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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 23, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

A bomb kills the Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti - the second most powerful man in Iran plus 18 Parliament members at the Tehran headquarters of the ruling Islamic Republican Party. The Ayatollah Khomeini was the only senior Iranian political figure not present at the meeting.

The Reagan administration orders the dismissal of 370 of the 959 employees at the Solar Energy research Institute in Golden, CO. The administration says it believes most of that work is best suited for private firms.

The Supreme Court rules that Woman can be excluded from military draft registration and any military draft. The decision overturns a lower court’s ruling that the act is an unconstitutional form of sex discrimination.

A cable on the Brooklyn Bridge snaps, injuring Armi Akira as he was on the walkway. Authorities say the cable was weakened by pigeon droppings, when combined with the rain form nitric acid. Akira suffered a fractured skull and is in serious condition. The cable is one of several intended to keep the bridge stable during windy conditions.

Joan Kennedy, estranged wife of Senator Ted Kennedy makes her stage debut in Turin, Italy as she recites “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland.

Jack In The Box introduces a new kind of sandwich - The Club Supreme! “With lots of lean, crispy bacon, Monterey Jack & American cheeses, fresh ripe tomatoes, leaf lettuce & Alfalfa sprouts, plus slices of tender ham ... all on a toasted whole-wheat bun.”

Passing - Zerna Sharp (91) taught millions of children to read with her Sally, Dick & Jane textbooks. Also in the series, their dog spot and cat Puff.


Sports news - June 23, 1981

At Wimbledon – John McEnroe deliberately breaks a racket and called the tournament referee “an competent fool.” He was irritated by disputed line calls.


Bestselling books - June 23, 1981

“Noble House” - James Clavell, “Goodbye, Janette” - Harold Robbins, “Gorky Park” - Martin Cruz Smith, “The Lord God made Them All” - James Herriot, “The Beverly Hills Diet” - Judy Mazel, “Never-Say Diet Book” - Richard Simmons.


Supermarket prices - June 1981

Aunt Jemima Waffles - Blueberry, Buttermilk, Original - 10oz - .69 ... Cup-A-Noodles - 24oz pkg - .69 ... Frying Chicken .59lb ... Polish Sausage - 12oz pkg - $1.89.

For the kids - Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine - $6.99 ... Mask & Snorkel - $1.99 ... Rubik’s Cube (from Ideal Toys) - $4.88.


Technology news – June 23, 1981

Average price for a cordless phone - $199.00 ... RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc Player - $444.00


Radio news – June 23,1981

 Legendary personality/disc jockey Gary Owens finishes a 19 year-run at radio station KMPC (710) in Los Angeles - where he held down the afternoon drive shift.  Owens is best known to the nation as the announcer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in. He’s also the voice of countless commercials and cartoons including the 1960’s cartoon “Roger Ramjet.” KMPC is leaning into a talk format. Many of KMPC’s past personalities also did TV stints over the years - especially game shows - especially Wink Martindale and Geoff Edwards.  


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – June 23, 1981

TV Ratings - MASH - (20.6), Quincy (20.5), House Calls (10.1), Hart To Hart ((19.9), The Facts Of Life (19.5), The Jeffersons (19.4), 60 Minutes (18.2), Different Strokes (17.9), Too Close For Comfort (17.8), The Dukes Of Hazzard (17.3), Taxi (17.3), 20/20 (17.2), Three’s Company (17.2), Fantasy island (17.1), Alice (16.9), Trapper John, MD (16.9), The Love Boat (16.8), In Defense Of America (Part II (16.8), Dallas (16.4), Walter Cronkite’s Universe (16.3). 


Saturday morning television listings/programs/TV guide – June 25, 1981

 Saturday Morning TV - CBS - Tom & Jerry Comedy Show, Bugs Bunny-Roadrunner, All-New Popeye Hour, Tarzan-Longe Ranger Hour, Fat Albert Show, Drak Pack, Jason Of Star Command, 30 Minutes ... NBC - Flintstone Comedy Hour, Godzilla, Batman & Super 7, Daffy Duck, The Jetsons ... ABC - Superfriends Hour, Plasticman & Baby Plastic, Dear Alex and Annie .... Heathcliff & Dinbat, Fonz & The Happy Days Gang, Richie Rich- Scooby Doo Show; American Rock, Thudarr The Barbarian, ABC Weekend Special, American Bandstand.


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 23, 1981

CBS - Enos, Movie ... NBC - Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, BJ And The Bear, Games People Play ... ABC - Eight Is Enough, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island.

On Barbara Mandrell - Robert Guillaume - Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers guest.

On The Love Boat - Charro and Lisa Hartman guest.

On  Games People Play - co-hosted by Johnny Bench, Cyndy Garvey, Mike Adamie, Donna de Varona, Arte Johnson and Ian Wooldridge. James Coburn and Joan Van Ark guest.

On Saturday Night Live - in a repeat - Madeline Kahn hosts with musical guest Carly Simon.


Music news – June 23, 1981

Singer Debbie Boone, daughter of Pat Boone and her husband are injured in a three-car accident near Lodi, Ohio. Debbie suffered head bruises and her husband, Gabriel Ferrer has a dislocated hip.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 23, 1981

Pop music this week in 1981- “Bette Davis Eyes” - Kim Karnes, “All Those Years Ago” - George Harrison, “A Woman Needs Love” - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio, “Stars On 45” - Stars On 45, “This Little Girl” - Gary US Bonds, “America” - Neil Diamond, “Theme From “Greatest  American Hero” - Joey Scarbury, “Take It On The Run” - REO Speedwagon, “The One That You Love’ - Air Supply, You Make My Dreams” - Hall & Oates, “El Vira” - The Oak Ridge Boys.


Top Country Music Hit Singles – June 23, 1981

Top Country - “But You Know That I Love You” - Dolly Parton, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” - Barbara Mandrell, “Blessed Are The Believers” - Ann Murray  


Top movies – June 23, 1981

Stripes - Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, John Candy

The Four Seasons - Alan Alda, Carol Burnette

Superman II - Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

The Great Muppett Caper - Jim Henson, Frank Oz

 For Your Eyes Only - Roger Moore As James Bond 

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