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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

Harrison A. Williams Jr. (D-NJ) is found guilty on Abscam bribery-conspiracy charges, becoming the first senator and seventh member of Congress to be convicted in the scandal.

Investigators have found no hard evidence that John w. Hinckley, charged with trying to assassinate President Reagan, was stalking the President or other political figures, so say federal law enforcement sources. 

Doctors report good news on James Brady – the wounded White House press secretary has only one small air bubble in his brain and other leakage has been stopped.

Jailed IRA guerrilla Bobby Sands has died some 66 days into his hunger strike that demanded political status for IRA prisoners. He was 27.

Buckingham Palace was outraged over reports that politically embarrassing phone calls placed by Prince Charles from Australia were tapped and any plans to publish transcripts should be ‘strangled at birth.” Said a palace spokeswoman. 

Passing – Teamsters union President Frank E. Fitzsimmons… of cancer at age 73.

President Reagan names actor Charlton Heston to be co-chairman of a task force on the arts and humanities.

Peter Sutclife, the “Yorkshire Ripper” who killed 13 women in the worst string of attacks against women in British history, tells psychiatrists he had a “divine mission” to kill prostitutes.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell threatens to launch a nationwide boycott of products advertised on the television networks if objectionable “bedroom scenes, sex and violence” are not eliminated from TV programs by early July. “I object to the networks’ using my airwaves to make my living room a cesspool. If someone wants to invite profanity and vulgarity into their homes, there are cable channels available.”

Patty Hearst Shaw, whose abduction by a self-styled revolutionary band captured the world’s attention, gives birth to a daughter in California.

Up 1% - The Federal Reserve Board boosts its discount rate to a whopping 14% and some major banks hike their prime rates to 19%.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 1, 1981

 Vatican police detain American comedian Don Novello, who played the role of Father Guido Sarducci on “Saturday Night Live” when he arrived at St. Peter’s Basilica wearing a priest’s collar and black cape. Police accused the comedian of impersonating a Roman Catholic priest and taking photographs without authorization. Novello, his photographer and two others were eventually released. 

Television news – May 1, 1981

HBO and several Utah cable TV franchises have filed suit in federal court challenging a state law that establishes new decency standards for cable stations. The suit says the new law is so restrictive, it could prevent the airing of what might consider “tame” move such as “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide- May 1, 1981

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At a Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – Disney’s Wonderful World, ChiPs, Movie- “Murder in Texas” (see ad)

ABC -  Those Amazing Animals, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Movie

PBS – The Cousteau Odyssey, Masterpiece, Steve Allen’s Meeting of the Minds

 

Ripley’s – (pilot) based on the Robert L. Ripley cartoon and movies shorts series of the 1930’s featuring bizarre and odd events. Jack Palance hosts.

Trapper John, M.D. – Dr. Gonzo Gates’ long-lost father appears. 

 

Top movies – May 1, 1981

Caveman

Thief

Heaven’s Gate

The Last Chase

Force of One

Dirty Tricks

Ordinary People

Excalibur

The Final Conflict

 
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