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Chapter 12: Fairy Tale ends in tragedy 🇲🇨

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Tragic Storybook Ending
13 October 1982

The Sexy, Lovely and Beautiful Grace Kelly during her Hollywood days.

......"Help my mother! My mother is in there! Get her out!"
-Princess Stephanie
13 October 1982

On the morning of 13 October 1982, Princess Grace was leaving Roc Agel (the alternate family residence), which wasn't very far from the Royal Palace.

Grace and her 17-year-old daughter, Princess Stephanie had train tickets to Paris where Stephanie was expected to be attending school. However, depending on whom you ask, allegations swirled that Stephanie and her mother had been in a week-long argument. Once again, depending on whom you ask....

The chauffeur brought the Rover 3500 to the parking lot and offered to drive the princesses himself. Once the vehicle was loaded with lots of luggage and dresses; Grace made the fatal mistake of declining the chauffeur's offer of driving them to the train station when she told him "I'll drive the car by myself because there's no room for three people because of all the luggage."

It was a mistake which would have deadly consequences.

At 9:30 AM, Grace and Stephanie drove out of the Roc Agel Grounds. Grace was driving the same route she had done decades earlier in the movie, "To Catch a Thief".

Two miles outside of La Turbie, Grace missed a very sharp turn. According to an eyewitness, who was driving behind the princesses, he noticed the Rover 3500 was zigzagging erratically. It caused him to honk the horn at the vehicle in front of him, which temporarily straightened up....

Then, the Rover 3500 went toward another sharp turn. It was also a dangerous curve on the Moycanne Corniche.

And here's where things got even more disturbing!

According to what Princess Catherine had relayed to Jeffrey Robinson about Stephanie's version of events on this fateful day: "Stephanie told me, 'Mommy kept saying, I can't stop. The brakes don't work. I can't stop.' She also said Mommy was in an absolute panic attack. Stephanie grabbed the hand brake. She told me right after the accident, 'I pulled on the hand brake but it wouldn't stop. I tried but I just couldn't stop the car.'"

The Rover 3500 tumbled 100 feet down the ravine turning over several times (Spoiler Alert: both Princess Grace and Princess Stephanie were NOT wearing seatbelts SMH, which explains the severe injuries) before finally coming to a stop resting in a garden.

Local residents arrived on the scene of the automobile crash site: Stephanie (who was injured, but conscious) had somehow managed to get out of the Rover 3500 and screamed "Help my mother! My mother is hurt! Get her out!" They managed to finally remove the unconscious Princess Grace out of the vehicle by smashing the rear window.

"The passenger door was completely smashed in," Stephanie said. "I got out on the only accessible side, the driver's."

Both Princess Grace and Princess Stephanie were taken by ambulance to Monaco Hospital in La Colle for emergency surgery.

Following surgery to clearing up Grace's lungs and halting internal bleeding; CAT scans revealed the Princess of Monaco had suffered a stroke before the crash. Other injuries included fractures of the collarbone, thigh, and ribs. Doctors concluded even if Grace had made a full recovery, she would eventually end up as an invalid. Plus, the Royal Palace worked hard in downplaying the seriousness of Grace's severe injuries.

On 14 October 1982, Princess Grace was taken off of life support surrounded by her family at her side.

TO BE CONTINUED: COMING UP IN CHAPTER 12 OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC: The official version of details surrounding Princess Grace's death gets exposed as false as more allegations continue to reveal what really happened on that fateful day of 13 October 1982.
*October 18, 1982: Funeral Service of Princess Grace.

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Chapter 12: Major Developments in South America

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*Associated Press reported Chilean President Captain General Augusto Pinochet personally gave the order to begin the invasion during closed door meeting.
*Estimate of 57,000+ Chilean military personnel troops being deployed to the Argentinian border.
*British Counteroffensive ongoing into the Falkland Islands.
*Emergency sirens ringing in Buenos Aires.

*Thursday, October 14, 1982: While everyone's distracted with the shocking tragic death of Princess Grace of Monaco, over in the Republic of Chile: Chilean President Captain General Augusto Pinochet announced during a nationwide televised address from La Moneda Palace (Government Office) in Santiago that he has ordered the massive deployment of over 57,000+ military personnel troops to the Argentinian border in preparation for the full-scale invasion of the Argentine Republic effective immediately.

According to anonymous sources, the Chilean Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force had been practicing military drills for months long before the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands. It's rumored that Pinochet and British Prime Minister Geoffrey Howe held a closed door meeting about using military force and other whatever tools necessary.

Speculation is also brewing around the Brazilian government being rumored to coordinating a joint observer role with potentially sending some troops of their own into the ongoing conflict.

COMING SOON IN THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC: The tide turns horribly for Galtieri and his cronies.
Chapter 12: Pop Culture Wiki Infox-box

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Hart to Hart

Genre Mystery
Detective fiction
Created by Sidney Sheldon
Developed by Tom Mankiewicz
Creative director Tom Mankieicz (credited as creative director)
Starring Robert Wagner
Stefanie Powers
Lionel Stander
Theme music composer Mark Snow
Composer Don Davis
Country of origin United States
Number of Seasons 5
Number of Episodes 110
Executive producers Aaron Spelling
Leonard Goldberg
Producers David Levinson (1979-80)
Mort Crowley (1980-83)
Leigh Vance (1983-84)
Production companies Rona II Productions
Spelling/Goldberg Productions
Columbia Pictures
Television (Seasons 4-5)
Production location Los Angeles, California
Original network ABC
Original release 25 August 1979-22 May 1984
Chapter 12: Final Farewell to Princess Grace of Monaco

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*Monday, October 18, 1982: From October 15th-18th, an estimated 28,000 people filed past the open casket of Princess Grace inside the Ardent Chapel of the Royal Palace: the late Princess Consort of Monaco was dressed in a high-necked white laced dress laid on a quilt of orchids.

