Where Were You on Feb. 6, 1983?

By Bill Oglesby | February 8th, 2017

We all feel a bit overworked at times, and that’s true even if you’re a United States Supreme Court justice. Today, United States Chief Justice Warren Burger asks Congress to create a new court made up of judges from other federal courts just to ease the workload a bit on the Supreme Court.


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We all feel a bit overworked at times, and that’s true even if you’re a United States Supreme Court justice. Today, United States Chief Justice Warren Burger asks Congress to create a new court made up of judges from other federal courts just to ease the workload a bit on the Supreme Court. Burger says it should be a five-year experiment.

By a vote of 58-41, the Virginia House of Delegates defeats a bill to create a state lottery. Despite the thumbs-down, some are calling it a victory of sorts for the lottery proposal, because this is the first time in modern history the measure has even made it out of committee.

Trivia: In what year did voters finally approve the establishment of the Virginia State Lottery in a referendum?
Answer: After the 1987 referendum, the first ticket was sold on Sept. 20, 1988.

Tennis superstar John McEnroe snaps his string of seven losses to Ivan Lendl with his second straight win at the U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Championship in Philadelphia.

At the movies … A parent’s worst nightmare – the disappearance of a child – is the premise of Without A Trace, starring Kate Nelligan and Judd Hirsch, now playing at the Ridge and Cloverleaf theaters. “Lyle Swann is a champion off-road racer. But to the people of 1877, he’s something very, very different.” That’s the promo for former Monkee Michael Nesmith’s movie, Time Rider, at the Midlothian and West Tower theaters. And The Entity, based on a true story, is playing at the Capitol and Chesterfield.

On TV … Tonight, we can go along with the California Highway Patrol on CHiPs at 7 on Channel 12, when astronaut Gordon Cooper assists Ponch and Bobby in their search for a runaway 10-year-old boy who needs a liver transplant.

They’re calling it “the event of 1983” as The Divine Miss M Bette Midler appears in concert at William and Mary Hall on Feb. 16. On Feb. 11, the Harlem Globetrotters bring their basketball comedy to Richmond Coliseum, and on the 13th, a great soul concert comes to the Coliseum with James Brown, Tyrone Davis, the Dells and the Chi-Lites.

Billboard’s Top 5 songs on Feb. 6, 1983:
1. “Africa” – Toto
2. “Down Under” – Men At Work
3. “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye
4. “Baby, Come to Me” – Patti Austin (with James Ingram)
5. “Shame on the Moon” – Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

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