

Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice) - Best Actress…

More April - Paul McCartney is ordered to pay a young German woman about $290 a month, retroactive to last September, while a West German court decides whether his is her father. The girl, Bettina Huebers (20), filed a paternity suit eight track tapes 1983 tech update history timeline  mrpopculture imageagainst McCartney last year… No more new 8-Tracks for RCA Records - the last of the big majors to release any new 8-Track product. Columbia says it will release older albums on the format, but for a very limited run. Polygram says, “our research indicates a lot of stores are selling cassette converter systems. It’s been a faster (8-track) demise than anticipated”… Record companies believe the music recession has bottomed-out. The industry is seeing a rapid rise in cassette tape sales (pre-recorded) from 28% of the album market in 1981 to 42% in 1982. CBS Records Group reported a first-quarter profit increase of 101%...

"Beat It" - Michael Jackson

May - The second “MTV Basement Tapes” had a 25% better response from viewers than the first installment. “MTV Basement Tapes” features video clips by six unsigned artists. Viewers voted on their favorite by calling a 900 number. After six monthly shows, the winners compete on a finale and the winning band receives a recording contract with EMI-America. Only four more to go!...

teena marie 1983 music facts timeline triviaMore May - Motown loses artist Teena Marie to CBS Records. The label attempted to block her move with a lawsuit claiming she reneged on both written and oral contracts… Radio - Malrite is purchasing WVNJ-AM/FM in Newark NJ for $8.5 million (Look out - Malrite is about to change this to legendary WHTZ - Z-100)… The Waitresses lose their lead vocalist -Patti Donahue, who’s going solo… Marvin Gaye on a comeback… with his new album “Midnight Love” on his new label - Columbia. He’s in the midst of a sold-out tour. CBS bought out Gaye’s contract with Motown… The second US Festival is held in San Bernardino, CA. One day was devoted to heavy-metal bands such as Ozzy Osbourne. On Sunday, a man was beaten fatally after an argument… “Return of the Jedi” grosses $6 million its first day - a record…

"Let's Dance" - David Bowie

joe piscopo 1983 saturday night live history trivia facts  mrpopculture imageJune - Saturday Night Live” bares another movie star - this one Joe Piscopo. He’ll play gangster Danny Vermin in “Johnny Dangerously” starring Michael Keaton and Maureen Stapleton… NBC says it is replacing SCTV on Friday nights with “Friday Night Videos.” The new series premieres July 30 on NBC-TV and simulcast on NBC’s “The Source” radio network. Dick Ebersol, producer of “Saturday Night Live” is executive producer. NBC pays labels $1000 for a single showing of each video. Says Ebersol - “The main reason we’re paying is because until now, the majority of these videos have been played on cable, which is non-regulated”… 

 

More June - The Three Stooges finally to get star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame - the ceremony is now set for August 30th. Los Angeles disc jockey Gary Owens was largely responsible for the campaign… Michael Jackson severs ties with the management team of Ron Weisner and Fred deMann. Joe Jackson said they were officially “fired” last week. “Those people are gone and that’s the way it’s going to stay,” said papa Jackson… Looks like Eddy Grant is back. He had a hit back in 1968 with a band called the Equals and "Baby Come Back"... Listen to both - now!

"Electric Avenue" - Eddie Grant

Here's Eddy Grant In 1968 W/"Baby Come Back"

stayin alive movie is out july 1983 bee gees trivia timeline July - Bee Gees are back - The sequel album toSaturday Night Fever’ is out - “Staying Alive.” Four songs are composed and performed by Frank Stallone, whose brother Sylvester directed, co-wrote and co- produced the movie which opens this week (but the magic is gone for Travolta and the Bee Gees)…  Tower Records opens a super record store in Manhattan. The four-story complex, complete with elevator, offers more than 450,000 records and tapes. 4,000 customers showed up opening day. Monitors throughout the store show MTV… Everything is set for Diana Ross’ Central Park Concert on July 19. Showtime will be airing the concert as well as subscription TV outlets SelectTV, On TV, Wometco Home Theatre, Super TV, Preview, Dorason, Home Entertainment Network and Graphic Scanning… HBO broadcasts Billy Joel in concert - the stereo sound is simulcast on local FM stations - in Los Angeles - KHTZ 97.1. 

"Flashdance What A Feeling" - Irene Cara

z-100 1983 radio ny music debuts scott shannon mrpopcultureAugust New Radio Station Z-100 (WHTZ) Debuts In New York – All-hits.  Program Director Scott Shannon says the station will have a mass appeal or “fusion sound, one that you can dance to.” “We’re taking the position that we’re here to create, not compete.” The station is in new 5 th floor studios in Secaucus. Shannon says he’s been listening to other New York stations and  concludes, “Everybody sounds so serious. We’re going to be fun and that should make us different. I want to customize a product for New York that will reflect the spirit and feel of the old WABC, before they lost touch with the street”… Here's audio from the day of the sign-on... You'll hear tech difficulties and such. Scott Shannon signs the station on officially at about 1:22 into the video.

Z-100 NY Radio Sign-On Sample

johnny ramone august 1983 trivia facts timelineMore August - Passing - actress Carolyn Jones (50) - became an  overnight success as the macabre beauty in TV’s “The Adams Family”Johnny Ramone , leader of the punk rock group the Ramones, is hospitalized in critical condition after a street fight with another punk rocker over a woman. The 29-year-old musician is severely beaten and suffers a fractured skull in a fight with Seth Macklin… CBS Records announces a long-term contract with the Rolling Stones for worldwide distribution of their records – a deal worth $28 million and the richest in the music business (so far)… AC/DC has a new drummer - Simon Wright. He replaces Phil Rudd.

"Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" - Eurythmics

September - Showtime and The Movie Channel form a joint venture. Combined, they’ll have 7 million subscribers, still far less then HBO/Cinemax at 15 million… Debuting this week in syndication - “Thicke of the Night” - a new talkshow hosted by Canadian vanessa williams 1983 news facts history celebrity  mrpopculture imageAlan Thicke… Vanessa Williams (20) - Miss New York, becomes the first black to be crowned Miss America. She’s from Millwood, NY in Westchester County… Paul McCartney’s first single in a while “Wonderful Christmastime” will be out around the first of October. McCartney also has a new album coming out - “Pipes of Peace” which includes several duets with Michael Jackson - “Say Say Say” and “The Man”…  Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album tops 14 million worldwide sales - the biggest album in CBS’ history. It surpasses “Simon & Garfunkle’s Greatest Hits” which has sold 13 million. “Thriller” has sold some 8 million in the U.S. and has yielded five top-10 singles - “Human Nature,” “The Girl Is Mine,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”…

"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" - Bonnie Tyler

October - Barbara Walters says she loves her fame, but is sometimes irked when she hears people calling her “ Baba Wawa ” - the name of the fictional Gilda Radner character on “Saturday Night Live.” “What I mind sometimes is when I’m in a crowd or get in a plane and people say, “oh, there’s Baba Wawa - don’t they realize I heard? And is this what I am?”…

Baba Wawa

 More OctoberNBC Newswoman Jessica Savitch is killed in a drowning accident Robert Haber - publisher of the bi-weekly music report “New Music Report Newsletter” launches the (first annual) New Music Awards. “The Grammys serve a purpose, but they simply don’t touch the heart of what’s really happening in rock”…

"Islands In The Stream" - Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton

rick dees kiisfm top ratings radio history trivia timelineNovember -  Passing - Deadpan comedian Junior Samples (56). Best known for his appearances on “Hee Haw”… Radio news - Top-40 is back strong, this time on the FM dial! Z-100 (WHTZ) in New York, debuted in August with their version, and according to the ratings, they’ve zoomed up from nowhere. In Los Angeles, KIIS-FM (102.7) gets a whopping 7.6 share - ratings not seen since the KHJ-AM days. One of the station’s strengths is morning personality Rick Dees, who is now up to a 10.2 share… MTV will present the world premier of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the 14-minute film based on the Jackson hit. Directed by John Landis, look for it December 2. MTV is set to air “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” a one-hour documentary on January 19… Looks like the new "Z-100" New York is humming. Scott Shannon has the station sounding great. Here's a video from this month of the Z-100 Morning Zoo with Scott Shannon and Ross Britain.

Z-100 Radio (WHTZ) Video November 1983 

cabbage patch kids 1983 news trivia december photo mrpopcultureDecember Cabbage Patch Kid Mania - More Cabbage Patch - So far, at least 10 people have been injured and two arrested as melees have broken out in stores among buyers scrambling to get their Cabbage Patch kid. A recent Wall St. Journal editorial asked whether most American families are more concerned about nuclear war or getting a  cabbage patch kid…

1983 Toys Including Cabbage Patch Kids/Care Bear/My Little Pony/Nintendo Console

mr t nancy reagan december 1983 trivia facts timelineMore December - After a slew of save-the-show mail, CBS is bringing back Cagney and Lacey starring Tyne Daly and (now)  Sharon Gless as two police officers. Gless replaces Meg Foster as the co-star. CBS has never done this…. Top selling kids toys for Christmas according to Toy and Hobby World – Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, Cabbage Patch Kids,  Care Bears by Kenner,  The Jedi line of toys, Trivial Pursuit,  Barbie… Mt. T joins First Lady Nancy Reagan at a preview showing of White House Christmas decorations… Anthony Geary is leaving his role of Luke Spencer on General Hospital at the end of the year. He had been with the afternoon soap for five years… Don’t miss Perry Como’s Christmas In New York featuring Michele Lee of Knot’s Landing. On ABC-TV… Thanksgiving record and tape sales were the strongest since 1979 with gains of 5-30% reported by retailers… Pepsi Cola’s deal with the Jacksons for their 1984 tour sponsorship is $10 million…

Dennis Wilson (39) of the Beach Boys, drowns at Marina Del-Rey after he went diving. Wilson had been drinking and the water was a bit cold - around 60 degrees… Time Magazine highlights the video revolution and that MTV is leading the pact. That the channel along with the video explosion in music, has re-kindled music sales…

Billboard's Top Pop Hit Music Artists For 1983 (In Order)... Michael Jackson, Men At Work,  The Police, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Journey, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Alabama, Lionel Richie, Prince, Culture Club, Loverboy, Stray Cats, Billy Joel, Laura Branigan, Toto, Bob Seger & The Sliver Bullet Band, Thomas Dolby, Willie Nelson, Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, The Fixx, Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams, Olivia Newton-John, Styx, Kenny Rogers, Phil Collins, Jane Fonda, Flock of Seagulls, Little River Band

The Year 1983 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 - Four bombs explode within an hour outside a police headquarters building and at three federal buildings in New York City. 3 officers were hurt….

elizabeth dole 1983 news facts history  mrpopculture imageJanuary 8 - President Reagan names Elizabeth Dole - wife of Kansas senator Bob Dole as secretary of transportation. She succeeds Drew Lewis. “Welcome to the Cabinet” said Reagan. “I can’t say welcome to the family - you’ve been part of it for so long”… Ginny Foat (41), - the president of the California chapter of the National Organization for Woman (NOW) is arrested in connection with the tire iron slaying of a man 17 years ago in Louisiana..

January 15 - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher secretly leaves the Falkland Islands after a triumphal five-day tour that she described as a “personal pilgrimage” to sovereign British territory…Inflation for all of 1982 was 3.5%, the smallest gain since a 3.2% increase 11 years ago…President Reagan moves to ease the worst economic pinch that farmers have felt in years and announces a “crop-swap” program to trim surpluses of grain and cotton. Also included are two measures to increase agricultural exports. He also warned foreign competitors that American farmers “aren’t going to… be plowed under” by what he called unfair trade practices….