Many of the Monegasques lined up outside the pink Grimaldi Palace signing books of condolence for Prince Rainier of Monaco and his three children: Princess Catherine; Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie (who wasn't able to attend the funeral service due to recovering from the injuries in the tragic automobile crash that resulted in her mother's death).

On October 18th, Princess Grace's flag-draped casket was transported via funeral cortege led by Prince Rainier and two of his three children: Prince Albert and Princess Catherine through the streets of Monaco-ville from the Royal Palace to the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate. The festivities were televised across Monaco and throughout the world.

Officiating the funeral service was Charles Amran Brand, the Archbishop of Monaco. Musical selections included Joseph Hayden's "Symphony #4"; Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and four pieces from Johan Sebastian Bach.

Second requiem mass took place for Monegasques; Princess Grace was entombed in a private ceremony in the Grimaldi family vault inside the apse of Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate a week later. 400 guests attended the Royal Funeral which included representatives of foreign governments including present and former European Royal Houses and several American film stars.

Chapter 12: National and International Headlines (Fall 1982)

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*September 19, 1982: The Social Democratic Party won the most seats in the Swedish Parliament. Olof Palme leading the SDP, became the country's new Prime Minister succeeding Thorbjorn Falldin, who held the Prime Ministership since 1979. Palme previously served as Swedish Prime Minister from 1969 to 1976.

*September 21, 1982: The 37th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York State. Imre Hollai of Hungary was elected to serve as the Assembly President for one year.

*September 30, 1982: Winston Oliviera of Brazil was elected the 265th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church following five ballots. Oliviera, 55, is the first Brazilian to serve as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and previously served as the Archbishop of Brasilia for several years including serving on the College of Cardinals. He also served in the Brazilian Marine Corps for six years. Oliviera will take the name, Carlos I.

*October 1, 1982: Following the removal of then-West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt due to a vote of no confidence from the West German Parliament, Helmut Kohl was chosen by Parliament to become the new Chancellor.

*October 5, 1982: Hernan Siles Zuzao was chosen by the Bolivian Congress to become the South American country's new President succeeding General Guido Vildoso Calderon. Siles Zuzao previously served as President from 1956 to 1960 and his return to the Presidential Palace ends 17 years of military rule.

*October 10, 1982: Maksymiliam Kolbe, a Polish priest, was officially declared a saint by Pope Carlos I. In 1941 during the outbreak of World War II, Kolbe volunteered in Auschwitz concentration camp, where he later died in place of another man. By Kolbe's heroic sacrifice, he became known as a man of extraordinary faith and courage.

*October 11, 1982: The British ship, Mary Rose, which sunk in 1545, was brought up to the surface in Portsmouth, England. The ship, was used to be the pride of then-King Henry VIII's fleet, was previously discovered by a driver 12 years earlier in 1970. The wreck contained many objects of historical interests. It also included plenty of weapons; surgeon's equipment; sundials; folding backgammon table and various utensils.

*October 18, 1982: Former US First Lady Bess Truman, the widow of former President Harry S. Trumam, died at the age of 97. Mrs. Truman will be buried at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri later in the week.

*October 22, 1982: The Epcot Center, 260-acre educational and entertainment park, opened at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The new center consists of the following: Future World, which highlights the evolution of technology; and World Showcase, which will give visitors glimpses of the United States, Canada and seven other countries.

*October 28, 1982: In the national parliamentary elections in the Kingdom of Spain, the Socialist Party won majority of seats in the Spanish Parliament. The elections resulted in the country's first leftist government since 1939 with Felipe Gonzalez Marquez becoming Prime Minister on December 9th succeeding Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, who held the Prime Ministership since 1981.

*October 31, 1982: The late Marguerite Bourgeoys of the French Republic, who moved to colonial Montreal in 1653 and set up the colony's first school, was officially declared a saint by Pope Carlos I. Bourgeoys became Canada's first female saint joining more than 2,500 saints venerated by members of the Roman Catholic Church.

COMING UP IN THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC: Long dragged-out highlights of the 1982 Midterm elections from Tuesday, November 2, 1982.
Chapter 12: Nobel Peace Prize Winners

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Spring/Summer/Fall 1982

*CHEMISTRY: Aaron King of the United Kingdom (South African-born scientist living in the United Kingdom).

*ECONOMICS: George J. Stigler of the United States.

*LITERATURE: Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Mexico (Colombian-born writer living in Mexico).

*PEACE: Alva R. Myrdal of Sweden and Alfonso Garcia Robles of Mexico.

*PHYSICS: Kenneth G. Wilson of the United States.

*PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE: Sune K. Bergstrom and Bengt I. Samuelsson of Sweden and John R. Vane of the United Kingdom.
Chapter 12: Backlash against Reagonomics?

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How backlash against Reagonomics escalated
Spring/Summer/Fall 1982

Despite the Recession of 1982 being viewed not that strongly devastating as the Great Depression, it wasn't the case for everyone else in the world.

Older industrialized countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom (who was in the middle of a long dragged-out deadly war against the Argentine Republic in the Falklands War of 1982 with no diplomatic solutions resolving it peacefully for obvious strong reasons), were definitely hurt by the Great Recession of 1982.

Companies in Japan including some others in several Asian countries used more modern equipment and they also paid lower wages. They justified doing this in order to producing goods more cheaply and because of this approach, American companies lost sales quite fast.

