Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 8, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iran deports American writer Cynthia B. Sawyer a day after she was convicted of spying and sentenced to the 9 months she had served while awaiting trial.
More trouble in Poland as thousands of workers strike 450 factories in the country’s industrial southeast amid signs that the 5-month-old government of Stanislaw Kania is about to fall.
The White House lists seven key programs for the needy that will not face budget cuts and says an Administration consensus has been reached on 90% of the spending cuts President Reagan will propose. They are: social security, the Veterans Administration, school lunch and breakfast programs; Medicare (the $45.4-billion program with 28.6 million beneficiaries). Also – Head Start, Supplemental Security Income Fund and summer youth jobs program.
Only three months since the deadly MGM Grand fire. It happened again… Another major hotel fire in Las Vegas, this time at the Hilton. Eight are dead and 242 injured.
Busboy Philip Bruce Cline, who allegedly started the fire, told police he was smoking a marijuana cigarette and “engaged in homosexual activity” when the cigarette’s lighted end came into contact with drapes and touched off the blaze.
Entertainer Andy Williams, who was performing at the hotel said, “It was a very helpless feeling. I opened the stage door and the whole side of the building, all the way up to the 30th floor, was a scene of people yelling through broken windows, holding tied bed sheets together, screaming.
The State Department accuses Moscow of violating the 1972 U.S.-Soviet code of conduct. The code was intended to prevent either super power from seeking “unilateral advantage” over the other.
President Reagan places a wreath at the gleaming white memorial to Abraham Lincoln and said of the nation’s 16th President: “the memory of his life and death are greater than any written or spoken tribute could ever be.”
In Kentucky - A massive explosion tears through the sewer system beneath an old Louisville neighborhood, ripping up several blocks of streets, smashing water and gas lines and interrupting power. The explosion left an eight-foot trench three blocks long.
Morgan Guaranty Trust Co of New York, lowers is prime rate a half-percent to 19%.
The Reagan Administration forecasts that inflation will be cut in half next year while the economy will be booming.
Three former American hostages, including tow women released in November 1979, file suit against Iran seeking $30 million each for being held captive t the American embassy. The three are – Steve Lauterbach of Dayton, Ohio, Lillian Johnson of Burke, Va, and Elizabeth Montagne of Washington D.C.
Sports news – February 8, 1981
Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Hollywood Henderson admits that he had used narcotics for 14 years, but during the last 5 years, he has developed a dependency on cocaine. He’s been kicked off one NFL team, waived by another and released by yet another.
Music news – February 8, 1981
MCA Records wants to charge $9.98 on an upcoming Tom Petty album, but Petty himself doesn’t like the idea. Petty’s album sales accounted for 25% of MCA’s gross last year, so he has some clout.
After a 20-year recording career, Delbert McClinton finally has a top-20 record with “Giving It Up For Your Love.” McClinton describes his younger years as rowdy, but he’s now 40. “I know I’m not a kid any more. I always lived that way because I thought it was fun. It just stopped being fun. I’ finding out it’s more fun to rest and feel good.” His latest album is ”The Jealous Kind” and his fans think its his best yet. Full of soul.
Television news – February 8, 1981
New pay-TV channel - The Public Broadcasting Service unveils a plan to establish a pay-television network offering a feature artistic presentation every night and educational programs during the day. The “Public Subscriber Network” would be created as a partnership between public television stations and the nation’s top theater, dance and opera companies, orchestras, museums, and educational institutions.
On NBC’s “Midnight Special” – baseball announcer-humorist Bob Uecker hosts and he’ll have on Howard Cosell. The show has a different feel this season.
Max Robinson, a black anchorman on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” accuses the television network of racial discrimination in coverage of the presidential inauguration and of the return of the 52 American hostages. He says he and all other black journalists were excluded from covering the stories and said the omissions were representative of his treatment at ABC.
Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1981
CBS – Enos, Movie
NBC – Real People, Bob Hope Funny Valentine Special, Quincy, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, Nightline
PBS – National Geographic, Sylvia Fine Kaye’s Musical Comedy Tonight II, Captioned ABC news
Bob Hope Funny Valentine special – With Barbara Mandrell, Phyllis Diller, Cathy Lee Crosby, Charlene Tilton.
PBS - Captioned ABC News – Rerun of the nightly newscast but captioned for the hearing impaired. Seen each weeknight.
Top movies – February 8, 1981
Any Which Way You Can
My Bloody Valentine