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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 10, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Gov. Edmund Brown orders aerial spraying to kill the Mediterranean fruit fly in Northern California’s Santa Clara Valley. Spraying of the insecticide malithion over about 200,000 homes and yards will begin shortly.

Rioting and looting turn areas of London into battlegrounds as the weeklong rash of urban violence spreads into northern cities. As days pass, the rioting gets worse with many asking - is the very fabric of British society unraveling perhaps irreparably? They are caused by diverse and complex reasons; some of them - high unemployment, bullying tactics by police in inner-city areas, latent racism, idle teen-agers in the midst of a hot summer, lax parental discipline and nightly televised scenes of violence from Northern Ireland.  

Two men waving Molotov cocktails hijack a Chicago-to-Miami jet carrying 180 passengers and 12 crewmembers and force the pilot to fly them to Havana. The two men were arrested and six other passengers got off voluntarily.  

Federico DeLaurentis (26) - only son of movie producer Din DeLaurentis, is killed when the Cessna plane he was riding in collides with another Cessna in Alaska. Young DeLaurentis was vice president and ran the television department of DeLaurentis Productions, headed by his father. He was taking background pictures for a film on the Bristol Bay salmon run.

Max Hugel, the CIA’s chief of secret operations resigns, but insists that published charges that he engaged in improper or illegal stock market practices in the mid-1970’s are “unproven and untrue.”

Government approves new sweetener - the government gives its first approval to an artificial sweetener in nearly a quarter century - aspartame. It’s approved for use in the home as a sugar substitute and for use by manufacturers to sweeten cold cereals, drink mixes, instant coffee and tea, gelatins, puddings and pie fillings, dairy products and whipped toppings and chewing gum. Aspartame, a combination of two naturally occurring amino acids, is about 180 times sweeter than sugar. The manufacturer - G.D. Searle and Co. of Skokie, Ill hasn’t yet sought FDA approval for use in diet soft drinks, by far the largest current market for saccharin. The company says it will market the sweetener under the name “Nutrisweet.” Saccharin has been under a cloud since 1977, when the FDA attempted to ban it as a possible cancer-causer.  


Fascinating Business news – July 10, 1981

Will a national newspaper fly? Reaction to a pair of prototype newspapers depicting Gannett Co’s  “national newspaper” “doesn’t weigh very heavily” in Gannett’s decision-making process - so says its Chairman Allen H. Neuharth. Gannett is studying the possibility of publishing the nation’s first general-interest national newspaper, which it calls USA Today. More credence will be given to the results of scientific opinion polls being conducted by the newspaper chain’s Louis Harris & Associates polling subsidiary and by Simmons Market Research Bureau.  Neuharth said a decision is expected to be made before the end of the year.


Technology news – July 10, 1981

New trend in television sets - more and more sets are using digital frequency-synthesis tuning. They require no fine-tuning. You can recognize such sets by their calculator-like tuning keypads, which let you get any station by punching in its number. No more clicking and no more turning to the UHF dial for channels 14-83. The tuner automatically switches to UHF mode when you turn from channel 13 to channel 14. You don’t even know you’re on another band. With the new tuning, you’ll find hand remotes. Remote control was introduced in the 50’s, but before now, most people got up off their seats and turned the channel manually. With electronic tuning, that’s sure to go away. It’s much easier to hit the remote control. Also, more and more sets also lock into the “VIR” signal transmitted by most stations between frames of the TV picture, to automatically match the set’s color adjustments. Also, more and more news sets are featuring video monitor inputs to play video tapes or video discs on standard sets.  