Among those impacted consisting of the following: businesses stopped operating, or went bankrupt, faster than at any time since the Great Depression. Scattered bank failures caused massive alarms. The Midwest and Pacific Northwest both felt sucker-punched with the disastrous impacts of the Great Recession of 1982. And what didn't help matters was many industries many in both regions had relied on throughout decades, felt biggest layoffs of workers and employees.

Canada had similar experiences. With inflation hammering the country at 10% and the unemployment rate escalating over 12% and rising, the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario greatly suffered worse: those working in manufacturing, fishing, construction, and mining were among those worsened off. Even some Canadian banks and largest companies weren't spared of the recession as many of whom were facing threats of bankruptcy.

Way down south of the border, Mexico was engulfed in a resounding devastating hit from the recession. Triggered by the drop in the price of oil, which Mexico has been importing. You can also include several main internal factors: massive government borrowing and taxing and overspending, high inflation, disastrous planning and an inefficient production in industry. Mexican President General Oscar Robles lobbied for assistance in paying off Mexico's massive foreign debts, which was granted when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United States both stepped in to helping Mexico making payments on their huge foreign debts.

Going back to the United States on how to find ways of ending the recession, things weren't easy when it came to proposing policy proposals or legislation.

Campaigning in 1979 on an economic philosophy which focused on the production end of the economy, President Ronald Reagan followed the philosophy of how to fix the economy called "Supply-Side" Economics: meaning the way to curbing and stopping recessions would be pumping money into businesses.

People who followed these views believed remedies that had been used to stop previous economic recessions, made inflation worse. The Supply-Siders pushed and called for tax cuts which would release money for business investments including consumers.

President Reagan's economic agenda was dubbed Reagonomics. He wanted to aggressively cut government spending including gutting domestic spending programs as well as eliminating them altogether.

Let's just say it didn't sit well with many people!

President Reagan followed through on his campaign pledges by cutting social programs, domestic spending programs including government spending. Yet, Reagan aggressively increased military spending. Congress engaged in bitter fights over which parts of the budget to leave and which to take out.

Military spending was blasted by those who believe social and domestic programs needed more attention. Critics even said the President didn't give a damn about the poor.

Helping reducing the budget deficit, President Reagan proposed and got a tax increase which cost the average American family about $50 per year. However, the Federal Reserve began lowering interest rates which cheered the business community.

Reagan also proposed a nationwide constitutional amendment which would require a balanced budget amendment. He strongly felt that by eliminating deficits, it would make the American economy more stronger. Many experts staunchly opposed the President's plan: they said the federal government needs flexibility that deficits allow. And because the amendment didn't have specific provisions for punishing violations, some viewed the amendment as an empty gesture.

While leaders in other countries blasted the United States for their high interest rates and budget deficits, saying it prolonged the Great Recession, others strongly agreed with President Reagan's approach and handled the Great Recession of 1982 in their respective countries the same way.

And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged governments to stick with anti-inflationary measures, such as tight money, zero-based budgeting, and reduced government spending. The IMF also said the effects of a new inflation burst would be much worse than the Great Recession of 1982.

People began wondering how long would the Great Recession would continue and how long would it last. While some expressed skepticism about the economy improving at the end of 1982, many thought the American economy was beginning to improve for the better.

The American people were itching to go to the polls in all 51 States in delivering their verdict on Reagonomics since it was a referendum on the Reagan administration.
Chapter 12: Sports Headlines of 1982

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Fall 1982
The Washington Redskins became the first NFL team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl championship despite not winning a preseason game. The 1982 NFL Season was originally supposed to have sixteen regular season games, but it was shortened due to the 57-day NFLPA (NFL Players Association) Strike including labor difficulties and the 1982 NFL Season was cancelled until November 21st when a truncated nine-game regular season schedule was formulated as well as divisional distinctions had been abandoned for playoff purposes.

How the Redskins marched through the chaotic 1982 NFL Season toward their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history can be explained with the following:

On September 12th, the Redskins begin the 1982 Season on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were in the 1980 Super Bowl (where they lost to the Oakland Raiders that year). Despite trailing 27-14 in the 4th Quarter, Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann hit rookie wide receiver Charlie Brown with a 78-yard touchdown pass which turned the Week 1 NFL game into an offensive passing attack between both teams, which resulted in the Redskins winning in overtime 37-34. Week 2 (September 19th) on the road in Tampa, Florida against the Tampa Buccaneers, where Redskins running back John Riggins rushed for 136 yards in a 21-13 victory.

Then suddenly the NFLPA Strike hit and caused ultimate chaos which continued until November 21st, which altered the remainder of the 1982 NFL Season for all NFL teams overall. Picking up where they left off before the players strike, the Redskins went to East Rutherford, New Jersey at Giants Stadium against the mediocre and incompetent New York Giants winning 27-17. Finally hosting loud rowdy Redskins fans at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC., for their first-ever home opener on November 28th, the Redskins won a defensive battle 13-9 sweeping the Eagles.

Despite losing to the Dallas Cowboys 24-10 on December 5th, the Redskins bounced back with four consecutive victories to closing out the 1982 NFL Season by winning against Saint Louis Cardinals by a score of 12-7 on December 12th; vs the New York Giants 15-14 on December 19th; at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana against the New Orleans Saints 27-10 on December 26th and in their home finale against the Saint Louis Cardinals 28-0 on January 2nd, 1983, effectively clinching the #1 seed in the National Football Conference (NFC) Playoffs with a record of (8-1).