January 22 -State of the Union address - President Reagan declares that runaway deficits pose “a clear and present danger’ to the Republic and calls for a federal spending freeze and standby tax increases that could be imposed in two years. “I know this is strong medicine, but so far we have only cut the rate of increase in federal spending. The government has continued to spend more money each year, though not as much as it did in the past”…

President Reagan State Of The Union 1983

February 1 - Weekly radio address - President Reagan said that he does not like the word “Reaganomics” because it sounds like a fad diet or an aerobic exercise, but he insisted that his economic policies with that label are working. “We have a long way to go, but that’s a start at last,” said the President. He said that in the 16 months since his package of income tax and budget cuts went into effect, “inflation has dropped to only 3.9% for all of 1982, the lowest it’s been in 10 years.” “Interest rates are about half what they were. The effect of that is a 40% increase in housing starts. Automobile sales are up as are all retail sales. Factory orders have begun to increase…. Real wages are up for the first time in three years…

 

khadfi 1983 news update history facts  mrpopcultureFebruary 8 - Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Khadafi vows to turn the Gulf of Sidra into a “red gulf of blood’ if the U.S. aircraft carrier Nimitz and his battle group dare to enter the disputed bay in the southern Mediterranean… 12 men and a woman were hog-tied and shot in the head in a mass execution during what was apparently a robbery at a high-stakes gambling den in Seattle’s Chinatown…

February 15 - Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) formally enters the 1984 presidential contest, pledging to replace ‘tired assumptions” with fresh ideas’ and to speak for “the vast unorganized majority’ instead of the “narrow interests” with their powerful Washington lobbies…

February 22 - Johnson & Johnson say that five people have died because of allergic reactions to its prescription painkiller Zomax. Last year, the company recalled its Tylenol capsules because of tampering. Neither the FDA nor the manufacturer plans to remove the product from the market…

March 1 - China announces the discovery of a new section of the great wall. The section adds 62 miles to the structure’s 3,600-mile length…

March 8 - Atty. Gen. William French Smith gives the FBI broader authority to infiltrate and monitor groups that allegedly condone violence as a tool for social and political change. .. President Reagan orders that all federal employees who have access to classified information must submit to a lie-detector test in any investigation of leaks or face “adverse consequences,’ including possible dismissal…

ronald reagan 1983 news facts history  mrpopcultureMarch 15 - OPEC says it will cut price of oil to $29 a barrel… Soviet economic squeeze - President Reagan orders his administration to attempt to influence internal policies of the Soviet Union through trade and other economic pressures as a means of forcing shifts in Moscow’s foreign strategy…

CBS News Brief

March 22 -  In vitro fertilization - The United States’ first “test-tube” twins – a boy and a girl – are born at North shore University Hospital on Long Island, New York.  Her name is Heather Jane and the boy is Todd. Both weighed over 7 pounds… President Reagan directs a new research program on arms controls - the Strategic Defense Initiative...

President Reagan National Security Address 

April 1 - Challenger makes its inaugural flight -Space shuttle Challenger soars into orbit  after being delayed for weeks. Its debut had been set for late January, but fuel leaks sprung in all three of its main engines and in a fourth brought in as a replacement. On board, mission commander Paul Weitz, Karol Bobko, mission specialist; Story Musgrave, a medical doctor and Donald Peterson - an engineer. The crew is set to deploy the world’s largest communications satellite and execute the first U.S. space walk in nearly a decade… Teamsters President Roy L. Williams is sentenced to 55 years in prison and fined $29,000 for his part in a conspiracy to bribe former U.S. Sen. Howard Cannon of Nevada… 

james watt 1983 news facts update beach boys  mrpopcultureApril 8 - President Regan interrupts a private luncheon with Vice President Bush to present James Watt with a large gold- colored foot with a bullet hole in it because Watt had “clearly shot himself in the foot” over the Beach Boys controversy. The President, with the help of the First Lady, re-instated the Beach Boys to play in Washington on July 4…

April 8 - President Reagan declares that the United States is not trying to overthrow the Nicaraguan government and says his Administration is only attempting to sever the supply of arms from Nicaragua to leftist guerrillas in U.S. backed El Salvador...

April 15 -  A suicide driver’s explosive-laden truck blows up in front of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 62 and injuring scores. President Reagan denounced the bombing as “a vicious, cowardly act” and vowed that it will not disrupt his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. A high-ranking CIA analyst was one of the victims…

ABC News - Beirut Embassy Bombing Report - David Brinkley

Tokyo Disneyland opens. It’s a replica of the park at Anaheim at a cost of $630 million. The park is managed, financed and operated by Oriental land Co., a Japanese real estate firm…

NBC News Digest W/Jessica Savitch

April 22 - President and Mrs. Reagan attend a tribute to sixteen Americans killed in last week’s terrorist bombing of the U.S Embassy in Beirut. Standing by the long row of coffins in Washington, the President called the bombing a “dastardly deed, an act of unparalleled cowardice” and “an attack on all of us and the values that we hold dear”… President Reagan says that U.S. credibility as well as the nation’s security is at stake in El Salvador and declares that critics of his Central America policy are offering only “a prescription for disaster.” Also, President Reagan nominates former Democratic Sen. Richard Stone as special U.S. envoy to the region… Production is up - wholesale prices are down... the economy is looking better!

