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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 1, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Soviet Communist party ends its 26th congress by unanimously reelecting Leonid I. Brezhnev its leader and filled the Kremlin Palace with shouts of “Glory to communism!”

Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger asks for a $32.6-billion increase in the Pentagon’s budget as the down payment for a larger Navy, a faster bomber and other new weaponry because “the United states cannot allow the military balance to swing further” in favor of Russia.

Iraqi President Sadam Hussein offers to call a prompt cease-fire with Iran and gains negotiations under the auspices of an Islamic good-will commission to end the Persian Gulf War.

Three British missionaries jailed in Iran for six months on spying charges arrive home and one reported that she had been choked unconscious and then shot by her captors. The three are Dr. John Coleman, his wife Audrey and Jean Waddell.

Nancy Reagan says the First Couple is making economic sacrifices. She told NBC news, “We’re doing the things that all people are doing now with inflation. “You’re just pulling in. You have to.”

In Atlanta – Strange and bizarre murders of black children have the town on edge. Some 21 black children have either been murdered or disappeared in the last 19 months – with none solved. 

Lady Diana Spencer, Prince Charles’ fiancée, will meet America’s own link with royalty, Princess Grace of Monaco next week as the 19-year-old future British queen performs her first royal assignment.


Fascinating Business news – March 1, 1981

U.S. automakers register their best sales period in nearly two years, stimulated by rebate programs. Sales of autos were up 21% from the same period last year


Sports news – March 1, 1981

Reggie Jackson fails to show up as scheduled for the beginning of Yankee spring training. “Frankly, I’m upset, disappointed, hut more than angry,” said owner George Steinbrenner. “Reggie must reassess his priorities.

Billy Martin is the Oakland A’s manager and director of player development. “I’ll be making all the (player) moves from one (far0 club to another and on up to the A’s,” said Martin.


Television news – March 1, 1981

Warner/Amex Satellite Entertainment announces plans to begin a new 24-hour video music network that will feature contemporary recording artists. The channel will be called MTV (Music Television).  Executive John Lack says the station will have its own video jocks who will introduce the tapes. “There’s no paucity of product at this point” says Lack, who also says the music industry produces 15 to 20 tapes a month for promotional use on television programs in Europe. “Some of the smaller record companies may need a little help. “We may help prime the pump to get them going.” MTV will also feature video art works to compliment the artist’s work. It costs about $40,000 to make the average music video.  The channel plans to launch August 1.  

Walter Cronkite (64) says he has yet to decide how to sign off his last broadcast on Friday. “And if I did, I wouldn’t tell you,” he told the press. “I’ve had some ribald suggestions but I’ve rejected them.


Music Television Specials –Week of  March 1, 1981

On CBS-TV – Diana – starring Diana Ross. Guest stars: Michael Jackson, The Joffrey Ballet, Quincy Jones. Special guest star: Larry Hagman.

On NBC-TV “Elvis and the Beauty Queen.” The True Story Will Shock You. He was “The King.” She was Miss Tennessee. He love inspired him.. but couldn’t protect him from the drugs that would destroy him. Stars Stephanie Zimbalist and Don Johnson as Elvis Presley. 

On CBS-TV – Johnny Cash in “The Pride of Jesse Hallam.” Jesse is chasing an American dream. But dreams come hard when you can’t read or write. Also stars Brenda Vaccaro, Ken Marley and Eli Wallach. Music by Johnny Cash.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 1, 1981

CBS – 60 Minutes, Movie, The Jeffersons

NBC – Real Kids, ChiPs, Move – Elvis and the Beauty Queen

ABC – Those Amazing Animals, Movie

PBS – Shock of the New, Masterpiece Theater


On Real Kids – A special edition of “Real People” but with kids only.

CBS Movie – “The Amityville Horror” (1979) with James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton.


Top movies – March 1, 1981

Road games

Stir Crazy

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

American Pop

My Bloody valentine

Altered States

Fort Apache The Bronx

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