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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 25, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Prince Charles (32) expects to cry at his wedding while Lady Diana Spencer (20) says they will not meet the day before their wedding, because “we might quarrel.” Prince Charles said he picked most of the wedding music – ranging from Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4” to the hymn “Christ has the sure Foundation,” by the 17th-Century master Henry Purcell. 

Arriving – First Lady Nancy Reagan, who said she would not curtsy to royalty, greets Queen Elizabeth Ii with a handshake and a slight nod of her head. Mrs. Reagan is President Reagan’s official representative to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. It caused a little stir in the British press when it was found-out she wound not curtsy to the queen.

Reagan victory – The Democratic-controlled House votes to approve President Regan’s 33-month, 25% across-the-board tax cut package.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer are married in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, pronounced them “man and wife” together. In his brief homily, Runcie pronounced, “Here is the stuff of which fairy tales are made.” It’s estimated that some 750 million people worldwide watched the ceremony on television. 

Air traffic controllers reject a tentative contract by more than a 9-1 margin, raising the threat of a strike that could ground half the nation’s commercial flights.

President Regan announces his immigration policy, which calls for a fine of $500 and $1,000 for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.  The program also includes a pilot “guest worker” program admitting up to 50,000 workers annually from Mexico on a two-year trial basis. 

 Murray Weidenbaum, chairman of the Council of economic Advisers, tells President Reagan Americans should not expect too much too soon from the Administration’s budget and tax cuts.

Schlitz Brewing, the beer that made Milwaukee famous is leaving town. The 6.8-million barrel malt beverage plant, the least modern of the Schlitz facilities, has not been in production since May 31 when employees went on strike over a new contract. As a result, over 700 employees will be laid off.

My-my – there’s a big firebug in the town of Muncy, PA. So far – 14 fires have been lit by an arsonist during the past month. Most have been sheds and garages. The only exception – the town’s library.

Jean Harris, serving 15 years to life for the murder of “Scarsdale Diet” author Herman Ternower, was punched in the face in a brief scuffle with another inmate and confined to her cell. Both women suffered bruises and scratches and were treated at the prison hospital.


Medical/Health news - July 25, 1981

Doctors attempting to correct a birth defect in a 9-year-old boy’s leg performed surgery on the wrong leg and now the boy wears two casts.

First artificial heart transplant - test case? - A 36-year-old man is being kept alive with an artificial heart, placed in his chest by Houston surgeons, without permission from the FDA. The surgery was performed at the Texas Heart Institute. It’s the first use of an artificial heart in the United States.  The announcement came at a surprise to a group of researchers at the University of Utah, which has had a similar mechanical heart ready for use. They felt that it could not use the device in a patient without the approval of the FDA, which in March, decided to delay granting permission for human use. The Houston researchers are headed by heart surgeon Dr. Denton Coley. He says they decided to implant the device without FDA approval because they say that such approval is unnecessary in an emergency when an untested device is the only way to save a patient’s life. 

Notable Obituary - July 25, 1981

Passing – Robert Moses, the “master builder” who changed the face of New York City during a half-century of power. He was 92. He built virtually every major artery and many bridges and parks in the New York area. That included Shea Stadium, The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the United Nations plaza and Lincoln Center.


Sports news – July 25, 1981

The baseball strike gets settled and it looks like major league baseball will be back on August 10.

Sports TV Update –

CBS is shaking up its football announcer pairings. Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier will be splitting up, as will Vin Scully and George Allen. Summerall and Scully - #1 and #2 announces for football, will have new partners. Hank Stram for Summerall and John Madden for Scully. Out completely is Curt Cowdy. Tom Brookshier will be doing some sort of play-by-play. Gowdy says he wants to concentrate on outside interests such as the “American Sportsman” weekend show.  


Music news – July 25, 1981

 Tom Petty is a guest on Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow” show.

Rick James says it’s hard as a black, to break into rock… “There are too many barriers that keep blacks out of rock. It’s hard to pinpoint them because they’re very subtle and insidious. Let’s face it. Rock is white music. The fans are mostly white. It’s so tough for blacks to break into this white domain that most of us don’t even bother.” 


Entertainment /Movie/Celebrity news – July 25, 1981 

Passing – William Wyler – Academy-award winning director with a 50 career in movies. He was 79.

Passing – Max Liebmann – best known as producer-director of the 1950’s hit TV show – “Your Show of Shows."


Television news – July 25, 1981

Not certain: Lynn Redgrave’s status on the sitcom “House Calls” due to a dispute over breast feeding her baby at work. In her negotiations with Universal, she’s asking for a nurse to care for her new baby and assurances she would have time to breast feed the child during the day.

ABC-TV presents the news special, “The Royal Wedding.” With Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters. “ABC News takes you closer to the ceremony…”


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 25, 1981

CBS – Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – Harper Valley PTA, Comedy Theater, Robert Klein Show, Steve Allen Comedy Hour, Tonight, SCTV Network 90

ABC – Benson, Dr. Seuss’ Pontoffel Pack, Movie, Nightline, Fridays

PBS – Washington Week,  Wall Street Week

HBO – Late Night: The Candid Camera


On the Incredible Hulk – Another reporter outwits McGee to get an interview from the Hulk.

On Fridays – The Bus Boys are the musical guests. 

Late Night: The Candid Camera – Now has an adult theme. 


Top movies – July 25, 1981


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Eye of the Needle



Endless Love

Superman II

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