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In his Saturday radio address, President Reagan accuses Congress of thwarting his administration's efforts to run the government more economically.
Roads were closed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama by a freak ice, sleet and snow storm.
First class postage increases from 20 to 22 cents.
A federal study reveals that obesity is "a major killer" in the U.S.
"I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for two weeks.
Talk about your "lucky day," flight attendant Vesna Vulovik hits the record books as survivor of the biggest fall without a parachute. 33,000 feet from a DC-9 after it exploded over Czechoslovakia.
Memphis Highway 51 South, Bellvue, is renamed "Elvis Presley Boulevard."
A pretty good class of Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn.
And the man who wrote "One" for Three Dog Night, scored movies and television shows, and was called a close friend by John Lennon and Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson took a song written by Peter Ham of Badfinger, puts Gary Wright on piano, and sits at number one for an unbelievable four weeks in a row, "Without You."
In his first diplomatic mission of the Bush administration, Vice President Dan Quayle begins a trip to Venezuela and El Salvador.
Los Angeles outlaws semi-automatic weapons.
The first Iran/Contra trial begins with an opening statement from Oliver North's attorney describing him "as a patroit."
A cargo door blows off a United Air Lines Boeing 747 flying near Hawaii, killing nine.
"Eternal Flame" by Bangles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
The first commercial flight of the Boeing 747 on Pan Am. New York to London, 6 1/2 hours.
Billy Stewart, who sang "Summertime" to the top of the charts, loses his life in a car crash at age 32.
A guy named Andrew Moog introduces the Moog synthesizer.
In Las Vegas, Diana Ross & the Supremes play their final show together.
And what do you get when you cross John Lennon with producer Phil Spector? "Instant Karma!"
President Carter unveils a plan to re-introduce draft registration, a proposal that included women as well as men.
The Winter Olympics open at Lake Placid, New York.
In a stunning upset, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeats the Soviets at Lake Placid, NY, 4-3. (The U.S. went on to win the gold medal.)
Tom Jones hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guest Queen.
"How Do I Make You" by Linda Ronstadt enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution goes into effect, dealing with Presidential disability and succession.
Three U.S. astronauts, Grissom, White, and Chaffee, lose their lives in a tragic fire at Cape Kennedy FL.
Cesar Chavez calls for the first boycott of grapes.
Buick begins offering those "high-tech" new eight track players in car radios.
And the female vocalist who'd finish second only to Madonna in all-time album sales, Petula Clark, notches one more top hit, "Color My World."
Elizabeth H. Dole is sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The final episode of "M*A*S*H" airs after 11 seasons on CBS, with a special 2 1/2 hour finale that was watched by an estimated 121.6 million people.
An Arizona man with 105 wives is convicted of bigamy.
13 people are found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle's Chinatown district in what became known as the "Wah Mee Massacre."
"Beat It" by Michael Jackson, featuring Eddie Van Halen on guitar, is released.
President John F. Kennedy is sworn in, replacing Dwight David Eisenhower, who at age 70, had been the oldest to hold the office of President.
The USSR launches Venera I towards Venus.
At the movies, "The Misfits" premieres. It would be the last movie for it's two major stars, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
Berry Gordy Jr., who'd parlayed some Jackie Wilson hit songwriting money he'd earned into his own small Detroit record company, gets his first smash with the Miracles and "Shop Around."
In a speech the 3 major networks declined to carry live, President Reagan presses his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
Actress Robin Givens and boxer Mike Tyson are married.
The Boy Scouts of America announced that women would be allowed to hold leadership positions.
U.S. figure skater Brian Boitano wins the gold medal in the men's competition at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.
"Could've Been" by Tiffany hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
The Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off with a woman in the pilot's seat for the first time in NASA history, bound for an unprecedented rendezvous with the Russian space station.
A standoff between the U.S. and China escalates into a trade war, with each country ordering stiff tariffs against the other.
U.S. Marines land in Somalia to protect retreating U.N. peacekeepers.
Lyle Lovett plays "Cupid" on the NBC-TV sit-com "Mad About You."
Bruce Springsteen's album "Greatest Hits" is released.