News of the day, this day in history for January 3, 1983. Pres. Reagan hints there may be some new tax on the course ahead. Budget cuts/gas tax rise. Social Security hot topic. Soviet Spy Satellite Cosmos 1402 rumored to be out of control and falling back to earth. Warsaw Pact proposes peace initiatives to NATO. Talks at Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon enter round #4. French authorities seize and enter Greenpeace ship entering Cherbourg harbor. Woman in Oregon dies from Cyanide poisoning rumored from ingesting Anacin 3 capsule.
January 6, 2012

The fickle finger of fate.

The perfect day to stay in bed, this January 6th in 1983. And if you weren't comfortably snoring or sleeping it off you would probably have been knee deep in these tidbits of anxiety provoking news:

Pres. Reagan hinted there may be some new tax on the course ahead. Ironically, the new gasoline tax went into effect on this day, as did relaxation of regulations on trucking. President Reagan also promised substantial budget cuts while carefully avoiding the hot-button topic of Social Security.

Meanwhile, the nuclear powered Soviet Spy Satellite Cosmos 1402 was rumored to be out of orbit, spinning out of control and falling back to earth almost any day now. Moscow denied the rumors but kept a wary gaze skyward just in case.

Speaking of wary gazes, the Warsaw Pact proposed to NATO an agreement to renounce the use of military force and to outlaw or limit use of a vast array of weaponry including the infamous Neutron Bomb as well as deadly chemicals. NATO may or may not have stifled a chuckle.

Talks aimed at Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon entered Round 4, with the word stalemate stenciled on everyone's minds.

French authorities seized and boarded the ship Greenpeace as it entered Cherbourg harbor.

And a woman in Oregon succumbed to Cyanide poisoning thought to be delivered by an Anacin-3 capsule. In lieu of widespread panic, further tests were ordered to determine if the woman had committed suicide or if the capsules were in fact tampered with.

Collective breaths on this day were held, pending conclusion of all the above.

Just one of those days via Reid Collins and The CBS World News Roundup for January 6, 1983.

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