May 1 - The town of Coalinga, California is devastated by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. At least 100 buildings collapse in the downtown area with 53 injured. The town is on the western end of the San Joaquin Valley, about 60 miles from Fresno… Iran radio reports - Iran orders 18 Soviet diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours and bans Iran’s pro-soviet party for plotting to overthrow the regime of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini… Environment - Acid Rain is a big subject these days. The EPA says it can cause aquatic damage, but doesn’t know yet if it damages forests or hurts crops…

May 8 - Economy - U.S. factories churn out goods in April at the fastest pace in nearly eight years while wholesale prices decline once again… President Reagan defends his Administration’s trade policies and says he opposes any “quick fix” efforts to protect U.S. business against foreign imports. “We and our trading partners are in the same boat. If one partner shoots a hole in the boat, it makes no sense for the other partner to shoot another hole in the boat”…

May 15 - Israel and Lebanon formally end the state of war between them with the signing of an agreement - the first step toward the withdrawal of Israeli occupation troops from Lebanon... The Senate passes a historic immigration reform bill that would allow millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. to become permanent legal residents while imposing future criminal sanctions on employers who hire illegal aliens…

May 22 - The Supreme Court rules that the federal government may deny tax breaks to schools that practice racial tip o neill 1983 news facts history mrpopculturediscrimination… House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill saying President Reagan “broke the law,” adamantly opposes Administration efforts to make a deal with Congress allowing U.S. covert operations in Central America… President Reagan tells Washington area high school valedictorians that he feels very strongly about voluntary prayer in the schools and declares, “I don’t know anyone who was hurt by it”… Mayor Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco says she plans this week to pledge more than $2 million in city funds for AIDS patient care, research, counseling and community education. The city, with its large homosexual population, has recorded the highest number of AIDS  ases per capita in the nation…

June 1 - 23 people are dead after an air Canada DC-9 jetliner catches fire in flight and makes an emergency landing in Cincinnati. One of the dead was TV manufacturer Curtis Mathes Jr… Two Rikers Island prisoners have died from the incurable disease AIDS and others in city prisons are suffering from the fatal illness. The illness, first identified in 1981, primarily strikes homosexuals, intravenous drug users and hemophiliacs… More New York - An unidentified man jumps to his death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building…

June 8 - President Reagan unveils a new arms control proposal, offering the Kremlin a choice of measuring nuclear arsenals by counting missiles and warheads or by the overall destructive power of each nation’s long-range missiles… Retaliation - the United States orders the expulsion of 21 Nicaraguan officials from the country’s six official consular posts in the United States, in retaliation against the ouster of three American diplomats from Managua… President Reagan congratulates Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her “impressive” election victory and asks, “If in the future I should have any need… how would you like to manage a campaign?...

June 15 - Film director John Landis and 4 others will be prosecuted criminally in connection with a helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two child actors while filming a scene for the upcoming film “the Twilight Zone. A special effects worker and the helicopter pilot are among those charged…

June 22 - A 100-foot section of an interstate 95 bridge collapses near Greenwich, Conn, hurling trucks and cars 70 feet into the Mianus River. Three are dead and at least three are critically injured. The three eastbound lanes of the bridge dropped into the river at about 1:30am. Two tractor-trailer trucks and two cars fell into the water…

NBC News Overnight W/Linda Ellerbee

July 1 - Thousands of Chinese throng bookstores as the first quotations of chairman Den Xiaoping, China’s new “Big Yellow Book,” go on sale, supplanting the late Mao Tse-tung’s “Little Red Book” as the bible for modern China… In a Gallup survey - 43% believe acquired immune deficiency syndrome(AIDS) will become an epidemic… The FDA approves the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in soft drinks…

July 8 - The Reagan Administration asks Congress to give banks and S&L’s new powers including the right to sell insurance, offer mutual funds and act as real estate brokers and developers… Chrysler Corp has recovered enough from its financial woes lee iacocca 1983 news history facts chrysler business mrpopcultureto pay off the last $800 million of $1.2 billion in federally guaranteed loans seven years early reports Chairman Lee Iacocca11-year-old Samantha Smith who wrote a letter to Soviet President Yuri V. Andropov because of her concern about the possibility of nuclear war, arrives in Russia with her parents by invitation of the Soviet government…  

July 15 - President Reagan taps former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to head a bipartisan commission to gorge long-term policy toward Central America and “keep the light of liberty alive” in the region… Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin abruptly cancels next week’s summit with President Regan for “personal reasons” further delaying U.S. Middle East peace efforts. ..David Dodge, acting president of the American University of Beirut, kidnapped a year ago in Lebanon, is freed and will be returning to the United States… The recession is over!... Trouble At Diana Ross concert in Central Park - here in this ABC-TV News Brief:

ABC NewsBrief W/Brit Hume

July 22 - The nation’s largest automated teller network begins operations as the Plus System now links about 2,000 ATM’s and 3,000 should be in operation by year- end. Bank participants include Chase Manhattan of New York, National Bank of Chicago, Colorado National Bank of Denver, Rainier National Bank of Seattle and Bank of America of San Francisco… Five Armenian terrorists shoot their way into the Turkish embassy in Lisbon, seize hostages and then blow-up themselves and a top diplomat’s wife with a grenade when Portuguese commandos storm the building… Despite his order for military maneuvers in Central America, President Reagan insists that the U.S. has no plans for armed intervention in the region…

August 1 - The White House declares that the United States has a ‘strong strategic interest” in ensuring that Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is not able to  overthrow governments or intervene militarily in  countries such as Chad. The Reagan Administration  confirmed reports that the rebels in Chad have been  supported by the Libyan air force and that Libyan  tanks have crossed the border into Chad….

August 8 - President Reagan says that he foresees no situation that would call for the United States to intervene militarily in Chad and said France is primarily responsible for the besieged African nation…

August 15 - Engulfed in the tidal wave of the biggest drug scandal in international amateur athletics history, 13 members of the track and field team withdraw from the Pan American games as four more weight lifters, including a triple gold medal-winning American, are stripped of their medals… Hurricane Alice slams into Houston, killing 6 and cutting power to 1.6 million. Galveston Island, where Alicia suddenly came ashore is still cut-off from the mainland…

August 22 - Biggest anti-government protest in Manila’s history - More than 500,000 Filipinos pour through streets in Manila behind the casket of slain opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Aquino was gunned down last week. Aquino’s widow, Corazon, called on President Ferdinand E. Marcos to release all political prisoners… Some 250,000 (mostly minorities) march on Washington. They were united to defeat President Reagan in next year’s election…

September 1 - Bulletin- A Soviet fighter plane shoots down a Korean Air Lines jumbo jet with 269 aboard (31 Americans) after it was tracked by Soviet radar for 2 ½ hours, after it had strayed into Soviet airspace. President Regan demands a full explanation… President Reagan called the Soviet leaders barbaric, callous terrorists and flagrant liars and is considering steps for retaliation for shooting down the Korean Air Lines jumbo jet…

