As Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov was laid to rest, the Politburo was quick to name Old Guard Hardliner Konstantin Chernenko as Andropov's successor as Party Chairman. Chernenko was quick to toss in his two cents by pledging increased military spending and taking a generally dim view of the West. Back to the Cold War, for now anyway.
Meanwhile, the Middle East was topic A of discussion with President Reagan hosting Jordan's King Hussein at the White House this day, and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak at the White House the following day over the subject of Lebanon.
In Sarajevo, the Winter Olympics were racing onward, with U.S. Women's Skiers winning Gold and Silver at the Giant Slalom event - with Debbie Armstrong winning Gold and Kristin Cooper winning Silver.
Supreme Court Justice Warren Berger had a few choice words for the Legal profession at the annual meet in Las Vegas. Berger told the rapt audience point-blank that there was too much waste in the area of frivolous lawsuits and it was no wonder lawyers were, as a breed, pretty much hated throughout the country.
Suspected Chinese spies were arraigned in New York Court this day. Angola Rebels were busy shooting down MIG's. Terrorists were busy bombing the border of Kashmir and India and it was discovered that in 1983, more money was spent by Washington Lobbyists than was paid in salaries to Congress.
And if that wasn't enough, it was announced later in the day that Texaco had filed for a merger with Getty Oil.
And on and on it went, as reported this February 13th in 1984 by The CBS World News Roundup and the 9:00 am (PST) hourly news.