Week of December 23, 1983
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increasing demands in Congress that they be withdrawn soon
Disarmament conference - Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko agrees to
meet secretary of state George P. Shultz in Stockholm on January 18.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher makes a surprise Christmas visit to Northern
Ireland and vowed that the province will remain under British rule.
of Monaco is married
to Italian businessman
It’s her second marriage. She’s 27 and he’s
Record cold temperatures hit the mid-west
and as far south as Texas and Arkansas.
The government’s main economic
forecasting gauge fell .4% last month in its first decline in 15 months, the
Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn imposes the heaviest fin in baseball history,
penalizing the New York Yankees $250,000 for comments made by team owner
about the controversial pine-tar game. The fine centered
on a game between the Yankees and Royals back in July that was halted in the
top of the ninth after George Bret’s two-run homer gave Kansas City a 5-4 lead
with two out. Two umpires ruled Bret had excessive pine and tar his bat. The
Week of December 23, 1983
Yankees were declared the winners but American League President Lee
MacPhail ruled the game had to be resumed and Brett’s homer counted.
Music news -
(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.
Entertainment news -
Passing - Actor
(91) best known as “Uncle Charley” on
the long-running “My Three Sons.”
Bob Hope entertains troops in Beirut, aboard several Navy
ships including the USS Guam.
This week, 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.
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.
New Year’s Eve -
“CBS Happy New Year America” hosted by Andy Williams and featuring Michele
lee and the Pointer Sisters.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Culture Club, Rick James and Barry
“New Year’s Eve with Bill Lombardo & His Orchestra” with Bobby Vinton and