 

President Reagan Addresses The Nation On Soviet Downing Of Korean Airliner

usa today 1983 news facts history  mrpopculture update timelineSeptember 8 - Gannett’s “USA Today” celebrates its first anniversary. The paper is already in 16 major markets and growing. This week, it’s being launched in New England and the Great Lakes region… Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel submits his formal resignation. The move clears the way for Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir to form a new government…

September 15 - President Regan announces an agreement with Congress for a resolution that permits the President to keep U.S. marines in Lebanon for 18 more months…

October 1 - President Regan accuses Democrats of sabotaging a balanced budget and promised to reduce deficits by “handcuffing the big spenders.” “But I won’t be satisfied until inflation is zero. The trouble is… our opponents refuse to see any progress, to admit America is getting well. They had their chance and they failed”… Secretary of the Interior James Watt resigns under the threat of a no confidence by the Senate for his latest verbal gaffe. Watt saw his support from Republicans dwindling over the last few weeks after he boasted that his coal advisory commission had “every kind of mix… a black… a woman, two Jews and a cripple”…

October 8 - Former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka of Japan is found guilty of accepting of $1.8 million bribe from the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. It was the first time in Japan’s recent history that a politician had been convicted of a crime committed while serving as prime minister... President Reagan unexpectedly selects National Security Adviser William P. Clark to replace controversial James Watt as secretary of the Interior…

October 22 - In Augusta - Armed Charles Harris demands to talk to President Reagan and takes two presidential aides and three other persons hostage inside the pro shop of the Augusta National Golf Club while the President was playing golf nearby. The siege ended several hours later after he surrendered… Another Beirut attack - this one bigger as suicide terrorists crashed trucks through barricades and into barracks where  U.S. Marines, sailors and French paratroops were sleeping, detonating a huge cargo of explosives that crumbled structures... The bodies of 25 more American Marines are lifted from beneath their shattered Beirut command post, pushing the toll to at least 186 killed in the bloodiest attack against the U.S. military since Vietnam..

U.S. Barracks Attacked (Aftermath) Beirut 

 The U.S. invades the island of Grenada:  American forces invade Marxist-ruled Grenada. 600 Cubans and 30 Soviets are seized. President Reagan, calling Grenada’s leaders “leftist thugs” said the operation was successful…

President Reagan Address On Lebanon And Grenada

November 1 - With the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ( Loretta ) at his side, President Reagan signed legislation that honors the slain civil rights leader with a national holiday. Reagan and King had “stirred our nation to the very depths of its soul” in donald rumsfeld 1983 news facts history  timeline  mrpopcutlurebattling racial discrimination… President Reagan names former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld , a moderate republican who heads a major pharmaceutical firm, to be his new special envoy to the Middle East… President Reagan, declaring the U.S. military action in Grenada was not an “invasion” as he once called it but an act of “liberation,” said that all hostilities have ended on the island and that U.S. commanders are being told to start withdrawing their forces within a few days…

November 8 - A bomb goes off about 30 feet from the Senate chamber entrance at the U.S. Capitol. The blast blew the doors off a reception room - no one was injured. The force of the blast was estimated to be between 2 to 5 sticks of dynamite. A group opposed to U.S. involvement in Grenada claimed responsibility… President Reagan’s handling of the October 25 invasion of Grenada wins widespread public and congressional support allaying concern for his conduct on foreign affairs. Before the Grenada invasion, Americans had become increasingly concerned about tensions in Lebanon and Central America, U.S-Soviet relations including the Soviet’s downing of a South Korean Jetliner…

yassar arafat 1983 news november facts  mrpopcultureNovember 15 - The equal rights amendment is defeated by House Republicans infuriated because they were barred from modifying the proposal in any way… Yasser Arafat’s stronghold at the Badawl refugee camp falls to Palestinian rebels, driving the Palestine Liberation Organization chief’s forces into Tripo…

November 22 - President Reagan orders a Justice department investigation of his senior White House staff, Cabinet and foreign policy advisers on leaks... Convicted murderer Robert Sullivan is executed in Florida’s electric chair, ending a 10-year fight against death that won the attention of Pope John Paul II… Israel exchanges more than 4,000 Palestinian prisoners for six Israeli soldiers...

December 1 - President Reagan believes he suspects leftist guerillas of carrying out the death squad executions that rightists are being blamed for in El Salvador and the reason - to show the government is making little progress on human rights… Eight U.S. Marines are killed and two wounded after the Marine encampment at Beirut’s international airport was hit by heavy artillery, rocket, ground-based anti-aircraft and small arms fire…

December 8 - Addressing an education summit meeting in Indianapolis, President Reagan declares that America’s schools must be “temples of learning, not drug dens,” and said he has ordered the Justice and education department to find ways of helping schools ‘enforce discipline.” …Edwin Meese III - the White House counselor, who got slammed for comments that he has seen no “authoritative evidence’ that there are hungry children in American and that some people go to soup kitchens “because the food is free and that’s easier than paying for it” - is retreating and says he will study the extent of hunger in the country…  

December 15 - Wholesale prices fell by .2% in November led by declining costs of fuel and food… Israeli gunboats fire on Tripoli, forcing trapped PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and thousands of his guerrilla followers to cancel their evacuation by sea, at least for a day… Two bombs explode minutes apart at French regional headquarters and at a hotel bar in west Beirut. A total of 12 are killed… President Reagan says that U.S. Marines will remain in Lebanon until they accomplish their peacekeeping mission, unless the Lebanese government undergoes a “complete change of course” and asks that they be withdrawn…  The Irish Republican Army says that its guerrillas planted a deadly car bomb outside Harrods department store without authorization from the IRA high command. The group apologized for the civilian casualties and said it has taken steps to prevent a repetition of “this type of operation”… Elizabeth Bouvia, the 26-year-old cerebral palsy victim who wants to escape what she considers a hopeless life, has no right to starve herself to death - a Superior Court judge ruled in Riverside, CA…

