March 5, 1982 - John Belushi: Dead At 33.


News of this day in 1982 was pretty sad. It had been reported that actor John Belushi had died earlier in the day from "natural causes". Only as the hours went by did the news reports get more facts in. Still, Belushi the Comic genius was gone and that was bad enough.

In other news (if we really paid attention at the time) - Gen. Alexander "I'm In Charge Here" Haig claimed proof that Cuban and Nicaraguan aid was pouring in to the rebels in El Salvador.

The trial of Klaus von Bulow was wrapping up with Defense resting its case. Only a matter of time before it went to the Jury.

Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill were proposing a crackdown on people who underpaid their taxes. It was said this sort of forgetfulness was responsible for the government not getting as much as $77 Billion in tax revenue.

Rumors that Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev had died halted temporarily the downward spiral in gold prices. When he later appeared on TV the prices spiraled upward.

And so went that particular March 5th in 1982 via CBS Hourly News as well as local (KNX-Am) coverage of the Belushi death.


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