For the NFC Wild Card Playoff of the 1982 NFL Playoffs, the Redskins faced off against #8 Detroit Lions (4-5), where they throttled the Lions 31-7. In the NFC Divisional Playoff facing off against the #4 Minnesota Vikings (6-4) where the Redskins offensive firepower struck and struck fast: Theismann threw two short touchdown passes to tight end Don Warren and a 73-yard and 83-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver Charlie Brown; Riggs got the Redskins running game going with a short running touchdown, but managed to rush for 185 yards, making it 35-0. Once both teams traded touchdowns during the second quarter, the scoring pretty much stopped, with the Redskins emerging victorious 45-7.

Next game was for the NFC Championship Game against the obviously deeply-hated #2 Dallas Cowboys (8-3), who defeated #7 Tampa Buccaneers (5-5) 30-17 in the NFC Wild Card Playoff and defeated #3 Green Bay Packers (6-4-1) 37-26 in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, who were in the NFC Championship Game for the third consecutive year in a row and determined to win their third Super Bowl Championship including showing the Redskins who was still the Big Boss in this heated rivalry.

In the 1982 NFC Championship Game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC., the Cowboys got things going with a 3-0 lead, but Theismann countered with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Charlie Brown; Riggins scored from just a yard out to pay dirt, making it 14-3 by halftime. If things wasn't enough, the Redskins defense knocked out Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White out of the game indefinitely, making it unlikely he'll come back and the Cowboys were forced to turn to backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom for a comeback attempt. Many assumed this backup quarterback would fold under massive pressure..... Hogeboom and the Cowboys were determined to prove the skeptics wrong!

During the third quarter, Hogeboom threw two touchdown passes making it 21-17, where the Redskins were still leading in the game (despite Riggins scoring another touchdown in between the two Dallas Cowboy touchdowns); Washington kicked a field goal, making it 24-17. Dallas got the football back and deep in their own territory during the fourth quarter with the chance of going the distance and tying up the game.... Unfortunately, things that could potentially go wrong for the Dallas Cowboys.... did go wrong.

Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley and defensive tackle Daryl Grant aggressively bore down on Hogeboom, whose passing attempt was tipped up in the air (the accident waiting to happen for Cowboys fans LOL), ultimately landing in the hands of Grant, who ran it into the end-zone with a dramatic spike in the end-zone, making it a 31-17 victory for the Washington Redskins, who made their second Super Bowl berth in franchise history since 1972 when they lost to the Miami Dolphins, who went (17-0) that year.

It had been ten years since they faced off in the Super Bowl and the Miami Dolphins, who had won back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1972 and 1973, weren't the Dolphins of old: their running game was not fearsome and dominant; David Woodley didn't scare opponents as the Dolphins quarterback although the Dolphins defense was still good and Head Coach Don Shula was still running the show.

Despite an ongoing battle between both teams in the 1982 Super Bowl, the Washington Redskins ultimately won the game 27-17 winning their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history; giving their super-crazed fan base its first ever Super Bowl Championship. Outside observers had assumed that the 1982 Super Bowl Championship was a complete fluke and overrated, but the Washington Redskins were going to prove the skeptics very, very wrong and their winning ways would continue going.
Chapter 12: International Trips made by President Ronald Reagan (Summer/Fall 1982)

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June 2-7, 1982: State Visit

Met with French Republic President Francois Mitterrand and French Republic Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.

*FRENCH REPUBLIC (VERSAILLES): June 5-6, 1982: Attended the 8th G7 Summit at the Palace of Versailles.

Among the other participants of the 8th G7 Summit included the following:
*Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
*French Republic President Francois Mitterrand
*West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (he would be removed from office a few months later).
*Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini
*Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki
*British Prime Minister Geoffrey Howe (his first G7 Summit as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
*European Community Commission President Gaston Thorn.
*European Union Council President Wilfred Martens.


*ITALY (ROME): June 7, 1982
Met with Italian President Sandro Pertini and Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini.

*VATICAN CITY: June 7, 1982
Audience with Pope John Paul II at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.


(State Visit) Met with Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales including British Prime Minister Geoffrey Howe; Addressed joint session of the British Parliament.

*WEST GERMANY (BONN): June 9-11, 1982
(State Visit) Met with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and West German President Karl Carstens; Addressed the Bundestag and attended the meeting of the North Atlantic Council.
Met with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

*TAIWAN (TAIPEI): July 12-15, 1982
(State Visit) Met with Taiwanese President Chiang Ching-kuo and Taiwanese Premier Sun Yun-suan; Addressed Joint Session of Legislative Yuan.

*UNITED KINGDOM (LONDON): September 27, 1982
Attended the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminister Abbey in London, United Kingdom.

*MEXICO (TIJUANA): October 8, 1982
Exchange of visits with Mexican President General Oscar Robles.
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Chapter 13: 1982 Midterm Elections

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Chapter 13: The Midterm Election Results of 1982!
Tuesday, November 2, 1982

283 Democrats (+37 seats won)
41,284,473 (55.29%)

153 Republicans
24,625,537 (43.73%)

Due to the unpopularity of President Ronald Reagan due to the ongoing 1982 economic recession, the Democrats expanded their majority in the US House of Representatives by picking up 37 House seats in the nationally-watched 1982 Midterm elections which are raising doubts about President Reagan's ability of protecting his economic agenda "Reaganomics" and other conservative policies and initiatives from being altered by a divided Congress coming up in January 1983.