Best-selling books – July 10, 1981

Noble House - James Clavell

Glitter Dome - Joseph Wambaugh

Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith

God Emperor of Dune - Frank Herbert

Goodbye, Janette - Harold Robbins

License Renewed - John Gardner

XPD - Len Deighton

The Clowns of God - Morris West

Free Fall in Crimson - John D. MacDonald

The Beverly Hills Diet - Judy Mazel

The Eagle’s Gift - Carols Castaneda

The Alpha Strategy - John A. Pugsley

Never-Say-Diet Book - Richard Simmons

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

How To Make Love To A Man - Alexandra Penney

Miss Piggy’s Guide To Life


Radio news – July 10, 1981

Pat Benatar guests on Mary Turner’s “Off The Record” this week... DJ Sonny Melendrez  - now of KFI Los Angeles, often appears on “Love Boat” as a comedian. He just moved to the station after eight years at crosstown KMPC.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – July 10, 1981

Passing - actor Keefe Brassell (58) - best known for his leading role in “The Eddie Cantor Story.”

Slain - Sean Toolan - a free-lance journalist, who was covering the Mideast for ABC radio and a number of American and British newspapers, is stabbed and shot near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. 

On top these days - actress Brooke Shields (16). She made her first film at 9 and has just completed her eighth “Endless Love.” She made a million last year. On television, you can see her in those Calvin Klein commercials. About her new film - “Well, you know, the joke is that Martin Hewitt (her co-star), didn’t use a double in the film so that’s his bottom you see. I did use a double, but I’m the one who’s getting the hassle. They make such a big deal over everything I do. It’s so silly. You’ve go to laugh. Look at all the fuss over the Klein jeans commercials. It was ridiculous.”


Music news - July 10, 1981

Greg Kihn’s sixth album “Rockihnroll” and is his biggest by far. “It’s poetic justice. You wait for a long, long time and when it happens, it’s overwhelming. I didn’t want to be the Next Big Thing That Never Happened.”

Jerry Lee Lewis remains in critical condition from his second abdominal surgery in less than two weeks. Doctors say he as a 50-50 chance to live. Country singer Johnny Cash visited the singer, who used hand signals to communicate. Cash said the Lewis “has a lot more songs to sing.”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news - July 10, 1981 

At the eighth annual presentations by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films in Hollywood - “The Empire Strikes Back” gets best science-fiction film

Best actor - Mark Hamill - “The Empire Strikes Back”

Best actress - Angie Dickinson - “Dressed To Kill”

“Somewhere In Time - best fantasy film

Best international film - “Scanners” - a Canadian production

Best supporting actor - Scatman Crothers - “The Shining”

Best supporting actress - Eve Brent Ashe - “Fade to Black”

Best low budget - “Scared to Death”


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 10, 1981

CBS - Walter Cronkite’s Universe, Flo, Movie,

 NBC – Sheriff Lobo, Hill Street Blues 

ABC - Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort, Hart to Hart

PBS - Nova, Mystery!

ESPN - C.A.R.T. Auto racing

Showtime - Bizarre XX Comedy with John Byner, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, No 1, Movie-More American Graffiti


On Happy Days - Joanie travels a collision course when she buys a car without dad’s knowledge.

On Nova - A reprise of the story of Mt St. Helens, tracing events before and after it became front-page news.

On Too Close For Comfort - Henry panics when he finds birth control pills in one daughter’s room and the other daughter invites a sailor to spend a night.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 10, 1981



STARS ON 45 (Medley) - Stars On 45

ELVIRA - Oak Ridge Boys

JESSIE’S GIRL - Rick Springfield

THEME FROM “GREATEST AMERICAN HERO” - (Believe It Or Not) - Joey Scarbury

ALL THOSE YEARS AGO - George Harrison

YOU MAKE MY DREAMS - Daryl Hall & John Oates

I DON’T NEED YOU - Kenny Rogers


A WOMAN NEEDS LOVE (Just Like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Radio

