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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 22, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Armenian suicide commandos seize about 40 hostages in the Turkish consulate in Paris and threaten to kill them unless Armenian political prisoners and others are freed from Turkish jails and flown to France. 

President Reagan recommends a 12% cut in appropriations for most government agencies.

Sandra Day O’Connor raises her right hand and swears the oath of office as the first woman to sit on the U.s. Supreme Court.

The nation’s annual inflation rate remained at a double-digit level – 10.6% in August.

Employees of Pan American World Airways agree to a 10% cut in salaries and a wage freeze to help the financially troubled carrier.


Fascinating Business news – September 22, 1981

The FTC rules that Anacin must specify that it is an aspirin. The product says it is the “pain reliever most recommended by doctors,” but doesn’t say it is, in fact, just aspirin. 

Saddled  with about 100 Detroit houses it bought from transferred executives, GM announces a “buy a house, get a car” campaign. The program only works in the Detroit area (of course).

 A new era in transportation opens when France’s new high-speed “train of the century,’ the fastest in the world, begins its inaugural run from Paris to Lyon at an average of 156 mph.  Looking like a plane without wings, the bullet-nosed TGV – train a grande vitesse or high-speed train, carried President Francois Mitterrand and other dignitaries on the historic trip.


Sports news – September 22, 1981

Following a big brawl precipitated by Cleveland’s John Denny and his knock-down pitch to Reggie Jackson – Yankee owner George Steinbrenner says – “From here on, any pitcher who throws at a Yankee batter will be served a lawsuit within 24 hours or during his next visit to New York, be it pleasure or for work.”

Tony Dorsett of the New England Patriots reclaims the NFL rushing lead by gaining 162 years, 75 on a touchdown run.

Boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard visits the White House.


Music news – September 22, 1981

The Rolling Stones begin a U.S. tour. Both concerts, at the 90,000 capacity JFK Stadium were sold out.


Entertainment/Celbrity/Movie  news – September 22, 1981

Actress Jodie Foster, who previously denied talking to John Hinckley Jr., had two telephone conversations with him. Law enforcement officials said Hinckley tape-recorded two telephone conversations with the 18-year-old actress. And Hinckley visited Yale at least twice in an attempt to meet with the actress in the months before the President was shot.

Passing – Actor Robert Montgomery (77).

Passing – Chief Dan George, a Canadian Indian best known for his role in the movie, “Little Big Man.” He was 82.


Television news – September 22, 1981

David Brinkley, who left NBC News last week after 38 years, joins ABC and is named anchor of a new Sunday morning news program. The new show is called “This Week With David Brinkley.”

Johnny Carson celebrates his 19th anniversary in a two-hour prime time special.

Erik Estrada, who missed three episodes, is back on ChiPs and has signed a new contract. Gary Coleman (13) has not reported to work on “Diff’rent Strokes.” His guardians consider his $30,000-per-episide contract with Tandem Productions unjust and that he should have a share of the profits. 

NBC will launch a new prime-time magazine show featuring Rona Barrett. Look for “Television; Inside and Out” beginning in January. 

New on CBS-TV Daytime – “Up To The Minute” – using “60 Minutes” talent Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Harry Reasoner and Ed Bradley. 11am Mon-Fri. 


Wednesday night listings/programs/TV Guide – September 22, 1981

CBS – A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Movie

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, The Sophisticated Gents, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Greatest American Hero, The Mansions of America, Nightline

PBS – Live From The Met

HBO – World Welterweight Champion (repeat)


The Sophisticated Gents – Part two of three. Mini-series about membersof a teen athletic social club who are invited back years later to honor their one-time coach. Stars Rosey Grier, Bernie Casey and Ron O’Neal.

On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers guest hosts. Charles Grodin. 

On Tomorrow – Lou Rawls and Ann Jillian join Tom Snyder.

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