According to US House Speaker
Tip O'Neill (D-MA), "It was a disastrous defeat for the President," when asked to discuss the impact of the 1982 Midterm elections. "The American people have seen the impacts of Reaganomics and the President's economic programs and from what's happening across the country with the unemployment rate at 10 percent and rising, Americans came to the polls in all 51 States and have delivered their verdict: giving the Reagan administration a big NO!" Voters across the United States strongly expressed antipathy toward President Reagan's economic programs, who insisted "staying the course", yet the voters stopped short of repudiating Reaganomics altogether.

In the Midwest, the biggest signs of a revolt in the 1982 Midterms came in Illinois: where Democrats flipped two Republican-held House seats, which frightened several other Republican incumbents. Sagging domestic demands for agricultural machinery and other heavy equipment forced layoffs at several important Illinois employers inside the Land of Lincoln. What also didn't help was workers were grumbling that the Reagan administration's imposed trade sanctions against the Soviet Union on equipment sales robbed Americans of foreign contracts which would've helped preserving millions of jobs.

COMING UP IN CHAPTER 13 OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC: Highlights of the 1982 Midterms
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Chapter 13: 1982 Midterm Elections (II)

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Highlights of the 1982 Midterm Elections (Part II)
Tuesday, November 2, 1982

55 Republicans
47 Democrats

Incumbent United States Senator
Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) was easily reelected to a second six-year term defeating State Rep. Pete Dunn in a landslide victory.
Dennis DeConcini (D-Incumbent): 411,970 (56.91%)
Pete Dunn (R): 291,749 (40.37%)

Over in the Golden State, the battle to replace outgoing United States Senator
Sam Hayakawa (R-CA) announced his retirement after not seeking reelection due to disastrous approval ratings and polling numbers showing him losing reelection both in the primary and general election. It came down to outgoing California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr., and three-term San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson, which turned the open California US Senate race into a nationally-watched battle from both the DSCC and RSCC spending millions of dollars in advertising, commercials, etc., In the end, Wilson emerged victorious.
Pete Wilson (R): 4,022,565 (51.4%)
Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr., (D): 3,494,968 (44.8%)

Two-term incumbent United States Senator
Lowell Weicker (R-CT) had faced a primary challenge from Prescott Bush, Jr., who drew controversy during the campaign while meeting with the Greenwich Republican Women's Club in Weicker's hometown when asked about illegal aliens in the Nutmeg State: "I'm sure these are people in Greenwich who are glad they're here, because they wouldn't have someone to help in the house without them." Weicker ultimately won renomination at the Connecticut Republican Party Convention Vote on July 24th, easily trouncing Bush (65% to 34%) and polling surveys suggested the two-term incumbent United States Senator would easily win reelection against US Rep. Toby Moffett (D-CT) in the November general election.

Weicker's moderate-to-liberal views including his slight distance of the Reagan administration managed to avoid the Blue Wave as he ultimately won reelection to a third six-year term very narrowly.

Lowell Weicker (R-incumbent): 545,987 (50.49%)
Toby Moffett (D): 499,156 (46.06%)

Two-term incumbent United States Senator
William V. Roth (R-DE) won reelection to a third six-year term defeating David N. Levinson by double digits.
William V. Roth (R-incumbent): 105,357 (55.17%)
David N. Levinson (D): 84,413 (42.20%)

Two-term incumbent United States Senator
Lawton M. Chiles (D-FL) handily defeated State Senator Van B. Poole (R-Fort Lauderdale) in a landslide securing his third six-year term, carrying 60 out of 67 counties.
Lawton M. Chiles (D-incumbent): 1,637,667 (61.72%)
Van B. Poole (R): 1,015,330 (38.26%)

Chapter 13: 1982 Midterm Elections (III)

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Incumbent United States Senator
Spark Matsunaga (D-HI) handily and overwhelmingly won reelection trouncing Clarence Brown in securing another six more years in the United States Senate to representing the Aloha State.
Spark Matsunaga (D-incumbent): 245,386 (80.1%)
Clarence Brown (R): 52,071

Incumbent United States Senator
Richard Lugar (R-IN) narrowly held on to defeat US Rep. Floyd Fithian (D-IN) by carrying 74 out of 93 counties in the Hoosier State.
Richard Lugar (R-incumbent): 978,301 (53.83%)
Floyd Fithian (D): 828,400 (45.58%)

Incumbent United States Senator
George J. Mitchell (D-ME), who was appointed to his US Senate following the resignation of then-United States Senator Edmund Muskie (D-ME) in 1980, was easily elected to a full six-year term defeating US Rep. David F. Emery (R-ME) in a landslide victory.
George J. Mitchell (D-incumbent): 279,819 (60.87%)
David F. Emery (R): 179,882 (39.13%)

In the Old Line State, incumbent United States Senator
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) handily defeated Prince Georges County Executive Lawrence Hogan, Jr., in a landslide carrying 20 out of 23 counties.
Paul Sarbanes (D-incumbent): 707,356 (63.5%)
Lawrence Hogan, Jr., (R): 407,334 (36.5%)

Inside the Bay State, incumbent United States Senator
Edward Moore Kennedy (D-MA) overwhelmingly won reelection in a massive landslide victory defeating Ray Shamie winning fourth full six-year term.
Edward M. Kennedy (D-incumbent): 1,247,084 (60.8%)
Ray Shamie (R): 784,602 (38.3%)

Chapter 13: 1982 Midterm Elections (IV)

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Incumbent United States Senator Donald Riegle (D-MI) defeated former US Rep. Philip Ruppe (R-MI) securing another six more years to representing the Wolverine State in the United States Senate.
Donald Riegle (D-incumbent): 1,728,793 (57.74%)
Philip Ruppe (R): 1,223,288 (40.85%)