December 22 - President Reagan accepts the blame for the security breach that allowed the Oct. 23 truck bombing of the Beirut Marine barracks. No disciplinary action will be taken against U.S. military commanders… President Reagan says that U.S. Marines should remain in Lebanon, despite increasing demands in Congress that they be withdrawn soon…

CBS Newsbreak w/Charles Osgood - December 25

Year 1983  In Technology News And Information

satellite news channel 1983 tech cable tv history mrpopcultureJanuary American Telephone & Telegraph Co’s new unregulated offspring, American Bell Inc., opens its doors in the first step toward what should be a flourishing business despite early losses. Baby Bell, as the unit is nicknamed, was spawned by a 1980 FCC ruling ordering AT&T to segregate certain competitive businesses into a new unit. Those businesses include the sale of telephone  equipment and the marketing of computer-related services and products…Apple Computer unveils “The Lisa” - the company’s entry into the top-of-the-line personal computer market. Also unveiled - the Apple model IIe, the latest version of the 5-year-old Apple II. The “e” is for enhanced…Lawyers for Sony tell the Supreme Court that it would be unfair to penalize them for the copying of television programs by the millions who have purchased a Sony Beta VCR… Walt Disney Telecommunications announces that it has reached an agreement with cable operator TCI to carry the new Disney Channel when service begins April …

February - MCI expanding - the long-distance company purchases $200 million worth of satellite communication channels from Hughs Aircraft on its Galaxy satellite. The purchase of the 24 channels plus its new telephone cable network in the eastern U.S. will increase its voice and data transmission capacity 50% by 1985…WSM Inc. in Nashville debuts “The Nashville Network” on cable this week. It’s a new 18-hour network available in 7 million cable homes. WSM says it has committed $50 million to the new advertising-supported network…  

March - More CD news – Sony says it has supplied Compact Disc Players to 28 album rock FM stations in key markets to promote the technology. They’ll also get a year’s supply of CD’s from Columbia. The CD players are valued at $1000. Stations agreed to give Sony credit whenever they play a Compact Disc on the air…. 

April - Seiko introduces the first of its kind - a wrist television. The 1.2-inch diagonal screen picks up VHF/UHF channels and should sell for around $495.00… ESPN, the mostly sports cable network which is now in 23.3% of American homes, says it delivers young 18-49 males with more education and higher income at a rate beyond its competitors… Top Video Games: Centipede (Atari), Ms. Pac-Man (Atari), River Raid (Activision), Phoenix (Atari), Pitfall (Activision), Frogger (Parker Bros.), Vanguard (Atari), Donkey Kong Jr. (Coleco), Dragon Fire (Imagic), Donkey Kong (Vanguard, Pac-Man (Atari)… The annual video game cartridge business is a $1.5 billion business…

May - Two All-News Cable Channels Going At It - Westinghouse Broadcasting and its all-news channel SNC charge CNN with “maliciously” interfering with their contractual and business relations. This after CNN charged that SNC used its power as a cable systems operator to keep CNN out of those markets and that such practice violated antitrust laws…

Take A Look At Satellite News Channel Here In Spring 1983 

June - Alan Alda, fresh from years on MASH, will be the new spokesman for Atari home computers… The entire Encyclopedia Americana is being readied for computers and Frank Farrell, president of Grolier Electronic publishing claims that “any adult who is computer illiterate in the next 10 years will be obsolete... it’s a very scary proposition for adults”…

July – CD Update - More CD - A&M Records is slated to join the ranks of Compact disc labels via plans for a fall release of digital CD titles… Right now, stores with compact discs are stocking imports. Two CD Stores in the Washington DC area say most of their buyers are affluent and are plopping down the $20-$25 per disc. CBS is going to be the first U.S. company to bring out compact discs and that ‘s supposed to happen this month…

August - The American telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) agrees to relinquish its  familiar “Bell” name as part of its divestiture plan. The  reorganization of AT&T ends lengthy and costly  proceedings that began in November 1974 when the  Justice Department filed its initial antitrust suit against  the company. The divestiture plan requires AT&T to  give up ownership if its 22 local operating telephone  companies which will combine into seven new  regional phone companies. AT&T gets to keep its long distance service, Bell  Telephone Labs and Western Electric Co. The seven companies will get to use  the Bell name and the seal, which dates back to 1889. The Bell emblem is an  outline of a bell inside a circle. AT&T must also give the  seven regional Bell  companies access to its patents for the next five years. It also agreed to recoup construction costs for rebuilding the regionals’ local networks to improve the  access of new long-distance competitors to AT&T…. “True or False: You Can Now Run Apple Software In Your IBM PC ... True - Introducing Quadlink by Quadram. The revolutionary enhancement board that  turns your IBM Personal Computer into an Apple-compatible system. Simply plug  inside your PC, press a few keys and instantly run virtually any Apple software  package available”…

September - IBM announces that it has developed a new chip with twice the storage capacity of anything on the market. The chip uses something called “plate pushing” to read data on its output. The chip has 512K dynamic RAM… AT&T unveils a $1.75billion cut in interstate long-distance telephone charges but at the same time, discloses plans to charge 75 cents a call for long-distance information calls. A 10-minute night call between Atlanta and Chicago would drop 16.3% to $2.25 from $2.69… MCI Communications Corp. unveils a new nationwide electronic mail system that will offer four topes of service ranging from instant communications between personal computers to laser-printed letters delivered by regular mail. The new service - MCI Mail. To use it, a person with a PC or other device will need a modem…. NBC television says it is switching to satellite distribution of its programs. NBC and Communications Satellite Corp announce that they have signed a 10- year contract for calling for Comsat to distribute NBC programming to its affiliates via satellite…