SLOW HAND - Pointer Sisters

BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY - Manhattan Transfer

 AMERICA - Neil Diamond

WINNING - Santana

HEARTS - Marty Balin

IS IT YOU - Lee Ritenour

I LOVE YOU - Climax Blues Band

MODERN GIRL - Sheena Easton

THE WAITING - Tom Petty & Heartbreakers

GEMINI DREAM - Moody Blues

SEVEN YEAR ACHE - Rosanne Cash


QUEEN OF HEARTS - Juice Newton

TIME - Alan Parsons Project

SUKIYAKI - Taste Of Honey

SWEET BABY - Stanley Clarke & George Duke

WHAT ARE WE DOIN’ IN LOVE - Dottie West (with Kenny Rogers)

NOBODY WINS - Elton John

DON’T LET HIM GO - REO Speedwagon


 THE STROKE - Billy Squier




LADY (You Bring Me Up) - Commodores

THE BREAKUP SONG (They Don’t Write ’Em) - Greg Kihn Band

DOUBLE DUTCH BUS - Frankie Smith

(There’s) NO GETTIN’ OVER ME - Ronnie Milsap



Top Music Albums – July 10, 1981

Long Distance Voyager - Moody Blues

Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon

Mistaken Identity - Kim Karnes

Face Value - Phil Collins

Paradise Theatre - Styx

Hard Promises - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Street Songs - Rick James

Stars on Long Play

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep - AC/DC

Zebop - Santana

Somewhere In England - George Harrison

Moving Pictures - Rush

Being With Us - Smokey Robinson

Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

Winelight - Grover Washington Jr.

Christopher Cross

Working Class Dog - Rick Springfield

Share Your Love - Kenny Rogers

Fair Warning - Van Halen

The One That You Love - Air Supply

Don’t Say No - Billy Squier

Arc of a Diver - Steve Winwood


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 10, 1981

Lovin’ Her Was Easier - Tompall & The Glaser Brothers

Dixie On My Mind - Hank Williams Jr.

Feels So Right - Alabama

Fool By Your Side - Dave Rowland & Sugar

Prisoner of Hope - Johnny Lee

Too Many Lovers - Crystal Gayle

I Still Believe In Waltzes - Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

Unwound - George Straight

Rainbow Stew - Merle Haggard

Fire and Smoke - Earl Thomas Conley 


Top Country Music Albums – July 10, 1981

Hank Williams Jr. - Rowdy

Feels So Right - Alabama

Fancy Free - The Oak Ridge Boys

Juice - Juice Newton

Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash

Carryin’ On The Family Names - David Frizzell & Shelly West

Greats Hits - Kenny Rogers

Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing - Ronnie Milsap

I Am What I Am - George Jones

Drifter - Sylvia


Top Disco Music – July 10, 1981

Give It To Me Baby - Rick James

Try It Out - Gino Soccio

Night (Feel Like Getting Down/Stay The Night - Billy Ocean

Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones

I’m In Love - Evelyn King

If You Want Me - Barbara Roy and Ectasy, Passion and Pain

Shake It Up Tonight - Cheryl Lynn

Remember Me/ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Suite/Cruisin’ The Streets - Boystown Gang

Set Me Free/Love Me Tonight - Karen Silver


Top rock album music tracks – July 10, 1981

A Life of Illusion - Joe Walsh

The Voice - Moody Blues

A Woman In Love - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Urgent - Foreigner

Talk To You Later - The Tubes

Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

The Stroke - Billy Squier

Fly Away - Blackfoot

In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

The Break Up Song - The Greg Kihn Band

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Tempted - Squeeze

Mean Street - Van Halen

Breaking All The Rules - Peter Frampton


Top movies – July 10, 1981

Arthur - Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud

Escape From New York - Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau

The Great Muppet Caper - Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Steve Whitmire, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morely, Peter Ustinov, Jack Wardin

 For Your Eyes Only - Roger Moore as James Bond, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover

Superman II - Christopher Reeve

Force-Five - Joe Lewis

Endless Love - Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray, Richard Kiley, Penelope Milford, Beatrice Straight    

Bustin’ Loose 

Clash of the The Titans

Nine To Five - Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

Dragonslayer - Peter MacNicol

Cannonball Run - Burt Reynolds

Stripes - Bill Murray

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