Incumbent United States Senator
David Durenberger (R-MN), who won a 1978 special election to finish up the term of the late legendary United States Senator and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, was considered by many Minnesotans as a moderate Republican, but supported the Reagan Tax Cuts and many assumed he would have an easy time winning a full six-year term; However, Minnesota Democrats nominated Mark Dayton, who ran campaign television commercials by campaigning against Reaganomics, Dayton also campaigned tax breaks for the wealthy and even promised to closing loopholes for wealthy Americans like himself; It soon became one of the most expensive Senate campaigns in Minnesota history with over $8 million being spent between the two candidates: Durenberger, the incumbent spent over $2 million to win reelection while Dayton was spending $5 million respectively.
David Durenberger (R-incumbent): 949,207 (52.6%)
Mark Dayton (D): 840,401 (46.6%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Ray Mabus (D-MS), who was appointed to his US Senate seat by Mississippi Governor William F. Winter in 1980 following the resignation of then-United States Senator William Allain (D-MS), who was forced to resign following an arrest from a prostitution scandal. Mabus went on to win a special election in 1981 by a massive landslide with 73% of the statewide vote carrying all 82 counties; Mabus secured a full six-year term against political operative Haley Barbour, who campaigned for then-President Richard Nixon and was the statewide coordinating chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Mississippi Presidential campaign in 1980, carrying 80 out of 82 counties.
Ray Mabus (D-incumbent): 414,099 (64.29%)
Haley Barbour (R): 230,927 (35.8%)

Incumbent United States Senator
John Danforth (R-MS) narrowly defeated State Senator Harriet Woods by less than a percentage point.
John Danforth (R-incumbent): 784,876 (50.8%)
Harriet Woods (D): 758,629 (49.2%)

Incumbent United States Senator
John Melcher (D-MT) won reelection to a second six-year term by double digits defeating Larry R. Williams, even though his margin of victory was significantly reduced from 1976.
John Melcher (D-incumbent): 174,861 (54.46%)
Larry R. Williams (R): 133,789 (41.67%)

Over in the Cornhusker State, incumbent United States Senator
Edward Zorinsky (D-NE) handily won reelection defeating Jim Kreck in a landslide victory for another six years to representing the Cornhusker State in the United States Senate.
Edward Zorinsky (D-incumbent): 363,350 (66.59%)
Jim Kreck (R): 155,760 (28.55%)

State Senator
Chic Hecht narrowly defeated four-term incumbent United States Senator Howard Cannon (D-NV), giving the Republicans their first pick-up of the night.
Chic Hecht (R): 120,377 (50.1%)
Howard Cannon (D-incumbent): 114,720 (47.7%)

Over in the Garden State, New Jerseyans in all 21 counties came to the polls across New Jersey to voting for a new United States Senator. This US Senate seat came open when then-United States Senator
Harrison Williams (D-NJ) resigned back in March from office due to corruption scandals and being convicted and sent to federal prison; appointed incumbent United States Senator Nicholas F. Brady (R-NJ), who was appointed to Williams' US Senate seat by New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, Sr., chose not to seek a full six-year term. In what many viewed as a major upset, Frank Lautenberg overcame early double-digit deficits to defeat US Rep. Millicent Fenwick (R-NJ) carrying 11 out of 21 counties, making it the Democrats' first pick-up of the night.
Frank Lautenberg (D): 1,117,549 (50.94%)
Millicent Fenwick (R): 1,047,626 (47.75%)

Over in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico State Attorney General
Jeff Bingaman defeated incumbent United States Senator Harrison Schmidt (R-NM) in what many New Mexicans viewed as a hotly-spirited contest. This was the Democrats' second pick-up of the night.
Jeff Bingaman (D): 217,682 (53.8%)
Harrison Schmidt (R-incumbent): 187,128 (46.2%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY St) handily won reelection defeating State Assemblywoman Florence Sullivan in a massive landslide victory, securing a second six-year term in the United States Senate.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-incumbent): 3,232,146 (65.1%)
Florence Sullivan (R): 1,696,766 (34.2%)

Longtime incumbent United States Senator
Quentin Burdick (D/NPL-ND) easily won reelection to a fifth six-year term defeating Gene Knorr, who made Burdick's age the issue of the campaign. For his part, Burdick's campaign was known among North Dakotans for employing more television advertisment commercial spending when compared to previous campaigns in the past.
Quentin Burdick (D/NPL-incumbent): 164,873 (62.8%)
Gene Knorr (R): 89,304 (34.03%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH) won reelection defeating State Senator Paul Pfeifer by double digits.
Howard Metzenbaum (D-incumbent): 1,923,767 (56.7%)
Paul Pfeifer (R): 1,396,790 (41.1%)

Navigating the backlash against Reaganomics due to the Keystone State's unemployment rate being 11%, which was one of the highest in state history, as well as the declining health of Pennsylvania's coal mining, manufacturing and steel industries, incumbent United States Senator
H. John Heinz, III (R-PA) ran a cautious reelection campaign despite not being seriously challenged by Pennsylvania Democrats with statewide name recognition, and easily defeated Allegheny County Commissioner Cyril Wecht by 20 percentage points, carrying 64 out of 67 counties.
H. John Heinz, III (R-incumbent): 2,136,418 (59.3%)
Cyril Wecht (D): 1,412,965 (39.2%)

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Meanwhile in the Free Association State, incumbent United States Senator Juan H. Cinton Garcia (D-PR), who won a 1977 special election following the admittance of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as the 51st State, easily won reelection to his first full six-year term defeating Miguel Hernandez Agosto (PPD) in a three-way race.
Juan H. Cinton Garcia (D-incumbent): 873,773 (57.73%)
Miguel Hernandez Agosoto (PPD): 283,473 (29.61%)
Jorge Velasquez (R): 84,888 (13.25%)