October - Ted Turner announces that he will purchase the rival Satellite News Channel for $25 million. The channel will cease operations with the acquisition. Turner’s Cable News Network and CNN Headline News will be offered to cable systems now carrying SNC, which is owned by ABC Video Enterprises and Westinghouse Broadcasting. The two competitors have been losing money - but SNC had been losing more money than the Turner Channels…

windows 84 microsoft 1983 news tech history mrpopcultureNovember - Microsoft will begin of offer programs that make it easier for a PC user to handle several programs on their screens simultaneously. Its new “Windows” will let independent software companies develop these products - dubbed “integrated software packages.” Microsoft says that 23 PC makers will offer Windows with their systems including HP, Compaq, Tandy, Wang, DEC, Apple and Eagle. Windows will compete with the recently released Visi-on from VisiCorp and with Lisa (Apple Corp). Lisa relies on a device called a mouse, which lets a viewer point a click from a menu of choices on a screen and integrating one task with another… CD players for cars and “Walkman’s?” Norio Ohga, the man most responsible for promoting the compact disc worldwide and president of Sony Corp. in Tokyo says maybe: “We’re putting them into cars and carrying out vibration tests. But it gets very hot inside a car and it is vital to test whether the player will perform properly inside a car that may be parked out in broiling sunshine. We’re at a stage where these tests are becoming more and more exhaustive. For the Walkman, there is the problem of battery consumption. The battery must last for eight hours of listening, so it will be difficult unless a new type of semi-conductor is developed, But make no mistake, CD car stereos and Walkman’s will appear in the near future… The average price for a CD player is $750, but Matsushita Electric just came out with one around $500. Ohga  believes the format is on the verge of a consumer explosion….

December - American Telephone and Telegraph unveils a new telephone charge card that can be inserted into special coinless pay phones. The new cards will be mailed to AT&T’s 47 million current credit-card customers… Tandy now joins the ranks in making P/C’s patterned after IBM’s top selling machines. Look for the new Tandy TRS 80 Model 2000 personal computer at your Radio Shack store…. IBM says it is ramping-up its PC production. Clones have had a nice run so far because there’s been a shortage in IBM PC’s, so customers purchase clones instead. That may change next year… On the eve of AT&T’s breakup - The company estimates that around 15 million of its 110 million leased telephones have been purchased. In Akron Ohio, many customers turned-in their leased telephones for a $5 credit…

Year 1983 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

billy martin 1983 sports news yankees steinbrenner mrpopcultureJanuary Rams owner Georgia Frontiere fires coach Ray Malvasi after five years with the team… Billy Martin is named by Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner - to manage the team again for the third time! Martin played for the Yanks in the 50’s - was hired to manage the club in the 1975 baseball season, but was fired in the summer of ‘78 for remarks he had made about Steinbrenner and slugger Reggie Jackson. He was brought back as Yankees manager in June of ‘79, but was fired on October 28 of the same year, after getting into a fight with a marshmallow salesman in Minnesota…The London Sun reports that photographers covering the skiing holiday of Prince Charles and Princess Diana yelled “stupid” and “spoiled child” at her because of her reluctance to be photographed…Super Bowl XVII played at the Rose Bowl - over 103 million saw The Washington Redskins defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-17…

 

February - Saturday Night Live’s Joe Piscopo says he gets nervous when he does his biting impersonations of Frank Sinatra. “I certainly hope Frank has a sense of humor”…  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores a tip-in to give him 29,000 points for his career…This Saturday Night On ABC-TV - William Shatner reunites with Leonard Nimoy on “T.J. Hooker”…

"Down Under" - Men At Work

More February - Dodgers pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela, who two years ago was paid $42,000 has been awarded a record $1 million salary for the 1983 season…Dies - playwright Tennessee Williams (71) in his Manhattan hotel room. He choked to death on a bottle cap of the type used in nasal spray or eye solution dispensers… The Philadelphia Phillies sign pitcher Steve Carlton to a $1.5 million contract for the 1983 season. He’ll receive another $1 million per year thereafter. That makes him the highest paid pitcher in major league baseball...

At the movies - "48 Hours" - Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy

March - ABC televises three USFL games on Sunday – Chicago-Washington, Philadelphia-Denver and New Jersey-Los Angeles. The ratings weren’t bad. In Philly – a 20.9 rating and a 39 share. In New York – a 28 share and in Los Angeles – a 17.8 rating and a 50 share!... CBS says it will replace “Face the Nation” after 29 years with a new Sunday morning news show anchored by Lesley Stahl, who had been the network’s White House correspondent… Michael Spinks gets the light-heavyweight championship in a fight with Dwight Braxton…

Nielsen Top TV Shows March 1983 

Dallas - 27.7

60 Minutes - 27.1

Dynasty - 25.2

Falcon Crest - 23.7

Magnum, PI - 23.6

Jeffersons - 22.7

Newhart - 22.6

Fall Guy - 22.2

Simon & Simon - 21.5

Archie Bunker’s Place - 21.3

Knots Landing - 20.6

Love Boat - 20.3

Hart to Hart - 20.2

That’s Incredible - 19.9

Dukes of Hazzard - 19.7

Gloria - 19.6

Three’s Company - 19.5

Trapper John, M.D. - 19.3

April - A jury in the Groucho Marx estate case returns a verdict in favor of the bank, which sued Erwin Fleming - Groucho’s companion and secretary. The Bank of American sued Fleming for $428,000, claiming that she got that amount in money, stocks and property by browbeating and coercing the comedian… For the first time in 30 years, Adolph Coors Co of Golden, Colo, puts a nolan ryan 1983 sports history news facts  mrpopculturenew beer on the market. Its “Golden Lager” goes on the shelves in five test markets this week…  Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros strikes-out his 3,509 th batter, passing Walter Johnson as baseball’s all-time strikeout king… Stanford quarterback John Elway is drafted by the Baltimore Colts, the weakest team in pro football. Elway is said to be disappointed and is considering his other option - to play baseball with the New York Yankees who paid him $100,000 to hit for their farm league during the summer…

