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



In The News

The Supreme Court upholds former President Jimmy Carter’s actions in freeing the 52 American hostages held in Iran, clearing the way for the transfer of up to $4 billion in Iranian assets by July 19.

Poland - Premier Wojciech Juruzeiski fired eight Cabinet ministers, re-assigns four others and streamlines his cabinet by consolidating 11 economy –related ministries into six.

Police begin regaining control of Liverpool’s Toxteth section, firing tear gas and charging hundreds of rioters and looters with their night sticks after the second night of violence in northwest England’s chief port. Toxteth residents said the violence began when police arrived to investigate complaints that youths had been indiscriminately stoning passing traffic. Most of the population of the Toxteth district are West Indian immigrants.

A Senate subcommittee votes 3-2 to approve legislation defining life as beginning at conception, taking the first congressional step forward overturning the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Full-fills campaign promise - President Reagan chooses Arizona Judge Sandra D. O’Connor to become the first woman justice in the history of the Supreme Court, calling her “truly a person for all seasons.”

In California – Gov Edmund Brown Jr. orders aerial spraying to kill the Mediterranean fruit fly in the Santa Clara Valley. He said his previous plan to use ground spraying was sabotaged by the Reagan Administration. The spraying of the insecticide malathion will cover about 90 square miles.

President Regan telephoned the Rev. Jerry Falwell to try to dampen opposition to the nomination of Arizona appellate Judge Sandra day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. Falwell’s political lobbying organization, Moral Majority, opposed the nomination of O’Connor on the ground of her pro-abortion voting record while a state senator in Arizona.

Hundreds of bees swarmed from a field and attacked three persons walking along a gravel road, killing a woman and injuring two other persons in Cainsville, Missouri. Margaret Brenizer (57) died from the toxicity of the bee stings. 

Prime Minister Menachem Begin, whose government is soon expected to be receiving U.S. made warplanes again, praised Ronald Reagan as the “best President for Israel since Richard Nixon."

Florida - Robert Rabinof who is 92, is jailed for 30 days for refusing to pay his ex-wife $1.200 in alimony. He’d rather be in jail then pay her.

A teenager plans to sue a New York woman for half of her $2.8 million lottery jackpot, contending that he bought the ticket and picked the winning numbers while he was I a voodoo trance. Dayse Fernandez (37) had vowed to “split money 50-50” with his client, Christopher Pando (17), but reneged on her promise.

Three masked robbers broke into the famed London Cartier jewelry house and fled with about $2 million in gems, but they missed the jackpot - $7.52 million in precious stones that arrived minutes after they escaped. “There is no doubt the men were waiting for the 4-million-pound delivery,” said a detective.

Lady Diana Spencer will not promise to “obey” Prince Charles when they marry at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29. Buckingham Palace says, she will pledge to” love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health… so long as ye both shall live.” Leaving out ‘obey’ was the couple’s own decision. This week is Diana’s 20th birthday celebration.

The Labor Department says - The nation’s unemployment rate falls an unexpected .3% in June, breaking a pattern of rising joblessness that coincides with the end of the school year.


Fascinating Business news – July 1, 1981

Largest merger to date – Du Pont Co., the nation’s largest chemical company says it has signed an agreement to acquire Conoco Inc in a transaction valued at a record $7.3 billion. The deal would create the nation’s seventh-largest industrial company. (this is the beginning of the 1980’s mega-mergers). 

Movie fans flocked to such blockbusters as “Superman II” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in such abundance last month that box-office dollar records were smashed for two consecutive weeks. Daily Variety said gross U.S. box office receipts for the week of June 24-30 were just over $100 million, breaking the record of $94 million set a week earlier, which in turn, was described as “virtually a tie with (or slightly ahead of)” the last week of 1978.


Sports news – July 1, 1981

Thirteen more games are cancelled as the baseball strike lingers on.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Rusty Chambers and another man are killed in an auto crash on a rain-slickened Louisiana highway.

John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg in four sets to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon. It was Borg’s first defeat in six years.


Television news – July 1, 1981

Fred Silverman (43) resigns from his $1-million-a-year job as NBC President. He is succeeded by Grant Tinker (55), who use to head MTM Enterprises. NBC is the #3 network in prime-time ratings. Grant Tinker says about the job – “I don’t expect to have any immediate impact at NBC, either good or bad.”

Rona Barrett goes back to work at NBC following a two-week hiatus, in what is a still unresolved matter – not to participate in the late-night “Tomorrow” show.

More NBC news – as the network announces its “NBC Nightly News” is changing. John Chancellor, the current anchor, will take a backseat and become a news analyst. The anchor chair will be shared by Tom Brokaw and Roger Mud.

Passing – Ross Martin (61) best known for his portrayal of Artemus Gorden, the master of disguise in “The Wild Wild West.” Martin collapsed while playing tennis in 100-degree heat near San Diego. 

Steven Ford, son of former President and Mrs. Gerald Ford, joins the cast of the CBS serial “The Young and the Restless.” He portrays “Andy” – a former racecar driver and rodeo performer, turned bartender.

A fire damages the Victorian mansion seen at the beginning of each “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The blaze began by painters using torches. The roof and attic were heavily damaged, but firemen believe it can be repaired. The house is in Minneapolis. 


 Music news – July 1, 1981

Looks like Elton John’s “The Fox” album – his debut on Geffen, is being termed a “disaster” by some in the music business. It never reached the national top-20 in album sales. Geffen is adding new artists to his label. Look for releases by Peter Gabriel, John Hiatt, Sammy Hagar and the Cars’ Ric Ocasek.  


Top movies – July 1, 1981

Raiders of the Lost Ark


The Four Seasons

Superman II


Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams


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