Incumbent United States Senator
John Chafee (R-RI) won reelection defeating former Rhode Island State Attorney General Julius C. Michaelson, securing a second term representing the Ocean State in the United States Senate.
John Chafee (R-incumbent): 175,495 (51.2%)
Julius C. Michaelson (D): 167,283 (48.8%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Jim Sasser (D-TN) handily defeated five-term US Rep. Robin Beard (R-TN) in a resounding landslide, securing a second six-year term representing the Volunteer State in the United States Senate.
Jim Sasser (D-incumbent): 780,113 (61.93%)
Robin Beard (R): 479,642 (38.07%)

Over in the Lone Star State, two-term incumbent United States Senator
Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr., (D-TX) led the massive GOTV machine for the Texas Democratic Party which resulted in a massive Blue Wave across Texas, where the Texas Democratic Party swept all of the statewide offices from United States Senator all the way to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Bentsen defeated six-term US Rep. James M. Collins (R-TX) by double digits, securing his third six-year term representing Texans in the United States Senate.
Lloyd Bentsen (D-incumbent): 1,818,223 (58.59%)
James M. Collins (R): 1,256,759 (40.50%)

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Incumbent United States Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) easily dispatched Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson in the Beehive State, securing a second six-year term representing Utahans in the United States Senate.
Orrin Hatch (R-incumbent): 309,332 (58.3%)
Ted Wilson (D): 219,482 (41.3%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Robert Stafford (R-VT) won reelection to a second full six-year term defeating James A. Guest in the Green Mountain State.
Robert Stafford (R-incumbent): 84,450 (50.3%)
James A. Guest (D): 79,340 (47.2%)

US Rep.
Paul Trible (R-VA) defeated Virginia Lieutenant Governor Dick Davis in a hard-fought contest for the open US Senate seat, which was opened when incumbent United States Senator L. Douglas Wilder (D-VA) shocked Virginians by announcing last year that he wasn't going to be seeking reelection in 1982. Trible's victory makes it the first time that the Old Dominion will be represented by two Republican United States Senators coming up in January 1983.
Paul Trible (R): 724,571 (51.2%)
Dick Davis (D): 690,839 (48.8%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Daniel Jackson Evans (R-WA St), who was appointed to his current US Senate seat by Washington Governor John Spellman in 1981 following the resignation of then-United States Senator Henry Marion Jackson, who became US Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan, easily won a special election later that year sweeping all 39 counties with 83% of the statewide vote. Seeking reelection to a full six-year term in 1982, Evans defeated State Senator King Lysen in a three-way contest in a massive landslide victory, once again sweeping all 39 counties.
Daniel J. Evans (R-incumbent): 943,655 (69.0%)
King Lysen (I): 332,273 (24.36%)

Four-term incumbent United States Senator and Senate Minority Leader
Robert Byrd (D-WV) overwhelmingly won reelection to a fifth six-year term defeating US Rep. Clive Benedict (R-WV) in a landslide victory carrying 54 out of 55 counties.
Robert Byrd (D-incumbent): 387,170 (68.5%)
Clive Benedict (R): 173,910 (30.8%)

Four-term incumbent United States Senator
William Proxmire (D-WI) trounced State Rep (later future Wisconsin Governor) Scott McCallum in a landslide victory securing his fifth and likely final term representing Wisconsinites in the United States Senate.
William Proxmire (D-incumbent): 983,311 (63.65%)
Scott McCallum (R): 527,355 (34.14%)

Incumbent United States Senator
Malcolm Wallop (R-WY) easily defeated State Senator Roger McDaniel to securing his second six-year term in the United States Senate.
Malcolm Wallop (R-incumbent): 94,725 (56.66%)
Roger McDaniel (D): 72,466 (43.34%)

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Outgoing Alabama Governor Forrest H. "Fob" James announced late last year that he wasn't going to be seeking reelection to a second term, which opened the door for former three-term Alabama Governor George Wallace, the 1976 Democratic Party presidential nominee, in his quest of a historic fourth term at the Alabama Governor's Mansion. Despite surviving a hard-fought runoff in the Democratic primary, Wallace managed to easily dispatch the controversial Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar in a landslide victory in securing his fourth term and he'll be taking office on 17 January 1983.
George Wallace (D): 650,538 (57.6%)
Emory Folmar (R): 440,815 (39.1%)

In the Last Frontier, outgoing Alaska Governor
Jay Hammond was term limited from succeeding himself for a third consecutive term and the battle to replace him turned out to be an entertaining four-way contest: Bill Sheffield emerged victorious in winning the Alaska Governor's Mansion for the Democrats, making this the first pick-up of the night on the Governorships.
Bill Sheffield (D): 89,918 (46.1%)
Tom Fink (R): 72,291 (37.1%)
Dick Randolph (LIB): 29,067 (14.9%)

Incumbent Arizona Governor
Bruce Babbitt defeated State Senator Leo Corbet in a landslide victory securing a second full four-year term. There's speculation whether Babbitt might launch a campaign for the Presidency in 1984; nobody knows for certain but Babbitt is one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party going forward.
Bruce Babbitt (D-incumbent): 453,795 (62.5%)
Leo Corbet (R): 235,877 (32.5%)