May – Passing - Bluesman Muddy Waters - 68… It’s announced that actor Herve Villechaize, who quit Fantasy Island earlier this year, will be replaced by British character actor Christopher Hewett Gary Anderson a University of Arkansas running back-wide receiver and a first-round pick of the Dan Diego chargers, signs to play with the Tampa bay Bandits of the USFL… The USFL awards an expansion franchise to San Diego. USFL wants a goal of a 16-team league… The FCC, peppered with complaints about the popular New York service - “Dial-a-Porn,” insists that under the law, it can take no action and has referred the matter to the Justice Department. “Dial-a-Porn” gets about 500,000 callers a day from across the nation with sexually explicit recorded messages… Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser Sr. wins, as Al Unser Jr. (21) - drives in his first Indy… 17-year-old Kathy Horvath of Florida defeats Martina Navratilova in the French Open…. Yankee manager Billy Martin is named in another assault complaint. He’s accused of throwing a barroom punch, but owner George Steinbrenner says he believes Martin…

June - About 1.75 million line the streets of Philadelphia to salute the NBA champion 76ers during a ticker-tape parade through howard cosell 1983 facts trivia sports tv  mrpopculture imagethe city… Howard Cosell returns to the Monday Night Baseball announcing booth. Cosell will be teamed with Al Michaels and Earl Weaver on the primary games… Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reaches a decision to fine Dodgers reliever Steve Howe $57,000 - believed to be the largest player fine so far. It represents his pay for the 30 days he has been unavailable because of drug therapy…

At the movies - "Flashdance"

July - All-Star game - American League beats the National League 13-3. California Angels center fielder Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star history… Chicago Cubs pitcher Dickie Noles begins serving a 16-day jail term after pleading no contest to a charge of assaulting a Cincinnati police officer… Passing - ABC news anchor Frank Reynolds (59) of hepatitis. His last anchor on “ABC World News Tonight” was April 21… Gaylord Perry becomes the fourth pitcher in major league history to strike out more than 3,500 battersDaryl Strawberry hits his 12 th home run in the ninth inning at Cincinnati, giving the Mets a 3-2 victory over the reds. Keith Hernandez hit a homer too… Passing - Actor David Niven (73). Passing - Actor Raymond Massey (86).

August - Coming soon - A Mr. T doll. Two versions - one is a rag doll… Anchorwoman Christine Craft wins $500 thousand in her sex bias suit against KMBC-TV in Kansas City (A  Metromedia station). Craft called it “a victory for civil rights.”  Much of the trial centered on her claim that in August of  1981, KMBC news director Ridge Shannon told her she was  being removed as co-anchor and demoted to reporter  because she was “too old,” “too unattractive” and “not  deferential to men”… Bowie Kuhn jimmy connors 1983 tennis history facts timeline sports  mrpopcultureresigns as baseball commissioner just before his contract expires… Tennis star Jimmy Connors signs a lucrative 3-year contract to become spokesman for Paine-Webber… Carl Lewis sets his first world record at the Helsinki world track and field championship. Lewis anchored the United States 400-meter relay team to a time of 37.86 seconds, breaking 38.03 set by an American team in 1977… Quarterback Doug Williams, unable to agree on a contract with the National football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers says that he as singed a five-year contract with the USFL’s Oklahoma Outlaws expansion team… NFL owners vote unanimously to again carry four standby players in addition to the 45 on their regular-season rosters this year. The move is to keep more players out the clutches of the United States Football League…

September - Jimmy Connors wins the U.S. Open Men’s championship and Martina Navratilova wins on the woman’s side at john cleese 1983 news facts federal express spokesperson  mrpopculture imageFlushing Meadow NY… Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger gets his U.S citizenship in Los Angeles… Federal Express now uses Monty Python’s John Cleese for their spots. In fact Cleese is busier than ever - doing advertisements all over the world for different clients. Cleese also does industrial training films - 35 so far. Says the entertainer; “I’ve always been able to pass myself off as a professional, reliable chap, who, due to a bum steer, ended up in show business… The New York Jets say they will move to New Jersey after the season and the city will search for a new football team, so says a shocked Mayor Edward Koch…

October - Passing - actor Pat O’Brien… (83) Vida Blue , the 1971 American League Cy Young Award winner, pleads guilty to a charge of possessing cocaine in a federal drug probe that brought guilty pleas from three of his former Kansas City Royals teammates… The first ever awards for Cable Excellence is launched this week. The ACE Awards will be an annual event. Cable programs and their production teams are not eligible for Emmy Awards because the Academy of television Arts & Sciences requires that a program be available in at least 50% of the nation’s TV homes…

michael conrad 1983 news trivia hillstreet blues photo  mrpopcultureNovember -The Chicago Sun-Times, the nation’s seventh-largest daily paper is sold to Australian Rupert Murdoch’s publishing company for $90 million cash. Seller is Field Enterprises… Larry O’Brien resigns as commissioner of the NBA. .. David Stern, executive vice president in the National Basketball Assn, is elected commissioner of the NBA… Marvelous Marvin Hagler defeats Roberto Duran in a 15 round decision to retain his middleweight title… Passing - TV actor Michael Conrad - Best known as Sgt. Phillip Freemason Esterhaus of “Hill Street Blues.” He was 58 and was battling cancer …

December - The NFL confirms that Commissioner Pete Rozelle has sent a letter to all 28 teams to warn players that  the non-medical use of steroids could result in disciplinary action….  Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., after just two seasons in the majors - is already named Major League Player of the Year. Of course, he’s also been an MVP… Passing - Slim Pickens who never fully recovered from pneumonia after brain surgery last year. He was 64… Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Dodgers pitcher Steve Howe for the entire 1984 season – after Howe was tested for cocaine and results came out positive… Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn imposes the heaviest fin in baseball history, penalizing the New York Yankees $250,000 for comments made by team owner George Steinbrenner about the controversial pine-tar game…  Marry - Princess Caroline of Monaco is married to Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi . It’s her second marriage. She’s 27 and he’s 23…

 

 

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