The Boy Governor is back in the Arkansas Governor's Mansion ladies and gentlemen: former Arkansas Governor
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, who was defeated in his reelection bid back in 1980 due to the Reagan Revolution wave which put Arkansas Governor Frank D. White in office; Clinton managed to learn from his mistakes of his first term and gained the people's trust in voting to put him back in the Governorship. Many view Clinton as among the rising stars of the Democratic Party and keep an eye on him because he's a future Presidential contender in the future.
William J. Clinton (D): 431,855 (54.71%)
Frank D. White (R-incumbent): 357,496 (45.29%)

Over in the Golden State, California State Attorney General
George Deukmejian narrowly held off Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in the open Gubernatorial election by 50,000 votes due to large absentee votes especially overwhelming support from the Armenian American community across the Golden State. There's also allegations of voters lying to pollsters about voting for Bradley in public opinion polls when in reality, they voted for Deukmejian in the privacy of the voting booths. There will be lots of debate as to why Bradley lost this election considering he had to contend with an unpopular outgoing Governor in Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr., whose deep unpopularity might've played a role in dooming Bradley's chances of winning the Governor's Mansion. Yet in spite of Republicans winning the US Senate election and flipping the Governorship, California Democrats swept the remaining down-ballot statewide offices tonight and keep their majorities in both chambers of the California State Legislature.
George Deukmejian (R): 3,881,014 (49.3%)
Tom Bradley (D): 3,787,669 (48.1%)

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Chapter 13: 1982 Midterm Elections (VIII)

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Two-term incumbent Colorado Governor Dick Lamm easily trounced former Colorado House of Representatives Speaker John Fuhr in a landslide victory carrying 59 out of 64 counties, securing third term in the Colorado Governor's Mansion, which will make Lamm the longest-serving Colorado Governor with 12 years by 13 January 1987.
Dick Lamm (D-incumbent): 627,960 (65.69%)
John Fuhr (R): 302,740 (31.67%)

Ascending to the Governorship following the death of then-Connecticut Governor Ellen Grasaoin June 1980, incumbent Connecticut Governor William O'Neill served out the remainder of Grasso's second term and won his first full four-year term in his own right defeating former State Senator Lewis Rome.
William O'Neill (D-incumbent): 578,264 (53.35%)
Lewis Rome (R): 497,773 (45.93%)

Popular incumbent Florida Governor Bob Graham easily defeated US Rep. Skip Bafalis (R-FL) in a massive landslide becoming the second Florida Governor to win back-to-back four-year terms. Speculation has been swirling around Graham's political future as national Democrats view him as a future contender for the United States Senate in 1986 or maybe the Presidency down the road.
Bob Graham (D-incumbent): 1,739,553 (64.70%)
Skip Bafalis (R): 949,013 (35.30%)

Outgoing Georgia Governor George Busbee was term limited from succeeding himself. Former United States Senator Jimmy Carter (D-GA) turned down offers to seek the Governorship again despite pleas from many of his supporters to do so; Instead, State Rep. Joe Frank Harris became the standard bearer for the Georgia Democratic Party and led the party to an easy landslide victory by over 20+ percentage points.
Joe Frank Harris (D): 734,090 (62 79%)
Robert H. Bell (R): 434,496 (37.17%)

Two-term incumbent Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi won reelection to a third term defeating former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi Frank Fasi and State Senator DG Anderson in a three-way contest keeping Washington Place (Residence of the Hawaii Governor) in Democratic control and making Ariyoshi the Aloha State's second longest-serving Hawaii Governor with 12 years by 1 December 1986.
George Ariyoshi (D-incumbent): 141,043 (45.23%)
Frank Fasi (IND): 89,303 (28.64%)
DG Anderson (R): 81,507 (26.14%)

Despite a week-long delay about who won the Idaho Governorship between incumbent Idaho Governor John V. Evans versus Idaho Lieutenant Governor Phil Batt, where some local news station inaccurately declared Batt the winner on election night. In the end, Evans won reelection to a second full four-year term very narrowly and kept control of the Idaho Governorship in Democratic hands.
John V. Evans (D-incumbent): 165,365 (50.64%)
Phil Batt (R): 161,157 (49.36%)

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Chapter 13: 1982 Midterm Elections (IX)

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Over in the Land of Lincoln, the conventional wisdom was based on the assumption that two-term incumbent Illinois Governor James Robert "Big Jim" Thompson would easily coast toward reelection to a third term in 1982. Having won back-to-back massive landslide victories in 1976 (due to the Rockefeller Wave of 76 that year) and again in 1978, many Illinoisans were impressed with Thompson's job performance overall and things were looking up.

During 1980, many had thought Thompson would be a future contender for the Vice Presidency on the Republican ticket for current President Ronald Reagan: which ultimately went to current Vice President George HW Bush.

Many people viewed Thompson as a future contender for the Presidency as well going forward in the future. Yet, there was something brewing underneath the surface: backlash against Reaganomics was escalating during the 1982 campaign and former United States Senator Adlai Stevenson, III (D-IL) was hammering the economic recession including tying Thompson to an unpopular President Reagan throughout the campaign. Stevenson was also aggressively gaining momentum during the closing weeks and months of the campaign, as national Democrats including the Democratic Governors Association spent $13 million on their bid to flipping back the Illinois Executive Mansion to the Democrats, who last won the Governorship in 1972.

Illinoisans waited and waited for the final outcome of what became a very competitive gubernatorial election campaign between Thompson and Stevenson. On November 3rd, it was announced by the Illinois Secretary of State's office that a full-scale statewide recount and audits were going to be conducted in all 102 counties with an official determination to be announced at a later date.

James R. "Big Jim" Thompson (R-incumbent): 1,573,083 (47.19%)
Adlai Stevenson, III (D): 1,523,773 (47.00%)

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